Vagabond

Where do I start?

I recently read all of the currently released chapters of Vagabond and I am at a loss for words.

As you would of seen if you read my New Top 10 Manga post, Vagabond is now my favourite manga of all time. And that was before I was up to date!

For those of you who dont know Vagabond, here’s part of the synopsis from MAL:

Vagabond is the fictitious retelling of the life of one of Japan’s most renowned swordsmen, the “Sword Saint” Musashi Miyamoto—his rise from a swordsman with no desire other than to become “Invincible Under the Heavens” to an enlightened warrior who slowly learns of the importance of close friends, self-reflection, and life itself.

Now, onto the aspects of the manga that make it the 10 out of 10 that it is.

Story:

If you are a fan of Samurai stories or just sword fighting then you will be a sucker for this story!

Vagabonds plot progresses very well. It starts out as Musashi’s quest to be ‘the strongest under the sun’ but then another samurai is introduced and it becomes about both of them and their journeys. That’s all I can say without giving away too much.

And let me just tell you, along the way there is a lot of amazing sword fights that will have you at the edge of your seat!

Characters:

The characters in Vagabond are the best out of any other manga series that I can think of off the top of my head.

Each of the many characters have their own backstories, ambitions and personalities that make them all great.

My favourite character is Musashi Miyamoto as he’s just the man.

Art:

The best thing about the whole manga is the art.

You’ve probably seen from the pictures already through-out this post, that the art is Vagabond is phenomenal.

Takehiko Inoue is a master when it comes to drawing as you will see if you read his other series like Slam Dunk but I was amazed when I saw the art in Vagabond.

It’s on a completely different level to any manga I’ve ever read and sometimes I don’t even feel like I’m reading manga.

Conclusion:

Overall, this is an absolutely amazing series and as you may be able to tell, I struggle to explain how good it is as I don’t think any words can explain the feeling it gives me.

I would like you all to feel how I feel about Vagabond so I urge all of you reading this to go read it, even if you only read volume 1.

Sadly, I may now have to wait years for another chapter to be released as Inoue is on hiatus due to having no inspiration but I will wait as long as I have to because it’s that worth it!

Thank you for reading and tell me what you thought of Vagabond if you’ve read it or if you plan to read it.

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16 thoughts on “Vagabond

  1. i have read a lot of samurai manga including Lone Wolf & Cub, Samurai Executioner, Lady Snowblood, Rurouni Kenshin, Blade Of The Immortal etc but I’ve never gotten round to Vagabond yet. It’s definitely one for me to check out as I’ve read a bit about the real musashi miyamoto’s life (as far as the history books are concerned anyway) and seen a few films about him as well.I really do hope it doesn’t end up unfinished as that would be a real shame. As a samurai enthusiast and appreciator or really detailed art I’m sure I’ll love it.

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  2. I’ve been saving this manga for a long time. I’m not sure if you know, but the story is based on a novel (a huge 1000 page beast), that I began reading some time ago. So at least the story (probably) is set in stone and it’s not that Inoue doesn’t have any notion where to go next – I find that reassuring. Gotta finish the novel as soon as possible and start the manga!

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