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He can't run! He can't eat hard food. You can't get any weaker than the boy named Hachimaru. But his dream is to become a samurai. For a boy who can't even survive without the help of his father, that dream seemed impossible. But when a samurai cat appears before him, his whole life will change! A legendary manga creator and a rising star come together to bring you this science fiction samurai epic!
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Nineteenth-century USA:
Red is the last living survivor of a Native American tribe that was slaughtered by white men. On a long journey in search of revenge, he travels with Ieroh Itou, a samurai who ran away to America after being defeated in the Seinan civil war, and Angie, a mysterious prostitute. The bonds of friendship between the three are touching.

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Although it is all fiction, the story seems very real as it is based on actual battles between US Army troops, Apaches and other native tribes.
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What would happen if you took a normal three-year old Japanese kid, flew him to Nevada, and then raised him on stories of feudal Japan? "I'm Doushirou" would happen. Now, twelve years later, Doushirou is back in Japan and is facing the difference between what he's been told all his life and what his own eyes and ears are telling him.
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The ordinary Minami Satoru found himself dying after being stabbed by a slasher. It should have been the end of his meager 37 years, but he found himself deaf and blind after hearing a mysterious voice.
He had been reincarnated into a slime!

While complaining about becoming the weak but famous slime and enjoying the life of a slime at the same time, Minami Satoru met with the Catastrophe-level monster “Storm Dragon Veldora”, and his fate began to move.

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    Surprise! Mu Tian Ran has been set up, his martial arts skills crippled at the hands of his own brother. Not only that, he's been rejected by his own family, who tortured him only to finally disown him and throw him out, all because he has the Bloodline of a Slave. At the lowest point of his life, a mysterious man arrives to mentor him and help him develop his own hidden talents. It turns out that his Bloodline, which was so repugnant to mankind, is actually a gift from the Heavens called the "Heavenly Demon Bloodline," making Mu Tian Ran an extremely rare child said to be favored by the gods themselves. As he grows stronger, Mu Tian Ran begins his journey to wreak vengeance on those who had shamed him in the past.
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    A martial arts historical series about a peasant turned samurai and caught in the turmoil of the Satsuma Rebellion, in the first years of the Meiji Era.

    Included oneshot: Inu no Seikatsu.
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    Sakata Gintoki is a samurai living in an era when samurai are no longer needed.
    To add to his troubles, oppressive aliens have moved in to invade. Gintoki lives with Kagura and Shinpachi, taking on odd jobs to make the world a better place... and to pay their rent.
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    When childhood innocence gives way to a blinding thirst for revenge, is it worth the price of one's humanity?

    Tetsunosuke and Tatsunosuke are the sons of a diplomat who sought to bring peace and prosperity to Japan during the early Meiji Restoration. But when their parents are murdered before their very eyes, Tetsu seeks to join the Shinsengumi, the unofficial police who are capable of the same brutality as his parents' murderers. Wading through a sea of espionage, deception and bloodshed, the young boy must choose: should he take a step on the path to becoming a demon...or give up his rage and transform into the ultimate Peacemaker?
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    This is a story set in the dangerous Sengoku period, featuring the famous historical figure of Takeda Harunobu, later called Shingen. When he was fifteen, he accompanied his father to the Battle of Un no Kuchi, where he won his first victory as his father retreated. After that, his relationship with his father, Takeda Nobutora, changed. He heard rumors that his father wanted to give his inheritance to Harunobu's younger brother. Soon, Harunobu became certain that he must do something about his father...
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    Sequel to Blade of the Immortal. It is set in the Bakumatsu period in the 19th century, and follows the main character Manji, who starts the story in a life of seclusion in the Tosa domain, but heads to the capital for a certain reason. The story will have him confronting the strongest warriors of the time.
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    Izu Takashi was just playing the online game -Argate Online- like usual, but he suddenly noticed something strange, his level is now....!! Also he can't log out, and the reduced pain function does not work...

