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Franken Fran  
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There is a Gothic-style mansion in a distant, rarely-visited part of Japan. There, the world's greatest surgeon, Naomitsu Madaraki, once lived. But he hasn't come home in ages.

Instead, the professor's "daughter", Fran Madaraki, lives there with a large amount of her own ghoulish creations and her "younger sister" Veronica. She's a very unusual girl, what with the stitch patterns on her face and the giant bolts on either side of her head. Just as skilled at surgery as her father, and if you're willing to pay her price, she can do everything up to and including raising the dead.

Fran believes that a life should be saved no matter the cost, and keep that in mind, since the results of her surgeries are rarely (if ever) pretty.


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Associated Names
Franken Furan

Groups Scanlating
Vexed Scans

Latest Release(s)
v.8 c.Extra by Amuro & Hox (1292d ago)
c.60-61 (end) by Hox & kyonkundenwa (1389d ago)
c.58-59 by Hox & Amuro (1443d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
8 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

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User Rating
Average: 8.1 / 10.0 (661 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.03 / 10.0
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Last Updated
October 4th 2015, 11:47pm PST



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Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Champion Red (Akita Shoten)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Seven Seas (February 2016)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #718 increased(+208)
Monthly Pos #1293 increased(+62)
3 Month Pos #1392 increased(+51)
6 Month Pos #1567 decreased(-256)

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On 1708 reading lists
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On 1232 completed lists
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Subtly clever   
Rating: 9.1 / 10.0
by calstine
April 22nd, 2011, 12:59am
Beneath the twisted characters, weird, unrealistic surgeries and bizarre, over-the-top situations, there is quite a bit of cleverness that has gone into the writing. People who prefer standard, tried-and-true or realistic plot-lines and those with a dislike of cynical humour will definitely hate this manga.

The plot is quite original, but very episodic. If you are the kind of person who expects every single character to have an angsty past and a romantic interest to rescue them from their 'inner darkness', you should just leave right now.
In writing Franken Fran, Kigitsu Katsuhisa intends to depict the true nature of the human mind and explore the lengths to which people go when trying to achieve their goals. That being said - the characters that Fran operates on are very extreme examples of certain mental illnesses and negative personality types...but that is where the black humour lies.

People claim that this is guro, but I strongly disagree. There are definitely no attempts here to make the bloodshed and violence seem erotic or pleasurable. All gory scenes are depicted in a strictly matter-of-fact fashion; and while there is a fair amount of nudity (after all, most operations can't be performed while the patients have their clothes on!), it is by no means brainless ecchi.

As for LUEser's claims on the manga's repetitiveness - as I mentioned before; Franken Fran is an episodic story that follows different people under different circumstances, with Fran and her surgeries being the only thing that binds them together. The categories section is here to help people; so if you can't do without a continuous plot-line, don't start reading anything with the 'episodic' tag!

All in all - quite an interesting series; a nice, refreshing change from the typical, forgettable nonsense that reigns supreme in the shounen demographic.

Edit: The ending, however, leaves much to be desired. In fact, the final chapter reads just like all of the preceding ones; but even an episodic series needs something...more for its finale in order to be wholly satisfactory -- something Kigitsu Katsuhisa failed to deliver. I'm not quite sure why the rushed ending was necessary, seeing as how the series was reasonably popular in Japan, but while the conclusion was disappointing, my previous opinions still stand.

... Last updated on February 7th, 2012, 12:31am
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Meh, so so only... what happened to the development?   
Rating: N/A
by VampireBanana
April 18th, 2011, 1:12am
I really liked many of the ideas represented in this manga but it's a shame the author doesn't really expand on them. Instead, they're randomly represented in episodic occurences of Franken, regarding all those people she's met. Some of the stories are a mixture of slight commentary upon society and the human condition while the others are just for the fun of it. Still, the commentary isn't anything special or different. You could find better writing elsewhere.

