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Officer Shibata Taketora works in a local koban (a small police office). He may have a child-like face on the outside, but he's more serious than anyone in his pursuit of justice! With his goal being to become a detective, Taketora confronts everyday problems that happen within the town! Various incidents within the street make him chase after and apprehend criminals!


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Debusen (Spin-Off)

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Latest Release(s)
v.15 c.130 + Extra (end) by Deadbeat-Scans over 4 years ago
v.15 c.129 by Deadbeat-Scans over 5 years ago
v.15 c.128 by Deadbeat-Scans over 5 years ago
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Status in Country of Origin
15 Volumes (Complete)

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User Rating
Average: 8.4 / 10.0 (353 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.24 / 10.0
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Last Updated
October 26th 2017, 6:23am PST



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3 Month Pos #1500 increased(+225)
6 Month Pos #1827 decreased(-58)
Year Pos #1863 decreased(-34)

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I don't want to give it a 10   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Ginny
June 28th, 2014, 5:36pm
This manga was cruel to me. For the first time manga almost made me cry because of....happiness? Like wtf! I never cry for those reasons. I feel toyed with. I may not have cried, but to be pushed to a teary eyes...... Anyway, it ended the way I expected it to. Shibatora is enjoyable and does explore many moral concerning teens, but most manga are like that. Naruto is nonstop morals and integrity. Shibatora is a little deeper though and not recommended to all.

What I learned
1. Behind every sinister child is a sinister adult
2. Believe and you shall achieve
3. Everyone can change, but not everyone is blessed with equal opportunities to change
4. Children are cruel
5. Shibata Taketora is AWESOME and a GREAT person of saint status!

... Last updated on June 28th, 2014, 5:38pm
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by BobbyWibowo
June 11th, 2014, 8:29am
This is absolutely a masterpiece. Well, at least from my point of view. All the talks about morals, and nowadays problems caused and happened to youngsters this days are pretty well covered in this series. The unbelievably kind main character also gives quite a lot plus point to the whole manga itself. Well, this is totally recommended for mystery manga lovers.
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Cruel yet Optimistic   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by YukikoKudo
December 19th, 2013, 1:07pm
The manga touches upon a lot of problems faced by today's youth: drug abuse, bullying, dysfunctional families, gang violence, and school pressure. It starts off lighthearted, and while the main character carries that tone throughout, the topics it touches are all very serious and dark. On one hand, the main character can be thought of as naive and foolish; but those traits are exactly what make him likeable and helps him gain the trust of others. I really enjoyed the entire cast of characters, their back stories and their interwoven connectedness. The author weaves a great plot that involves everyone's skills and strong points.

The realist in me is deeply cynical towards many parts of this manga, where people just change to do "good". As some other comments say, it does get preachy, with many scenes where there are tears streaming down someone or others face. These parts were definitely overdramatized. That being said, I still agree with the core: sometimes people are just thrown into unfortunate circumstances and don't know the way out, they really just need a helping hand to guide them.

Overall, while this manga paints a cruel world, it's extremely optimistic about people's true nature and intentions. Decent art, enjoyable plot and likeable characters. Not much character development for the main character (except that the audience knows more about this past), but that wasn't the focus of the manga in the first place. The focus was the ability for someone to make a difference, and change people's lives. So there was definitely character development for the side characters.
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Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by Romashk
June 1st, 2013, 8:50am
I expected more. I am not complaining. Mangaka ended the series neatly and it didn't turn into another shounen of 500+ chapters. But what bugs me is the fact that it didn't have much variety to it, towards the end. Same plot devices, same ... ah, I won't spoil anything, but it feels like it should have been more, but the idea got axed and shortened in haste. And Tora didn't actually grow as a character much. This makes me a little sad. But the series was nice, although a little bit too surreal, loosely based on real life and a tad bit too dramatic.
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Gets rather preachy   
Rating: N/A
by philip72
May 28th, 2013, 10:08pm
Starts off great, but by the end of the series it devolved into a overly dramatic (though violent) morality play, full of "life lessons". I half expected Smokey the Bear to show up and tell me to help stop forest fires.
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Jumped the shark.   
Rating: N/A
by jarrow
May 26th, 2013, 10:19pm
Now at chapter 129, and an otherwise enjoyable manga has totally jumped the shark. The situations previous to this last story were serious, yes, but not overblown.
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
This last chunk where that asshole murders 4 people, blinds a 15yr old girl as a 'warning' and sets up a criminal empire in the scope of hundreds or even thousands of people, then gets redeemed after the protagonist takes a bullet for him and exposes that he's 'not the son of a murderer'
. . . Totally lost my attention. It's made worse by the abject failure of real Japanese law enforcement; where the 'hate the crime, not the criminal' bulls#it collides with an even more serious 'money walks' corruption problem that the US has, thus causing the manga to make even more of a mockery of itself for its unrealistic depiction.

