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Japanese: 軍鶏


Type: Manga
Volumes: 34
Chapters: 338
Status: Finished
Published: 1998 to Jan 13, 2015
Genres: Action Action, Drama Drama
Themes: Martial Arts Martial Arts, Psychological Psychological
Demographic: Seinen Seinen
Serialization: Evening
Authors: Tanaka, Akio (Story & Art), Hashimoto, Izou (Story)


Score: 7.561 (scored by 95229,522 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #22612
2 based on the top manga page. Please note that 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #522
Members: 27,876
Favorites: 741

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At the age of sixteen Ryo Narushima was a genius and looked to have no trouble of getting into Tokyo University and joining the elite of society. However, that summer something cracked inside Ryo's head. With a small knife he brutally murdered both of his parents only leaving his sister alive and cowering in a corner. It is at this grotesque incident that our story begins.

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In 2004 the series moved from Manga Action to Evening, resetting the chapter count starting at volume 20. It was discontinued in 2007 due to authors creative differences but returned in 2011.

Starting from volume 26, the first volume from when the series returned from a long hiatus, the series has been completely written and drawn by Akio Tanaka. While Izou Hashimoto did write the series in the beginning, he had been doing less and less work starting from volume 4. Tanaka and Hashimoto reached a settlement and Shamo continued.

The series' first thirteen volumes were published in Spanish by Otakuland between 2003 and 2005.


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Feb 1, 2015
Over the last month or so I've seen a ton of praise for the manga "Shamo" and recently I just read the whole thing and I feel very let down.

Overall the characterization of Ryu just felt like really all over the place and I didn't feel like it was because he was crazy, it just felt like the author didn't know what he was doing exactly with the character and experimented a lot more than he should have.

Then there's the whole constant perspective swaps that end up taking up nearly half of the chapters in the series. Ryu is the protagonist, he's the "interesting" ...
Jun 4, 2017
I have heard a great deal about Shamo prior to reading it and it left me with the impression that it’s supposed to be one of the most unique manga around. Furthermore, the synopsis certainly did much to cement that impression.

Well, Shamo is a great and unique manga, but readers may find it is also very familiar.

To begin, the synopsis is misleading. Everything it says does happen, but it gives the impression that what it says is the primary focus of the manga when I would easily argue that it is a fairly unimportant detail that only serves as an explanatory backstory. Seems crazy to ...
Oct 30, 2020
I read some of the reviews and how can someone hate this manga? yall just don't understand the latest chapters, the message from the author, and the philosophy of it. tbh I was going to score this manga 9, but the ending made me score 10.
everyone is upset with the ending, but why you hate something that you don't understand? Shamo doesn't deserve a score below 7-8 trust me. everyone has their own opinion, but saying like that "It'S BaD" makes me mad. People who keep saying that in shamo there were no psychological meanings, no philosophy and that was just stupid story, had ...

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