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Tokyo Babylon

Tokyo Babylon

Alternative Titles

English: Tokyo Babylon
Japanese: 東京 BABYLON

Information

Type: Manga
Volumes: 7
Chapters: 18
Status: Finished
Published: 1990 to 1993
Authors: CLAMP (Story & Art)
Serialization: Wings

Statistics

Score: 8.201 (scored by 4727 users)
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Ranked: #4982
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Popularity: #570
Members: 9,676
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Volumes: /7
Chapters: /18

Synopsis

Subaru Sumeragi is a 16-year-old, cheerful and extremely caring Onmyou medium (the head of his family, the Sumeragi clan) who confronts and helps take care of ghosts and spirits with the help of his twin sister, Hokuto, and his gentleman friend, Seishiro. Subaru does his best to help anyone he meets, but the entire atmosphere of the polluted city of Tokyo in the 90s, brings about a feeling of desperation that threatens to drag Subaru's spirit down.

(Source: ANN)

Background

Tokyo Babylon was published in English by Tokyopop from May 11, 2004 to May 10, 2005. Dark Horse gained publishing rights to the series after Tokyopop was dissolved and republished the series in two omnibus volumes published on March 26 and July 23, 2013, respectively. It has also been published in Spanish in Aizoban format by Editorial Kamite since September 23, 2016.

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Characters

Sumeragi, Subaru
Sumeragi, Subaru
Main
Sakurazuka, Seishirou
Sakurazuka, Seishirou
Main
Sumeragi, Hokuto
Sumeragi, Hokuto
Main
Asou, Kazami
Asou, Kazami
Supporting


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Altomare
Oct 21, 2007
I came upon the manga Tokyo Babylon in quite and odd manner, I found all seven volumes at a used bookstore for two dollars each. I had never heard of the series but fourteen dollars for seven manga was too cheap to pass up. I originally intended to later resell the seven manga for a higher price but the day after I bought them I was bored and decided to read the first volume. I don't think I moved until I had finished those seven volumes; I was enthralled with the characters, story, and just all around ideas of the plot. I read that whole read more
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Suzuhana
May 2, 2011
My love of CLAMP spills out again. Tokyo Babylon is another beautiful tragedy that every CLAMP follower, and manga reader should try.

Story: Find yourself in Tokyo, the 90s, following Subaru, a young progeny onmyouji. Exorcist for all who don't know what that is. Sounds so ordinary, so very relative. You can't even begin to understand how absolutely tragic and emotional this manga is. Subaru's companions, Seishirou and twin sister Hokuto accompany him as he travels throughout Tokyo and what is ultimately the setting for X/1999. There's plenty of humor here, parallel with tragedy and drama.

If you're uncomfortable with shounen ai, you may not read more
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marusamarento
May 19, 2013
“Love is just a blood-match, to see who can endure lash, after lash…” – St Vincent


Though the title "Tokyo Babylon" evokes a contrast between the urban sprawl of 1980s cityscape and the ancient city of desolation, perhaps Sodom and Gomorrah would be a better allegory for the cold and corrupt city that lends itself to the scenery of Tokyo Babylon.

The city’s influence on our main character, Subaru Sumeragi, is undeniable. Thirteenth in the long line of onmyouji (spell-casters, mediums, or exorcists), he is employed as a kind of spiritual psychiatrist to relieve Tokyo’s residents, past and present, of their emotional baggage. Despite his obvious power read more
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misacchin
Feb 20, 2015
Well damn...
This is not the kind of manga a read every day. I typically read adventure shounen or horror/ mystery type of stuff and Tokyo Babylon is pretty much on the other end of the scale HOWEVER it is worth the read, surprisingly, and here's why;
(PS. If you just want the short version of it skip to Overall :p)

Story: 9/10
I was extremely confused at the beginning. Not only was the wording terrible but what was happening in the story made no sense. I really have no idea why I kept reading because I felt like dropping t right there HOWEVER I am grateful I kept read more
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