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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.


Related Series

Associated Names

Groups Scanlating
Guren no Heya Kara

Latest Release(s)

Status in Country of Origin
37 Volumes (Ongoing)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter

User Reviews

8 topics, 62 posts
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User Rating
Average: 8.9 / 10.0 (1278 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.84 / 10.0
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Last Updated
January 17th 2015, 1:27am PST

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Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Morning (Kodansha)

Licensed (in English)

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

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #403 decreased(-67)
Monthly Pos #342 increased(+2)
3 Month Pos #335 decreased(-10)
6 Month Pos #288 decreased(-6)

List Stats
On 4141 reading lists
On 1527 wish lists
On 153 unfinished lists
On 406 custom lists

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Forum Posts
Vagabond to Resume on January 29 6 days, 22 hours, 32 minutes ago
Vagabond's Return Delayed Until Fall 224 days, 6 hours, 22 minutes ago
Vagabond Returns March 15 577 days, 10 hours, 19 minutes ago
Why is there no discussion thread for this masterpiece? 940 days, 12 hours, 42 minutes ago
Vagabond VizBig 11 984 days, 11 hours, 37 minutes ago

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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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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by frolic-horror
October 30th, 2007, 8:40am
I'm really impressed. I've read Slam Dunk and I thought it was great, but Vagabond is exceptional! This is how a shounen manga is suposed to be.
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Rating: 9.6 / 10.0
by timduncan1
October 25th, 2007, 5:53pm
i dont think it is slow.
story refreshing. artwork great
but one face for one page errr
thats why manga never beat u.s. comics

... Last updated on October 25th, 2007, 5:57pm
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