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Loose Senki: Old Boy

Loose Senki: Old Boy

Alternative Titles

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

Information

Type: Manga
Volumes: 8
Chapters: 79
Status: Finished
Published: 1996 to 1998
Authors: Caribu, Marley (Story), Minegishi, Shinmei (Art)
Serialization: Manga Action

Statistics

Score: 7.601 (scored by 2588 users)
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Ranked: #23412
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Popularity: #1040
Members: 6,140
Favorites: 133
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Volumes: /8
Chapters: /79
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Synopsis

Ten years ago, they took him in. He doesn't even know who. And for ten years, he has been confined in a private prison. He doesn't know why. For ten years, his only contact with the outside world has been a television set and the voices of his jail mates. In time, he lost himself. He changed...transformed himself into something else...something hard...something lethal. Suddenly, one day his incarceration ends, again without explanation. He is sedated, stuffed inside a trunk, and dumped in a park. When he awakes, he is free to reclaim what's left of his life...and what's left is revenge.

(Source: Dark Horse)

Background

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.

Characters

Gotou, Shinichi
Gotou, Shinichi
Main
Kakinuma, Takaaki
Kakinuma, Takaaki
Main
Eri
Eri
Supporting
Yamashiro
Yamashiro
Supporting
Hirose, Suzanne
Hirose, Suzanne
Supporting
Hirado
Hirado
Supporting
Nambu
Nambu
Supporting


More reviewsReviews

Feb 23, 2010
BDL (All reviews)
The objective of this review is to compare Old Boy manga with its Korean live-action adaptation.

I've watched Oldboy's live-action first, and so I decided to also read the manga.

The Korean Oldboy is a very violent Tarantino-esque movie, but yet full of psychological elements and plot twists. In the movie, Goto is also locked in a hotel room, a private prison. While in the manga he spends 10 years locked, in the movie he is locked for 15 years. In the live-action, Goto is accused of murdering his wife. But the murder occurred while he was imprisoned, so he wasn't guilty. In read more
Jun 11, 2015
Maz-Maz (All reviews)
After being knocked-out cold, kidnapped and locked in a private prison for ten years in a small room with no heating, Goto, our 'old boy', is finally set free. He decides that he'll find whoever did this to him, whatever it takes. Truly, it is a revenge served cold.

It's astonishing that some writers can't muster up suspense to cover a chapter, while Tsuchiya, Garon (the author of Old Boy) can arguably be credited with creating 79 pure, frustrating yet awesome, chapters of suspense. Lost following the perspective of the paranoid Goto, the reader guesses at every ally and even random people, as you endlessly try read more
Apr 13, 2013
steven90925 (All reviews)
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 read more
Oct 29, 2012
truisms (All reviews)
A psychological thriller, Old Boy deftly addresses concepts of isolation and vengeance while managing to, for the most part, carry suspense. It definitely has strengths, in particular the characterizations which are interesting and for the most part realized. It explores the psyche of both the protaganist and the villain, both outliers from most of society, in a way that is compelling, and makes both of them relatable and sympathetic. Where this manga suffers, though, is the pacing and the story. While the concept is certainly interesting, in the end it feels almost anticlimatic: the buildup is there to be unleashed, with diverse elements being unraveled read more

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