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Synonyms: Digimortal
Japanese: アバラ
English: Abara
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Type: Manga
Volumes: 2
Chapters: 13
Status: Finished
Published: May 19, 2005 to Mar 18, 2006
Genres: Action Action, Sci-Fi Sci-Fi, Supernatural Supernatural
Demographic: Seinen Seinen
Serialization: Ultra Jump
Authors: Nihei, Tsutomu (Story & Art)


Score: 6.671 (scored by 1212112,121 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #134912
2 based on the top manga page. Please note that 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #634
Members: 28,566
Favorites: 248


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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 has been licensed in English by VIZ Media who plans to release the series in a complete deluxe edition. It was published in Italian by Panini Comics under the Planet Manga imprint from July 5 to August 2, 2007 and was rereleased in a single omnibus on February 8, 2014, 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.



Mar 8, 2024
Beautiful as expected from this dude.
Bleak look at Humanity and what it can be dwindled to in times of despair.
As is usual with Nihei, lots of subtle subplots intertwined with side characters, as well as the oneshot-attached character "Digimortal".
I don't think it's ever explicitly stated, but considering the art style, and the similarity to the Executioner ladies in Abara & Digimortal, I like to think that Abara/Digimortal is in the same universe as both Blame!, APOSIMZ, and a proof of concept for blame! called "NoiSE"

I doubt that if you liked Blame!, you wouldn't like Abara, even given it's minimal dialogue and hard to understand story.
I ...
Jun 5, 2023
Mixed Feelings
Some have lauded this as some sort of great artwork and you need to be intelligent to understand it. However, I do understand Abara, and it isn't miraculous.

The manga tries to tell the story specifically through images. But it has poor character development and you are left confused until the very end. It puts off explaining things far to late in the manga.

Also, the artwork can range from, "Dang this looks good!" To, "Okay this looks sloppy at best. . ." Which irritates me to the point, of wanting to give this a zero stars.

You want something miraculous, abstract, and intelligent manga?! Well go read ...
Aug 28, 2020
SPOILERS AHEAD! TL:DR: It's bad, but you can read if you want, there is some great art and its short.

While Blame! Manages to create a compelling narrative with little to no dialogue, Abara is too rushed, concepts are not build up, if the white Abaras invaded earth, who are the monsters that activated the tower? What is the tower? Did the city blow up in the end? Did the white Abaras died? Then why there were two out of place chapters about with the two women? What happened?

At the end of the scan I read, there was a glossary explaining all the concepts, names and ...

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