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Japanese: クロガネ


Type: Manga
Volumes: 8
Chapters: 70
Status: Finished
Published: Sep 5, 2011 to Jan 28, 2013
Authors: Ikezawa, Haruto (Story & Art)
Serialization: Shounen Jump (Weekly)


Score: 7.591 (scored by 5270 users)
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Ranked: #27322
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Popularity: #543
Members: 9,812
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Volumes: /8
Chapters: /70


Kurogane Hiroto is in high school, where he is academically the top of his class but literally the worst in physical activity. Born with a weak body, he has no endurance, speed nor strength and Hiroto wants nothing more than to be a hero. Fate teases him by giving him phenomenal eye sight, which allows him to see well beyond anyone else in sports, but his body is not able to react to any of it.

He learns from his friend Shiratori, who wants to recruit him for the Kendo team, about a rumor about a ghost named Tojo Sayuri, who wields a katana and haunts an ally in the city. Half curious, Hiroto goes there only to find that the ghost is real and that Tojo Sayuri has been looking for a successor to her Sakura sword style for 150 years. Sayuri chooses him as the successor after being able to dodge her attack and forces him to learn the Sakura style. Even with the help of the ancient swordsman ghost, Hiroto has to overcome his poor motor skills in order to be the hero he always wanted to be.

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Jan 3, 2012
This manga is still in its very early stages, but the author has established some great characters, a good setting, and good precedent with the cleanliness of the art.

The focus is a boy named Kurogane, a no-strength hero who picks up a spirit (Hikaru no Go style), and does Kendo in his school. It is like many other sports manga in that respect. Unlike something like Prince of Tennis, it seems that the techniques shown are things taken out of real Kendo, instead of fantasy moves (also like Gamaran, which is full of BS martial arts).

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Jan 28, 2013
What comes down to a lot of manga being successful in the long run is if whether it is popular or not. In Kurogane's case it unfortunately missed the mark and was axed, but this doesn't reduce its value any less.

Kurogane is a sports shounen manga based around the sport kendo in a high school setting. However, the author puts a small supernatural twist on it to try to make it 'fresh'. Unfortunately, since it was axed we never get to see Kurogane's full potential as it sets itself up for something that could have been great, but never could show it.

Story: 7/10

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Feb 5, 2012
Ok, here goes my first ever review! ;)

This manga has been a very enjoyable read so far even though it has barely begun. The characters are well designed and there's a good balance of the characters you need for this kind of sports manga.

Story: This is rather unique to the sports mangas I've read. Unlike other sporting mangas where the main character is a natural and very skilled, the main character of Kurogane, Hiroto, is a very (and I seriously do mean VERY) weak person and because of it he is stopped from playing sports. By a slight twist of fate and his determination read more
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Jun 18, 2013
Hi, this is a awesome manga and a really simple yet enjoyable one, the story is great and it appears that is still ongoin, i've just read chapter 49, i really hope this manga will continue for a long time
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