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Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Lost Manga from the 80's Pt. 25

Baoh. Written and illustrated by Hirohiko Araki. Viz Comics, published in a monthly format for a total of #1 - 8 issues, from December 1989 to July 1990, English adaptation by Fred Burke & Wayne Truman. Originally published and serialised in Shueisha's Weekly Youth Comic Magazine “Shōnen Jump” from 1984 to 1985.  Doress is a secret and most sinister organisation’s company laboratory are in the process of bio-engineering a new lifeform not unlike a parasitic worm or leach code named 'Baoh', that protects its host from hostilities as the threat levels increase so does its countermeasures (this I would think would haveMilitary applications, well for those who could afford it). Doress's unknowing test subject is the teenage Ikuro Hashizawa the first human bio-weapon to be crated by having Baoh inserted in to his brain, but wouldn’t you know it Ikuro escapes with the help of

a kidnapped 10 year old girl Esper (psychic powers) called Sumire, before the weapon is fully tested. Enraged at the escape of company's property, Doress's head scientist Professor Kasuminome wants the bio-weapon destroyed and if possible the girl recaptured. Other experimental bio-weapons, assassins, and hunters are sent out after Ikuro\Baoh thus provoking lethal responses (I would list Baoh's Bio enhancements, but that would deprive you of the discovery of them)!

[Note: In 1989 the same year that Viz published the English translation of Baoh, was when Toho released Studio Pierrot's single OVA of “Baoh - Raihousya”.]

[Note: For its time Hirohiko Araki's 'Baoh' manga had a lot of well depicted gore in its violent scenes that Western readers may not have been accustom to.]

[Note: Italy’s “Yamato Video” number 1, was a doubt version of “Baoh” released in 1991 and could be bought for 39.000 Lira.]

[Note: I have either misplaced or lost my Viz 'Baoh' comics (as of writing this 1st. January 2014), I'll see if they can be found or replaced.]

[Note: Now having found and bought issues of 'Baoh', and only missing numbers, 2 & 7 I can add more pictures. (as of writing this on the 22nd, July 2016).]

[Note: It is now May of 2021, and I have completed the 8 issue set of BAOH. ebay prices were getting quite high, and I paid £14.98 for issue 7.]

Hirohiko Araki Wrote Baoh: The Visitor (バオー来訪者 Baō Raihōsha, October 9, 1984 – February 12, 1985), then in 1986..... started writing "JoJo's Bizarre Adventure".]

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