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Ultimate Muscle: Volume 1 (Ultimate Muscle: The Kinnikuman Legacy) [Paperback]

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  • Paperback: 226 pages
  • Publisher: Viz Media (15 Sep 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591162580
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591162582
  • Product Dimensions: 18.6 x 12.8 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,067,635 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars ultimate muscle vol 1 24 Feb 2006
this is the first in the ultimate nuscle series which is personally one of my favourite manga series. ultimate muscle is a bizarly funny manga about a cowardly yet incredibly powerful young super wrestler who is reluctantly forced to save the earth from the evil dMp! he is mantaro muscle prince of planet muscle and is known in the ring as kid muscle. the big outragous wrestling moves are incredible! this first graphic novel sets the scene and story and has the special introductory chapters for the muscle leagues new generations training in the hercules factory. and has the fight between kid muscle and his legendary father king muscle! however the fights are short and not as fun in this first volume but hey they get better! it also introduces you to one of my favourite character kevin mask although he doesnt fight properly until far in the series!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pro Wrestling: Manga Style! 3 May 2005
By Krendall - Published on
If you were a kid in the mid 1980's, you might remember a series of small, rubber wrestling figures called M.U.S.C.L.E. What you might not konw, is those figures were inspired by a Japanese comic series called Kinnikuman ("Muscle Man"). The comic followed the life of Kinniku Suguru, as he went from a clumsy, inept super-hero to eventually becoming king of his home planet.

Now it's years later. The heroes of the old Kinnikuman have all become older and weaker. Now it is time for the second generation to step up. The (reluctant) leader of this new generation is Suguru's son, Montaro. Though Montaro hates fighting, he has inherited his father's "fire" and can call upon great power when he truly needs it. This power has earned Montaro the nickname of Kinnkuman Nisei ("Muscle Man the Second"; Kid Muscle in the US). Along with Terry the Kid (Terry "The Grand" Kenyon), Gazelleman (Dik Dik Van Dik), Seiuchin (Wally Tusket), and many more wacky wrestlers, Montaro must grow up and take on his father's role of protecting the earth.

Ultimate Muscle is filled with humor, many of it toilet related. One of the biggest running gags is Montaro's tendancy to wet himself when he gets scared! The wrestling itself is downright wacky as the wrestlers are able to pull off moves that are downright impossible in reality.

If you've ever been a wrestling fan and you love wacky humor, you'll love Ultimate Muscle.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and funny! 31 Jan 2013
By romevi - Published on
This is one of them mangas that you eventually run into if you start your journey into Japanese comics. Its popularity in Japan is/was tremendous, but unfortunately it didn't have the same success here in the States. Unless if you count the MUSCLE toys from the `80s, which I've never seen. Still, even though the original Kinnikuman hasn't been published here, VIZ Media saw fit to bring over Kinnikuman Nisei and call it Ultimate Muscle. I'm glad they did.

Ultimate Muscle is about Mantaro, the original Kinnikuman's son. Now that the glorious warriors and rulers of the previous generation have aged and succumbed to years of peace, a new threat arises to take their chance, but the next generation of good guys must rise to restore order.

I actually had a lot of fun reading the first tankobon. I've been reading this and JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, and, while I like JoJo's in its own right, I had more fun reading Ultimate Muscle. Perhaps it's the whimsical humor and flatulent comedy in UM; perhaps it's the pacing. It's very tightly written, aptly introducing the older wrestlers as they need to to both integrate them in the new storyline and slowly get new readers, like me, up to pace.

The humor is definitely immature, with some of Kinnikuman's techniques relying on non-oral bodily wind, but that ain't a bad thing. I highly recommend this series; I'm eager to jump into the next volume. VIZ has done a great job translating the series.
0 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I am cooler than that loser who gave Whistle 3 stars! I rule 27 Nov 2004
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Ultimate Muscle is about this little whimp Mantaro,who soon becomes one hell of a wrestler!It is hella funny and has a bunch of wrestling action.The funniest part is when Mantaro tells his dad to give him playmuscle.If you dont buy it ill kick your sorry ass(that means you guy who gave Whistle! 3 stars)
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