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Kikai Banashi Hanasaka Ikkyuu

14 chapters | Ongoing | Rank 12856
There once was a monster called Karma who loved to challenge his victims to a battle of wits. If the subject succeeded, the monster would grant them one wish, but if they lost, he would devour their soul. At the same time, there was a young monk called Hanasaku Ikkyuu, who was famed for his cleverness. He used to eagerly sharpen his mind, solving challenging riddles sent to him, until his mother fell ill. When he found that his cleverness was of no use in helping her, he gave it up.

Karma seeks out Ikkyuu, eager to bet him in a battle of wits and consume his soul. One day, Ikkyuu rescued a young beggar boy, only to see him fall ill with a mysterious illness. That same day, Karma finally finds Ikkyuu and offers him his dangerous bargain. Thanks to Karma, will Ikkyuu finally have a way to use his cleverness to help the people around him?

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PublishedMay 9, 2011 to Aug 22, 2011
SerializationShounen Jump (Weekly)
Last UpdatedDecember 23, 2017
LanguagesEnglish, Japanese
Other namesMysterious Story Ikkyu Hanasaka, 奇怪噺 花咲一休, A Mysterious Tale of Wits - Ikkyuu in Bloom, Kikai Banashi Hanasaka Ikkyuu, Kikai Tonchi Banashi Hanasaka Ikkyuu, Kikai Tonchibanashi - Hanasaka Ikkyuu