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Yuu is a high school kid who doesn't really fit anywhere. To find a place he can belong, be accepted, he will do anything. However one thing leads to another and he is forced to fight to keep his place, his holyland.


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Holy Land

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Latest Release(s)
v.1 c.1-10 by Illuminati-Manga over 6 years ago
v.17 c.161-170 by Illuminati-Manga over 6 years ago
v.18 c.171-182 (end) by Illuminati-Manga over 6 years ago
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18 Volumes (Complete)

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Holyland by darknova42
Holyland by The Doctor

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Average: 8.7 / 10.0 (1258 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.64 / 10.0

Last Updated
February 10th 2016, 3:42am PST



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Young Animal (Hakusensha)

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Not too bad!  
by Noburo
February 18th, 2019, 5:15pm
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
I definitely enjoyed this. It can be a little slow at times, but it's worth the read! The ending is a bit disappointing to say the least, but it's an entertaining read up to it. Especially if you like martial arts.

... Last updated on February 18th, 2019, 5:17pm
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Entertaining read  
by Meilee123
November 18th, 2017, 1:17pm
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
This was gripping, I couldnt stop reading.
I love how I could skip all the martial arts and boxing explanations. Haha. This would be perfect as an introduction to fighting techniques.
I can't give this a 10, though, because the plot was kind of simple. It didn't have much complexity to give me a shock. And yes the characters could have had more depth as well. Although I suspect that that's how Japanese people think.
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Overall, the plot was to beat your opponent, then your next opponent and so on. It would be predictable if it was any slower paced for me to notice. Also, the ending was kind of predictable as well. I am not a fan of ambiguities in endings. I wish I saw his future.

I feel like you could even write a sequel in the professional world. I would read that.

... Last updated on November 18th, 2017, 1:22pm
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by iscum
November 6th, 2017, 5:45pm
Rating: 4.0 / 10.0
There's not much negative opinions here so i guess that should help

This one was extremely formulaic and full of cliche

The characters can all be reduced to some few traits that represent them since there wasn't any layers besides the first. You got the weak and introverted main character that hides a great talent, the supportive friend that doesn't do nothing besides support his friend when he's needed, the enemy-at-first but turn-friend-later that is envious of the main character’s strength, the random love interest that is no more than a love interest, and at last the guy that the mc is always following; his ideal.

The story walks in circle and keeps presenting mini-bosses with different fighting styles. There's a lot of infodump and exposure which make you feel like the author wasn't even trying to show what was happening without spelling everything for you.

The last arc is where it throws everything out of the window and get really ridiculous. The situation they find themselves is over-the-topness incarnated, but somehow they resolve the problem with street fighting & friendship.

There's a huge cop-out at the end where some character that we've barely seen before show himself and do something unthinkable, then there's some reflection on "the streets" and a open ending; not that i was bothered by that, it could honestly throw whatever it want that it wouldn't change what i think about it

... Last updated on March 11th, 2018, 1:47pm
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Good but not.  
by GreenToes
April 3rd, 2015, 9:29pm
Rating: 8.2 / 10.0
Amazing read. The art is fantastic and the story development is consistent. However, there are some alarmingly obvious plot holes. We have Izawa, who never gets stronger while Kamishiro gets on this power-up montage. Also, why did none of the characters ever call the cops to fix their problems, especially in the last arc? Overall though, it's really worth the read.
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Stupid final arc.  
by MondSemmel
September 16th, 2014, 10:52am
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
The first ~14v (incl chapter ~138) are pretty amazing, and in contrast to some others I very much enjoyed the description of martial arts tactics, but the penultimate arc and the ending are both pure bullshit.

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It's a drug war. The bad guy takes over the whole town with his huge team of... three fighters. Meanwhile, our protagonists dick around and let it happen.

Then in v17 Yuu's girlfriend Mai is taken hostage (fair enough) and Yuu reacts by letting himself get hit until he can no longer defend anyone. What is that supposed to accomplish?! Nothing, as anyone could have predicted beforehand. And then, that same scene STILL SOMEHOW TURNS INTO A ONE-ON-ONE FIGHT, and the tone completely changes from utter despair to standard fight, WTF.

Some better solutions: turning it into a hostage exchange (i.e., "release her or I'll kill you") or, better yet, CALLING THE POLICE asdf.

Basically, things go wrong in this arc because the protagonists act like idiots solely for plot reasons. (TV Trope: Idiot Ball) And then there's the insanely inconsistent tone:

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Drugs are destroying the lives of our friends! Mai was kidnapped! Let's respond with standard 1v1 duels, no permanent or lethal violence, and a friendly talk, standard nonlethal duel and absurdly amicable resolution with the boss responsible for the drug distribution. Yuu, what happened to your desire for revenge?!

