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Ibara no Ou  
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Twins, separated by fatal illness and a selective cure. Kasumi and her sister, Shizuku, were infected with the Medusa virus, which slowly turns the victim to stone. There is no cure, but of the two only Kasumi is selected to go into a sort of cryogenically frozen state along with 159 others until a cure is found. At some point in the undetermined future, Kasumi awakens to find herself and others who were in suspended animation in an unfamiliar world with violent monsters. Resolving to unlock the mysteries of her current situation and the fate of her twin sister, Kasumi struggles to survive in a treacherous world.


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Associated Names
Повелители терний
Ibara no Oh
König der Dornen
King of Thorn
King of Thorns
Senhor dos Espinhos (Brazilian Portuguese)

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Latest Release(s)
v.6 c.37 (end) by Ascension & helz0ne (2275d ago)
v.6 c.36 by Ascension & helz0ne (2275d ago)
v.6 c.35 by Ascension & helz0ne (2297d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
6 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

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User Reviews

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User Rating
Average: 8 / 10.0 (510 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.92 / 10.0
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Last Updated
August 6th 2015, 8:39am PST



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Serialized In (magazine)
Comic Beam (Enterbrain)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
TokyoPop (6 Volumes - Complete)

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Monthly Pos #1388 increased(+233)
3 Month Pos #1727 increased(+100)
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Good at first, then it got confusing...   
Rating: N/A
by YukiSaito
March 24th, 2015, 5:03am
The start was good. Like, seriously. It was amazingly sci-fi (in the end, overdose though) and it had a good amount of gore mixed in.

The concept was weird, though.
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the twins, the CIA, hackers, monsters, computers, thorns, random was so weird it was confusing, the concept. How everything was a computer programme? and how everything was actually made by the twin. At the end, I thought it was the twin who took over the main in the capsule, thus the bandage. In the end, the main somehow didn't die falling off the cliff and her twin...Medusa took over her.

The concept of Medusa in itself is confusing, especially since I read this manga in two parts-about 1/2 a day apart. I stopped at the climax-around the end, when Marco (or was it Marcus?) was fighting Zeus. The thorns and how they grow are extremely strange, too. It's confusing and hard to grasp, even if you think hard. Overall, Medusa and the thorns are hard to understand. Too hard. It's not like I like no brainer mangas, but this one is need to crack your head open to understand it. It's hard.

The manga though, tried too hard to add comedy
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like when Tim was going to transform into a...'solider'? They had to remove his helmet first, and there was an entire frame on the confusion of the plant which was probably meant to be funny.
, and that really spoiled the flow of the manga. It wasn't really that seat-gripper, but the random spurts of comedy inbetween really broke everything up.

Plus, the romance was...barely there and...unneeded. Well it might has been needed in the last part as Marco (Marcus?) cheated death to get back to her side...but one thing: there shouldn't be angels on the 'human' side of river Styx. :/ But other then that, nope, not needed.

This manga was okay...nothing too great about it, and nothing to really hype over. A lil' too confusing (like Qualia the Purple, in all honesty, about the level of confusion, but this was less confusing) but otherwise okay. Not suggested to read, unless you've really got time on your hands. Tons of time to kill.
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Was wonderfull until...   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by Tatania
September 30th, 2012, 5:27am
The story started out exceedingly promising, a pretty chilling look at a thorn encased future none of the characters knew how it came into existence. I greatly enjoyed the beginning of the manga, with all its mystery and suspense, then as it came into the middle rising arc and the mystery slowly began to unravel I was looking forward to see the progression of the story. It was SO GOOD! Then… then Zeus happens. (Is that a spoiler? More like a warning…)

Plot- As I said before, the plot is very promising. The setting is wonderfully creepy, and the scenario that places the characters into that horrible world so full of questions that I couldn’t help but read on. Secrets entwine around the place, and as they are slowly revealed they hint at a grand climax and some deeper secret that no one truly knows about. I was looking forward to that secret, excited to see how everything would end. Then… then… then it just falls apart. I think what disappointed me most about the ending was how horribly opposite it was to the beginning. While the beginning was gory and frightening the end was strangely… happy? It doesn’t fit in with the story, and when the very end was unraveling I had a hard time believing it still was part of the original story I had read. While I liked how things were going for quite a while, at the end when Zeus revealed his plot it… ugh.
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I mean come on! Big fluffy warrior people? What’s with them, they look… so stupid! When I first saw them I couldn’t believe they were in the same manga as all those dinosaur creatures from before. But that wasn’t the worst part. The whole death scene with Marco? What was the mangaka trying to do? Was that supposed to be more Greek mythology? Well it failed, and I HATED that part! I wish the end had less to do with stupid Zeus (it could have included him… but not his stupid god warriors) and more to do with Kasumi and Shizuku. And the VERY last panel? Stupid Marco -.-
Believe the reviews when they say the end is HORRIBLE! I was expecting something tragic, or at least bitter sweet, and all I got was… happy, happy, happy.

