The Manga Shelf: Shamo Volumes 1-31


The Facts are These:

Ryu Narushima, a weak university bound young man, is being brought to a juvenile detention centre. The reason is he murdered his mother and father. This is journey from the detention centre into the martial artist ring, watching grow and develop into a cold blooded man.


I was looking for something to read that was similar to Akumetsu when Baka-Updates recommended this series, though it is incomplete I thought I would talk about it know while it is still fresh in my mind. This series is just okay, the fights are interesting to watch, but there are some jarring problems.


I felt the whole China arc was useless, I mean it was interesting and we learnt more about Ryu, but I feel it has been retconned in the story because the skills he acquired are never seen again. He doesn’t use the Chi attacks or the extreme balance and acrobatics skills anymore. I know it’s because that made him super powered compared to every other fighter, but then why would you add it. Whenever he is fighting someone I stare and wonder why he doesn’t just blow him away. IT JUST PISSES ME OFF!


Other than that the art is great, the story was interesting to start off with, with him in the juvenile detention centre, but now he has become unnecessarily evil. He wasn’t like that in the beginning and I can understand him becoming darker because of his life, but raping a woman just to get a fight or just how battle hungry he gets is weird.

Fuck the China Arc!

Fuck the China Arc!

Behind the Scenes:

The manga was written by Izo Hashimoto and illustrated by Akio Tanaka. Izo Hashimoto is a screenwriter and film director, his other manga works include Underdog and Kasai Chousakan Nanase. Akio Tanaka is a manga illustrator with his previous works include Meiso O Border and Glaucos. The manga was published by Futabasha and Kodansha in the magazine Weekly Manga Action (1998 – 2007) and Evening (2011 – Present). The manga was placed on hold in 2007 due to a court case. The case was placed between the credited creator Izo Hashimoto and artist Akio Tanaka for $1.4 Million Dollars. Akio Tanaka claimed that he created the story and character concepts and not Izo Hashimoto. On July 18, 2011 the manga returned in the magazine Evening and reprinted worldwide.

Ryu Narushima is a unlikeable and different protagonist

Ryu Narushima is a unlikeable and different protagonist

A Brief View of the World:

The series of Shamo at this moment takes place in Japan for the majority of story and an arc takes place in China (FUCK). The scenery is interesting a detailed in the sense that you can feel the gritiness or harshness of the world around Ryu Narushima.

I have to say the fights look awesome

I have to say the fights look awesome


The series is interesting but there is some flaws that I couldn’t ignore and it ruin the series as a whole. I find it okay but monotonous.


It is really long and not that interesting to deserve a reread, so I wouldn’t recommend the reread.


6/10 – It’s Okay


Holyland – For a better manga where a weak boy becomes strong.


Tough – For an intense and over the top martial arts manga.



I do not own any of the above used pictures and/or video they belong to their original creators, Izo Hashimoto and Azio Tanaka.


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2 Responses to The Manga Shelf: Shamo Volumes 1-31

  1. Stories of weaklings who become strong can be fun. I liked Kenichi the Mightiest Disciple for example.

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