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    With Japan in the midst of a bloody revolution, an elite cadre of samurai swordsmen known as the Shinsengumi must protect the embattled city of Kyoto. Tetsunosuke Ichimura has spent his life dreaming of working at the Shinsengumi, and his wish has recently been fulfilled. As a page for Vice-Commander Hijikata Toshizo, he is privy to a wealth of secrets and is among Japan's highest ranking officials, some of whom are actual historical figures. When a strange gun-toting swordsman, Ryoma Sakamoto, recognizes Tetsunosuke and his brother as the sons of someone he calls the "Peacemaker," trouble brews and the other Shinsengumi run the outsider out of town.
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    Ikuto Touhohin just had a last fight with his old man, one that led him to make a rash decision to run away from home. He boards a ship, deciding to take a vacation, but the ship is suddenly hit by a huge storm--one that sends Ikuto overboard! When he regains consciousness, he realizes he is still alive… on some island. An isolated island. An isolated island with nothing but girls. Stranded on an island with only girls, no electricity, gas, radio, television… like he was back in the stone age.
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    On the way home from meeting a friend, Yuzuki hears a mysterious sound.
    The next thing she knows, she’s in a world called “Jinga” where military commanders fight to unify the whole country. However, after being rescued by Toyotomi Hideyoshi, she learns that they are all vampires...?!
    The popular mobile game with valiant yet beautiful military commanders gets a manga adaptation!
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    There is a legend that there is another world outside the ordinary world of man. In this world, people can leave all their troubles, get what they need, do whatever they want. He is called the World of dreams.
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    An isekai series from the creator of Hellsing. The story of Drifters begins during Japan's Sengoku Period (~1467-1600), a time of constant warring between the island's states. A samurai on the verge of death suddenly finds himself thrown into another, fantastic world, alongside important military figures from history. It's time to battle in a brand-new world war.
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    In the Sengoku Period (1579), there is a young woman who has lost everything, and dedicated herself to seeking strength and a death on the battlefield. Reiri once lived happily with her family, until the day soldiers came by after a battle. Her father, mother and brother sacrificed themselves in order for her to survive. She was only saved with the intervention of Okabe Tanpa no Kami, who had been sheltering in the village. In his service, she grew and learned to fight well, chasing her goal of a death in battle. However, her path to death may not be as short and straight as she hopes...
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    In the 13th century, the Mongolian Empire rapidly expands across the globe. Later historians who studied the prophecies of Nostradamus would say that Mongolia was the birthplace of the "Great King of Terror," Angolmois. And at last, the force of the Mongolian Empire would turn their attention toward Japan... 1274: The Bun'ei Invasion. The exiled samurai Jinzaburou Kuchii is in Kamakura when he finds himself face to face with this invasion.

    This story is a fresh look at the great battle that rocked all of medieval Japan: the Mongol Invasion. It shows how the people of Tsushima panicked, struggled, and eventually rose up against the overwhelming forces of their enemy.

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    "To end his eternal suffering, he must slay one thousand enemies!" Manji, a ronin warrior of feudal Japan, has been cursed with immortality. To rid himself of this curse and end his life of misery, he must slay one thousand evil men! His quest begins when a young girl seeks his help in taking revenge on her parents' killers... and his quest won't end until the blood of a thousand has spilled!

    Won the 1st Japan Media Arts Award Excellence Prizes in the Manga division.

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    Now, the corpse begins to tell the truth of the case
    It can be said that it is a common sense in the current investigation "Prosecutor" However, this way of thinking had already been implemented in the Edo period. At that time, there is a book called "Regular Recitation", which was said to be the Bible of the Prosecution. The genius concentricity Kitazawa Hokenjo Kitazawa Hokentaro who investigates this in detail in one hand and lets you tell the truth of murder with one hand. There was no one with the technique of the public prosecutor's office, and he went out to the field like him and changed Kitazawa, which examines corpses casually. Such Kitazawa is helped by doctors and women who love doctors, Genkai, and a female painter, the moon. The three are skillful teams that solve difficult cases with the look of Genkai, and the skills of the moon, which looks at the face of the life from the wrecked corpse and looks like a face.
    Well, this time a suicide and a dead body found at the bottom of the well began telling the surprising truth in this team's examination. What is the voice of the corpse of the well? Can Kitazawa find the true culprit?
    Rie Takase paints a novel by Ryoichiro Kawada, who won the Edogawa Ranpo Award, with a beautiful brush.
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    A tale of obsessive love and constant pursuit, told over a 1000 years.

    Escaping from a brother who had just ascended the throne, Yoshitsune, along with his servant, comes across a house in the middle of a desolate mountain. Oddly enough, only a young woman lives there, who seems to possess a very dark and ominous past.

