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Billy Bat  
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Manga

Related Series
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Associated Names
Билли Бэт
بيلي بات
บิลลี่ แบ็ท
ビリーバット
蝙蝠比利
빌리 배트

Groups Scanlating
Arienai!
Binktopia
Bod Rangzen
Buried With Manga
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Latest Release(s)
c.165 (end) by MangaStream over 4 years ago
c.164 by MangaStream over 4 years ago
c.162-163 by MangaStream over 4 years ago
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Status
in Country of Origin
20 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
Yes

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Average: 8.5 / 10.0 (368 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.34 / 10.0
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Last Updated
June 8th 2021, 11:37am PST


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Year
2008

Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Morning (Kodansha)

Licensed (in English)
No

English Publisher
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Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #583 increased(+119)
Monthly Pos #1477 increased(+69)
3 Month Pos #2460 increased(+152)
6 Month Pos #2842 increased(+489)
Year Pos #4047 increased(+2)

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On 944 wish lists
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Ambitious  
by blackmokona
May 27th, 2012, 1:04am
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
Black and white bats? Space exploration conspiracy? JFK assassination? Time travel? All of these POV characters? I doubt Billy Bat can tie up all the plot threads, since it is still trying to introduce more. I will set up a little shrine to worship Urasawa if he does, but looking at the previous works it's unlikely since hey, he sets up a minor arc and after a while it's done, period but he's planning to keep all of them open here? As it goes on it is losing a bit coherency already.

For now, I love the comics! It manages to feel different from a manga but it still has the Urasawa quality, even though what he's saying about writing seems somewhat heavy-handed. Hey at least he makes us think.

So I'll be paying through the nose for the color pages once Viz picks it up I suppose.

... Last updated on May 27th, 2012, 1:05am
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The idea seems interesting  
by Hell_Clues
November 17th, 2011, 6:38pm
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Coming from a manga-ka, He's clearly mixing how comics are made in the U.S and Japan up(especially given the time period its taking place). It's just clearly inaccurate in terms of ideas. At least interesting enough, the anthropomorphized bat makes sense since this takes place in the late golden age or post golden age, when the superhero was dying or dead for about a decade.

The story like someone said, it seems out of sync at times. The jumps from one point in the story to the next action are nonsensical. I'm early in, so this might all be explained and this isn't a review yet. It does create a certain kind of mood but more than anything it just seems wrong, because the understanding of comics is wrong.
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Getting better and better  
by MouseMan
July 12th, 2011, 11:25pm
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
Urasawa's use of actual historical incidents and controversies and tying it in with Billy Bat is quite awesome. Sometimes, I feel this manga is on a bigger scale than his previous works. A few chapters and incidents may seem out of sync and you feel it is included only for "effect", but on the whole, this manga is well worth your time.
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No comments? How unusual.  
by Crenshinibon
June 26th, 2009, 1:44am
Rating: 7.7 / 10.0
Considering that this is, in fact, an Urasawa Naoki work, I figured there would be more fanfare by now. Well, I suppose it is still early, but in any case...

A strong case can be made that to be a literary intellectual in the manga world is something akin to being a chimpanzee in a group of apes. That is, no matter how intelligent or interesting your thoughts may be, you're still a monkey on some level. Urasawa is perhaps one of the tragically few authors that can really prove this statement false. Billy Bat is already another success in the line of the more famous Monster, a unique work that is absolutely flooded with interesting ideas, heavy research, and powerful themes. This time we see racism and some of the aftermath of WWII in Japan as Urasawa drags us along through another global conspiracy with nothing but the utmost talent in terms of pacing and suspense.

As always, one to read. As always, one to think about.
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