Did you come here in search of one of the top manga from the psychological genre? Well, having sold over 1.5 million copies as of June 2021, A Trail of Blood (a.k.a Blood on the Tracks) surely stands out as a manga series that you should not miss out on.
Written and illustrated by the artist, Shūzō Oshimi, the Japanese suspenseful drama comic series first surfaced in the Big Comic Superior magazine with Shogakukan as the publisher. Read along with the article to know more about the manga along with all of its chapters that have been released to date.
A Trail of Blood | New Releases
Popularly known as ‘Chi no Wadachi’ within the Japanese Seinen demographic, A Trail of Blood is still running strong. The ongoing manga series has a total of 11 volumes with over 100 chapters released as of the date of publishing this article.
While having its original run on February 24, 2017, the manga series got licensed for North American release from the publishing house of Vertical Kodansha USA in February 2020 along with releasing a digital print of the same in August of 2020.
Synopsis of A Trail of Blood
The plot of the series follows the story of Seiichi Osabe and his mother, Seiko. While the storyline seems normal at first with Seiichi being a shy middle school student having few friends and a crush on a girl just like any other regular student, the story quickly shifts towards a darker and horrifying side.
In a series of events wherein the overprotective love and affection of Seiko towards her son takes a dangerous twist on a family hiking trip, Seiichi is left to live in the horror of her mother’s mentally disturbing protectiveness. If you’re into psychological dramas, this series is something you might not want to miss.
Volumes and Chapters
Here is a list of the tankōbon volumes that have released up until the time of publishing.
|Volume No.||Chapters Covered|
A Trail of Blood | List of Chapters
With over 100 chapters being released as of now, here is A Trail of Blood’s chapter list:
|Chapter 104||September 10, 2021|
|Chapter 103||August 27, 2021|
|Chapter 102||July 31, 2021|
|Chapter 101||July 28, 2021|
|Chapter 100||July 27, 2021|
|Chapter 99||July 3, 2021|
|Chapter 98||July 3, 2021|
|Chapter 97||May 10, 2021|
|Chapter 96||April 21, 2021|
|Chapter 95||April 7, 2021|
|Chapter 94||April 7, 2021|
|Chapter 93||February 28, 2021|
|Chapter 92||February 19, 2021|
|Chapter 91||February 2, 2021|
|Chapter 90||January 20, 2021|
|Chapter 89||December 30, 2020|
|Chapter 88||December 30, 2020|
|Chapter 87||December 6, 2020|
|Chapter 86||November 30, 2020|
|Chapter 85||October 27, 2020|
|Chapter 84||October 26, 2020|
|Chapter 83||October 6, 2020|
|Chapter 82||September 16, 2020|
|Chapter 81||August 30, 2020|
|Chapter 80||August 20, 2020|
|Chapter 79||July 12, 2020|
|Chapter 78||July 3, 2020|
|Chapter 77||June 18, 2020|
|Chapter 76||May 30, 2020|
|Chapter 75||May 12, 2020|
|Chapter 74||April 28, 2020|
|Chapter 73||April 25, 2020|
|Chapter 72||April 10, 2020|
|Chapter 71||April 3, 2020|
|Chapter 70||March 5, 2020|
|Chapter 69||February 18, 2020|
|Chapter 68||January 27, 2020|
|Chapter 67||January 23, 2020|
|Chapter 66||January 6, 2020|
|Chapter 65||December 22, 2019|
|Chapter 64||December 22, 2019|
|Chapter 63||December 22, 2019|
|Chapter 62||December 5, 2019|
|Chapter 61||December 5, 2019|
|Chapter 60||November 24, 2019|
|Chapter 59||October 23, 2019|
|Chapter 58||October 9, 2019|
|Chapter 57||September 21, 2019|
|Chapter 56||December 21, 2019|
|Chapter 55||August 13, 2019|
|Chapter 54||July 28, 2019|
|Chapter 53||July 13, 2019|
|Chapter 52||July 9, 2019|
|Chapter 51||May 30, 2019|
|Chapter 50||May 16, 2019|
|Chapter 49||April 30, 2019|
|Chapter 48||April 21, 2019|
|Chapter 47||April 21, 2019|
|Chapter 46||March 9, 2019|
|Chapter 45||February 24, 2019|
