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English: MW
Japanese: MW


Type: Manga
Volumes: 3
Chapters: 26
Status: Finished
Published: Aug 25, 1976 to Jan 10, 1978
Authors: Tezuka, Osamu (Story & Art)
Serialization: Big Comic


Score: 7.821 (scored by 1227 users)
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Ranked: #14432
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Popularity: #2151
Members: 2,989
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Volumes: /3
Chapters: /26


Gurai is a Japanese Catholic Priest, who is unable to give up his lifelong sexual relationship with Yuki, a beautiful and sadistic young master criminal. Yuki's malicious crimes have become more and more extreme over the years, claiming many innocent lives, and Gurai is tormented by guilt at his inability to stop them...

(Source: ANN)


MW was published in a single volume in English by Vertical, Inc. on October 30, 2007 and in Spanish by Planeta DeAgostini Cómics on November 2005.


Michio, Yuki
Michio, Yuki
Garai, Iwao
Garai, Iwao
Hige Oyaji
Hige Oyaji

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May 27, 2009
While seemingly a commentary about the American military presence in Japan, Tezuka's MW is a rather silly thriller, although refreshing in its unromantic focus on the sociopathic Yuki Michio. The principle influence behind the infamous Johan from "Monster", Yuki is a troubled but seemingly emotionless killer and manipulator. He seems to have only one real human connection, to Father Garai, a Catholic priest who tries in vain to resist his forbidden relationship with our pro/antagonist. The frank depictions of homosexuality (and sex in general) are refreshing, providing character development without seeming over-the-top.

What I found wonderful about MW was its lack of preachy read more
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Jan 27, 2008
I was certainly shocked upon reading MW. Reading Manga doesn't ussually disturb me, but MW did.

So whats it all about? MW tells the story of Father Garai a catholic preist, and Yuki a serial murderer. Their fate was intertwined the day they first met. Both are the survivors of the MW incident. The time when an entire Island was wiped out by a poisinous gas.

After the incident Yuki was driven insane and soon becomes a murderer. Father Garai tries to cleanse Yuki of his sins. In doing so he eventually has homosexual relationship with him. And thats only the first 30 pages of a 600 read more
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Aug 17, 2012
Warning: Do not read this manga if you have a basic understanding of...anything.


It's slightly hard to understand what Tezuka was going for with MW, in my opinion. It's a deeply flawed thriller lacking commonsense, justice, and did I say commonsense?

The portrayal of homosexual relationships is laughable, until you realize Tezuka is quite serious with his portrayal of their relationship. But this is only one of the many problems with this manga.

You have characters introduced, only to be killed off for no particular reason once they served their purpose in the story. Wait, you can't even call these characters. They're lifeless, empty, silhouettes. Tezuka appears read more
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Nov 6, 2010
Perhaps the Penultimate Sequel to the Exorcist, .REC or any of Stephen King's classics.

Perhaps the Penultimate Prequel to Death Note.

The hallmark of a true heavyweight manga is to leave the reader out of breath before they finish it.

For MW to do this before hitting it's 3rd volume just speaks volumes for how good Tezuka really is.

Don't get me wrong, depending on what movie, book, synopsis, genre you associate with this book prior to reading the first panel will decide how high or low you consider this manga to be but considering how MW matches up to the above titles - it's safe to read more
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