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Ookami no Kuchi: Wolfsmund  
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Description
From Kotonoha

Wolfsmund is a dark historical manga set in the early 14th century of Europe (Switzerland). The story revolves around the eponymous fortress in the St. Gotthard Pass which is ruled by a sadistic tyrant. Basically, each chapter deals with characters who for some reason have to cross the pass and who end up getting interrogated by the mentioned tyrant.

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Associated Names
狼の口: ヴォルフスムント
Ookami no Kuchi Wolfsmund
Wolfsmund

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Latest Release(s)
v.3 c.7 by Reapers Scans & Misty Rain Scans (451d ago)
v.2 c.5 by Kotonoha (955d ago)
v.2 c.4 by Kotonoha (1016d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
6 Volumes (Ongoing)

Completely Scanlated?
No

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Average: 7.6 / 10.0 (95 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.43 / 10.0
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Last Updated
December 16th 2014, 10:27am PST

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Year
2009

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Serialized In (magazine)
Fellows! (Enterbrain)
Harta (Enterbrain)

Licensed (in English)
Yes

English Publisher
Vertical (5 Volumes - Ongoing)

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Not Worth Your Time   
Rating: 1.0 / 10.0
by Endrak
December 14th, 2014, 1:02pm
I started reading Wolfsmund because it got a lot of comparisons to Berserk, and I love Berserk. What I got was nothing like Berserk.

The only similarity between the two is that people die a lot.

Wolfsmund is presented in an episodic format; the only recurring characters are the checkpoint's warden (who I call Mr. Smiley, and is apparently designed to be as infuriating as possible) and a mysterious female innkeeper with a dark past. The chapters all have the same basic premise: Two characters try to cross the checkpoint and die.

That's it.

Every chapter (or series of chapters), you're introduced to two characters, one or both of whom are going to try to cross the checkpoint for whatever reason. They get there, Mr. Smiley toys with them a bit, then they die.

As the "story" drags on, the plans to cross the checkpoint become more in-depth, and the dei ex machina the author throws in to stop them more ludicrous. One chapter in particular revolves around two highly-skilled mountaineers attempting to go around the checkpoint by scaling the Alps. The ascent is incredibly dangerous and could be considered suicidal, but they make it.

Oh, but wait. There's a watchtower at the top of the mountain garrisoned by at least ten men-at-arms. The same mountain that was barely climbable, that is basically sheer cliffs on all sides. Somehow, they built a watchtower up there. Somehow, they keep it garrisoned and supplied. Somehow, said watchtower/garrison is on the exact route the mountaineers chose to take. Somehow, Mr. Smiley is there at that exact moment.

Okay, the watchtower and the garrison is already stretching it, but how the **** did Mr. Smiley get there? He's at the checkpoint all day, every day, because he personally interviews everyone who passes through it. Even if he knew about the attempt in advance, he would have had to follow the mountaineers up the mountain, yet he was there before them.

All that aside, let's say they did it somehow. Maybe they have some sort of elevator system. The question then is, why would they bother building a watchtower on top of a mountain that, as far as they know, is impossible to climb?



tl;dr Infuriating villain kills people in increasingly contrived and unbelievable ways. If you loved the way your favorite character on Game of Thrones died, relive that feeling over and over again with Wolfsmund.

... Last updated on December 14th, 2014, 1:03pm
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If You Like Happy Stories   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by jojalee
June 18th, 2014, 5:16am
Then don't clap your hands because Wolfsmund will not give you that.

First I'd like to comment on the art, which I love. It's infused with a retro style but as if it's been cleaned up and restored to full quality. I really love that there are still modern authors who have a retro style much like Tezuka Osamu's. This manga is extremely dark, there's only about 1-5% of hapiness infused within it. Also it sort of pulls a Psycho on you in the way that the 'main character title' shifts towards another person. Even though it's an episodic manga there's a clear plotline that evolves throughout each chapter featuring new people attempting to traverse through the 'Wolf's Mull.'
If you're into dark rebellions and what not give this manga a go, it's seriously worth the time.

... Last updated on June 18th, 2014, 5:18am
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A Detailed War Story of the MIddle Age Era   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Hyoukami
April 15th, 2014, 8:19pm
After reading more, you'll see that it's not just a mere sadistic murder done by authorities in the middle age. Wolfmund showing a portrait of how desperate people at the middle ages to take down tyranny. Rather than seeing the earlier torture thing as sadistic murder, for me It's more like a piece of puzzle showing how the magistrate inducing horror on citizens, growing their hatred little by little and and then ignite a rebellion at the climax (read more of the stories, 1-2 volume may only lead you to judge this as sadistic plot-less manga).
Wolfram is actually a well designed character, considering his presence capable of showing both desperate act of besieging and defending in such detail. I wouldn't say It's a textbook accurate historical event or even representing "reality", but it set the ambiance perfectly.

