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Chiruran – Shinsengumi Requiem Art: EIJI HASHIMOTO, Story: SHINYA UMEMURA

A man is defined by the way of his death.


On the eve of a new era, Kyoto was in chaos. Different factions were moving at cross-purposes, and with the clash of different ideals, many were resorting to violence to enforce their views. To bring back order to the streets of Kyoto, Shinsengumi – the supposed guardians of peace – were formed. A chosen group of hot blooded youth, on a mission to save Kyoto, and to prove their worth… This is a tale of proud young Samurai mercenaries, who lived and died by the sword, in a turbulent period of political upheaval. To them, a man is defined by the way he dies.

From the Editor

Although there are many stories based on the Shinsengumi, Chiruran stands out for its vivid characters, who are brimming with individuality. Whether hero, villain, or something in between, every character is passionate, determined and full of life… just like a modern day juvenile manga! In this manga, samurai don’t feel like some distant part of history, they feel alive! With the excellent drawing style of Hashimoto-sensei, you can almost feel them breathing over your shoulder as you read it! Please take special note of each character’s final moments – the time which determines their worth as a Samurai. Put simply, this isn’t just another historical manga, but rather an exciting tale of young, determined, sometimes violent Samurai. Please enjoy!
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