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Ikebukuro West Gate Park  
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Description
From DMP:
Based on the phenomenally popular live action Japanese television series Ikebukuro West Gate Park is a very hip and urban drama that takes place in Tokyo's trendy district of Ikebukuro. The story focuses around the 21 year old Makoto, a cool and level headed member of the G-boys gang. Makoto, talented with diffusing tense situations and keeping his friends out of harm's way possibly stumbles into more than he can handle. Is Makoto really in over his head? His new girlfriend's just been found murdered and a turf war is escalating between two rival gangs.

Type
Manga

Related Series
Ikebukuro West Gate Park R (Alternate Story)
IWGP Denshi no Hoshi (Alternate Story)

Associated Names
IWGP
池袋ウエストゲートパーク

Groups Scanlating
N/A

Latest Release(s)
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Status
in Country of Origin
4 Volumes 2001 (Complete)
2 Volumes 2007 (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
No

Anime Start/End Chapter
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User Rating
Average: 8 / 10.0 (18 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.06 / 10.0
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Last Updated
July 30th 2020, 8:50pm PST


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Year
2000

Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Young Champion (Akita Shoten)

Licensed (in English)
Yes

English Publisher
DMP (4 Volumes - Completed)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #686 increased(+105)
Monthly Pos #1197 increased(+652)
3 Month Pos #2959 increased(+447)
6 Month Pos #3607 increased(+851)
Year Pos #5180 increased(+501)

List Stats
On 38 reading lists
On 182 wish lists
On 25 completed lists
On 6 unfinished lists
On 34 custom lists

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I've read vol 1 so far.  
by FifteenVersts
January 9th, 2010, 7:53am
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
The genre is urban shounen romcom crime/mystery drama. I bought this on an impulse, but was pleasantly surprised. The art is solidly good.
It has standard shounen elements: above-average but generic everyman protagonist with two friends, hot girls aplenty ('fiery promiscuous kogal', 'cute shy clingy/dependent MLI', milf etc), fair amount of fanservice. The worst failing of the series is the humour, which is all *very* lowbrow and simple.
The tone is initially comical, but it gets quite dark and gruseome by the last third, and the story is actually quite engaging, though not cerebral; serial murders, torture, etc. It does well with the actual plot and mysteries.
My second biggest complaint is that the secondary characters need much more development, especially Shun (the otaku), since they have potential. But then, see the title. The protag isn't that likable, which I've found to often be the case in this genre; but the secondary characters are.
This is just non-intellectual shounen, as it usually is; no frills. You know what to expect and know whether you'll like it. Personally I won't bother after vol 1.

... Last updated on March 9th, 2010, 6:47am
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