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Tokyo Babylon Omnibus Book One (Tokyo Babylon Omnibus)

4.08  ·  Rating Details ·  163 Ratings  ·  29 Reviews
Glamour has two meanings: the modern one of style, and the ancient one of sorcery. Tokyo Babylon is the realm of both! It's 1991, the last days of Japan's bubble economy, and money and elegance run through the streets like rivers of neon. So do the currents of darkness beneath them - obsession, greed, and exploitation, nourishing evil spirits that only the arts of the ...more
Paperback, 560 pages
Published March 13th 2013 by Dark Horse Manga
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Kee Queen
Feb 03, 2016 Kee Queen rated it really liked it
Full disclosure: Slowly yet surely, I'm now reading most of CLAMP's manga since I've been an avid fan of their works in anime (Magic Knight Rayearth, Cardcaptor Sakura, Chobits and Kobato), not failing to mention that my all-time favorite manga (and certainly one that is close to my heart and soul) is probably the frustratingly tragic and punishingly intricate series xxxHoLic. I'm also finally completing my readings for Tsubasa Chronicle on the side because this is supposedly CLAMP's magnus opei ...more
Marialena I.
Mar 14, 2016 Marialena I. rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga
Firstly, i read X, another manga series of Clamp and the story concerning Subaru, was so so interesting. So, i wanted to read Tokyo Babylon as it focuses on the past of Subaru and finally we learn what really happened to him!!!! It was an amazing read!!!!
Danni Wiggins
Jul 19, 2014 Danni Wiggins rated it it was amazing
I have loved this manga since I was sixteen, and I own the Tokyo Pop printing of Tokyo Babylon. I will admit that I had some apprehensions at re-reading a newly formatted, newly translated, newly printed edition of one of my all time favorite manga, but I'm beyond happy that I did.

The original translations were good, especially for their time, when manga was still a tepid industry with an uncertain future, but they were dated. You could feel the 90s rolling off of every word. The new translatio
May 21, 2014 Rachel rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga
Tokyo, 1991. The young onmyouji Subaru works hard to save those that are affected by the occult. With his supportive, and enthusiastic sister, and the mysterious Seishiro by his side, he is able to help people on many levels. His own life is not simple. He works, so has little time for school, or to fulfill his own dreams, and there is also the matter of Seishiro. Due to the ambiguous nature of their relationship, Clamp tantalizes us with the possibilities. Does Seishiro really love Subaru? Not ...more
This is one of the more unsettling manga that I've ever read, but also one of the most beautiful. The warped core relationship unfolds with such well-paced suspense that it could carry this omnibus on its own. (I do think, as a reader, that Hokuto may be one of the densest characters in fiction for cheering this on, but that's her problem.) However, it's set against a backdrop of striking artwork, gory occult morality plays, and super-90s fashion and technology that really made it stand out for ...more
May 24, 2014 Annette rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga
Since I'm re-reading CLAMP I figured I'd start with their earlier works. Tokyo Babylon is the prequel to X/1999 and focuses on the relationship between Subaru and Seishiro, two of the last remaining onmyoji in Japan. While Subaru and his twin Hokuto are open about Subaru's power, Seishiro avoids confirming their suspicions regarding his family ties. Hokuto and Seishiro tease Subaru relentlessly about seeing the older Sei-chan marry Subaru, which Subaru does his best to play off.

This first volume
the golden witch.
If you were a manga fan in the ’90s, you knew about CLAMP. CLAMP was just really getting big back then – first with early titles like this one, then its sequel, “X”, and later, “Cardcaptor Sakura” and other series. But if you’re really looking for some 90s nostalgia (pre-bubble), this is definitely the series for you to check out. It’s got pretty much everything you could want – romance, danger, diversity in sexual preferences, all that good stuff. And Dark Horse hasn’t done us wrong with these ...more
May 18, 2013 Heather rated it liked it
Reviewing this one for LJ, so I'll include more of my personal thoughts here:

I owned this series in Japanese for quite a while, but ended up donating it to a library--the Japanese version doesn't have any furigana (symbols that help you read the kanji, or Chinese characters), so it's pretty difficult to read for someone who doesn't aspire to become a Japanese translator. I was excited that LJ serendipitously sent me this English version to review.

This is a somewhat creepy, fairly intriguing earl
Jan 20, 2015 Marina rated it liked it
Shelves: manga, romance, fiction
I give this 3.5-4 stars. This is a prequel to CLAMP's X. Just a couple of guys who are destined to be...a couple? This series was one of the first BL(boy's love) manga to be published in the west. The story keeps you guessing. Intriguing. Nice classic illustrations.
Note to Self:1991 Tokyo,Japan
Subaru Sumeragi(16yo,twin bro,13th descendant Sumeragi clan,onmyoji(sorcerer),occultist,future
Sep 02, 2015 Cavocorax rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
What's it about? It's about Subaru, one of Japan's most powerful onmyoji (occultist), his twin Hokuto and their older friend Seishiro (another occultist who has what seems to be an unhealthy interest in Subaru).

