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This is a mixed martial arts fighting manga about the Miyazawa school of martial arts. Initially, it is about Kiichi trying to heal his father after he was nearly killed by his brother Kiryu. But then it goes on to be less about that as his father recovers and some tournament style fighting begins. At that point various apparently overwhelming opponents will encounter Kiichi on his way to the top. The objectives of the various characters start to play a more and more important role, as well as the different philosophical projections of several martial arts and disciplines. (Somewhat maybe like a modern day Samurai story.)

This is also a continuation of Koukou Tekkenden Tough which followed the main character, Kiichi, when he was younger and was training under his father Seiko Miyazawa. (Knowing the prequel isn't necessary at all.)


Related Series
Devils x Devil (Side Story)
Koukou Tekkenden Tough (Prequel)
Oton (Side Story)

Associated Names
Free Fight (French)

Groups Scanlating
Endless Abyss
Manga Fan
Stand Alone Scanlation

Latest Release(s)
c.426 (end) by The SpinyBack Team about 1 year ago
c.425 by The SpinyBack Team about 1 year ago
c.424 by The SpinyBack Team about 1 year ago
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Status in Country of Origin
39 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter

User Reviews

5 topics, 12 posts
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User Rating
Average: 8.1 / 10.0 (162 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.85 / 10.0
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Last Updated
October 26th 2016, 2:22am PST



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Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Shuukan Young Jump (Shueisha)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #536 increased(+268)
Monthly Pos #1281 decreased(-171)
3 Month Pos #2310 increased(+572)
6 Month Pos #2609 increased(+626)
Year Pos #3821 increased(+619)

List Stats
On 1045 reading lists
On 506 wish lists
On 93 completed lists
On 42 unfinished lists
On 170 custom lists

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Forum Posts
How many translated volumes are released? over 2 years ago
Tough over 4 years ago
I have a question about the Tough manga. over 5 years ago
Tough to End on July 19 over 5 years ago
Tragedy over 8 years ago

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Good fights and nothing else.   
Rating: 5.5 / 10.0
by PZcolo
March 26th, 2017, 8:50am
Good art, flow and clarity, you can see in the sequences the movements and how the fight goes from one point to other, that itself is an accomplishment, most mangas are just hazy in that aspect.
Other than that this doesn't have much going for itself at all, chars are boring (except Kiryuu maybe) and have little depth, you just get the expected Kiibo wins every fight through miraculous growth in the fights over and over, then you get a "Luke I'm your father" drama crap in the middle and latter the deaf-mute suddenly is able to hear and that was it for me.
Add to that the length of this manga and it will be hard not to get bored with it, half way though I got fed up at least.
So unless you are very into fighting stories with little less to offer other than that action it's hard for me to recommend this to anyone.

... Last updated on March 26th, 2017, 9:02am
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by TaoPaiPai
October 8th, 2015, 6:50am
it is an improvement over Koukou Tekkenden Tough
alot of characters seem to just change personality
Kiryu is first like Yujiro from the Baki manga wild and out of control
then he becomes soft like a little kitten by the end

in the beginning of the story injuries played a major role
and they showed what could very well happen if get hit in the head/gut or broke various limbs
and how long it would take to get back if ever from those injuries
then later on they survive handgranades/headshots/being run over with cars
and taking the full force of their magic attacks without even stopping

sure we want cool action ASO but i liked the somewhat realistic backside to being hit in the head with a magic super fist

and the ending is just bad
the whole story about the MCs father and being born with specal powers becouse your father have trained in a matrial art/special bones OMG and their fight was just bad
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I love this MMA manga!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by chaechaeboi
April 14th, 2014, 11:39am
I have trained in MMA, jujitsu, wrestling, and krav maga, so I always appreciate a portrayal of realistic martial arts in manga. That being said, a lot of this series is very unrealistic in the sense that many techniques should kill people and are impossible to do. It's a very fun exaggeration for mixed martial arts fans and action lovers alike! The story is not deep, but I mainly read this series for the action. For more realistic mixed martial arts and deeper stories try Holyland and All Rounder Megaru.

... Last updated on January 6th, 2015, 3:16pm
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what just happened?   
Rating: N/A
by bookawkee!
January 21st, 2013, 4:32am
so there havent been any releases for tough for some time now...and all of the sudden there are a few.but from the last chapter i read,kiichi was fighting seiko,but then it jumps to sometime after? did the scan crew skip some chapters?

mmmm...ok yeah there are some big gaps here. thanks to the scan crew for getting these out,but im really lost now. to anyone reading,its up to you if you want to read through the jump.

... Last updated on January 21st, 2013, 4:36am
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Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by mono-sama
October 29th, 2008, 4:37am
if you like baki/garouden/riki oh/"insert any fighting manga name here", you will like this.
its pretty good for martial arts manga fans as it seems to be pretty well researched. and extremely well drawn, especially the fight scenes.


... Last updated on July 24th, 2009, 6:54am
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Only fights are worth   
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by darkgenio
September 7th, 2008, 3:33am
If you like action and martial art mangas you might like Tough. You will not find anything deep in Tough though. Most dialogues are flat, the story is a linear, opponent, stronger opponent, stronger opponent, which will ultimately end with the "Battle king". If you like Vagabond or Blade of the immortal and appreciate mangas that go ddeper, then Tough is a Manga for teens.
Anyhow, Saruwatari can draw GREAT fights. He is one of the best out there. Fights are dynamic, interesting and clear, he lets you feel speed and pain and that's how fights should be. Only pain in the ass is the Voice Off often commenting the fight "Oh that's really a unique technique" and honestly, he could have spared us that Naruto like crap.
A 6 all in all cause art is clear and nice, characterization is not so bad either.
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Which first?   
Rating: N/A
by henki8
June 2nd, 2008, 3:51pm
I'm confused, should I read Koko Tekken-den TOUGH first then Tough? But Koko Tekken-den TOUGH is a 42 voulme manga and only up to voulme 2 is scaned...then why is Tough already being scaned?
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great manga   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Manmankyle
September 10th, 2006, 4:40pm
this manga is great for martial arts lovers.with the plot with a underground fighter int he yakuza that wants to help his pop but the fights are awesome worth the look

... Last updated on September 10th, 2006, 4:40pm
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GrEAAAAT Fighting MAnGa   
Rating: N/A
by Cigotto
August 21st, 2006, 10:07am
Great History, Great Fights, Great Caracters, Great Art
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If you just like fighting alone... sure   
Rating: N/A
by laclongquan
June 25th, 2006, 3:56am
[edit by mod: SPOILERS AHEAD]

Almost no plotline, not much character progress, Art is , well, 9/10. And the fatal weakness of fighting manga: NO CHICK. There's one or two pages with naked chicks but that dont count. No girls or women. Man, that's boring.

Well, as of c23, one female fighter appear. And maybe, just maybe it will get better in future. But I wont held my breath.

If you just like fighting scenes alone, this manga will give you plenty of them. So that's one good point for it.
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