Thwip!’s Manga Monday – Vagabond

It’s Monday folks! Which means we talk about a favorite manga of ours and why you all should read it – this week’s Manga Monday is all about Takehiko Inoue’s Vagabond.

So I said last week that Berserk is one of the most gorgeous mangas ever, will meet the number #1 contender to that throne – Takehiko Inoue’s Vagabond.

Yes, it is that Takehiko Inoue of Slam Dunk fame as well.

The story is a retelling of a fictionalized account of Miyamato Musashi (one of the most famous swordsmen in all of Japan [he was a ronin and not a samrurai, read this manga and find out all about it]) and his life.

So straight off the bat, the manga is gorgeous, so lush with detail that you realize how it is such a thriving art form in Japan.

But anyways, the story itself is great too. This is a decidedly non-linear narrative about Musashi and his life as a ronin and mastering the way of the sword. It jumps between Musashi and other characters that he meets that historically featured significantly in his life. The thing about that though is, you never get bored. No matter whose story you are reading about at that moment, they are inherently interesting and their tale intriguing.

Then there is the art, which is gory, but not in the sensationalized, over-the-top way that Berserk is, but rather more artful and detail-oriented (if that makes sense). It is also a pretty mature comic with nudity all over the place and at unexpected moments, so be warned.

This is a long epic that is nowhere in sight of finishing, so you can take it at your own pace since this series is not going anywhere (though I do hope it does eventually finish, ’cause would love to own it as a complete series).



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