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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: 8.181 (scored by 5005 users)
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Ranked: #5392
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Popularity: #612
Members: 10,493
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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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May 2, 2011
Suzuhana (All reviews)
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
May 19, 2013
marusamarento (All reviews)
“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
Feb 20, 2015
misacchin (All reviews)
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
Feb 1, 2009
DinaraC (All reviews)
Tokyo Babylon was one of the first few mangas that I started reading years ago and up till today, I still think it is one of the best mangas CLAMP has produced.

Warning, this manga does contain some elements of shounen ai (boy love).

Story:

Looking at the summary one would think that che, it's your typical magical boy running around Tokyo exorcising your ghost for the day. I must say, the story line reflects more than that and it addresses some of the issues society is facing from the aging population to bullying. There are some really cute moments (a big hug for Hokuto-chan and read more

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