First volume of Barrage, featuring two of the main characters, Astro and Tiamat.
(Sensei no Baruji)
|Written by||Kōhei Horikoshi|
|Magazine||Weekly Shōnen Jump|
|Original run||May 21, 2012 – September 10, 2012|
BARRAGE (戦星のバルジ Sensei no Baruji?, lit. Barrage on the Battle Star) is a Japanese shōnen manga series written and illustrated by Kōhei Horikoshi, creator of Ōmagadoki Dōbutsuen. The story follows Astro, a dim-witted but kind young man from the slums, on a journey in the planet of Industria. He meets the prince who looks and sounds like him and, following a certain incident, ends up becoming the prince who defends Industria with his weapon called the Org (王具（オーグ） Ōgu?, lit. "King's Device"; translated by Viz Media as both The Royal Relic and the Orgue). The series was originally published in 2011 as a one-shot manga in the seasonally published Jump NEXT!, before beginning serialization in Weekly Shōnen Jump from May 21, 2012 to September 10, 2012.
The series was published in North America, in English under the name Barrage through Viz Media's digital manga anthology, Weekly Shonen Jump (formerly known as Weekly Shonen Jump Alpha) beginning on June 4, 2012, with chapters being released two weeks behind the Japanese publication. The first tankōbon volume was released in Japan by Shueisha on October 4, 2012 and the second and final volume was released one month later on November 2, 2012. Viz Media released the first volume of the series in English on March 5, 2013, and the final volume on April 2, 2013.
In the planet of Industria where aliens fight with humans, there in the slums lives Astro who works tireless hours to feed his adopted brothers and sisters. One day, after a bad argument with his boss, Astro saves him from the alien Archduke of Endra; however, Astro is fired. Distraught, he accidentally meets the runaway Prince Barrage of Industria, his doppelganger in disguise, who wants Astro to act as his substitute. Astro decides to assume the role of the prince of Industria to prevent arousing suspicion from enemy aliens and protect his beloved "family".
Astro (アストロ Asutoro) is the main character. Growing up in the slums of the capital as an orphan, Astro is extremely dedicated to his adopted family, working long hours for food and shelter. He believes so strongly in the value of family that he is willing to help any family member in need, at times forgetting his assumed identity as the Prince much to Tiamat's displeasure. Astro is a capable wielder of the Orgue, a mysterious weapon said to control the planet of Industria. He later finds out that he is the true Prince Barrage.
Tiamat (ティアマト Tiamato) is the loyal vice-captain of the military forces under the Planetary King of Industria. He becomes Astro's companion and personally trains him in swordsmanship throughout their journey. Tiamat harbors a severe phobia of women, going to great lengths to avoid them.
Prince Barrage (バルジ Baruji) is the son of the Planetary King of Industria and the prince of Industria. He very closely resembles Astro down to the same hair color, height, and voice, yet both have different personalities. Unlike Astro, Prince Barrage is arrogant, spoiled, and abusive to his own servants, such as Jino. He was killed instantly by a laser when a mysterious sniper thought he was Astro, not seeing the resemblance at all, who was going to do whatever he wanted free of all responsibilities. It is later revealed that he is an evil twin or dark energy counterpart of Astro, who is the true Prince Barrage.
The Planetary King of Industria (インダストリアの星王 Indasutoria no Seiō) is the current ruler of Industria and the former wielder of the Org.
Tico (ティコ Tiko) is the young girl who seeks revenge for her adoptive mother's death at the hands of aliens. She lives in Masayle, a place of strategic importance to the capital of Industria.
The manga series began its serialization in Shueisha's weekly manga anthology Weekly Shōnen Jump on May 21, 2012, and was serialized till September 10, 2012. The series was published in North America, in English under the name Barrage through Viz Media's digital manga anthology, Weekly Shonen Jump (formerly known as Weekly Shonen Jump Alpha) beginning on June 4, 2012, with chapters being released two weeks behind the Japanese publication. The individual tankōbon volumes have also been released in English by Viz Media.
|No.||Japanese release date||Japanese ISBN||English release date||English ISBN|
|1||October 4, 2012||ISBN 978-4-08-870583-5||October 4, 2012 (Digital)
March 5, 2013 (Print)
|2||November 2, 2012||ISBN 978-4-08-870584-2||November 13, 2012 (Digital)
April 2, 2013 (Print)
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- 戦星のバルジ 1 (in Japanese). Shueisha. Retrieved April 15, 2013.
- 戦星のバルジ 2 (in Japanese). Shueisha. Retrieved April 15, 2013.
- "Barrage 1". Viz Media. Retrieved May 14, 2013.
- "Barrage 2". Viz Media. Retrieved May 14, 2013.