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Japanese: MW
English: MW
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Type: Manga
Volumes: 3
Chapters: 26
Status: Finished
Published: Aug 25, 1976 to Jan 10, 1978
Genre: Drama Drama
Theme: Psychological Psychological
Demographic: Seinen Seinen
Serialization: Big Comic
Authors: Tezuka, Osamu (Story & Art)


Score: 7.561 (scored by 35623,562 users)
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Ranked: #24792
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Popularity: #2229
Members: 9,116
Favorites: 163


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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. The publisher's translation of the manga was nominated for the Eisner Award for Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Japan. The series was also released in Spanish by Planeta DeAgostini Cómics in November 2005, and in Polish by Waneko on May 28, 2020.

The series was adapted into a live-action film that was released in Japan on July 4, 2009.


Hige Oyaji


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 ...
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 ...
Nov 30, 2021
I really have to admire Tezuka's ability to cover an enormous range of subjects. There's not many people that would seriously attempt a graphic retelling of the life of the Buddha, a Nazi spy drama, samurai stories, and a queer crime romance. It's not hard to tell why he was such a trailblazer, not only in his early work like ASTRO BOY but in his gekiga era as well.

MW is a mixed bag. It's an interesting premise. The Catholic clergy is a rich subject to mine for storytelling and the queer criminal angle is pretty fresh even now. With that said, it's not a story ...

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