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Kaina - Surugajou Gozen-Jiai  
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This manga features violent stories of passion and swordsmanship, set in the Kan'ei era (1624-1643). It opens with a match between two damaged swordsmen. Irako is blind, and his opponent, Fujiki, is missing an arm. It has been decreed that their match will be fought with metal swords, instead of wooden, so one of these men will die. The story that led them to this final match, and gave them their handicaps, involves ambition, the selection of the heir for a dojo, and the passion of two women-- one the dojo master's daughter, and the other his lover. [tethysdust]


Related Series
Shigurui (Alternate Story)

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Kaina - Suruga-jou Gozen Jiai
Kaina - Surugajou Gozen Jiai

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4 Volumes (Complete)

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January 18th 2015, 11:50am PST



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SO...this covers more content from Norio Nanjo's Novel?   
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by 2Ryder
December 9th, 2013, 4:04pm
....I guess beyond that...has any english publisher decided to translate Suruga-jou Gozen Jiai yet? I loved Shigurui, and I'm guessing i would dig the hell out of the real book behind it all. If anything can't wait to get a copy of this one too.
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Gruesome samurai stories   
Rating: 8.5 / 10.0
by You Say
February 21st, 2013, 3:13am
Mori Hideki doesnít usually create the story, he often takes a book and transforms it to manga. And he has done it again. Kaina is adaptation of various samurai stories set in 20s of 16th century authored by Nanjou Norio. Stories are bound together in one way or another but mainly by samurai tournament held at Suruga Castle.

As you probably guessed by now, Kaina is set of ďone-shotĒ stories. You may know the first one of them if you have read Shigurui by Yamaguchi Takayuki. Fujiki Gennosuke and Irako Seigen, revenge, one-armed samurai and blind samurai. Itís very similar but Yamaguchi grandly expanded original story while Mori kept it short and fast. (Do not misunderstand me; both of these versions are excellent.) One of the stories is actually written by Mori himself.

The stories are generally about crippled and deformed people (be it on body or in mind). Many of them are outcast. Some looks hideous, some are sick in their minds; others are brutal barbarians or simply madmen. But their stories are excellently depicted. You can feel their tragedy and maybe you come to a conclusion that theyíre just weak humans who seek warm open arms of a woman or a good friend. Even these sick men are afraid of betrayal and society. Some of them are willing to hide their weaknesses in loneliness, while other canít bear it and commit dreadful deeds in midst of inner suffering.

Mori Hidekiís drawings are terrific as always and maybe even better. Iím terrible at Japanese but I was willing to spent whole days translating chapters with a plump dictionary in my hand. Itís simply that good.

... Last updated on February 21st, 2013, 3:16am
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