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Description

Type
Manhwa

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Associated Names
Благородство
Ноблесс
ノブレス
大貴族
大贵族
노블레스

Groups Scanlating
Easy Going Scans
LINE Webtoon
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Latest Release(s)
c.Epilogue (end) by LINE Webtoon about 1 year ago
c.543 by LINE Webtoon about 1 year ago
c.542 by LINE Webtoon about 1 year ago
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Status
in Country of Origin
543 Chapters + Epilogue (Complete)

Season 1: 92 Chapters (Complete) 1~92
Season 2: 62 Chapters (Complete) 93~154
Season 3: 46 Chapters (Complete) 155~200
Season 4: 38 Chapters (Complete) 201~238
Season 5: 48 Chapters (Complete) 239~286
Season 6: 41 Chapters (Complete) 287~327
Season 7: 76 Chapters (Complete) 328~403
Season 8: 140 Chapters (Complete) 404~543

Completely Scanlated?
Yes

Anime Start/End Chapter
N/A

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Noblesse by tsubasa22
Noblesse by strixflash

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Average: 8.7 / 10.0 (2165 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.67 / 10.0
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Year
2007

Original Publisher
Futabasha (License in Japan)
Naver (Korea)

Serialized In (magazine)
Naver Webtoon (Naver)

Licensed (in English)
Yes

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Monthly Pos #92 decreased(-26)
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Year Pos #289 increased(+132)

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Mindless Fun  
by Silver_Sky
April 21st, 2020, 8:36pm
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
I had started reading Noblesse back when it didn't even have an official English translation, and decided to finally finish the series now that I have the time. And now that I've finished it, I find that I have a lot to say lol.

The Good:

The characters can be a lot of fun. There's a reason why the trope of "foreigner enters a strange land" is so popular. It's great to see how Rai interacts with humans and learns about them. There are complaints that he is a "boring" character, but I find that he's just a quiet person who is kind despite being burdened by responsibility. In my opinion, the best parts involve Frankenstein. Out of all the characters, he is arguably the most interesting character in the series: competent, resourceful, organized to a fault. Almost everyone depends on him to get the job done. Also the guy is an absolute maniac. But, for all of Frankenstein's insanity, his devotion to Rai, his master, is my favourite part about this webcomic. Their unwavering trust in each other and protectiveness is great to see, and their relationship can be the funniest part of some chapters. I'm surprised that the authors didn't give them more of a backstory so we could see how their relationship grew throughout the years.

The quiet moments are the best at conveying how close the characters are to each other. I'm glad that this webcomic always has downtime for the characters where they just hang out and have fun. It certainly makes them feel more like a family, and it's good to have a break from all the battles. I personally think that the main group grew rather organically and doesn't feel forced.

The humour in Noblesse is surprisingly fun. When I first started reading the webcomic, I had the impression that it would be more serious. Maybe it's because of that impression that I was so surprised whenever a joke showed up. I think they're done very well and make you feel like the characters have a personality outside of more serious scenes. The funniest parts to me are whenever characters react to Frankenstein being a maniac or when someone accidentally disrespects Rai.

The Bad:

As everyone has said previously, the story is formulaic and repetitive. Often times, you can scroll through the webcomic without reading the dialogue because it's so predictable and lends nothing to the plot. The fight scenes are pretty to look at, but there is rarely any strategy involved - it's mainly "overpower the enemy." Still, I can't deny that there's an inner fanboy in my heart that is always delighted when the protagonists show up to kick some ass.

Some characters, like The Kids, quickly fall to the wayside or are forgotten completely because of how bland their personalities are. Even after binge reading this webcomic, I wouldn't be able recall half of the villains. However, this isn't something particularly new when reading this type of story. I think the biggest flaw is the ending - specifically the epilogue. The epilogue makes no sense and raises more questions than before. Many have complained about the ending but I personally thought that it at least FELT like an ending, but whatever resolution there might have been was quickly unraveled by the epilogue.

Another complaint I have is that the official English translation is... pretty bad. If I hadn't read the fan translations way back when, I would have been lost with all the changes in spelling, terminology, and lack of proofreading. Still, the plot is still simple enough to understand so it's not like it's impossible to read.

