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Kamui Gaiden  
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This is continuation of Kamui-den from 1964.
The first few volumes were published in a shonen magazine and the manga changed art style and direction when it switched to a seinen publication.
This violent and sexual explicit part of the narrative was the basis for the american adaptation by Eclipse Comics in the 1980s and it´s unedited Viz re-release in 1999.

For a more complete write-up see Wikipedia.


Related Series
Kamui Den (Prequel)
Kamui-Den Dai-2-bu (Sequel)

Associated Names
Legend of Kamui Continuation
More Legends of Kamui

Groups Scanlating

Latest Release(s)

Status in Country of Origin
21 Volumes (Complete, by Shogakukan in 1966)
2 Volumes (Reprint, by Mushi Pro in 1972)
1 Volume (Reprint, by Mushi Pro in 1973)
20 Volumes (Reprint, by Shogakukan in 1983)
19 Volumes (Bunkoban, by Shogakukan in 1988)
12 Volumes (Reprint, by Shogakuan in 1994)
12 Volumes (Bunkoban, by Shogakuan in 1997)
11 Volumes (Ketteiban, by Shogakukan in 2006)
8 Volumes (Reprint, by Shogakukan in 2009)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Chapter 1

User Reviews


User Rating
Average: 8.3 / 10.0 (10 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.15 / 10.0
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Last Updated
November 23rd 2015, 3:19am PST



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Original Publisher
Mushi Pro (1972, 1973)
Shogakukan (1965 [magazine only], 1966, 1983, 1994, 1997, 2006, 2009)

Serialized In (magazine)
Big Comic (Shogakukan)
Shuukan Shounen Sunday (Shogakukan)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Viz (2 Volumes - Dropped)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #903 increased(+311)
Monthly Pos #1947 increased(+334)
3 Month Pos #2849 increased(+768)
6 Month Pos #4376 increased(+307)

List Stats
On 20 reading lists
On 80 wish lists
On 20 completed lists
On 2 unfinished lists
On 24 custom lists

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The older Lone Wolf and the slightly better   
Rating: 8.5 / 10.0
by residentgrigo
February 15th, 2015, 9:34am
This classic chambara (if i can call it that as Kamui is a ninja) is important to the filed of seinen but only the slightly later release Kozure Ookami and company are know outside of japan as these were completely released over the pond while Kamui´s translated exploits are sporadicat best. The longer Eclipse Comics translation (the added history editorials are great btw.) from the 80s took out some of the darker elements like gang rape which is frequent and the entire manga is very NC-17 in all aspects. These elements are better handled then the exploitative way Koike uses sex and violence in all his tales but a mass market audience will still be horrified so this is for hardcore seinen dogs only even if most of the content is very justified. I have given Lone Wolf which is Koike´s best manga a slightly lower score but both are similar in most aspects and even have similar problems with length but this manga is superior in all fronts but the ending. The art quality is on par with it and very gritty if again mass marker unfriendly. New here it the very unappealing nudity for example that will turn a lot off and the large amount of old and ugly people won´t help. The titular anti-hero himself is hard to get into if you are a newcomer to the genre most of all.
He interacts will all sorts of people along the way but always stays a step removed.
He let´s women lean against him and touch his skin but he refuses to go further. He searches and searches and even becomes somewhat unsympathetic along the way (his slasher smile is comparable to the one Guts employs) but real answers not be found and the journey continues in the sequel. He is even absent for half the time but that just only adds to the mystery and flavor! The well researched historical background of the 17th century is just a marvel in execution and the action scenes have not aged a day. To make matters clear as the series release history is confusing. This version of Kamui was releases in a shonen magazine at first so the early art and content are comparable to the youth friendlier prequel or the 60s anime. It is a simple and straightforward tale in that form but the magazine changes was a big turning point for the series as this is where the dark art, the high amount of sex + violence and the lofty narrative ambitions come from. Basically the reason i am writing this. If am am wrong about any of this then please inform me. It is a shame that the series still has to get a complete english version out of the door but maybe one day. This gekiga masterpiece is ultimately flawed just like it´s modern brother in arms Mugen no Juunin so Azumi + Rurouni Kenshin are the high point for this solely japanese way of expression for now but Kamui´s tale is one for the ages nonetheless.
New tales about him from the master occasionally come out to this days and i wouldn´t have it any other way.

... Last updated on February 15th, 2015, 10:08am
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Rating: 4.0 / 10.0
by Andrakax
October 23rd, 2008, 12:33am
Its not a horrible manga, but, after reading the whole first volume, I'm still wondering what the plot is.

The older style art makes it rather hard to follow at times. The fighting is so-so.

Mature for breasts being seen all over the place. But, due to the art style, its not ecchi in the least. The author seems to want to show you the reality of history.
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