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''Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens'' (means Hakata Pork Bone Ramen[s] in English) is a Japanese novel series published under ASCII Media Works and written by Chiaki Kisaki with illustrations done by Hako Ichiiro. As of 2018, 8 volumes are published. The series has a manga adaptations (''Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens'' and ''Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens Dai 2-Shō''), published by Square Enix under the Monthly G Fantasy magazine with an anime series by {{Creator/Satelight}} aired in Winter 2018 on AT-X, Tokyo MX, [=BS11=], TVQ with the first episode out by January 12, the show being directed by Kenji Yasuda and written by Shogo Yasukawa. Website/{{Crunchyroll}} simulcast the anime with Creator/{{Funimation}} providing a simuldub for it.

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''Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens'' (means Hakata Pork Bone Ramen[s] in English) is a Japanese novel series published under ASCII Media Works and written by Chiaki Kisaki with illustrations done by Hako Ichiiro. As of 2018, 8 volumes are published. The series has a manga adaptations (''Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens'' and ''Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens Dai 2-Shō''), published by Square Enix under in the Monthly ''Monthly G Fantasy Fantasy'' magazine with while an anime series by {{Creator/Satelight}} aired in Winter 2018 on AT-X, Tokyo MX, [=BS11=], TVQ with the first episode out by January 12, the show being directed by Kenji Yasuda and written by Shogo Yasukawa. Website/{{Crunchyroll}} simulcast the anime with Creator/{{Funimation}} providing a simuldub for it.


''Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens'' (means Hakata Pork Bone Ramen[s] in English) is a Japanese novel series published under ASCII Media Works and written by Chiaki Kisaki with illustrations done by Hako Ichiiro. As of 2018, 8 volumes are published. The series has a manga adaptation (Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens and Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens Dai 2-Shō), published by Square Enix under the Monthly G Fantasy magazine with an anime series by {{Creator/Satelight}} aired in Winter 2018 on AT-X, Tokyo MX, [=BS11=], TVQ with the first episode out by January 12, the show being directed by Kenji Yasuda and written by Shogo Yasukawa. Website/{{Crunchyroll}} simulcast the anime with Creator/{{Funimation}} providing a simuldub for it.

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''Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens'' (means Hakata Pork Bone Ramen[s] in English) is a Japanese novel series published under ASCII Media Works and written by Chiaki Kisaki with illustrations done by Hako Ichiiro. As of 2018, 8 volumes are published. The series has a manga adaptation (Hakata adaptations (''Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens Ramens'' and Hakata ''Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens Dai 2-Shō), 2-Shō''), published by Square Enix under the Monthly G Fantasy magazine with an anime series by {{Creator/Satelight}} aired in Winter 2018 on AT-X, Tokyo MX, [=BS11=], TVQ with the first episode out by January 12, the show being directed by Kenji Yasuda and written by Shogo Yasukawa. Website/{{Crunchyroll}} simulcast the anime with Creator/{{Funimation}} providing a simuldub for it.


It has a crossover with ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}'' called ''Durarara!! x Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens''. ''Extra Games'' is a novel that has side story chapters that highlights backstories of certain characters and events.

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It has a crossover light novel with ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}'' called ''Durarara!! x Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens''. ''Extra Games'' is a novel that has side story chapters that highlights backstories of certain characters and events.

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->''"This story is fiction. The 3% of Hakataís population is killers statistic is an utter lie. Fukuoka is very peaceful, and it is a wonderful city. There are hardly any cases of shootings. (Though there have been accidental shootings of hand guns at middle schools occasionally.) It's a city to safely spend time in, so please rest assured for those who plan to travel or move to Fukuoka."''
-->--'''Chiaki Kisaki making the disclaimer on the afterword portion of the 1st light novel volume.'''

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[[caption-width-right:350:Lin Xianming and Zenji Banba enjoying the night view in Hakata.]]

''Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens'' (means Hakata Pork Bone Ramen[s] in English) is a Japanese novel series published under ASCII Media Works and written by Chiaki Kisaki with illustrations done by Hako Ichiiro. As of 2018, 8 volumes are published. The series has a manga adaptation (Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens and Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens Dai 2-Shō), published by Square Enix under the Monthly G Fantasy magazine with an anime series by {{Creator/Satelight}} aired in Winter 2018 on AT-X, Tokyo MX, [=BS11=], TVQ with the first episode out by January 12, the show being directed by Kenji Yasuda and written by Shogo Yasukawa. Website/{{Crunchyroll}} simulcast the anime with Creator/{{Funimation}} providing a simuldub for it.

