Tanba Bunshichi


(餓狼伝, Garōden; literally: "The Legend of the Hungry Wolf") is a series of Japanese martial arts novels by Baku Yumemakura that have been published for 36 years with the latest (Shin Garouden 4) being released in 2018. The first part being 13 volumes and the second part is 4 so far. They have been adapted as a feature film, a manga by Keisuke Itagaki (of Baki the Grappler fame), and two video games. The film was released on January 25, 1995. The two video games are Garōden Breakblow (餓狼伝 Breakblow), released November 17, 2005 and Garōden Breakblow Fist or Twist (餓狼伝 Breakblow Fist or Twist), released March 15, 2007, both for PlayStation 2. The author hinted in the latest volume that the Garouden series "is getting close to its end" maybe by next volume or the following after that. The usual frequency of publication is one every four years.


Fighting expert Bunshichi Tanba enjoys defeating TV fighting champions and celebrities on the street until he stumbles into the underground wrestling club known as FAW (Federation of Amateur Wrestling). Unfortunately, there he's defeated by a wrestling world underdog and forces himself to improve before seeks his rematch.

Years later he returns better than ever and his fights attract the attention of the two "monsters" of the fighting world that are constantly in competition with each other, Great Tatsumi, owner of the FAW and with a power and charisma unrivaled in the ring, and "the demon of karate" Shozan Matsuo, owner of the best Karate schools in Japan and with a power and speed that's almost godlike.

Both will try to recruit Tanba to their own side and Tanba will experience a fighting world like he has never seen, with friends and rivals everywhere, he must have to step to the many challenges that present in front of him, also it has the special appearance of other martial arts characters from his other fighting novel series, the gate of the lions.


Main SeriesEdit

餓狼伝 第01巻 - 001

Main article: Garouden

Garouden is an original series, written by Baku Yumemakura and illustrated by Keisuke Itagaki, serialized in Young Magazine Uppers and Evening from 1999 to 2010.

Shin Garouden
Shin garouden

Main article: Shin Garouden

Shin Garouden is a second series, written by Baku Yumemakura and illustrated by Masami Nobe, serialized in Shuukan Shounen Champion from 2013 to 2014.

Side StoriesEdit

Garouden Boy
Garouden boy

Main article: Garouden Boy

Garouden Boy is a side story manga of Garouden, written by Baku Yumemakura and illustrated by Keisuke Itagaki, serialized in Shuukan Shounen Magazine in 2004.


Garouden alternative

Main article: Garouden (1989)

Garouden is an alternative manga version, written by Baku Yumemakura and illustrated by Jiro Taniguchi, serialized in Comic Fighter in 1989.