-> ''"If a Nation is a Gang, a Gang should be able to become a Nation. I want to establish a Nation of a certain class. Hey, let's build a country of our own. Ken."''
-->-- '''Tae-Soo'''

-> ''"I don't force anyone to follow me. I fight for what I believe in, and to protect those who need my help! I force nobody to fight beside me. Everyone's free to their own opinions! And I fight beside only those who share mine! But I help all those who ask me, and I ask for nothing in return!"''
-->-- '''Ken'''

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[[caption-width-right:350:[[BadAssCrew Ken and his friends.]]]]


After his parents' death when he was 13, Ken lost everything. He became embroiled in a world of violence, constantly fighting one group of thugs after another. Then he met Yumin, the only person left in his life that he cared for. When Ken finally confessed his love Yumin turned him down with the reason that she plans on moving to Korea and becoming a police officer. Ken decides to drop out of high school, and flies to Korea in order to become an officer himself. Unsurprisingly as a high school dropout he doesn't get the job and ends up slumming it in Korea.

One day, after helping out an old store owner getting extorted from a local gang, Ken is then made the boss of a small gang by a man named Tae-Soo. Ken now finds himself fighting local gang bosses, protecting the ones he cares for and making sure Yumin never finds out, otherwise he loses the girl he loves and gets arrested.

This is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Boichi and there are currently over 91 chapters translated.
The series contains good artwork that becomes amazing, plenty of crowning moments of all variety, great story, and is all too addicting.

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!! Contains examples of:

