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Vagabond, Volume 1 (Vagabond #1)

4.3  ·  Rating Details ·  4,223 Ratings  ·  139 Reviews
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.

Paperback, 248 pages
Published April 5th 2002 by Viz Media (first published March 23rd 1999)
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Sam Quixote
Jan 14, 2013 Sam Quixote rated it it was amazing
“Vagabond” is Takehiko Inoue’s graphic novel adaptation of the 1930s historical novel “Musashi” by Eiji Yoshikawa, about a real life historical figure from 17th century Japan, Shinmen Takezo, who would go on to become the legendary sword saint Miyamoto Musashi. We meet Takezo awakening from unconsciousness after the Battle of Sekigahara, somehow still alive with his best friend Matahachi: they are both 17 years old. They set off on the path homewards but encounter enemy soldiers, scavengers and ...more
Nicolo Yu
Sep 18, 2015 Nicolo Yu rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga
I still remember the stories of the last few months that eventually led me here to Takehiko Inoue's Vagabond. It all started with the graphic novel adaptation of Miyamoto Musashi's The Book of Five Rings which brought into my awareness, the sword saint. Then I read the first three volumes of Stan Sakai's Usagi Yojimbo, a long time favorite. Along the way, I had a late night viewing of Tom Cruises's The Last Samurai on HBO. Recently. I've embarked on a reread of the 31-volume Slam Dunk (another I ...more
Nov 17, 2013 معتز rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga-comics
في البداية دعني أقول ..اممم ..بالاحري..أصرخ عاااااااااه ..لماذا يجب أن أكتب هذا الريفيو مجددًا! إجابة سهلة لأنني لم أحفظ الريفيو XD
اممم .. لنحاول الكتابة من جديد.
ندخل بالتعبيرات الأول المكررة

يا للهول " ثلاث مرات تتكرر" o.O
ينبغي أن أقول في البداية منذ عامين وهذه المانغا على قائمة الانتظار بفضل ترشيح أحد الأصدقاء ولكن ما كان يجعلني أتردد في متابعتها هو عدم انتظام صدور الشابترز لها في السنتين الماضيتين.
لكن أتعلم!
لقد آن الوقت لأخذ المخاطرة، ومن يعلم ماذا يمكن أن يحدث لاحقًا!
إن كنت من
Samantha Tolleson
Oct 19, 2014 Samantha Tolleson rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Manga fans, Anime fans, Samurai fans
Recommended to Samantha by:
Holy hell that was just gruesome...
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Surprising in fact, I just wasn't expecting this level of violence when I read.
Oct 12, 2013 Rachel rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga
Only the strongest survive in this award-winning manga about samurai in the Sengoku era. Shinmen Takezou is one such man. His descent into beasthood, and eventual redemption through the efforts of the monk Takeun and love-interest Otsuu captivates, setting the way for his rise to invincibility and undying legend.

Vagabond is the typical action-type story, where the primary character strives for ever greatest strength, fighting increasingly difficult opponents, with ever more unique fighting moves
Aug 21, 2015 Tomás rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Una obra maestra, a nivel dibujo (no puede dibujar tan bien increíble) y también a nivel guión. Ya me veo leyendo tomo tras tomo con mucho entusiasmo.
Nov 17, 2013 モハメド・サイード rated it it was amazing
عاوز تقرا مانجا
تعالى ابدأ من هنا
رسم روعه
كلام قليل
قصه مشوقه(ممكن الفوليوم ده التشويق فيه قليل)بعد كده أظن اعلى
شكرا صديقى معتز للترشيح
Sep 13, 2014 Anirudh rated it it was ok
The plot is interesting but the narration is difficult to follow.
William Schram
Apr 08, 2017 William Schram rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga
With brilliant artwork and a masterful story, we get something that is truly special. This is the beginning of the story of Miyamoto Musashi, based off of the epic novel Musashi, which I have also read. Unfortunately, I don't know if Vagabond is completed or not. I don't think it is since it doesn't have his duel with Sasaki Kojiro yet, so here I sit waiting. Oh well. Maybe the artist died or something. Who really knows?
Apr 09, 2017 Tony rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book. Loved the story and drawings.

But. Typically too stretched. The story started so well, but then it leaves you hanging in so many areas. I will not be reading any more of these.
فهد الفهد
Apr 10, 2016 فهد الفهد rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-manga

كنت أتجول قبل أيام قليلة في كنكونيا دبي، مثقل بالكتب التي أنتقيها بشغف، قبل أن أعيد بعضها للرفوف وأنا أتخيل كيف ستجعل كل تلك العناوين المثيرة محفظتي فارغة وحقيبتي ثقيلة، ثلاثة أيام متوالية أزور فيها المكتبة متوحداً، أقضي ساعات لا أشعر بمرورها، غارقاً وسط خيارات كثيرة وقرارات مرعبة.

في اليوم الثالث مررت وسط عالم الكوميكس والمانجا في كنكونيا، معارفي في هذا الشأن ضحلة، صحيح أني قرأت كتاب الأستاذ طارق الخواجي قبل سنوات حول المانجا والانمي كمقدمة جيدة، كما شاهدت بعض أشهر أفلام الانمي، ولكن ل
**EDIT: Read volume 2 before you decided whether or not this series is worth your time. Major changes occur and I believe you'll read further if, like me, you weren't really impressed with this volume.**

2.5 (Somewhere between being meh about it and liking it.)

