Saikyō Densetsu Kurosawa

Saikyō Densetsu Kurosawa
SaikyōDensetsuKurosawaVol1.jpg
Cover of the first volume
最強伝説 黒沢
GenreComedy[1]
Manga
Written byNobuyuki Fukumoto
Published byShogakukan
DemographicSeinen
ImprintBig Comics
MagazineBig Comic Original
Original runDecember 2002September 2006
Volumes11 (List of volumes)
Manga
Shin Kurosawa: Saikyō Densetsu
Written byNobuyuki Fukumoto
Published byShogakukan
DemographicSeinen
ImprintBig Comics
MagazineBig Comic Original
Original runMay 2013 – present
Volumes16 (List of volumes)
Manga
Saitsuyo Densetsu Nakane
Written byKenji Yokoi
Nobuyuki Fukumoto (collaboration)
Illustrated byMotomu Uehara
Kazuya Arai
Published byShogakukan
DemographicSeinen
ImprintBig Spirits Comics
MagazineYawaraka Spirits
Original runDecember 6, 2017April 18, 2018
Volumes1
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Saikyō Densetsu Kurosawa (最強伝説 黒沢, lit. "Strongest Legend Kurosawa") is a Japanese seinen manga series written and illustrated by Nobuyuki Fukumoto. It was published in Shogakukan's Big Comic Original from 2002 to 2006. It is followed by a sequel Shin Kurosawa Saikyō Densetsu (新黒沢 最強伝説, lit. "New Kurosawa – Strongest Legend") launched in 2013.[1] A spinoff focused on the main series' secondary character Nakane, Saitsuyo Densetsu Nakane (最強伝説 仲根, lit. "Toughest Legend Nakane"), launched in 2017.[2]

The series follows Kurosawa, a middle-aged construction worker going through a mid-life crisis, as he attempts to earn the respect of his co-workers. Despite his good intentions, his actions often fail to work out as planned, eventually resulting in him becoming targeted by attacks from school gangs.

Characters[edit]

Anadaira Construction[edit]

Kurosawa (黒沢)
The titular main character of the story. Born December 10, 1958, given name unknown. An unmarried veteran blue-collar worker who has been employed at Anadaira Construction (穴平建設, Anadaira Kensetsu) for 26 years since graduating high school. Though normally very timid, he shows an extraordinary bravery and willingness to put his life on the line when his pride is at stake.
Yoshiaki Sakaguchi (坂口 義明, Sakaguchi Yoshiaki)
Kurosawa's younger co-worker, thought to be around his 20s. Earlier in the story he shows dislike towards Kurosawa due to a misunderstanding, but later forms a friendship with him and the rest of the work colleagues.
Junichi Asai (浅井 純一, Asai Junichi)
Kurosawa's younger co-worker, he is immature in both his looks and personality. His hobby is video games and he likes to sing karaoke of Shōgo Hamada's songs. It is later revealed he was a victim of bullying in the past, and shows a great deal of concern towards Kurosawa when he is attacked by middle schoolers.
Arita (有田)
Kurosawa's younger co-worker. He gets along well with Sakaguchi. His zodiac sign is Gemini.
Nakanishi (中西)
Kurosawa's younger co-worker. He gets along well with Sakaguchi.
Shūhei Akamatsu (赤松 修平, Akamatsu Shūhei)
Kurosawa's younger co-worker. He is a 28 year old site foreman with a beautiful wife and two kids. He is highly popular among the Anadaira Construction workers for his hard-working and humble personality. Kurosawa considers him his rival.

Fujisaki Junior High[edit]

Shizuka (しづか)
A juvenile delinquent. She and her group of three hooligans first initiate the assault on Kurosawa.
Shūhei Nakane (仲根 秀平, Nakane Shūhei)
A junior high school student who stands at about 190 cm (6 ft 3 in) tall. He specializes in boxing. He is the main character of the spinoff series Saitsuyo Densetsu Nakane where he strives to gain popularity on social media.

