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Holyland

Holyland

Yuu is a high school kid who doesn't really fit anywhere. To find a place he can belong, be accepted, he will do anything. However one thing leads to another and he is forced to fight to keep his place, his holyland.

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mitja545 mitja545 says...

Both mangas deal with the same theme - a fragile teenager needs to learn martial arts in order to survive (however Ryo from Shamo is an addult after the initial arc), but holyland takes a more lighthearted approach to it. If you don't like the brutality of shamo, maybe give Holyland a shot.

Rainbow

Rainbow

In 1955 era Japan, ten years after World War II caused countless to descend into poverty, six young men are transported to a special disciplinary school where countless horrors await them. Overseen by a sadistic, abusive guard and a perverted doctor who requires invasive "inspections," the school is the new home of these boys who committed petty and oft-necessary crimes. Alongside their cellmate, the wise and hardened Rokurouta, the young men will try their best to survive their incarceration and hold on to the fleeting rainbows in their hearts.

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sothis sothis says...

Shamo's first arc, which lasts a few vols, is very much like Rainbow's story, revolving around delinquents in very harsh situations. The difference being in Rainbow, the difficulties lie with the staff/conditions, while in Shamo, the difficulties lie with the other inmates. Both have disturbing themes, as well, though Shamo is far more explicit/graphic.

Sun-Ken Rock

Sun-Ken Rock

Ken lost his family as a child, and when he confessed to the girl he loved from afar, Yumin, he lost her too in a very different way! For Yumin made her own confession: she's actually Korean, and left for her homeland to become a police officer. One year later, Ken leaves Japan to find his lost love, unintentionally becoming the leader of a brutal Korean gang in the process! It's tough to stay alive in the underworld, but Ken will try his best to keep the peace and rise to power, even though all he wants is a date with the lovely Yumin.

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Theblackswordsman Theblackswordsman says...

Both these series are dark and take alot of readers out of their comfort zone. Sun-Ken Rock has more of a heroic lead than the Anti-hero in Shamo, but they both have equaly horrific tales. If you liked Shamo then you will most likely enjoy reading Sun-Ken, ecpecially after the 5th volume.

Wounded Man

Wounded Man

Keisuki Ibaraki is not a man to be trifled with and the pornography company, G.P.X., makes a grave mistake when they kidnap his high school sweetheart, force her to do unspeakable acts and then make her commit suicide. Keisuki is now on a mission of vengeance and will stop at nothing until he vindicates the memory of his dead girlfriend. Travel with him through the jungles of Brazil as he exacts his revenge, one by one, on the unsuspecting murderers. However, hot on his trail, is the pure-as-white reporter, Yuko Kusaka, sniffing out any kind of story that will gain her recognition. Keisuki confronts her and the ensuing Karate battle tests their wills, as well as Yuko's purity

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Violence Jack: Jigoku Machihen

Violence Jack: Jigoku Machihen

Six months ago, a massive earthquake sunk a massive Japanese city into the ground, burying it from the outside world. The survivors split themselves into three groups: A, with normal salarymen; B, with criminals and lunatics led by the towering Mad Saurus; and C, an all-female group. However, once food supplies began to dwindle the once-kind men of the A group brutally gang-raped the women of the C group, causing the ladies to seal themselves up deep within the ruins. Now, the A group is working towards digging their way to the surface when they unearth Violence Jack, a massive giant. Though the A group wants Jack to help defend them against the B group, he ultimately chooses to protect the C group against all of the others. A bloody civil war approaches - will anyone escape alive?

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Shin Violence Jack

Shin Violence Jack

The devastation caused by the Kantou Hell Quake sunk the buildings in the center of Tokyo deep beneath the waves. A great number of human lives and and a great deal of property sunk along with them. There's no shortage of people aiming to claim these sunken valuables. Many of those people are pirates, who arrived from overseas in salvage ships of unknown nationality. Every night, these pirates raid the chain of small islands, which all that remains of the Kantou region, and assault the survivors. However, there was no one who was able to stand against the pirates! It was a completely lawless zone. It was Japan, but not Japan: A land and a people completely forsaken by their country. That is, until Violence Jack rises from the ocean to help the islands' inhabitants fight the pirates and their allies, the New Shu Army.

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Heisei Busou Seigidan

Heisei Busou Seigidan

Kamikaze Zero armors himself to fight off an extremely immoral group of bullies.

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Violence Jack

Violence Jack

September 11, 197x, In the whole Kantou region a magnitude 8-9 violent earthquake occurred. Scholars called it the great destruction of the Showa Era, but the people called it the earthquake from hell! Volcanoes erupted, buildings crumbled, Tokyo became decimated in a single day. The government, after failing to recover the city, abandons Tokyo and moves the capital. The survivors form a society with no laws. In this harsh lawless world emerges Jack, a 10 foot giant who annihilates anyone and anything in his path. The manga details his journey.

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Bradherley no Basha

Bradherley no Basha

Every year, teenaged orphans dream that they might be one of the lucky girls adopted by Lord Nicola A. Bradherley. The honor means a place in the household as well as a spot in the famous Bradherley opera troupe, and many such as Diana, Ruby and others wish nothing more than to be chosen. However, what the girls don't know is that being picked means traveling to a brutal, horrifying fate that is worse than death...

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Kyouko

Kyouko

What do you fight for? One takes up arms to survive, another trains oneself for one's own dream, and Kyoko has made herself a bullet for love.

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