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At the beginning of the Edo period (1603-1868), when people enjoyed a time of peace, Lord Tokugawa Tadanaga decides to hold a fighting tournament. In the past, matches were fought with wooden swords, but this time real swords will be used. The one-armed Fujiki Gennosuke and the blind Irako Seigen will fight each other in this tournament, even though both of them are disciples of Iwamoto Kogan known as Japan's greatest swordsman. So begins the story of intertwining fates, conflict, and strange destinies.


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Death Frenzy

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Latest Release(s)
v.15 c.78-84 by AnonymousStem over 7 years ago
v.14 c.77 by AnonymousStem over 8 years ago
v.14 c.76 by AnonymousStem over 8 years ago
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Status in Country of Origin
15 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1
Ends at Vol 7, Chap 33

User Reviews

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User Rating
Average: 8.1 / 10.0 (318 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.96 / 10.0
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Last Updated
February 3rd 2016, 2:23pm PST



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Champion RED (Akita Shoten)

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Weekly Pos #527 increased(+96)
Monthly Pos #865 increased(+301)
3 Month Pos #1444 increased(+96)
6 Month Pos #1574 increased(+159)
Year Pos #1867 increased(+189)

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Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by justneedair
February 10th, 2013, 1:38am
Series were so good in the begining, pretty interesting in the middle, kinda ok in last chapters, but the ending ruined all positive emotions from reading it. So I think all that great time I had while reading first 40-50 chapter is wasted.
Pick this up if you like swords, human bodies, violence and totally lame ending.
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Shakespearean mind in the mind of the Japanese artist   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by UsoSora
June 29th, 2012, 8:26am
I really have no words for this master-piece.
The only thing I can utter right now is that it felt like I was reading "Hamlet" in a world, culture and principles different than those of the original.
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Meh, waste of time   
Rating: N/A
by slouchking
February 16th, 2012, 1:31pm
it was decent up till the end, all the volumes up to the end were pretty dramatic, then the final battle ended so fast, that it made everything before seem like someone telling the story adding flare to make it interesting, then the end hits you with how it actually happened, which would be fast, boring and no unnecessary drama,and as for the final actions of that girl, due to the circumstances he had to do what he did or he would have been killed on the spot, so i think shes a cold heated bitch. I give it a 4, for being dramatically boring
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War is hell...and so is being a samurai   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by McCamyTaylor
January 21st, 2011, 8:03pm
Love the art, of course.

Story is pretty good too. If I had read it slowly as it was written I would have complained about the pacing as well. Since I read it all in one go, it seemed about right. Not sure what happened to the intersexed samurai girl and toad boy. They got introduced and then sort of forgotten. But Seigen is totally cool. Great tragic hero. Both his flaws and his virtues are supersized!
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Good read   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by PitylessEnvy
January 23rd, 2010, 12:35am
Entertaining manga: excellent art; really interesting story and characters. Some really intense scenes that keep you starving for more.

My only problem is the pacing. It takes forever for something to happen in this manga. Just when you think some plot development is going to happen, it veers off in a completely different direction. Now the side stories are all very entertaining and usually pretty important to the plot, but it does get pretty annoying when you just want to find out what happens next.

I also feel that the gore is usually just there for shock value. Now, I have no problems with gore, it's actually amazingly well drawn actually (I've never seen evisceration and dismemberment depicted so accurately!)--it's just used inappropriately at times.
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this isn't gore, it's a plot device   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by son of eskimo
January 19th, 2010, 6:23am
got to say, this is without doubt one of the best things i have ever read. and that is despite the gore, because while i do not like gore, saw 3 being the only movie i have ever walked out on, it fits this story perfectly, and actually serves a purpose in telling the story, as opposed to other shit out there which has gore just for the sake of it, as this is a serious, brutal and dirty story about a serious and brutal part of society
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a top   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
September 12th, 2009, 1:49am
good > high-class art + good story + historic value + serious
bad > slow story at times
overall > among millions of manga titles ... Shigurui surely stands out

thanx kotonoha for starting it, spore & notspore & AnonymousStem (r they the same?) for reviving it

... Last updated on January 16th, 2010, 11:40pm
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My favorite Manga/Anime ever!   
Rating: N/A
by Hart80
June 19th, 2009, 7:24pm
I love this manga, and all it entales Samurai have been depicted to lightly in past series such as Rouroni Kenshin, Samurai Deeper Kyo etc. This series is the most realistic Samurai series out there! It's a great read, and probably the closest thing to what it was like to be a Samurai in fuedal Japan.
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Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by mono-sama
May 12th, 2009, 12:42am
dont let the first volume put you off, by the time you get to vol 8 you'l be loving it. the story really develops and its pretty mature too -no romanticism, just great samurai stuff.
8 for now depending on how it ends wink

... Last updated on January 20th, 2010, 9:41am
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Very interesting   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by Kyousukeee
April 19th, 2009, 8:31pm
I found this manga by mere coincidence. I saw a banner on a site once about the anime and watched it . As expected I didn't understand much as the anime (for me) isn't in-depth enough as the manga.
The manga on the other hand is very interesting , the story is very good and the characters remarkable, although sometimes they all seem alike with the hairstyle being the same.
I found the main characters very appealing specially Irako because of his ambitions and emotions reflecting on every move he does in the story , contrary to Fujiki who's pretty dull to me.
There's a lot of graphic scenes ( nudity and gore ) the fights are cool with the sword stances and attacks being very detailed.
Some people complain about the level of 'insanity' in this manga, I for one found it a bit too much but that's nothing you can't cope with if you try to understand the characters personality which is very singular.
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