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At the age of sixteen Ryo Narushima was a genius and looked to have no trouble of getting into Tokyo University and joining the elite of society. However, that summer something cracked inside Ryo's head. With a small knife he brutally murdered both of his parents only leaving his sister alive and cowering in a corner. It is at this grotesque incident that our story begins.

Extra Note: At volume 20, the series changed publishers, which created a restart of the chapter numbers.

Starting from chapter 61 in volume 26, the first chapter from when the series returned from a long hiatus, the series has been completely written & drawn by Tanaka Akio. While Hashimoto Izou did write the series in the beginning, he had been doing less and less work starting from volume 4. Tanaka & Hashimoto reached a settlement and Shamo continued.


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Coq de Combat

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v.32 c.108-116 by Illuminati-Manga (2d ago)
v.31 c.99-107 by Illuminati-Manga (264d ago)
v.30 c.90-98 by Illuminati-Manga (535d ago)
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34 Volumes (Complete)

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Average: 8.1 / 10.0 (402 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8 / 10.0
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March 22nd 2015, 10:47am PST



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Original Publisher
Futabasha (vols 1-19)
Kodansha (vols 20-28-ongoing)

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Evening (Kodansha)
Manga Action (Futabasha)

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Weekly Pos #154 increased(+147)
Monthly Pos #531 increased(+243)
3 Month Pos #631 increased(+59)
6 Month Pos #639 increased(+93)

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Confused with current chapters I'm reading(~200) 528 days, 23 hours, 45 minutes ago
Something i never understood 1311 days, 6 hours, 1 minutes ago
what's going on with shamo? 1322 days, 6 hours, 22 minutes ago
Shamo, whats happening now? 1805 days, 23 hours, 40 minutes ago
Shamo Movie..... 1968 days, 21 hours, 36 minutes ago

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Broke its own neck in Volume 13   
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by residentgrigo
November 9th, 2014, 9:55am
I had a hard time getting into the heads of the leads or believe the setting completely(i still don´t) but i liked such a nihilistic and byronic voice in the seinen field. But as way too many people mentioned the manga kind of resolved itself and then turns into nonsense when Yan and fantasy shonen crap got introduced after a dozen volumes. Wrong manga dear author ! The art still stayed godlike and convinced me to keep going for a bit but even the fight weren´t interesting anymore shortly after. Worst of all is that Ryo became another man entirely, the music chair of changing leads got frustrating and the drama finaly turned into melodrama. Even the creators started to sue each other !
So you know when to stop to care and read. Would the series ended with the Sugawara arc and a short epilogue i would have given a 7 to a 7,5. Read Holyland for a manga about a believable take on underground fighting and All Rounder Meguru for the best MMA manga ever.

... Last updated on November 9th, 2014, 9:56am
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waste of time   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by kreatur
July 6th, 2013, 12:17pm
Judging by the art, you expect something great from the first chapters. The story also looks mature.
Taking chapters ten by ten you would find great writing in each batch, but together they're unfortunately a mess.

The Sugawara arc is the best and it's still barely mediocre. The main char doesn't seem to have any redeeming traits or a proper motivation towards why he does what he does.

Once the Sugawara arc is done, you can consider this manga ended, cause what follows is bad bad bad, bad as in you're thinking why you're still punishing yourself by still reading. It's like the author erased the first volumes from his mind and started again from the same spot. For example, our "hero" at one point gets past karate and even learns some new type of martial arts that should put him at the top of the food chain if he wasn't there already just by his strong karate. Pass a couple volumes and he gets beat up in plain street fights, he's weaker than in volume 4.

These kind of things are not plausible but they happen often and where they count most to pull the manga down.

Good art, great fighting scenes, poor story.

... Last updated on July 7th, 2013, 9:04am
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Ryo IS EVIL but I like that about him   
Rating: N/A
by SwallowedGod
September 29th, 2012, 12:04am
RYO IS EVIL ARROGANT COCKY ANGRY STUBBORN everything that is not your typical lead Ryo is perhaps the greatest character written out he has so much depth and goes through so much that it would be impossible for someone to actually be a good person when all was said and done Ryo is on a different level from the akiras gokus narutos ichigos luffys kuronos he isnt in the same category because he is so well written out his character is more real he has no qualms or regrets about what he has done and never plans on it Ryo is a beast what has happened to him and what he does is what makes Ryo RYO
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This is awesome   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by lamansonbleue
September 1st, 2012, 5:43am
I don't know any byronic heroes like Ryu. I like his character so much I can't describe in words. He changed from a good to evil and soon back to good. I hope he will be saved by his friends (or sister). And I hope there will be no romance (moemi... seriosly? -.-)

And also there's a reason monkey china thing was forgotten just google it.

