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Gunka no Baltzar  
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Description
Glory won over the roar of cannon fire, peace exists simply as a time to prepare for the next battle. A soldier in a militarily-advanced nation, Balzer quickly advanced in rank. However, his career takes a sudden turn when he is reassigned as an adviser at a military school in a neighboring allied nation. Faced with little military power, untrained students, and civilian opposition to firearms, will Major Balzer be able to win over the soldiers and civilians?

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Manga

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Associated Names
巴尔扎的军靴
軍靴のバルツァー
Baltzar Militarismus
Bernd Baltzar
Gunka no Baltzer
Gunka no Balzer

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Status in Country of Origin
6 Volumes (Ongoing)

Completely Scanlated?
No

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Average: 8.6 / 10.0 (132 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.25 / 10.0
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Last Updated
February 7th 2014, 4:16am PST

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Year
2011

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Serialized In (magazine)
Comic @ Bunch (Shinchosha)
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Licensed (in English)
No

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Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #763 increased(+106)
Monthly Pos #1312 decreased(-27)
3 Month Pos #1402 decreased(-752)
6 Month Pos #767 decreased(-28)

List Stats
On 1072 reading lists
On 429 wish lists
On 21 unfinished lists
On 140 custom lists

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Its great   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by martikuki86
May 16th, 2013, 7:33am
I have to say, I never thought I can become a fan of a military manga. The story so far is quite interesting, and the manipulations and twists are great. The art is very good, nicely drawn with good details. The main character is quite likable, even though sometimes I think he has to be a bit more aware of some elements.
I will give this 9.5 rating, and really looking forward to see how the story evolves.
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19th century military manga   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Wufu
June 19th, 2012, 12:28am
8/10: I'm a fan!



Story is military fiction based off of 19th century Western Europe. Specifically, the two fictitious countries so far depicted are culturally deprived from Germany. The author has extensively researched the era and that translates to historic foods, machinery, and architecture. He even reveals the components of 18th century muskets and canons.

It's a history geek's delight. With 10 chapters out, most has been spent not necessary avoiding character development per se but on establishing the world. Characters besides the main character have yet to fully take their mantle as pillars of the plot. You know who they'll be, but, because there's 5 of them and the need to explain background politics, they are yet to be given much attention. All in all, it starts rather slow on the character development side. For Euro history and 19th century gun buffs, this'll be a delight. For others, it may take an arc to grow on you if the richness of the setting doesn't.

p.s. btw, for other history buffs (especially Macedonian and alexander the great history, I recommend Historie)

... Last updated on June 19th, 2012, 11:51pm
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Interesting at the Start   
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by liquidsin
June 13th, 2012, 10:02pm
Gunka no Baltzar starts off great with a young and ambitious protagonist named Balzer who begins work as a military adviser at a foreign training academy. I don't know what it was but something about the beginning gave off a sense of uniqueness and potential. Unfortunately, I didn't feel or get any of that as the chapters progressed. The challenges that Balzer overcame felt either superficial or exaggerated and that in turn made his character less believable. With no side characters to support him, or at least any that were memorable, I simply didn't have any reason to continue reading. Then came the 'Turning Point'... or at least that's what I call it since I dropped the series immediately after.

The Turning Point
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The Pretense: The second prince designs a "shooting trial" for Balzer to display his abilities after an argument they had regarding military tactics and infantry training.
The Scenario: Balzer is then lead to the "shooting trial" where the targets are revealed to be human beings. He is given 5 well-equipped convicts as allies to combat a platoon of 50 untrained convicts given outdated weaponry.
The Result: Balzer snipes his enemies from a distance until they eventually break and retreat due to their lack of discipline. Everyone then fears Balzer afterwards because they see him as a monster who cold-bloodedly took the lives of so many men.
The Verdict: This event should never have been included in the series. The prince admits his views are dated compared to Balzer's more modernized approach to warfare during the argument before his imprisonment and "shooting trial". The battle itself was inherently flawed in both the use of convicts and numbers of people on each side. Last but not least, the ending was needlessly dramatized to give Balzer yet another challenge to overcome. Overall it simply made me realize what this series really was.


Edit: I tried picking up this series again but to no avail. It's hard to stomach a series that has to spoon-feed it's characters common sense.

... Last updated on December 4th, 2012, 11:36am
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excelent art, interesting story   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Domonkazu
December 11th, 2011, 9:00pm
I don't understand why can someone give this a bad rating??

the story is still developing and very promising so far and the main char is very interesting, he is modest, yet straight forward, and actually has a backbone.

the art are very accurate, even the reference to some foods, beers, weapon and building architecture.

I've been waiting for something like this.

if you like 18th century europe with war setting don't miss this one.

... Last updated on December 11th, 2011, 9:03pm
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My favourite series   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by tallrice
August 24th, 2011, 4:49pm
I truly recommend Gunka no Balzer for anyone who has even the least bit interest in 19th century warfare. Or even, in the lack of that, to amazing art, well researched background, solid characterisation and a complex storyline. Volumes are only released twice a year, but they are very skilfully and thoughtfully composed, well worth the read.

For the moment, the lead has a strong and likeable personality and there are a number of colourful characters that are all well developed and fleshed out besides him. The story is set in an 18th century Prussia-like setting and there are numerous references to the culture of Prussia and other parts of Germany, for instance, it's food and beer.

As a note for people considering the series, Gunka no Balzer would be much better described as 'slice-of-life' in a historical setting than 'action' or 'adventure'. It's very wordy, big on cultural aspects of 19th century german/prusian/austrian/whatever you want to call it academics, politics, food, etc and only in v5 do we start seeing some actual action, which is very realistic and strategy based.

... Last updated on January 31st, 2014, 8:46am
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