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Two young men vow to transform the destiny of Japan, by any means. As children, they survived the horrors of the Cambodian killing fields together. Now, can they topple the leaders of both the Japanese Parliament and the yakuza crime syndicate?

Although cold and calculating when need be, Hojo and Asami exemplify the traits their colleagues lack: loyalty to friends, compassion for the downtrodden...and an irresistible way with women.

Deputy Police Chief Ishihara sets out to expose their ingenious machinations, but instead falls helplessly in love with Hojo...

While this was originally 12 volumes in Japanese, when translated into English by Viz it was printed three ways: first in comic book form (each issue had 2 chapters), second in a 5-part 14-vol compilation of the comic books, and finally in a 9 volume manga series. Because the translation is so early, the books were flipped to English left-to-right orientation.

The nine English volumes correspond to these compilation parts, floppy issues, and original chapters:

V1: Part 1, Issues 1-4, Chapters 01-12
V2: Part 1, Issues 5-9, Chapters 13-27
V3: Part 2, Issues 1-5, Chapters 01-13
V4: Part 2, Issues 5-9, Chapters 14-26
V5: Part 3, Issues 1-7, Chapters 01-13
V6: Part 3, Issues 7-8, Chapters 14-16; Part 4, Issues 1-5, Chapters 01-09
V7: Part 4, Issues 5-7, Chapters 10-14; Part 5, Issues 1-3, Chapters 01-05
V8: Part 5, Issues 3-8, Chapters 06-15
V9: Part 5, Issues 8-13, Chapters 16-22


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サンクチュアリ (史村翔)

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Latest Release(s)
v.14 by Manga Underground (2838d ago)
v.13 by Manga Underground (2859d ago)
v.12 by Manga Underground (2873d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
14 Volumes (Tankoubon - Complete)
12 Bunko Volumes

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User Rating
Average: 8.7 / 10.0 (511 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.57 / 10.0
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April 18th 2015, 8:24am PST



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Big Comic Superior (Shogakukan)

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English Publisher
Viz (9 Omnibuses - Complete)

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young master piece!   
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by burn
September 20th, 2007, 11:38am
has it all! ! * plz read this manga! its has a message! and its time show what youngster can really do!! the story and the art is simply is amazing! smile

this manga shows that what we youngster are capable off!!
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Classic in every sense   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Uhnnown
September 10th, 2007, 2:00pm
The only 10/10 I've ever given to a manga.
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by boomstick3000
September 10th, 2007, 5:06am
You're wasting your time reading this review and not reading Sanctuary.
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by silverado
September 4th, 2007, 3:24am
Deserves 10/10!
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sorry, just don't like it   
Rating: 3.0 / 10.0
by bully_jesus
August 12th, 2007, 12:26pm
I just really don't like the characters, the story, the way things unfold, the way Love is involved. The whole Yakuza legal thing is completly bollocks. I advise against it.
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Reforming Japan, yakuza-style!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by pearlesque
June 12th, 2007, 9:42am
I'm not sure I even have the words to express how brilliant this manga is. I've only read the first three volumes so far, but I'm making progress on the rest... In any case, don't miss this manga if you like your action with a dash of politics, a touch of moral relativism and of course a lot of exquisite art!

Ikegami-sensei's art is, as usual, drool-inducing. So incredibly realistic and cinematic. The characters' faces aren't stereotypical manga faces -- instead they're almost photographic in their detail and believability. The same goes for backgrounds. Every car, lamp-post and building is flawlessly drawn.

As straight as this manga professes to be, it is also intensely homoerotic. I absolutely adore all the meaningful glances, heated power struggles and off-hand flirtations that Hojo has to deal with, both from men and from women. It's awesome. The man is a sex magnet -- with good reason -- and I'm sure that half the reason his lackeys are so loyal to him is because he's as pretty as he is ruthless. biggrin

Much love for this manga. The chinos, the suits, the guns, the women -- no matter what you want, Sanctuary has it!
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by Mauve
May 28th, 2007, 9:05am
I'm not sure I could say the word awesome enough times to emphasize just how awesome this series is. The only possible detractor is that feminists would have a heyday with this if you know what I mean. But seriously, Sanctuary is awesome.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by canucks
May 19th, 2007, 10:22am
Terrific read for mature readers. This political thriller closely dissects the fundamentalist Japan and is not afraid to dispose of it. Do reference it with 90's foreign policies, Americanization, the Bubble, and Oligarchy for a better understanding.
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My favourite Seinen   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Kagami
April 10th, 2007, 2:07pm
I think I've read enough seinen to compare, and I think this manga is the best of its genre. It's a political thriller that will always keep you hooked with its many plot twists and cliffhangers. The characters are well defined and the drawing is really good. Maybe, female characters are too focused on sex in this manga, but it's not a really bad issue.

10 out of 10 for sure.
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10 out of 10   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by kvait
March 11th, 2007, 3:38pm
If you looking for good yakuza\politic seinen... this manga is the way to go ^__^ 10 out of 10!
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