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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 (422d ago)
v.2 c.5 by Kotonoha (926d ago)
v.2 c.4 by Kotonoha (987d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
6 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
No

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Average: 7.6 / 10.0 (91 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.43 / 10.0
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Last Updated
October 26th 2014, 1:04am 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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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   
Rating: N/A
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   
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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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Horribly tragic, very depressing--but extremely well-written.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Boriol
April 18th, 2012, 5:05am
I'm eighteen years old. I've only recently started reading seinen manga. That said, being an avid writer myself, Wolfsmund is loaded with cliche-breakers, very strong and likable characters, realistic conflicts, and nice artwork. Nearly every annoying thing about manga is eliminated. However, eliminating those annoying things can make a story much less cheerful.

Every pair of characters so far has been very likable. Even the two who were arguably the most conventionally evil, I could sympathize with. They had motivations, flaws, and personalities deeper than the usual cardboard cutouts you get in manga. That kind of character development is essential to attach the readers' emotions to the characters. It's very refreshing and provides a pleasant surprise.

Wolfsmund approaches the horrors of war and presents them as realistically as possible. Rebels are caught, tortured, and killed. Even the women and children--another thing most manga won't touch on. The "bad guys," while unfortunately not nearly as justified in their actions as the rebels, actually think things through. They don't make exceptions when it comes to executions--they execute pretty women, too. The main antagonist is actually a pretty crafty guy. While I obviously don't find him likable, I see him as an adversary who the heroes and heroines will have a legitimately hard time challenging and bringing down.

I don't see the one-sided presentation of the antagonist to be a bad thing. In fact, after reading the latest chapter (4), I realized that the author does acknowledge that real life is vastly more gray vs. gray than black vs. white (good vs. evil). So, then, he must acknowledge that the conventionally evil character is, in fact, only conventionally evil. And, honestly, there are people in the world (especially back in the dark ages, I'd imagine) who are legitimately evil by most standards. Even then, it's not some shallow, poorly thought-out world domination scheme that the antagonist works toward: it's order. And, in a way, peace. He eliminates rebels quickly and effectively. He's probably the best "bad guy" I've seen in manga, giving a real sense of insurmountable evil.

Now that I've got that over with, let's talk about the whole tragedy thing: yes, Wolfsmund is the single most depressing manga I've ever read. There's not a shred of hope, anywhere. Unless there's some revolutionary plan in the works, I just don't see the rebels winning, and by extension, I don't see any of the good, likable characters surviving. But that's war. Rebellions generally don't end well; you only hear about the ones that do (see: American Revolution). When I'm reading this, I want to help the protagonists because I genuinely sympathize with them, and, for once in manga, I don't want to see them die.

Back to that "hope" thing I mentioned earlier:

Everybody who witnesses the tortures and executions is horrified. This merciless, cruel punishment is stirring up unrest behind the scenes. In reality, I do see hope. In particular, there's one black-haired woman who is present through the first three chapters who seems on the verge of rebellion. In one chapter, a fourteen-year-old girl is shown hanged (not a spoiler--she wasn't a character). If that doesn't provoke civil unrest, I don't know what would. In this manga, it's subtle, but there is hope. I don't think the current tragedy will continue forever. While I do predict a bittersweet ending, I trust that the author knows what he's doing from the remarkable writing quality he's displayed so far.

All in all, I'm impressed by this manga. I'd like to hold it up as a shining example of how to write good tragedy. That last word is key, though. This manga is tragic. It's sad, it's horrifying, it's depressing, and it's all written by a competent writer, making the emotional response even stronger.

Wolfsmund is the first manga I would actually advise anyone under eighteen not to read. It had nudity, but said nudity is never exploited. It has sexuality, but again, it's never exploited. The real reason I'd only recommend this to mature adults is its darkness. Yes, it's extremely well-done, but I mean it when I say you probably don't want to read this until you're an adult.

... Last updated on April 18th, 2012, 5:26am
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