Crying Freeman
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Crying Freeman

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Japanese: クライングフリーマン
English: Crying Freeman
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Type: Manga
Volumes: 9
Chapters: 103
Status: Finished
Published: Mar 31, 1986 to Apr 18, 1988
Genres: Action Action, Adventure Adventure, Romance Romance, Ecchi Ecchi
Themes: Detective Detective, Martial Arts Martial Arts, Organized Crime Organized Crime
Demographic: Seinen Seinen
Serialization: Big Comic Spirits
Authors: Ikegami, Ryoichi (Art), Koike, Kazuo (Story)


Score: 6.941 (scored by 17541,754 users)
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Ranked: #85842
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Popularity: #2720
Members: 6,041
Favorites: 68

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You Hinomura was an ordinary Japanese potter when a run-in with a Chinese mafia changed his life forever. Now an assassin for the 108 Dragons, Yo is the perfect killing machine. As a sign for remorse over his victims, he sheds tears after eliminating his targets. Because of this, he is infamously known by the Dragons and every other crime gang as "Crying Freeman."

(Source: ANN)


Crying Freeman was first published in English by Dark Horse from March 8, 2006 to March 14, 2007. Dark Horse also released a digital version of the title from November 2, 2011 to February 8, 2012. The publisher Creek & River Co has similarly released a digital edition of the title on June 29, 2015. The series was also published in Polish by Japonica Polonica Fantastica from 2006 to 2009.

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Nov 25, 2020
potentialPizza (All reviews)
Kazuo Koike wrote the greatest manga of all time. Why the fuck did he write this garbage ten years later?

Crying Freeman is about an artist who, upon witnessing mafia activities, was kidnapped and hypnotized into becoming a perfect assassin. And yet, as he never wished to be a killer, he cries every time he kills. That’s pretty much all there is to his character, other than how horny he is.

Freeman never has to change, grow, or even struggle. He can be outnumbered and surrounded by men with guns, but as soon as he takes out his knives, you pretty much know he’s gonna come out read more
Nov 24, 2018
hexashadow13 (All reviews)
This manga is hard to get into, in that the main character is really difficult to sympathize with or get invested into. His basic premise of an assassin that doesn't actually want to kill works and as far as that went it was a reasonably strong story. But from there, he somehow becomes the head of the organization that kidnapped him in the first place, who were first portrayed as the villains, but they suddenly become the side the reader is supposed to be on the side of, with no justification given for why the reader should suddenly sympathize with them over any of their opponents. This is compounded by the fact that read more
Mar 19, 2008
Brand (All reviews)
I cannot say if one should like or dislike Crying Freeman, this title starts out with such great potential but ends up being a pile of swill. In fact if Crying Freeman began and ended with the first story arc, then I would say it was a manga classic that all should read. From this great high point does this title fall, and fall hard it does right into a murky pit of crud.

The story its self starts out semi-realistic, it’s not crazy or over the top for this genre of story, but slowly the inclusion of crazier and silly elements read more
Nov 6, 2017
therubdown (All reviews)
I had this one on the back burner for a while, hoping I could dose up on some manly when I was feeling the need, but it fell quite a bit short of my expectations. The premise is quite interesting, a softhearted, handsome man with a natural charm forced to kill for a foreign mafia, but it doesn't do enough with the premise to warrant further attention.

Crying Freeman feels like a humorless eighties cop film. The overall aesthetic is bland and melancholic, lacking characters that draw the reader in or give reason to care about what's happening. Side characters are read more

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