Darren Shan
Cirque du Freak
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Darren Shan

Alternative Titles

Japanese: ダレン・シャン
English: Cirque du Freak
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Type: Manga
Volumes: 12
Chapters: 114
Status: Finished
Published: Aug 9, 2006 to Feb 4, 2009
Genre: Adventure Adventure
Theme: Vampire Vampire
Demographic: Shounen Shounen
Serialization: Shounen Sunday
Authors: Arai, Takahiro (Story & Art), Shan, Darren (Story)


Score: 7.861 (scored by 29962,996 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #11572
2 based on the top manga page. Please note that 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #2816
Members: 7,309
Favorites: 327


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Volumes: /12
Chapters: /114


Darren Shan's an ordinary schoolboy, until he and his best friend Steve get tickets to the Cirque Du Freak, a bizarre freak show featuring such arcane performers. In the midst of the ghoulish excitement, true terror raises its head when Steve recognizes that one of the performers—Mr Crepsley—is in fact a vampire! That's when the hands of fate changes the lives of them forever!

(Source: Aku-Tenshi)


Darren Shan is based on the novel Cirque Du Freak from The Saga of Darren Shan by Darren Shan from 2000.

The series was published in English as Cirque du Freak by Yen Press from June 9, 2009 to January 24, 2012.



Jan 4, 2021
I have extremely mixed feelings on this series, mostly because I'm not trying to be blinded by nostalgia while writing this. Reason being that this is the first manga series that I ever read, and currently one of the only titles that I have completed. I will also not be comparing this series to the books as I have not read them and am honestly not planning on doing so. Anyway, the structure of this review will be in the order of what you rank before writing a review (this is my first review, so I apologize if it's a bit wordy!)

Okay, prepare yourself, because ...
Oct 14, 2018
This manga is great, don't get me wrong.

The only thing I would say to anyone looking to get into this is that the books are 100 times better, and the manga should only be read once you have read the books imo.

I gave the story outstanding because after all, it is a masterpiece. Darren shan is an amazing writer and having read all the books myself (as well as the saga of larten crepsley), I can say that having this level of art gives a bit more context and value to the story.

This is my 1st ever review so don't judge. thx =)
Mar 28, 2015
for those who do not know, the darren shan manga adaption is derived from a series of english novels known as cirque du freak. the original author shares the name of the main character, while the manga art is done by takahiro arai.

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the story starts off with two young boys, darren shan and his friend steve leonard. darren has an infatuation for spiders, while steve is obsessed with vampires. the two of them wind up going to a traveling circus known as the cirque du freak. within this circus is a vampire by the name of larten crepsley, whom steve recognizes. steve wants to ...

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This NEEDS an anime adaptation
ScatteredCat - Sep 9, 2022
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kage-bunshin - Jan 31, 2010
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Does this adapt all the books
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No group translating darren shan?
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Chances of this getting an anime?
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