Kurogane (manga)

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Alternative title:
Black Steel 
黒鉄 (Japanese) 
Genres: action 
Themes: historical , samurai , swordplay 
Objectionable content: Significant 
Plot Summary: Set in the Tokugawa era of feudal Japan, Kurogane is the story of Jintetsu - a wandering samurai with a difference. Initially a feared assassin and a wanted man, Jintetsu dies at the hands of his pursuers only to be "repaired" by a maverick inventor who brings Jintetsu back to life as a sort of pre-industrial cyborg. Jintetsu, however, is something of an unfinished product and never regains the power of speech following his resurrection - instead his sentient sword does the talking for him and accompanies him on his travels as he strives to deal with his painful memories and his hollow and artificial existance. Along the way, Jintetsu encounters friends, foes and figures from his past resulting in a story that's a combination of drama, combat and introspection. 
User Ratings: 33 ratings have been given [details]
 Masterpiece: -
 Excellent: 5 votes (Eng:5)
 Very good: 10 votes (Eng:6, sub:3, ?:1)
 Good: 9 votes (Eng:7, raw:1, sub:1)
 Decent: 6 votes (Eng:6)
 So-so: 2 votes (Eng:2)
 Not really good: -
 Weak: 1 vote (Eng:1)
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Seen in part or in whole by 77 users, rank: #1023 (of 4810)
Median rating: Good
Arithmetic mean: 7.182 (Good+), std. dev.: 1.3361, rank: #2450 (of 4922)
Weighted mean: 7.132 (Good), rank: #2473 (of 4922) (seen all: 7.31 / seen some: 6.80)
Bayesian estimate: 7.203 (Good+), rank: #1834 (of 2926)
Number of tankoubon: 5 
Number of pages: 222 
2006-06-27 to 2007-06-26 (North America) 
Release dates: We have 11
Kurogane GN 3 (Mar 8, 2007)
Kurogane GN 2 (Oct 16, 2006)
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Graphic novel
    Kurogane (GN 1) 2006-06-27 (from $8.76)
    Kurogane (GN 2) 2006-09-26 (from $8.76)
    Kurogane (GN 3) 2006-12-26 (from $8.40)
    Kurogane (GN 4) 2007-03-27 (from $8.76)
    Kurogane (GN 5) 2007-06-26 (from $8.76)

Japanese staff
Japanese cast
Story & Art: Kei Toume 
Japanese companies
Publisher: Kodansha 
English staff
English cast
Translation: Akira Tsubasa 

Adaptation: Alex Kent 
Cover Design: David Stevenson 
Lettering: Gabriel Lee Levine 
English companies
Licensed by: Del Rey 
French staff
French companies
Publisher: Glenat (expired) 
French cast

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