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Ultimately, Noblesse is a fun read if you've got nothing else to do. The story is simple, the characters are fun, there are battles and humour and pretty art. Honestly, I'd say that I enjoyed Noblesse more than I thought I would, and I would recommend Noblesse just so everyone else can enjoy how absolutely maniacal Frankenstein can be.
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sunk cost fallacy  
by the_Cloudborne
April 26th, 2019, 9:21pm
Rating: 7.5 / 10.0
it's a crying shame. i loved this webtoon. i really did. i just went back and read the beginning bit and it was still so good, but as everyone has commented it gets veeeerrrrrrryyyyyy forumulaic.
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also so many things were never explained!!!! despite it being so long!!!! basic questions like: why was frankie coincidentally in south korea?

my recommendation: read until it feels the slightest bit repetitive and stop immediately...it'll only be downhill from there
my experience: the sunk cost fallacy sums it up

... Last updated on April 26th, 2019, 9:45pm
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What a ride  
by asmageddon
February 10th, 2019, 5:41am
Rating: 3.0 / 10.0
What started as a somewhat interesting if cliched story with a pair of overpowered protagonist, quickly revolved into "next big bad" type of story, and then again, and again, and again. It should have been put out of its misery hundreds of chapters earlier than it was.
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Formulaic & flawed but fun & beautiful.  
by likalaruku1
November 15th, 2018, 11:29pm
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
The art changed between 3 & 8 times, & the story shifted from a school horror comedy where Raizel is the protagonist, to a Hunter x Hunter/One Punch Man story where Frankenstein is the actionary protagonist & Raizel is his reactionary sidekick, despite the latter being the boss. In the latest arc, Raizel has been absent for a chunk of the story, but everyone is so focused on Frankie's fight with Crombel that no one in the Line Webtoon & Mangago comment section seems to have noticed he hasn't even made a cameo in weeks.

One season has particularly bad art, since the artist was sick & having anxiety problems. Currently, the character designs are on par with 19 Days & One Punch Man, which is great. I guess I would sum it up to an arena fighting shounen series with a quasi-realistic shoujo art style. The art is targeted at everyone; busty large-hipped women & bishounen who can't serm to keep their shirts on for more than 2 seconds.

It's true that occasionaly there aren't a lot of backgrounds. This happened in one of the art shifts after the artist had a meltdown & took an extended hiatus. But often there are gorgeous cityscapes & postapocalyptic-looking scenery. The artist excels at closeups around the 2018 chapters, so you get Hollywod style camera angles. As top-notch as the art is right now, there are 2 thing sthat keep bugging me; the continuity of hair length & muscle mass. At any given time, Frankenstein's hair witll be back-length to just below the shoulders, Raizel's hair changes with every art shift, breasts are simetimes inconsistantly sized, & men who appear slender fully clothed bulk up in muscle when their shirts are destroyed. But man, is this guy incredible with eyes & facial expressions. It's a face style that can appeal to both manga & comic book readers alike.

Frankenstein is the most interesting character & everything revolves more around him than anyone else. He's sexy, he's scary, he's cleaning up mess he helped start, he makes all the big decisions, he does all the best fighting. Raizel is popular with the fangirls, & it,'s because he's an attractive Woobie with a sad past. He is excruciatingly bland & spends most of his time merely existing or pouting. The team of Tao, M-21 & Takeo are a very interesting & amusing team that don't get a quarter of the time that they deserve. The other Raizel knights who are the youngest Noble leaders are also interesting & maturing characters. But like almost any shounen fighting series you can think of, there are way too many recurting characters that take away from the focus of the series. Many with aborted or minimal character development. Raskrea is popular as a shapely potential love interest for Rai & a woman in a position of authority, but little is known about her beyond a childhood crush & her determination to fill daddy's shoes. Karis used to be hilarious, but now he's super serious. The kids from the first arc are reduced to cameos. The most inconsiquential character would have to be Raizel's twin; He's never mentioned before his first appearance, & is never mentioned again after he leaves.

The formula lies in the fighting parts of the arc, where two of the 3 groups form an alliance aginst the common enemy. The allies warm the bad guys up, then get their asses saved by Frankenstein who wins after transforming into BAOH, then Raizel, who has stood there in total silence for most of the story trying to emote while worrying, delivers the final death blow in about 2 hits, & then the arc either goes into act 2 or starts a new arc. This is literally every fight in the series, but I love it.

Some battles are better than others, but which ones will depend on how the individual feels about the fighters & the enemies. The ante is certsonly upped when your in the 500s chapters, & the general audience is very excited by Frankenstein's battle with Crombel, long awited for years.

This series has had a lot of different translators who could not agree on how characters names were spelled or pronounced. One decided out of the blue to gve Frankenstein a southern accenr.

It's fujoshi-friendly. The one-sided over-the-top overprotective bromance Frankenstein has for Raizel is on par with Killua & Gon from HxH.

If you play MMORPGs, Nintendo sim games,or FPS games, you should have no problem with this kind of repitition. & since I can't resist comparing series to eachother, Raizel is a stoic depressed version of Saitama from One Punch Man, & Frankenstein is an adult combat butler take on Killua Zoldyck who can transform into BAOH & use the techniques of Shido from Nightwalker.

It also occured to me that it has a bit in common with Jojo's Bizarre Adventures: Stardust Crusaders. Frankenstein & Polnareff were supposed to be sidekicks but ascended to the characters with the most screen time, most dialogue, & most fight scenes. Raizel & Polnareff were silent protagonists who got less & less focus & became the finishing blow in most fights.