Miscellaneous[edit]

Toku (徳さん, Toku-san)
One of the homeless people living in a public park. He hates being called homeless and instead prefers the term "residentially challenged". Despite claiming to have abandoned hope, he stubbornly keeps a suit he used to wear in order to get a job.
Akane ()
A widowed old woman living with the homeless people. She has lived an unfulfilling life and always laments that she wasn't instead named "Okane" (which means "money" in Japanese) when she was born.
Ryōichi Miki (御木 涼一, Miki Ryōichi)
A lazy son of the director of a major hospital and medical student himself. He uses his financial muscle and illegal drugs to control a biker gang known as Gallon Kids.

Volume list[edit]

Saikyō Densetsu Kurosawa[edit]

No.Release date ISBN
1 June 30, 2003[3]ISBN 4-09-187041-4
  1. "Today" (今日, Kyō)
  2. "Desire" (望み, Nozomi)
  3. "Proposal" (申し出, Mōshide)
  4. "Arrogance" (驕り, Ogori)
  1. "Lunch" (昼めし, Hirumeshi)
  2. "Entreaty" (懇願, Kongan)
  3. "Sunday" (日曜日, Nichiyōbi)
  4. "Future" (未来, Mirai)
2 September 30, 2003[4]ISBN 4-09-187042-2
  1. "Duty" (任務, Ninmu)
  2. "Heating" (発熱, Hatsunetsu)
  3. "Disbelief" (不信, Fushin)
  4. "Family" (家族, Kazoku)
  5. "Luck" (ツキ, Tsuki)
  1. "Drive" (ドライブ, Doraibu)
  2. "Irritation" (苛立ち, Iradachi)
  3. "Baseball" (野球, Yakyū)
  4. "Quagmire" (泥濘, Nukarumi)
3 March 30, 2004[5]ISBN 4-09-187043-0
  1. "Forgiveness" (赦し, Yurushi)
  2. "Escape" (遁走, Tonsō)
  3. "Declaration" (宣言, Sengen)
  4. "Proof" (証明, Shōmei)
  1. "Spread of Fire" (延焼, Enshō)
  2. "Headache" (頭痛, Zutsū)
  3. "Before a Gate" (門前, Monzen)
  4. "Reunion" (再会, Saikai)
4 October 29, 2004[6]ISBN 4-09-187044-9
  1. "Ignition" (発火, Hakka)
  2. "Rousing" (呼び水, Yobimizu)
  3. "Nakane" (仲根)
  4. "Defense" (防御, Bōgyo)
  1. "Conflict" (衝突, Shōtotsu)
  2. "Breaking In" (踏み込み, Fumikomi)
  3. "Running Backwards" (背走, Haisō)
  4. "Critical Point" (臨界点, Rinkaiten)
5 November 30, 2004[7]ISBN 4-09-187045-7
  1. "Memento" (遺物, Ibutsu)
  2. "High-Grade Sake" (美酒, Bishu)
  3. "Chain Reaction" (連鎖, Rensa)
  4. "Leaving the Nest" (巣立ち, Sudachi)
  1. "Squared Timber" (角材, Kakuzai)
  2. "Label" (レッテル, Retteru)
  3. "Siblings" (兄弟, Kyōdai)
  4. "Azabu" (麻布)
6 May 30, 2005[8]ISBN 4-09-187046-5
  1. "Paradise" (楽園, Rakuen)
  2. "Closet" (小部屋, Kobeya)
  3. "After the Party" (宴のあと, Utage no Ato)
  4. "Discussion" (相談, Sōdan)
  1. "Drunken Samurai" (酔い侍, Yoi Samurai)
  2. "Determination" (決意, Ketsui)
  3. "Do-or-Die Spirit" (決死, Kesshi)
  4. "Biological Warfare" (人間兇器, Ningen Kyōki)
7 October 28, 2005[9]ISBN 4-09-187047-3
  1. "Punishment" (制裁, Seisai)
  2. "Tribute" (貢ぎ物, Mitsugimono)
  3. "Surprise Attack" (奇襲, Kishū)
  4. "Suspect" (容疑者, Yōgisha)
  1. "Great Detective" (名探偵, Meitantei)
  2. "Caustic Words" (啖呵, Tanka)
  3. "Criminal" (犯人, Hannin)
  4. "The Real Criminal" (真犯人, Shinhannin)
8 February 28, 2006[10]ISBN 4-09-180206-0
  1. "Clique" (派閥, Habatsu)
  2. "Fall" (落下, Rakka)
  3. "Transformation" (変身, Henshin)
  4. "Nobunaga" (信長)
  1. "Convening" (召集, Shōshū)
  2. "Trouble in Akagi" (「赤城」の変, Akagi no Hen)
  3. "Control" (制圧, Seiatsu)
  4. "Retaliation" (報復, Hōfuku)
9 July 28, 2006[11]ISBN 4-09-180590-6
  1. "Reward" (報酬, Hōshū)
  2. "Rest" (安息, Ansoku)
  3. "Despair" (絶望, Zetsubō)
  4. "Newcomer" (新人, Shinjin)
  1. "Muddy Feet" (土足, Dosoku)
  2. "Proclamation" (布告, Fukoku)
  3. "Responsibility" (責任, Sekinin)
  4. "Chances of Success" (勝算, Shōsan)
10 November 30, 2006[12]ISBN 4-09-180800-X
  1. "Morale" (士気, Shiki)
  2. "Bewilderment" (惑い, Madoi)
  3. "Battle Arrangements" (戦支度, Ikusa-jitaku)
  4. "Akane" ()
  1. "Farewell" (別れ, Wakare)
  2. "Story" (物語, Monogatari)
  3. "Uplift" (昂揚, Shukushō-kai)
  4. "Pararara" (パラララ)
11 November 30, 2006[13]ISBN 4-09-180802-6
  1. "Beginning" (端緒, Tansho)
  2. "Charge" (突進, Tosshin)
  3. "Stronghold" (本陣, Honjin)
  4. "Immortal" (不死身, Fujimi)
  5. "Disastrous Scene" (惨状, Sanjō)
  1. "Rising to Action" (決起, Kekki)
  2. "Retreat" (敗走, Haisō)
  3. "Victory Celebration Party" (祝勝会, Shukushō-kai)
  4. "Everyone" (みんな, Minna)

