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Abara is set in a dystopian world, filled with large structures. The story revolves around creatures known as Gaunas, those who can shape bone like armor and weaponry around themselves by transforming. The transformation begins around the spine and then shapes layered armor.

The story focuses on one such Gauna known as Kudou Denji, though he uses Itou Denji as a fake name early on.

Abara means "ribs" in Japanese.

Volume 2 contains Digimortal
A mercenary in cyber-armor battles a repressive cyborg regime.


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Latest Release(s)
v.2 c.7-11 + Digimortal Parts 1-2 by Illuminati-Manga over 10 years ago
v.1 c.1-6 by Illuminati-Manga over 10 years ago
c.8 by Hanaji-scans over 10 years ago
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Status in Country of Origin
2 Volumes (Complete)
1 Volume (Shinsoban)

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User Rating
Average: 6.9 / 10.0 (413 votes)
Bayesian Average: 6.88 / 10.0
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Last Updated
September 11th 2018, 3:23am PST



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Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Ultra Jump (Shueisha)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Viz (December 2018)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #571 increased(+53)
Monthly Pos #942 increased(+540)
3 Month Pos #2593 increased(+380)
6 Month Pos #3018 increased(+1043)
Year Pos #4624 decreased(-1047)

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On 421 wish lists
On 1105 completed lists
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Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by nail80
March 5th, 2011, 9:24am
On one hand this series has amazing artwork, it's just breathtakingly awesome, but the story didn't impress me one bit. At times it was extremely confusing and that is supposed to be the center of the manga, if you don't understand exactly what the hell is going on then how are you supposed to enjoy the story and the characters?
If this was just an artbook then i would surely rate it higher.
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Marvelously mind blowing (:   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by jazzybaby
February 23rd, 2011, 9:57am
Perhaps my opinion of 'Abara' was already biased before I even began reading it due to the fact that I was already in love with Tsutomu's talent thanks to 'Blame!'... But I have to say, 'Abara' by itself is still absolutey amazing. I honesty like it as much as 'Blame!' and a lot more than his other work 'Biomega'.

Some may say that his storytelling is lacking but I actually enjoy the fact that it's not all there shoved in your face.. The story is still there but it's just more subtle and you just have to pay closer attention to the actions and use your imagination a bit. His style of telling the story feels more like you're just an onlooker at something already happening and you get the gist of it by the dialogue and actions rather than it seeming like someone's performing for you and some invisible narrator explains the whole darn plot...

I think out of all of his mangas, the fact that 'Abara' was so short seemed to make Tsutomu Nihei concentrate on making it more concrete than his other longer works and there was more of a balance between the action and actual progression of the events in the story. All in all, I love this manga for it's amazing art and unique storytelling. <3

If you didn't understand it, you should really consider reading it again more patiently and you'll most likely appreciate and comprehend it better. But if you didn't like it, maybe you're just better off reading some cliche manga. P:

... Last updated on February 23rd, 2011, 10:27am
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by YummiMookies
October 4th, 2010, 9:52am
I gave this one two tries; one years before and another just a few months ago. Unfortunately, something about this feels off to me... I didn't like it either times.
The art is nice, albeit a little too dark and scratchy. The plot was okay, but didn't keep my interest for long.
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Awesome, confusing   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by gentler
January 1st, 2010, 8:24pm
The art, as always for Nihei, is amazing. Highly stylized, but in a unique way that sets it apart from a lot of manga/anime. I've acquired a number of really nice desktop backgrounds from Abara.
I still have no real idea what was going on plot-wise, except for general outlines. Blame! made perfect sense to me, but Abara only resulted in confusion. But, this is more than made up for by the awesomeness of the art, and is probably just a sign that I should read it again and pay more attention. If anyone would like to try and explain what was going on (especially the ending), this would be most welcome.
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Art soo good, should be in Art Musem   
Rating: N/A
by coco_has_to_gogo
June 20th, 2009, 1:19pm
NIHEI Tsutomu is one of my favourite Manga artists. Because of his raw creativity, and story-telling. However it is his Art-work that I am truly truly in love with. Blame!, Biomega, and now Abara. If you like great mangas, and have an eye for amazing art work, I highly recommend the mangas by NIHEI Tsutomu (Microsoft choose him to draw the Halo Comics cuz he's the best artist in japan! [one of them]).

Final Word: CoCo love's NIHEI Tsutomu's MoJo

... Last updated on June 20th, 2009, 1:21pm
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Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by Jhono1
April 26th, 2009, 6:48pm
Very dark, very moody and stylish and little to no dialogue at all. It's extremely hard to follow the plot and takes away a lot from this manga, the but the art is shockingly good.

5 for the story, 9 for the art really.
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wow good   
Rating: N/A
by mystichead
March 1st, 2009, 6:32pm
this is the only manga ive ever read where i couldnt get what in the world was happening....most probably cuz the art.....(not that its bad but i'am not quite used to this style, thus cant make out patterns").....and.......

Despite all that I LOVED IT........... HOLY SHIT How did that happen?

... Last updated on March 1st, 2009, 6:33pm
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Nashnir
January 6th, 2009, 4:22am
This manga has the best art and storyline I have come across. Only a few others come comparatively close.

This is my first comment about a Manga, so you can imagine how much I liked it.
The story is very original and the action scenes are splendidly done.
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very contradicting opinions   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Frostburn
December 1st, 2008, 10:32am
it seems people are very confused over this title so let me say a few words
I think that Tsutomu Nihei is brilliant in his ability to create dark and unique atmosphere, his art is superb although very rough, and that seems to be a problem for some people, and his plots are very unique living in an unique settings witch is why i give him high rating, also I like dark stuff, but he doesn't bother explaining the plot with a lot of text which again poses a problem for some people who don't have good ability in non-verbal communication

to sum up he has top rated works, but due to his unique style of presenting it people often don't understand what's what, plus his plots are somewhat deep which adds to the confusion

Abara's ending is one of the coolest parts of the manga btw if u can see what's happening
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Seriously, people...   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by albeitalways
October 18th, 2008, 10:50am
Abara is a good example of what a seinen is like. Mystery, action, intrigue and whatnot, the main focus of this series is the actions and the events of the plot, not what happens at the fate of the characters. Sure, the gist of the story is nothing new--it sort of resembles Variante, Elfen Lied and others, but it has its own twisted quirks as well.


I dare all of you to even duplicate a single action scene with all the details in ink and pen without the help of Adobe and see if it resembles his even in resemblance at least.

The main problem, lies in part with Nihei's storytelling ability in paper. Not in how he draws.
Honestly, understanding the action scenes of the manga isn't that hard to do if you really take a good look and immerse yourself in the story.
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