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Ichi  
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Description
Ichi is a lone goze (blind woman singer) who has become separated from her traveling entertainment troupe. Wondering how she will find her place in life, she carries only a shamisen (a traditional Japanese stringed instrument) and a walking stick with a hidden blade inside. When necessary, she uses her exceptional sword skills to fight off yakuza and other villains.

Type
Manga

Related Series
Zatoichi (Alternate Story)

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Latest Release(s)
v.7 c.39 (end) by Easy Going Scans (142d ago)
v.7 c.38 by Easy Going Scans (196d ago)
v.7 c.37 by Easy Going Scans (209d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
7 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
Yes

Anime Start/End Chapter
N/A

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Average: 8.2 / 10.0 (174 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8 / 10.0
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Last Updated
November 28th 2013, 9:20am PST

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Year
2008

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Serialized In (magazine)
Evening (Kodansha)

Licensed (in English)
No

English Publisher
N/A

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #889 increased(+104)
Monthly Pos #1503 decreased(-47)
3 Month Pos #1644 increased(+120)
6 Month Pos #1762 decreased(-1022)

List Stats
On 935 reading lists
On 603 wish lists
On 359 completed lists
On 22 unfinished lists
On 210 custom lists

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Art is great, but everyone looks the same   
Rating: N/A
by harrysoung
January 15th, 2014, 8:40pm
Ichi depicts historical Japan's acceptance of foreigners as well as the political conspiracies within Japan's government. The titular Ichi is a blind swordswoman/gozen who occasionally does jobs for the police and ends up being part of a scheme with Japan's future at stake.

Art is fantastic, but my only gripe about Ichi is that pretty much everyone looks the same. You get a bunch of pretty boys with long hair, assign names to them, forget which pretty boy is which, and end up missing out on the story.

Don't turn out like me and read this manga with your brain turned off.
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Good in some parts, but overall   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by enaikelt
December 5th, 2013, 6:35pm
it lacked something. I can't believe it just ended like that - came totally out the blue. A good many of the male characters were also incredibly difficult to tell apart. Beautiful art, but glad it was short.
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Decent but too short   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by MangaGhost
November 28th, 2013, 8:12am
Decent, but way too short. I would have liked to have seen this be at least 10 volumes and I wouldn't have minded a little more detail on some of the characters. I would have liked to have seen some resolution with a few of the characters stories. I really like Ichi as a character, she's powerful but not invincible and can in a few situations be emotionally weak which makes her a more three dimensional character. Visually a few of the male characters look a little too much alike for my tastes, but overall its a nice looking series. The action on the other hand, is not really drawn very well or exciting, imho. Its sometimes just a static image with a lot of speed lines and its not very dynamic or dramatic. This is a shame because the action is not up to the quality of the other parts of the art. Manga like Blade of the Immortal, Vagabond, Berserk, etc. have action that is presented in a much more interesting or exciting way. I hope they will someday make more stories on Ichi, because she has got a lot of potential as a character. If you like Zatoichi movies then you will probably like this. I give this a 7 or B grade.
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Zatoichi movie series   
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by Phoenix0armour
January 10th, 2013, 10:15am
As the fan of Zatoichi movie series I pretty like reading Ichi manga while in this story is a female version of Zatoichi.

Those who did not see I also recommend movies:

There are totally 26 Zatoichi movies and 4 tv seasons released between 1962-1989 (for detailed episode names, look in wikipedia)

Zatōichi (2003)
Ichi (2008)
Zatoichi: The Last (2010)

... Last updated on January 18th, 2013, 4:57pm
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Expertly crafted   
Rating: N/A
by noobshi
November 9th, 2012, 1:00pm
An exellent display of a persons 's will. The story is written in a interesting chronological event that keep you wants more. Humors get sprinkle unexpectedly throught the story. Fights are satisfying and bloody. Not much romance, but relationship is slowly developing between the two main characters.

... Last updated on November 9th, 2012, 1:01pm
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Beautifully done.   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Syphilis
July 14th, 2012, 12:15pm
It's a little dark, but not enough to depress the reader - and there are some heartwarming moments. While I did notice a bit of a lack of range of expression, it doesn't take away much; in fact, it helps develop the characters faster. This type of work just doesn't click with some people, but Ichi is definitely a gem.
Side note: I have to disagree with TRMshadow here. While Ichi is loaded with historical references, they simply add to the setting and are not vital to the plot.

... Last updated on July 14th, 2012, 12:19pm
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Weak   
Rating: 5.5 / 10.0
by Pervserk
May 23rd, 2012, 4:27pm
Moe male doctor (im not kidding) and awkward story telling. Overused expressions and character designs. Sure the story has potential past the introduction arc (Patriot I & II) but I couldnt continue as I didnt care for neither of the two main characters,
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Blind Samurai Goodness   
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by Anabiotic_Pineapple
November 18th, 2011, 3:50pm
I'm a huge fan of the blind samurai trope and ichi serves it up well. If you've seen the Ichi or Zatoichi movies, then you pretty much already know what to expect when you start reading this.
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Great, but not what I'm looking for   
Rating: 7.6 / 10.0
by TRMshadow
October 27th, 2011, 10:08pm
Don't listen to Cone1234, it's a good seinen series, but is more dramatic than it is comedic (there is one part-time joke character). It's extremely Japanese History intensive, so it isn't really accessible or interesting to your average reader; but if you're looking for one of those "based on real events" real-life historical stories, then this will be a great find. A great story... but just not what I'm looking for.
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Ichi   
Rating: 1.0 / 10.0
by Cone1234
September 23rd, 2011, 4:20pm
I did not know what to expect from the pretty mediocre picture on MU and the pretty standard mix of historical, comedy and seinen.

The art was just ok for most part comedy was not great.

I would say give it a miss there are a lot out there like this that ware better.
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