It has a crossover with ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}'' called ''Durarara!! x Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens''. ''Extra Games'' is a novel that has side story chapters that highlights backstories of certain characters and events.

The series takes places in Hakata, Fukuoka where it has a thriving criminal underworld, ranging from assassins, detectives, informants, torturers and other nefarious occupations. An urban legend known locally as "killer of professional killers" exists in the city known as the Niwaka Samurai, who happens to wear a niwaka mask. He is said to show up to take down an assassin, regardless if the person is doing his/her job only.

Meanwhile, detective Zenji Banba is tasked by Detective Shigematsu to investigate a case where a nightclub waiter was killed where a covert meeting was held by the city's corrupt mayor with a Triad Mountain Master[[note]]It means the leader of a Triad group[[/note]] somewhere in downtown Hakata. A crossdressing Chinese[[note]]He's "officially" on records as a Taiwanese national[[/note]] assassin named Lin Xianming is given the order to get rid of him. But instead of doing so, he decides to disobey orders and protect Banba from being killed.

Itís unofficially [[http://kaede726.blogspot.com/ being translated to English]].

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!!The series contains examples of:

* AssassinOutclassin: Rather frequently, especially in the case of characters like Lin.
* BaseballEpisode: Most chapters/episodes do end up with a baseball match between the [=HTRs=] and another baseball team.
* BitterSweetEnding: [[spoiler:Banba was saved from being targeted by an assassin who killed his father years ago, although he, Lin and their friends learn that the person who recruited the assassin is Banba's biological father. At the last volume, everyone doesn't know who Banba's real father is.]]
* BodyguardingABadass: [[spoiler:Lin for Banba when protecting him from the assassins Zhang hired, until he learned the latter is the Niwaka Samurai.]]
* CityOfAdventure: All of Hakata, which is strange since anyone who's lived or visited the place will tell you that the city is safe like almost all of the other cities/towns in Japan. Although prefectural police surveys in real life would actually suggest the idea of the plot.
* DeclarationOfProtection: Lin has one to Banba, after deciding to disregard Zhang's orders to kill him.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: The website '[=ShadyJobs=].com' (The original Japanese language version calls it 裏ジョブドットコム or Ura Jobs.com)
* MurderInc: Quite literally with one of the main assassin groups in Japan named Red Rum Incorporated, which has a branch in Fukuoka and the main branch is in Tokyo (which is of course actually named 'Murder Incorporated' [[SdrawkcabName when you reverse 'Red Rum']])
* PayEvilUntoEvil: The Avengers group often fall into this when the clients that hired them have had something particularly horrible happen to them or someone close to them, which they payback unto the mark.
* PoliceAreUseless: Justified. The criminal underworld that operates in the Greater Hakata Area has killers/assassins/hackers/assorted criminals who can cover their tracks that good that they sometimes have to rely on those who understand them like Banba and Enokida.
* ProfessionalKiller: A whole city filled with them in fact.
* SceneryPorn: The series is essentially action and adventure in Hakata with a good dose of ramen.
* TitleDrop: The title is named after tonkotsu ramen, a known specialty in Fukuoka. It's also the name of the Hakata baseball team, named after the ramen with Banba and Lin as some of the players alongside people they know from both the police and in the underworld.
* TwoLinesNoWaiting: The first volume deals with two plots. One involves Banba working with Shigematsu to investigate whether the mayor arranged for an assassin to kill a nightclub waiter and whether it has ties to organized crime. The other deals with Lin trying to get a lead on what happened to his sister [[spoiler:and later on, who made the decision to have her killed]]. The plots gets resolved by the end of the first volume.
* WhamEpisode:
** "Play Ball": Lin tells Banba that even though he's told to kill him, he decides to disobey his orders to do so.
** "Irregular": [[spoiler:Lin finds out from a TV broadcast that his sister, Qiaomei, was discovered as dead by Fukuoka Prefectural Police in a hotel room.]]
** "Ninth Inning, Two Outs": [[spoiler:Banba operates as the Niwaka Samurai and he, together with Jiro and Saito, broadcast a confession from Yusuke, which results in the arrest of his father and downfall as mayor. Saito gets cosmetic surgery to hide from the public due to being picked by the FPP as a person of interest, as well as to hide from trouble from Murder Inc.]]
** "Hit and Run": [[spoiler:Feilang turns out to be alive and well and operates as an assassin in the Greater Beijing Area with the scar left on his face by Lin. He's given order to go to Japan.]]

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