Zombie Powder.
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Zombie Powder.

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English: Zombiepowder.
Synonyms: Ultra Unholy Hearted Machine, Rune Master Urara, Bad Shield United, Kokumashi Urara


Type: Manga
Volumes: 4
Chapters: 30
Status: Finished
Published: Jul 19, 1999 to Feb 15, 2000
Genres: ActionAction, ComedyComedy, ShounenShounen, SupernaturalSupernatural
Authors: Kubo, Tite (Story & Art)
Serialization: Shounen Jump (Weekly)


Score: 7.061 (scored by 65916,591 users)
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Ranked: #69172
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Popularity: #1025
Members: 12,960
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Gamma Akutabi is a mysterious figure, drifting through the western desert with a giant sword slung over his shoulder and a right arm made completely of metal spreading up and over his cheek. He searches endlessly for a mythical set of 12 Rings of the Dead—jewelry said to give life to the possessor. These rings are hunted by mercenaries and outlaws alike for a wide variety of reasons, but Gamma seeks to grant himself eternal life by possessing all 12.

Gamma comes across teenager John Elwood Shepherd in his travels, who decides to follow Gamma after a brutal fight claims the life of his sister. Elwood seeks to use the Rings of the Dead to bring his sister back to life and quickly develops an admiration for Gamma, whose combat prowess saves Elwood's life time after time. Along the way, the two travelers encounter new friends and old allies from Gamma's past, working with them to defeat enemies who seek to use the Rings of the Dead for their own nefarious purposes.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]

Included one-shots:
Volume 2: Ultra Unholy Hearted Machine
Volume 3: Kokumashi Urara (Rune Master Urara)
Volume 4: Bad Shield United


Zombie Powder. was published in English by VIZ Media under the Shonen Jump imprint from September 5, 2006 to June 5, 2007.


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Jan 21, 2008
Qwerkzy (All reviews)
Zombie Powder is a bit of a mixed bag. It's really impossible to not compare it to Bleach, since Zombie Powder was the mangaka's previous work (a relatively commercially unsuccessful one, I should probably add). It's probably not altogether fair to make the comparison, but it can't be helped since I already saw Bleach (both the anime and the manga) so I might as well just go ahead honestly with that perspective in mind.

As far as art goes, it's very similar in style to Bleach-- good but not quite great. I would say that the mangaka's style hasn't really changed read more
Feb 22, 2009
Exiled-Masamune (All reviews)
This is my first review, so please bear with me if it's kind of bad.

This Manga could go either way for the reader really, it had quite a bit of potential and could have went further if it had a little more support. It is a shame that it didn't, Zombie powder had an interesting story and plot line, the story of the Rings of the Dead and the Zombie Powder is rarely something seen in Manga making its story more original than most, along with good action scenes excellent fight sequences and some bizarre moves, and plot twists, it's more than enough to keep read more
Dec 4, 2008
xMatronxMalicex (All reviews)
I've never seen or read Bleach, but from reading this, I don't think I even want to bother. The story is typical shonen fare, which normally doesn't bother me if it has something out of the ordinary. Forbidden powers? Check. Wacky villains? Check. Annoying pipsqueak sidekick? Check. Chick with abnormally huge knockers? Double check. The Rings of the Dead were an interesting concept, but immortality has been done before, and it's really just another fetch quest. The action is okay, but other than that, there's nothing to be had. The humor is either way out of bounds or just plain not funny.

The art is read more
Mar 25, 2008
skedaddle (All reviews)
It's obvious that this is an earlier work of Bleach's Tite Kubo. The art isn't quite as polished as her later projects and some of the story elements carried over. The characters are interesting, yet they seem like prototypes for some of her later series.

Pros: Interesting story, great chance to check out the development of a famous artist's/author's progress, unique character designs

Cons: Ending leaves the reader hanging, unsatisfying if you're read Kubo's later works, basic "searching for 'forbidden' things" plot

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