Keimusho no Naka
Doing Time
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Keimusho no Naka

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Synonyms: In the Prison
Japanese: 刑務所の中
English: Doing Time
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Type: Manga
Volumes: 1
Chapters: 12
Status: Finished
Published: Feb 25, 1998 to Feb 25, 2000
Genre: Slice of Life Slice of Life
Theme: Memoir Memoir
Serialization: AX
Authors: Hanawa, Kazuichi (Story & Art)


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Ranked: #108492
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Members: 970
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This is a semi-autobiographical story of manga author Kazuichi Hanawa's time when he was taken in for a violation of bearing of arms.

The main character really loves to collect guns, what can he to do about this? Nothing, really. He cant help it even if he is living in a country where its illegal to own any. All he can do is to continue his hobby and hope that nothing goes wrong.

Well, it did go wrong and we follow his experience in prison.



Keimusho no Naka was published in English as Doing Time by Fanfare and Ponent Mon on May 8, 2004.

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Mar 22, 2016
I can't believe how good the prison food in Japan seems! Why didn't Kaiji just go to trial and take a sentence for his debts?!

Autobiographical mangas are a pretty rare breed. Since the editors have a clear understanding of what sells very few authors have the chance to just rant about things that happened in their lives. This manga isn't exiting or tear jerking or funny. It's just a reflection of life in a very specific circumstance and it's great at it. You get to read about their routine, work environment, how other minor offenders see life during and after prison and how it affects ...
Dec 22, 2020
I've never read an autobiographical manga, yet i haven't heard of one besides Keimusho no Naka. And it's something else.

By the time i read it for the first time as a teenager, i was astonished by it. Although japanese low security prisons really sound great, people tend to forget how this is centered around someone paying for his crimes and suffering the consequences.

It really blow your mind to see this in a manga, and better, by the perspective of the one who actually did it. The art is great and makes you immerse into how Kazuichi is feeling there. There's also a handful of ...
Aug 20, 2022
Art is pretty good, even though some people look weirdly short it's just the Artist's style or his choice characterize himself and others and hella short.

Love the theme of incarceration and life in prison itself, but damn did nothing happen in this manga. I know its a Biographical manga, but this manga is basically 30% mundane life in prison 5% struggles the inmates would have in prison, 65% YUMMY YUMMY JAPANESE PRISON FOOD IS SO YUMMY. He wouldn't stop talking about the damn prison food. Looked more like a cook book then an acutal life in prison story.

Art: 6/10
Story: 2/10

Overall: Learned a lot ...

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