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Hakkenden - Touhou Hakken Ibun  
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Five years ago, all but one of the inhabitants of Ootsuka village perished due to the plague... And the sole survivor wished only to follow her two dear friends to the grave. To prevent the deaths of the people who were like family to him, one of the dying boys used his last remaining breath to agree to a proposal put to him by a mysterious fair-haired man. Miraculously restored to health, the trio sought refuge in the adjoining village's church.

The story begins when the Imperial Church starts to express its interest in possessing Murasame, the demon blade rumoured to "contain life." But what connection does this legendary sword have with the three survivors of that devastating epidemic?


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Associated Names
八犬伝 東方八犬異聞
Bát Khuyển Sĩ Phương Đông
Hakkenden - The Eight Dogs of the East
Hakkenden - The Strange Story of the Eight Dogs of the East

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Latest Release(s)
c.27.5 by UnmeiNoChance about 1 month ago
c.27 by UnmeiNoChance 2 months ago
c.26 by UnmeiNoChance 3 months ago
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Status in Country of Origin
17 Volumes (Ongoing)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1

User Reviews

3 topics, 13 posts
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User Rating
Average: 8.7 / 10.0 (171 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.35 / 10.0
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Last Updated
March 26th 2018, 6:36am PST



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Original Publisher
Kadokawa Shoten (2011 - Reprint of volumes 1-13 and publication of volume 14 onwards)
Tosuisha (2005 - Volumes 1-13)

Serialized In (magazine)
Asuka Ciel (Kadokawa Shoten)
Emerald (Kadokawa Shoten)
Ichiraci (Tosuisha)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #442 increased(+204)
Monthly Pos #1035 decreased(-3)
3 Month Pos #1293 decreased(-284)
6 Month Pos #1209 increased(+74)
Year Pos #1300 increased(+197)

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On 832 wish lists
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Forum Posts
Hakkenden Gets Anime over 4 years ago
Is it really shounen-ai? over 4 years ago
Why is it on hiatus? over 6 years ago

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The perfect blend   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by timenchips
February 7th, 2014, 3:42am
I may have become a fan of Sensei because of Komatta Toki ni wa Hoshi ni Kike, but I have to say, I think this is a much better manga than her BL works. I'm obsessed with shounen-ai/yaoi right now, but honestly, I think this story line is just so much more intriguing despite having a weak BL subplot. I'm completely okay with it even if it didn't have any hints/suggestions of romance because that's how much I love the plot and characters. It really stands out as one of those rare works that is anything but cliche. The anime is perfect too (which by the way needs a 3rd season!!! >.<).

... Last updated on February 7th, 2014, 3:48am
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This is not Shounen-ai....   
Rating: N/A
by dezin19
August 26th, 2013, 6:05pm
Not sure why it's labled as such. You might be able to say it's slash, but that's it, unless, perhaps, that changes after Volume 8, which is how far I've read so far. Anyway, it's a good manga; the plot is decent and the art is nice. I enjoy reading it.

... Last updated on August 26th, 2013, 6:07pm
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SHOUNEN AI Anime and manga Love it and buy it   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by angeline80
July 13th, 2013, 9:30pm
I really love it ! I saw all the teacher works is shounen ai so I know it is sure is shounen ai ! The anime and manga also stated some shounen ai inside ~ all the pepole really like the boys ! the chinese also put as shounen ai ! I like the teacher story very much ! Very interesting ~ propose to all to buy the anime it very good and sad and happy too !
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Aymaan143
May 17th, 2013, 6:37am
I love this manga! Even though only 11 chapters are scanlated so far, the pages are plenty so I'm not disappointed waiting a month or so for the next release, the characters are likable, and the hints of comedy in it make you giggle. I don't really mind a cast full of bishies, all the more eye candy in my opinion, I just wish a group picks up scanlating this quicker.
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Love it!   
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by Suiren-nyan
April 11th, 2013, 2:31pm
As expected of Abe Miyuki-sensei, the manga is full of pretty boys and very slashable. The characters are pretty fun and the "uke" is not wimpy - just like in Komatta Toki and Super Lovers, the uke looks cute and younger than his age, but he is strong and somewhat bratty, very fun smile

I think the manga is/was serialized in a shounen-ai-focused magazine, but Hakkenden isn't really shounen-ai, just super slashable and without hetero romance (at least so far, and seeing how Komatta Toki turned out, I think it's likely there will be no clear shounen-ai/yaoi in Hakkenden), therefore can be enjoyed by many, not just yaoi fans. The strong points of this manga are the characters, the plot... Personally, while I like yaoi, I'm glad this manga isn't romance-focused smile

I recommend to anyone who likes great art, pretty boys, bromance and non-clinched story smile Don't read if you expect hetero romance (well, the manga is marked as "shoujo", but not "shounen-ai" - don't let this mislead you).
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by OceanMist
February 11th, 2013, 5:38pm
I love the plot. Slight, and I really mean it, slight shounen ai moments but it doesn't spoil the story amazing plot and characters. Actually, it makes it more comical in a way during their funny interactions lol. It is NOT shounen ai or yaoi and for that, I am glad. I am a fan of bl myself but, I love stories like this so much I really don't think the bl is nessessary. Bromance is fine and comical.
I'm a fan of Abe Miyuki Sensei's work and it's really awesome to read more of her awesome work. Keep me interest like you always do, Abe Sensei smile

... Last updated on September 12th, 2013, 2:58pm
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Good Piece of Work!   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by chirpchirpy
August 23rd, 2011, 12:33pm
I am a demon manga fan and this work inspires me to read other manga. It has well developed characters and good setting. Definitely recommended for first time manga readers. The series is on public hiatus but won't appear anytime soon.
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Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by yuii
July 20th, 2008, 5:31am
As an Abe Miyuki fan, I love this story as much as her other works. Though it is not the same as her shounen-ai stories, Hakkenden is special in its own way. Mysterious, intriguing and triggers the curiosity of readers ;)
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