Tokyo Babylon
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Tokyo Babylon

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Japanese: 東京 BABYLON
English: Tokyo Babylon
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Type: Manga
Volumes: 7
Chapters: 18
Status: Finished
Published: 1990 to 1993
Genres: Drama Drama, Fantasy Fantasy, Supernatural Supernatural
Demographic: Shoujo Shoujo
Serialization: Wings
Authors: CLAMP (Story & Art)


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Ranked: #7712
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Popularity: #872
Members: 20,689
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Subaru Sumeragi is the thirteenth head of his powerful onmyouji clan. Until the time comes when he must succeed his grandmother fully, Subaru is allowed to live in Tokyo with his fraternal twin Hokuto. While Subaru is kind and shy, Hokuto has exuberance to spare, and her favorite pastime is designing bold matching outfits for the two of them to wear. Her next favorite thing to do is try to set up Subaru with their veterinarian friend Seishirou Sakurazuka who, oddly enough, is always readily available to accompany the Sumeragis throughout the city.

Subaru has to resolve a variety of spiritual conflicts in Tokyo: some are cases formally brought to him by clients, and others are matters in which he decides to involve himself. A selfless teenager, he empathizes with others to the point that their pain may as well be his own. This leaves him vulnerable in a city where nearly everyone makes decisions that only benefit themselves as individuals. Hokuto hopes that if Subaru develops feelings for Seishirou, their relationship will be the one thing that he never gives up for the sake of anyone else. However, is Seishirou the best candidate for her brother's love, or is he hiding sinister secrets?

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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. A new edition, CLAMP Premium Collection Tokyo Babylon, has been published by Yen Press since October 17, 2023. It has also been published in Spanish in Aizoban format by Editorial Kamite since September 23, 2016.

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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 ...
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 ...
Jun 4, 2020
Mixed Feelings
Tokyo Babylon is mainly a collection of few stories about an exorcist protagonist and encounters he has during his works - both regular jobs and random confrontations.

Now, right from the start I felt like I was missing some chunk of the story, like I accidentally started reading the wrong volume and skipping the introduction. The characters aren't exactly properly introduced and thanks to their status as twins might even be easily confused for each other for first few chapters (though this might also be fault of the very low quality scanlations which are pretty much your only choice for this manga as the official ...

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