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"Middle Edo Period -- One state becomes the gathering place for sinful martial artists, who believe in nothing other than power, know no other way of life than letting oneself go wild in battle. That state is the Unabara State, the "Haunt of Demons"..."

Washitzu Naosata, the ruler of the powerful state, Unabara, is looking for his successor. He calls upon all 31 of his sons and tells them to search for whoever they believe to be the strongest martial artist of all. Each of their chosen martial artists are then to fight against each other - until only one remains. Whoever is the winner, whoever has the strongest martial artist in the nation by his side, will become his successor...

Out in the midst of the mountains is the doujo of "Oogame Ryuu" (Giant Tortoise Style). There lives Kurogane Gama, the son of the legendary swordsman, Kurogane Jinsuke, who is believed to have killed 1000 martial artists in Unabara. There, one of the sons of Washitzu Naosata, Washitzu Naoshi, arrives in search of the legendary swordsman, only to find that he has been missing for several years. After seeing the battle style of Gama, Naoshi decides to ask Gama to come with him instead. Wanting to become stronger, Gama agrees with his offer, and that marks the beginning of Gama's battle to become the strongest of all...


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Gamaran: Shura (Sequel)

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22 Volumes (Complete)

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Average: 8.1 / 10.0 (808 votes)
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Standard Martial Arts Shounen   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by Ansatsu2478
March 27th, 2015, 11:22pm
I pretty much picked up this manga because I needed something to do during my flight to Hawaii and back.

Its 194 chapters and a pretty decent shounen action manga. The main character is what you expect from a shounen action mc. Initially strong, but with the potential to grow even stronger. The supporting cast seemed a little weak, and they usually had a couple of interesting moments, but I was hardly interested in them throughout the manga besides one character named Iori. And that is mostly because Iori is a super badass and I'd say that most people would love him.

The villains seemed pretty generic. I hardly remember any of them. Sure they all had their unique fighting styles and some backstory to them, but I never had enough time to grow attached to them, because in this series a lot of characters WILL die. Actually, they'll usually just die 3 chapters after they're introduced, and then the author will just insert another villain or dude for the main characters to fight.

The goal of the story is for Gama to eventually confront his father. And without spoiling anything, lets just say that the ending was pretty disappointing. I was expecting something a little bit more grand and satisfying, but it seemed like the author made a rushed ending (?). Not really sure, but as a reader, it just seemed a little rushed and abrupt.

Overall though, I like it as a shounen martial arts manga, but its definitely not as good as some other ones that I've read.
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it is quite good,   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by willnira
September 16th, 2014, 12:24am
the story is good, the characters are fine.
the fights are nice. I read it like 2 times (at first i stopped because i got a little bit bored and then read another manga, but then i read it again and now i can't stop reading!) so its a good manga, you'll like the characters and the story, the characters are not annoying, you feel the drama in the story and not just the funny stuff.

so read it! biggrin give it a chance!
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Decent Action manga with uninspired writing   
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by Fundefined
December 4th, 2013, 11:21pm
There isn't a single interesting character or plot development in Gamaran that held my attention. It certainly wasn't awful but the story is nothing but a vehicle to move the audience from one fight to the next. You won't care about who wins a fight or why they are fighting because the author isn't good at conveying emotions. There are too many characters with very similar personalities. When the main character is such a generic and boring character like Gama, the onus on the villain to carry the show but those characters are underdeveloped and fail to live up to the hype that the author attempts to create. A hilarious example of the author's poor writing is his most frequently used battle quip was "Die!' "No, you die!"

Luckily, Gamaran's art and action is pretty well executed, at least to enough to make up for the writing flaws. Every action is clearly drawn and (over)explained and the author clearly enjoyed inventing a lot of fictitious sword moves. Its not on the level of Rurouni Kenshin, but the clash of different weapons and styles is fun to read.

Gamaran is a mildly entertaining time waster that I'll forget easily but it never offended me with its poor writing so I'd recommend reading it for its action on a lazy weekend. Just to prepared for a lot of shounen fighting cliches and a million and one "secret, ultimate, sure kill, final techniques!."

... Last updated on December 4th, 2013, 11:38pm
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Rating: N/A
by jnatsumi
October 25th, 2013, 12:19am
I'm on chapter 103 right now and I'm a bit surprised at myself for continuing so long. Its a good manga. It's just sooooo long.

I really like martial art manga. This one has lots and lots and lots of sword plays. I'm telling you, there's not one chapter that doesn't have it. If you don't like lots of this kind of things, don't read it.

There's no romance, not even a mentionable romantic subplot. Doesn't matter too much to me though.

The art is typical shounen. Quite artful and strong. Strong contrast, lines. I really like it.

It's set some the past. Not sure what era it is exactly. It's when the shogunate was still around. But definitely not a legit historical manga.

As I'm reading this, this manga increasingly reminds me of Bleach. Because of all the battle scenes, the blood, but also the development of the main characters. They weren't super powerful to begin with, but they have strong underlying potential. So they train like heck to better themselves. And they eventually become stronger and stronger. They don't always win. There are a lot of cool scenes. Haha. There's nothing supernatural though. Purely martial art and sword plays!! The protagonist, a 15 (at the beginning) years old boy named Gama, is already better than average at sword plays at the beginning because he belongs to an infamous martial art school. He's something of a genius. So he learns super fast. That means that the manga is fairly fast paced.

