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Description
Akira Nikaido is a typical slacker high school student who thinks he has a normal life--until a mysterious man called Shirogane appears and tells him to meet him at the school that night. He is skeptical but goes anyway... and gets attacked by a shadow monster! Shirogane convinces him that the balance between the human world and the shadow world has been distorted, and that Akira must become a shin--a creature of the shadow world--in order to help restore the balance.

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Manga

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Associated Names
Монохромный Фактор
モノクロームファクター
モノクローム・ファクター
幻影 少年
Đại chiến bóng tối

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Latest Release(s)
v.8 c.43 by MangaTraders (374d ago)
c.63 by Havenhurst (1080d ago)
c.62 by Havenhurst (1090d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
11 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
Yes

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1

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Average: 8.2 / 10.0 (188 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.01 / 10.0
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Last Updated
February 10th 2014, 3:42pm PST

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Year
2004

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Serialized In (magazine)
Comic Avarus (Mag Garden)
Comic Blade Masamune (Mag Garden)

Licensed (in English)
Yes

English Publisher
Chuang Yi (3 Volumes - Dropped)
JManga (Defunct)
TokyoPop (4 Volumes - Defunct)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #809 increased(+367)
Monthly Pos #2243 increased(+174)
3 Month Pos #3152 increased(+675)
6 Month Pos #4122 increased(+216)

List Stats
On 659 reading lists
On 500 wish lists
On 249 completed lists
On 54 unfinished lists
On 175 custom lists

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Ending story... 297 days, 15 hours, 14 minutes ago
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Questions about the anime and manga. 1631 days, 6 hours, 25 minutes ago

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Unexpected   
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by Ariaofthesong
June 21st, 2013, 1:00pm
I think the best I can say about this manga is that it was unexpectedly amazing. Well worth the time I took to read it. At first, I was really hesitant because it semed more Shounen then Shoujo, but something about the artwork and the plot captivated me. I could clearly see the difference. Where Shounen usually drags on with fighting and no real plot, this one used the fighting as a device to showcase the hidden element in which you figure out later.

The main character, Akira, isn't off the bat amazing and he doesn't automatically fight for no reason, he's ver concerned when things dont seem to make sense. He was an amazing character, one with alot of faith and conviction that he couldn't outright show. Even though he was constantly beating up on his friends, you could see he was doing it for a reason.... Kinda. I also really enjoyed the fact that "other" people, I.E. Shisui/master, Homorabi, Kou, even the "children" saw Akira as being Akira and they were honest about their feelings. While they wanted to meet Ryouku again, they knew that Akira was legetimately a person. It was a little heartbreaking. What made me feel the most sad is that Shirogane, who played the good guy with the most faith in Akira, was actually completely opposite, and although he didn't hate Akira, he really yearned to see his best friend again. How can I explain it... It was like he was comical on the outside, but truly had a serious demeanor, and his mask was falling. His true nature began to show. Still, the emotions inside him were seething and writhing, and he was crumbling.

On the topic of the villain... I felt that he wasn't truly the villain. More like he was doing something that was terrible so that the all the blame would fall onto him. I think he just wanted to protect his counterpart. His whole reasoning is a little askew, but that was the only thing he could do. Even though he did something so terrible to Kengo, you can't really hate him. Even Akira felt that way....

So, whats left to say is that this manga is actually pretty damn good. Read it, okay?
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Enjoyed it   
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by k.bell11
January 20th, 2013, 11:18am
I usually read shounen and seinen, but i enjoyed this, the fights are well done, i like the character development, and the annoying comedy parts die off as it goes on. I recommend it whatever genre you like
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Bitter sweet end   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Ohrion
October 19th, 2011, 8:00am
this is such a wonderful series. I wanna say so much about it, but i don't want to spoil anything. So I'll say this. This series is totally worth reading to the end.

I got this series when Tokyopop first released it in the US, cause the art looked pretty mostly. I was pretty simple minded back then. As I continued to read the series, more and more it started to overshadow past stories I loved. I find that aalot of the series that look beautiful have about a 50% chance of sacrificing the story for for the art. This isn't one that does that. As the plot thickens, that artwork becomes more elaberate and stunning.

Over all, this series is a wonderful read. It is sad to see it end, but I think it ended in a near perfect way. I guess Realistic way would be the best way to put it. : )
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Glad it's not like the anime   
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by JennyaNinja
July 3rd, 2011, 4:12pm
I for one am ecstatic that this is different from the anime. I love shounen-ai/yaoi, but it was so forced and bland in the anime. The art is much crisper and the characters are so much more defined in the manga. I love how Shirogane does NOT wear lipstick. So I'd have to disagree with Twisted_Mind. Besides, if the manga were a shounen-ai, I'd rather Shirogane did not go with Akira. Because that's just silly.
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Sooo Amazing!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by whistlebird
March 9th, 2011, 6:54pm
Uwaaah! It's so awesome! The art is amazing--line quality, action, character and clothing design, composition (yeah, I'm an art major) and the story is great. Interesting characters (though the main character acts like a jerk most of the time, Kengo makes up for it) and the villains have as much depth as the main characters, even some of the smaller ones. It can be a little confusing at times when some certain characters get talking (partly the fault of hard-to-translate deep, formal speech), but that's just the way royalty goes in this series and we can usually ignore them. As for romance, not so much, but oddly enough I'm not really missing it. To be honest I'm just grateful it doesn't go the way of the anime, where shounen ai plays a central part. There is none of that in the manga and as I am not a fan, I'm happy. I love the Manga Shirogane. He's more serious but he's a whole bunch cooler. ^_^
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love it!   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Cherrycake
February 15th, 2011, 4:20pm
Started reading this 'cuz the anime kind of ended "unfinishedly". I just adore the anime and it's BL slash! Sadly the manga has none! The art is not so much to my liking 'cus i think i'm more used to the anime's art. but while reading this i'm wishing HARD for the second season!!!!
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Adorable!   
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by ElennaxTelrunya
January 30th, 2011, 8:25pm
I absolutely adore the manga and the anime! It's full of action and suspense. It's true that the anime has more shounen-ai than the actual manga does, but if you love the show than pick this up. I'm so eager to read more and I pray for a second season at the same time! One of my absolute favorites!
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Just wow.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by hollyivy
August 10th, 2010, 2:47pm
Funny, sweet, interesting, and a manga that will put you on the edge of your seat. The character interaction is very well-done and the facial expressions are really nice. Predictable at some times, but I don't mind that. LOVE the main character. He's a kuudere AND a tsundere. Also, the obvious shounen ai tint is to die for. So many bishies, so little time!
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I Am So Happy this Isn't like the Anime   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by kirabook
September 3rd, 2009, 3:10pm
I didnt want to read this because I thought it was shounen-ai like the anime so i was like meh, but come to find out the manga isnt!!! I was always so mad that good plot and stuff are yaio and shounen-ai but im glad to find this isn't!
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I love it   
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by SinfulAngel
July 5th, 2009, 1:08pm
I just got into the series, but I'm curious as to why the Anime spead up the relationship between Shirogane and Akira. Even though they did that I love both the manga and anime equaly funny, interesting, and exciting. ( Though the manga has more and doesn't rush things like the Anime did.. They really need to make a second season of Monochrome. ).
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