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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
Themes: Detective Detective, Organized Crime Organized Crime
Demographic: Seinen Seinen
Serialization: Big Comic Superior
Authors: Ikegami, Ryouichi (Art), Buronson (Story)


Score: 8.241 (scored by 86238,623 users)
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Ranked: #3802
2 based on the top manga page. Please note that 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #518
Members: 33,891
Favorites: 964


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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 18, 2018
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 ...
May 23, 2017
Mixed Feelings
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 ...
May 1, 2022
This is technically my first foray into gekiga manga and man was this probably a poor first impression. Structurally unhinged, confusing, with the art only sometimes coming out to make a notable impression… this work left me with an impression that gekiga is arthouse manga made specifically for certain people to appreciate and everyone else can fuck off. Perhaps that’s great to the people who it’s made for, and I’m sure if I put in the effort to understand the history surrounding this work and the sociopolitical movements in Japan at the time I’d probably walk away with a different understanding. But ...

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