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Officer Shibata Taketora works in a local koban (a small police office). He may have a child-like face on the outside, but he's more serious than anyone in his pursuit of justice! With his goal being to become a detective, Taketora confronts everyday problems that happen within the town! Various incidents within the street make him chase after and apprehend criminals!


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Debusen (Spin-Off)

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Latest Release(s)
v.15 c.130 + Extra (end) by Deadbeat-Scans (1635d ago)
v.15 c.129 by Deadbeat-Scans (1639d ago)
v.15 c.128 by Deadbeat-Scans (1640d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
15 Volumes (Complete)

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User Rating
Average: 8.4 / 10.0 (348 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.24 / 10.0
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Last Updated
October 26th 2017, 6:23am PST



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Monthly Pos #1019 increased(+218)
3 Month Pos #1625 increased(+46)
6 Month Pos #1745 increased(+58)

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Draws you in..   
Rating: N/A
by ssuasw
June 17th, 2008, 10:39pm
Interesting story so far...
A policeman with the looks of a middle schooler trying his best to fight crime even though his looks work against him.
Quite funny ,the female police officers treat him like a toy or a doll to mess around with since he resembles a cute kid,and has a hard time getting anyone to take him seriously.
Though it still has a seinen feel to it with its mature topics related to drugs and child abuse.
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I don't want to give it a 10   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Ginny
June 28th, 2014, 5:36pm
This manga was cruel to me. For the first time manga almost made me cry because of....happiness? Like wtf! I never cry for those reasons. I feel toyed with. I may not have cried, but to be pushed to a teary eyes...... Anyway, it ended the way I expected it to. Shibatora is enjoyable and does explore many moral concerning teens, but most manga are like that. Naruto is nonstop morals and integrity. Shibatora is a little deeper though and not recommended to all.

What I learned
1. Behind every sinister child is a sinister adult
2. Believe and you shall achieve
3. Everyone can change, but not everyone is blessed with equal opportunities to change
4. Children are cruel
5. Shibata Taketora is AWESOME and a GREAT person of saint status!

... Last updated on June 28th, 2014, 5:38pm
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so funny and good   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by elalendi
January 16th, 2009, 2:37pm
I like it a lot. Plenty of action and humor and some surprisng plot twists. Also a little mysterious what with his unrevealed past and everything... and every character's so interesting. The humor parts crack me up!
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Bipolar story   
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by ghostmage
February 10th, 2011, 5:36pm
This one jumped the tracks for me. The beginning was really enjoyable with a balanced mix of humor and seriousness. Later on however in volume 8 (maybe 9 or10 in the raws? can't remember) it drops the lighter elements and humor in favor of mostly heavy drama and serious topics taken to extremes. I can't say to much without spoilers, but the shift robbed the enjoyment and even the feeling of realism from the story for me. There was too much over-drama and too many things happen to the people Shibatora knows for the story to keep its flow and impact.
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Naively dramatic cop   
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by tsuto
July 21st, 2008, 7:35am
At first, I thought it would be a GTO clone type of manga, but it really finds its own way as the plot develops. Shibatora might be a naive and idealistic cop, with issues about his appearance, but he has the determination to stick with his ideals no matter which situation he is involved in.
I'm looking forward for more releases, and as well, to know about his past.

... Last updated on July 21st, 2008, 7:36am
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Rating: N/A
by DeezO
June 23rd, 2012, 6:33pm
art: is pretty good, everything looks well drawn, worked out nice
plot: the twists are ok, not bad at all. The characters are easy to like, their skills and powers well shown, you "believe" the story and then it hits you. The plot is sometimes so constructed that it gets hilarious,i personally hate manga/manwha/stories wre enemies have to be the enemies for the sake of the conflict, when they have no real reason to be suspicious or an enemy at all, if this isnt explained well the story just gets hilarious, this is a DRAMA story very much so, if u like me need convincing characters and even more convincing enemies be not surprised with this one
i would give this series a much, much, much higher rating if it would convince me of the reasons for these suspicions but its just unbelievable at times (see spoiler <.<")
the only thing that kept me going are the characters which i started to like

Spoiler (mouse over to view)
" for example a lil girl of 12 years old is involved in the murder of a 60+ guy and the protagonist has to convince his superiors heavily that shes the victim of a rape attempt, while all the investigators look skeptically on him and the whole series i am like wat? Wat? WAAAAT ?O.O No Money was taken, the "murder" was already discussed in the news and the police is used to arrest 12 year old serial killers O.o for sure..."

... Last updated on June 23rd, 2012, 6:37pm
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by pshomid
January 13th, 2011, 10:21am
By the author of Kunimitsu no Matsuri (I've read over half of that and i love it), this manga's good. It touches various serious topics with a light-hearted art. The main character's lovable and despite his childish appearances, he's a full grown adult. Like kunimitsu, he's an idealistic man of some sort, but he's smarter and more mature. Some of the storylines may be a little bit shounen-ny but it's executed beautifully. I want to comment more about the story but my language skill's doesn't allow me, ha-ha. With 39 chapters scanlated, i hope that i can read it more in the future. I gave it 10 because i want the rating to go up.

... Last updated on January 13th, 2011, 10:27am
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by BobbyWibowo
June 11th, 2014, 8:29am
This is absolutely a masterpiece. Well, at least from my point of view. All the talks about morals, and nowadays problems caused and happened to youngsters this days are pretty well covered in this series. The unbelievably kind main character also gives quite a lot plus point to the whole manga itself. Well, this is totally recommended for mystery manga lovers.
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Gets rather preachy   
Rating: N/A
by philip72
May 28th, 2013, 10:08pm
Starts off great, but by the end of the series it devolved into a overly dramatic (though violent) morality play, full of "life lessons". I half expected Smokey the Bear to show up and tell me to help stop forest fires.
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Jumped the shark.   
Rating: N/A
by jarrow
May 26th, 2013, 10:19pm
Now at chapter 129, and an otherwise enjoyable manga has totally jumped the shark. The situations previous to this last story were serious, yes, but not overblown.
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
This last chunk where that asshole murders 4 people, blinds a 15yr old girl as a 'warning' and sets up a criminal empire in the scope of hundreds or even thousands of people, then gets redeemed after the protagonist takes a bullet for him and exposes that he's 'not the son of a murderer'
. . . Totally lost my attention. It's made worse by the abject failure of real Japanese law enforcement; where the 'hate the crime, not the criminal' bulls#it collides with an even more serious 'money walks' corruption problem that the US has, thus causing the manga to make even more of a mockery of itself for its unrealistic depiction.

Honestly, this went from an enjoyable manga to brown-nose propaganda in about 100 pages. Enjoy the beginning, stop reading at Ch 105. : )
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