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Mahou Tsukai Kurohime  
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Description
A young boy is saved by a mysterious gunfighter who uses magical bullets. She is the greatest magician in the world but disappears shortly after saving him. Having fallen in love with her, he trains to become a gun fighter and ten years later, his search comes to an end but his adventure has just begun. Kurohime is a buxom witch with the power to control magical guns. She once made the mistake of challenging the gods and was cursed for her foolishness! Transformed into a little girl named Himeko, she can only regain her former body and powers when she falls in love. But finding love in a world fraught with evil is no easy task.

Type
Manga

Related Series
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Associated Names
Курохиме
魔炮使者黑姬
魔砲使い黒姫
Black Princess
Kurohimé
Kurohime
Magical Gunslinger Kurohime

Groups Scanlating
Black Wing
CaBa
Genesis
Imangascans
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Latest Release(s)
c.80 (end) by Imangascans & Black Wing (1144d ago)
c.79 by Imangascans & Black Wing (1174d ago)
c.78 by Imangascans & Black Wing (1208d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
18 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
Yes

Anime Start/End Chapter
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24 topics, 234 posts
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User Rating
Average: 8.2 / 10.0 (1056 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.16 / 10.0
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Last Updated
October 4th 2013, 9:39pm PST

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Year
2002

Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Jump SQ (Shueisha)

Licensed (in English)
Yes

English Publisher
Viz (15 Volumes - Dropped)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #424 decreased(-18)
Monthly Pos #411 decreased(-4)
3 Month Pos #397 increased(+10)
6 Month Pos #386 increased(+2)

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On 2770 reading lists
On 1235 wish lists
On 1884 completed lists
On 203 unfinished lists
On 357 custom lists

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Forum Posts
Kurohime Ending (Spoilers) 387 days, 17 hours, 51 minutes ago
Is Viz discontinuing Kurohime?? 410 days, 7 hours, 20 minutes ago
What chapter was that...? 1036 days, 19 hours, 5 minutes ago
chapter 78 1205 days, 5 hours, 37 minutes ago
After the first arc??? (spoiler) 1257 days, 11 hours, 18 minutes ago

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Black Princess   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by hamburgers
February 3rd, 2010, 4:59pm
As others have stated, the story is a convoluted one, but when it comes down to it, Kurohime is a tragic tale of romance and fantasy that is definitely worth a read. The artwork does indeed improve over time, the bad guys are easy to hate, the story will keep you wanting more, and Kurohime is just gorgeous. There's a fair bit of nudity, this being an ecchi work, but in the case of some things, such as one of the 'gods' found in the more recent chapters, it can be grotesque.
It becomes a heart-wrenching romantic tale in which Kurohime encounters tragedy after tragedy, so its a difficult read for the weak of heart (such as myself), and is actually somewhat depressing.
I would definitely recommend this to any and all readers, males and females alike.

Upon finishing the series I realize that the plot was dragged on unnecessarily and the plot cluttered, as others have noted, and the ending was just terrible. Would def reread for the first arc, however.

... Last updated on April 11th, 2014, 11:36am
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Great and touching first arc, plot coherence dies after that   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by poiso
January 1st, 2012, 4:40am
The good: Art is very nice throughout the manga, main cast characters are interesting and often touching. Character emotions are relayed very well to the reader most of the time. Brilliant end to the first arc. Action scenes tend to be just right in length and impressively well drawn.

The bad: Plot coherence collapses after the first arc, and manages to keep on worsening all the way to the end. Massive overuse of undead as antagonists. Much of the cast that shows up later in manga is utterly forgettable. Ending is cringeworthy at best.

The ugly: Time travel as a plot device with plot holes larger then universe itself detracts from enjoyment significantly. Suspension of disbelief suffers significantly from "deus ex machina" moments that become abundant towards the end of the manga in desperate attempts to patch aforementioned plot holes.
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Kurohime   
Rating: N/A
by quick brown fox
May 9th, 2009, 12:35am
The best description to give to this is: it gets better, both the art and story.

Early on it gives off a vibe similar to a mindless, directionless mix of gag comedy and action, which would be enough for several people to drop this series after reading about 3-7 chapters, which is excusable since at this point, one may conclude that the succeeding chapters won't get any better (read:SUCK AS HELL).

But dang, everything in this thing gets better (except the gag comedy, which thankfully becomes nearly nonexistent) to the point where it redefines itself as an almost completely different manga. Its theme gets a lot darker, and the characters gain significant depth.

