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Kokou no Hito  
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From: Easy Going Scans

On his first day of transferring to a new high school, a loner named Mori Buntarou, is cajoled by a classmate into climbing the school building. Despite knowing that one misstep could send him spiraling to his death, he moves forward, and upon finally reaching the top, Mori experiences a sense of fulfillment. That feeling, which seems to be telling him, "You're alive!" gives birth to an adrenaline for rock-climbing.

From volume 4 on, Sakamoto Shinichi has done both story and art.


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Associated Names
고고한 사람
Koko no Hito
The Climber

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Latest Release(s)
v.17 c.163-170 (v2) by Easy Going Scans (842d ago)
v.17 c.163-170 (end) by Easy Going Scans (846d ago)
v.16 c.159-162 by Easy Going Scans (896d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
17 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

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User Rating
Average: 8.6 / 10.0 (416 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.47 / 10.0
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Last Updated
June 22nd 2014, 7:48pm PST



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Shuukan Young Jump (Shueisha)

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Monthly Pos #1094 increased(+2)
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unique yet strange   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by dieend
January 11th, 2011, 9:41am
This manga is really on his own world, I think.
The art, no doubt really a great one.
The story, it's not so focused yet so blur, and it is really walk on his own path. When I think the story go to make the main character keep walking straight the light and struggling all of the obstacles. But he instead went back to darkness. And the darkness that needed by the light, maybe. The biggest minus point I think is, it is kind of hard to differ which one is hallucination and which one is the realita. So I am a kind of missing some story of what is going on.

But the art is really good
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Truly a masterpiece!   
Rating: N/A
by kami0001
December 29th, 2010, 5:10pm
This manga is truly a masterpiece due to the detail artwork plus a rather unique and quite strange protagonist. The protagonist, unlike other shounen or seinen manga's protagonists, has no purpose or aim in life. He just wants to be alone without any one to bother him. He is what we called "social outcast" yet because of that, this manga is quite different than other regular manga out there.
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Sports. Fool.   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by meosnelsity
December 16th, 2010, 2:32pm
All sports are self-oriented, dumbass. Thus, they are not useful except to oneself. It's a mere self-accomplishment. Someone who finds it useful by seeing other doing it is just self-explanatory. Anyway, the artist had lived some stupid life there and expressed it in the story. Perhaps, he's trying to teach something implicitly.

update: style has changed in recent chapters; at first, it was great, but now all that symbols are keep popping up here and there. Pace has slowed down to the extreme. I had to deduct 1 point from my previous rating.

update2: seems like the trail of symbolism has ended. The author has abandoned manga-like fictional flavor to complete realistic-looking story. I don't know how many phases this manga is undergoing, but now the story seems to be, surprisingly, already almost at the end phase.

... Last updated on April 3rd, 2011, 10:01pm
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Getting Better   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by McCamyTaylor
December 9th, 2010, 10:59pm
At 10 volumes the art is still the best thing about this series. However, as the main focus switches from how messed up Mori is to how cool mountain climbing is, the story is getting better. And allowing Mori to grow up is a great idea. There are way too many mangas about teeanged alienation and angst. Moving my rating up to a full 10, because this is finally making me wonder what it would be like to climb a mountain.

... Last updated on January 13th, 2011, 1:20am
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Rating: N/A
by grahf
December 6th, 2010, 11:14pm
The artwork is amazing, the characters on the other hand are terrible. I have encountered socially award people and they aren't as stupid as the main character in this manga. The main character has shown zero growth actually he has regressed

The only reason I read it for as long as I did was the artwork.
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Starts off as a shounen but develops into something much more   
Rating: N/A
by emkat
November 27th, 2010, 9:46pm
In the beginning it seems like a typical oblivious and carefree yet highly gifted character angering a hardworking flawed rival. The first chapters WILL seem like the typical - hey I'm so lonely, oh I've found something in life, oh ive angered someone but we're still friends and will help each other grow, enter an ambiguous love interest, club activities where we have fun and grow close together! type story. You know, the type of shounen where all of the other people keep ragging on how gifted and talented and amazing the main character is and the main character is just oblivious about the praise and wants to do his own thing...