Characters- I enjoyed each character, their relationships and was at the edge of my seat as I read of their struggle to survive. I truly did enjoy them all, only wished their relationships, character and past could have been dwelt on for more. The work could have been drawn out a bit and offered us more of a glimpse of life they lived while trying to survive. I really enjoyed Kasumi, a very deep character especially at the end (she’s about the only thing that gets better at the end…). One thing though, and I know this might sound strange, I was expecting their lives to be a bit more tragic.

Art- The art was amazing, gritty and edgy and dark and perfect for the story!

Other- Medusa should have been explained more, I felt like it was partly forgotten…. I still don’t really understand what exactly it does.
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Like in the end… how do they stop Medusa’s effects? You know what… I’m not even going to speculate.
Do I recommend it? Eh… maybe. If you like these kinds of horror/survival manga, then maybe. You probably won’t enjoy the end (no one really has I don’t think…) but the beginning is pretty great. Now I haven’t watched the anime yet, but I do know it ends differently than the manga (a little more tragic I believe…) so maybe watch that instead of reading this.

6/10- Liked it

... Last updated on September 30th, 2012, 10:46am
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it was good   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by almozayaf
November 6th, 2011, 4:09am
i like it alot it first but in same moment in the story evry thing drag down to hell
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super power pepoles, it turn into grunn lagan last ep, and the most part i heat was how it turn great idea that realstic horror earth die and evry one sleep fro 10000000 year and earth full of monsters that ok but what with the magic and powers of imagntion =__=

last word it was great last part ruin it but still fun
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Really awesome   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Sapphiresky
September 20th, 2006, 8:48am
the truth is i only downloaded this on accident but i start it reading it anyway and i was hooked! i really can't believe this isn't a more popular manga (or that no group is scanlating it anymore ;_;) i really hope some group either pics it up or my library buys it.
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Sogoi Manga!   
Rating: N/A
by Anonymous
September 17th, 2005, 11:48pm
It's one of the best manga I've ever read .... the characters, the story, the action, the drawing itself everythin is great. I really like it :)
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Started off well but then disappointment   
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by NightAir
September 23rd, 2013, 6:37pm
Seinen? Please. It degenerated into something shounen within the last ten chapters or so.

Everything was moving very smoothly. I thought, here is a good manga that has a good focus of plot, and also of characters. The cast was fine, people died, and there was the mystery setting of, what is going on? It wasn't the best, but it was doing more than fine and I was curious to read up until the point where it suddenly decided to change from a survival/what-the-hell-happened-while-we-were-asleep aspect to a very protag-centric story. The "villain" was power crazy, it was degenerating, the chapters at the end literally just had them all gather and just the "big reveal" between the protag and her sister (not a spoiler, shizuku is a thing from the beginning), but just--

The big reveal wasn't a reveal, and the ending was a distasteful clusterfuck that made no sense, tried to pull a twist^2, and failed. I'm disappointed. I wanted it to be good enough to rec to my friends, and for the most of the twenty and thensome chapters, it was. The romance had no place in there (and I'm saying this because the romance REALLY could have been done away with it, it affected nothing--and it had such a tacked on feel. It developed nothing, it was just THERE, for the protag's self-confidence bolstering, really), and really, with how it was RUSHING, I thought it was a manga waiting to be axed or something.

Anyway, great to start, but you'll be disappointed by the end. You do have some good characters. Kathryn's story out of all of them was the best of all for the sheer fact that it was subtle, and we were actually shown stuff about it and how it affected her motivations and decisions. Everyone else wasn't really given enough care except Kasumi, but considering it's all focused on her (and in the end does it poorly), don't consider that a plus.

... Last updated on September 23rd, 2013, 6:46pm
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One of my favorites   
Rating: N/A
by Siedhr
April 4th, 2007, 6:56am
This is definitely one of my favorite manga. Not only the plot is very interesting, but the characters are very well fleshed out, believable and sympathetic. And to all those who had to stop at chapter 17 (myself included) some good news. My group (Strays) has picked it up and you'll be seeing chapter 18 very soon. ^^

... Last updated on April 21st, 2007, 8:41pm
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A must read   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by AnniL
September 2nd, 2006, 5:26pm
This is an awesome, thrilling manga that's full of great details and an original drawing style. The plot is great and I'm completely hooked, but unfortunately I can't read any more after chapter 17 mad
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OMFG! So good!   
Rating: N/A
August 13th, 2006, 12:15pm
Gory, horror-filled, scific, thriller goodness. If I could get a hold of the raws for the last couple volumes, I would translate it. And find a host. If anyone has the raws email me!!!!!
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Holy crap   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by cleanlyer
September 11th, 2008, 4:05pm
The ending was amazing!! Well, the added twist a few pages from the very end... the actual ending was a little disappointing
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I was expecting a bit of a tragic ending, but it was a happy, "we can save the world" ending :(

But, over all, the manga was AMAZING!! It is still my favorite =)

... Last updated on November 15th, 2008, 9:02pm
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