* AmbitionIsEvil: Tae-Soo isn't a bad guy at heart, but wants to take over Korea even if his methods cause suffering to the population.
* ArtEvolution: The art in the beginning volumes was pretty good to great but as the series progressed the artwork has become some of the best you'll ever see in a manga as the style has been polished tremendously.
* ArtShift: The [[http://view.thespectrum.net/series/sun-ken-rock.html?ch=Volume+01&page=78 comedy sections]] almost seem like they come from a different manga when [[http://view.thespectrum.net/series/sun-ken-rock.html?ch=Volume+03&page=131 compared to]] the rest of the manga.
* AuthorAppeal: Boichi seems to love writing drama and wacky humor, he is well known for writing great dramatic One-Shots just as he is known for writing some great {{Ecchi}} humor. He delivers these two flavors in {{Sun-Ken Rock}}, there are quite some notorious [[MoodWhiplash Mood Whiplashes]] to be seen here, dramatic events followed by comedy, and vice-versa.
* BackToBackBadasses: Pickaxe and Benito in chapter 96. [[spoiler: Yumin, Ken, and Ban-Phoung at the end of the Korean Gang Saga.]]
* {{Badass}}: Everything Ken does from beating down whole gangs on his own to having so much charisma that not even his enemies can help but respect and look up to him.
* BadassBookworm: Tae-Soo
* BadassCrew: The Sun-Ken team.
* BadassInANiceSuit: When Ken puts on his suit it means serious business and almost always a serious ass-kicking.
* BerserkButton: If you mess with anyone Ken is trying to protect or hurt anyone on his team Ken will destroy you and the "world" you live in.
* BiggerBad: [[spoiler: Yumin's father.]]
* BodyguardBetrayal: [[spoiler: Happened to Tae-Soo's father.]]
* BrickJoke: The Boar when you least expect it.
* TheChessmaster: Tae-Soo and [[spoiler: Yumin's father.]]
* ContinuityNod / CallBack: Go Ju-Mon says that maybe one day his cousine will reach ''[[RecycledInSpace space]]'' through one of his descendants, the character shadow next to him gives away that that one will be Caisar, a character from another of Boichi's works: ''Space Chef Caisar'', the chef known as the best in the world goes on journey through space to cook the greatest recipes and kick ass.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Oh Dal-Soo.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Ken
* CurbStompBattle: Ken is adapt at handing these out to whoever happens to be unlucky enough to be his opponent, though he has been on the end of a few of them himself.
* DamnItFeelsGoodToBeAGangster
* DarkestHour: [[spoiler:The unmasking and fall of the Sun-Ken Rock group due to reporter investigations and the White Dragon Clan's machinations.]]
* DefeatMeansFriendship: Ken employs many of his past opponents into his gang, knowing they were good people who happened to work for his enemies.
* DesignatedGirlFight: Marin and a russian woman in chapter 96, [[LampshadeHanging much to their chagrin]]. They become unable to hurt each other due to sympathy upon realizing they both were trying to seduce their respective leaders, [[CatFight so they just]] [[ClothingDamage rip each other's clothes off.]]
* DiabolicalMastermind: [[spoiler: Yumin's father.]]
* TheDon: Don Prego, Benito's boss, and [[spoiler: Yumin's father]].
* DragonWithAnAgenda: Tae-Soo.
* DudeWheresMyRespect: Ken is respected by his closest peers, but when his reign spreads to greater schemes like casinos and record labels, people in those sects don't pay their respects, mostly because Ken likes to keep a low profile and doesn't like to be worshiped, still many are quick to treat him like a hobo or a petty criminal, because someone as "dull" as him can't be ''the'' boss, posing around dressed in Armani and driving Imported Cars. [[spoiler:This also makes it easier for him to get away when the police try to arrest the rest of his gang after Tae-Soo turns himself in.]]
* EvilGenius: Tae-Soo.
* FanService: Boichi knows what his readers like, breasts and ass shots of the various women in the manga.
* FoodPorn: The author can go on complete tangents describing in incredible detail the food that the characters eat during the story. Describing the preparation of the ingredients, carefully detailing how it's all cooked while detailing the how the various sauces and juices add to the taste and texture of the dish, and finishes off by describing the delicious taste of the meal... now I'm hungry.
* GoodAllAlong: [[spoiler:Ban-Phoung had always admired Ken and was trying to protect him from the White Dragon Clan.]]
* HiddenDepths:You really don't expect much out of Ken when you first begin reading the story. He's a high school dropout that spent a year in Korea doing nothing more then living in a shoddy apartment and being unemployed. Then as the series goes on he proves himself to be a man that sticks by his ideals and is willing to do anything to help those he wants to protect.
* IJustWantToBeNormal: One arc revolves around Ken resigning from the gang so he can work as a idol manager. It doesn't last and he's forced to request their help to protect the idols. Tae-Soo respects Ken's desire for a normal life, but advices him to remain as their boss so he can have the power to bring justice to the evil and corrupt.
* ImprobableWeaponUser: San-Ki Lee, AKA Marin, is an Ex Korean solider who doesn't use guns or evens knives but instead decides to dual- wield a pair of wrenches. He's quite good with with them.
* KnifeNut: Kae-Lyn as the one that teaches the group how to use knives is also quite good at wielding them and other sharp and pointy objects. She is quite good at killing her target or worse yet taking them alive.
* TheLeader: Ken is a Type III & IV. Before him, Tae-Soo was a Type I & II
* TheMafia
* MafiaPrincess: [[spoiler: Yumin.]]
* ManBehindTheMan: [[spoiler:The Yakuza led by Yumin's father.]]
* ManChild: Ken.
* AManIsNotAVirgin: Defied as Ken is not only still a virgin but he turns down the '''very''' aggressive advances of other women in order to save himself for Yumin.
* MightyGlacier: Do-Heun Chang plays this role in the team though he's quite a bit quicker than what you would expect from of man of his size.
* MundaneMadeAwesome: Real-estate business is some serious shit in this manga.
* NebulousEvilOrganisation: [[spoiler: The Yakuza, whose connections are so great they could bring down the Sun-Ken Rock gang by instigating the President of Korea into investigating their corporations.]]
* OhCrap: This is the word that goes through the mind a lot of thugs when Ken finally gets serious or pissed, which ever happens first. It also happens when people end up out gambitted by Tae-Soo.
* OneManArmy:Anyone of the members of the Sun-Ken gang could take on ten or more guys at once and that's before they [[TookALevelInBadass took a level.]] One of Ken's own traits is that he can take down whole gangs on his own.
* OutGambitted: Most of the Sun-Ken Rock Gang's enemies. [[spoiler:And them by the Yakuza.]]
* ThePromise: Ken made a one with Yumin in the form of a PinkySwear
* [[ProtagonistJourneyToVillain Protagonist Journey To Anti-Villain]]: Initially, Ken is okay with having a small gang that can pass up as posers thinking ''way too'' big, but as things goes Ken's influence actually creates a parallel state, he becomes a big shot, a true criminal in real life standards by owning corrupt Casinos, Idol Agencies and Real Estate companies; that's where Ken starts doubting himself, being noticeable careless about rivals trying to destroy or seize his empire, as he thinks it could be for the best.
* RapeAsDrama: [[spoiler:Miss Yoo was brutally gang-raped and sexually abused by the Garugi after she was kidnapped by them. ]]
** [[spoiler: Chapter 65 to the idols under Ken's care.]]
* SmugSnake: Most of the Sun-Ken Rock Gang's enemies.
* SortingAlgorithmOfEvil
* TheStarscream: Pickaxe has this attitude towards Ken, but also respects him.
** [[spoiler:Tae-Soo eventually takes over the Sun-Ken-Rock organization and demotes Ken. Of course, he's trying to protect Ken from being involved in an increasingly dangerous situation. He ends up taking the place of Ken so that he didn't go to jail.]]
* TheSyndicate
* TalkToTheFist: Ken punches through an opponent's DarkAndTroubledPast in chapter 95.
* TakeOverTheWorld: [[spoiler: The Yakuza's plan.]]
* TitleDrop: A quote from chapter 23 explains the meaning.
--> "Ken, you're warm like the sun... a strong person as solid as a rock!"
* TookALevelInBadass: Ken and the rest of the members of the gang take a huge one after their training is done at mount Juri.
* TrainingFromHell: The Sun-Ken team go through months of this once they start training at mount Juri and emphasis on hell. Their training would make a veteran Navy SEAL wish he was back in hell week.
* UnwittingPawn: Oh Dal-Soo and his son.
* {{Yakuza}}: [[spoiler:Yumin's father runs this.]]
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