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Bin - Sonshi Iden  
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Description
Many military leaders throughout history, including Napoleon, have been found using the teachings in the ancient Chinese literature called the Sonshi. The Sonshi, written by the leader of the Son family, extensively covers topics ranging from troop movement to forging alliances. Bin is a young adult in 360BC who is a criminal and social outcast. His face was tattooed with an unmistakable mark that will prevent him from ever working a decent job and his knee caps were cut off so that he will never walk again. He is the fifth generation of the Sons and he is said to be just as cunning as the original writer of the Sonshi. This story is about Bin, a legendary military tactician that changed the history of China.

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Manga

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Associated Names
ビン~孫子異伝~
膑~孙子异传~
臏 〜孫子異伝〜
Bin

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Status in Country of Origin
16 Volumes (Ongoing)

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Average: 9.4 / 10.0 (7 votes)
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September 30th 2014, 11:12am PST

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Year
2008

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Serialized In (magazine)
Grand Jump (Shueisha)
Grand Jump Premium (Shueisha)
Super Jump (Shueisha)

Licensed (in English)
No

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Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #1028 increased(+84)
Monthly Pos #1490 increased(+289)
3 Month Pos #2227 decreased(-8)
6 Month Pos #2249 decreased(-37)

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On 33 reading lists
On 87 wish lists
On 1 unfinished lists
On 17 custom lists

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An engaging historical narrative with a unique charm   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by patbuchanan
June 13th, 2014, 7:26pm
Bin- Sonshi Iden is the story of Bin, a wheelchair-bound criminal whose cunning tactics yet friendly demeanor slowly win over the hearts of his army, as he assumes higher rank in the Chinese military. Following an introductory arc where Bin makes some friends and appeals to the capitol, the remainder of the series involves long, drawn out ground battles and the drama that ensues in-between conflict.

A few things set this series apart from most historical manga. Despite the serious tone throughout, especially during battles, some scenes can be just downright goofy. The contrasts in Bin’s character are frequently illustrated through his player, juvenile behavior off of the battlefield. Part of this silliness could be attributed to the art style, as most of the characters have fat heads, big eyes and other exaggerated features. The story gets pretty serious when it needs to however, with heavy shading characterizing some of the more recent, prominent battles.

This brings me to my next point. For such a serious historical manga, there can be quite a bit of fan service at times. A number of female fighters are scantily clad with enormously oversized breasts, and their placement in dead-serious battles feels a bit absurd at times. Luckily I have found this to be a unique charm of the series, rather than a plot deterrent.

That being said, the mangaka makes a good attempt at giving each character a unique purpose and backstory, even seemingly unimportant or minor ones. Unfortunately, many of the characters appear rather similar, making it difficult to distinguish between certain ones. Very often I found myself confused because of similarly-designed characters simultaneously doing similar things.

The longer conflicts are often drawn out just a bit, with entire chapters being dedicated to heartfelt speeches by Bin, desperate soldiers’ thoughts and reactions, and so forth. But overall this is a solid read with a certain unique charm courtesy of the cartoony art style.
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