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Synonyms: Busou Poker, Outlaw Man, Cool Shock B.T., Magic Boy B.T., Mashounen B.T., Say Hello to Virginia, Armed Poker, Poker Under Arms
Japanese: ゴージャス☆アイリン


Type: Manga
Volumes: 1
Chapters: 5
Status: Finished
Published: Dec 23, 1980 to Dec 20, 1986
Genre: Action Action
Demographic: Shounen Shounen
Serialization: Shounen Jump (Weekly)
Authors: Araki, Hirohiko (Story & Art)


Score: 5.881 (scored by 13941,394 users)
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Ranked: #187792
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Popularity: #6572
Members: 3,002
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Irene Lapona may have a youthful face and gentle physique, but when she applies makeup, she can utterly transform her appearance to look any way she pleases. Gorgeous, yet "so sadistic," Irene moonlights as a professional assassin. As skilled as she is, however, when another assassin targets her for revenge, she faces the toughest fight of her life.

In different settings of time and space, three separate tales occur. In the wild west, a historic poker game is about to unfold between two of its biggest outlaws, who are as unparalleled in skill as they are in deception. Far off in the deep reaches of space, a two-man freighter crew find themselves at the start of a tireless game of survival when a mysterious outsider plants a bomb within their ship. Finally, in a sleepy little town, clever young swindler B.T. finds that he'll have to put all his tricks to the test when the object of his affection comes into harm's way.

In Gorgeous☆Irene, JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken mastermind Hirohiko Araki brings together a collection of tales of gamblers and tricksters with "heroes" who throw righteousness straight out the door.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]

1-2. Gorgeous☆Irene
3. Mashounen B.T. (Magic Boy B.T.)
4. Virginia ni Yoroshiku (Say Hello to Virginia)
5. Busou Poker (Armed Poker)


Gorgeous☆Irene was published in Italian by Star Comics in 2001.



Jan 10, 2022
Mixed Feelings
What an interesting little set of manga. While these are by no means anything nearing "good" they offer a look at the development of Araki's style.

Poker Under Arms looks like something much more akin to Tezuka, which is normal for manga pre 1980. You can visibly see the lack of Akira or Fist of the North Star influencing Araki yet, as Otomo and Tetsuo Hara had yet to make it on the scene in a big way.

Meet Virginia was interesting to see Araki attempt sci-fi, as there really isn't anything like this of note that I've read in the early parts of Jojo. ...
Jan 6, 2018
*Note: This is ONLY covering the TWO chapters that are ACTUALLY about Gorgeous Irene. Super Brief Thoughts on the separate 3 chapters: 'Poker Under Arms' + 'Say Hello to Virginia' were intriguing but ultimately forgettable, while 'Cool Shock B.T.' was actually fun. ALL stories in this volume definitely have Araki's brain behind it, and the influences on JoJo can be seen here.*

Gorgeous Irene was......an interesting experience. Not a GREAT one, but it certainly stands out on more than the merit of inducing some slight cringe because of how amateurish this feels.

[Story - 4]

This uber-short series follows the adventures of Irene, a timid cloudcuckoolander who ...
Sep 9, 2020

Before I begin, the art is the only consistent things trough all of the short histories, its average, nothing more to be said about that.

Gorgeous Irene 1 & 2: 4

Golden Wind: Crackpot Edition

This is probably what anime haters think that anime is about, bad histories with bad characters filled with dumb over-the-top fights and a bunch of fanservice, also, the dialogue in this short story is way worse than the rest.
I don’t like using that Word unironically, but gorgeous Irene was pretty cringe, it feels like the author purposefully made ...

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