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Oi! Ryouma  
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This series is a comical and serious account mixing history and fiction of the life of the Bakumatsu period leader Sakamoto Ryōma.
It is November 15, 1835 near Kōchi Castle. The youngest daughter of the Sakamoto family, Otome Sakamoto is stargazing and sees a comet. That day her mother, Sachi Sakamoto, is about to give birth. The comet appears as a dragon and a horse, and Otome shouts to it "Make the child born tonight a boy! I promise I'll make him a strong samurai!" after which the comet changes to a soft glow. Soon the first cry of the baby is heard a strong baby boy. However, the newborn boy has long hair on his back which is seen as strange. At this the father, Yahei, is dumbfounded but Otome names the boy Ryōma, a name combining Japanese characters for dragon and horse.
Ryōma quickly grows but is a coward and a crybaby. He is mocked for his back hair and bullied every day by children in the neighborhood. He is not a good student and is thrown out of his juku. Otome and the second oldest sister Ei do not give up on Ryōma, and raise him more strictly. Even so, Ryōma's unique characteristic is his kind heart. This kind heart amazes the bullies in the neighborhood, led by a young Izo Okada. Zuizan Takechi, helped by Ryōma, is also impressed by his capacity for good. It looks as though Ryōma will enjoy a peaceful childhood, but he soon learns about the oppression of the gōshi (郷士) by the upper class jōshi (上士) samurai. His mother is chased to her death by the daimyo Yamanōchi, after which Ryōma vows to himself "I want to become stronger!" at the age of 16.

Note: He co-starts again in the manga "Azumi 2" by the same mangaka.


Related Series
Azumi 2 (Alternate Story)

Associated Names
Hallo! Ryōma
Hey! Ryouma
Oi! Ryoma
Rainbow Samurai

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Latest Release(s)

Status in Country of Origin
23 Volumes + 1 Bonus Volume (Complete, in 1987)
14 Volumes (Wide-ban, in 1998)
14 Volumes + 1 Bonus Volume (Bunkoban, in 2002)
9 Volumes (Konbini-ban, in 2004)
12 Volumes (Shinsouban, in 2009)
9? Volumes (Konbini-ban, in 2013)

Completely Scanlated?

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Last Updated
November 7th 2015, 3:24am PST



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Serialized In (magazine)
Young Sunday (Shogakukan)

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Weekly Pos #756 increased(+169)
Monthly Pos #1321 increased(+274)
3 Month Pos #1754 increased(+228)
6 Month Pos #1815 decreased(-316)

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On 36 wish lists
On 6 completed lists
On 1 unfinished lists
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The older companion to Azumi   
Rating: 8.5 / 10.0
by residentgrigo
February 15th, 2015, 5:14am
Yuu´s later companion series Azumi is in translation as it should be but this older work deserves your attention too especially if you consider that the lead Sakamoto Ryōma is a main character in Azumi 2.
The narrative is less violent in comparison and there is no sex but the story is ultimately tragic as facts about Sakamoto life are kept even if the atmosphere is comedic and some of the story is fictitious. The art may not be to everyone liking but it as very clean and i enjoyed it a lot. The manga slightly less interesting then his later chambara epic but Yuu Koyama is only the artist here. The anime is also well done and this whole package deserves to be rediscovered by a new audience.

... Last updated on February 15th, 2015, 5:14am
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