Xenon (manga)

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(Jūki Kōhē Zenon)
GenreAction, fantasy, science fiction
Written byMasaomi Kanzaki
Published byShogakukan (1986)
Kodansha (2000)
English publisher
MagazineShōnen Big Comic
Original runMarch 1986March 1987
Xenon -199X R-
Written byMasaomi Kanzaki
Published byTokuma Shoten
MagazineMonthly Comic Ryū
Original runSeptember 2007July 2011

Xenon (重機甲兵ゼノン, Jūki Kōhē Zenon, lit. "Heavy Metal Warrior Xenon"; a.k.a. Bio Diver Xenon) is a Japanese manga written and illustrated by Masaomi Kanzaki. The manga was published in 1986 by Shogakukan and 2000 by Kodansha.[1] The manga was licensed by Eclipse Comics in 1987 and by Viz Communications in 1992. The manga is licensed for a French-language release in France by Génération Comics and Semic Comics,[2][3] licensed for a German-language release in Germany by Planet Manga,[4] and licensed in Taiwan by Taiwan Tohan.[5] A 2006 sequel Xenon -199X R- was serialised in Tokuma Shoten's seinen magazine Monthly Comic Ryū.[6]


Kodansha published the manga's 4 bound volumes between March 1986 and March 1987.[7][8]


The French Manga-News regarded the first volume as "a good action manga if you like the author or the genre, but dispensable for others".[9] While praising the art, the Manga-News reviewer felt the story was unoriginal.[10] He felt that the "non-stop action" prevented the series from sinking into caricatures,[11] and noted that the popularity of the manga kept the manga going into a fourth volume, and found the last volume "most interesting".[12]


  1. ^ "Jyukikohei XENON (1) BIO DIVER XENON (1)". Kodansha. Archived from the original on July 13, 2011. Retrieved 2009-03-15.
  2. ^ "Xenon" (in French). Panini Comics. Retrieved 2009-03-15.
  3. ^ "Xenon" (in French). animint.com. Retrieved 2009-03-15.
  4. ^ "XENON" (in German). mangaguide.de. Archived from the original on July 19, 2011. Retrieved 2009-03-15.
  5. ^ 重機甲兵捷諾 1 (in Chinese). books.com.tw. Archived from the original on July 16, 2011. Retrieved 2009-03-15.
  6. ^ "Japan's Comic Ryū to Include Free Galactic Heroes Film". Anime News Network. 2007-08-20. Retrieved 2009-03-15.
  7. ^ 重機甲兵ゼノン 1 (1) (少年ビッグコミックス) (新書) (in Japanese). ASIN 4091506917.
  8. ^ 重機甲兵ゼノン 4 (4) (少年ビッグコミックス) (新書) (in Japanese). ASIN 4091506941.
  9. ^ "Bio Xenon Vol.1" (in French). manga-news.com. Retrieved June 23, 2010.
  10. ^ "Bio Xenon Vol.2" (in French). manga-news.com. Retrieved June 23, 2010.
  11. ^ "Bio Xenon Vol.3" (in French). manga-news.com. Retrieved June 23, 2010.
  12. ^ "Bio Xenon Vol.4" (in French). manga-news.com. Retrieved June 23, 2010.

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