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Synonyms: Kinniku-Man, Muscleman, Muscule Man, Musculman
Japanese: キン肉マン


Type: Manga
Volumes: Unknown
Chapters: Unknown
Status: Publishing
Published: May 15, 1979 to ?
Genres: ActionAction, ComedyComedy, ShounenShounen, SportsSports
Authors: Yudetamago (Story & Art)
Serialization: Shounen Jump (Weekly)


Score: 7.521 (scored by 726726 users)
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Ranked: #24052
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Popularity: #4559
Members: 2,627
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Kinnikuman (a.k.a. Kinniku Suguru) is a cowardly, clumsy, moronic, gyuudon-devouring excuse for a superhero (or Choujin)... who just happens to be the prince of an alien planet. But despite his pathetic appearance, he is very honorable and can become quite powerful when he needs to be. With his sidekick Meat-kun and fellow Choujin's Terryman and Ramenman there to help him, Suguru quests to become the greatest Choujin on the planet. Whether with a combination of tremendous heart and stamina (The Burning Inner Strength) or the "Power of Friendship," Kinnikuman frequently defeats villians 10 times more powerful than him and often causes his enemies to have a change of heart and join him. Though he seems destined to be an idiot forever, slowly but surely Kinnikuman becomes worthy of the title "Hero."

Note: Between volumes 36 and 37 publication there's 22 years gap. From volume 38 onwards starts restarted in 2011 version.


Kinnikuman won the 30th Shogakukan Manga Award for best children's manga in 1984. The manga was originally published in Weekly Shounen Jump from 1979 to 1987, and it restarted publication in 2011 in Shuu Play News.

In Spain, it was published in Catalan as Musculman by Glénat from November 2006 to June 2008.

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Dec 1, 2010
ichidori (All reviews)
The early feel of the manga has a Rocky kind of story a loser who proves himself to the world, although the later chapters did drag on alot. Not to mention plotholes mania.

Kinnikuman at it's early chapters seems like a kid's comedy but later when the tournament arc starts it's like the story got another creator, two words; Blood Baths. Although this is where the art peaks, and the story starts hitting speed,and we get some good fight scenes.

Not for everybody but a good manga if you wana see good fight scenes and colorful characters check it out.
Nov 15, 2014
THEAnimeHERO (All reviews)
Kinnikuman is possibly the most outrageous shonen series you'll ever come across with its wacky character designs and ludicrous battles but contains a burning inner strength of heroism whose characters can overshadow its shaky writing.

For starters, Kinnikuman is a very long series which is often compared to Dragon Ball due to multiple similarities such as tournaments and having a diverse selection of ethical characters of both heroes and villains. Much of the highlight of Kinnikuman are the characters but the series is a bit notorious for being very over-the-top which might prevent people from truly enjoying the series.

Initially, Kinnikuman was a super hero gag read more
Aug 7, 2014
OtakuJidai (All reviews)
An underrated work. Not the best, but something that really needs more attention.

Kinnikuman is a Shonen series focusing on multiple superheroes, namely Kinnikuman, fighting against evil in battles to decide Earth's fate. At first, it starts off as a gag manga, before becoming a comedic wrestling manga and finally, a more serious battle Shonen. It could be said that it was "The Dragon Ball before Dragon Ball", with both series having made similar transitions from gag manga to serious battles, enemies becoming allies after their defeat, multiple tournament arcs in each series and even both having a power level concept. Needless to say, a DB read more

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