Shin Kurosawa: Saikyō Densetsu[edit]

No.Release date ISBN
1 November 29, 2013[14]ISBN 978-4-09-185688-3
2 May 3, 2014[15]ISBN 978-4-09-186224-2
3 July 30, 2014[16]ISBN 978-4-09-186350-8
4 January 30, 2015[17]ISBN 978-4-09-186764-3
5 May 29, 2015[18]ISBN 978-4-09-187055-1
6 November 30, 2015[19]ISBN 978-4-09-187318-7
7 March 30, 2016[20]ISBN 978-4-09-187525-9
8 August 30, 2016[21]ISBN 978-4-09-187767-3
9 December 28, 2016[22]ISBN 978-4-09-189269-0
10 May 30, 2017[23]ISBN 978-4-09-189519-6
11 August 30, 2017[24]ISBN 978-4-09-189628-5
12 December 27, 2017[25]ISBN 978-4-09-189712-1
13 May 30, 2018[26]ISBN 978-4-09-189883-8
14 September 30, 2018[27]ISBN 978-4-09-860084-7
15 January 30, 2019[28]ISBN 978-4-09-860212-4

Saitsuyo Densetsu Nakane[edit]

No.Release date ISBN
1 May 30, 2018[29]ISBN 978-4-09-189874-6

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