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Vagabond  
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Description
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 wild young brute who strives to reach enlightenment by way of the sword--fighting on the edge of death.

Won the 24th Kodansha Manga Award for Best General Manga.

Type
Manga

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Associated Names
バガボンド

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Latest Release(s)

Status in Country of Origin
37 Volumes (Hiatus)
(Resume in Fall 2014)

Completely Scanlated?
No

Anime Start/End Chapter
N/A

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Forum
7 topics, 55 posts
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User Rating
Average: 8.9 / 10.0 (1255 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.84 / 10.0
10
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Last Updated
September 13th 2014, 2:11am PST

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Year
1998

Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Morning (Kodansha)

Licensed (in English)
Yes

English Publisher
Chuang Yi
Viz (35 Volumes & 11 Omnibuses - Ongoing)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #376 increased(+28)
Monthly Pos #361 decreased(-23)
3 Month Pos #320 decreased(-40)
6 Month Pos #260 decreased(-30)

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On 4050 reading lists
On 1476 wish lists
On 151 unfinished lists
On 387 custom lists

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Forum Posts
Vagabond's Return Delayed Until Fall 96 days, 6 hours, 3 minutes ago
Vagabond Returns March 15 449 days, 10 hours, 0 minutes ago
Why is there no discussion thread for this masterpiece? 812 days, 12 hours, 23 minutes ago
Vagabond VizBig 11 856 days, 11 hours, 18 minutes ago
Vagabond to Resume Next Month 940 days, 13 hours, 33 minutes ago

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Your Mileage May Vary   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by blackmokona
July 12th, 2011, 7:22pm
Well, I agree with people saying Oh I should have loved this but for some reason I didn't. I like brutal fights, slice of life and general badasses, but I can't love Vagabond. Yes it might be too slow, and the author just had to keep implying that the story will be like an epic too. I found myself asking: will anything remotely resembling a plot twist take up a volume by itself? If an entire chapter or two, I can't remember, were spent building up tension for and fighting simple small fries, what will the arc for the big boss look like? Well yes those pages were also introducing our characters, but it doesn't justify so many one-two pages spreads.

For the length of the pages I read which might have numbered close 200, I noticed that Inoue didn't set out to impress. His style of slice of life might have resembled a little too nearly the period life, which could have worked, had it not been a century since then. We tend to prize realism with regard to the current period and appreciate its criticism of society, but this series of a man's struggles plainly wasn't interesting enough to hold attention, much less cause controversy.

In fact, I was basically unmoved by anything except the occasional instances of great artwork. Oh look, they're survivors of war! They're sympathetic thieves! Even though their circumstances inspire, their personalities are far too removed from me to be able to give a damn. Add that to the simple plot (but not simplistic, to be fair), ugly women littering the panels, and Vagabond proves to be a frustrating read. Of course, this is apparently a case of Your Mileage May Vary.

... Last updated on July 14th, 2011, 11:54pm
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Ahhhh.....   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by GoldenKaos
June 23rd, 2011, 1:07pm
Amazing art. Fantastic action. One man on a journey.
Sure, this manga can be quite slow, with all the philosophy about sword-fighting, but that's what makes it an authentic samurai manga. Forget the fact that samurai were essentially sell-swords in real life, we remember them as semi-spiritual warriors that lived by a code of honour. Hey, if we read manga to escape real life, you might as well do it properly. This is the tale of Shinmen Takezo, who would later become the most famous swordsman of all, Miyamoto Musashi. It tells of how he ran away from his home village in search of glory and fame, and his bitter struggle with the realities of the world and creeping realization that his goal might only be an empty prize. A good, solid samurai manga with fantastic art and some of the best fights I've seen in seinen. I rate out of enjoyment more than quality, which is why this got a 10.
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hurm   
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by TaoPaiPai
June 17th, 2011, 1:15am
There is ALOT of standing around in this manga
there is lots of philosophical mumbojumbo about sword fighting[that gets annoying fast]
the art is nice for the most part...the woman tend to look ugly and dissfigured but most of the characters are male and look overall good

the biggest problem for me is the standing around and having inner dialogues...oo he is so strong if i beat him ill be famous
im not scared
im strong ... i can win,im not afraid,i know he is afraid of me,my speed is great,he might be fast,no,i can not lose,i will win,my sword is superior,i will become the greatest swordsman ever ASO ASO
then its the other guys turn to have inner dialogues

then we have a couple of pages showing how the fight might turn out if musashi do one move
then some more pages on how the outcome will be if he does another move

Musashis first "real" fight took 7 volumes of 90% standing in one spot imagining the fight

