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Based on the popular noitaminA anime of the same name, Mononoke is the story of a mysterious medicine seller (Kusuriuri) who traverses cities, villages - and, seemingly, time - on a lone quest through ancient Japan in order to vanquish "mononoke," supernatural entities created when a strong human grudge or desire combines with a type of free-roaming spirit named ayakashi. But his quest is not so simple, as the darkness of humanity is endless and makes figuring out the Form, Truth and Regret of the mononoke - which are prerequisites if he is to be able exorcise them - an incredibly dangerous task which rarely fails to turn up casualties.

Each volume or pair of volumes follows the eponymous arc from the anime:

V.1-2 - Mononoke (Note: this is the adaptation of episodes 9-11 of Ayakashi - Japanese Classic Horror, a supernatural anime in which the medicine seller was first introduced before the arc's success prompted him to receive his own series)
V.3-4 - Mononoke - Umibouzu
V.5 - Mononoke - Zashiki-Warashi
V.6 - Mononoke - Nue
V.7 - Mononoke - Noppera-bou


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Associated Names
モノノ怪 -鵺-
Mononoke - Nue
Mononoke - Umibouzu
Mononoke - Zashiki Douji

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Latest Release(s)
v.2 c.17-19 by Etc over 6 years ago
v.2 c.16 by Etc over 6 years ago
v.2 c.15 by Etc over 6 years ago
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Status in Country of Origin
7 Volumes (Ongoing)

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User Rating
Average: 8.1 / 10.0 (125 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.79 / 10.0
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Last Updated
December 2nd 2017, 4:00am PST



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Original Publisher
Square Enix (2008)
Tokuma Shoten (2013)

Serialized In (magazine)
Comic Zenon (Northstar Pictures)
Young Gangan (Square Enix)

Licensed (in English)

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Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #710 increased(+100)
Monthly Pos #1602 increased(+2)
3 Month Pos #2847 increased(+450)
6 Month Pos #3277 increased(+988)
Year Pos #5058 increased(+814)

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On 415 wish lists
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On 132 custom lists

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I didn't know that   
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by pandasamurai
July 16th, 2012, 10:00am
I read this manga by pressing the random button on a mangareader site, but it was such a great story and the art was vivid. But not only that, When went here to the baka updates site, people are even saying it came with an anime. I loved it and now i guess I have to watch the anime ver. of it. It's a great read, I'd recommend it well!
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Well, I loved the anime, so it was a foregone conclusion I'd like the manga (for this)   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by kichiX
April 5th, 2012, 11:53am
I have to admit, I started to read this before I had watched the anime and was totally overwhelmed by the artwork. I couldn't work out what was going on in each panel so the story was wasted on me. After watching the anime, I re-read this (as I found scans online again) and found it was much easier to follow.
Personally, I felt that it was almost, if not as, good as the anime. There were things that were of course wasted in the manga; when he was throwing the seals at the walls, when the sword's teeth came together (which had a good sound effect in the anime), the bakeneko prowling around the house before it had form etc.
However, it was satisfying that the manga followed the anime so closely. In fact, I'm almost convinced that it followed it panel for panel. The artstyle is exactly the same as in the anime which is nice because they both have an individual style around the characters and settings.
I love the anime. It's my favourite by far of any I have watched and I cannot find anything to match up the character of the medicine seller and the mystery that surrounds him. My advice is to watch the anime without fail, and to be honest, the manga isn't all that bad either wink

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Anime is better   
Rating: N/A
by jackalan
March 11th, 2012, 1:11pm
I started reading this manga because I was so crazily hooked by the anime. And yeah, the anime is better, in my own opinion, way better. So I stopped reading it after the first volume. But if you enjoy it, good for you cause this series has something really unique about it. Still, check out the anime, the plot and the art is incredible!
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Anime was better   
Rating: N/A
by Checkers
December 30th, 2008, 11:06pm
Admittedly, there haven't been many chapters to judge by, so maybe I'll be proved wrong. Still, I stick by my opinion that the anime was infinitely better - the creative artwork, characterization and screenplay just blew my mind! Of course, it takes some getting used to, but if you're a veteran, you should like it immediately. biggrin
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MoNoNoKe Manga Art!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Astris
February 20th, 2008, 7:18am
Wow! Finally, we can read this as a manga also ^_______^
I'm sooo happy that it's being translated from now on ^_^
The art is absolutely gorgeous, detailed and the characters look great. ;D
The story is exactly the same as in the anime.
This is a bit odd... but I hope there'll be more than just the stories that have already been revealed.
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