Lone Wolf and Cub
“In the feudal era of Japan, Ogami Itto is the elite executioner for the Shogun until the ruthless Yagyu clan frames him in an attempt to gain the position. His name dishonored and his wife murdered, Itto and his infant son Daigoro wander Japan as an assassin for hire, named Lone Wolf and Cub. Ultimately, Ogami Itto strives for revenge against the Yagyu clan.” -Mangaupdates.com
This is considered a classic manga.
Genre(s): Action Historical Martial Arts Mature Seinen
“In a prison world, there are few good stories, and this is the world of Kubikiri Asa, the beheader and master samurai under the Shogun. It’s a world full of vengeance, greed, and violence. A world of depravity and sin. One man can set things straight if he can keep his wits. This is a story of extreme proportions, of sword study thick in tradition and with grim purpose, of blood rivers, agonizing screams, bondage, torture, and the evil prevalent in human failure. Drafted by the confirmed masters of the international medium of manga, Samurai Executioner is a shocking combination of darkness and fire, fine lines, and a fine man in the face of human decline. the killer. With L hot on his heels, will Light lose sight of his noble goal… or his life?” -Mangaupdates.com
Genre(s): Action Adult Drama Historical Martial Arts Mature Seinen Tragedy
Mad Bull 34
“Mad Bull 34 is about the toughest cop in New York City’s 34th precinct, Mad Bull (a.k.a. John Estes or “Sleepy”). The story follows his often-violent exploits when dealing the city’s criminals with his partner Daizaburo Edi-Ban and fellow police officer Perrine Valley.
Daizaburo Edi-Ban, a Japanese-American, joins New York City’s toughest precinct, the 34th. On his first day he is partnered up with John Estes, called Sleepy by his friends and Mad Bull by his enemies, a cop who stops crime with his own violent brand of justice. Mad Bull makes no qualms about executing common thieves with shotgun blasts if they even pose a minor threat to him or anyone around them. Mad Bull also often steals from prostitutes and does incredible amounts of property damage while fighting crime. Mad Bull’s unpoliceman-like behavior often puts him in hot water with his partner Daizaburo and the 34th precinct. However, despite how reckless or illegal these acts are, a good cause is always revealed (For example, Sleepy uses the money he steals from the prostitutes to fund a venereal disease clinic and a home for battered and raped women). Perrine Valley, a police lieutenant, joins Daizaburo and Sleepy later on to help them tackle more difficult cases involving the mafia and drug-running.
Mad Bull 34 is inspired by the high-action buddy cop films of the 70’s and 80’s.” -Mangaupdates.com
Genre(s): Action Comedy Drama Mature Mystery Psychological Seinen Tragedy
“Yo Hinomura was an ordinary Japanese potter when a run-in with a Chinese mafia changed his life forever. Now an assassin for the 108 Dragons, Yo is the perfect killing machine. As a sign for remorse over his victims, he sheds tears after eliminating his targets. Because of this, he is infamously known by the Dragons and every other crime gang as “Crying Freeman”.” -Anime News Network
Genre(s): Action Adult Drama Martial Arts Mature Romance Seinen