Why did I read it?: It was recommended to me by friends who felt it had similar themes to Hannibal and Will & Hannibal's twisted relationship.

Favourite idea/part?: The story of the mother seeking revenge against her daughter's killer, and the morality Subaru struggled with as he tried
Sep 19, 2015 Lila rated it it was amazing
I love Clamp. I love Clamp. the art, the characters, the universe crossovers. bah. love. this is one of their earlier works and the art is very much 90s manga. the story moves very fast and the major undertone of the darkness that is going to seduce the pure and goodness of the main character picks up near the end of the omnibus. these three main characters you will see later, in other series, some blatant some subtle, and I will love them in that. there is a lot of this dichotomy in their works ...more
Eh. I've read better supernatural things from CLAMP.

This was extremely text heavy, even for a CLAMP work, which made it a bit of a chore to read. The artwork was good, but panels ranged from sparse to overcrowded. I was glad that the omnibus editions were printed on larger paper because the overcrowding would've been painful in a normal-sized manga volume.

The characters were so-so. I can't say I particularly liked or disliked anyone in the book.

Over all, this was mediocre. Probably won't continu
Scottsdale Public Library
Some of Clamp's memoriable characters come to life in this prequel of X. Tokyo Babylon can be comical and other times very dark but never boring. When an occult case comes up in Tokyo, Subaru Sumeragi is on it. Head of the family of onmyōji he is dedicated to helping those in need, even if some of them are ghosts. Together with his twin sister Hokuto and his friend Seishiro they solve mysteries, some more peculiar than others, but the one that Subaru seems to not be able to solve is the one ...more
Nov 28, 2015 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
Gorgeous art. Creepy antagonist. Love it.

Volume 1 of the Dark Horse omnibus covers chapters 0 to 5.A (Volumes 1-3, and half of 4), and is currently the only English version still in print. New translation, English sound effects alongside the original, as opposed to the Tokyopop print's glossary system, more thorough explanations in text about cultural references. Super high contrast in this print, and includes all the original photos included in the Tokyopop publication, as well as additional ar
Nameh dah
May 21, 2013 Nameh dah rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mangas-que-tengo
No lanzaré mierda a la edición hasta que confirme el recorte. Quizás, y tengo fe, Dark Horse solo lo ha hecho a modo de ordenar el asunto y dejó el cap de la hermana guapa para el siguiente tomo. De lo contrario, gritaré y reclamaré mucho. MUCHO.

Por lo demás, amor de imágenes a color, amor de historia. No hay nada que me pueda causar más depre que esa apuesta.
Mar 17, 2014 Nathaniel rated it it was amazing
Anyone who has an interest in symbolism and the occult should read this omnibus, even if you aren't a manga fan. For those of of us trained to read into what symbolism means, this is a great opportunity to think about those images, as well as analyze the complexities of the human condition.
Apr 30, 2015 LadyCello rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, manga
Excellent manga series so far! I am a fan of stories involving spiritual elements. I enjoy all of the main characters, and am looking forward to learning what Seishiro really is in book two. I don't expect a happy ending, or necessarily a tidy one.
Aug 28, 2016 Fox rated it really liked it
Wonderful! It feels so good to revisit this story! I watched anime years ago and it is my first time reading manga and I am enjoying it so much.

Have to brace myself for an inevitable heartbreak in volume 2 though :(
Dec 17, 2013 Iris rated it it was amazing
read omnibus 1+2. another series i own in mandarin and haven't understood... thks to dark horse for the english translation. story explores relationship of happiness-seeking and consequence. good stuff.
Jan 23, 2015 Wit rated it really liked it
Tokyo Babylon was one of the first anime I ever saw so it holds a social place in my heart. I was surprised to see that they had a manga and that it is in the omnibus style. The nostalgia is strong for me while I read them.
Jun 19, 2013 Stephanie rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, manga
I have NO IDEA why Dark Horse published this abridged instead of the whole thing, and i may or may not be a rage-monster over it. But this edition is still big and pretty and has bonus color art.
Neko Musume
How do I rate this?
I freaking love the story, but some of the art...
Four stars it is.
Jun 17, 2013 P. rated it liked it
Pros: 1991 fashion! The oversized shoulders and tiny head of the "love" interest! A plot that revolves around a party line!

Cons: Geez, stop pressuring the poor kid to fall in love.
Alesya Hendrix
Apr 02, 2013 Alesya Hendrix rated it it was amazing
i like this one better then x it fun and cute i read the first book 10 time lol now i want the second
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