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Synonyms: Black Steel
Japanese: 黒鉄〈KUROGANE〉
English: Kuro Gane
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Type: Manga
Volumes: 5
Chapters: 38
Status: Finished
Published: Nov 25, 1993 to Aug 30, 2001
Genres: Action Action, Drama Drama
Themes: Historical Historical, Samurai Samurai
Demographic: Seinen Seinen
Serialization: Morning
Authors: Toume, Kei (Story & Art)


Score: 7.171 (scored by 10231,023 users)
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Ranked: #64112
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Popularity: #5803
Members: 3,326
Favorites: 41


Ranked #6411Popularity #5803Members 3,326
MangaMorningToume, Kei (Story & Art)
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Volumes: /5
Chapters: /38


Avenging his father's murder is a matter of honor for the young samurai Jintetsu. But it turns out that the killer is a corrupt government official—and now the powers that be are determined to hunt Jintetsu down like an animal. There's only one problem: Jintetsu is already dead.

Torn to pieces by a pack of dogs, Jintetsu's ravaged body has been found by Genkichi, outcast and master inventor. Genkichi gives the dead boy a new, indestructible steel body and a talking sword—just what he'll need to face down the gang that's terrorizing his hometown and the mobster who ordered his father's hit. But what about Otsuki, the beautiful girl he left behind? Steel armor is defense against any sword, but it can't save Jintetsu from the pain in his heart.

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Kurogane was published in English by Del Rey from June 27, 2006 to June 26, 2007.

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Preliminary (14/38 eps)
Story: 9 Points: The story - about Jintetsu and various people he meets and befriends on his journeys - is very captivating and interesting. Each individual story has different characters trying to deal with a problem, and Jintetsu getting involved. The story has a great deal of sword-fighting (always a positive thing! ^_^) believable plot, and suspenseful story lines - where it is not immediately known exactly what is happening, but motivations and pasts are slowly revealed over time, making it almost a mystery as well.

Art: 9 Points: The art is beautiful, with many different characters and settings which catch a person's eye, as well ...
Aug 30, 2021
Mixed Feelings
Firstly, this is an episodic manga. There is no main story line, no buildup to a climax, and no meaningful resolution. Depending on if this is a positive or negative for you, you may get more enjoyment out of this than me.

Art 7
When I originally picked up this manga, the main characters design is what sold it for me. Unfortunately, he is the only original looking character in this manga. While the mangaka is not a bad artist by any means, there isn't much difference between any of the other characters. All of the women look alike minus different hair styles, and the same ...

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