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Synonyms: Digimortal
Japanese: アバラ


Type: Manga
Volumes: 2
Chapters: 13
Status: Finished
Published: May 19, 2005 to Mar 18, 2006
Authors: Nihei, Tsutomu (Story & Art)
Serialization: Ultra Jump


Score: 6.971 (scored by 4804 users)
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Ranked: #89752
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Popularity: #594
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Abara is set in a dystopian world, filled with large structures. The story revolves around creatures known as Gaunas, those who can shape bone like armor and weaponry around themselves by transforming. The transformation begins around the spine and then shapes layered armor. The story focuses on one such Gauna known as Kudou Denji, though he uses Itou Denji as a fake name earlier.

(Source: Wikipedia)

Included one-shot:
Volume 2: Digimortal (two parts)


Abara was published in Italian by Panini Comics under the Planet Manga imprint from July 5 to August 2, 2007 and was re-released in a 2-in-1 omnibus on February 8, 2014. It was also published in Polish as Abara Żebra by Japonica Polonica Fantastica on October 2014 as part of "Mega Manga" series.


Denji, Kudou
Denji, Kudou
Übler, Halogen
Übler, Halogen

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Jun 28, 2008
Set in the same universe as all Tsutomu Nihei's manga are: the nondescript urban landscape of our nightmares. The architecture is as suffocatingly bleak as usual; the story is faster paced than Nihei's most well known work, Blame, due to this manga's short length. Maybe it would be a good litmus test for newcomers to his world.

This time the Akira vibe is heavy, with body horror at the forefront. Expect human transformation and ugly metamorphosis aplenty. Though unlike Akira, I doubt Nihei's aspirations are as lofty as commenting on Japan's relationship with technology in the post Meiji-era. No, he just wants read more
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Nov 26, 2008
Fusing technotheistic religion and government repression, Digimortal creates a slaughter of ideals and ideology in true Nihei style. The Church of Transfiguration has launched an Inquisition to exterminate the sinful use of technology used in attempt to perfect physiological immortality, while Nihei's nameless hero is contacted by the resistance, seeking to strike back by assassinating one of the Inquisition's most powerful members.

Impressively drawn and awesome to the core, Tsutomu Nihei has once again proven his impressive mastery of sequential expression in this short-but-no-less-powerful manga.
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May 14, 2008
Before I begin I will say that I don't know if there was a movie or something that this is based on. If there is I would gladly watch it and consider changing the score here.
*sigh* so lets' begin:

Story: 6
It had potential. I like reading apocalyptic stories, but I can't help but think this wasn't done well. It reminds me of some other apocalyptic series', only more cliche and watered down. It's almost like the artist wasn't allowed to draw any more than two volumes worth of material, and everything was forced into the series; that adds to the confusion. For the longest time I read more
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Oct 10, 2008
You have to be a true blue fan to enjoy Abara. This manga is not recommended for people who cannot appreciate an intellectual manga where much thinking is involved, for Tsutomu Mihei's style is to let the pictures tell the story rather than the dialogues.

This story like most of Tsutomu Mihei's work (Creator of Blame!), consists of few dialogues. His work is fabulously beautiful, the intricate style of drawing and minute details never ceases to amaze me.

Abara's plot is fairly simplistic, the man saves the world typical plot. With the short 2 volumes, Tsutomu Mihei weaves its subplots into read more
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