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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: 6.911 (scored by 5571 users)
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Ranked: #101092
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Popularity: #642
Members: 10,897
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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 on July 5 and August 2, 2007, respectively, and was re-released in a omnibus volume on February 8, 2014. It was also published in Polish by Japonica Polonica Fantastica on October 2014 as part of "Mega Manga" series and in Brazilian Portuguese by Panini Comics from May to July 2009.


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Jun 28, 2008
Beatnik (All reviews)
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
May 14, 2008
UkyoKuonji2010 (All reviews)
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
Oct 10, 2008
LunaWingz (All reviews)
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
Aug 2, 2016
BowFlamer (All reviews)
Because of how little reviews there are of this manga, I have read all of them and noticed that everyone was talking about how the author uses pictures instead of words. I can agree with two things; the art is amazing, and the author uses little dialogue. But that's it. Many people say that you would understand the story more if you took a closer look and analysed the artwork, but that is simply false. The art is amazingly detailed, but few of them actually portray something important to understanding the story. Now, with that sorted, I will begin my review.

Story - 6/10

The story was read more


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