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Japanese: サンクチュアリ
English: Sanctuary
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Type: Manga
Volumes: 12
Chapters: 108
Status: Finished
Published: 1990 to 1995
Genres: Drama Drama, Suspense Suspense
Theme: Police Police
Demographic: Seinen Seinen
Serialization: Big Comic Superior
Authors: Ikegami, Ryoichi (Art), Buronson (Story)


Score: 8.261 (scored by 71297,129 users)
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Ranked: #3082
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Popularity: #489
Members: 26,325
Favorites: 806

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Akira Houjou and Chiaki Asami are childhood friends who have experienced hell and lived to tell about it. They arrive in Japan to attend school, and soon witness the corruption and apathy of the country's population. Enraged, Akira and Asami vow to create a new Japan; a sanctuary with a new form of politics, devoid of corruption, where people are empowered to participate in the politics and future of their country. To accomplish this, Houjou and Asami aim to conquer Japan through two dramatically different routes: the Japanese Diet and the Yakuza. Decided by a game of rock-paper-scissors, Houjou ventures to seize control of the underworld while Asami pursues the position of Prime Minister.

Sanctuary is a dark, political thriller that tells the story of these two friends as they attempt to change Japan from the inside out and create their sanctuary.

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Sanctuary was published in English by VIZ Media, first in comic book format under the VIZ Premiere Comics imprint for a total of 46 issues, split into 5 parts, running from January 1993 to March 1997. VIZ Media then compiled the chapters into nine volumes, published between May 1995 and February 5, 1998.

The English release was nominated for the 1995 Harvey Award for Best American Edition of Foreign Material.

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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
May 18, 2018
Kyzan (All reviews)
Sanctuary is not reality, but it provides a medium to digest in a readable way what would realistically take a lifetime. It is a passionate and deep story about how two young men went about accomplishing their vision of bringing life back to Japan, grinding through the piles of corruption that had stagnated the nation. The other favorable reviews have talked a lot about what the manga does well so I'll refrain from that and address some faulty criticisms.

I'd like to address the criticism that the women in the story are just "fuck toys". Most of the women are, but that's because they're prostitutes, it's read more
Nov 3, 2020
Ekhein (All reviews)
It is surreal how dense and deep Sanctuary can be with such a risky plot, but executed with mastery.

Surreal politics, mind games and dialogues delicately devised and placed for a clever dispute, resulting in an absurd density. The double narrative between Akira who takes care of Yakuza and extreme methods outside the political centers, and Chiaki who takes care of the political part by facing his rival among other conflicts, is incredible. Action a little scarce but potent when present, leaving marks and being a mature representation of Yakuza, being more than killing, it is a matter of strategy.

Incredibly developed characters who masterfully fulfill their 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


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