But it turns into something much more.

Without giving too much away, keep reading until the time lapse. The story turns from a "I will get better" shounen story to something that becomes much deeper. It becomes a rich story that explores aspects of the human condition.

The protagonist is constantly mentioned as being odd or strange by the other characters, but he is the most relatable to us out of all of them - perhaps revealing a little bit of him in us in the process. He's someone who's had much pain in his life, someone who is innocently good but is constantly thrusted into situations where it is easy to blame him. He didn't ask for someone to commit suicide in front of him - but he is blamed because he could not stop him. He didn't ask for his rival to go nuts because of jealousy - but he is blamed because he elicits these responses in others. He had good intentions in saving the girl, and did something incredibly noble - yet the newspaper journal blows it out of proportion very maliciously and everyone, including the girl, ends up blaming him - the girl blaming him for who she has become. In all these instances we see someone so fragile but well meaning, due to no fault of his own, cause a series of events that turn him into a target of blame. For this reason he is pushed away from society constantly, and as he lacks the social intelligence to understand the situation, he believes their words and further alienates himself.

This alienation allows him to push himself over a passion - climbing - that reminds you of something more like an obsession. He focuses mainly in relying on himself and wanting to be alone in nature, something free of life's complications. However, ironically, this obsession over this solitary pursuit forces him to interact with a team to be able to climb the daunting K2.

During this climb he steps outside of his box and becomes more assertive, telling his friend to abort the mission to be safe, even if it would jeopardize their expedition. He is not given a typical response, but instead is treated surprisingly harshly and is forced to bear a punishment.

However, when you view the situation later you begin to realize that the climb leader is a bit psychotic - he doesn't care about his team, he only cares about climbing. This reveals another ironic situation because the protagonist, someone who you were led to believe should be callous towards his fellow humans due to his sole passion for climbing, is the one that made the judgment call to keep his friend safe despite risking the opportunity to eventually climb K2, his dream. In all circumstances his actions would be noble. Yet due to the situation created by others, he is ostracized.

One must wonder if climbing is a meanless distraction from life's responsibilities, or something that is truly worth doing for him. I guess we'll find out.

... Last updated on November 27th, 2010, 9:54pm
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by kizku
November 9th, 2010, 12:04pm
i gotta agree with haruhi_han. the beginning is kinda shounenish, but around ch 30 there's a time skip and i gets far more intense. it reminds me a lot of shamo with all those broken side characters and the main character having some serious issues. quite dark but keeps you turning the pages

... Last updated on November 9th, 2010, 12:05pm
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definitely a masterpiece   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by HARUHI_han
September 5th, 2010, 6:33am
in term of art, yeah, no doubt this work is a masterpiece, it puts my feeling on fire, its great art manages to convey all the feeling of the hero deep down to the reader's mind
the story begins quite typical like every other sport manga, as someone below comments that it's not special. But at least keep reading about 30 chapter when the hero makes a great turn in his life, you won't be able to drop it down anymore
And the breathtaking art scenes begins popping out more from chapter 33

... Last updated on September 5th, 2010, 6:35am
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This is awesome   
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by zaliasberniukas
July 27th, 2010, 2:19am
This is without a doubt a masterpiece because this manga have everything. It is a perfect and very original drama art is great and this manga is also very informative about climbing . I really was stunned by how interesting manga about mountain climbers can be . I think the reason why it is so good because the story is very deep its not just about climbing its also about how some people are just not meant to live in modern society how they cant find happiness in daily life no meter what they do . I like everything about this manga and i have never seen a protagonist of a manga like him before he is very unique . Oh and i gave 9.5 just because i never give 10 before manga is finished . Oh and yes i agree with yuno19 the begining was lil slow and not all that special but later on it just keeps on getting better

... Last updated on July 27th, 2010, 2:21am
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Weak lead   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by nomated23
May 29th, 2010, 12:30pm
At first i was really excited about this manga but after reading 20 chapters the Main character has turned out to be a weakling that can't lets what others do affect his decisions. to me this manga is ground breaking and i would love it if it only had a stronger main character. I think i'll keep reading it in hopes that it gets better from here on out
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