Manga Giveaway: King of Thorn for Keeps

It’s time for Experiments in Manga’s monthly manga giveaway! This month you can enter for a chance to win a brand new copy of the first volume of Yuji Iwahara’s King of Thorn as was published by Tokyopop. The contest is open world-wide, so I hope you’ll take the opportunity to enter!

I was probably in middle school, or maybe even younger, when I first became interested in survival stories. I have yet to grow out of that particular fondness which is why manga like King of Thorn, where the characters’ struggle to survive is an important part of the plot, appeal to me. Survival stories can be found in just about any genre or flavor. You have survival “games” in manga like Koushun Takami and Masayuki Taguchi’s Battle Royale in which characters face off against each other for the right to live. In manga like Dragon Head, by Mochizuki Minetaro, characters struggle not only against each other but against apocalyptic and catastrophic conditions. Characters pit themselves against nature itself in manga like Baku Yumemakura and Jiro Taniguichi’s The Summit of the Gods. But no matter what the genre, they do what it takes to survive. It can be both terrifying and inspiring.

So, you may be wondering, how can you win King of Thorn, Volume 1?

1) In the comments below, tell me about your favorite survival manga. If you don’t have one, you can just mention that.
2) To earn a second entry in the giveaway, simply name a survival manga that hasn’t been mentioned yet by me or by someone else.
3) If you’re on Twitter, you can earn a bonus entry by tweeting about the contest. Make sure to include a link to this post and @PhoenixTerran (that’s me).

So that’s it! Each person can earn up to three entries for this giveaway. You have one week to submit your comments. If you have trouble leaving comments, or if you would prefer, you can e-mail me your entries at phoenixterran(at)gmail(dot)com. I’ll then post the comments in your name. The winner will be announced and randomly selected on March 7, 2012.

VERY IMPORTANT: Include some way that I can contact you. This can be an e-mail address, link to your website, Twitter username, or whatever. If I can’t figure out how to get a hold of you and you win, I’ll just draw another name.

Contest winner announced—Manga Giveaway: King of Thorn for Keeps Winner

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  1. I love King of Thorn! I already have a copy of Vol. 1 and I don’t know other survival manga so I’m not much help here but I’d love to hear other people’s favorites since I enjoyed this series quite a lot.

  2. I quite enjoyed 7Seeds by Yumi Tamura, the creator of Basara. Whenever I read the description of King of Thorn I’m reminded of 7Seeds — a bunch of people awake from suspended animation to a postapocalyptic world overrun by nature and dangerous creatures.

    Also, for sheer over-the-top audacity, I love that one Black Jack story where he’s stranded in the middle of nowhere in the Australian outback and ends up having to perform intestinal surgery on himself while fending off hungry dingoes with his scalpel.

  3. I love the art on King of Thorn, and I really regret not buying it while it was coming out. I’d love a copy of the first volume. :)

    My favourite survival manga is probably DRAGON HEAD, by Minetaro Mochizuki. A train derails inside a mountain during an earthquake, and only a boy and a girl from the same highschool class ona field trip survive… Well them and the crazy loner/otaku who hunts them in the darkness. It’s fantastic!

  4. 1. Haven’t read any.
    Have heard about Masayuki Taguchi’s Battle Royale, so probably will get to it.

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    Thank you Ash for the manga giveaway.

  5. Alessandra says

    My favorite would have to be HunterXHunter, The second would be GANTZ. The tweet is here:!/Sandrabbunnyfan/status/175377504272531456

    or :

    Sorry I cant really talk as I have to go visit my dad, but I will try to come back and reply.


  6. My favorite would be Highschool of the dead :)
    and the second survival manga ive read is Liar game, i really loved that one :D


  7. Nagihiko says

    1- I haven’t read really any survival manga- the only thing I can think of that might be counted as one would be Bloody Monday~

    2- If this counts, Higurashi no Naku Koro ni

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  8. Anonymous says

    1. I haven’t read too many, but my favorite so far would be High School of the Dead.

    2. I don’t know if this counts, but Tsubasa or even Until Death Do Us Part are good ones.


  9. My favorite survival manga is highschool of the dead and then there’s mirai nikki, and lastly death note. my email is

  10. 1. I haven’t read that much survival manga, but I would have to say that Gantz is the most charged one that I’ve read from.

    2. Metro Survive (kinda obscure, but I found it in my library of all places!)

    3. Tweet:!/kpossibles/status/177047029393002498

    email: kpham16[@]

  11. Anonymous says

    1. My favorite manga with survival aspects is Junko Mizuno’s Pure Trance. It reminds me a bit of Panty and Stocking, if P&S was about a civilization that relocated underground after WWIII, because the surface was too toxic. Anyways, one of the characters gets sick of the dystopia and breaks out, and has to figure out how to survive above ground.

    2. ^I’m not sure if that counts as #2 as well, but in case it doesn’t, Usamaru Furuya wrote a swell earthquake-survival manga called 51 Ways to Save Her.


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