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Monochrome Factor  
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Akira Nikaido is a typical slacker high school student who thinks he has a normal life--until a mysterious man called Shirogane appears and tells him to meet him at the school that night. He is skeptical but goes anyway... and gets attacked by a shadow monster! Shirogane convinces him that the balance between the human world and the shadow world has been distorted, and that Akira must become a shin--a creature of the shadow world--in order to help restore the balance.


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Associated Names
Đại Chiến Bóng Tối
Монохромный Фактор
幻影 少年

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Latest Release(s)
v.8 c.43 by MangaTraders over 5 years ago
c.41 by Crystal Scherzo over 8 years ago
c.46 by Crystal Scherzo over 8 years ago
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Status in Country of Origin
11 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1

User Reviews


User Rating
Average: 8.1 / 10.0 (216 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.9 / 10.0
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Last Updated
August 7th 2017, 7:01am PST



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Serialized In (magazine)
Comic Avarus (Mag Garden)
Comic Blade Masamune (Mag Garden)

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English Publisher
TokyoPop (4 Volumes - Defunct)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #669 increased(+19)
Monthly Pos #1324 increased(+236)
3 Month Pos #1942 increased(+725)
6 Month Pos #3495 increased(+267)
Year Pos #4083 increased(+884)

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On 574 wish lists
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Ending story... about 1 year ago
Kiss over 5 years ago
Monochrome Factor Manga to End in Japan in June over 7 years ago
Questions about the anime and manga. over 9 years ago

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Very satisfied   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by ladymanson
November 10th, 2017, 10:37pm
My first encounter with this serie was in 2008 when I saw the anime version. I didn't like it for the true. I don't mind shounen-ai or yaoi but I really hate fanservise and the anime was full of it. So I wasn't interested to read the manga after it.

But then in 2011 I read review of one very dissapointed yaoi-fangirl who bought this manga with intention to see Shirogane and Akira having sex. And she was very very angry because there is nothing of this in manga. It really catched my interest then. I love fantasy and find really likelable the idea of shadow world which was presented even in anime. Unfortunatelly the manga wasn't fully translated to English and the fansub of it was horrible. That's why I bought original (japanese) version and finally read it this year (2017).

The beginning was slow and avarage but I found Akira as really enjoyable character. Smart, sometimes depresive, ready to change and fight with himself too. It was perfect. I didn't saw such main hero for long time. Most of main heros in manga are like Kengo. Stupid, unusefull a falling all the time. Shirogane was were interesting character too by the way. Not because of his "good look" but for his acting as good guy yet having darkness inside. For the true I really loved all characters in this manga except Aya. I hate girls like her in real life too. Playing strong yet crying instantly and then falling in love. Terrible character, but important for story too.

There were some comments about don't understanding the meaning of title - Monochrome Factor. I understand it as reference to black and white which creates gray. You know lot of stories especially shounen are about good people fighting bad one and win. Those stories are fairytails, simple and easy understable for children. Here in Monochrome Factor despite it's shoujo the story isn't about good hero and bad vilian for the true. It's about combination (grey). No one is there really perfect and good. They all do mistakes, gets angry, feel sad, sometimes thinking just about themself, hurting others... And most of the characters present opposites to each other. Like two parts of one big, that's why they can not exists without the other one.

You must not look at them like "partners" in relationship. But more like one person splitted to two. The last 3 volume was full of it. Two different opinions, thinking and reactions to one situation. And there is more. The reborn of new ego and adolescence. Student slowly turn into adult. He learns responsibility and wants to be recognized by others. He trow away his old self, memories, say goodbye old life and people and start new life.

I really found myself in it. And I couldn't stop reading until end. I love the ending of this story and feel little sad it wasn't little longer.
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Surprisingly good reviews below mine.   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by HCB
March 25th, 2016, 3:26am
Didn't care for any of the characters; they could've died on the next page and I would've felt nothing.

The only kickass character was Aya and maybe her Gramps. It was refreshing that she wasn't playing a damsel in distress and could hold her own.

Kou was cool too and more memorable than the rest. I guess the issue is I was only starting to warm to these characters but there wasn't enough to make me really like them and be concerned for them.

Another issue was Homurabi's motive was pure bullshit. All that drama for... that? ._.

On the plus side, the art improved by leaps and bounds. Akira and Shirogane in Volume 9 look very different from Volume 1. For example, eye size was reduced; hairstyles were streamlined; the result was a sleeker and cleaner look.

Overall, I would recommend to give this manga a miss.
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Rating: N/A
by Ariaofthesong
June 21st, 2013, 1:00pm
I think the best I can say about this manga is that it was unexpectedly amazing. Well worth the time I took to read it. At first, I was really hesitant because it semed more Shounen then Shoujo, but something about the artwork and the plot captivated me. I could clearly see the difference. Where Shounen usually drags on with fighting and no real plot, this one used the fighting as a device to showcase the hidden element in which you figure out later.

