Edit Manga Information
What would you like to edit?

Billy Bat

Billy Bat

Alternative Titles

Japanese: BILLY BAT


Type: Manga
Volumes: 20
Chapters: 165
Status: Finished
Published: Oct 16, 2008 to Aug 18, 2016
Authors: Urasawa, Naoki (Story & Art), Nagasaki, Takashi (Story)
Serialization: Morning


Score: 8.421 (scored by 2955 users)
1 indicates a weighted score. Please note that 'Not yet published' titles are excluded.
Ranked: #2012
2 based on the top manga page. Please note that 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #531
Members: 9,967
Favorites: 354
Ranked #201Popularity #531Members 9,967
Add to List
Volumes: /20
Chapters: /165


The story is set in 1949 and follows Japanese-American comic book artist Kevin Yamagata as he draws the popular detective series "Billy Bat" for "Marble Comics." When he learns he may have unconsciously copied the character from an image he saw while serving in occupied Japan, he returns to Japan to get permission to use Billy Bat from its original creator. Upon arriving there, however, he becomes embroiled in a web of murder, cover-ups, and prophecy that all leads back to Billy Bat.

It is soon evident, however, that the truth of Billy Bat's nature is far larger than Kevin could ever guess, spanning millennia and across the world.

(Source: Wikipedia)


No background information has been added to this title. Help improve our database by adding background information here.


Billy Bat
Billy Bat
Yamagata, Kevin
Yamagata, Kevin
Goodman, Kevin
Goodman, Kevin
Hitler, Adolf
Hitler, Adolf
Christ, Jesus
Christ, Jesus
Einstein, Albert
Einstein, Albert
Oswald, Lee Harvey
Oswald, Lee Harvey

More reviewsReviews

Feb 15, 2015
Billy Bat is an intricately woven mystery-thriller; it's a manga where twists and turns are around every corner and one which you will have to invest quite a bit of time into before any kind of revelation or payoff, but my is it gripping.

We begin with Kevin Yamagata; a Japanese-American cartoonist whose series Billy Bat - which follows the adventures of an anthropomorphic bat detective - is published by the reputable Marble Comics and adored throughout America. However, by chance Kevin learns of a manga which features a similar protagonist to his in Japan. Realising he may have unconsciously plagiarised the character whilst in Japan read more
I found this review Helpful
Jun 11, 2010
When I heard Naoki Urasawa was making a new manga I was extremely excited. I am a massive fan of his works, so it was amazing when I first found out about Billy Bat.

The first couple of chapters I was a little confused by the comic in a manga idea and how we were introduced to the comic bofore the characters in the manga. Also when I first read it I was a little unsure whether it was actually a manga by Urasawa, because of the style the manga had begun. But all my doubts where removed when I we were finally introduced to the read more
I found this review Helpful
Dec 21, 2011
Having felt curious because of a new manga series that got translated online, I started reading Billy Bat and realised how amazing it was. It was indeed very confusing at first because I thought it would be an Americanized comic about a detective, however I realised it was so much more.

Urusawa has definitely put a lot of work into this manga due to the fact that it has a lot of significant historical references such as the birth of Jesus and the assassination of J.F. Kennedy.

What I love the most is that it deals so much with racial discrimination and an actual insight of the read more
I found this review Helpful
Jan 3, 2014
This manga is one of my favorite mangas of all time.
It uses real historical events and sets a really good story on it.
The Characters are well known for example JFK and are all diffrent.
The art is really good, well used color pages, tones and color differences.
Also you can regonize at the first view who the mangaka was.

Overall a very good piece by Urasawa
I found this review Helpful


Recent News

Japan's Weekly Manga Rankings for September 24th - 30th

The weekly manga and light novels rankings for September 24th - 30th Rank / This week's sales by copies / Cumulative sales / Titles Manga *1, *,683,751 *,683,75...read more

Japan's Weekly Manga Rankings for May 23 - 29

Here are the weekly manga & light novels rankings for May 23rd - 29th. ranks/ this week's sales by copies/ cumulative sales/ titles Manga *1, 134,466 *,134,...read more

Recent Forum Discussion

Poll: Billy Bat Chapter 16 Discussion
Td99 - Aug 25, 2009
6 replies by cybershrimp »»
Oct 22, 4:29 PM
Poll: Billy Bat Chapter 165 Discussion
Stark700 - Aug 27
19 replies by Klad »»
Oct 16, 2:27 PM