Kokou no Hito
The Climber
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Kokou no Hito

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Japanese: 孤高の人
English: The Climber
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Type: Manga
Volumes: 17
Chapters: 170
Status: Finished
Published: Nov 1, 2007 to Oct 27, 2011
Genres: Award Winning Award Winning, Drama Drama, Sports Sports
Theme: Psychological Psychological
Demographic: Seinen Seinen
Serialization: Young Jump
Authors: Sakamoto, Shinichi (Story & Art)


Score: 8.781 (scored by 3469134,691 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #422
2 based on the top manga page. Please note that 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #124
Members: 110,152
Favorites: 6,367

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Through pain and arduous effort, one can reach the top of the world. Standing where no man has ever set foot before, there is an exhilarating feeling of success. This is what Mori Buntarou trains, works, and lives for.

His climb to the top starts when he transfers to a new high school. Despite his lonesome and solitary nature, Mori's classmates persuade him to climb the school building. Without a harness or hesitation, he begins his scale to reach the top. Edging past the point of no return, he halts when he is faced with a final intimidating obstacle—a horizontal overhang. Adrenaline courses through him, and Mori jumps for the final hold at the summit.

From there, he casts his eyes upon something that he normally would not have seen—another peak, another goal. With an awakened passion and newfound purpose in life, Mori explores the breathtaking sport of rock climbing.

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Mori, Buntarou
Oonishi, Masao
Miyamoto, Hajime
Niimi, Taku
Katou, Hana
Takemura, Ayumu
Kurosawa, Mutsumi
Hara, Keito


Jun 21, 2024
A masterclass in show, don't tell.
I had little respect for the concept of free solo upon reading this. As a fellow climber, its hard to watch such recklessness. This is a climbing manga with great display of techniques, however that is not the main selling point. Rather than a traditional sports manga, the climber uses its premiss to explore solitude and self-discovery. Accompanied by beautiful and equally terrifying art.

Mori Buntarou is reclusive. Humans are a constant object of misunderstanding, they can be greedy, cruel and cunning, preying on your kindness.
Hey, fair enough, a life of pure solitude, uninterrupted by peoples misconceptions, uncorrupted pursuits of ...
May 6, 2024
This manga is peak. The art style is perfect and really really good. The characters, the plot, the character development, just everything, is perfect. This manga is definitely worth to read and you all won't regret it. It is fantastic. Once you started to read this manga, you'll get addicted to it. It just hits so hard emotionally. It'll motivate one to become a better person in life and in anything else.

This is not an ordinary sports manga, it's about a dark story of a teenager growing up in this society and wanted to be alone, and it says a lot about the society nowadays. ...
Sep 19, 2023
Yeah, it's sad. I found it to be really boring, i didn't managed to like one single character, i find all the choices the main character does stupid... it would be a 3/10 for me if it wasn't for the maestry of technical things Sakamoto - the mangaka, which i've read Innocent before, other of his works - did on Kokou no Hito. It is so beautiful, it has so many experimental things like characters getting crazy in the middle of the cold and their speech getting inverted in the speech balloons, the scene where Mori sees the dawn and there's an orchestra going on ...

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