Billy Bat
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Billy Bat

Alternative Titles

Japanese: BILLY BAT


Type: Manga
Volumes: 20
Chapters: 165
Status: Finished
Published: Oct 16, 2008 to Aug 18, 2016
Genres: Drama Drama, Mystery Mystery, Supernatural Supernatural
Themes: Historical Historical, Police Police, Psychological Psychological
Demographic: Seinen Seinen
Serialization: Morning
Authors: Urasawa, Naoki (Story & Art), Nagasaki, Takashi (Story)


Score: 8.411 (scored by 1063210,632 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #1742
2 based on the top manga page. Please note that 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #334
Members: 38,272
Favorites: 1,309

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Japanese-American Kevin Yamagata now authors the renowned detective comic book "Billy Bat" after serving in the Allied Forces in World War II. But as his series becomes a massive hit, Kevin discovers that his famed character, Billy Bat, already existed before within a Japanese comic. Worried that he may have unconsciously copied something he saw during his time there, Kevin returns to Japan to find Billy Bat's original creator and seek permission for him to use their character. However, as he traces back Billy Bat's roots, he finds himself unraveling a dark and twisted history of murders that somehow involve the character he thought he created.

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Jan 23, 2017
HayaK (All reviews)
This is simply the best Manga i have ever read!

The Manga started pretty weird but we all know Naoki Urasawa. He is not just drawing Manga, his works are simply art with a way deeper meaning than it might appear at first glance.

Billy Bat is using historical information, known conspiracy theories and different aspects of life in a way.. it just simply blows your goddamn mind. I read his other works and many other seinen or just manga with deeper meaning but Billy Bat is just something else. And don't lemme start with the ending.

Give it a shot.
You might think it's weird or boring read more
Sep 23, 2020
AshishSubedi (All reviews)
Don't be deceived by the title that seems childlike; it seems so at first glance but when you take the initiative to learn it you shall realize how the entire melody of the comic is paced by the title itself.
The story seems to be a simple mystery initially, but as you move on you realize that it is much more than that.The story starts from one point and then diverges through several roots and later the network of these roots of story lines converge once again to convey the theme. The narrative is rather adventitous.
The anti-climatic ending itself justifies the greatness of the comic.
Several anecdotes read more
Feb 1, 2021
Jakuzure_Nonon (All reviews)
The best manga I have ever read, and I've read a few. Even for Urasawa's standards, this was an absolutely phenomenal read.

Story: 10/10
Gripping yet heartwarming. The final message was beautiful, a critique of society but with a message of hope. The last chapter was absolutely amazing.

Art: 10/10
Beautiful art, but that's to be expected of Urasawa. The landscape panels, the character designs and how they aged. I thought the little billy bat segments were cute and felt like a standalone comic on it's own with it's unique art-style.

Characters: 10/10
All the characters are likable in their own way. They have depth, motivations, hopes, even the fictional read more
Dec 13, 2018
WitchJacqueline (All reviews)
Running from 2008 to 2016, Billy Bat is the next mystery-thriller from Naoki Urasawa, though this time written in combination with Takashi Nagasaki. People discussing Urasawa usually tend to solely mention Monster, 20cb, and Pluto, giving Billy Bat a pass. Is this due to a lack of quality? Is it simply too new? Let’s Rock.

PLOT: We begin in 1949, comic artist Kevin Yamagata is semi-successful with his comic “Billy Bat” (which the first chapter and a half simply are). However an investigator looking into some soviet spies drops by his office. The investigator comments that he’s seen the Billy Bat character before as a manga read more


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Poll: Billy Bat Chapter 123 Discussion
JizzyHitler - Aug 17, 2014
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Dec 2, 9:12 AM
Was the machine diagram in the scroll explained?
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