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Hana no Asuka-gumi! ("The Glorious Asuka Gang!") is a classic delinquent Shōjo manga written by Satosumi Takaguchi.

The story centers around the 14-year old sukeban, the titular Asuka Kuraku, and her various misadventures dealing with rival gangs and rowdy enemies. Armed with her trusty gold coin and chain, she uses her raw strength and quick wits to survive the streets and protect her loved ones.

The original manga ran, fittingly, in Kadokawa's Asuka magazine for an impressive 34-volume run from 1985 to 1995. Its popularity ensured three manga sequels, all of which bumped up to the Josei demographic and collectively moved to Shodensha: Shin Hana no Asuka-gumi! in Feel Young, Hana no Asuka-gumi! BS-hen in Manga Jam, and its current installment Hana no Asuka-gumi! Infinity in the same magazine. It was also adapted into a Live Action drama series, two live action films and two OVAs (the second of which had no archived footage until 2019). Needless to say, it's got some enduring popularity.

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For similar sukeban stories, see titles such as Sukeban Deka.


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