... Last updated on April 15th, 2014, 8:19pm
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A degenerated mind   
Rating: 1.0 / 10.0
by Kamugin
November 22nd, 2013, 6:58pm
Unlike Berserker where the most schocking passages have a purpose inside the story that is much more than carnage/torture/rape all the time, Wolfsmund is only about that, the manga only purpose is to show how twisted is the author's mind, the mind of a pervert, a criminal, a psycho. I've seen stuff like this before, depraved stuff like Uziga Waita's works. However Wolfsmund is camouflaged as a "historical manga", a "serious seinen work" that have made its way to a respectable mainstream publication like the Fellows magazine - truly regrettable - it is the same magazine where "Ran to Haiiro no Sekai" is published. People who think that Wolfsmund is "reality", is like the world really works, are mistaken. We all have notice about the Middle Ages darkest passages and how many totalitarian regimes deal with dissidents, but those who are eager to know in vivid details how people meet their ends inside a torture chamber aren't motivated by historical interest and the need of reflection, they regret not being able to see with their own very eyes all of that. To those people, Wolfsmund is relief for their needs, a moment of small satisfaction. Wolfsmund is another perfect example of how irresponsible the Japanese manga publishers are. This manga is only for those who like things like "Faces of Death", those who seek the internet searching for pictures and videos of dead or dying people, those who, like the author, take pleasure seeing human suffering and pain. For all the others is trash.

... Last updated on November 22nd, 2013, 7:22pm
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A Torture story...to say the least   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by SSJR2
August 24th, 2013, 1:10pm
im starting to think this manga artist is a sadist himself cause this is one of the most messed up mangas ive ever read (thats not in the horror Genre of course). i mean i know life in middle ages sucked but this pretty much only shows that, its dark with tons of torture and cruelty and it seems like every chapter shows a new way to torture. Now for the characters the biggest advice i can give anyone reading this is dont get used to anyone
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Seriously dont get used to anyone except the cruel demented sadist bastard that issues the torture cause i think hes probably the main character since hes the only one who lives, much to everyones dismay cause hes cruel and evil as hell, he loves torturing and seeing people suffer and even when there is no reason to inflict suffering this guy makes it up and makes up new ways to see people suffer on the spot. at one point i thought the black haired girl was gonna be the main character but chapter 6 came...

overall it think it is really dark and besides to torture some what interesting i mean its really good at constantly giving tragedy to its readers but if i dont see any thing positive soon i may drop this. i can legit say that i am mainly reading this right now to see how the crazy sadist torture bastard is gonna die and i hope he gets an extremely slow painful death

... Last updated on August 24th, 2013, 1:12pm
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Boring   
Rating: 1.0 / 10.0
by P_for_Prussia
July 24th, 2013, 6:02am
I love history, I love seinen mangas but this story is sooo boring. I actually fall asleep half way while reading it! There aren't many text in the manga, but the plot is so straightforward. ALL of the characters are badly developed to the point that I didn't feel sympathy for any of them at all. You cant find much of historical fact in here either.

If you are looking for something heartfelt to read, I don't recommend this manga at all.
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A good dark medieval story   
Rating: 8.5 / 10.0
by don_Durandal
November 23rd, 2012, 4:00am
A great seinen featuring a series of connected stories, all with a dark end. Itís well worth the read, if only for the characters. The heroes and villains are all fleshed out in details.
The art is clear which makes the action easy to follow.

The story takes place specifically in the Waldstätten of Switzerland (Uri, Schwytz & Unterwald) in the 13th-14th centuries. The backdrop is the struggle of the Old Swiss Confederacy against the Hapsburg's rule, although it follows it from the mythological rather than the historical perspective. While knowing the background is not necessary to enjoy the story, there are many references to the mythological foundations of Switzerland, such as Wilhelm Tell and the Rütli Oath.

Overall well worth the read.
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Just like early Bersek   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by residentgrigo
October 19th, 2012, 9:47am
Wolfsmund is a top notch Seinen in kinda historically accurate Switzerland(i am german) and surroundings.
The Gotthard Pass actually exists but doesn´t have such a grueling history.
The medieval life of the village folk and their struggles is very believable. To be fair the life of a medieval peasant wasn´t quite that horrible(still not great) according to my history classes. Wilhelm Tells legend also took a drastically different ending but this isn´t a documentary so i am game. The art is very cool, unique and a major draw.
If you are frustrated with all the shonen action blandness that has been far to successful in the last 10 years this is the remedy. Thank you Fellows! But the manga is so different from their usual lineup.
Also read Berserk, never a bad idea.

... Last updated on May 29th, 2013, 2:28am
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Shocking   
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by ginx2666
May 18th, 2012, 3:58am
Wow, just wow... This manga really is brutal, not only in the literal sense.

I've read some works in which innocents are slaughtered like animals, but only here it really shocked me. I mean,
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1st chapter gave us 2 likeable characters, gave them personalities, goals and backstory, and then after glimmer of hope SLAUGHTERED THEM MERCILESSLY.


I'm looking forward for the next chapters, so far it's very interesting...
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Historical manga   
Rating: N/A
by imercenary
May 13th, 2012, 8:40pm
READER BEWARE: THIS IS A HISTORICAL MANGA OF MEDIEVAL EUROPE AND DOES NOT SHY AWAY FROM THE TRUTH

That said, if you can stomach reality, there is some great stuff to be found here. Good people die for bad reasons and bad people rule for worse reasons. Theres no knight in shining armor, there is no redemption or vindication. Only the blood drained corpses of miserable failure.

Medieval Europe was NOT a remotely happy time to live in and this manga captures that perfectly.

... Last updated on May 13th, 2012, 8:41pm
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