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Sanctuary, Vol. 1

(Sanctuary #1)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  334 ratings  ·  25 reviews
As children, Akira Hojo and Chiaki Asami survived the horrors of the killing fields of Cambodia. Now young men, they vow to transform the destiny of Japan, by any means necessary. In this, the sixth volume of the erotically charged saga of political corruption, Asami and Hojo face life-threatening challenges in their respective rises to the top of the Japanese parliament a ...more
Paperback, 344 pages
Published May 8th 2004 by VIZ Media LLC (first published May 1993)
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George Filippakis
Jul 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
How long can a shallow story, about determination and manliness keep a thinking fan's interest?
Well, this particular shallow story can keep it up its whole length of 108 chapters.
It is a story about two young boys who, after surviving the horrors of Cambodia war and its aftermath, return to Japan, deem it unworthy of their ideals, and decide to “conquer” it.

The hellish conditions the two boys survived account for the forging of their iron will, but not for the charisma and their suaveness. And
Mayank Agarwal
Jan 16, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: manga
Great theme about mafia and politics. The Story started with a bang but was slow/drag by the end of it. The plots were very clever and well thought of at time and outright silly and gross other-times.The Art is superb,Characters are powerful and real.
Nov 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is like Hokuto no Ken, only that instead of implausible martial arts, it’s about implausible politics. Manly tears and idealistic machoness are still present though.

Story: 5

When I started reading Sanctuary I thought it would be a realistic story around politics, a rarely employed theme in both anime and manga. And although at first it looked like it would be exactly that, unfortunately the politics soon became so childish and idealistic that the manga lost much of its seriousness and ended
David Crane
Sep 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love Japanese manga and choosing this particular manga book, the first of the series of nine books was definitely a great choice. Writer Sho Fumimura and a veteran manga artist Ryoichi Ikegami make a good team in presenting their readers with exciting adventure set in late 20th century Japan. This is a unique story of two orphaned Japanese boys who survive as children against nearly impossible odds. One of them becomes a Yakuza, while another enters the Japanese politics. Sanctuary is a story ...more
Jan 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a yakuza story. But as such, it is also a story about politics. Writers have long been fixated on the connection (or, perhaps, indistinguishability) between crime and politics. Corruption, as I like to say, is the character of politics. In the case of yakuza, a bureaucracy better organized than most political machines, complex political plots are spun among the crime drama where one hand washes the other. In this case, Sho Fumimura attributes the corruption of the political arena to the ...more
Akash Vidyasagar
Jun 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
The story was built up well but there were a few occasions where I had to turn back some pages to re-read and understand what the characters were implying. The artistry is what takes this up a notch, really telling a real, complete story rather than implying stuff through conversation.

Moving onto Volume 2.
Collin Skeen
Jul 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Picked up 6/9 volumes of this at a book store yesterday. This art is so striking and there are some really beautiful scenes. Even though it's from the 90s, this resonates well with 2018. The young will overtake the old.
Dec 18, 2016 rated it liked it
Interesante inicio y un mundo que se lee complejo y adulto. El arte le suma varios puntos.
Oct 09, 2016 rated it it was ok
Ikegami’s a pretty good illustrator, but he’s not a good fit for sequential storytelling. Everything is really stiff and looks posed. There’s no flow between panels or even within them. The story is ok but everything seems to happen too conveniently. Not interesting enough to read beyond the first book.
Yasiru (reviews will soon be removed and linked to blog)
If House of Cards had been a manga (and not as consciously Shakespearean in the Macbeth/Richard III vein) it might have turned out something like this. The story is as ambitious as its protagonists (apparently Clark Kent and Matches Malone) and one is inclined to pardon sometimes too convenient resolutions just for that. The art is gorgeous, though people look a bit alike as a result. You might not notice this at first, because with the men at least the artist can make them either dull or naive ...more
Emizel Doe
Oct 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga
La obra maestra de Fumimura demuestra una vez mas que el manga no es simple ocio subjetivo y que este merece encarecidamente ser considerado un arte.

