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"Middle Edo Period -- One state becomes the gathering place for sinful martial artists, who believe in nothing other than power, know no other way of life than letting oneself go wild in battle. That state is the Unabara State, the "Haunt of Demons"..."

Washitzu Naosata, the ruler of the powerful state, Unabara, is looking for his successor. He calls upon all 31 of his sons and tells them to search for whoever they believe to be the strongest martial artist of all. Each of their chosen martial artists are then to fight against each other - until only one remains. Whoever is the winner, whoever has the strongest martial artist in the nation by his side, will become his successor...

Out in the midst of the mountains is the doujo of "Oogame Ryuu" (Giant Tortoise Style). There lives Kurogane Gama, the son of the legendary swordsman, Kurogane Jinsuke, who is believed to have killed 1000 martial artists in Unabara. There, one of the sons of Washitzu Naosata, Washitzu Naoshi, arrives in search of the legendary swordsman, only to find that he has been missing for several years. After seeing the battle style of Gama, Naoshi decides to ask Gama to come with him instead. Wanting to become stronger, Gama agrees with his offer, and that marks the beginning of Gama's battle to become the strongest of all...


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c.194 (end) by MangaBurn & Manga Panda over 4 years ago
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22 Volumes (Complete)

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User Rating
Average: 8.1 / 10.0 (804 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.04 / 10.0
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Insanely Good   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by hivemind
August 5th, 2011, 2:18am
This manga is awesome. It is not entirely like a stereotypical shonen. In my opinion, a stereotypical shonen is Fairy Tail -- don't put Gamaran in the same category. This series is way more mature, realistic (still creative though), and bloody than most shonen.

... Last updated on October 15th, 2011, 5:54pm
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It just became even more shounen   
Rating: N/A
by kalocho08
July 28th, 2011, 2:09am
From the start it was typical shounen, I beat you up by training harder than you, basically. Now he's fighting people who have taken steroids and still beating them because of his training. This is pretty common but I've never seen this in a samurai-era manga.So not only is there no suspension of disbelief but now it makes it seem like it's trying to give them super strength and speed.The manga isn't bad but it looks bad when seen through objective eyes.
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my comment   
Rating: N/A
by Virusbluemage
April 17th, 2011, 8:54am
This is perhaps my favorite manga out there right now. It's unique in that its one of the few(only?) Shounen manga where the main character actually kills. The series has fantastic actions scenes, awesome characters and a solid plot. It's a weapon based martial arts shounen, so its not particularly inventive, and there are no female characters who are involved in any of the action(realistically) but everything else is rock solid. It's a fantastic shounen. I won't give this a rating since I don't rate manga until I've read 100 chapters but I recommend this series to any who like action manga. After the first 3 volumes or so you'll be hooked on this series.
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stereotype shounen   
Rating: N/A
by pxhai
April 6th, 2011, 1:06am
It's interesting at first, but then becomes pretty tedious. Main guys beat the craps outta each of rivals. And including some ridiculous explanation about martial art techniques. There are plenty of better manga, Kenshin is a vivid example. Also, Samurai Deeper Kyo is a similar one. Recommend to those love swordsmanship. If you want something different, don't try this or you are gonna be disappointed.
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The best shounen!   
Rating: N/A
by odium323
March 9th, 2011, 5:34pm
If you like action this is the best manga. If you like heated drama between family and rivals this is the best manga. If you like a martial storyline that doesnt have pointless boring filler chapters(bleach) and a manga that gets straight to the Point(kick fucking ass allday) THIS IS THE BEST MANGA. Ive never been this excited for upcoming chapter before in my lIfe. The author better not fuck this up
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A cross between Kenshin and Baki   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by L3zl13
March 4th, 2011, 8:38am
The manga itself reminds me of Rurouni Kenshin but without the annoying "i won't kill anybody" thing. And the plot with the evil superhuman father reminds me of Grappler Baki. But I was always annoyed with Baki being an idiot and having no skills at all and still being overhyped by those around him while getting pwned by his opponents all the time and somehow still winning miraculously at the end.
Opposed to that Gama is a much more likable character with real skill and fighting genius. And the other Ogame members are great too. Sometimes funny, sometimes cool. With their own personalities and backgrounds.
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best shounen around   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by mono-sama
January 20th, 2010, 8:06am
great pacing, ever growing cast of characters and groups, almost non-stop action, and a little edge of mystery
also i like how they dont go on long preachy speeches during fights, and how its ok for characters to die.

... Last updated on October 1st, 2010, 12:51am
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An honest review, with a strict scale.   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by SCKing88
December 17th, 2009, 7:52am
A slightly above average shounen manga. Similarities to certain other manga aside, Gamaran is somewhat unique for this day and age. The manga takes a turn back in time on how martial arts shounen used to be. The art is nice, and the swordplay lessons are very intriguing. It does however, get somewhat repetetive after time, and there really isn't much more going on except for the fact that the protagonist goes about winning duels, with a slight background plot. That being said, it is a simple read for those who enjoy the good old days when katanas were all that was needed to make a shounen successful.
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it's not that good   
Rating: N/A
by Flash
December 3rd, 2009, 5:20am
well at first,it was really a interesting manga.but basiclly it just about one man show which is a young boy without a limit of power..and kill the others.
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Nicely drawn combat that isn't too hard to follow.   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by Celianna
October 22nd, 2009, 6:33am
I was looking for some new fighting manga, and after reading some of the popular content, I got sick of all the big-breasted fanservice-girls and just randomly clicked on a name in the list. It happened to be Gamaran. I was so happy to read a shounen manga with no big-breasted fanservice girls!

The story picks up really fast. which in my opinion, is not a bad thing at all. I don't want to read long boring intros about the characters. You dive straight into the action, and it's exciting all the way.

What I really like about this manga is the way the action is drawn. It is very clean and the style makes sure you know in which direction the character is moving in. You won't read the manga and think; "Just what in the world did they pull off in this frame?". The action is really easy to follow, so you don't become confused about the scenes and it ties up pretty nicely in the end.

The second thing I like about this manga is that the main character (Gama) has no problem killing people. He does seem to have morals though; he doesn't like it that innocent bystanders get killed. I think he will only kill people that willingly put themselves in dangerous situations in which they COULD be killed. He seems to have no problem killing off people like that. Plus he doesn't want to kill anyone that can't defend himself either.

I also like how the main character, while really strong and fast - still gets hurt! And he doesn't just recover in a few days like most shounen main characters do, he is dragged into fights with previous battle wounds that slow him down. It's a nice realistic touch.

I've read 21 chapters so far and the action is really nice. Aside from Gama, there hasn't been anyone in the series that seems interesting though, or has appeared long enough on the screen to spark any interest in me. Well I guess there's that guy who stalks Gama and narrates and explains Gama's moves, but that's about it.

I have high hopes for this manga; it's been a great read so far.

... Last updated on October 22nd, 2009, 9:02am
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