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Growing up in the late 16th century Sengoku era Japan, Shinmen Takezō is shunned by the local villagers as a devil child due to his wild and violent nature. Running away from home with a fellow boy at age 17, Takezo joins the Toyotomi army to fight the Tokugawa clan at the Battle of Sekigahara. However, the Tokugawa win a crushing victory, leading to nearly three hundred years of Shogunate rule. Takezo and his friend manage to survive the battle and afterwards swear to do great things with their lives. However, after their paths separate, Takezo becomes a wanted criminal and must change his name and his nature in order to escape an ignoble death.

Note: Won the Kodansha Manga Award for Best General Manga and the 24th Kodansha Manga Award in the general category in 2000. Won the Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize in 2002 and was nomination for the 2003 Eisner Award in the Best Writer/Artist category.


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Guren no Heya Kara

Latest Release(s)

Status in Country of Origin
37 Volumes (Ongoing)

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User Reviews

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User Rating
Average: 8.9 / 10.0 (1342 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.84 / 10.0
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Last Updated
April 22nd 2015, 4:50am PST



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Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Morning (Kodansha)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Viz (37 Volumes - Ongoing)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #451 increased(+31)
Monthly Pos #449 decreased(-18)
3 Month Pos #433 decreased(-27)
6 Month Pos #397 decreased(-57)

List Stats
On 4393 reading lists
On 1628 wish lists
On 156 unfinished lists
On 449 custom lists

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Forum Posts
70 Vs 1 71 days, 5 hours, 36 minutes ago
Vagabond to Resume on January 29 86 days, 11 hours, 1 minutes ago
Vagabond's Return Delayed Until Fall 530 days, 18 hours, 8 minutes ago
Vagabond Returns March 15 883 days, 22 hours, 5 minutes ago
Why is there no discussion thread for this masterpiece? 1247 days, 0 hours, 27 minutes ago

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Fantastic artwork coupled with slightly above average story telling   
Rating: N/A
by kiron216
January 13th, 2009, 9:44pm
Artwork is good. Very good. So good that it makes up for a lackluster story. I like how the injuries and sword fights are realistic in comparison to other mangas but it does not deserve an 8.9 when hajime no ippo got 8.71.
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Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by mono-sama
October 27th, 2008, 5:10am
a good seinen samurai epic
the artwork is fantastic, character development good and the pace is nice.
im still getting a bit bored of it though......
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its alright   
Rating: N/A
by Jack_T
October 5th, 2008, 12:45am
good samurai manga, im a fan of old school samurai films and this is definitely something similar. i read it for a while but i stopped when i hit the epic battle that never seemed to want to end and was very repetitive (waiting for a rarely released chapter and just getting the same thing over and over really ruined the series for me). If you got past this point then it probably wont bother you as much.
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Good art notwithstanding   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by natnair
June 18th, 2008, 4:14pm
The protagonist, Musashi, disgusts me. Even after he has been 'reformed', he still wants to do nothing but kill people. He thinks he's found some kind of meaning in this way of life, but it's a delusion (at least IMO it is): at the end of it all, he's just a killing machine. And the fights, if they're the draw of this manga, are not the most exciting anyway. So it gets stale after awhile.
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Truly Epic   
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by shavonescales
June 14th, 2008, 11:12pm
Read this now! Great art, intense battles, and a main character you can truly admire.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by loganz35
May 12th, 2008, 1:15pm
Well this manga is a rare one. Something this good nowadays is hard to find. How can you even compare it to naruto or bleach?! This mange have so deep morale. And as every one said character development is just superb! Anyways I don't have any complain about this slow paced progress. Brutal scenes were so realistic and drawing style was excellent, at every fighting scene my blood boiled with such an excitement. Eh, ain't that weird that I didn't notice this lack of romance as you all say, but that just me.

Anyways if you haven't read this then read it!

... Last updated on May 12th, 2008, 1:17pm
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by gomting
February 24th, 2008, 8:09am
I picked this one up just to see what all the big fuss was about. A lot of times, big hype = big disappointment. But wow, this one did not disappoint. Maybe I'm a bit biased since I'm a fan of the genre, such as Blade of the Immortal, but I'd recommend this to anyone who can stand the gore. Also, some people thought nudity was "unncessary" though I think they actually fit in quite well and make the story more realistic. It's never done as fan service. Although I like story of Blade of the Immortal a little more (probably because of the lack of romance in Vagabond), Vagabond's realism and deep philosophy put it in a class by itself.
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Rating: 9.8 / 10.0
by Hakku
February 17th, 2008, 4:07am
Throughout the story, the characters change slowly. It's got a lot more depth than I thought it could hold. Sometimes, it feels like there's just too much fighting - It's like killing someone was natural. Though the story's a bit too gory for me, I still enjoyed the read. Some unnecessary nudity and mature content, but just ignore that and the story's pretty good.

... Last updated on February 18th, 2008, 1:48am
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by manhunter098
December 28th, 2007, 5:41pm
I find myself with no choice but to comment on how impressed I am by this Manga. I knew it was supposed to be great from everything I had seen and heard about it, but I put off starting on it for a while; I certainly regret that.

If you have this manga on your wish list, do yourself a favor and start reading it.

... Last updated on December 29th, 2007, 1:40pm
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Best manga ever   
Rating: N/A
by andre_aj
December 1st, 2007, 12:32am
this is the perfect manga story with the perfect artwork
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