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English: Strain
Japanese: ストレイン


Type: Manga
Volumes: 5
Chapters: 40
Status: Finished
Published: 1996 to 1998
Genres: Action, Police, Seinen
Authors: Ikegami, Ryoichi (Art), Buronson (Story)
Serialization: Big Comic Superior


Score: 7.391 (scored by 587 users)
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Ranked: #44572
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Popularity: #4467
Members: 1,441
Favorites: 9
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Volumes: /5
Chapters: /40


Mayo is the five dollar assassin who asks only five dollars for a killing. He is asked to kill the mother of a 12 year old prostitute, Shion, but leaves her alive out of pity. This event starts a chain of events which will shake the Asian economies to the core.

(Source: ANN)


Strain was published in English by VIZ Media, first in the monthly manga anothology Pulp: Manga for Grownups, from December 1997 (premiere issue) to March 2001 (issue vol. 5, no. #3), for a total of 40 issues, later as standard volumes from January 5, 1999 to January 9, 2003. It has also been published in German by Schreiber & Leser, and in French by Seebd.


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Aug 3, 2008
From the duo that gave the world the classic Sanctuary, Strain is like that epic political/gangster thriller on a micro scale.

Author Yoshiyuki Okamura aka Sho Fumimura aka Buronson (so named after Charles Bronson, which makes a lot of sense) delves into socio-economics this time, and brightens the story with viscous violence courtesy of the backstreets of late 90's Malaysia.

His skill is in blending topical insight of Asia's standing in the world; the criminal underworld’s relationship with legitimate business, along with more compelling conflicts in the form of friendship and family, and how politics can send people hurtling towards each other violently.

Strain concerns itself with Japanese read more
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Jun 13, 2010
Nowhere near as good as it's predecessor, 'Sanctuary', 'Strain' had put the writer to shame.

Our story begins when a cold-blooded assassin gets a job to kill a twelve-year-old prostitute and her mother, first mistake the writer made was that we were not familiar with the main character... At all. And at this point it is very dangerous to add a new character which does not benefit the main character and doesn't have a legitimate reason to be in the story, and so the writer in this way, gambled...

And lost.

It was almost shoujo-ey manga-ish from the fact that through incredible odds the main character meets the read more
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Aug 30, 2012

You must ask yourself... What in the hell is this? Who read this series? There are like 300 other people on this website who've apparently read this. [There are thousands of people reading Naruto and One Piece and Bleach -- almost hundreds of thousands]

Strain brings together the writer behind Fist of the Northern Star and an artist who's brought his realistic [but stylized] and gritty art to other manga I can't correctly name [If you read the manga, you might see various "Meet the Author" things]. Does the combination do this Seinen manga a favor?

It does. The best way to describe this manga is that read more
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