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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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Average: 8.1 / 10.0 (802 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.04 / 10.0
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Great start   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by ZoddGuts
June 30th, 2009, 9:43pm
Really loving this series so far. For one thing the main character (Gama) ain't no ordinary character that you usually in Shonen manga, for one thing he kills without hesitation nor does he give long ass preachy speeches to convert he's enemies because well... their dead. heh

The action scenes are very well done so you see clearly what's going on. There's also a bit of comedy that you see similar to Vagabond manga series. So far the series has been pretty damn good gonna keep checking this series out.
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Pretty Good   
Rating: 7.5 / 10.0
by kauaihoney97
July 19th, 2012, 1:28pm
I just recently started reading this manga and I enjoyed it enough to read it. But for me it was pretty much always Action and it seemed like there was nothing else to the story. I won't lie, it has it's funny moments and such. But I would most likely recommend this story to someone who would be leaning more to action side to manga. The art is fair and after getting into the story, for me, it got better and more enjoyable. It's also easy to understand and is not one of those confusing mangas where you have no idea what's going on.

... Last updated on July 19th, 2012, 2:55pm
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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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Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by nesfe
July 13th, 2012, 1:32pm
Having been reading manga for over ten years, I find the "Tournament arc" in any battle manga as one of the laziest ways of coming up with a story line.

This manga starts with a tournament arc right off the bat. Frankly, I was immediately turned off reading the series. Basically it's like this: "Introduce main character, tell him there is a tournament for strong people, protagonist goes to fight because he wants to become stronger". Not an ounce of originality plot wise.
Moving on, the art is pretty good and the action is nice and gives off the feeling of excitement battle mangas should provide. The flashbacks for characters introduced in one chapter and killed in the next one are completely pointless and they don't really make the manga any deeper(I ended up skipping through some of them).
Currently I've put this series on stand by to read when I have nothing interesting to read. I'll say that this is above the average shonnen manga because of the art, action and the fact that people actually die.

... Last updated on July 13th, 2012, 1:35pm
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dont worry! the drawing gets better.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by xsamu
August 19th, 2009, 7:07pm
..Come on guys, the drawing is kinda off at a few first chapters but it gets better. I just started reading this so far its not that bad. Vagabond is still my favorite samurai manga tho, next to samurai x. (^^x)"
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Very attracting............   
Rating: N/A
by wangxjj
July 21st, 2009, 9:15pm
haven't read any manga lately, especially fighting ones. But this one is very good, so far i cant stop reading it. great battle scenes, the protagonist, although just a boy, but is limitless when it comes to fighting. reminds me of Baki.

... Last updated on July 21st, 2009, 9:16pm
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Not bad   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Gensoku
June 19th, 2009, 4:25pm
The art is quite amazing, and the setup of this story leaves a lot of room for how the manga will play out.

I think this manga could easily be one of the best fighting manga this year, looking forward to reading the rest of it before I make any further comments.
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Its ok-ish   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by MangaGhost
February 27th, 2012, 11:31pm
Its above average, but not more than that. Its not a 9 or 10 (great) series. It boils down to this: train to become a bad@ss, train more become a bigger bad@ss, train some more become a Super Sayan, etc, etc. <yawn> Doesn't have much of a plot outside of training except for this: dude wants power, other dudes want revenge on dude who wants power. <snore> So what else does it have? Great drama? Not really. Deep martial arts philosophy? Nope, unless you count "must get stronger", which you see in every shonen fighting manga. Romance? none. Humor? a tiny bit. So, what does it have going for it? Well, it does have its moments where it can get exciting action wise, and sometimes the description of how some techniques work are interesting. I also think the art is pretty good and the action is drawn well. The only weakness about the art is some characters look like others, but have different hair. I think this will mainly appeal to shonen action junkies that really like a lot of action, which is fine but I prefer a little more than that. After 85 chapters I put it down.

... Last updated on February 27th, 2012, 11:35pm
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awesome manga   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by SSJR2
September 15th, 2012, 3:49pm
this manga is really worth watching, it has great techniques used and great action, plus even though the story was a bit simple, its starting to improve rather well also the art style is real unique but still nice ,there really shouldn't be any complains in that department, although some of the female need to look more feminine cause there are angles where they look like a guy ( some examples of this are Naoyoshi's mom and Yumeji) but all in all a great manga that deserves an anime version more than some of the crappy animes that came out this year. the only suggestion i have for this manga is there should be a little more girl characters, im just saying
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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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