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From Viz:
In a world that has become 70% harsh desert, the Rainbow Council of the International Peace Keeping Forces, a team of super-powered global security guardians, have a growing crisis on their hands. No. 5, one of their own and known within the council as their top marksman, has left his post and gone rogue. It's up to the other guardians to track him down--but No. 5, with his mysterious companion Matroshka, won't go down without a fight.


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Associated Names
ナンバーファイブ 吾

넘버 파이브
5 (MATSUMOTO Taiyou)
No. 5
Number 5

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Latest Release(s)
v.8 c.32-37 (end) by Gantz_Waitingroom (1004d ago)
v.7 c.27-31 by Gantz_Waitingroom (1370d ago)
v.6v2 by Gantz_Waitingroom (1623d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
8 Tankōbon Volumes (Complete)
4 Bunkoban Volumes (Complete)

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User Rating
Average: 7.7 / 10.0 (57 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.36 / 10.0
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Last Updated
March 11th 2015, 12:46am PST



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Original Publisher
Shogakukan (2001; 2005)

Serialized In (magazine)
Ikki (Shogakukan)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Viz (2 Volumes - Dropped)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #1007 increased(+219)
Monthly Pos #1889 increased(+200)
3 Month Pos #2664 increased(+734)
6 Month Pos #4270 increased(+397)

List Stats
On 214 reading lists
On 465 wish lists
On 81 completed lists
On 22 unfinished lists
On 159 custom lists

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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by barbapapa
January 7th, 2011, 10:22am
Crazy surreal manga, that doesn't make it easy for you to get into. The opening volume lacks cohesion and makes you feel like you're going through the drunken notes of Raoul Duke. But stick with it, and greatness will follow.
I won't mention the art, for it is obviously amazing.
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Rating: 6.5 / 10.0
by kreatur
March 24th, 2015, 11:59am
I may be too stupid to get, but i'll wait for those that gave it a 10 to enlighten me.

I am a lover of unusual manga, since i've read so many mangas that the normal ones now bore me. And this manga is definitely unusual, however that doesn't make it good.

There are definitely many philosophical aspects entangled here, but do they lead to something worthwhile? My opinion is no. The manga ends with whatever one can make take from it, you could even say it has an open ending. But whatever the ending is, it's not satisfying for an 8 volume manga.

Be prepared when starting this.
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Number 5   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by irelia
January 19th, 2013, 7:57pm
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The art is so unusual, like a doodle, fills with unusual animals and unusual fashion.
Those art were being put together in the panel in funny angles occasionally.
The story telling in the panel itself is also unusual; when there's conversation between peoples, sometimes the drawing that shown is the person who talks than jump to a random goat, people, or planet.
Personally I need some times to get used to it (consider reading other mangas with art that you used to see). And after finally get used through that I can follow the story from the dialogues.

The story itself quite interesting, a group of 9 men called Rainbow Council, part of nations military, being put together as candy eyes of military to the society. The member itself is a leader of their own clan. Suddenly one of them, Number 5, betray the group and kidnapping certain ugly and dumb woman, so the council were being furious and hunt him, then the story revolves around the hunt, the identity of each Number, the women that kidnapped, the government military and some political issue. Pretty hard theme if I could say.

Anyway, this manga is a very good one, being rich in art and story, maybe differ on taste for each reader, you could either love it or hate it.

... Last updated on January 19th, 2013, 8:08pm
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by lakesurface
May 14th, 2007, 11:14am
this is really very good. original storyline. and i mean the line and the story. besides that the art is great too. matsumoto is largely influenced by french comics like moebius. i say for the better. people with narrow-minded manga-opinions may not appreciate it to the fullest.
this is for the seinen public probably.
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