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Golgo 13  
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For four decades, Golgo 13 has been the world's greatest assassin for hire. Sometimes to settle a private score, and sometimes to change history. His real name and nationality are unknown but his legend is everywhere. Golgo 13 never fails a job and never sees his clients again. Unless they try to betray him.

Note: Won the 21st Shogakukan Manga Award for general manga in 1976.
Is the bestselling seinen manga as of 2019 with 200 million volumes sold.


Related Series
Hotel Tantei Doll (Side Story)

Associated Names
Golgo Thirteen
Gorugo 13

Groups Scanlating
Golden Roze Scans
Habanero Scans

Latest Release(s)
v.113 c.337 by Dumbnut & Habanero Scans about 1 year ago
v.6 c.33 by Dumbnut & Habanero Scans about 1 year ago
v.5 c.25 by Dumbnut & Habanero Scans over 2 years ago
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Status in Country of Origin
191 Volumes (Tankobon, Ongoing)
155 Volumes (Bunkoban, Ongoing)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter

User Reviews


User Rating
Average: 7.9 / 10.0 (46 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.35 / 10.0
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Last Updated
January 10th 2019, 5:00am PST



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Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Big Comic (Shogakukan)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Viz (13 Volumes - Complete; Compilation Release)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #584 increased(+89)
Monthly Pos #1205 increased(+126)
3 Month Pos #1871 increased(+268)
6 Month Pos #2530 increased(+517)
Year Pos #3077 increased(+555)

List Stats
On 229 reading lists
On 337 wish lists
On 17 unfinished lists
On 120 custom lists

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Golgo 13 Assassin Manga Heads Towards Conclusion over 3 years ago
Has any scan group picked this up? over 8 years ago

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Better than the anime   
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by Hell_Clues
June 16th, 2012, 3:17am
Which I found to be sooooo boring and repetitive. Unlike the anime, Golgo is slightly more of a character instead of a terminator robot. He smirks when things go his way, he gets pissed when they don't, he has to work a bit for his kills, and makes mistakes. Of course he's still quite the killing machine but the elements I mentioned make it more interesting.

The way the story flows is also different and less formulaic. In the anime, you can pretty much guess how things will go within one episode. These stories aren't self contained to one chapter, so things cook at a simmer. Potentially, the story might show multiple sides, or different pieces of an elaborate plan before or during Golgo's time to shine.

I don't know if the character morphs into the more boring version that's in the anime but until that happens, I'm glad I gave this a chance.
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Severly underappreciated   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Eniena
February 18th, 2012, 4:35pm
This is a criminally overlooked series. It may not have the fast paced storytelling or over the top characters manga readers typically enjoy, Golgo 13 is one of the most intelligently written, action packed and dramatic series ever to emerge from Japan. It's a breath of fresh air to someone like me to read a manga that truly strives to be serious, mature, and action packed in a realistic manner.

I can understand that most people would find it boring because there is a lot of character development and build-up. To some, the energy it takes to try and read through a story is immense given the lack action packed breaks in the story. The real pay-off of the story usually occurs at the end when Golgo 13 carries out his assignment. But it isn't until you realize that how he is able to pull it off is all the more impressive given the story developments that leads up to it.

It's still a shame that there's only been a few official translations in America, which is understandable as this series is still running to this day since it made its debut in 1968. While I am happy some effort was made to scanlate the earliest volumes of this series, I doubt we'll never be able to read all of the stories in English given how many volumes there are and the difficulty it would take just to track them all down given their age.

At the very least the TV series very faithfully adapted 50 select episodes (26 so far have been released in English with all 50 available for download in fan subbed format) from the manga, meaning that if you watch an episode, you've practically just read the entire manga story it's based on.

Just like Golgo's targets, this manga hits the mark.
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by zombiefetishlove
January 13th, 2010, 9:55pm
i read this up to chapter three and i still couldnt tell what the point of the story was. is golgo hoping to become the best mercenary? is it a chronicle of his life? what?
there are no characters(from what ive read) that appear again aside from the chapter they show up in....
golgo is a weirdo. he sleeps with random women, he calls the helper lady 'beautiful woman' even after
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she tries to kill him

he doesnt seem to have any morals, except he seems to be a little softer on girls than guys, and hes only doing the assasin thing for money?
and then what is money if there is nothing else you like?
3/10 for boring me

... Last updated on January 13th, 2010, 9:56pm
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142 vol thats a joke right   
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by ern3sto
July 27th, 2008, 10:18am
the anime is great, action and nice art yay but 142 vol. wth oO thats a joke right, i would have to spent 2-3 months to catch up to the newest release, anyway i surely hope someone will pick it up biggrin
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by Hakku
February 21st, 2008, 11:11pm
Well, maybe it's because the manga's from a loonng time ago (1968 - exactly 40 years ago!). Plus there's 142 volumes. I think that's the longest one I ever seen.
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Why no real translation   
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February 7th, 2008, 8:05am
From what I've read the official translators have just been translating select (and rather dodgy sounding) stories from this manga.

How come no Scanlators have picked up the slack and started a proper translation?
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