Some of the writing is really random too and I also have no idea what happened to the cast. It seems many of the sidecast originally presented in the earlier chapters have stopped developing and now, exist only as companions who hang around sometimes. A darn shame as I really liked Okita and would've loved to see more of his character and history.

If you like horror and don't really care too much about plot or character development, then this is for you.

... Last updated on April 18th, 2011, 1:29am
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Rating: 4.0 / 10.0
by LUEser
April 2nd, 2011, 3:58pm
After volume 4, everything gets really repetitive. Yes, there are always new characters, new settings, and new problems. But each time, it involves surgery and yes, I guess that is the point to this manga. 4/10 just because the first few volumes were fine.
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I'm sorry...I'm sorry...   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by Anabiotic_Pineapple
November 12th, 2010, 1:02am
"I'm sorry...I'm sorry...." When you read that chapter, you will either love the series or hate it. I'm still haunted by nightmares of what I saw on that page, but I keep coming back for more. The stories are horridly fascinating in a way I can't even begin describe. Sometimes heartwarming, sometimes gut-wrenching, and sometimes just plain sickening, Fran has a way of climbing inside of your head and staying there.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Saexel
September 12th, 2010, 8:32am
I've been avoiding this manga for a while because of some of the comments, but now that I've read it, I found that I really loved it. Honestly, some of the cases are so ridiculous that it's hilarious. xD (Or maybe it's because I have a twisted sense of humor.) The main characters are great, and I like the art. Hugely recommended.
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Spaghetti Monster FTW   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by faraway
July 5th, 2010, 11:35pm
XD For a graphic horror/medical manga (think pet shop of horrors on mega steroids), it has a pretty good sense of humor. I thoroughly enjoyed the Spaghetti monster and Hachiko chapters! Honestly, anything with a spaghetti monster gets an A in my book biggrin But yeah, it's twisted, gory, sinister. I find its episodic format kind of refereshing
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Let we sum it..   
Rating: N/A
by SoY
April 5th, 2010, 4:46am
Nice art, ecchi and wicked guro +1+1
Funny and twisted story +1 +1
Character development (Tsundere side of Fran sister is cute.. XP ) +2
Story moral of human desire, sometimes intriguing but you cannot deny it.. +2
Unique composision of everything above +1
Total: 9

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So fucked its good.   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by BrainFreeZe
August 26th, 2009, 5:07pm
I was randomly reading other manga when this came up. i was shocked, not at the fact this was so gruesome and horrific, but the fact i was enjoying it and even laughed. i continued to read knowing how gross it was yet i felt quite touched by the sense of morals. This type of manga is hard to find and a good read with a lot of fucked up moments which are surprisingly entertaining. This manga is based on messed up disasters, but there are times when there are happy endings. And when something happy happens it makes you feel really really really really happy smile (i guess because your used to bad things going on in this manga bigrazz). i personally hate fucked up shit like this but man i could just keep reading this manga (i think i went a bit insane after reading it a bit LOL)

all in all not much to say about this manga, but i do say it is one hell of a read. but not for the squeamish. i hope it develops a bit better than it is but i still enjoy it. So just read it if you can handle it.

... Last updated on September 5th, 2009, 5:46pm
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Rating: N/A
by concrete
June 26th, 2009, 2:05pm
Strangely enough, this is what come to mind when reading this series, in between all the "'Is that? Yeah, it is! This is... Awesome/Disgusting? Disgustawesome?" and the "I'm glad no one else is in this room right now..." and the "Holy Fuck! thats hillarious."
In the end, it's about an Insanely nice/Batshit insane/Fucking evil girl who saves lives, fucks around with the natural order, has very strange ideas of love and looks pretty adorable in the process.
You will laugh, go "awww" and maybe throw up a little in you mouth from time to time.
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Rating: N/A
by robbit
April 4th, 2009, 4:50pm
this was way above my expectations. i almost thought this was some guro hentai title when a friend of mine suggested this.
i gotta say it is original. the only thing i find comparable is Embalming: the Another Tale of Frankenstein.
not much to say yet since there isn't that much scanlated yet, but i have high hopes for the future
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