    This long journey of more than a thousand years focuses on our main protagonist Kurou. It can be somewhat confusing at the beginning, but once you understand the plot this story can be quite entertaining.

    The main thrust of the story goes like this: Kurou meets a beautiful woman by the name of Kuromitsu, and begins a relationship which transcends life and memory. Kurozuka tells the tale of a journey undertaken by immortals, and those who chase after immortality.

    The majority of this story takes place many centuries in the future, after Kurou has been separated from Kuromitsu. Having lost almost all of his memories, Kurou seeks to understand why he cannot die, to rediscover his identity, and to find the woman that haunts his dreams.
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    This is a manga centering on Date Masamune, an infamous legend that stands above countless others in the fantastic era of Feudal Japan. The focus of the work is Masamune’s struggles with his responsibilities along with his great feats as a warlord.
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    The story is set around shimatsuya (person who collects unpaid debts for prostitute houses) Saitou Ritsuke who is asked to look into ghost rumours surrounding one prostitute house.
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    Dororo centers around the adventures of Hyakkimaru (alternately Hyaki Maru), who is missing 48 body parts due to a deal his father had made with 48 demons in exchange for control over Japan. When Hyakkimaru is born he is hideously disformed, and is thrown into a river to die. Instead he is rescued by a doctor named Jukai and grows up to be a young man whose missing body parts have been replaced by Jukai with prosthetics (many of which contain hidden weapons). Teaming up with Hyakkimaru is Dororo, a child (and thief) living on the streets. Together they set out to defeat the 48 demons and recover Hyakkimaru's missing body parts. Tezuka never completed the manga, so the intended conclusion to the story is unknown.

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    In the 17th century, the Holy Roman Empire was ravaged by the Thirty Years' War. In the middle of this chaos appeared a Japanese mercenary named Isaak. His fierce battle begins!

    Don't miss the entertaining new series by Shinji Makari (Yugo) and Song Ji-Hyoung a.k.a DOUBLE-S (Until Death Do Us Part)!
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    The reign of the Galactic Empire has reached the Outer Rim planet of Jelucan, where aristocratic Thane Kyrell and rural villager Ciena Ree bond over their love of flying. Enrolling at the Imperial Academy together to become fighter pilots for the glorious Empire is nothing less than a dream come true for the both of them. But Thane sours on the dream when he sees firsthand the horrific tactics the Empire uses to maintain its ironclad rule. Bitter and disillusioned, Thane joins the fledgling Rebellion,putting Ciena in an unbearable position to choose between her loyalty to the Empire and her love for the man she's known since childhood.
    Now on opposite sides of the war, will these friends turned foes find a way to be together, or will duty tear them, and the galaxy, apart?
    (Publisher's summary for the novel)

    Adapted from the Young Adult novel Star Wars: Lost Stars by Claudia Gray. Updates on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month
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    From the authors of "Shin Angyo Onshi" a new manga set in Japan and Korea during the Edo period, a time of great upheaval between the two cultural groups. In ancient times, Japan and Korea would send its criminals to a penal colony called "Kyokudo", situated in the channel between the two nations. There the cannibal Juu was sent for murdering over a thousand warriors while in Edo. Yet for an island meant for criminals, there was but one Korean medic, Han, exiled from Korea for killing and dissecting over a thousand people.
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    Energy crisis, scarcity of resources, etc. Leads to its only logical conclusion: war between east and west.
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    In Feudal Japan, the people of Edo are under siege by giant insects that ravage the land. The people desperately beg the government to do something about it. Thus the Insect Magistrate Office is established, gathering strong warriors to defend against the onset of pests.

    Jinbee Tsukishima is a young man following the belief that a weak warrior isn't a warrior at all and strives to be a master swordsman just like his father. To atone for a horrific incident that occurred at his fault, Jinbee seeks to take his father's place as a member of the Insect Magistrate Office. On his journey there, he meets the lovely Haru, a young woman who helps manage her family's tea house, and is forced to put his sword to good use in saving her from a grisly fate. This act of bravery earns him a spot in the Insect Magistrate. Will this rookie exterminator be able to rid the land of the horde of insects swarming in?
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    As a baby Jiro was delivered to his foster parents by a massive oni, who said he would return for Jiro in 15 years. When the time comes Jiro must contend with enemy oni, dark cultists, and their minions while attempting to protect both his parents and girlfriend from their depredations. Ultimately he must embark on a journey through the past, future, and other dimensions to embrace his destiny as Shuten Doji reborn.
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    The people have demanded change; Criterion boxes were created for the purpose of the people to leave their complaints in it. The result of this were two changes: the first being the creation of 'Koishigawa Youjoujo' for the people, the second being an inner-city magistrate office, known as the Mushibugyo.

