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Michio Yuki has it all: looks, intelligence, a pedigree as the scion of a famous Kabuki family, a promising career at a major bank, legions of female admirers. But underneath the sheen of perfection lurks a secret with the power to shake the world to its foundations.

During a boyhood excursion to one of the southern archipelagos near Okinawa, Yuki barely survived exposure to a poison gas stored at a foreign military facility. The leakage annihilated all of the island’s inhabitants but was promptly covered up by the authorities, leaving Yuki as an unacknowledged witness—one whose sense of right and wrong, however, the potent nerve agent managed to obliterate.

Now, fifteen years later, Yuki is a social climber of Balzacian proportions, infiltrating the worlds of finance and politics by day while brutally murdering children and women by night—perversely using his Kabuki-honed skills as a female impersonator to pass himself off as the women he’s killed. His drive, however, will not be satiated with a promotion here and a rape there. Michio Yuki has a far more ominous objective: obtaining MW, the ultimate weapon that spared his life but robbed him of all conscience.

There are only two men with any hope of stopping him: one, a brilliant public prosecutor who struggles to build a case against the psychopath; the other, a tormented Catholic priest, Iwao Garai, who shares Yuki’ls past—and frequently his bed.


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Status in Country of Origin
3 Volumes (1978, Complete)
2 Volumes (1981, Bunko)
2 Volumes (1989, Hardcover)
3 Volumes (1993, Tezuka Daizenshuu)
2 Volumes (1995, Bunko)

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Average: 8.1 / 10.0 (151 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.83 / 10.0
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July 8th 2018, 6:00am PST



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Original Publisher
Kodansha (1993)
Shogakukan (1978, 1981, 1989, 1995)

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Big Comic (Shogakukan)

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Vertical (1 Volume - Complete)

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Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by fitifly
January 26th, 2013, 7:28am
Kidnapping, murder, rape, policital corruption, military conspiracy, homosexuality... All of this in a manga from the 70s! Tezuka was really the god of manga.

Even without taking the historical context into account it's a really well-plotted story which keeps you hooked until the end. You can wait to see what its completely devoid of morality protagonist will do next.

If you like seinen and don't mind the Tezuka drawings(which some do) you will really enjoy it
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fuckingly amazing   
Rating: 9.6 / 10.0
by whitespade
April 23rd, 2012, 1:55pm
yuki is straight up crazy, he know it and he love it. and i love him for it too! as a character he is very interesting. beautiful and cruel, seducing and hurting any one that he deemed useful. i like his final goal - it is almost pure and childish the way he want the world to end when his time end.

the priest is another interesting guy. the way he want to save yuki - isnt it just an excuse when he himself that need to be saved the most? he said he hate yuki, but he cannot help to desire yuki so much he want to kill him. i think it is an excuse saying he cannot tell on yuki because he is a priest, he just can't let yuki go. i personally think another reason yuki gone crazy and became so loose in his sexual life is because he rape yuki when he is only an elementary school boy. surely, the priest have alot to atone.

the plot is very riveting. the twist and turns, the actions, the drama etc all done nicely. i am okay with the cartoony art, but i personally think if someone with a more mature art redraw the whole thing but still keep to the original, the story will become very much nicer. its because the story is quite heavy, and the art is not very good in creating the atmosphere.

in the end, it is still a very amazing manga. highly recommended.

... Last updated on September 16th, 2012, 10:35am
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Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by akari_mizunashi
March 29th, 2010, 8:55pm
I'm sometimes ashamed to admit that I'm not a fan of Osamu Tezuka. Yeah, he was ridiculously prolific and he did a lot for the development of manga and anime, but I never found any of his works anywhere near the "brilliant" he's so often called. Until I read MW.
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Whoa... That's deep.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Tyranasaurus
March 28th, 2009, 6:12pm
This manga kept me reading, I just couldn't stop once I started. If you've read Death Note, it's like that... sort of. It has the sadistic character, the twists, the turns, the sneaky detective, and some other stuff is similar, too. At the same time, it's much more different from modern-day Death Note. This manga is filled with deep psychological meanings, questioning society, accusing the human race, and tons of other things. It's indeed definitely a psychological and tragic manga. Surely not for the faint of heart. If little BL fangirls saw that under genres it said Shounen-ai, don't think it's going to be like what you usually read because the preist's sexual relationship with Yuki is only about 1/140th of the manga.

This manga might be an example of why Tezuka Osamu is considered the God of modern manga.

Overall, it's sadistic, deep, and definitely going to make you think and feel something. What it is that you will think or feel? You can only find out by reading! wink

... Last updated on March 28th, 2009, 6:16pm
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psychological indeed. Sorry for a long review. :)   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by eccentrrick
March 6th, 2009, 10:26pm
Yuki is indeed a sadist, through-and-through. I wonder if there is any specks of human left within him.
The mind of a murderer, his facades, his personality and traits.. Tezuka Osamu captured this image of a cruel heartless murderer perfectly.

His schemes and plots, the way he used people as mere chess pieces, I can say this is nonetheless, a brilliant manga that surfaced.

My opinion on what kind of person Yuki is that he is quite cunning.
Spoiler (highlight to view)
The thing that got me mad was his lewdness. Over and over, he would sleep with a handful of people, use them, kill them, throw them away. He deserves an STD. :]

Basically, a manga with a murderer who's so slick that it seems almost impossible to find out that it's him. (although we all know who it is already because he's the main character.) And if the other characters did find out, evidence is too scarce to arrest him.

What I didn't like about MW was the ending of the manga.
*heavy spoiler*
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Not only does he trade places with his brother, who was shot and killed in his place, Yuki is still ALIVE.
I was expecting him to live, seeing how he's an expert in the trickery business.. But that means now that his 'supposed self' was killed, he's set free with another persona and will have another chance to annihilate the whole world. Isn't that such a bummer? Although I dont like main characters dying.. We need Karma to kick him in the face.
What happened to his "I haven't much longer to live" crap because of the MW gas? was that a lie as well? :( we need justice here!

Also, if you're worried about the "shounen-ai" in this story, don't be. It is merely icing of this brilliant cake. The shounen-ai elements show who he is, what he became, and how he deals with situations. (There ARE shounen-ai scenes though, but they are light. Tezuka-san sure didn't skimp out on those. bigrazz)

It was a lovely and truly thrilling story that was brewed up 30 years ago by the mastermind of storytelling.

I can't put into (any more) words how much I admire Tezuka Osamu, and this work of art.

... Last updated on March 6th, 2009, 10:31pm
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by faerygoddyss
November 9th, 2008, 5:38pm
The fact that there is a gay priest made me give this story a 9 instead of an 8. A guy and a girl is completely overrated in stories. The shonuen-ai added a slightly different element to the story. Loved it. What I didnt like so much, was the art.
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Its Shonuen-Ai   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Battlerenji
September 17th, 2008, 8:53pm
Well liked it but the fact that there is a gay priest lowered my rating I would have given it an 10 but what helped me get through it vision that the guy was a girl.
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