50 Years of Silence yRst volume only why it s popular and beloved among many And oh Takezo is very hot that s definitely a plus EDIT Read volume 2 beforeou decided whether or not this series is worth Vide et plein your time Major changes occur and I believeou ll read further if like me ou weren t really impressed with this volume25 Somewhere between being meh about it and liking itPerhaps it s because I went in with high expectations but I expected As of
THIS VOLUME THE ART IS REALLYvolume the art is really Detailed and fully flushed out That s than I can say about many manga However I generally want either the characters or the story to be engaging as well All three is a real find But so far these characters are kind of lifeless I Suppose The Grandmother Oh I M suppose the grandmother oh I m mother of teenaged what s his face is animated enough in that generic villainous sort of way Unfortunately the main character has less personality than Flat Stanley His friend has personality but it s just a stock one so far Pathetic envious BFF of one destined for greatness Seen it Wanted my money backI ll read a couple volumes because my best friend is reuesting it and because people make a big deal about this series but well we ll see I m not one to be impressed with fancy slasher violence historical or otherwise Starts a bit slow but doesn t take long to evolve into a hilariously entertaining bloody mess The plot and the characters as of now leave me a bit cold and the artwork doesn t uite hit its mark either it s technically superb but there s a weird stylish dissonance but there s a lot of promise for good things in the future and I m going to see about it myself Only the strongest survive in this award winning manga about samurai in the Sengoku era Shinmen Takezou is one such man His descent into beasthood and eventual redemption through the efforts of the monk Takeun and love interest Otsuu captivates setting the way for his rise to invincibility and undying legendVagabond is the typical action type story where the primary character strives for ever greatest strength fighting increasingly difficult opponents with ever uniue fighting moves Where this one distinguishes itself is in its depth both in characterization and artwork Every panel is fully detailed shaded and given texture like patterns Shading *in particular effectively expresses an amazing range of emotions adding a dramatic uality to the lineartWriting too is of exceptional *particular effectively expresses an amazing range of emotions adding a dramatic uality to the lineartWriting too is of exceptional preferring to look deeper into the person s conscious rather than spouting off attack names and how they are achieved like others of the genre do these characters struggle to find their true strength they are not handed victory every time they somehow pull off a new techniue out of nowhere Due to mature content particularly in violence and nudity this series is not recommended for ounger teens For those old enough this is an example of the highest uality of the action and historical genres For those unfamiliar with Japanese history a helpful glossary in the back clarifies several point. Blood Game 血遊びChapter 006 The Troubles of Honi'den Matahachi at Seventeen 本位田又八17歳の懊悩Chapter 007 Farewell Takezo さらば武蔵Chapter 008 Miyamoto Village 宮本村Chapter 009 Fiancee 許嫁Chapter 010 Left Behind 残された者た?. Time soon From this one book alone Takehiko Inoue immediately jumps into *My Top 10 Favourite *top 10 favourite book artists his talent and work is undeniable and breathtakingly impressive The splash pages alone deserve framing Vagabond is a fantastic historical story of a wonderfully romantic and complex individual set against the rich visuals of feudal Japan From Book 1 the possibilities For This Story Seem this story seem and in the hands of such a talent truly epic It s definitely worth a look for any comics fan but especially for those who sword fights Kurosawa s Seven Samurai and amazing art I still remember the stories of the last few months that eventually led me here to Takehiko Inoue s Vagabond It all started with the graphic novel adaptation of Miyamoto Musashi s The Book of Five Rings which brought into my awareness the sword saint Then I read the first three volumes of Stan Sakai s Usagi Yojimbo a long time favorite Along the way I had a late night viewing of Tom Cruises s The Last Samurai on HBO Recently I ve embarked on a reread of the 31 volume Slam Dunk another Inoue property collected manga which was the final impetus for me to finally start on VagabondVagabond is light Punainen kuin veri years ahead of Slam Dunk in storytelling Visually it is Inoue s best work to date and he has taken to explore mature themes than his perpetually funny basketball mangaReally this is great stuff Though peppered with sex and a lot of violence Inoue manages some some poignant or funny moments This is the perfect manga to read along with Attack On TItan which can get heavy handed with its political commentaryIt