    Tsukishima Jinbee is a warrior who aims to be best, under the belief that a weak warrior isn't a warrior at all. He was scouted out by a representative to join the Mushibugyo and told to go to Edo with the instructions that he'd knew what to do once he got there. Shortly after arriving at Edo, he hears a scream and goes to check it out... To find a giant spider-like creature devouring some citizens of Edo. Being a warrior, there's no way he could stand this...
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    One of Go Nagai's first works, this violent period piece takes place in the 1500s and stars a talented low ranking ninja named Shishimaru. In it, Shishimaru fights against Ginnai Doma (an immortal samurai who, despite being butchered multiple times, doesn't die) because Ginnai murdered his comrades. Despite being set in historical times, it has machine guns/lasers/robots/atomic reactors with no real explanation.

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    Scanlator is using the 1992 Aizouban 1 volume reprint by Chuko.

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    4 Volumes (Complete, by Kodansha in 1978)
    4 Volumes (Reprint, by Asahi Sonorama in 1984)
    1 Volume (Aizouban, by Chuko in 1992)
    3 Volumes (Bunkoban, by Chuko in 1995)
    2 Volumes (Konbini-ban, by Shimanaka Shoten in 2003)
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    A military test accidentally sends a modern-day army back in time to feudal Japan. When their actions in the past begin to have an effect on the present, another unit is dispatched to retrieve them. But the commander of the lost unit has other plans. He intends to use his advanced technology to conquer Japan and change his country's destiny.
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    Tokugawa, the ruler of Japan wants to keep Japan isolated from the rest of the world, however there are those who oppose this decision and plot to usurp Tokugawa's authority. It's the job of one of Tokugawa's bodyguards to stop these evil plots.
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    It centers around the travails and battles of one Ushio Aotsuki (??? Aotsuki Ushio), who is constantly being stalked and aided by a gigantic, supernatural and sometimes invisible tiger (Some people describe it as akin to Calvin and Hobbes on acid).

    Ushio's family maintains a Shinto temple in Japan, where ~500 years ago, his samurai ancestor battled that same tiger to a standstill, and eventually trapped him against a rock using a blessed spear called the "Beast Spear", which in addition to its intrinsic formidability as a weapon, can also boost the physical powers of the user. While cleaning out the temple storage, Ushio accidentally unseals the chamber Tora was trapped in. Initially, Ushio wisely refuses to remove the spear pinning Tora (??, Japanese for tiger) down, as Tora unwisely makes the strategic blunder of mentioning that the first thing he would do upon being freed would be to devour Ushio; but Tora's unsealed presence attracts various demons to the premises, and Ushio is forced to free Tora in exchange for his help. The series focuses on their relationship, interspersed with battles against mythological foes, and with Tora's attempts to grapple with modern life and gobble up Ushio.

    Won the Seiun Award for Best Comic of the Year in 1997.
    It also received the Shogakukan Manga Award for shounen in 1992.

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    As time goes by, bloody wars between gangs over area disputes only pose higher risks to all parties involved. Higher-level gangs started to hire well-known assassins to settle their problems. Thus, the coliseum of this age is born.
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    At the end of the age of shogunates, a great man is given a second chance to restore a crumbling, feudal Japan.

    Toward the end of the Edo Period, samurai and visionary Sakamoto Ryouma led a revolutionary movement to overthrow the Takagawa Shogunate. Inspired by the Western principle of "all men created equal", he envisioned a modern Japanese government, free of oppressive feudalism. In 1867, he and his close friend Nakaoka Shintaro were assasinated before his dreams could be realized.

    Tenshou no Ryouma explores the historical alternative-universe where Ryouma is saved through Shintaro's sacrifice. Given this second chance, will Ryouma finally be able to establish a new, modern Japan?
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    A oneshot from Fellows 2009-08
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