... Last updated on January 16th, 2019, 4:00pm
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Dropped  
by PZcolo
August 23rd, 2017, 10:36am
Rating: N/A
Started quite good but it lost all of it's "originality", I mean it from style, timing, pacing and atmosphere, vaguely, since the plot ain't original at all. After 100 chapters all that remained was another cliche manga you can find anywhere pretty much like what happened to tower of god. At chapter 400 I had enough cause it didn't even hold to a decent shounnen anymore and dropped it (actually, had dropped an picked up 2 times before),
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repetitive, repetitive - repetitive? repetitive.  
by serobins
January 3rd, 2017, 1:38pm
Rating: N/A
Johnjimco nails it. And the art, too. 90% of Noblesse is fight scenes, and they are ALL drawn the same way. There is never any strategy, the two characters fighting are never in the same panel together, and they never physically connect. There is never any landscape around them, and they never interact with any objects. They just fly around in poses in the sky above a perfectly featureless, flat landscape. Here's a fight scene:
Panel of character A swinging his arm in a big "whooshy" motion.
Panel of character B looking surprised and thinking something boring, like "He's strong!" or "What is this power?"
Panel of character B whooshing somewhere, presumably toward character A.
Panel of character A blocking and going "ugh."
This goes on for dozens and dozens of pages - and STILL the fight isn't over. Because the characters have to take turns getting beat up and almost losing and then randomly powering up. You know they have powered up because the character design suddenly gets exponentially more stupid looking, and because it's the other character's turn to have a jillion panels of blocking and going "ugh" and getting whaled on and wondering, "what is this power?" - until it's THEIR turn to power up - and on and on we go. Makes DragonBall Z look like Vagabond.
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It is becoming super repetitive...  
by mlat26
December 16th, 2016, 2:25pm
Rating: N/A
The fights are so similar and they are soooooo long..Plus whats with the one panel per page? The plot is becoming so thin, barely any dialog and if you put all the panels in one chapter together they would make around 5 pages. Its that due to the scanning or is the author stratching it to make more pages confused I looooved this manga but it has become a chore to read it lately.

... Last updated on December 16th, 2016, 2:26pm
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Cliche but fun enough  
by okigen
November 11th, 2016, 9:25am
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
I read all comments first, so had pretty low expectation. Johnjimco's review below is (hilariously) spot-on. i guess anyone will get annoyed after following such repititive plot for 8 years. But I was only looking for a couple hours of fun reading now and then, and I jumped back and forth from volume 1 to 7 without any difficulties in understanding the plots (they are practically the same). That was enough for me.
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ehh  
by DrManga
September 26th, 2016, 3:20pm
Rating: N/A
@Johnjimco review is pretty accurate. Worth a read for the first two arcs. It's had me in stitches then it just kept recycling the same formula. Had great potential but lets you down. The humour is what keeps it going.

Few things the rub me the wrong way. The good guys are super handsome while many of the bad guys are "ugly" or just look plain evil looking.

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Stopped reading this long time ago. Around chapter 476. No depth, and humour is repetitive.

... Last updated on August 31st, 2018, 6:30pm
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Great character interaction and humor, but an outrageously repetitive plot along with for the most part boring fight scenes drags this Manhwa down.  
by Johnjimco
September 25th, 2016, 5:24am
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
This manhwa had great potential. When I first started reading I was very excited to see where it went. The characters were funny, interesting, and mysterious. The fight scenes were passable and fresh enough to interest me. The villains managed to be intimidating even though the main character could destroy them without a second thought.

The main characters are still funny and interesting, but scratch everything else.

Every arc is practically the same (Saying practically is being very generous). I'll lay out how almost every arc after the first few go.

1: Bad guys come for nefarious reasons.

2: They kidnap people, most often the useless kids that hang around Rai.

3: M-21 and Friends go to rescue them.

4: They are beaten after giving it their all and lamenting how weak they are.

5: Stronger person comes to save everyone. Most often Frankenstein, but sometimes others.

6: They do well but still can't beat them.

7: Rai shows up and it's over.

There you go. If you aren't interested in the character interactions or humor that go on during and between arcs then this manhwa has nothing to offer you.

The villains are extremely boring as there are almost no consequences to anything they do. Most of them have the same copy and paste personality. As the series goes on the designs get increasingly stupid, culminating in a blueberry colored Majin Buu werewolf thing that made me exclaim "Wow this is dumb". Here's a few lines you'll hear from just about every villain in the series.

"Haha you think you could possibly defeat me!?"
"Hey you're not bad!" (There's seriously one guy that said this like 10 times in the same fight unironically)
"How could I be losing against someone like you!!!1!"

Then they die.

This may seem harsh but it's annoying to read something and know exactly what will happen next without fail.

Give this manhwa a try, you'll probably really like the first few arcs like I did, but try not to expect much more than that.
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