... Last updated on September 1st, 2012, 5:46am
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Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by kazesages
July 25th, 2012, 11:00am
This woulda been good if the main wasnt such a douche.I never seen a protagonist that's so unlikeable in my life. Maybe the problem is that the author never really care to explain any of his motive.
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Why did he kill his parent? Why did he stop looking for his sister? Why did he pick fight after getting out of prison? Why do he go around raping women?
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Beyond its expiry date   
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by tinman
April 1st, 2012, 7:28pm
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I am still on it but to me it feels like its a manga that has run too long when Ryo and his sister reunited that would have been the perfect ending but the manga has stretched beyond that and the plot has become thinner and thinner and easy to predict example - the moment Yan was introduced I almost knew that she was going to die it was a cheap play at tragedy by the author .
I am going to put it on hold for now and if I feel like it I will pick it up again .
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Rating: 3.0 / 10.0
by panos
January 18th, 2011, 3:07pm
I haven't seen the main character for more than 20 chapters.From a seinen manga with a brutal main protagonist,this turned supernatural, and then the main character is missing and the plot gets also far worse.I don't recall any manga that the main protagonist,where the whole story focuses around him puff disappears.
Spoiler (highlight to view)
Kurohime has 2 main characters
Hunter x hunter the main villain is missing for 200+ chapters

This manga was only good because Ryo Narushima had a cool attitude and now that he is gone the manga is gone down the drain as well.

... Last updated on February 5th, 2011, 5:32am
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Stop complaining   
Rating: N/A
by Jun Tenkawa
February 24th, 2010, 1:01am
Jesus, people need to stop complaining about how Ryo degenerates in the later chapters. Think realistically people.

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The reason Ryo always got stronger and stronger was because he always had to fight opponents that were stronger than him. Whenever he fought people stronger than him he always had a goal (which was to win) and he trained like crazy to achieve for those goals.

Whereas starting from the new chapters, Ryo starts to get weaker and weaker. Why? Because he's always fighting weak losers, he's not getting any training and instead it's becoming a daily chore for him. Not to mention with all the man prostituioning he's doing. He's starting to lose his "wild" nature because he's doing the same boring stuff over and over and you can tell by his expressions that he's damn bored as hell. In the beginning he craved for blood and fights and pain was like his pleasure, but he loses that later because he doesn't feel alive anymore. Not to mention all the guilt that builds on him because he starts to meet everyone that he hurt from his past.

And also you can't expect Ryo to forever remain evil. Yes, he's an asshole, but that doesn't mean he's completely evil. In most cases, he treats everyone like trash, but every now and then you can tell that he still has a human heart remaining in him (like helping his sister). I don't know how the story is going to end up, but it will at least be interesting to see how Ryo changes by the end of the story.

... Last updated on February 24th, 2010, 1:04am
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Great art!   
Rating: N/A
by McCamyTaylor
November 9th, 2009, 7:34pm
The story is pretty good, but the art and especially the character design make this one work. It does not really matter to me when the story goes off track, because the manga is so stylish. Like watching a Takashi Miike film.

There are so few mangas that pay attention to art. (Some shoujo looks as it it is drawn by a kindergarten kid with crayons.) But graphic fiction is graphic fiction because of the interplay of the written word and the images that accompany them. In the US we get the opposite problem---all art no story. It is nice to get a balance.
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It was good.... then it just started sucking.   
Rating: N/A
by raptorfalcon
October 18th, 2009, 1:14pm
This manga had me going to bed satisfied everyday. It was gory, violent and extremely good. There were many scenes that pissed me off, but it was interesting to see a strong main character fighter, who's just damn evil.. Then the story went supernatural and just completely sucked from then on...

What a shame for shamo to end up sucking sad
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