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Kokou no Hito

Kokou no Hito

Alternative Titles

English: The Climber
Japanese: 孤高の人


Type: Manga
Volumes: 17
Chapters: 170
Status: Finished
Published: 2007 to 2012
Authors: Sakamoto, Shinichi (Story & Art)
Serialization: Young Jump


Score: 8.451 (scored by 4125 users)
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On his first day of transferring to a new high school, a loner named Mori Buntarou, is cajoled by a classmate into climbing the school building. Despite knowing that one misstep could send him spiraling to his death, he moves forward, and upon finally reaching the top, Mori experiences a sense of fulfillment. That feeling, which seems to be telling him, "You're alive!" gives birth to an adrenaline for rock-climbing.

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Mori, Buntarou
Mori, Buntarou
Miyamoto, Hajime
Miyamoto, Hajime
Takemura, Ayumu
Takemura, Ayumu
Oonishi, Masao
Oonishi, Masao
Niimi, Taku
Niimi, Taku
Murata, Yasufumi
Murata, Yasufumi
Ninomiya, Yuusuke
Ninomiya, Yuusuke

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Mar 10, 2015
Its a sort of coming of age story, that is to say, we watch as this young aimless boy becomes a man through the many trials and tribulations he faces, through the mountains he climbs and the people he meets. From the inception he is ostracized from those around him (largely by his own accord) who has no clear goals in life. As fate would have it, he is bullied into climbing, and in turn he develops a deep love for it. Death, betrayal, disloyalty and sacrifice follow Mori on his passage to adulthood and Kokou no Hito is able to present the harsh read more
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Dec 21, 2011
The feeling of fulfillment comes in many forms. For young Buntarou Mori, rock climbing quickly became a passion and a reason to enjoy life, as well as a fulfilling sensation. Who would have thought that the sport of rock climbing could make such a deep and interesting story?

Story: 9/10
Shinichi Sakamoto did an absolutely wonderful job of mixing sports with drama and a hint of some psychological and romantic aspects. It's a more serious manga, yet you're presented with story full of moments where you want to cry happily for the characters fulfilling their accomplishments, smile at the seemingly rare "adorable" scenes, and laugh at some read more
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Jul 31, 2015
This is not a typical sports manga. There is no friendship, no team spirit, no working towards the same goal. It's more psychological than sports.

The goal of climbing is not to beat the opponent, it is to reach the top of a mountain. That is usually done in a team of two or more people, so you would expect some team dynamics at least, but that is not the case with Kokou no Hito. The protagonist Mori Buntarou climbs alone and over the span of the story you learn about his past and why he pushes everyone away and isolates himself.
It starts like read more
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Sep 21, 2010
"You are alive!"
That's the feeling it's all about.

I picked this manga by pure coincidence. When I read the first chapter I was like: "Climbing? Gimme a break! Boring..."
This is also the reason why I decided to write this review. You don't have to like mountains to like this manga. Moreover, after reading it, chapter by chapter, you start to understand this passion (climbing) a little.

Kokou no Hito (The Climber) is an uncommon manga about Buntarou Mori, a high school transfer student, who discovers his passion for climbing mountains.
(Sounds odd, doesn't it? I thought so too, but I gave it a try and it sure read more
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