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Franken Fran  
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There is a Gothic-style mansion in a distant, rarely-visited part of Japan. There, the world's greatest surgeon, Naomitsu Madaraki, once lived. But he hasn't come home in ages.

Instead, the professor's "daughter", Fran Madaraki, lives there with a large amount of her own ghoulish creations and her "younger sister" Veronica. She's a very unusual girl, what with the stitch patterns on her face and the giant bolts on either side of her head. Just as skilled at surgery as her father, and if you're willing to pay her price, she can do everything up to and including raising the dead.

Fran believes that a life should be saved no matter the cost, and keep that in mind, since the results of her surgeries are rarely (if ever) pretty.


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Associated Names
Franken Furan

Groups Scanlating
Vexed Scans

Latest Release(s)
v.8 c.Extra by Amuro & Hox (1143d ago)
c.60-61 (end) by Hox & kyonkundenwa (1240d ago)
c.58-59 by Hox & Amuro (1293d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
8 Volumes (Complete)

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User Rating
Average: 8.1 / 10.0 (641 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.03 / 10.0
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Last Updated
April 28th 2015, 10:07pm PST



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Serialized In (magazine)
Champion Red (Akita Shoten)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Seven Seas (February 2016)

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Monthly Pos #783 increased(+53)
3 Month Pos #1044 increased(+174)
6 Month Pos #1069 increased(+86)

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One of the few true seinen mangas   
Rating: N/A
by manhunt0r
November 4th, 2013, 11:20pm
Among the best and few true {in my definition} seinen titles. Good art. Not the best ending, but very far from the worst.

The author struggled a bit with the direction she wanted to take this in, but overall it is still a great read, and while i cant speak for any sort of medical technicalities, the behaviour / motivations / actions any character featured never were facepalm worthy - which is a lot more than what most japanese fiction writers known to me can achieve.
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One of a kind   
Rating: 8.5 / 10.0
by willmcgowan85
July 12th, 2013, 10:15pm
This reminds me of The Twilight Zone. Most of the chapters are completely independent with the exception of a few reoccurring characters
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
The Sentinel guys, Kohou the police woman, Adorea the organ storage woman

Category Ratings:
  • Plot: 7 - Since it's episodic there is no main storyline but each individual chapter is great in its own way.
  • Characters: 8 - Some have depth, but it is hard to find one that is easy to connect with.
  • Ending: 8 - How does one end a series like this? I think the author did the absolute best he could have done. Small spoiler:
    Spoiler (mouse over to view)
    Basically the last chapter does a look back at all of the main characters in each story.
    Larger spoiler:
    Spoiler (mouse over to view)
    No, you don't get to see the Professor, which would have ruined the entire ending.
  • Target Genres: 9 - The gore, comedy, and ecchi is mixed very well, and the science is done well enough to sound real (some is accurate). Most of the chapter endings were funny and some were really funny.
  • Lasting impression: 9 - I really enjoyed the series and I'm sure I won't forget it any time soon.

My rating system:
  • < 7 - I must have been bored to keep reading this.
  • 7.0 - Just good enough to keep my attention
  • 7.5 - Lacking in some areas
  • 8.0 - Well rounded but nothing special
  • 8.5 - Recommended for most
  • 9.0 - Highly recommended
  • 9.5 - Must read by all
  • 10 - Stop reading this comment and start reading the series now

... Last updated on July 12th, 2013, 10:19pm
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Good, with some bad.   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by kichiX
September 12th, 2012, 7:30am
There is so much on each page! This is one of the first things I noticed while reading the manga. For each twenty-four page chapter, a more "normal" mangaka would need to use at least two, maybe three, chapters to get across what this mangaka does in a chapter. Several times I had to check that I was still reading the same chapter - was this really all in 24 pages?
I didn't really find this series to be horror-filled or gory, though most people would. Some of the ideas made me a little uncomfortable or freaked out though. I did find, as others have mentioned, that after the first four volumes the series started to become repetitive and recycled the same ideas. The whole "Justice I", "Justice II", "Vengence I", "Vengence II" (and "Justice III") confused me, although I think that was mainly because the manga kept coming back to them after 10-15 chapters and I'd kind of forgotten what they looked like (without the masks I mean).
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Definitely one of the best   
Rating: 9.7 / 10.0
by Suxinn
July 6th, 2012, 10:19pm
Franken Fran is possibly one of the best mangas I have ever read, if only for the psychological and societal implications that it brings into focus.

Rather than a horror or gore manga, Franken Fran is, first and foremost, a satire, a harsh criticism on human society. For instance...

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In one episode, Fran meets a girl whose beloved dog got run over by a car. In her goodwill, she saves the dog... by putting its brain into the body of an fat and ugly man. Through the course of the story, the girl, at first abhorrent of her new dog's appearance, eventually grows to accept the dog despite its appearances.

Now, I'm sure all of us have heard the words, "Don't judge a book by its cover," but, really, how many of us follow it? What is most important to the aforementioned story is the reactions of the readers. I, for one, felt enormously uncomfortable the entire chapter, even after the girl accepted the "dog". I just could not help myself from feeling squeamish and disgusted. And, that is precisely Kigitsu's point: we all judge people by appearances, that is human nature. People who do not are outside of the norm.

Finally, in the same chapter, after the dog dies in (what should have been) a heart-rending scene, a Hollywood movie is made of the story. The fat man is replaced with a handsome, youthful guy, and the movie ends with the the girl and the "dog" having sex. Bestiality? Maybe. Commercialism? Definitely. And, again, a point at appearances: something gross doesn't seem quite as gross if it's done by someone hot.

