Osu!! Karatebu

Author(s): TAKAHASHI Kouji

Status: Ongoing

Rank: 5316th Comments

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Volume 17Chapter 169-171
Ch 171 Point fo Death     Jul 17, 2017 Ch 170 The Karate Club's SO...     Jun 9, 2017 Ch 169     May 24, 2017
Volume 16Chapter 157-168
Ch 168 Marimo in Danger+     Apr 10, 2017 Ch 167 Trump Card     Mar 18, 2017 Ch 166 The Pet Dog Strikes...     Feb 22, 2017 Ch 165 Exhibition Match     Jan 24, 2017 Ch 164 Before the Showdown!...     Dec 28, 2016 Ch 163 Guts Killing     Dec 12, 2016 Ch 162 A Simple and Fun Gam...     Nov 28, 2016 Ch 161 Conclusion of Negoti...     Nov 7, 2016 Ch 160 Declaration of War!?     Oct 18, 2016 Ch 159 Decision for the Mom...     Sep 30, 2016 Ch 158 A Painful Ceremony     Sep 10, 2016 Ch 157 Coming to Tokyo     Aug 28, 2016
Volume 15Chapter 146-156
Ch 156 Setting Out     Aug 14, 2016 Ch 155 A Sorrowful Heart     Aug 1, 2016 Ch 154 Wavering Days     Jul 19, 2016 Ch 153 Judgment     Jul 6, 2016 Ch 152 Finale     Jun 22, 2016 Ch 151 Secret of the Fa Jin     Jun 6, 2016 Ch 150 Recovery     May 25, 2016 Ch 149 Takagi Defeated!?     May 12, 2016 Ch 148 Like Fire...     May 3, 2016 Ch 147 The Impending Storm     Apr 23, 2016 Ch 146 Becoming a Wolf     Apr 16, 2016
Volume 14Chapter 137-145
Volume 13Chapter 123-136
Volume 12Chapter 112-122
Volume 11Chapter 101-111
Volume 10Chapter 90-100
Volume 09Chapter 79-89
Volume 08Chapter 69-78
Volume 07Chapter 58-68
Volume 06Chapter 47-57
Volume 05Chapter 39-46
Volume 04Chapter 28-38
Volume 03Chapter 18-27
Volume 02Chapter 10-17
Volume 01Chapter 1-9
The series began as a fairly humorous and lighthearted satire of Japan's teenage delinquent-gang subculture told from the perspective of Matsushita Tadashi (who also narrates these early Karate Bu stories), a 2nd year student at Kangokou High and a constant target of Kangokou's numerous bullies who beat him up routinely after school. He is almost always accompanied by his best friend Saitou Takaki, who is also constantly harassed. As the pair grow increasingly tired of being victimized they decide to join the titular Karate Club, which is notorious throughout Osaka's youth gangs for training and producing the city's most hardened and toughest teenage thugs while maintaining the facade of a legit school sports club. But when they join the club, they find themselves picked on just as much if not worse by the club's current members. But as the story progresses they grow to be increasingly capable fighters. Along with the manga's change in attitude and central character, the various teenage fighters throughout the series grew increasingly stronger and even began to tap into superhuman ki abilities, putting Osu!! Karate Bu in the company of other similar epic Shōnen fighting manga such as Yu Yu Hakusho, Dragon Ball, and Fist of the North Star. Osu!! Karate Bu was wildly popular in its native Japan, but is otherwise almost completely unknown in most other countries. It spawned a four episode OVA mini-series released over a period of two years from 1990-1992, a 1990 live action movie, and a 1994 Super Famicom fighting game.
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