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Kurogane (IKEZAWA Haruto)  
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Kurogane Hiroto is in high school, where he is academically the top of his class but literally the worst in physical activity. Born with a weak body, he has no endurance, speed nor strength and Hiroto wants nothing more than to be a hero. Fate teases him by giving him phenomenal eye sight, which allows him to see well beyond anyone else in sports, but his body is not able to react to any of it.

He learns from his friend Shiratori, who wants to recruit him for the Kendo team, about a rumor about a ghost named Tojo Sayuri, who wields a katana and haunts an alley in the city. Half curious, Hiroto goes there only to find that the ghost is real and that Tojo Sayuri has been looking for a successor to her Sakura sword style for 150 years. Sayuri chooses him as the successor after being able to dodge her attack and forces him to learn the Sakura style. Even with the help of the ancient swordsman ghost, Hiroto has to overcome his poor motor skills in order to be the hero he always wanted to be.


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Kiếm Sĩ Học Đường

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8 Volumes (Complete)

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Average: 7.8 / 10.0 (525 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.75 / 10.0
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October 17th 2013, 2:06pm PST



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Started good, but became really predictable   
Rating: N/A
by KLGChaos
January 19th, 2012, 5:29pm
As my title says, the story started out with a lot of potential. However, it quickly became boring when an overpowered character was introduced in chapter 9. Followed closely by a big build-up to their match, the whole thing fell flat. Why? Because as soon as the guy was introduced, most readers knew exactly how it was going to play out. 10 chapters later, it went exactly as predicted.

The series suffers from being an extremely generic WSJ manga and it's never fun when you already know what's going to happen 2 months in advance. It still has potential to pick itself up, but the way it's going so far hasn't really endeared me to keep following it. Everything it has done, has been done 1000 times before in the exact same pattern.

For me, Sayuri was the only real thing keeping the manga afloat, but her gimmick will get old fast-- because that's all she is. A gimmick.

... Last updated on January 19th, 2012, 5:31pm
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i'm hooked by its first and second chapter.   
Rating: N/A
by yuno19
December 10th, 2011, 5:27am
and feeling just fine until fifth. and start getting annoyed afterwards. I'm kinda guy who despise easily guessed pattern. and as this manga doesn't deviate so much from jump staple formula...,

indeed its flaw to use eyesight as killer point. but honestly, i'm not so sure myself. I don't have such photographic eyesight. nor high-spec dynamic one. so for now, i will just enjoy the ride.

... Last updated on December 15th, 2011, 10:06pm
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The eyesight is killing me   
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by thegabriel
December 4th, 2011, 10:33am
Having good eyesight has absolutely nothing to do with Kendo and it absolutely kills me that the main characters eyesight is what's causing him to be good at it.
But if you can get over this annoying detail. then it is an okay/good read
nothing special though
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Rating: N/A
by wotonito
November 30th, 2011, 10:37pm
I agree that I don't really understand what really really good eyesight will do for you in kendo. Maybe if his talent was just simply paying attention to small details or something... Also, I enjoyed the manga a bit all the way until the funky looking characters were added (the kid with the giant lollipop that looks like a meth head)
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Something doesnt feel right about the plot   
Rating: 4.0 / 10.0
by kakashi524
October 30th, 2011, 5:53pm
Is it just me or makes no sense to think that by having a "great eyesight" you have a talent/skill useful for kendo? I would understand it if were "great reaction time" or if kendo were a long range sport, but its not. Giving it a 4 just for that.

... Last updated on October 30th, 2011, 5:55pm
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A little above the average.   
Rating: 6.5 / 10.0
by BloodC
October 30th, 2011, 3:25pm
The artwork is decent, but the story is so-so, main character save the heroine and has someone training him to become stronger.Well, i can't said it bad or good since it still chapter 9.The furture outcome is depend on the author and artist.
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Muppet Sayuri is adorable   
Rating: N/A
by drunkguy
October 30th, 2011, 11:36am
So far this plays by the the numbers. Weak guy finds a mentor. Mentor designates wimp as the inheritor of the mentor's martial arts discipline. Training and fighting ensues. The wimp goes emo once in a while so the mentor smacks him around to set him straight.

The art is pretty good and as another poster said, muppet Sayuri is adorable. In many ways, she carries the story since she is there to do to the protagonist what everybody would want to do to the wimp, beat him over the head until he grows a spine. For that alone this is worth a look.
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Not bad for now   
Rating: N/A
by emkat
October 15th, 2011, 6:12pm
This kind of reminds me of Hikaru no Go. We'll see if this will just be a straight shonen or something more. I would like to see more character development. The characters right now seems very stock. We have the extremely talented but flawed enough to set back progress protagonist, the female interest, and a rival that is better than the protagonist but still feels that he has to catch up (similar to Hikaru).
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The one shot was good, and the series is interesting   
Rating: N/A
by ymoua
October 14th, 2011, 9:12pm
I originally red the one shot for this manga before it became a series, and that's the main reason I'm reading the series. Personally the one shot is would've been a better chapter 1 than that chapter one, 'cause honestly I don't think I would've read it.

The series it's self show's promise and the chapters after 1 are pretty good and he's even found himself a rival. Makes me think of Eyeshield 21. You start with a weak kid who's only good in one thing. In the Main character's case he has "SPEACIAL~" EYES and he meets a ghost. I'll leave it at that.
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looking forward to see more   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by SrwpkMX
October 12th, 2011, 5:18pm
I like the theme of "weak to strong" protagonist. Nice blend of action comedy supernatural.
Its got lots of potential, I'll be looking forward to seeing him develop the the sakura one-strike style. I agree it kinda feels like Hikaru no go, but for some reason it reminds me of mx0 as well.

any manga that can make me laugh gets bonus marks.
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