And so, one of the biggest reason I love Kigitsu, and I love Franken Fran, is that there is simply so much to analyze in every chapter. There's always some little subversion or aversion of traditional morals, and there's so many different ways to dissect these themes.
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incredibly funny and gory   
Rating: 9.4 / 10.0
by whitespade
June 16th, 2012, 3:41am
this is actually a very funny manga with blood and maggots to make it a more trippy experience. i found fran's ditzy reaction to all that happen is hilarious. she's like a more dangerous version of a bubbly blonde because she honestly think she is doing good. i love the kernel of science that is then wrapped by layers and layers of horror that the story became more interesting. and more often than not there is a kind of moral that i can understand and appreciate, however twisted it became.
most of the stories can be read as a stand -alone but some have their own arc and all of them are in the franken fran narrative, so this can be drop and pick up anywhere you want. i really recommend this to any lover of horror and comedy.
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B-Movies, gross outs, and Black Comedy   
Rating: 8.5 / 10.0
by Hell_Clues
April 12th, 2012, 7:29am
If you like any of those, this is a fun series for that. It's honestly that simple. But I guess I can explain the three a bit better.

Many of topics are reminiscent of Horror movies, and with the quick pace, it feels like a B-movie especially.

Again with the quickness gives the gore an over the top feel. Like the 80s Blob or the Thing.

It has a pretty cynical sense of humour. It might come off as depressive if you let it, so don't.
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Oh, my !   
Rating: N/A
by Pebble_
October 10th, 2011, 2:46am
That's one f*cked-up Manga...
Gore, morbid, disturbing... And sooooo good ! <3
(Well at least, let's say, the first 20 chapters, because, as pointed out by other readers, it kinda tends to run out of steam lately...)

I'm not gonna lie, I felt very disturbed reading certain parts of the Manga, (feeling like mentally puking sometimes, yes butterfly-girl at the very beginning, I'm thinking of you.) I sometimes felt the urge to go & read some really dumb and cliché shoujo (which I usually hate) after reading, because sometimes you just need flowers & sparkles & pink scenery. XD

But, well, definitely a must-read imo. I don't rate Mangas, but I would give 10 to Franken-Fran (to the beginning of Franken-Fran, actually) because in its own weird category, it's a masterpiece.
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Not for me   
Rating: 4.0 / 10.0
by cswave
August 8th, 2011, 8:41am
I acknowledge that this type of manga maybe be appealing for some, because it's gory and frankly disturbing.

Personally, it's NOT the gore that made me dislike this manga, it's the utter lack of plot and character development. Fran just continues to be an ignorant little girl who learns nothing of human behaviour. She continues to destroy everything around, while sticking to her stubborn belief that she's "helping humanity by improving science". She just struts around doing whatever she likes completely oblivious to the damage she's done. Learning nothing from her mistakes. At the end of almost every chapter, she skips away from her mess with a "Oh well, I guess that didn't work."

It would've been a good manga if she gradually starts to understand human nature and learn that you can't just f*** around with people's lives (and deaths). Sometimes the characters who seek her for help deserve the horrific treatment she provides, but she provides the same treatment to EVERYONE. It's not like she's purposefully trying to help. She just does what she wants and if by chance it works, then it's counted as a "happy ending" for the chapter.

The only thing good about this manga is the creativity of the author. He manages to come up with increasingly more disturbing "science experiments" But other than that, there is no substance. I'm never reading this ever again. If I wanted to see gore, I'd read Gantz.

... Last updated on August 8th, 2011, 8:42am
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HAHAHA for real??   
Rating: 9.8 / 10.0
May 7th, 2011, 10:56am
Last year I made doctorate and I dont even know where is Vermiform appendix bigrazz (yeah money rule world). But Franken Fran, are you kidding?
Sometimes when I read this I don't know if KIGITSU Katsuhisa has before name Dr. and is only joking or is stupid...but who cares anyway when its so funny (for me)xD

... Last updated on May 7th, 2011, 10:57am
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Subtly clever   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by calstine
April 22nd, 2011, 12:59am
Beneath the twisted characters, weird, unrealistic surgeries and bizarre, over-the-top situations, there is quite a bit of cleverness that has gone into the writing. People who prefer standard, tried-and-true or realistic plot-lines and those with a dislike of cynical humour will definitely hate this manga.

The plot is quite original, but very episodic. If you are the kind of person who expects every single character to have an angsty past and a romantic interest to rescue them from their 'inner darkness', you should just leave right now.
In writing Franken Fran, Kigitsu Katsuhisa intends to depict the true nature of the human mind and explore the lengths to which people go when trying to achieve their goals. That being said - the characters that Fran operates on are very extreme examples of certain mental illnesses and negative personality types...but that is where the black humour lies.

People claim that this is guro, but I strongly disagree. There are definitely no attempts here to make the bloodshed and violence seem erotic or pleasurable. All gory scenes are depicted in a strictly matter-of-fact fashion; and while there is a fair amount of nudity (after all, most operations can't be performed while the patients have their clothes on!), it is by no means brainless ecchi.

As for LUEser's claims on the manga's repetitiveness - as I mentioned before; Franken Fran is an episodic story that follows different people under different circumstances, with Fran and her surgeries being the only thing that binds them together. The categories section is here to help people; so if you can't do without a continuous plot-line, don't start reading anything with the 'episodic' tag!

All in all - quite an interesting series; a nice, refreshing change from the typical, forgettable nonsense that reigns supreme in the shounen demographic.

Edit: The ending, however, leaves much to be desired. In fact, the final chapter reads just like all of the preceding ones; but even an episodic series needs something...more for its finale in order to be wholly satisfactory -- something Kigitsu Katsuhisa failed to deliver. I'm not quite sure why the rushed ending was necessary, seeing as how the series was reasonably popular in Japan, but while the conclusion was disappointing, my previous opinions still stand.

... Last updated on February 7th, 2012, 12:31am
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