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Ibara no Ou  
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Twins, separated by fatal illness and a selective cure. Kasumi and her sister, Shizuku, were infected with the Medusa virus, which slowly turns the victim to stone. There is no cure, but of the two only Kasumi is selected to go into a sort of cryogenically frozen state along with 159 others until a cure is found. At some point in the undetermined future, Kasumi awakens to find herself and others who were in suspended animation in an unfamiliar world with violent monsters. Resolving to unlock the mysteries of her current situation and the fate of her twin sister, Kasumi struggles to survive in a treacherous world.


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Associated Names
Повелители терний
Ibara no Oh
König der Dornen
King of Thorn
King of Thorns
Senhor dos Espinhos (Brazilian Portuguese)

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Latest Release(s)
v.6 c.37 (end) by Ascension & helz0ne over 8 years ago
v.6 c.36 by Ascension & helz0ne over 8 years ago
v.6 c.35 by Ascension & helz0ne over 8 years ago
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Status in Country of Origin
6 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter

User Reviews

3 topics, 10 posts
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User Rating
Average: 7.9 / 10.0 (545 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.83 / 10.0
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Last Updated
December 14th 2016, 2:10pm PST



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Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Comic Beam (Enterbrain)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
TokyoPop (6 Volumes - Complete)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #569 increased(+154)
Monthly Pos #1338 decreased(-36)
3 Month Pos #2020 increased(+111)
6 Month Pos #2168 increased(+76)
Year Pos #2406 increased(+6)

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Forum Posts
King of Thorn Movie Promo Streamed over 8 years ago
Some Questions About the Ending... (SPOILERS) over 8 years ago
Do You Have Raws For Volume 4+? over 10 years ago

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Kyaaa *lol*   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by NightSwan
September 21st, 2008, 5:26am
__I think some of the comment might spoil...~

I love it I love it I love it!
This is a really great read. I think the best sci fi thing I've ever read.
Very good art, great story, great characters. Everything about this manga is great.
The characters are really well done. I love when the characters' stories are included (important parts of life and such that lead to events and so on..).
And the story. Really easy to follow.
Full of good scens and really well done story flow.
Also... Marco Owen is super cute X3 I mean, he has to be the best combo of brain and brawn! (won't spoill...)

A definit must^^
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Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Rankre
August 13th, 2007, 3:06pm
Quite mysterious, and with enough curiosity, you'll find yourself knee deep into this series before you really realize. The beginning volume and a half or so just sets up the scene, then in the later volumes the development really comes at you in torrents. Very very interesting, from a psycological perspective as you'll find out if you read far enough. Decent art, good characters - a good series in general, one of the better ones for this kind of genre. On a side note, gogo Marco! Kick some ass bigrazz
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Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by Aikanaro
July 15th, 2010, 12:35am
Mmm - yeah, that was pretty good, I guess. I'm far from blown away by it - there's just something there that didn't click for me. It gets kind of into American-action/survival-horror-movie-mode, which is nice and all but not really all that engaging. Reminds me of that movie with the walking sharks in the underwater base, only with bigger monsters.

The characters are all fairly bland, and follow their stereotype to the letter. They work well enough, but they're not exactly grippping to follow around.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by infidelityoncrank
November 26th, 2009, 10:25pm
I could rave about this series all day, I could. When I first heard about it, I was like: "Scifi. Okay, I like scifi." And then I read it O.O By God, I was glad that I did. And now, there's a MOVIE coming out.

The ending was slightly disappointing, meaning it made me cry, but it was still fantastic!
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Moving story, not so decent ending, and a lot of confused readers   
Rating: N/A
by attaesc
September 8th, 2011, 12:42pm
I liked this a lot. I helped clean some of the scans way in the beginning (I think in chapter 11?), and I have always been hooked since.

