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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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Associated Names

Groups Scanlating
Guren no Heya Kara

Latest Release(s)

Status in Country of Origin
37 Volumes (Hiatus)

Completely Scanlated?

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User Reviews

9 topics, 67 posts
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User Rating
Average: 8.9 / 10.0 (1417 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.85 / 10.0
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Last Updated
October 4th 2016, 11:06pm 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 #195 decreased(-8)
Monthly Pos #174 decreased(-6)
3 Month Pos #148 increased(+10)
6 Month Pos #156 increased(+4)

List Stats
On 4663 reading lists
On 1731 wish lists
On 165 unfinished lists
On 501 custom lists

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Forum Posts
70 Vs 1 698 days, 13 hours, 6 minutes ago
Vagabond to Resume on January 29 713 days, 18 hours, 31 minutes ago
Vagabond's Return Delayed Until Fall 1158 days, 1 hours, 38 minutes ago
Vagabond Returns March 15 1511 days, 5 hours, 35 minutes ago
Why is there no discussion thread for this masterpiece? 1874 days, 7 hours, 58 minutes ago

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Good Seinen   
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by Anonymous
August 14th, 2006, 4:28pm
One of the best seinen there is. Agree with Bettum though... It is a tiny bit slow. But the slowness is rewarded by character development!
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Great manga   
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by Kaosu Rah
August 4th, 2006, 7:37pm
A must read, definitely.

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Must Read   
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by pokie
July 23rd, 2006, 10:39pm
Great art and great storytelling with some touches of humor. I find myself grinning at times while reading this. Inoue really delves into the characters, easily enabling the reader to lose him/herself to the story... Truly a great read.
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Absolutely amazing   
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by Anonymous
July 19th, 2006, 2:12am
A masterpiece...dynamic characters, moving story, great action...Vagabond's got it all...
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very good manga   
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by Anonymous
July 18th, 2006, 1:49am
one of the best manga ever
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by Bettum
July 5th, 2006, 7:25pm
Great manga. I love it. connsider it recommended. I didn't rate it 10 'cause it is a bit slow. But thats my impression so don't let it get to u.

Though action is some of the core in this manga, it should be suitable for anyone above 12. However the nudity and the sex could be a problem (at least in the states. Even the upper part of a woman is considered 18+ there lol). 15+ shouldn't be a problem. I would love reading this when I was 12 though.
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Truly amazing...   
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by Dante
April 19th, 2006, 6:00pm
it's an amazing series, I managed to get the first volume and thought, "hey this might not be too bad." after the first few chapters i was totally hooked onto it, the story is amazing and it just keeps building into a grander and grander story involving many historical characters and to top that amazing character development. Inoue's attention to deal is amazing as well there is very little he leaves out. Altogether, if you like these kinda mangas then you're in for a real good treat with this one, so go out there and get it!
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Top-notch manga   
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by Anonymous
March 26th, 2006, 8:25pm
Superb; just like the book but with great personalizing/background of characters that were ignored in book.
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One word   
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by barbapapa
August 20th, 2005, 7:20pm
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