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Black Cat  
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Train Heartnet, also known as "Black Cat," was an infamous assassin for a secret organization called Chronos...until he abandoned that cold-blooded existence to live on his own terms as an easygoing bounty hunter. But is Train's past as far behind him as he thinks?

Volume 8 includes the pilot chapter: Stray Cat
Volume 19 includes Special Chapter XX


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Associated Names
Burakku Kyatto
Gato Negro
Kuro Neko (YABUKI Kentaro)
Sát Thủ Mèo Đen
Черный кот
القط الاسود

Groups Scanlating
Akatsuki Manga
Chronos' Time Guardians

Latest Release(s)
v.20 c.176-185 by Manga-Heaven over 14 years ago
v.19 c.169-175+special by Manga-Heaven over 14 years ago
c.184-185 by Illuminati-Manga over 15 years ago
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in Country of Origin
20 Volumes (Tankoubon - Complete)
185 Chapters + 2 Specials (Complete)
12 Volumes (Bunkoban - Complete)
9 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1
Ends at Vol 20, Chap 185 (Lots of details are deleted as well as speeding up productions)

User Reviews
Black Cat by mako

3 topics, 17 posts
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User Rating
Average: 8.1 / 10.0 (1247 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.06 / 10.0

Last Updated
August 8th 2020, 11:03am PST



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English Publisher
Viz (20 Volumes - Complete)

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Good, but...  
by monkry
October 10th, 2014, 5:33am
Rating: N/A
why is that I feel towards the end, the deus ex machina plot suddenly like, thrown here and there? I've watched the anime and tried to read the manga because I found the anime interesting (and also because I remember wrongly, I thought the anime only reached some point in manga...) tho.

I like Black Cat cause it used a pretty interesting set-up where the main chara is not a useless brat at the start, and I like Train's heavy background pretty much. While all the element feels pretty nice along the way, but I felt that towards the end, it's so... yeah, dunno.

Anyway, it's still good, ...especially if you haven't read too much shounen.
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My Favourite Manga Ever  
by Fantasier
September 29th, 2013, 1:49am
Rating: 9.8 / 10.0
How many of Shounen you have ever read have a protagonist with a gun? I guess not so many compared to those with a sword, especially manga in Black Cat's era.

Black Cat, surely, is a must-read in my opinion. It was one of the first manga (and Shounen's) I've ever read. It is an entertaining series with beautiful art. The characters have their own backgrounds, which are wisely presented; their behaviours and feelings are also well expressed as the story progresses. The story and the theme are also great. The end is beautifully told. I swear I can't find anything better than this as a well organised and planned manga. It may seem typical and common, but if you read and think carefully, it actually is not that typical.

One more thing I like about it is that the manga doesn't contain too much nudity or Fan Service scenes which usually ruin a good story. This is why I'm surprised--and disappointed--when I see To Love Ru for the first time.

I usually mention to it as 'a masterpiece of Yabuki Kentaro before he grows old and becomes... a bit too obsessed with s*x'

Say I overrated it as you please; I just can't help praising the series.

... Last updated on September 29th, 2013, 2:44am
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By far, Kentaro-sensei's Best work.  
by hawkeye312
August 19th, 2013, 1:46pm
Rating: N/A
First series I picked up by Yabuki Kentaro, I was impressed with the art, storyline, character development, and progression. I am still waiting for a sequel, so I can see more badass train and Eve. However, I think that is a bit of a stretch.....PLEASE COME BACK.
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IIRC, from 03'-04'ish  
by MatrixM
February 6th, 2012, 7:10pm
Rating: N/A
I was reading this series when my brother introduced me to Cowboy Bebop. It soon became obvious that Black Cat pretty much completely ripped off Cowboy Bebop's story for the first few volumes. Because of this i didn't bother to watch Bebop [probably a mistake]. Also, this quickly got boring for me so i dropped it.

Anyways, if you've seen Bebop just be aware that you'll be reading repeats for a while with this.
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just ok  
by alexj2936
May 26th, 2011, 7:29pm
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
It was an ok read with some good action scenes, but it really annoyed me that the main character is a freaking assassin and won't KILL anybody!! If I got paid $1 for every time I wanted to smash my computer when he went on one of his "I won't kill because of blah blah" I'd be rich. Other than that I'd recommend it to any shonen fans
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Quick Review  
by Ty719
January 1st, 2010, 8:43pm
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
You can't put this in the same category as Dragonball since it's not as terrible.

Personally I haven't found many Shounen series that jumped out at me. This Shounen Jump series I think is more refreshing. The first bounty hunter themed anime I saw was Cowboy Bebop. Black Cat is quite a big better than that. The characters were all interesting, especially the Chronos characters and the Apostle of the Stars.

The story starts a bit differently in the manga than in the anime as the manga starts when Train is already teamed up with Sven as opposed to where the anime starts off before Train discards his "Black Cat" title.

I thought the anime background music was decent but not top notch, and I find Japanese voice portray the characters better than dubs. This is just my preference though. I'm also studying Japanese so hearing the seiyuus somewhat works as translation study for me.

Everyone's taste is different so best to check out a few chapters or episodes and se if it's your style.
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by PoshSam
December 6th, 2009, 5:30pm
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
it's cool in a way, especially train, the guy's got some neat style and really cool powers, but i swear him and his sidekick have a cliched relationship, you know good cop bad cop sort of thing.
i felt throughout like going, 'stop with all the sarcastic remarks towards train, you're such a cliche and that's not funny'.
this is one of those mangas where you wouldn't care when a new release would be out and would probably be able to predict the ending, since i never finished it, i bet train and his sidekick have a good laugh as they face more jobs for them, oh and itty-bitty romances for each on the side.
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classical shounen  
by pxhai
May 28th, 2009, 2:39am
Rating: N/A
What surprised me the most is that there's no ecchi stuff in this manga.
All the heroes are not perverts, unlike most of manga today biggrin. It was ended abruptly though, many characters were not used. Hope to have a sequel
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by robbit
May 4th, 2009, 5:00pm
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
im sad. i had this on hold for like a year and never read the last chapters. im so sad. i hope there will be a sequel.
i think this deserves better than what i gave it but there were a lot of useless chapters in the middle and the last part seemed to drag on a bit
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Eve was much more interesting  
by bignort
March 17th, 2009, 2:46pm
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
This is the first manga I have read that they main character was not nearly as interesting as the side characters. Eve was by far the most interesting person in the manga, and got way too little time in the series. Not the worst manga by far, but could have been much better.
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