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English: Sanctuary
Japanese: サンクチュアリ


Type: Manga
Volumes: 12
Chapters: 108
Status: Finished
Published: 1990 to 1995
Authors: Ikegami, Ryoichi (Art), Buronson (Story)
Serialization: Big Comic Superior


Score: 8.491 (scored by 4539 users)
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Ranked: #1412
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Popularity: #404
Members: 14,705
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Jun 6, 2008
Beatnik (All reviews)
Written by Sho Fumimura (aka Buronson) and drawn by Ryoichi Ikegami, Sanctuary is an engrossing epic that validates manga as a medium, it defines it; transcends it. In short it deserves the title of masterpiece.

Hojo and Asami seek to change Japan, to rock it to its very core. They share a dark past, and both have vowed to stick to the path they chose together, to keep rising up the ranks of society in order to make the changes needed to create a new Japan. One lives the life of a yakuza; the other the life of politics. What this manga read more
Jul 3, 2013
Polyphemus (All reviews)
Sanctuary is a manga about two Japanese young men who grew up in tumultuous Cambodia, due to their parents being doctors. When they return to their home country they vow to forge a sanctuary, an ideal nation, in Japan. One of them becomes a yakuza boss and the other a politician. Together they will shake the world. Sound good? It did to me, but I was ultimately disappointed.

The two main characters are indistinguishable from each other in terms of personality. They are strong (and manly) charismatic geniuses who are perfect in every single way. One of them takes over a political party with a single read more
May 26, 2013
5camp (All reviews)
Sanctuary tells the story of two men who escaped the killing fields of Cambodia as children into Japan to try build a safe haven for themselves. Except wait, they’re not actual Cambodian children. They’re handsome young Japanese children trapped in Cambodia because their parents were doctors. Don’t want to be like those smelly Cambodians with their funny coloured skin and wonky teeth. Asami, the glasses-wearing handsome young fellow, gets into politics to try build them their ‘Sanctuary’, while Hojo, the spectacle-less but still incredibly handsome young fellow, joins the yakuza to help Asami from behind. But not actually from behind because that would be gay read more
Jul 17, 2013
ChroniclesofV (All reviews)
What can I say about Sanctuary that the 10 rating doesn't do for me?

This manga, is quite simply, a masterpiece. It's very rare that you will come across a piece of media that can be called that, but still to this day, Sanctuary holds that hefty crown still.

Written by Sho Fumimura, better known as Buronson, the creator of Fist of the North Star and other famous works, and illustrated by Ryoichi Ikegami. The two have collaberated many times since then with things like Heat and the still ongoing Lord. They do have a fondness for one word titles don't they?

I'll try not to spoil any read more
May 23, 2017
CivilianHero (All reviews)
Just reading the synopsis of Sanctuary manga was enough to spark a interest in me; being deeply interested in politics, I was ecstatic to find a political thriller manga. I thought this might be a gateway for me to explore and know more about the Japanese politics. I arrived at this manga as it was compared to Code Geass and was recommended to the former's fans. That itself was enough for me to hold this manga at a high place and I was totally excited to devour 108 chapters with all its political strategies and mind games that go along with it. But, boy read more
Jul 10, 2013
zybactik (All reviews)
“There is one key to protecting the throne. And that is not to misjudge the ambition of the young.”
This is a political strategic mind-battle manga dappled with intrigue, violence and provoking messages to the reader. It doesn’t mean this series is something overwhelming and stilted, though. The scope is indeed epic: from one’s dignity and pride to ideological inconsistencies and the world peace, - however downright realistic.
Just the right size and pace. No dragging on the plot development. Once the tempo is set in the beginning, it proceeds till the very end. Smooth storyline makes it really easy to read and comprehend.
Art is simply amazing.
The read more
Mar 7, 2014
misericord (All reviews)
for all its flash art and sweeping narrative arcs, sanctuary is a ham-fisted manga companion to ayn rand. engrossing enough, but don't take its juvenile neoliberal theories seriously, please.

also, the depiction of women is absolutely shocking. i see a lot of guys here giving this series a 10 and calling it 'beautiful' and all that. really? there are maybe three solid female voices in the whole series, and they're all putty in the hands of the main characters from the moment they meet them, seemingly for no reason. for instance, in the very first volume, in practically their very first meeting, the deputy chief of read more
Apr 22, 2010
Maz-Maz (All reviews)
Sanctuary is a tale I believe strongly in, its message, its story, all of it was beautiful.

If anything this story is like a fine hardwood richly carved by hand.
It is like the perfume that's subtle scent attracts you to it like a fly to honey.
I don't even want to justify how great a story it is because the story would have much more justice if you read it.
As inspirational as light at the end of the tunnel, this story is a golden classic if there ever was one.

And anyone reading this review who doesn't want to read it, or isn't bothered to read it; it's read more
Feb 18, 2015
blazingraz36 (All reviews)
|| Manga Recommendation ||
(Above 18+ ..underage peeps stay away, Not that you would)

Manga - Sanctuary( Sankuchuari )
Authors - Ikegami, Ryoichi (Art), Buronson (Story)
Genres - Action, Drama, Police, Seinen, Thriller

Sanctuary is a seinen manga involving Crimes, Syndicates, Yakuza, Politicians, Domination, Parties, sex, rape, Corruption, Wars, etc. Sanctuary can be called Manga version of Godfather or Mafia or Scarface. The story progresses focusing more on Yakuza side and then on Politics side. Since i am still reading and at chap 24 yet was able to take place in my top ten with just 20 chaps. The story is progressing with a flow without any fluctuations nor it read more
Dec 12, 2015
BVerfG (All reviews)
This review includes minor spoilers.

„What good is a Sanctuary if I have no-one to share it with?”

Before getting into the minutiae of Sanctuary let's start with what this manga is not:
It's not a modern version of Machiavelli's „The Prince”. It does not present anything in terms of strategy or tactics within the political realm, nor does it flesh out an ideal of what politics should be like.
It's not a japanese version of The West Wing or House of Cards. It deals with politics alright, but you won't learn much about the japanese political system nor does it discuss policy. It barely grazes it.
It's focus read more
Jul 1, 2017
Darmaiad (All reviews)
How long can a shallow story, about determination and manliness keep a thinking fan's interest?
Well, this particular shallow story can keep it up its whole length of 108 chapters.
It is a story about two young boys who, after surviving the horrors of Cambodia war and its aftermath, return to Japan, deem it unworthy of their ideals, and decide to “conquer” it.

The hellish conditions the two boys survived account for the forging of their iron will, but not for the charisma and their suaveness. And the mangaka emphasizes that aspect of them the most. Also their motivation for rising to the top is read more
Oct 22, 2017
Davihin (All reviews)
If Inio Asano is the master of storytelling through the subtle triumphs and grievances of everyday life, Yoshiyuki Okamura proves with Sanctuary that he is the king of the exact opposite art.

This manga is best described as an idealistic political thriller with Shounen sensibilities. I see the story of Sanctuary being described by some as being shallow: a sentiment I wholeheartedly agree with. However, I want to give the manga some credit.

The worldview driving the plot’s happenings are extremely idealistic. Our main characters are not only impassable in their physical and intellectual prowess, but possess impeccable moral character. This morality, however, is one that read more