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Kuro no Shishi  
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Description
One of Go Nagai's first works, this violent period piece takes place in the 1500s and stars a talented low ranking ninja named Shishimaru. In it, Shishimaru fights against Ginnai Doma (an immortal samurai who, despite being butchered multiple times, doesn't die) because Ginnai murdered his comrades. Despite being set in historical times, it has machine guns/lasers/robots/atomic reactors with no real explaination.

Type
Manga

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Associated Names
黒の獅士
黒の獅子
Black Lion

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Latest Release(s)
c.Part 3 (end) by HappyScans! (740d ago)
v.1 c.Part 2 by HappyScans! (768d ago)
v.1 c.Part 1 by HappyScans! (773d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
4 Volume (Complete, by Kodansha in 1978)
4 Volume (Reprint, by Asahi Sonorama in 1984)
1 Volume (Aizouban, by Chuko in 1992)
3 Volumes (Bunkoban, by Chuko in 1995)
2 Volumes (Konbini-ban, by Shimanaka Shoten in 2003)

Completely Scanlated?
Yes

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User Rating
Average: 6.8 / 10.0 (12 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7 / 10.0
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Last Updated
July 15th 2013, 5:08pm PST

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Year
1978

Original Publisher
Asahi Sonorama (1984)
Chuko (1992, 1995)
Kodansha (1978)
Shimanaka Shoten (2003)

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Licensed (in English)
No

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Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #1125 increased(+172)
Monthly Pos #2480 increased(+452)
3 Month Pos #3939 increased(+1501)
6 Month Pos #6226 increased(+1513)

List Stats
On 12 reading lists
On 35 wish lists
On 31 completed lists
On 1 unfinished lists
On 29 custom lists

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lolwut?   
Rating: 8.5 / 10.0
by p3pelepe
October 22nd, 2012, 2:39am
Lol... why people rate this so low? Four and two, really? Considering this is one of Nagai's first work, this is very impressive. Not many new mangaka this day can achieve what Nagai did. He already had his style in this, and improved it in his later works. I think he blended the history and sci-fi part well. At first it looks like a common ninja story, but later it revealed there's 'other beings' involved in some conspiracy. And the sci-fi part doesn't feel forced at all. While it's not a masterpiece, it clearly deserves higher rating than 2 or 4 points.

The old school drawings doesn't bother me, Nagai draws well, and anatomically correct. It's his style after all. Old-school doesn't mean bad drawings; it's just different style, people. There's not much character development, except for Shishimaru. I think the pacing is okay, not too slow but not too fast either. The ending maybe a bit open, but I'm satisfied with it.

So, if you want a history mixed with sci-fi, try this. Nagai had interesting idea, and he executed it very well. Especially if you don't mind old-school drawings, you'll find more in the story.
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