s a mature book fit for someone who is ready to graduate from Naruto or Bleach Holy hell that was just gruesome Surprising in fact I just wasn t expecting this level of violence when I read My latest manga venture has turned out well so far With brilliant artwork and a masterful story we get something that is truly special This is the beginning of the story of Miyamoto Musashi based off of the epic novel Musashi which I have also read Unfortunately I don t know if Vagabond is completed or not I don t think it is since it doesn t have his duel with Sasaki Kojiroet so here I sit waiting Oh well Maybe the artist died or something Who really knows WHAT A GEM This is a literal eye candy The main protagonist is the most beautiful man in manga since Berserk s Griffith THEM EYEBROWS ON FLEEK BOY and the most brutal since Guts him and Guts have a lot in common actually Also I always wanted to read something involving samurais based off the actual Japanese history This is IT WHERE HAS IT BEEN ALL MY LIFE When I enjoyed the first chapter immensely I knew this manga was something else Rarely do I like a manga s first chapter because it s usually an introduction and not everything is clear New characters story etc However Inoue delivered a gripping opening that will leave Make You Mine you wanting I m looking forward to continuing Vagabond because this is great stuff here I can see andes from the fi. Ld oung brute who strives to reach enlightenment by way of the sword fighting on the edge of deathChapter TitlesChapter 001 Shinmen Takezo 新免武蔵様Chapter 002 Akemi 朱実Chapter 003 Oko お甲Chapter 004 The Brigand Tsujikaze 野武士辻風Chapter 005. Vagabond is Takehiko Inoue s graphic novel adaptation of the 1930s historical novel Musashi by Eiji Yoshikawa about a real life historical figure from 17th century Japan Shinmen Takezo who would go on to become the legendary sword saint Miyamoto Musashi We meet Takezo awakening from unconsciousness after the Battle of Sekigahara somehow still alive with his best friend Matahachi they are both 17 ears old They set off on the path homewards but encounter enemy soldiers scavengers and thieves and must fight to survive But their destinies will change at a small house in the woods where 3 oung women live with secrets
AND DANGER IS ON ITS WAYdanger is on its way second and third points to be made about this book is the art WOW There aren t many colour pages in this but the opening first page is in colour where we see the battlefield with the rain coming down it s so cinematic but Inoue manages to draw rain so perfectly ou can hear and smell it It s uncanny His character s are drawn perfectly there isn t a single panel in which I felt he d cut a corner visually this is definitely a Japanese comic but eschews that cartoony manga aesthetic opting for straight up drama Imagine trying to draw concealed longing and frustration on a Halftime with Craig young girl s face in a single panel I m looking at that page right now and Inoue nails it That s how subtle and crazy perfect the art is But I loved how he draws the main character most of all He draws Takezo as a kind of empty shell when he s not fighting walking with a glazed far off look in his expression but when he faces danger and Inoue knows his audience and makes sure there are plenty of moments like this throughout Takezo s figure is charged as if someone flicked the on switch and his eyes light up and the movement Inoue draws movement so so well in this book it s like reading a movie Takezo is depicted by turns demonically as an inexperiencedoung man desperate and lost and breathlessly hungry for life all of the characters are drawn amazingly but Takezo s character by far is the most visually interesting The tone of the book is wonderful You really get a feel for the rural setting and feel the coldness and isolation of the house in the woods or the village at the end The mainly black and white pages help compliment this atmosphere so it feels dream like and otherworldly It s like stepping into the *past and it s a remarkable achievement While this first book contains plenty of action there isn *and it s a remarkable achievement While this first book contains plenty of action there isn a sense of a wider story here It feels like the beginning of a character portrait rather than a serial which interests me even because there are so few of those kinds of comics series around The one thing that makes me hesitate is the commitment needed to embark on this series Last I checked Inoue had put out Volume 25 of Vagabond with no signs of slowing down hey 20 million Japanese readers can t be wrong but it s good to know if I m in need of a good read that there s this series to fall back on I just don t think I ll be finishing it any. Shinmen Takezo is destined to become the legendary sword saint Miyamoto Musashi perhaps the most renowned samurai of all time For now Takezo is a cold hearted killer who will take on anyone in mortal combat to make a name for himself This is the journey of a wi.