DBZ dragged on the fights sure
this is DBZx10
and to me this is boring
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Surprising   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by alexj2936
May 26th, 2011, 8:10pm
I have to admit I was dodging the manga every time it came up in the recommendations of pretty much every good manga I've ever read, thinking it was your typical hack and slash with a crappy storyline. Boy was I wrong, this manga is ridiculously good and the art is fantastic. If only Mutuhashi would just DIE it'd be perfect. Read it
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Good, but lacking   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by barbapapa
January 18th, 2011, 5:39pm
I definitely agree with the comment below. Stylistically Vagabond is rather accomplished, but Inoue's characters lack a humane aspect. Not that it's not there, but it doesn't feel real. They act almost like robots, who have had emotions programmed into them.
Now I'm not saying this is a bad manga, but I feel that its status is exaggerated.
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Is this really amazing!?   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by taiga2009
October 18th, 2010, 11:08pm
I know I am going to get nasty messages for this statement but this series just doesn't bring me to my knees. I think the art is violent, raw and beautiful and at the beginning I had sympathy for the characters but then I lost it. I started to not care what happened, there was no feeling of anticipation. The series could have ended with our hero impaled on a tree and I would not have blinked. The fact that I did not fall entire fall this manga leaves me wondering why, the story line is the type I like and the art is beautiful, I should rightly love it! I think perhaps some aspect of the delivery is lacking for me, perhaps the way the manga goes from character to character or is so disjointed or something. What ever the reason after the first 4 volumes I felt no emotional response to the characters whatsoever. I should have some feeling or response, even if it is not affection. I merely didn't care enough to hate it.
Someone commented on the manga feeling 'real and accurate' above but while the manga style is less stylized than many other type there was still a certain feeling of unreality to the manga. I think this feeling of unreality is also part of my lack of reponse to this on an emotional level. If I can't believe in the characters I can't feel anything for them perhaps.
As this mangaka's work is beautiful artistically I hope he can improve his delivery also.
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Not for kids who desire only action.   
Rating: 9.7 / 10.0
by brown pillow
October 10th, 2010, 9:53pm
If you're just looking for sword fights, and don't like deep thinking or philosophy, save yourself the trouble.
Anywho, art's rad, realistically rad with some water paintings thrown in here and there; easy-to-follow action scenes won't have you wondering what's going on in the middle of a fight; plus good mix of adventure, philosophy, action and even a smidgen of romance. The way you're led through his life in these (currently) three-hundred chapters is such a beautiful gradient of his sort of metamorphism from beast to enlightened-- super Kafkaesque. I love this. The differing perspectives (Musashi, Kojiro, Matahachi) take a while to get used to, but once you do it's really quite something. Really sort of contextualizes the roles and lives of the three even more, and helps you appreciate them and this great piece of work even more.

... Last updated on December 7th, 2011, 10:34pm
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OMG   
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by evil4hunter
September 15th, 2009, 5:54am
This manga is just so great . When i 1st read this manga . i knew right away it's inoue's.The art and the story are awesome . the battle scenes are good.I would have given it a 10 if there wasn't a man called Mushashi in real life biggrin

... Last updated on September 15th, 2009, 5:55am
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amazingly great read   
Rating: 8.9 / 10.0
by Azari02
May 20th, 2009, 7:00pm
The action is pretty good, (though i think the choreography could still use improvement), and the story is even better, as well as the philosophical side. It could easily be the best seinen manga out there,
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right into the centre of the warrior's heart   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Isara
May 11th, 2009, 2:40pm
Seriously, sometimes I wonder what people expect in a picture-carried story about a man who dedicated his whole life to the way of the sword.
This is a story about THE one person who revolutionized sword techniques, starting off as a wild brute with nothing but anger and hatred inside (the problem with his father - very much the number one Freud theory) pushing and fighting his way through his darkest feelings to become the somewhat genius swordsman he later was.
Killing people comes with mastering a weapon build to do just this and Inoue Takehiko did an awfully great job trying to show us modern people what living for the art of killing and fighting must have meant.
Musashi grows into a man and an artist and Inoue lets us be a part of his struggling, with all of these hallucination-scenes and wandering of the mind as well as pure technique and hardship.
Fighting 70 men in a ridiculous effort to save himself from being followed and killed in the dark, while knowing that this will most likely make his life even harder (revenge and such), is a truly unnerving way of showing a situation with no possible peaceful solution. There is no way of getting out of this situation alive and well and thus he chooses alive.
Scenes like these almost tore my heart out, imagining the pain, exhaustion and distress.
Definitely the best read about the meaning of martial-art I know.
And the art is just breathtaking. Someone wrote a comment about the scenery and realistic ancient culture, I second that.
For someone who can take realistic thoughts and is interested in the overall topic, this is a must-read.

... Last updated on May 11th, 2009, 2:43pm
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