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Kinnikuman  
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Description
Kinnikuman (Muscleman), a weak and clumsy super hero, constantly getting into wacky situations. As the series progressed, the story began changing from comedy to action as Kinnikuman battles stronger and stronger foes in the wrestling ring. The series continually introduced new Super Human characters, known as Chyo-jins, who would challenge Kinnikuman and his friends for various purposes.

Note: Received the Shogakukan Manga Award for shōnen manga in 1985.

The original run was from 1979-1986 and ended with Vol. 36. The series directly continued in 2010.

Type
Manga

Related Series
Kinnikuman II Sei (Sequel)
Kinnikuman Lady (Alternate Story)
Tatakae!! Ramenman (Spin-Off)

Associated Names
King Muscle
Muscle Man
Ultimate Muscle
キン肉マン

Groups Scanlating
Akumatsu Translations
Hercules Factory
Hokuto no Gun
Illuminate Scans
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Latest Release(s)
c.715-716 by Hercules Factory 4 days ago
v.2 c.22 by Project Z Scans 5 days ago
c.714 by Hercules Factory 18 days ago
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Status
in Country of Origin
72 Tankoubon Volumes (Ongoing)
18 Bunkoban Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
No

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1
Ends at Vol 36, Chap 387

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User Rating
Average: 6.6 / 10.0 (63 votes)
Bayesian Average: 6.59 / 10.0
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Last Updated
October 8th 2020, 1:42am PST


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Year
1979

Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Playboy (Shueisha)
Shuukan Shounen Jump (Shueisha)

Licensed (in English)
No

English Publisher
N/A

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #472 increased(+74)
Monthly Pos #785 increased(+256)
3 Month Pos #1424 increased(+169)
6 Month Pos #1608 increased(+403)
Year Pos #1879 increased(+307)

List Stats
On 174 reading lists
On 212 wish lists
On 43 completed lists
On 19 unfinished lists
On 114 custom lists

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Zany, hilarious and a good time  
by ayaneninja
October 14th, 2020, 8:55pm
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
While most consider Dragon Ball to be the mac daddy of shonen manga, many of the tropes and plot points found in it can also found years earlier in Kinnikuman. Both start as a gag manga and eventually find their way into tournament arcs and get more serious as they go on, while maintaining the silliness that brought them their original attention; oh both protagonists from another planet and freaky strong. While they both end up diverging in how combat is conducted, they share many of the same aspects that we see used liberally in shonen manga today.

What starts as an Ultraman parody turns into the zany, silly and downright fun intergalactic wrestling tournament manga we all know today. Suguru is a lovable goofball who seems afraid and slow to act at first glance, always finds the courage to win and help his friends. The dynamic between him and Meat is hilarious, and the friends Suguru meets along the way make the story all the more enjoyable, a must read for old school shonen fans and readers who want to experience a manga that is a piece of the origin that we now consider the tournament battle manga.

... Last updated on October 14th, 2020, 9:01pm
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A Wonderful Manga  
by AkumatsuT
October 29th, 2018, 12:50pm
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Now, I may be biased considering I work a lot with gag manga to begin with, but, kinnikuman has been one of the most exciting and endearing manga I've ever read. I'm not normally even into action manga too much, but the way kinnikuman handles it's characters and story is like no other, and laid the ground work for decades to come.
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Brilliant  
by kaloo
January 25th, 2010, 8:49pm
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Yet another brilliant classic I failed to read until now. It started off hilarious and developed into an exciting action story, while still being hilarious. Reading it with no idea what I was getting into I am more than happy. It was a good story and I read the 20-odd volumes out so far taking up nearly all my free time for the last few days.
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Kajiba no Kuso Chikara!  
by Lefance
July 10th, 2009, 12:27am
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
Yes, a shame indeed. The beginning is very silly, stupid even, but it becomes one of the greatest, if not THE Greatest action-shounen ever. Give it another try. I used to dislike Kinnikuman a lot but nowadays I am totally hooked. Brilliant masterpiece.
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The legend of Kinnikuman  
by Watashiwa7
March 2nd, 2009, 6:37pm
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
What a shame! No one wrote a comment for this wonderful manga! It's a must-read for every manga fan ^___- Really, this is a piece of history of japanese comics. Read it, it's just too fun XD
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