June 3, 2012
Wassup guys! How did you like the manga Rurouni Kenshin from last weeks review? To keep up with the whole lone samurai theme, I thought I review another exciting manga. This manga is called Vagabond, for the frequent manga readers like myself, you might recognise the artist by the art style from the pic above, can you guess who it is?? Yes! This manga is by Takehiko Inoue, the creator of Slamdunk! Man every picture is like an exquisite art piece.
I remember just strolling around a manga store in Taiwan and I saw this manga. Being interested with the whole Japanese history, I was drawn to this manga as it was about the most famous swordsman in Japan called Miyamoto Musashi. With it being drawn by the famous Takehiko Inoue, I was completely hooked! The story and art is exciting and just plain amazing! The genre of this manga is called Chanbara, which literally translates to ‘Sword Fighting’. This genre is often set during the Tokugawa era (1600-1868).
In the late 16th century, before Miyamoto Musashi was called Miyamoto Musashi, he was known by the name Shinmen Takezo. He was shunned by the local village because he was a uncontrollable wild and violent child. Takezo ran away from his village with a friend at the age of 17 and both joined the Toyotomi army to fight against the Tokugawa clan at the battle of Sekigahara. With Toyotomi facing a crushing defeat against the Tokugawa, Takezo and his friend managed to survive the battle. They separated after and both sworn to do great things with their life. Takezo becomes a wanted criminal and soon changed his name and way of life to run away from execution.
That is just the story from the tip of the ice berg, later on you will see many other main characters in Vagabond including the deaf warrior Sasaki Kojiro, Musashi’s Arch-rival.
Ohh man! I’m excited for you guys who are going to start reading this manga! I really do recommend it as it has a strong story line. The story can get draggy at times but that can be easily overlooked. Anyways ENJOY everyone! Here’s some picture of ya’ll too!
Manga by Takehiko Inoue
Genre: Chanbara, drama, seinen, tragedy
Released Date: 1998 – ongoing
Over all: 9/10
See you all next week Ciao~
Fat Jenga signing out!