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Akira's brother, Atsushi, has been missing for two years. And recently a mysterious woman appeared and told him that she can take him to the island of Higanjima where she says she saw Atsushi. But she also asked that he bring a few friends along with him.


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Associated Names
Buddhist Rites Isle
Higanjima L' Île des Vampires
Nirvana Island

Groups Scanlating
Armageddon Scans
Manga Underground
Manga! Inc.

Latest Release(s)
v.13 c.114 by Armageddon Scans about 1 year ago
v.13 c.113 by Armageddon Scans about 1 year ago
v.13 c.112 by Armageddon Scans about 1 year ago
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Status in Country of Origin
33 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

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User Reviews


User Rating
Average: 7.2 / 10.0 (133 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.09 / 10.0
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Last Updated
March 19th 2017, 12:03pm PST



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Serialized In (magazine)
Young Magazine (Kodansha)

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Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by Romashk
January 25th, 2011, 12:34pm
It's a little strange at first, but you get used to it. The story is almost straightforward and doesn't really have any depth to it. At some point I realized, that nothing more than killing and blood all over the panels, should be expected. Well, some people might find this interesting though(cuz there's no hero).
I can't enjoy reading about people running around screaming and crying. Oh, and Ken's philosophy on how to hunt vampires(priceless).
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based on 50 chapters   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by Famas
January 23rd, 2011, 9:14am
Quite a rollercoaster. It starts as somewhat slice-of-life in small city about few friends and then they fight a vampire which is pretty much an unstoppable terminator. Then there's a prison part which was rather psyhological and short. And then it goes bad. Vampires are killed instantly, monsters are willing to wait to let characters speak and remeber good old times, mortal injuries are nothing that would stop you from fighting or talking - basically a shonen with some blood.
Art is so-so which is not something I cared at first but once story-telling worsened I noticed it again.
I'll still return to it later to check if it got good again though.
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Not so good   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by megane007
March 21st, 2007, 7:54pm
Despite the violent piece which qualify it as seinen manga, many combat tactics and logic of the story are arranged in ridiculous way. The story feels more like a barely passed shonen manga, and the author fails to deliver the emotion part well too.

... Last updated on March 21st, 2007, 7:59pm
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Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by lilbro
January 3rd, 2007, 12:48pm
I just found out about this manga and I must say that it is EXCELLENT. Its a shame that it has been worked on in over 2 years now. I wish someone would pick this up.
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No Dice   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by JapanRocks
June 4th, 2016, 10:25pm
Started off pretty interesting. The characters were not very likable, but I don't mind unlikable characters in horror since there's always the hope that they'll get killed off. I was very captivated by the story and the vampires actually seemed strong and fearsome.Then around chapters 50+ it became a shounen.

No not literally, there's still plenty of blood, gore and excessive nudity. But it was exhibiting all the shounen tropes. Characters don't die from wounds that should kill them. They're now tanking hordes of vampires, killing them with a single strike. Regular vampires that took desperation, skill and lots of luck to kill became cannon fodder. All the tension from the first vampire encounter is lost. Then things go all Beserk on us with a revenge plot.
Not only is it not nearly as interesting or heart wrenching as Berserk's story, it's all narrated to us while in the middle of a FIGHT with the vampire boss and his horde of demons. And of course he just waits around for them to finish talking, it's not like he's trying to murder them or anything.

So now that the author has made it clear that he has no intention to keep this vampire story either interesting or scary, I'm going to treat it as a shounen(with extra blood and boob). Since this is now a shounen that means I'm going to have to actually like(or at least not hate) one or two characters to stay interested.
There's Akira- Starts off wimpy, grows a backbone but not a very interesting one. Big Bro- complete badass, but made such a dumbass mistake that it's forever tainted his character. Anybody else? No more remotely interesting characters? No? Okay then. At 33 volumes it's a pity it loses steam by volume 7.

Rating: Not Recommended if you want something scary.

... Last updated on June 4th, 2016, 10:39pm
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Good Read   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by casandra28
January 23rd, 2014, 9:43pm
I liked this one a lot. However, anyone squeamish shouldn't read it. I spent my whole day finishing all 107 chapters. I didn't know I would like it as much as I did at the beginning the main character seemed kinda lame and not the type I enjoy reading about but the story became great and I like Akira as he is now. I watched a bit of the live action movie... it was not what I hoped but the manga is excellent. I hope someone picks it up or its licensed so I can read more.

... Last updated on January 23rd, 2014, 9:45pm
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A rating based on what's being scanlated so far only   
Rating: N/A
by great_k
January 25th, 2018, 1:44pm
Higanjima is among the minutest portion of manga that I've read that actually get better after the first volume. Its a strong character driven survival manga. Akira's development into a devilishly skilled swordsman driven by his past failings is a joy to read even if a lot of the earlier plot elements introduced are never followed up on like Akira's ability to predict certain outcomes due to the fact that he is skilled story teller, which is completely dropped soon after the idea is introduced. Unfortunately the wow factor does not last as the manga eventually becomes a never-ending gauntlet of pointless action with the obligatory time wasting flashback arc to explain how the island ended up the way it is thrown into the mix. The same pattern leads into the sequel. Since none of this has been scanlated yet I am simply rating this manga on what has been scanlated & at the current place the English translations are at the manga is still good.
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It's pretty much the proverbial bad accident   
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by yarn
November 7th, 2012, 12:11am
It's gross and horrible, but for some reason you can't look away. It's super explicit (nudity,sex, rape of various kinds,etc.), very violent and disturbing overall, and the artist doesn't have a whole lot of talent (I think he can only draw maybe 3 kinds of faces), the storytelling feels rather juvenile, and but for some reason I keep coming back for more.

[Also, it's published on a weekly basis, so the chapters are short, and the first two pages of each chapter is a repeat of the last two pages of the previous chapter. Which I guess is a necessary evil, but it's annoying.]

... Last updated on November 7th, 2012, 12:17am
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no good   
Rating: N/A
by yuno19
June 10th, 2011, 10:22am
all gore, straight forward development, too convenient of elements introduction, and blunders.

things i called to convenient is like this; when it seems all hopes are gone, you got extra 'one more chance' card to feel relieved for a while, oh, they must to do that before they can kill us, we got more time. when it seems you get hang of it, you got 'oh no, new stronger enemy' card to feel dreaded once again. the story is like forced to go on a lil longer by introducing previously unknown card. it reeks poor planning.

and i haven't talk about blunders...
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Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by alicethe13th
December 16th, 2014, 4:40pm
so, i found this title so intriguing--in both good & bad ways

minimal characters faces, bad women body proportions, and dull emotions
yet they rather compatible with the genres
the plot is so-so, and i dont like vampires based manga
yet i keep reading it
and waiting for the future releases

but its too absurds how keep standing still without doing anything
just screaming and watching
and take too many pages for that

and everyone seems wears same squared shoes


... Last updated on December 16th, 2014, 4:44pm
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