Loose Senki: Old Boy
Old Boy
What would you like to edit?

Loose Senki: Old Boy

Alternative Titles

Japanese: ルーズ戦記 オールドボーイ
English: Old Boy
More titles


Type: Manga
Volumes: 8
Chapters: 79
Status: Finished
Published: 1996 to 1998
Genres: Action Action, Drama Drama, Mystery Mystery
Theme: Psychological Psychological
Demographic: Seinen Seinen
Serialization: Manga Action
Authors: Caribu, Marley (Story), Minegishi, Shinmei (Art)


Score: 7.301 (scored by 59815,981 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #46102
2 based on the top manga page. Please note that 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #1011
Members: 16,723
Favorites: 237


Ranked #4610Popularity #1011Members 16,723
Add to List
Volumes: /8
Chapters: /79
* Your list is public by default.


Drugged and confused, Shinichi Gotou wakes up in a small room inside a private prison. Despite his pleadings, none of the guards will tell him who kidnapped him or why he is being held captive. As the days go by, his forced isolation slowly takes a toll on his sanity. He finds an outlet through training his mind and body for the day he will be able to wreak vengeance.

After 10 years, Shinichi is finally free. Once outside, he encounters a much changed world. His long imprisonment ripped him from society and kept him from having the normal life he desired. With nothing to lose, he begins his hunt for the one responsible. However, it seems that the person behind Shinichi's captivity is not done with him just yet, and thus begins a twisted game where only the winner survives.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]


In 2003 Loose Senki: Old Boy was adapted into a film Old Boy by the Korean director Park Chan-wook, with many plot points completely altered. The film won the Examiner's Special Grand Prix at the 57th Cannes Film Festival in 2004. In 2013, a remake of the same name was directed by the American director Spike Lee, but received mixed critical reception.

The series was published in English by Dark Horse Comics from July 18, 2006 to October 16, 2007, and in Brazil by NovaSampa Editora from January 2013 to September 2014.



More reviewsReviews

Mar 24, 2020
Mixed Feelings
Just to say: the Korean version of the movie is definitely better.

Old Boy is a manga that started with a great premise: a man was imprisoned for ten years by a mysterious person. He is then released and has to find out who did this to him and why.

It started really good. The ways he used to track the steps of the mysterious man were really innovative and cool. Nevertheless, while I was reading it, it seemed to me that the author started the story without an idea on how to end it, so he was just dragging the story ever further. It took 8 ...
Apr 13, 2013
A man finds himself imprisoned for a reason unknown to him for ten years before he is released. He keeps himself sane by acknowledging one logic of the situation - that he is still alive. With his past behind him and nothing to lose, his only goal is to find a man who has kept him imprisoned all this time.

The world of manga, much unlike its brother in the western culture (i.e. comics), is undoubtedly plagued with fictions that do no better than to establish a rather conventional story, a rather predictable set of characters, and art that is well refined but nothing reflective ...
Jun 11, 2017
Mixed Feelings
Old Boy had an interesting start. With the premise that it offers, it’s easy to get absorbed in its story. The mystery it presents early on is done well enough to be gripping. Violence is promised, with its very crisp action sequences. The execution is good with its captivating paneling of scenes. The art is well done, albeit character designs could’ve been done better. Yet, it started to fall apart halfway with its villain growing ever present by the chapter.

One main problem it has is pacing. When it comes to mysteries, it’s often natural for a slow yet steady buildup that is heightened by cliffhangers. ...

Interest Stacks

39 Entries · 126 Restacks
by eensekt
50 Entries · 135 Restacks
by benisgu
50 Entries · 19 Restacks


Recent News

Recent Forum Discussion

Poll: Old Boy Chapter 79 Discussion
STEEZ - May 17, 2010
22 repliesby Vertigoh»»
Apr 3, 12:34 AM
Did eri cheat chapter 76
iancaldwell - Oct 16, 2021
0 repliesby iancaldwell»»
Oct 16, 2021 7:40 PM
Has Anyone Seen The Movie?
Mizilla - Oct 1, 2010
10 repliesby Touch_Me-sama»»
Jul 10, 2021 8:36 AM
Is A Town In Bloom a real song?
Tony2Phones - Jul 24, 2014
2 repliesby Tony2Phones»»
Apr 27, 2018 2:43 PM
Poll: Old Boy Chapter 1 Discussion
Rasco - Oct 22, 2011
4 repliesby bleachsai»»
Dec 9, 2014 9:06 AM

Recent Featured Articles

Top 10 Adult Manga That Will Shake You To The Core!

Top 10 Adult Manga That Will Shake You To The Core!

Hey, just because you're getting older doesn't mean that you have to grow out of manga. There's a ton of excellent adult manga that are guaranteed to keep you a fan of the medium for life!
Rurouni Kenshin: A GOOD Live-Action Manga Adaptation!?!

Rurouni Kenshin: A GOOD Live-Action Manga Adaptation!?!

FUNimation is releasing a trilogy of live-action Rurouni Kenshin films in limited theatrical runs. The first one played in American theaters this week. It actually doesn't suck.



It’s time to ditch the text file.
Keep track of your anime easily by creating your own list.
Sign Up Login