Darren Shan
Cirque du Freak
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Darren Shan

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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 29222,922 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #10572
2 based on the top manga page. Please note that 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #2629
Members: 7,062
Favorites: 323


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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.


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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 ...
Apr 20, 2014
"I don't like it, but my hands are tied. I just want you to know this: if I ever get the chance to betray you, I will. If the opportunity arises to pay you back, I'll take it. You'll never be able to trust me." ~ Darren Shan (the character)

Cirque du Freak, also known as Darren Shan, is a manga based off of a popular vampire novel from one of my favorite authors, Darren Shan (yes, he named the character in the book after himself). This isn't your normal vampire manga, however; it is a rollercoaster of twists and turns, and if you can get ...

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Recent Forum Discussion

This NEEDS an anime adaptation
ScatteredCat - Sep 9, 2022
0 repliesby ScatteredCat»»
Sep 9, 2022 1:25 AM
Does this adapt all the books
Klerj - May 5, 2022
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May 5, 2022 1:07 AM
No group translating darren shan?
PhoenixIce - Feb 11, 2011
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Sep 20, 2021 12:15 PM
Chances of this getting an anime?
ittou_shura - Jun 18, 2014
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Mar 1, 2019 7:42 AM
Darren Shan Final Chapter
Dark_Valentine - Jun 7, 2013
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Dec 17, 2013 7:22 AM

It’s time to ditch the text file.
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