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Shigurui – Death Frenzy (Manga Review)

July 5, 2012
Shigurui Cover Page

Shigurui Cover Page – Volume 7 cover of the Manga

Shigurui is a very deep and dark Manga. It’s set on the 15th century of feudal Japan, during the Tokugawa Shogunate, under Tokugawa Tadanaga’s rule – A time of peace. However, because of Tadanaga’s sadism, he changed the rules of fighting tournaments to use real blades instead of wooden swords. It circles on the lives of two exceptional Samurais with their clashing principles.

Main Characters

Profile Pic Gennosuke

Gennosuke Fujiki

One, named Gennosuke Fujiki, born from poor farmers, abandoned as a child and adopted into a Samurai’s dojo. He learned the Kogan-Ryuu sword through hard work. His belief was that as a Samurai, his greatest purpose was to protect the house (dojo), its members, and its principles. When the master was murdered, he was destined to be the heir of the Kogan-Ryuu.

Profile Pic Seigen

Seigen Irako

And two, named Seigen Irako, born from a prostitute. A genius swordsman. He aims to achieve fame and power through hard work and his diligence. His desire was to prove that people should not only be of noble lineage in order to ascend to a throne of influence. He joined the Kogan-Ryuu dojo but with his final goal to achieve power. He was first choice to be the heir of the Kogan-Ryuu, but because of his youth, he had cheated with the master’s mistress. He was blinded and banished as punishment.


A lot of characters were introduced in the Manga, but I would just like to point out that there was no single protagonist in this story. It depends on who you vote for in the end anyway. But it’s amazing how much each character’s backgrounds were developed. Unfortunately, I think because the Manga was cut short, the story eventually falls on the rivalry of the two most developed characters.

For those who haven’t read this Manga, aside from its vibrant story, it is also very graphic; as in flesh slashed open, innards showing, <insert other elements of graphic Manga>.

How I feel about it

I’m only blogging about this because I was just saddened by how it ended. I feel as though it ended pretty abruptly. However, the character I sided with actually won in the final duel, and that made me feel kinda better, only that he didn’t get what he wanted in the end. It’s like a stab on a person’s purpose: “After you’ve exacted revenge, what then?”

Anyone else here have read this Manga?

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