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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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Gamaran: Shura (Sequel)

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c.194 (end) by MangaBurn & Manga Panda over 4 years ago
c.193 by MangaBurn & Manga Panda over 4 years ago
c.192 by MangaBurn & Manga Panda over 4 years ago
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22 Volumes (Complete)

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Average: 8.1 / 10.0 (805 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.04 / 10.0
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Standard Martial Arts Shounen   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by Ansatsu2478
March 27th, 2015, 11:22pm
I pretty much picked up this manga because I needed something to do during my flight to Hawaii and back.

Its 194 chapters and a pretty decent shounen action manga. The main character is what you expect from a shounen action mc. Initially strong, but with the potential to grow even stronger. The supporting cast seemed a little weak, and they usually had a couple of interesting moments, but I was hardly interested in them throughout the manga besides one character named Iori. And that is mostly because Iori is a super badass and I'd say that most people would love him.

The villains seemed pretty generic. I hardly remember any of them. Sure they all had their unique fighting styles and some backstory to them, but I never had enough time to grow attached to them, because in this series a lot of characters WILL die. Actually, they'll usually just die 3 chapters after they're introduced, and then the author will just insert another villain or dude for the main characters to fight.

The goal of the story is for Gama to eventually confront his father. And without spoiling anything, lets just say that the ending was pretty disappointing. I was expecting something a little bit more grand and satisfying, but it seemed like the author made a rushed ending (?). Not really sure, but as a reader, it just seemed a little rushed and abrupt.

Overall though, I like it as a shounen martial arts manga, but its definitely not as good as some other ones that I've read.
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Decent Action manga with uninspired writing   
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by Fundefined
December 4th, 2013, 11:21pm
There isn't a single interesting character or plot development in Gamaran that held my attention. It certainly wasn't awful but the story is nothing but a vehicle to move the audience from one fight to the next. You won't care about who wins a fight or why they are fighting because the author isn't good at conveying emotions. There are too many characters with very similar personalities. When the main character is such a generic and boring character like Gama, the onus on the villain to carry the show but those characters are underdeveloped and fail to live up to the hype that the author attempts to create. A hilarious example of the author's poor writing is his most frequently used battle quip was "Die!' "No, you die!"

Luckily, Gamaran's art and action is pretty well executed, at least to enough to make up for the writing flaws. Every action is clearly drawn and (over)explained and the author clearly enjoyed inventing a lot of fictitious sword moves. Its not on the level of Rurouni Kenshin, but the clash of different weapons and styles is fun to read.

Gamaran is a mildly entertaining time waster that I'll forget easily but it never offended me with its poor writing so I'd recommend reading it for its action on a lazy weekend. Just to prepared for a lot of shounen fighting cliches and a million and one "secret, ultimate, sure kill, final techniques!."

... Last updated on December 4th, 2013, 11:38pm
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Rating: N/A
by jnatsumi
October 25th, 2013, 12:19am
I'm on chapter 103 right now and I'm a bit surprised at myself for continuing so long. Its a good manga. It's just sooooo long.

I really like martial art manga. This one has lots and lots and lots of sword plays. I'm telling you, there's not one chapter that doesn't have it. If you don't like lots of this kind of things, don't read it.

There's no romance, not even a mentionable romantic subplot. Doesn't matter too much to me though.

The art is typical shounen. Quite artful and strong. Strong contrast, lines. I really like it.

It's set some the past. Not sure what era it is exactly. It's when the shogunate was still around. But definitely not a legit historical manga.

As I'm reading this, this manga increasingly reminds me of Bleach. Because of all the battle scenes, the blood, but also the development of the main characters. They weren't super powerful to begin with, but they have strong underlying potential. So they train like heck to better themselves. And they eventually become stronger and stronger. They don't always win. There are a lot of cool scenes. Haha. There's nothing supernatural though. Purely martial art and sword plays!! The protagonist, a 15 (at the beginning) years old boy named Gama, is already better than average at sword plays at the beginning because he belongs to an infamous martial art school. He's something of a genius. So he learns super fast. That means that the manga is fairly fast paced.

... Last updated on October 25th, 2013, 12:25am
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read it .....   
Rating: N/A
by ultimatepunk
August 24th, 2009, 3:54pm
I love it. it is very captivating. like other people said, the main character is similar to the guy from bleach. I love the "battles". can't wait for the completion of the series. Highly Recommended. biggrin
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it is quite good,   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by willnira
September 16th, 2014, 12:24am
the story is good, the characters are fine.
the fights are nice. I read it like 2 times (at first i stopped because i got a little bit bored and then read another manga, but then i read it again and now i can't stop reading!) so its a good manga, you'll like the characters and the story, the characters are not annoying, you feel the drama in the story and not just the funny stuff.

so read it! biggrin give it a chance!
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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 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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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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Read Vagabond instead...   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by JHax9999
October 7th, 2009, 11:48pm
1) The artist is kinda bad at drawing facial expressions. Even tho the combat scenes are great, the stupidly drawn faces kinda puts me off.

2) Poor job of setting up the background story and introducing the characters. You're just kinda thrown into the manga, and before you can get acquainted with the characters, the story takes off. Everything happens so fast, which dampens the suspense. That's probably why it was hard to feel any connection with the characters here.

3) Gama is one dimensional and too strong right off the bat. He doesn't have any depth as a main character. He's just a kid who's really good at fighting... what else is there to say? He doesn't do a thing for me as a protagonist. Sure he comes off as cool at first, but after the initial impression, I realize that I'm just not that into him at all. At least in Vagabond, the protagonist embodies the samurai spirit. This kid is kinda shallow. Without any emotional or spiritual depth, he's just a guy who likes to kill.

4) The combat scenes are great... love the motion captures.

5) I don't like that the main character kills people so easily, without blinking an eye. Especially since he's just a kid. Since his reason for fighting is a bit shallow, I kinda look down on him. It's hard to root for these kinds of protagonists.

... Last updated on October 13th, 2009, 5:23am
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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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