Sanctuary es una obra adulta, no porque muestre sangre y sexo, ni tampoco por mostrar un mundo hostil y criminal, si no porque se toma muy en serio a si mismo y se esfuerza ser realista, realista en las decisiones y formas de actuar de sus personajes, realista en los entornos y situaciones que muestra, cosa a la que tristemente pocas obras aspiran a
Jan 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This series was amazing. The art was amazing. The storyboard was amazing. Mr. Tokai and his "ahems" were a nice touch of realism.

The character development and their origins were a nice surprise. Reflecting on the turbulent time in Cambodia, the story closely follows the lives of the protagonists as they make their way closer to their Sanctuary. Unprecedented betrayals and rivalries run throughout the story, but I really like how the characters were not predictable or had it easy, which made th
Sep 15, 2007 rated it it was amazing
My #1 favorite graphic novel/manga of all time. And I don't say that lightly. This is some of the best fiction I've read, period, and I don't put graphic novels in the same class as standard novels. This is the incredible story of two men who decide they're talented and ruthless enough to save their country's declining standing, one on the side of the law, one on the criminal side, coordinating the two sides together to enact a deep change in the entire nation of Japan.

As they rise in the ranks
This very strange story has an interesting premise, but there are flaws in the execution. For instance, would a police inspector, even one in a bit of a panicky state, really mistake tomato juice for blood? That made the staged "rape" sequence hard to believe.
Also, as some others have commented, the women are drawn almost identically, which seems kind of creepy.
Yakuza, politics, gunplay, nudity, sex...lots of all of them.
The story itself is very interesting. Two teenagers take a vow to change th
Oct 24, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people that like crime and politics with a dose of japanese homo-erotic nationalism
this series was a pretty great one.

First of all, the art is amazing.

I remember while reading this back in high school, a guy who spent every summer in japan looked at one of the pages and said: "I know where that is". The art is detailed and amazingly realistic.

The characters are great, too- unpredictable, driven by complex motivation, displaying warped morality, everything you could hope for is there in abundance

Finally, the gripping story that unfolds over the course of the book, with maybe a
Briana Patterson
Jan 31, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: manga
Two men decide to take charge of Japan and change it for the better. However, to conquer such a task they must first conquer two great mountains and reach the top. Hojo reaches for the mafia, and Asami seeks to become prime minister by climbing through the Diet. They battle through a tangled web of blackmail, murder, subversion, sex and survival. Very Machiavellan, if I may say so.

However, in the telling of this tale, the reader is spared none of the gorey details, so this manga is not for the f
Kate M.
Oct 16, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of fictional politics, men, manga fans, shounen fans, everyone
Shelves: comics-manga
Sanctuary is a political thriller and crime story that features two childhood friends, Akira Hojo and Chiaki Asami, who are struggling to create a new way of living in Japan. However, the two friends take radically different paths: Akira chose the dark path of Japan's yakuza, while Chiaki strove to become the youngest member of the Japanese Diet (government).

The story is set in the 1990s and makes references to all the current events of the time, drawing them in to set the series' themes of poli
Nov 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
In my opinion, this artist can simply do no wrong. The story occasionally took a few detours into strange sexual kinks and political fantasies of the underrepresented Japanese...but who cares. This is Ikegami rendering at the peak of his powers. To the uninitiated, this is not to be missed!
Oct 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga-comics
Fantastic art with faces that were all recognizable and full of character and depth. Interesting and smart plot. Really enjoyable.
Aug 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Best realistic manga, ever!
Jun 14, 2016 marked it as to-read
Abdul J
Aug 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
review goes for all volumes
Serge Pierro
Sep 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
This is one of my all time favorite manga series. The artwork by Ikegami is breathtaking in its realism. Good story and interesting characters. NOT for kids!!
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Associated to: [Author: Buronson], [Author: Okamura Yoshiyuki]

Buronson (武論尊, Buronson), also known as Sho Fumimura (史村 翔, Fumimura Shō), is a Japanese manga writer most known by his famous work Hokuto no Ken, known in English as Fist of the North Star. In 2002, he shared the Shogakukan Manga Award for general manga for Heat with Ryoichi Ikegami.

Buronson was born as Yoshiyuki Okamura (岡村 善行, Okamur

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