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Azumi  
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Description
Azumi focuses upon the life of the titular young female assassin. The manga begins an indeterminate number of years after the Battle of Sekigahara.
As Azumi begins her duty, the manga introduces its characters into mainstream history. Many of the early missions that Azumi undertakes are the assassinations of the prominent supporters and generals of the Toyotomi Clan, against whom Tokugawa Ieyasu expected to again go to war. The manga 'reveals' that many of the Toyotomi leaders who conveniently died of diseases or accidents prior to the final confrontation between the Toyotomi and Tokugawa were actually victims of assassinations by Azumi and her comrades, thus indicating to the reader when the events were taking place.

Note: Won an Excellence Prize at the 1997 Japan Media Arts Festival and the Shogakukan Manga Award in 1998.

Only the sequel "Azumi 2" ties into Oi! Ryouma as Sakamoto Ryōma co-stars and is set in the 19th century.

Type
Manga

Related Series
Azumi 2 (Sequel)
Oi! Ryouma (Alternate Story)

Associated Names
あずみ
少女杀手阿墨
百人斩少女
아즈미

Groups Scanlating

Latest Release(s)

Status in Country of Origin
48 Volumes (Complete, in 2008)
24 Volumes (Bunkoban, in 2012)

Completely Scanlated?
No

Anime Start/End Chapter
N/A

User Reviews
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User Rating
Average: 8.9 / 10.0 (90 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.3 / 10.0
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Last Updated
July 15th 2015, 10:58pm PST


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Year
1994

Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Big Comic Superior (Shogakukan)

Licensed (in English)
No

English Publisher
N/A

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #815 decreased(-292)
Monthly Pos #763 increased(+60)
3 Month Pos #651 decreased(-44)
6 Month Pos #576 decreased(-140)

List Stats
On 536 reading lists
On 413 wish lists
On 26 completed lists
On 10 unfinished lists
On 156 custom lists

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Tragic and Gripping   
Rating: 9.7 / 10.0
by VWombat
March 6th, 2015, 7:45pm
Azumi is a tale of tragedy, revenge, and enlightenment. It's a recipe that's been done again and again (e.g. Vinland Saga), but like the many other repeats, it offers a fresh and interesting experience. This is particularly influenced by two things - the setting and the character development. The setting is Tokugawa Japan near the end of Ieyasu's life and afterwards, but what makes it unique is its focus on ninja. The character development is influenced by tragic and barbaric yet humanizing events. If I had any complaint, it would be that Azumi does not particularly face much challenge she has to overcome. The manga's focus is her as a person and her development, but she could easily kill anyone she wanted to. That's not necessarily bad. After all, that's a large part of the reason she's still alive while surrounded by death. Regardless, some might prefer external conflict over internal.

... Last updated on March 7th, 2015, 6:35pm
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Tragic events make for an intense story   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by chaechaeboi
August 26th, 2014, 1:54pm
The first two chapters may astound and disgust you as it did to me, but it is quite good. The main character gets development as the chapter go on and it is a real page turner for me. I enjoy the action scenes, even though its old. The emotions the main character feel make this a great story in my opinion if you can feel them with her.
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Not for the faint hearted   
Rating: N/A
by wuhugm
April 8th, 2014, 10:01am
I watched the live action years ago, it was great, I even still listen to it's soundtrack.

The manga.... is even better, and yes, not for the faint hearted.

Bad, real bad things happened in this manga, but successfully stomach them and you will be presented with epicness.
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Not for the faint of heart   
Rating: N/A
by Daimyo
October 23rd, 2013, 11:12am
A pretty gruesome series. It is not so much the gore that makes it different compared to other violent series, but the specific acts of violence that are perpetrated by the characters in this manga. Without giving too much away, right from the get go you see a level a violence that is rarely ever portrayed in manga.

... Last updated on October 23rd, 2013, 11:12am
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The best Chanbara manga   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by residentgrigo
July 29th, 2013, 11:41am
Azumi is a must for every fan of the chanbara and good drama. The characters have real depth and Azumi especially is phenomenal. The violence is very gritty and no gratuitous sex scenes in sight (hello Kazuo Koike) just good old storytelling. Ok there is tons of sex and sexual violence but it´s a vital part of the narrative and not stupid/creepy fan service. The series isn´t for a general audience though as the violence is unrelenting and horrific even by seinen standards and there is a ton of sexual abuse but everything works so well that i read the complete manga series in one day long session. It is that good and just shy of masterpiece status.
The art is also a lot better then it seems at first and the author is very good at conveying movement and facial expressions. The anguish in peoples faces when they die is just superb. I further suggest Azumi 2 and Oi! Ryouma (8,5/10) to get the complete picture and the reviewed Kamui Gaiden (8,5/10) is another forgotten genre classic.

... Last updated on June 25th, 2015, 1:29pm
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Must read   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by tkubo
June 13th, 2011, 1:27pm
This is definitely one of my favorites. Azumi reminded me of Tezuka Osamu's seinen work because the plot is fast-paced and jam-packed and there are many plot twists. The first 28 volumes are especially superb. It was hard to stop while reading during these volumes. The characters are unforgettable, the combat scenes are exhilarating, and the themes are complex. I can honestly say I fell in love with many of the characters of this series. I'm surprised this title isn't as popular as the leading seinen manga series. Please read this at once.
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