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Billy Bat  
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Associated Names
Билли Бэт
بيلي بات
บิลลี่ แบ็ท
빌리 배트

Groups Scanlating
Bod Rangzen
Buried With Manga

Latest Release(s)
c.165 (end) by MangaStream over 4 years ago
c.164 by MangaStream over 4 years ago
c.162-163 by MangaStream over 4 years ago
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in Country of Origin
20 Volumes (Complete)

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Average: 8.5 / 10.0 (368 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.34 / 10.0

Last Updated
June 8th 2021, 11:37am PST



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Serialized In (magazine)
Morning (Kodansha)

Licensed (in English)

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No comments? How unusual.  
by Crenshinibon
June 26th, 2009, 1:44am
Rating: 7.7 / 10.0
Considering that this is, in fact, an Urasawa Naoki work, I figured there would be more fanfare by now. Well, I suppose it is still early, but in any case...

A strong case can be made that to be a literary intellectual in the manga world is something akin to being a chimpanzee in a group of apes. That is, no matter how intelligent or interesting your thoughts may be, you're still a monkey on some level. Urasawa is perhaps one of the tragically few authors that can really prove this statement false. Billy Bat is already another success in the line of the more famous Monster, a unique work that is absolutely flooded with interesting ideas, heavy research, and powerful themes. This time we see racism and some of the aftermath of WWII in Japan as Urasawa drags us along through another global conspiracy with nothing but the utmost talent in terms of pacing and suspense.

As always, one to read. As always, one to think about.
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Took a couple tries but I finally did it  
by bull3thole
August 8th, 2014, 11:32am
Rating: 8.9 / 10.0
I tried to read this manga a couple of years ago and it didn't catch my attention initially. The summary for this series didn't sound interesting and I didn't think the author could be able to write another manga like "Monster" and "20th Century Boy" so I'm glad I was wrong. I liked that this series has a blend of both of them.

People have to remember that Urasawa Naoki's manga's needs to build up for it to be amazing. You need to see the bigger picture rather than reading a couple of chapters only. An example would be the first 15-30 chapters of this manga because it was boring for me. At that point of the manga I wanted to quit, but I knew that things would pick up at some point so kept reading, and I'm glad I did.

I recommend that keep reading after the Shinobi arc because that was the point where things started to pick up for me. Luckily I started reading this when 118 chapters have been translated because I don't think I would have remembered all the things that happened in this manga by reading one chapter each week/biweekly/month.

... Last updated on August 8th, 2014, 11:43am
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Getting better and better  
by MouseMan
July 12th, 2011, 11:25pm
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
Urasawa's use of actual historical incidents and controversies and tying it in with Billy Bat is quite awesome. Sometimes, I feel this manga is on a bigger scale than his previous works. A few chapters and incidents may seem out of sync and you feel it is included only for "effect", but on the whole, this manga is well worth your time.
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Which one are you  
by Doomroar
August 27th, 2016, 1:36pm
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
The kid in the middle of a minefield, or the soldier tasked with helping the kid? maybe we are both.

Yes this is a serious question that's how meta and how real this manga gets at the end, you see our times are not that different from the ones depicted in the story.
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Batshit insane!  
by jasperv
January 6th, 2013, 6:35am
Rating: N/A
this series level of insanity is frighting
if you are into real life Urban legends, UFOs and Global Conspiracies
then you ain't seen anytin yet!
beware of the Bat!

... Last updated on January 6th, 2013, 6:36am
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The textbook definition of a Masterpiece  
by residentgrigo
May 16th, 2013, 8:10am
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
I always thought that Monster was Naoki Urasawas Magnum Opus. His Maus or Watchmen if you will but apparently this could be the ONE. I further consider Urasawa to be japan´s best living (Osamu Tezuka can´t be beaten) comic author as he never stops and just goes on from one high point to the next with his Astro Boy "remake" Pluto being the next best thing to Monster and Billy in level of writing and art quality. Happy is the "worst" for reference but still a 7,5/10 as he can do no wrong it seems.
The amount of well defined characters here is awe inspiring, the multicultural touches are a breath of fresh air and the century spanning conspiracy is coming together nicely. The series is further exceptionally well researched with his Walt Disney and Kubrick stand-ins being the best examples. The current arc is even about 9/11 and that isn´t a topic the average mangaka would be willing to touch or would be even allowed by his editors.
Why aren´t animation houses and TV-networks fighting over the rights to his mangas as this could be a killer HBO series or Madhouse anime. Berserk is the best thing on japanese the market right now, then comes Vinland Saga and then we arrive here so expect perfection like nowhere else.
Read it now and remember: The Bat is always watching!

... Last updated on March 28th, 2015, 11:58am
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by blackmokona
May 27th, 2012, 1:04am
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
Black and white bats? Space exploration conspiracy? JFK assassination? Time travel? All of these POV characters? I doubt Billy Bat can tie up all the plot threads, since it is still trying to introduce more. I will set up a little shrine to worship Urasawa if he does, but looking at the previous works it's unlikely since hey, he sets up a minor arc and after a while it's done, period but he's planning to keep all of them open here? As it goes on it is losing a bit coherency already.

For now, I love the comics! It manages to feel different from a manga but it still has the Urasawa quality, even though what he's saying about writing seems somewhat heavy-handed. Hey at least he makes us think.

So I'll be paying through the nose for the color pages once Viz picks it up I suppose.

... Last updated on May 27th, 2012, 1:05am
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by Cryvern
July 5th, 2020, 5:06pm
Rating: 7.5 / 10.0
Really wanted this to be masterpiece tier like 20th and 21st century but unfortunately it fell short. Still enjoyable but not as satisfying
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by MondSemmel
May 19th, 2019, 1:09pm
Rating: 3.0 / 10.0
Take everything that made 20th Century Boy interesting - the time skips, the many changes of scenes and characters, the foreshadowing - take all of that, execute everything about it badly, and also remove all the payoffs, and you end up with Billy Bat.

The ending is terrible, feels like a total non-sequitur, and suggests that nothing in the preceding story was even remotely relevant.

Some more things that prove irrelevant:

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Some characters can see the eponymous Bat while others can't. The Bat even communicates with some people, ordering them to do stuff. All ultimately entirely irrelevant.

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The comics are occasionally prophetic, foretelling the future. Sounds like a great setup for a gripping tale of trying to prevent stuff like the Kennedy assassination or 9/11, doesn't it? But no, either the entire cast is entirely incompetent, or the story universe entirely deterministic, but they never manage to change the future in any way that matters.

It's outright bizarre to me that the creator of Monster could create such a terrible story. To me, the non-ending felt like an ultimate insult, and I consider the resulting story worse than any random isekai or harem nonsense. I wonder if something went wrong with having a co-author? In any case, I can't recommend this story to anyone.
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Gripping, Tense, Intriguing  
by Dr. Love
October 18th, 2016, 2:18pm
Rating: N/A
A gripping tale that spans several countries, time periods and characters. You thought a story about mangaka would be boring or uneventful? Think again. As Urasawa uses his trademark thriller style to spin this tale you won't be able to stop reading. The way the characters and plot threads come together is once again a testament to Urasawa's talent.
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