Ranked #673

Shibatora (Manga)


Alternative Titles

Japanese: シバトラ


Type: Manga
Volumes: 15
Chapters: 131
Status: Finished
Published: 2006 to 2009
Genres: Action, Drama, Shounen
Authors: Kibayashi, Shin (Story), Asaki, Masashi (Art)


Score: 8.091 (scored by 1292 users)
Ranked: #6732
Popularity: #1835
Members: 2,883
Favorites: 45
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The story follows a rookie cop named Taketora Shibata who, despite his childish looks of a middle-schooler, fights against juvenile crime and has the ability to see anything at a crime scene. Nevertheless, it's still a struggle to rise out of the ranks and become a real detective.

Story written under the penname Ando, Yuma.


Shibatora was adapted into an 11-episode TV Drama which aired from July 8, 2008 to September 16, 2008.


Shibata, Taketora
Shibata, Taketora
Houshou, Mizuki
Fujiki, Kojirou

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Aug 19, 2015

Summary: Good series with feel-good elements. If you want realistic reactions then it all goes downhill in the final arc. -2 points for the final arc. Worth reading but prepare for disappointment towards the end.

Edit: The ending arc ticked me off which affected my review, so here is an updated review.

If you are a fan of good-hearted naive main characters then this is for you. If you are more realistic and is not a fan of soft hearted and naive MCs (to the detriment of other people) then this is not for you. If you are a believer in that people can change read more
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Jan 29, 2013
This is about a detective in youth department who looks like a middle schooler.

The story is great. Its as good as other mystery stories but not only some serious mystery about solving murder cases. Its about helping teenagers.

Art is also great. Characters are good. Only rarely, they're disappointing. Also it can be enjoyed by all. Wether you're a romance fan, mystery fan or action fan, this manga will entertain you until the end (its still ongoing by translators :P)

Overall, its an OUTSTANDING manga. Totally worth reading.
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Feb 16, 2013
I always was curious what this manga was about and i have to say after hours of reading it i absolutely love it. It's unique and it's something you rarely see.Definitely unlike any other manga/anime i have ever seen. It shows the realism in life and it has motivated me to also help my fellow teens in my generation and the next. I feel like going out there. I love the humor and the romance, i just wish it was longer or still on going. I guess i have grown attach to these characters that i am not ready to say good bye lol
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Nov 24, 2012
Shibatora is a great story that has a lot of comedy, great mystery, smart solving and a amazing sense to protect the youths. If you are a fan of detective stories or mysteries in general, Shibatora is a must read for sure.
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Manga: GTO
There were times while I was reading Shibatora that I thought I was reading a new chapter of GTO - and that is among the highest praise I can give a manga. Unlike most manga that are considered "similar" to GTO, Shibatora is not another rehashed teacher-delinquent student story. Instead of an unusual teacher, it's an unusual detective. However, the underlying themes, motifs, humor and, ultimately, uplifting nature of GTO are all present in Shibatora. If you liked one, I have absolutely no doubt that you will like the other. 
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Manga: Detective Conan
Both involve solving cases, and they have a similar kind of mystery-atmosphere. Shibatora has a bigger focus on the emotion behind character relationships, while Detective Conan has a bigger focus on the tricks behind pulling off a crime. 
reportRecommended by Caeca
Manga: Liar Game
The art to me is quite similar and the logic behind these stories is so interesting. It will keep you gripped and wanting to know more! Not everything is what you think it appears to be. The Liar Game is not as optimistic as Shibatora though. Anyway, if you like the other you should definitely check this out. 
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