|Chapter 44||February 14, 2019|
|Chapter 43||February 14, 2019|
|Chapter 42||January 15, 2019|
|Chapter 41||December 26, 2018|
|Chapter 40||December 5, 2018|
|Chapter 39||November 17, 2018|
|Chapter 38||November 12, 2018|
|Chapter 37||November 5, 2018|
|Chapter 36||October 11, 2018|
|Chapter 35||September 4, 2018|
|Chapter 34||August 13, 2018|
|Chapter 33||July 29, 2018|
|Chapter 32||July 16, 2018|
|Chapter 31||June 24, 2018|
|Chapter 30||June 12, 2018|
|Chapter 29||May 29, 2018|
|Chapter 28||May 13, 2018|
|Chapter 27||April 30, 2018|
|Chapter 26||April 30, 2018|
|Chapter 25||April 30, 2018|
|Chapter 24||March 14, 2018|
|Chapter 23||February 28, 2018|
|Chapter 22||February 12, 2018|
|Chapter 21||February 1, 2018|
|Chapter 20||January 16, 2018|
|Chapter 19||January 15, 2018|
|Chapter 18||December 11, 2017|
|Chapter 17||November 16, 2017|
|Chapter 16||October 29, 2017|
|Chapter 15||October 13, 2017|
|Chapter 14||October 9, 2017|
|Chapter 13||September 10, 2017|
|Chapter 12||August 29, 2017|
|Chapter 11||August 10, 2017|
|Chapter 10||July 29, 2017|
|Chapter 9||July 15, 2017|
|Chapter 8||June 23, 2017|
|Chapter 7||May 25, 2017|
|Chapter 6||May 12, 2017|
|Chapter 5||April 28, 2017|
|Chapter 4||April 18, 2017|
|Chapter 3||May 27, 2017|
|Chapter 2||May 11, 2017|
|Chapter 1||February 27, 2017|
A Trail of Blood | Main and Supporting Characters
Let’s take a look at some of the important characters of the popular Japanese manga series – A Trail of Blood or Blood on the Tracks.
1. Seiichi Osabe
Starting off with the lead character of A Trail of Blood manga series, Seiichi Osabe. While Seiichi is shown as having a gentle persona with mild friendliness, he is also quite susceptible to emotional abuse and manipulation.
Easily influenced by her mother’s disturbing and dangerous protective nature, Seiichi even develops a speech impediment with stutter and stammer. Although he somewhat overcomes this with the help of Fukiishi, the problem often re-appears while facing his mother.
2. Seiko Osabe
Up next, we’ve got Seiko, Seiichi’s mother. While she has a kind and friendly personality with utmost love and affection for Seiichi, her extreme overprotectiveness towards her son soon turns out to be an unhealthy obsessiveness.
Described as suffering from psychiatric disorders, Seiko can be seen pushing the overprotective boundaries with her manipulations of Seiichi’s memories throughout the whole story of the manga.
3. Yoko Fukiishi
As a major supporting character, we’ve got Yoko Fukiishi who is our lead character’s classmate. Apart from that, she is also the love interest of Seiichi. Fukiishi’s mother abandoned her at an early age leading up to her bad relationship with her abusive father.
This fact helps her to support Seiichi in his rough times when he develops his speech impediment issue. Yuko is also the first person to make Seiihci doubt and question his mother’s manipulative actions and behavior.
Up next, we’ve got the cousin of Seiichi Osabe, Shigeru. Although Shigeru exhibits a friendly nature at the start of the series, he is somewhat careless and immature. This is evident when Seiichi disagrees to join him standing at the edge of the cliff.
After the unfortunate events of the cliff incident, Shigeru completely loses his old personality pertaining to him being in a comatose state. Eventually, with his mother’s care, Shigeru regains consciousness and even confides in Seiichi of missing his old self.
Writer and Illustrator
Born in Kiryu, Japan, Shūzō Oshimi made his debut as a manga artist for Kodansha with Superfly. Apart from Chi no Wadachi, some of his best works include Drifting Net Cafe, The Flowers of Evil and Happiness. For latest updates, you can follow his Twitter account – @shuzo_oshimi.
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