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Japanese: シバトラ


Type: Manga
Volumes: 15
Chapters: 131
Status: Finished
Published: 2006 to 2009
Genres: Action Action, Drama Drama
Theme: Detective Detective
Demographic: Shounen Shounen
Authors: Kibayashi, Shin (Story), Asaki, Masashi (Art)


Score: 7.861 (scored by 21082,108 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #11092
2 based on the top manga page. Please note that 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #3392
Members: 5,853
Favorites: 56


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Volumes: /15
Chapters: /131


The story follows a rookie cop named Taketora Shibata who, despite his childish looks of a middle-schooler, fights against juvenile crime and has the ability to see anything at a crime scene. Nevertheless, it's still a struggle to rise out of the ranks and become a real detective.


Shibatora was adapted into an 11-episode TV drama which aired from July 8, 2008 to September 16, 2008.



Nov 3, 2020
Shibatora is a series starring a vertically challenged MC. He is a police officer who is in a part of the youth division section. They deal with crime committed by the underage. The series deals with various youth committed crimes and the after effects of those crimes and what not.

The series isn't just 1 whole story. Its several laced together in a sense. Their are a total of 5 arcs i believe. Each dealing with minor's and how they have their own problems. I think the author did a good job in trying the make the children *not* the bad guys. One of the ...
Sep 6, 2020
Shibatora is an average detective manga, and that is okay because this manga is pretty fluctuative in its aspects.

Story: 7/10
The story of Shibatora has its highs and lows. Some of the arcs have lazy conclusions, to the point that it is quite forced. I particularly hated the reveal and conclusion of the final confrontation of the final arc. However, I like the overall story structure and how it rarely has any plot holes. I also think the culmination of Taketora's story was kinda neat; after being blessed/cursed with the 'hands of death' throughout the whole manga, he acquired the 'hand of life' at the very ...
Aug 19, 2015
Mixed Feelings

Summary: Good series with feel-good elements. If you want realistic reactions then it all goes downhill in the final arc. -2 points for the final arc. Worth reading but prepare for disappointment towards the end.

Edit: The ending arc ticked me off which affected my review, so here is an updated review.

If you are a fan of good-hearted naive main characters then this is for you. If you are more realistic and is not a fan of soft hearted and naive MCs (to the detriment of other people) then this is not for you. If you are a believer in that people can change ...

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