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Akkanbe Ikkyuu  
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Description
This is a biography of the famous Buddhist monk Ikkyu from the late Hisashi Sakaguchi. Set in 15th century Japan, Ikkyu must learn to live and excel as a monk, despite the fact that his father is the emperor. His intelligence and purity help him succeed, but he continues to get the short end of the stick in life. Can Ikkyu perservere in his quest for spirituality in spite of everything that is set against him?

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Manga

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Associated Names
あっかんべェ一休
Ikkyu

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Latest Release(s)
v.2 c.8 by Omanga (3584d ago)
v.2 c.7 by Omanga (3758d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
4 Volumes (Complete)
2 Volumes Bunko (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
No

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Average: 8 / 10.0 (12 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.13 / 10.0
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Last Updated
April 8th 2015, 5:37pm PST


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Year
1993

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Serialized In (magazine)
Afternoon (Kodansha)

Licensed (in English)
No

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Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #1210 increased(+60)
Monthly Pos #2054 increased(+228)
3 Month Pos #3073 increased(+307)
6 Month Pos #3263 increased(+1709)

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On 21 reading lists
On 52 wish lists
On 9 completed lists
On 3 unfinished lists
On 28 custom lists

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A dark religious journey that will stick with you   
Rating: 8.5 / 10.0
by residentgrigo
March 12th, 2015, 4:47am
I have no idea why the manga is so overlook or why only a complete german translation exists but it is certainly worth the time of any fan of serious historical fiction. The story is very dark and mostly about human suffering but the journey to find oneself isn´t entirely pessimistic as it is a reflection on Buddhism at it´s core. The historical reality of the 15th century Japan is vividly portrayed, the art highly expressive and the protagonist is engaging.
I have to warn you though that this manga is for adults only and that a mass market should be turned of by the high amount of sexual violence and death so keep that in mind. If you liked comparable biographical series like the downright perfect Buddha (10/10) or the somewhat more action driven Vagabond (9/10) then read this even darker reflection too and it certainly made me curious to look up the historic details about the actual Ikkyu. Some of the themes and the raw art also reminded me of the older Kamui Gaiden (8,5/10) which is an imperfect classic.

... Last updated on March 12th, 2015, 4:52am
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