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Ryuu - Ron  
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Description
Kyouto, April 1928. Oshikouji Ryu (Ryu means dragon in Japanese, the title Ron is the Chinese pronunciation of dragon (Long)) is 17 years old, and is called 'Genius swordman, Dragon of Kyouto'. He will inherit the property of the noble Oshikouji family, but prefers practising Kendou. He enters a school for training Kendou swordman, but the seniors of school are very harsh and intolerable. But Ryu doesn't surrender and overcomes the problems, later on he impresses his seniors and they begin to like him.
Kosuzu, a geisha in Gion (famous red-light district in Kyouto), is Ryu's childhood friend. Ryu and Kosuzu love each other, but Ryu's uncle Takuma came in between and made Kosuzu his second wife. But their lives were still tied together, through Kyouto and the Japanese Imperialism. Tatsuru Tei, sent to Toukyou because of her family's debt, meets Ryu by accident. Ryu and his friends save her from a drunken mob, and Ryu teaches her never to give up even when the situation seems hopeless. She later becomes housemaid of an Oshikouji resident. When Ryu becomes a senior in school, he and Tatsuru fall in love. He tells his father he wants to marry Tei, but Kazuma (Ryu's father) will only allow him to marry her and return home after he earns 100 Yen (present value being about 2,500$). So Ryu searches for a job, but that's not easy as the Great Depression makes life very hard...

This manga tells a great story against the richly textured background of historical Japan and China, it has a refined and excellent artwork. Murakami's views on Chinese and Korean people is very warm, and not those of the previous invader and governor such as the extreme right party in Japan. Another interesting part of the manga is its rich depiction of Japanese colorful life (Gion, Geisha's dance, etc.). A typical example of the realistic style and a manga of high reputation in Korea and Japan.

Type
Manga

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Associated Names
龍-RON-
Ryu -Long-

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Status in Country of Origin
42 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
No

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Average: 9.2 / 10.0 (6 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.2 / 10.0
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Last Updated
February 6th 2015, 7:40pm PST


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Year
1991

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Serialized In (magazine)
Big Comic Original (Shogakukan)

Licensed (in English)
No

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Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #970 increased(+372)
Monthly Pos #2213 increased(+435)
3 Month Pos #3657 increased(+934)
6 Month Pos #5237 increased(+1396)

List Stats
On 12 reading lists
On 69 wish lists
On 4 completed lists
On 2 unfinished lists
On 23 custom lists

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A long historical journey worth taking   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by residentgrigo
February 18th, 2015, 10:00am
The manga had a strong critical reception as the description points out and Motoka´s even superior masterpiece Jin i also reviewed is as good as modern seinen get´s so i find it very unfortunate that Ryuu - Ron never left the east in any form. The art for one is top of the class, the characters are very well defined and the story properly planed out. The manga goes a bit melodramatic in places as Kosuzu´s story becomes a bit too dramatic to be takes seriously later and a romance by a side character with a jewish girl is just too heavy handed.
The biggest offender though is the somewhat embarrassing and misguided final volume which i won´t give away but i have to warn you before going in as i was too and i was still mystified why the mangaka went in that direction. Oh well the can´t all be 100% perfect and most flaws can be mostly overlooked Overall as the journey of Ryu form boy to war veteran is top notch and it is the vocal point. His true love interest is also an awesome and very strong character and especially her later involvement in the movie industry was a joy to read. I can not overstate how well the historical research shines and most scenes of tragedy, death and sex fell very justified unless it starts to preach a bit.
I would have preferred a more rounded version of the tale as it looks perfect at first but then turn out to be only excellent but most authors are incapable of getting such a high score from me so take the heavy amount of criticism with a grain of salt and hope that you will get to read it too one day. Other comparable historical manga are Billy Bat, Master Keaton and Toukyou Lastochika.

... Last updated on February 18th, 2015, 8:48pm
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