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Yamikin Ushijima-kun  
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Description
From Easy Going Scans:

In recent years, Japan has become the shining light of Asia - with its noteworthy achievements in the fields of Science and Technology, Medicine and the like.
But while there are a great number of rich and successful Japanese people, there are even more who are engaged in a furious struggle simply to earn their day-to-day living expenses...all the while battling with dangerous and money-consuming addictions such as gambling and alcoholism.

What will these people do when they require the cash to feed the never-ending desires that are part and parcel of being human? How miserable and dangerous might their lives become if they fall into the fearful traps that are set by black market money-lenders with the sole purpose of ensnaring such weak-willed individuals?

Note: Won the 56th Shogakukan Manga Award for general manga in 2011.

Type
Manga

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Associated Names
暗金丑岛君
闇金ウシジマくん
Ushijima
Ushijima l'usurier de l'ombre
Ushijima the Loan Shark

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Latest Release(s)
v.5 c.37 by Easy Going Scans (3d ago)
v.4 c.36 by Easy Going Scans (33d ago)
v.4 c.35 by Easy Going Scans (55d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
34 Volumes (Ongoing)

Completely Scanlated?
No

Anime Start/End Chapter
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User Rating
Average: 8.2 / 10.0 (42 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.57 / 10.0
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Last Updated
August 2nd 2015, 8:35am PST


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Year
2004

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Serialized In (magazine)
Big Comic Spirits (Shogakukan)

Licensed (in English)
No

English Publisher
N/A

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #446 increased(+171)
Monthly Pos #1024 increased(+20)
3 Month Pos #1324 increased(+328)
6 Month Pos #1662 decreased(-144)

List Stats
On 359 reading lists
On 365 wish lists
On 14 unfinished lists
On 122 custom lists

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Ushijima the Loan Shark Gets Comedy Spin-Off 186 days, 15 hours, 31 minutes ago

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Realistic, disheartening and educational   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by lomegil
July 3rd, 2011, 1:58pm
I've no way of knowing if this is real, but it sure feels realistic - on the level of a punch to the face in the gutter. Plumbing the depths of society, too, but not for cheap shock value, like so many mangas out there - it feels rather like an ethnographic study into the lower classes (and wherever you're from, there are those, so you're bound to relate). It's the opposite of feel-good, too - in fact, there's not a single char pleasant to relate to - but, again, it documents reality so thoroughly it's hard not to be impressed. All in all, ranks very high on mature scale, even for a seinen, but it only makes the manga an even better - tho' also more dark and disenchanting - read.
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Realistic darkness about sharks eating sheep   
Rating: 8.5 / 10.0
by residentgrigo
May 25th, 2014, 3:53pm
The authors never managed to make me care about any of his previous works but i really enjoy his latest twisted tale of the Yakuza´s way of life and hope that the series will keeps it´s quality in the future. The current length of 30+ volumes seems crazy to me but we will see. I usually have a problem with a lot of seinen manga about organized crime in Japan due to their low realism and over reliance on stupid tropes like oh so "shocking" rape scenes as drama that go nowhere. Hello Crime and Punishment. Or tons of crazy ass crime that happens in way to public places to even make sense. Tokyo Tribes i am looking at you.
Or the lack of ballZ to get down an dirty like the endless Yakuza games and just turn in unending orgys of manly men fighting each other without sense of direction. Hello Crow. This little bundle of joy here though pulls of one of the very few believable takes on prostitution i have ever seen in a manga. No cheep thrills or "fan service" here.
The fascinating (and sadly realistic) downward spiral plays out magnificently here and is true powerfully.
The series take on homosexuality is also way better then most Japanese publications that are about that topic.
The protagonist is also a unique beast of man who is neither sympathetic nor abhorrent. Just a man representative of the world and people he surrounds himself with. Lets just say that nearly everyone deserves what come to them. And most importantly of all is that i buy the setting fully and that it feels like present day japan and not some twisted "hell realm". Hello Ichi the Killer. All in all this manga shows a ton of guts and restrain (the storytelling actually takes it´s time and thus isn´t recommended to reader who like instant gratification) and has a unique art style to polish it all of. The art itself won´t please everyone and is more for fans of independent comic like Stray Bullets and underground manga. I definitely understand how the series got nominated for an award and look forward to more.
Be warned though that this series earns it´s mature tag over and over again.
Other great crime series are Sanctuary (8,5/10), the brain dead yet fun Black Lagoon (8/10 but the anime is slightly better) and American takes on the genre as The Godfather/Scarface/The Sopranos are lastly a must as well.

... Last updated on August 28th, 2015, 9:31am
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Usury   
Rating: N/A
by KanameFujiwara
March 28th, 2014, 12:28pm
If I have students wanting to learn of the dangers of usury, this comic is perhaps one of my darkest example. The reason why it is so dark is because the source material is base on reality. The circumstances might change but make no mistake - many of the personas shown actually exist. Let this be reminder to us all and let us move forward.
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Very Dark!   
Rating: 9.2 / 10.0
by ejusdemgeneris
May 15th, 2011, 2:10am
I've started reading the first 5 chapters and find this manga truly amazing.. The art attempts to apply realism by portraying imperfections on each characters which complement the plot and the theme. To put this episodic manga in simpler terms, it's about the daily life of a bad guy lending people from different walks of Japanese life into more sh!ts than they have started with- who in the first place are at fault for such sh!ts, themselves. As what the previous comment stated, it's definitely recommended to mature audiences.

BTW, it also contains prostitution.
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1 volume   
Rating: N/A
by Famas
April 26th, 2011, 12:11am
the art is less than mediocre, but I'll always take story with poor art over brainless cuteness. And this one sure has enough of quality story. Very cynical, very dark story which I find hilarious. People want to borrow money - heroes check if they can pay back. People fail to pay the debt and ridicilously high interest? They'll pay anyway, they'll be made to. Certainly recommended to more mature readers.

... Last updated on May 12th, 2011, 5:32pm
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