Friday, February 19, 2010

Manga Spotlight: Vagabond

The Battle of Sekigahara changed the political landscape of Japan forever, destroying the old order and making way for the rise of the powerful Tokugawa Shogunate. But Tokugawa Ieyasu was not the only individual who walked off this battlefield and into the history books; on the losing side, a 17 year old footsoldier managed to escape the chaos, death and disease of the battle and wander off into the forest. Penniless, unarmed and unable to return to his home village, this teenaged outcast resolved to forge his own destiny... one that would ultimately leave an indelible mark on the history of Japan.

This is Vagabond -- the incredible story of Miyamoto Musashi, the talented swordsman whose iconoclastic thinking revolutionized the staid and strictly regimented way of the samurai in Japan of the 17th century. Founder of the Niten-ryu school of swordsmanship and author of the famous Book of Five Rings, his strategic thinking is still studied and applied all around the world. Adapted and illustrated by the acclaimed artist Takehiko Inoue (author of the fan-favourite sports manga Slam Dunk), Vagabond is a visceral journey through a brutal and unforgiving world that is sure to appeal to western fans of Conan the Barbarian, Red Sonja, Lord of the Rings, and more. Highly recommended!

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