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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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Latest Release(s)
v.32 c.108-116 by Illuminati-Manga (240d ago)
v.31 c.99-107 by Illuminati-Manga (501d ago)
v.30 c.90-98 by Illuminati-Manga (772d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
34 Volumes (Complete)

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User Rating
Average: 8.1 / 10.0 (423 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8 / 10.0
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Last Updated
September 18th 2015, 2:22pm 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 #702 decreased(-10)
Monthly Pos #785 increased(+47)
3 Month Pos #670 increased(+85)
6 Month Pos #795 decreased(-149)

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Has this manga ended at Vol. 34? 212 days, 4 hours, 17 minutes ago
Confused with current chapters I'm reading(~200) 766 days, 2 hours, 20 minutes ago
Something i never understood 1548 days, 8 hours, 36 minutes ago
what's going on with shamo? 1559 days, 8 hours, 57 minutes ago
Shamo, whats happening now? 2043 days, 2 hours, 15 minutes ago

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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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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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To providence   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Marcusss
October 6th, 2008, 3:14am
Redeption? What are you talking about? I didn't see anything like that. Ryo is still going down. Where the hell did you stop reading?
And about "superpowers", I admit that part in China was meabe little off (stoping hearts, kung-fu-movies-like training) but still not impossible.
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Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by Doomroar
May 2nd, 2015, 12:17am
Tanaka Akio next time please have the decency to just abandon the series, just drop it, this didn't deserve such a low quality development and sub-par bullshit of an ending, if what you are working is just a work of self hate for what you are making at the moment then just stop, this is an insult to everybody, giving Ryo a girlfriend out of nowhere, weakening him in such a stupid manner making him fight a fucking ballet dancer as his "nemesis" and then have his final opponents be a retarded giant with twin-tails and a stupid big sword is just demeaning, you are shaming this manga, and that end, that end is a joke.

This manga was a solid 10 before the tragedy happened and the author decided to make this some kind of vendetta against his own work. 10 for the main story, but 4 for the latrine that is the rest of this manga.
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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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Ryo IS EVIL but I like that about him   
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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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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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Ehh, really...   
Rating: N/A
by Namenlos
July 22nd, 2009, 8:52pm
This manga is an excellent story; our mangaka writes such a powerful story, that, despite our (not hero) protagonist, his amorality, and his lack of any self control (or even better, preservation), one can hardly let it be, once started. The fighting is first rate, and is well worth it. The scenes of rape and violence are, indeed, quite difficult to get over, and I would prefer not to have had to read those, but, despite my aversion for them, these make the story what it is. As disturbing as that may be.

I quite agree with Isara that it is very draining. But I must be quite the masochist, because some of my favorite stories are the draining ones... (I might add that I do love a "pump" manga, but which leaves the bigger impression, I might ask? Pain, or pleasure... [Pleasure only leaves a bigger impression when it's through an addictant. Sorry. =| ])
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Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by mono-sama
November 7th, 2008, 4:47am
its quite good if you like martial arts/seinen manga.
Spoiler (highlight to view)
however the story does go a little crazy... like ryo seems to forget all his training with the old guy after he beats the monkey guy... EH!? and just becomes a rent boy wtf!??

... Last updated on July 24th, 2009, 7:10am
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Creeper
December 10th, 2007, 7:47pm
Its a strange story spanning the life of a troubled young man who refuses to lay down and matter what he has to do to survive. I wont lie to you. The lead is anything but a nice guy and to say that you'll love to hate to love him isn't an overstatement. The artwork start out pretty rough and gritty and it doesn't get much cleaner but it does evolve in a way. If you like Vagabond or Threads of Time then you'll most likely enjoy this as well. My thanks to manga Sketchbook for the translation of a series that I doubt will ever be licensed. Its pretty graphic.

... Last updated on May 1st, 2010, 8:54pm
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