Samurai 8: Hachimaru Den
Samurai 8: The Tale of Hachimaru
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Samurai 8: Hachimaru Den

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Synonyms: Samurai Eight
Japanese: サムライ8 八丸伝
English: Samurai 8: The Tale of Hachimaru
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Type: Manga
Volumes: 5
Chapters: 43
Status: Finished
Published: May 13, 2019 to Mar 23, 2020
Genres: Action Action, Sci-Fi Sci-Fi
Theme: Samurai Samurai
Demographic: Shounen Shounen
Serialization: Shounen Jump (Weekly)
Authors: Kishimoto, Masashi (Story), Ookubo, Akira (Art)


Score: 5.781 (scored by 63816,381 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #153962
2 based on the top manga page. Please note that 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #1092
Members: 13,884
Favorites: 147

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He can't run! He can't eat hard food. You can't get any weaker than the boy named Hachimaru. But his dream is to become a samurai. For a boy who can't even survive without the help of his father, that dream seemed impossible. But when a samurai cat appears before him, his whole life will change! A legendary manga creator and a rising star come together to bring you this science fiction samurai epic!

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Samurai 8: Hachimaru Den was simulpub in English as Samurai 8: The Tale of Hachimaru through MANGA Plus service.



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Mar 24, 2020
abystoma2 (All reviews)
Imagine working on your manga idea for four years and this is what you come up with.

Android samurai hackers in space with epic gamer shut-in as a protagonist. No, this isn't a B movie idea, this is the basic plot of Samurai 8.

From start, this manga feels like the reader is missing a chunk of information, like it's a sequel or a spin-off set in a world we should already be familiar with. The story is chaotic, confusing, all over the place and doesn't really bother explaining itself much. Which is quite ironic, considering 75% of the manga is infodumping. This isn't an overstatement.

Awful read more
Apr 16, 2020
GrayCattoborudo (All reviews)
It's unfortunate that this series was cut short. It had potential. I mean, cyborg samurai riding gigantic robotic beasts with their magical space princesses and wielding soul-powered swords?

It's a very cool concept. And I'm always a big fan of the traditional-futuristic hybrid aesthetic. Undoubtedly, the biggest draw for me was the worldbuilding, which seemed to have had a lot of care put into it, with many setups put in place (that were of course left without a resolution). It felt like we had a whole wild world to explore, akin to some other space opera manga.

The few characters that got the time to have read more
Sep 16, 2020
LuckyStarLord (All reviews)
Samurai 8. Done. 43 Chapters. I could've probably squashed in 2.5 hrs but here I am. I almost a year later. Rushed climax aside, the heart of Kishimoto's second main title isn't one to be dismissed out of hand.

The story really did have the foundation to go far and maybe, clearer and more concise than Naruto got to be. If I presume there were reasons why Samurai 8 didn't succeed and if I had to guess I'd wager it was:

- The Aesthetic of the world of Samurai 8. There is a initial density of visual information combined with the amount of clear negative read more
May 2, 2022
giffica (All reviews)
Normally, a review of a manga should discuss elements of a work, but most of that has been said by other reviews already. Samurai 8 is mediocre, with weak character designs, motivations that aren't fully explored, and is artistically disconnected from what the writing is trying to achieve. You can feel that Okubo doesn't understand the story on the level Kishimoto did, and there is something missing from the way Kishimoto envisioned the work. Not all that different from the progression in the later volumes of Naruto where Kishimoto takes a back seat to Okubo. You gotta wonder if all the Zetsu art, Sai, etc read more


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