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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: 8.401 (scored by 5468 users)
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Ranked: #2402
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Popularity: #432
Members: 18,414
Favorites: 731


In both the protagonists are aiming to change Japan through unconventional means. 
reportRecommended by Korru
Both manga feature two protagonists machinating and maneuvering their way within a criminal context. 
reportRecommended by Beatnik
Similar premise. Both have childhood friends who went to different fields in order to change society. One became a yakuza while the other worked for the government/authorities. The two friends are still in communication but they hide their relationship from public to avoid suspicion.  
reportRecommended by xxxholic_wing
only if you liked the politics, intrigue, and charismatic people with ambition. 
reportRecommended by kelfounet
They both have a similar feel, as in both the characters are trying to change the country on a very large scale. 
reportRecommended by crimsonpheonix
Except for similar art and setting, both of these manga feature specific kind of character growth - becoming more influential in yakuza society. If you liked Hojo side of Sanctuary story, and how he advanced trough the ranks you might like Heat which is about young ambitious yakuza starting to get more attention and influence. 
reportRecommended by grsh
Both the manga show the rise of young men who using power, cunning and influence reach the top. Sanctuary is fiction and politics. Masamune is a non-fiction biographical tale of a great warlord involving politics and war. 
reportRecommended by mangareader123
Banana Fish and Sanctuary are both political thrillers where you just can't turn the pages fast enough! Banana Fish deals with mafia and inner city gang politics in America while Sanctuary deals with the Japanese Diet and Yakuza in Japan. Both series are page turners as words and simple expressions are just as engrossing as gun fights. In addition, both series have two males whose relationship to each other could best be described as "bromantic" or "heterosexual life partners". If you liked one, you should check out the other. 
reportRecommended by zawa113
Both of them are dark, violent, action-packed, and contain sexual imagery. They both fit within the seinen demographic and are definitely similar, even as one is a political thriller (Sanctuary) and another is a science-fiction manga (Gantz).  
reportRecommended by Nktheepic
Both these manga series are testosterone filled, action packed stories that massage the primal male ego. They are attempts at trying to break down the cultural norms of what a male is asked to follow and build upon the primal, animalistic nature of males in the animal kingdom with a human touch. Sex, drugs, murder, rape, deception, trust, betrayal and family are ominpresent, important themes that surround and affect the main characters. 
reportRecommended by arimakenshin
Both feature the same author Buronson, and same artist Ryoichi Ikegami. While both stories feature lots of hard boiled action and drama, and life on the streets. 
reportRecommended by Brand
Both have a dark and gritty tokyo city 90's underworld/crime style to it. Both show that justice doesn't always follow the law. Both are masterpieces, but Sanctuary has a more coherent story that follows the main characters, while Jiraishin is more slice of life and episodic in nature. 
reportRecommended by ex0
Both mangas are high-adrenaline thrillers with a touch of mystery. In a world where rebellion against societal norms can get you killed, the main characters are pitted against greedy and corrupt enemies with terrifying political and economic power. Colorful characters, masterful cliffhangers, and powerful stories make these two mangas a Japanese thriller must. 
reportRecommended by imperius
Both are seinen titles about a politics and changing the face of said politics. Sanctuary is more of a hard boiled story with the Yakuza heavily involved in the story. Where Eagle is more of a drama and features more politics.  
reportRecommended by Brand
Sex, betrayal, mafia, politics, war. Ikegami's art is again featured and beautifully illustrated in a good testosterone driven plot.  
reportRecommended by arimakenshin