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Synonyms: [switch], Drug Hunter
Japanese: switch [ スイッチ ]


Type: Manga
Volumes: 13
Chapters: 73
Status: Finished
Published: Jan 18, 2002 to Oct 18, 2008
Genres: Action Action, Drama Drama, Mystery Mystery
Themes: Detective Detective, Organized Crime Organized Crime
Demographic: Shounen Shounen
Serialization: GFantasy
Authors: naked ape (Story & Art)


Score: 7.811 (scored by 29722,972 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #12372
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Popularity: #1603
Members: 11,748
Favorites: 236

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In the Bureau of Health and Welfare's Narcotics Control Department, Kai Etou and Haru Kurabayashi are new to their work as crime investigators. Kai is a weak but generous 22-year-old man who cannot hurt others, even if necessary. He becomes a "matori"—a nickname for a criminal investigator in the Narcotics Control Department—to help people break away from drugs. Haru, a hard worker self-aware of his aptitudes, avoids associating himself with Kai since he is useless and empathetic toward everyone.

For their first assignment, Haru and Kai must arrest an infamous drug dealer. While at it, Kai gets into a fight with the suspect, triggering a "switch" that makes him ruthless and unstoppable. As Kai and Haru struggle to solve drug-related crimes, they edge closer to unveiling the cause of Kai's behavior and his past.

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Included one-shot:
Volume 5: Drug Hunter (prototype)


Switch was published in English by VIZ Media from March 11, 2008 to March 9, 2010.

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Jun 12, 2011
So I was just going through mangas, searching for something interesting and I happen to come across this picture of these two guys.I was mostly attracted to the the art and just by that I grabbed my chance to read the synopsis.It didn't take me much time to convince that this one was a Must.Read criteria.I haven't had much experience reading mangas which are action packed but this one took me on one hell of a ride.

This story follows around Kai Eto who has just joined Narcotics Control Division in Japan.He is sweet,kind and cheerful person .But behind that gentleness something much darker is hidden.His ...
Apr 26, 2011
People tend to forget a lot of important stuff in this manga but still, it works. It works out great actually. I read it in two looong sessions and nearly overslept today because of that (nearly!).

Story: 8
The story focuses on two different main themes - drugs on the one hand and amnesia on the other. It starts off showing us two rookies at the Matori department. Seemingly unrelated cases force them to dig deeper and deeper through the rubbish of the underworld and thus they find themselves mixed up in events related to both their pasts.
Soon you get the feeling that you're ...
Feb 6, 2012
Mixed Feelings
Switch could easily be an astonishing manga if it had better art.

The story is very good, especially when it comes to the main plot concerning the 2 protagonists and their past. There is suspense and as you get closer to the end you'll have already gotten pretty invested in those characters (the two main ones, that is) so the climax is all the more intense. My main complaint with the story would be the filler chapters. There's quite a lot of it, and in pivotal moments too. For example, I remember reaching a cliffhanger at some point and after that the next couple of chapters ...


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It’s time to ditch the text file.
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