... Last updated on October 25th, 2013, 12:25am
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A Martial Arts Manga I Like   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by FMACodeBleachMan
November 11th, 2012, 10:06pm
I'm usually not one to like or read martial arts mangas, but this one I really like. There's a bunch of different moves I've never seen, especially from Ogame style. And the Ofame style always seems to become #1. I mean, Gama defeated three really styles that had other members all on his own. He always seems to be getting stronger, so I look forward to when he fights. I love how the he always has this aura of confidence also. It tells me that no matter what, Gama will pull through.
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awesome manga   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by SSJR2
September 15th, 2012, 3:49pm
this manga is really worth watching, it has great techniques used and great action, plus even though the story was a bit simple, its starting to improve rather well also the art style is real unique but still nice ,there really shouldn't be any complains in that department, although some of the female need to look more feminine cause there are angles where they look like a guy ( some examples of this are Naoyoshi's mom and Yumeji) but all in all a great manga that deserves an anime version more than some of the crappy animes that came out this year. the only suggestion i have for this manga is there should be a little more girl characters, im just saying
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Pretty Good   
Rating: 7.5 / 10.0
by kauaihoney97
July 19th, 2012, 1:28pm
I just recently started reading this manga and I enjoyed it enough to read it. But for me it was pretty much always Action and it seemed like there was nothing else to the story. I won't lie, it has it's funny moments and such. But I would most likely recommend this story to someone who would be leaning more to action side to manga. The art is fair and after getting into the story, for me, it got better and more enjoyable. It's also easy to understand and is not one of those confusing mangas where you have no idea what's going on.

... Last updated on July 19th, 2012, 2:55pm
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Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by nesfe
July 13th, 2012, 1:32pm
Having been reading manga for over ten years, I find the "Tournament arc" in any battle manga as one of the laziest ways of coming up with a story line.

This manga starts with a tournament arc right off the bat. Frankly, I was immediately turned off reading the series. Basically it's like this: "Introduce main character, tell him there is a tournament for strong people, protagonist goes to fight because he wants to become stronger". Not an ounce of originality plot wise.
Moving on, the art is pretty good and the action is nice and gives off the feeling of excitement battle mangas should provide. The flashbacks for characters introduced in one chapter and killed in the next one are completely pointless and they don't really make the manga any deeper(I ended up skipping through some of them).
Currently I've put this series on stand by to read when I have nothing interesting to read. I'll say that this is above the average shonnen manga because of the art, action and the fact that people actually die.

... Last updated on July 13th, 2012, 1:35pm
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admit it, it's bad-a.   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by 7elleven
April 20th, 2012, 2:56pm
Gamaran is awesome because the author sticks to what he does best - well drawn, exciting, old-school fight scenes made even better by being believable. The pacing is fast, so if you're reading it straight through you really start wanting a breather with something slower. But I can also see how this would be great if you're reading on a weekly basis; you'll know that Gamaran will always deliver.

Artistically, some characters start to blur and he's not exactly breaking new ground stylistically. Gamaran really shines when it comes to storytelling and panelling. Everything is clear and concise, even in the middle of a complex fight scene.

Plot-wise, the beginning was very typical shounen. Young lad sets out on journey to kick some ass, powers up to kick ass, etc etc. While I did enjoy this because the author was very blunt about what the series was about (the tournament was unpretentiously about whoever was the strongest), the constant fights were definitely getting old after a while. But since the timeskip (chapter 84,85), things have gotten a bit more complex with intrigue, betrayals, etc. Now I'm actually interested in reading about something other than fights in this series.

There's somewhat of a lack of deep insight into characters' motivations and feelings beyond what you would generally find in shounen. I'm of two minds with this - it doesn't make for memorable characters, but there's also no wishy-washy moralising.

In the end, I like Gamaran because it's unpretentious. It's purely about awesome fights. If you want anything more than that, look elsewhere.
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Its ok-ish   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by MangaGhost
February 27th, 2012, 11:31pm
Its above average, but not more than that. Its not a 9 or 10 (great) series. It boils down to this: train to become a bad@ss, train more become a bigger bad@ss, train some more become a Super Sayan, etc, etc. <yawn> Doesn't have much of a plot outside of training except for this: dude wants power, other dudes want revenge on dude who wants power. <snore> So what else does it have? Great drama? Not really. Deep martial arts philosophy? Nope, unless you count "must get stronger", which you see in every shonen fighting manga. Romance? none. Humor? a tiny bit. So, what does it have going for it? Well, it does have its moments where it can get exciting action wise, and sometimes the description of how some techniques work are interesting. I also think the art is pretty good and the action is drawn well. The only weakness about the art is some characters look like others, but have different hair. I think this will mainly appeal to shonen action junkies that really like a lot of action, which is fine but I prefer a little more than that. After 85 chapters I put it down.

... Last updated on February 27th, 2012, 11:35pm
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