And the final volume is no better.

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Yuu wins vs. Izawa because he's powered up throughout the series while Izawa didn't become stronger at all.
And afterwards Yuu gets stabbed for no reason, and apparently walks away bleeding instead of calling an ambulance with the mobile phone he'd used moments before. And then we get a pointless 3-year timeskip for no reason. What kind of stab wound to the stomach takes three years to heal?

... Last updated on September 16th, 2014, 10:57am
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by yoannjuan
August 23rd, 2014, 5:08pm
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
I had high hopes at the beginning of Holyland, which is more of a shame that it went so wrong after vol.5.
The setting is very original, a bullied guy who goes to the world of the streets at night, in order to find his own place.
This does not, however, work in the long run for the author, as it gets repetitive and the fights gets unimaginative. I was annoyed with the manual of martial arts that the authors peppers in every chapter, it destroyed the dynamic for me.
Also the characters are not very believable, Shin and Mai especially, are just too out of place with Kamishiro.

... Last updated on August 23rd, 2014, 5:10pm
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Work of art!  
by chaechaeboi
May 28th, 2014, 8:54am
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
This story is amazing. Great character development and great supporting characters. The psychologic aspect to it is that you get to see the thoughts of the fighters and the main character which gets deep at times. The psychological part is great alone, but the MMA makes it amazing.
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by admira
April 23rd, 2014, 2:42am
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
I loved this manga--the dark moments, the fighting, the uncertainty, all of it. Sure, it wasn't perfect, but it was interesting enough that I read all 18 volumes in one sitting (I started reading it a while back, dropped it, and then decided to restart it last night). Character growth is great, and I enjoyed the occasional narrative explaining things. It was fairly realistic as well, especially on points such as the asphalt and the importance of hand protection. Every manga has its flaws, but I'd be hard-pressed to point out any specific flaw that particularly bothered me.

Concerning the ending: some people have said they were not satisfied with it, but I personally thought it was great. I've always thought that it'd be difficult to determine how open-ended an ending should be, so I think the mangaka did a great job. TBH, by now I'm satisfied with anything that doesn't scream "axed!" though.
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Holy F%$#ing Amazing Land  
by sherry13erry
April 13th, 2014, 10:03pm
Rating: N/A
Oh man this manga....Just so perfect. The story, characters, and emotions are so real and are developed perfectly. I really loved how Yuu and Shougo's characters progressively found themselves. I also like the parallels each character gives to one another, plus the action is too addicting! And that plot twist ending, man I thought I was gonna be bawling for a while. I really like also how even the 'side-kick' -esque characters would have their spotlight, and there were really no minor characters, because everyone was together and united. Just bottom line everyone should read this, it goes beyond just a regular underdog story, has relate-able characters, and a story that's a Legend within a Legend.
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He was, without a doubt, there  
by Pacific.Mint
January 26th, 2014, 8:17am
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
I would have vomited blood if the penultimate chapter was the last chapter. You'll know why when you read it. I'm glad that the author didn't force a stupid tragic ending on us.

Holyland has a way to really grab you into its world. I am a girl, I hate fighting and violence, but I wasn't put off by this manga because Holyland focused on the search for self, the holyland, and not focused on the cliche shounen stuff such as power ups. I dropped this manga for about a week or two because I hate delinquents/gangs stories before picking it back again because I can't get its gritty atmosphere and dark tone out of my mind.

I have always hated gang, delinquents stories, but Holyland actually made me think the streets are cool. Like in Chapter 172 when the streets lead that King guy and close up on him so that Yuu and him could fight. Or when Masaki and Yuu are about to fight and you could feel it in the streets' atmosphere. It just makes the streets feel alive.

I think the way the author ended the story was so perfect, though he almost tricked me into thinking he was gonna end it in a blood vomit inducing way. Preceding every volume, we always have this monologue about how Yuu was there, without a doubt. To have the last chapter basically dedicated to demonstrate the fact that indeed, he was there is so perfect. The streets have always been mysterious so to end a manga about the streets with a legend was definitely the right choice.

Since this manga is about the search for oneself (on the streets), there are definitely character growths from almost all main characters. You won't feel disappointed. The one who transformed the most is definitely the protagonist, Yuu. He went from a scaredy cat, to accident hero/target, to dark avenger, to unstable fighter, from a fightened boy to enlightened man, then finally immortalized into an unmatched legend on the streets. What can you say, Holyland is great.

To sum up, Holyland is not your typical power ups battle manga even though it is about fighting. It's about discovering oneself, to find a place that is your Holyland. Definitely a masterpiece in the delinquents/gangs category, or very close it.

... Last updated on January 26th, 2014, 8:23am
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