Tank Tankuro
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Tank Tankuro

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English: Tank Tankuro
Japanese: タンク・タンクロー


Type: Manga
Volumes: 1
Chapters: Unknown
Status: Finished
Published: Jan 1934 to Dec 1936
Genres: ActionAction, AdventureAdventure, MechaMecha, Sci-FiSci-Fi
Authors: Sakamoto, Gajo (Story & Art)
Serialization: None


Score: 1 (scored by - users)
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Ranked: #187112
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Popularity: #28429
Members: 108
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MangaSakamoto, Gajo (Story & Art)
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First published in 1934, Tank Tankuro was one of the most famous manga characters during the time, lining up next to Norakuro. He is said to be one of the first roboto ever to appear in Japanese manga and may be the first superhero in manga. He fights villain, Kuro Kabuto, who attacks Japan, and this Kuro Kabuto is famous among Japanese SF fans that it has resemblance to Darth Vader of Star Wars. Tank Tankuro influenced greatly, many manga artists, such as Shigeru Sugiura, Osamu Tezuka, Fujiko Fujio, etc., and is the foundation stone from which many masterpieces of manga art would spring from. Tank Tankuro became the archetype for various Japanese manga heroes that were to follow. This work is famous for its innovative and captivating adventure stories full of surrealism, nonsense, innocence, absurdity, and eccentricity.

(Source: Presspop inc.)


Tank Tankuro was published in English by the Japanese publisher Presspop inc. in 2011.


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May 12, 2019
T3Deliciouz (All reviews)
Not Applicable/10
Only leaving a score so it can be submitted. Reflects my enjoyment of the art.

First off, I refuse to rate this manga for two reasons. The first being that it was written from children in 1934 Japan. I am an American adult in 2019. I am too far separated from this product's origin. This is not to say you cannot judge series separated from you, but you need other products with which to compare and a bit of context for the culture. This is my first manga from the 1930s I've read and only 1930s Japanese media piece I've consumed. I have read more
Apr 10, 2019
flomu (All reviews)
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Tank Tankuro is historically important as a 1930s pre-war "manga", an early pioneer of story-driven manga, and an inspiration for Astro Boy and Doraemon, but the medium has come a long, long way since then. Pick this up for historical interest and the insightful essays bundled with the English print version, because the comic itself has little entertainment value.

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Tank Tankuro is a "superhero" of sorts, but is basically just a weird guy in a ball who fights weird enemies... like a sumo wrestler in a tree and a big monk with a bell. Tankuro initially read more

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