The main character, Akira, isn't off the bat amazing and he doesn't automatically fight for no reason, he's ver concerned when things dont seem to make sense. He was an amazing character, one with alot of faith and conviction that he couldn't outright show. Even though he was constantly beating up on his friends, you could see he was doing it for a reason.... Kinda. I also really enjoyed the fact that "other" people, I.E. Shisui/master, Homorabi, Kou, even the "children" saw Akira as being Akira and they were honest about their feelings. While they wanted to meet Ryouku again, they knew that Akira was legetimately a person. It was a little heartbreaking. What made me feel the most sad is that Shirogane, who played the good guy with the most faith in Akira, was actually completely opposite, and although he didn't hate Akira, he really yearned to see his best friend again. How can I explain it... It was like he was comical on the outside, but truly had a serious demeanor, and his mask was falling. His true nature began to show. Still, the emotions inside him were seething and writhing, and he was crumbling.

On the topic of the villain... I felt that he wasn't truly the villain. More like he was doing something that was terrible so that the all the blame would fall onto him. I think he just wanted to protect his counterpart. His whole reasoning is a little askew, but that was the only thing he could do. Even though he did something so terrible to Kengo, you can't really hate him. Even Akira felt that way....

So, whats left to say is that this manga is actually pretty damn good. Read it, okay?
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Enjoyed it   
Rating: N/A
by k.bell11
January 20th, 2013, 11:18am
I usually read shounen and seinen, but i enjoyed this, the fights are well done, i like the character development, and the annoying comedy parts die off as it goes on. I recommend it whatever genre you like
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Bitter sweet end   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Ohrion
October 19th, 2011, 8:00am
this is such a wonderful series. I wanna say so much about it, but i don't want to spoil anything. So I'll say this. This series is totally worth reading to the end.

I got this series when Tokyopop first released it in the US, cause the art looked pretty mostly. I was pretty simple minded back then. As I continued to read the series, more and more it started to overshadow past stories I loved. I find that aalot of the series that look beautiful have about a 50% chance of sacrificing the story for for the art. This isn't one that does that. As the plot thickens, that artwork becomes more elaberate and stunning.

Over all, this series is a wonderful read. It is sad to see it end, but I think it ended in a near perfect way. I guess Realistic way would be the best way to put it. : )
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Glad it's not like the anime   
Rating: N/A
by JennyaNinja
July 3rd, 2011, 4:12pm
I for one am ecstatic that this is different from the anime. I love shounen-ai/yaoi, but it was so forced and bland in the anime. The art is much crisper and the characters are so much more defined in the manga. I love how Shirogane does NOT wear lipstick. So I'd have to disagree with Twisted_Mind. Besides, if the manga were a shounen-ai, I'd rather Shirogane did not go with Akira. Because that's just silly.
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Sooo Amazing!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by whistlebird
March 9th, 2011, 6:54pm
Uwaaah! It's so awesome! The art is amazing--line quality, action, character and clothing design, composition (yeah, I'm an art major) and the story is great. Interesting characters (though the main character acts like a jerk most of the time, Kengo makes up for it) and the villains have as much depth as the main characters, even some of the smaller ones. It can be a little confusing at times when some certain characters get talking (partly the fault of hard-to-translate deep, formal speech), but that's just the way royalty goes in this series and we can usually ignore them. As for romance, not so much, but oddly enough I'm not really missing it. To be honest I'm just grateful it doesn't go the way of the anime, where shounen ai plays a central part. There is none of that in the manga and as I am not a fan, I'm happy. I love the Manga Shirogane. He's more serious but he's a whole bunch cooler. ^_^
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love it!   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Cherrycake
February 15th, 2011, 4:20pm
Started reading this 'cuz the anime kind of ended "unfinishedly". I just adore the anime and it's BL slash! Sadly the manga has none! The art is not so much to my liking 'cus i think i'm more used to the anime's art. but while reading this i'm wishing HARD for the second season!!!!
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Rating: N/A
by ElennaxTelrunya
January 30th, 2011, 8:25pm
I absolutely adore the manga and the anime! It's full of action and suspense. It's true that the anime has more shounen-ai than the actual manga does, but if you love the show than pick this up. I'm so eager to read more and I pray for a second season at the same time! One of my absolute favorites!
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Just wow.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by hollyivy
August 10th, 2010, 2:47pm
Funny, sweet, interesting, and a manga that will put you on the edge of your seat. The character interaction is very well-done and the facial expressions are really nice. Predictable at some times, but I don't mind that. LOVE the main character. He's a kuudere AND a tsundere. Also, the obvious shounen ai tint is to die for. So many bishies, so little time!
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