The hints of romance is odd, considering who Kasumi really is (but hey, Medusa is powerful). On the other hand, so many people are really confused about the ending and the omake. The omake is an omake! sad

However, seeing the way Marco Owen smile at the very end gave me the chills. It and his peaceful expression look so weird compared to his gloomy, angry, and enraged ones.
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Seen better but not bad   
Rating: 8.5 / 10.0
by markdarkangel
September 28th, 2009, 8:39am
To tell you the truth, there are way better survival manga than this out there but this wans't bad and i liked reading it.

What i was most impressed with was the mystery that surounded the whole plot and the build up of the suspence. The next thing was the art, you can't have a good survival manga without great art in my opinion. Also, the characters and story overall were good.

Like i said before, i have seen better but this manga gave wonderfull effort.
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great premise with bad end and incosistent MC   
Rating: N/A
by walandutpgnkurus
June 18th, 2013, 2:24pm
DK if this a spoiler or not
wtf with kasumi? 1 second she's scaredy cat and another second she become brave then back to scared mode and become brave again. i can relate this to final part but it's annoying to see her.

for me everything is fall apart since the blond become bird with boobs bigrazz,, i can't follow the story since then. (my friend ask me to watch the movie but i haven't)
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great series!   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by prettykitty20034
August 22nd, 2009, 6:58am
It started out reminding me of Blue Gender crossed with Jurassic Park. I thought "awesome" and kept reading. It quickly veers off and does it's own thing but it no less enjoyable for it. The action, the story, the art, everything is well done. I loved this manga.
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not worth reading   
Rating: 2.0 / 10.0
by kumagawa
February 16th, 2016, 1:27pm
The art, with it's thick outer lines it's captivating at first...and after 1-2 volumes it's charm just vanish. It look like a cartoon more than a manga I thought. The one thing worst than the feeling you get from watching the drafts are the characters, the main girl is plain and annoying...the long story short - empty characters, their dark past is dark just for the sake of having s/o with dark past...and the bad guy
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hawaiian shirt, and hairy legs - how I'm supposed to take it seriously?

... Last updated on March 27th, 2016, 2:19am
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Good at first, then it got confusing...   
Rating: N/A
by YukiSaito
March 24th, 2015, 5:03am
The start was good. Like, seriously. It was amazingly sci-fi (in the end, overdose though) and it had a good amount of gore mixed in.

The concept was weird, though.
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the twins, the CIA, hackers, monsters, computers, thorns, random was so weird it was confusing, the concept. How everything was a computer programme? and how everything was actually made by the twin. At the end, I thought it was the twin who took over the main in the capsule, thus the bandage. In the end, the main somehow didn't die falling off the cliff and her twin...Medusa took over her.

The concept of Medusa in itself is confusing, especially since I read this manga in two parts-about 1/2 a day apart. I stopped at the climax-around the end, when Marco (or was it Marcus?) was fighting Zeus. The thorns and how they grow are extremely strange, too. It's confusing and hard to grasp, even if you think hard. Overall, Medusa and the thorns are hard to understand. Too hard. It's not like I like no brainer mangas, but this one is need to crack your head open to understand it. It's hard.

The manga though, tried too hard to add comedy
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like when Tim was going to transform into a...'solider'? They had to remove his helmet first, and there was an entire frame on the confusion of the plant which was probably meant to be funny.
, and that really spoiled the flow of the manga. It wasn't really that seat-gripper, but the random spurts of comedy inbetween really broke everything up.

Plus, the romance was...barely there and...unneeded. Well it might has been needed in the last part as Marco (Marcus?) cheated death to get back to her side...but one thing: there shouldn't be angels on the 'human' side of river Styx. :/ But other then that, nope, not needed.

This manga was okay...nothing too great about it, and nothing to really hype over. A lil' too confusing (like Qualia the Purple, in all honesty, about the level of confusion, but this was less confusing) but otherwise okay. Not suggested to read, unless you've really got time on your hands. Tons of time to kill.
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