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Koroshiya 1  
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In Shinjuku Kabuki-Cho, the biggest sin town in Japan, there are two crazy guys. Ichi is a coward and a wimp, but once he breaks into tears, he turns into a human weapon. With great martial arts skill and a blade hidden in his boots, he butchers a bunch of enemies into mincemeat in the blink of an eye. His arch enemy is Kakihara, a yakuza boss who's tired of everything, including himself. Only when he pierces, cuts, and burns his own and other people's bodies does he feel that he is alive.


Related Series
1 (Prequel)

Associated Names
Ichi the Killer
Koroshiya Ichi

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Latest Release(s)

Status in Country of Origin
10 Volumes (Complete)
5 Volumes Bunko (Complete)

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User Reviews
Koroshiya Ichi by friedo.obrain
Ichi the Killer by xombiemonkey

4 topics, 13 posts
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User Rating
Average: 7.9 / 10.0 (475 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.83 / 10.0
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Last Updated
January 26th 2015, 1:16pm PST

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Serialized In (magazine)
Young Sunday (Shogakukan)

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Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #674 increased(+128)
Monthly Pos #1028 decreased(-83)
3 Month Pos #959 decreased(-109)
6 Month Pos #929 decreased(-44)

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On 269 reading lists
On 554 wish lists
On 1255 completed lists
On 33 unfinished lists
On 184 custom lists

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Forum Posts
about the ending 1283 days, 22 hours, 25 minutes ago
Volumes and chapters 1405 days, 1 hours, 23 minutes ago
who are the good guys, who are the bad 2602 days, 15 hours, 6 minutes ago
Most graphic scene 2614 days, 11 hours, 18 minutes ago

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Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by o0James0o
July 23rd, 2008, 12:28am
this manga is overall awesome..... and especially at volume 10 when that pigeon shit on that dude.... so freakin funny..... the only major flaw is that theres no continue version of the manga..... i mean... the next one can be takeshi with ichi as a supporter character.... that would be awesome...

ps. the scene in which ichi chases that split mouth dude is beautiful!~ (im not gay.. its just beautiful scenery....)

... Last updated on July 23rd, 2008, 12:30am
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violence and more violence   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by true_grave_unit
April 8th, 2008, 10:26pm
Everything this manga basically revolves around extremes of masochism and sadism, with people doing some $%#&ed up things to each other and getting sexually aroused by these actions. If you like intense violence, then this probably will interest you. Though I have to mention that while it is very violent, it is not that gory (ie. lots of blood, but no internal organs or whatnot), nowhere near the extent of goriness that is seen in manga like Battle Royale, Berserk, etc. But if you want a good overall series to read, I wouldn't recommend it. None of the characters were likable, since a majority of the significant ones are just plain sick. The story isn't really worth taking note of either. The art is quite good, with facial expressions that remind me of GTO and Beck. Overall, a good source of extreme violence, masochism, and sadism, but nothing much more than that.
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Rating: N/A
by cyttonmyface
March 1st, 2008, 7:25pm
homunculus is better thn this series. it was an interesting read but i feel there theres something lacking to this. maybe you will feel the same way as i did if you read to the end. id say its worth picking up.
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Deep, Perverted, Gore   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by GeoHolyhart
February 26th, 2008, 11:34pm
A enjoyable read if you're looking for something very mature and similar to Gantz and Battle Royale, the themes are nothing alike, but similar atmospheres. The manga certainly earns the title "Psychological" on a adult level. The story keeps a good pace with detailed and clear art.

... Last updated on February 26th, 2008, 11:36pm
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Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Renegade Wraith
February 25th, 2008, 11:55am
While I didn't find this overly violent as some have stated, the themes are interesting and the psychological aspect is well explored. Excellent read.
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Rating: 9.6 / 10.0
by Dragonfiremule
February 11th, 2008, 1:08am
You know, by what everyone says about this, I was expecting it to be more disturbing and much more violent. However, it wasn't much of either. I found much more of both in MPD Psycho, at least, in my opinion.

Still pretty great for violence, although I didn't find it disturbing.
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Not for the weak-hearted.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by ViolistofHameln
July 13th, 2007, 6:41pm
This is probably one of the most graphic manga I've run across, not only for physical violence but mental as well. The twisted nature of the plot leaves the reader not really knowing who to cheer for, since the 'good' guys are really not much better than the bad ones, just bad in a different way. Some of the characters are outrageous (Kakihara definitely takes a place in my ranking as one of the best characters ever), and the violence is nonstop. I don't see it as violence for shock value's sake, though.

I wanted to feel bad for the protagonist, but the craziness surrounding him made it difficult. All in all, a very good read -- but only if you can handle this sort of material. I'll put it this way: there were some instances where I was afraid to see the next page, because I just *knew* what was coming.
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Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by apples88
June 22nd, 2007, 8:47pm
this manga is pretty good except for the fact that ichi is like a little kid and he umm masturbates after killing.... anyways this is a pretty good manga about a japanese gang being toyed with by some old guy basically i guess... if u like that kind of stuff u are very welcomed to read
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excessive gore   
Rating: N/A
by spduke
June 4th, 2007, 3:13pm
Gore has never really bothered me, but this series is different. This series imho is more focused on the scene by scene of how torture takes place and how all these insanely demented people get sexual pleasure from it then it is the plot. While the story is pretty good, its focus isnt. Manga series Berserk gore is mild comparatively.

... Last updated on June 7th, 2007, 8:11pm
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Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by pearlesque
April 1st, 2007, 11:44am
And I don't say that lightly. The truth is, I've never before encountered a manga that so beautifully and effectively examined the workings of sadomasochism -- and I'm almost romantically overwhelmed by the beauty of Yamamoto Hideo's insight. There's also the fact that you have to travel far and wide in the manga universe to come across gore that's so gloriously unapologetic, but that doesn't fall flat as mere "glamorized" violence. Yamamoto Hideo dissects his characters to their tender, quivering cores, with all the dedication and delight that Kakihara uses on his more-or-less unsuspecting vicimts. I only hope that Yamamoto sensei follows this manga up with another manga about Kakihara's past, and about how he came to be who he is.

I can safely say that I used to laugh at people who fell in love with manga characters, but... No more. My soul is now totally pwned by Kakihara. Be mine, Kakihara...!

*scares away all other reviewers*

... Last updated on June 12th, 2007, 9:07am
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