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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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Associated Names
Holy Land

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Latest Release(s)
v.1 c.1-10 by Illuminati-Manga over 5 years ago
v.17 c.161-170 by Illuminati-Manga over 5 years ago
v.18 c.171-182 (end) by Illuminati-Manga over 5 years ago
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Status in Country of Origin
18 Volumes (Complete)

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Holyland by darknova42
Holyland by The Doctor

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User Rating
Average: 8.7 / 10.0 (1219 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.64 / 10.0
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Last Updated
February 10th 2016, 3:42am PST



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Serialized In (magazine)
Young Animal (Hakusensha)

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Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #392 increased(+73)
Monthly Pos #562 increased(+44)
3 Month Pos #676 decreased(-40)
6 Month Pos #569 decreased(-36)
Year Pos #564 decreased(-74)

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On 2193 reading lists
On 1154 wish lists
On 2413 completed lists
On 131 unfinished lists
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Forum Posts
I recommend this Holyland manga!!? over 3 years ago
Ending discussion (spoilers!!!) over 4 years ago
Holyland Fansite over 5 years ago
ending discussion*spoilers* over 5 years ago
rape? over 5 years ago

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One of my favorites!   
Rating: N/A
by Pedro Boh
November 20th, 2009, 3:15pm
I was amazed at the fact that some ppl in the comments are complaining about the art in this manga, which is simply awesome.

And for the people saying that the fight info sucks, I'd say that you are the one that sucks and need to practice more, because I find that info usually accurate, I may not have a huge street fighting experience, but I know my way around boxing.

I believe that the people that said that the fight info is wrong and etc are the ones that tried and failed, but they most probably didn't take one fact in consideration, that no matter how strong your theory is you have to practice until you can't move your limbs, otherwise you won't improve, there's no magic trick to get better, simply lot's and lot's of practice.

Seriously, can someone point me to the wrong info in the manga?
as far as I know and tried, grabbing someone's wrist from the outside is one of the most effective things there is. and hitting concrete floor on your back hurts a friggin lot, and so on ô.o
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Rating: N/A
by Adonia
December 24th, 2008, 12:47am
The art is exceptional. the bad guys look bad and the good guys look really good. Also you get a preview into the some of the basic mechanics of many forms of martial arts. Rather than the good guy always winning because he's got all the luck or power (ie because he's the 'good guy' wink you get to see how and why the 'bad guy' got taken down and what he could have done (but didn't) to prevent it... as well as a glimpse into their psyche.

Character development is also great. Yuu is the underdog of all underdogs... and around vol 4 you just don't want him to lose. For a wimp he's got a lot of spare backbone.

... Last updated on April 16th, 2012, 4:33pm
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oh god i need more   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Juicifer
November 16th, 2008, 4:55am
seriously. i was reading this online, and i reached the end of chapter 35 with out realizing it. and when my right arrow stopped advancing the story, i almost shed a tear. so sad. i need more of this manga. its so good. especially if you actually fight, like professionally or as an amateur, you get even more out of this.
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Rating: N/A
by klamz
December 9th, 2008, 12:17am
I was skeptical about this manga at first and had avoided reading it on more then 1 occasion. But then I finally said "Hell lets give this a try." And I was blown away! This manga is amazing! Truly nothing I have read can compare, the realistic fighting and the characters slow change over these 36 chapters have been great! I look forward to reading the future releases! So for all you who are thinking like me, give it a shot. I know you'll like it.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by LadyCupcake
December 12th, 2010, 9:01am
Usually I wouldn't be interested in these types of manga, since I'm more of a shoujo and jousei person, but this manga is simply amazing. It's exceeded my expectations. The art is wonderful, as is the story.
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Very good.   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by EvilTomte
September 14th, 2010, 3:03pm
I love this manga so far. Very interesting. The story is actually believable (well, sort of), as it sort pulls of pulls me into it. You can (sort of) identify with the main character and all the characters feel real somehow.

I definitely recommend it.
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Great action manga!   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by AuraBlaze
March 2nd, 2008, 10:21pm
The action and way the author explains everything is awesome. The character looks like he'll grow into someone I'd like.

Will probably become a great martial arts/fighting manga.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by trepazoid
July 9th, 2012, 8:56pm
My blood is pumping. I'm not a fan for the typical martial art stuff, but... This shit is intennnse.
And it's got heart. Touching. and exciting.
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Conceptually Excellent   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by Crenshinibon
July 29th, 2009, 2:44am
At the back of Japanese society lurks several monsters. Especially at the time this was written, during the midst of economic collapse following the bubble break, but even today the youth of Japan remains largely in a state of lost continuance. There really isn't a sense of unity or direction present in the country, and despite Koizumi's highly successful reign Japan doesn't have a leader to guide it. As a result, characters like those in Holyland are born.

Holyland is an impressive story more because of its societal relevance than anything else. Sure, it's a coming-of-age story filled with the glorification of violence, but at the same time it's also a rather successful character study. I encourage those with an interest in social issues to take a peek at it- it may not be all that great in terms of art or storytelling, but the premise is spot-on.
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He was, without a doubt, there   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Pacific.Mint
January 26th, 2014, 8:17am
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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