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Abara is set in a dystopian world, filled with large structures. The story revolves around creatures known as Gaunas, those who can shape bone like armor and weaponry around themselves by transforming. The transformation begins around the spine and then shapes layered armor.

The story focuses on one such Gauna known as Kudou Denji, though he uses Itou Denji as a fake name early on.

Abara means "ribs" in Japanese.


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v.2 c.7-11 + Digimortal Parts 1-2 by Illuminati-Manga (2842d ago)
v.1 c.1-6 by Illuminati-Manga (2842d ago)
c.8 by Hanaji-scans (2920d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
2 Volumes (Complete)
1 Volume (Shinsoban)

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Average: 7 / 10.0 (354 votes)
Bayesian Average: 6.99 / 10.0
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Ultra Jump (Shueisha)

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Rating: N/A
by caveman
October 15th, 2008, 8:04am
I have to say I was surprised to find so many people disliked this, both the story and the art. Seeing as it is without a doubt the best comic or manga Iíve ever read (forgive me, perhaps I just havenít read enough) I felt I ought to defend it. Clearly it is not for everyone. But it is a far cry to say the man is a bad artist Ė I donít hesitate to put him up there with other illustrators such as Gustav Dore, because I think he did an incredible job in creating an atmosphere.

The plot is intangible, true, but I found this left more room for imagination than the common easy access harlot of a storyline. And itís short enough that it doesnít matter if youíve seen this theme before, subtle enough to leave you guessing, strange enough to catch your attention and just when you think you will never get close to the characters something heart warming or tragic crops up. So perhaps for those who donít want to be spoon fed, this is definitely a story worth reading.

Finally, the art is not designed to look entirely realistic (if thatís what youíre looking for go watch a movie, itís not the point of comics) Ė nor is it your stereotypical bug-eyed nonexistent nosed carp. Iím so unbelievably happy to FINALLY find a mangaka that is not afraid to draw people with noses! There is also none of the over the top expressions stuff Ė the faces are calm more often than not, and then suddenly so full of expression itís terrifying. I find this far more real, far more interesting. He has an individual and interesting style, and the architecture is undeniably good.

... Last updated on October 15th, 2008, 8:06am
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Rating: 2.0 / 10.0
by Szigane
July 15th, 2008, 1:46am
The people who don't understand this manga's plot must REALLY be confused if they're blaming the plot itself and not the art. The mangaka is just not a good artist at all and is terrible at portraying what he intends to portray. Detail alone does NOT make for good artistry. And that's basically a lot of what this is... a mass of details to distract the reader from the fact that the artist does not know how far apart the eyes on the faces should be set. It probably also has the dubious pleasure of distracting people from the plot and thus confusing the hell outta them.

The plot itself is pretty straightforward. Monster vs. monster with humans struggling to survive and the high ups in the government/military seeking to control some of them and use them. Anything that talks and looks white and isn't obviously human on sight is a white guana (the uncontrollable monsters). The other type are the black guanas: these seem to have a symbiotic relationship with humans that keeps the humans alive even if they've been ripped to pieces. It wasn't hard to follow at all, but it was hard to look at all the bad art. Ugh. I read through the first volume and don't think I could stand the art anymore, so I won't even try to read the second volume.

Anyways, the plot wasn't exactly something I hadn't seen before. It's been done before.

... Last updated on July 18th, 2008, 2:08am
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pretty awesome   
Rating: N/A
by bopx
June 22nd, 2008, 8:01pm
the art is hella cool, and so is the action, but the plot is really hard to follow. and the ending isnt to great either. it seems unfinished. but nontheless, i still think is really awesome and worth reading
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Plot? What plot?   
Rating: 2.0 / 10.0
by Digital-Eon
February 29th, 2008, 10:06pm
The only reason I didn't give this a 1 is because the art is very detailed, as shown in other comments. However, the plot is so confusing that it might as well not exist at all. The action scenes aren't as clear as they could be, yet they're the only thing that makes any sense in this manga.
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Rating: 3.0 / 10.0
by Jooles
February 14th, 2008, 8:21am
What I've seen so far, Tsutomu seems to have an issue with storytelling. I'm sure he knows exactly what he's happening, and I bet some of you do too, but there's no talent in creating something that only a select few have the talent or luck/misfortune to comprehend.

The art is nice. Dark but typical manga-featured faces coupled with awesome "demon-armors" and unorthodox characters (my favourite part of any seinen). The transformations are by far the best-looking pages.

But again, the only thing that'd probably appeal to most people would be the visuals. The setting is very promising; I thought time and time again that it was a shame that a more talented story-teller hadn't made this. Perhaps there's something in the culture- or languagebarrier that makes this (and a few other select titles, among them every work of Nihei Tsutomu's) so damn hard to follow. But I just don't, and I'd rather read something like Baka & Gogh than stare at some impressive pictures. I'm not four anymore. Unfortunately, neither is Abara.
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Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by arintayn1
January 30th, 2008, 1:38am
the masks and bodys of the gauna remind me of Hollows from bleach... a darker verson perhaps but thats what i was thinking the whole time.
story line is unclear... arts great imo

... Last updated on January 30th, 2008, 1:39am
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Could be a lot better   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by Nins_Leprechaun
January 22nd, 2008, 7:59pm
The story was pretty decent, nice art, cool fights and nice drama sept erm, good luck trying to follow the plot. Not exactly clearly laid out, it jumps around to much and makes it hard to follow. Still, good fights just could only make sense of WHO was fighting half the time >.>
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Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by RilleL
January 22nd, 2008, 2:33pm
Really, i don't get this at all. I tried to understand this but the art was sketchy and story confusing. And is vol 2 really the end? It feels like the mangaka just dropped the project.
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Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by Dragonfiremule
January 21st, 2008, 4:03pm
Only on chapter 4, but so far its quite good. Story-Line and how this manga is told is a bit hetic, and jumps all over the place, but the art and plot are decent.
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Haven't Read it Yet but Certainly WILL   
Rating: N/A
by sleet
April 15th, 2007, 4:44pm
First thing I'll say: "This comic looks goth." XD
IT's certainly very interesting and the guy on the cover's a cutey! <3
I'm most definitely reading this and I think everyone else should try too!
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