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Synonyms: Death Frenzy, Crazy for Death
Japanese: シグルイ


Type: Manga
Volumes: 15
Chapters: 84
Status: Finished
Published: Jun 19, 2003 to Jul 17, 2010
Genres: Action Action, Drama Drama
Themes: Gore Gore, Historical Historical, Martial Arts Martial Arts, Samurai Samurai
Demographic: Seinen Seinen
Serialization: Champion RED
Authors: Yamaguchi, Takayuki (Art), Nanjou, Norio (Story)


Score: 8.091 (scored by 70877,087 users)
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Ranked: #5432
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Popularity: #628
Members: 22,480
Favorites: 745

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The sadistic daimyo Tadanaga Tokugawa has decreed Japan's first martial arts competition with real swords, appalling even the most loyal of his retainers. However, when the spectators realize that the first match pits the one-armed Gennosuke Fujiki against the blind and lame Seigen Irako, even those with the most forceful objections declare the match to be a farce and the combatants' deformities an affront to their station.

Most of the attendees are unaware of the deep-seated hatred Gennosuke and Seigen hold for each other, which stems from their struggle to become the heir to the insane samurai Kogan Iwamoto, leader of the notorious Kogan-ryuu dojo. Their once-cordial rivalry for Kogan-ryuu and the hand of Kogan's daughter Mie quickly turns violent when one of the young warriors angers the master, causing a chain of events that eventually leads to their severe injuries.

Shigurui chronicles the decisions that led Gennosuke and Seigen to this desperate point, as well as the many lives ruined by the brutality of samurai culture.

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Jan 2, 2013
opbuzz (All reviews)
This manga was a huge surprise for me. after reading dozens of manga I was looking for something more mature in nature , a manga that doesn't cover the blood, and really show just how brutal a sword fight could actually is.

Shigurui put's on a time machine to were honor tradition is all that's matter, nothing is spared from the reader as the characters fight, laugh and f***.

it's not long and very addicting, please stay with it longer that the first 2 chapters, after that you would find yourself submerged deep in the plot.

Jun 21, 2013
gwern (All reviews)
Mod Edit: This review may contain spoilers.

_Shigurui_ is about power. Seizing power, developing power, sabotaging power. We see power exercised in casual assassinations, marauding groups of murderers, offhand executions of random ronin, the social power of giving bad etiquette advice, the confinement of a demon warrior within a rigid hierarchy, the seductive power of beautiful women... It's not so much that _Shigurui_ is an extended demonstration of the amorality of power, but it demonstrates the corrupting effects of power, the *immorality* of power. Power once had will be abused, and we will see it done so for every reason: bloodlust, sexual lust, entertainment, pride, advertising, read more
Jul 11, 2021
N1eR (All reviews)
I must admit, I got the motivation to write this piece out of spite of the negative reviews that I came across when I took interest in the judgment of other people, after finishing the manga and the anime. So as to say that here I will provide the points and my thought-process of how all of these so-called flaws of this piece of art actually serve as great and purposeful narrative tools that enhance it with barely any drawbacks. Now I do not intend to imply that no criticism is acceptable, as it completely depends on the reasoning and of course I will not read more
Feb 16, 2014
stonnyfor (All reviews)
Shigurui is one of my favorite stories of all time but I almost chose not to read it due to the fact that I really did not like the anime and how it was done. In the end I gave the manga a chance and loved every moment of it.

the plot
The story is about two great swordsmen one is blind and crippled and the other has lost an arm. They are sworn Enemies and hate each other read more

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