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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 (404 votes)
Bayesian Average: 6.88 / 10.0
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Last Updated
July 23rd 2015, 12:47am PST



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Ultra Jump (Shueisha)

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by caveman
October 15th, 2008, 8:04am
I have to say I was surprised to find so many people disliked this, both the story and the art. Seeing as it is without a doubt the best comic or manga Iíve ever read (forgive me, perhaps I just havenít read enough) I felt I ought to defend it. Clearly it is not for everyone. But it is a far cry to say the man is a bad artist Ė I donít hesitate to put him up there with other illustrators such as Gustav Dore, because I think he did an incredible job in creating an atmosphere.

The plot is intangible, true, but I found this left more room for imagination than the common easy access harlot of a storyline. And itís short enough that it doesnít matter if youíve seen this theme before, subtle enough to leave you guessing, strange enough to catch your attention and just when you think you will never get close to the characters something heart warming or tragic crops up. So perhaps for those who donít want to be spoon fed, this is definitely a story worth reading.

Finally, the art is not designed to look entirely realistic (if thatís what youíre looking for go watch a movie, itís not the point of comics) Ė nor is it your stereotypical bug-eyed nonexistent nosed carp. Iím so unbelievably happy to FINALLY find a mangaka that is not afraid to draw people with noses! There is also none of the over the top expressions stuff Ė the faces are calm more often than not, and then suddenly so full of expression itís terrifying. I find this far more real, far more interesting. He has an individual and interesting style, and the architecture is undeniably good.

... Last updated on October 15th, 2008, 8:06am
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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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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by yFANTgirl
February 23rd, 2007, 2:52pm
realy great art, plot's a bit confusing o_>
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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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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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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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wow good   
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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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the art.. o.O   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by paradoX
March 27th, 2007, 11:13am
amazing art, do yourself a favor and read this. now if I will ever want to read this to the end, I will probably have to either learn kanji or volunteer for a Hanaji-scans cleaner. this gets 10 from me. for concept and art. story so far isn't exactly mind blowing. ;D hope it gets a bit better, or at least clearer


... Last updated on March 27th, 2007, 11:25am
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Rating: N/A
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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