Honestly, this went from an enjoyable manga to brown-nose propaganda in about 100 pages. Enjoy the beginning, stop reading at Ch 105. : )
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Too much moralizing to be enjoyable   
Rating: N/A
by Lucifel
April 23rd, 2013, 10:31am
There's nothing wrong with the manga except it's premise which is kind of a problem. Teaching us life lessons like bullying is bad, love each other more and drugs are wrong. Yeah, thanks. I already kind of realise that stuff. I don't need a comically small detective to be outraged at stuff to realise what is right and wrong. I particularly don't need even the most simple of subjects blown out of all proportion. Far too much time spent being "inspirational" and with everyone bursting into tears due to the tragedy of it all.

If you enjoy being told really obvious things then I suppose this is the manga you've always wanted.

... Last updated on April 23rd, 2013, 11:04am
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Rating: N/A
by DeezO
June 23rd, 2012, 6:33pm
art: is pretty good, everything looks well drawn, worked out nice
plot: the twists are ok, not bad at all. The characters are easy to like, their skills and powers well shown, you "believe" the story and then it hits you. The plot is sometimes so constructed that it gets hilarious,i personally hate manga/manwha/stories wre enemies have to be the enemies for the sake of the conflict, when they have no real reason to be suspicious or an enemy at all, if this isnt explained well the story just gets hilarious, this is a DRAMA story very much so, if u like me need convincing characters and even more convincing enemies be not surprised with this one
i would give this series a much, much, much higher rating if it would convince me of the reasons for these suspicions but its just unbelievable at times (see spoiler <.<")
the only thing that kept me going are the characters which i started to like

Spoiler (mouse over to view)
" for example a lil girl of 12 years old is involved in the murder of a 60+ guy and the protagonist has to convince his superiors heavily that shes the victim of a rape attempt, while all the investigators look skeptically on him and the whole series i am like wat? Wat? WAAAAT ?O.O No Money was taken, the "murder" was already discussed in the news and the police is used to arrest 12 year old serial killers O.o for sure..."

... Last updated on June 23rd, 2012, 6:37pm
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Bipolar story   
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by ghostmage
February 10th, 2011, 5:36pm
This one jumped the tracks for me. The beginning was really enjoyable with a balanced mix of humor and seriousness. Later on however in volume 8 (maybe 9 or10 in the raws? can't remember) it drops the lighter elements and humor in favor of mostly heavy drama and serious topics taken to extremes. I can't say to much without spoilers, but the shift robbed the enjoyment and even the feeling of realism from the story for me. There was too much over-drama and too many things happen to the people Shibatora knows for the story to keep its flow and impact.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by pshomid
January 13th, 2011, 10:21am
By the author of Kunimitsu no Matsuri (I've read over half of that and i love it), this manga's good. It touches various serious topics with a light-hearted art. The main character's lovable and despite his childish appearances, he's a full grown adult. Like kunimitsu, he's an idealistic man of some sort, but he's smarter and more mature. Some of the storylines may be a little bit shounen-ny but it's executed beautifully. I want to comment more about the story but my language skill's doesn't allow me, ha-ha. With 39 chapters scanlated, i hope that i can read it more in the future. I gave it 10 because i want the rating to go up.

... Last updated on January 13th, 2011, 10:27am
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