Believe me when I say it was rewarding to sit through the early chapters of Kurohime just to arrive at the better parts. I remember DL'ing the first 2 volumes of this piece nearly two years ago, dropped it since I thought of it as boring, and then had a nasty brick shitting when I picked it up again just recently.
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Starts out amazing, ends meh   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by xenofixus
May 31st, 2011, 6:52am
This was one of my favorites until I hit the arc where time travel came into place.

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I felt almost betrayed by the author. Once time travel started happening the author was basically like, "Remember everything you JUST read? Well it was pretty much pointless and misleading. You know that main character? Yeah, well not only is he dead but he really isn't Zero."


The plot becomes increasingly hard to follow to the point where you have to wonder what the heck happened to the author. Its like he had a clear idea at the beginning then went through a lobotomy and picked it back up.

Overall a good read until the aforementioned arc.
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Epic   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by panos
December 9th, 2010, 3:03am
For all those who have misjudged this manga,please read all the story and then make a comment.Every arc had it's meaning.The story started slowly but all are connected in the later chapters.It has the most similarities to Berserk than any manga i have read toned down a bit.
If you are even bored to read the next chapters then there is a synopsis on Wikipedia,so maybe after reading it you may continue with the story.
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Good Beginning BUT...   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by KenE
March 13th, 2011, 9:07pm
Although the first arc of the manga is fantastic, the plot afterwards slowly loses its positive qualities. Around chapter 40, reading the manga was difficult because it was boring and lacking progression of the main plot. The ending could have been better, but it's not.

... Last updated on March 13th, 2011, 9:11pm
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so dam good   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by KimiKazoo
July 24th, 2009, 8:41pm
Before i read this i was pretty turned off by the genre "ecchi", but i decided to read it anyway. It WAS GOOD. At first the story was pretty basic and funny. Kurohime was not the best character but it was funny to know what she is thinking.

Im not gonna lie, the art was NOT so good at first, but by chapter 20 and up the art GETS way better. (Zero gets hotter when something happens).

The story has gotten deep and thrilling. Totally worth to read. =]
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Eye-candy shounen a seinen fan can enjoy   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by lomegil
February 22nd, 2011, 9:09am
I'm a seinen guy, with ever less tolerance for normal shounen – the worldview too simple and the behavior too overblown and unrealistic to me – but Kurohime I enjoyed, with some reservations. The author knows how to balance pomp with humor, the story is actually moving somewhere, things happen to characters, which themselves are pretty well fleshed-out, and there is plenty of emotions not limited to the goddam “aren’t we nakama!!!111” thing (it has a romance-driven storyline, for one) – all of which is to say the negative parts aren't as bad as they could be.

Meanwhile, the manga has some huge selling points, and if one - abundance of very attractive female characters (aw, come on) - is easy to come by (tho' not as easy as it may seem), the other's more unusual, being is the mangaka's rampant visual imagination. I'm not a visuals guy, art is secondary to chars and narrative to me, but here, every second page is a threat to savor, offering a slew of images that are nothing if not archetypal – giant gods carrying the Moon, walking mountains, stainless steel dragons, stylizations for Mesopotamian frescoes and more in that vein. Others have noted the story is pretty generic, which is true – still plenty of fights for fights’ sake, shark-jumping and good ol’ formulas, esp. later on – but I’d say much of the effort simply went into the art instead, and most wasn’t wasted. All in all, not cliche-free, but lively, dramatic, dynamic and visually stunning, and so (possibly) worth the attention even if you don’t normally go for this genre. For the shounen world, of course, a gem.

... Last updated on February 22nd, 2011, 11:12am
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great series   
Rating: N/A
by SamuraiX
December 24th, 2009, 10:50pm
this series has a great blend of action, romance, and comedy. 1st couple arcs were kinda boring. But when the series goes into Zero's Arc, it's awesome. People should really pick up this series especially when u dropped it because it is a great series after a couple volumes.
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Time will tell   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by Juneau
June 5th, 2007, 11:43am
While it is repetative, for me it's not at a point where that is annoying yet. The art is cute and Kurohimé isn't some stereotypically unorigional female lead. If the plot just keeps repeating then I'll probally be lowering my rating, but I can only hope it's building up to a big contrast or something, we'll see.

"nothing short of a god-like main female lead,"
That's kinda the point of the story, no? ;P
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