Perhaps it's because I went in with high expectations, but...

I expected more.

As of this volume, the art is really nice. Detailed and fully flushed-out. That's more than I can say about many manga. However.... I generally want either the c
I was looking for some Samurai Manga, and this one came up. I'm so glad I checked this out!

This graphic novel/manga is an adaptation of the historical novel Musashi by Yoshikawa, a historical novelization of the life of the great swordsman, Musashi.

The artwork is exquisite! Beautiful detailing and shadowing shows facial expressions and gives the reader a sense of being there with the characters. It's easy to sense the poor conditions that some of the villagers lived in and the brutality of the
Jan 08, 2016 Ashley rated it liked it
I picked this up because it was always staring at me in the library. Also I think goodreads recommended it to me? So the stars aligned. This is probably the most exquisitely drawn manga I've ever read and it brings a whole new perspective on the big eyes.

I was drawn into the story at first but it's hard to relate to Takezo's reasons for violence. At first it was self-defense but then it just seemed like he was really enjoying himself. It will be hard for me to relate to him and support him if t
M. Ashraf
Jan 08, 2016 M. Ashraf rated it really liked it
Shelves: vagabond
This looks good; I heard good things about the series before, but the fact it is from the same author as Slam Dunk made me a little hesitant. I like Slam Dunk anime but as a fun comedy genre not like this, but again with the new year and after I caught up with Bleach last year I decided to give it a go...
And it looks very good, till now... the artwork is great and unlike Bleach it is real!!! no shingami no paranormal activity just a man... and it is +18 :p with lots of blood...
A good start to th
Apr 10, 2016 Derek rated it liked it
W0w! The artwork in this volume is absolutely amazing. The story too, is well-crafted. it's fast-paced and edgy and reads like a charm. There's not a lot of depth to the characters, but what would you expect of a couple of swordsmen searching for enlightenment through bloodletting? Not much, right? Which is cool. it's entertaining and it helps fill the time. Looking forward to the subsequent volumes. Love to see where the love interests and subsequent sub-plots lead us.
Feather Mista
Mar 09, 2010 Feather Mista rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Todo el mundo.
Recommended to Feather by: Mi novia de entonces.
Obra maestra, poesía dibujada, cátedra de historia, hay mil formas de llamar a este comic y todas quedan cortas. Excelente comienzo para uno de los mangas más logrados de la historia. Culpable absoluto de que yo me volviera incondicional de Inoue. Lo debo haber leído más de cuatro veces, pero cuando lo pueda leer una quinta, seguro se gane una reseña mucho más elaborada que esta simple enumeración de virtudes.
Patrick Artazu
Nov 07, 2009 Patrick Artazu rated it really liked it
A more sedate "Naruto" or "Dragon Ball Z" based on real historical factoids, wherein main character and genius swordsman Miyamoto Musashi defeats progressively more invincible enemies on his way to the top. Meanwhile, his best friend and fellow traveler on the warrior's path survives via cowardly deception, theft, and dunderheaded good fortune and is maybe the more interesting and relatable story. The art is lovingly detailed.
Sep 21, 2009 Joy rated it it was ok
The story is an adaptation of Musashi; the art is very strong. But I'm not feeling inspired to read more; the thought of plodding many more volumes of it makes me feel vaguely weary. In contrast, when I read Blade of the Immortal, the thought of reading many more volumes of it made me go, "Eeee!" Filing this one under "Not My Thing."
Apr 23, 2015 Concertina rated it liked it
Shelves: asiáticos, manga
Comencé a leer el manga sin saber que no había sido terminado y eso me causó mucha indignación. Terminen sus cosas nipones flojos.
A esta altura no creo continuarlo porque qué flojera estar esperando por otro tomo. Muchas gracias por participar.
Sep 03, 2016 Dhei rated it liked it
Shelves: manga
well, personally i dont like the drawing style. no ikemen lol. the cover looked nice and tricked me.
the story is pretty slow. cant blame. eiji (the original novel) was writing in too details so far as i read his other book. so i am not surprised this one is also slow.
May 29, 2015 Almu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-estrellas, manga, seinen
Harry Roberts
Feb 10, 2013 Harry Roberts rated it it was amazing
Finally started this series. Currently own the first 3 vizbig editions and completely loving the story and even more so, the art style!
Ranim Al shakifi
Jan 03, 2017 Ranim Al shakifi rated it it was amazing
Shelves: vagabond
the character looks similar to Hanamishi [ SLAM DUNK ] and i like it
great work
Heaven Yassine
Aug 10, 2016 Heaven Yassine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mangas
Une narration envoûtante et des dessins somptueux. Du très grand art!
Carol Mola
Jun 29, 2015 Carol Mola rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015, mangas, favorites
Esto mola y mucho.
Jan 10, 2017 KNIGHT rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga
اعتقد أن هذه المانجا ستكون تجربة موفقة
May 18, 2017 Soraia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga
Não consigo acreditar que o autor de Vagabond é o mesmo de Slam Dunk! Não que um seja melhor que o outro, mas o que impressiona é que são duas obras completamente diferentes, não só no enredo como no traço.

Vagabond é sobre um menino de 17 anos, o Shinmen Takezo (que mais tarde viria a ser conhecido como Miyamoto Musashi), que junto com o seu amigo resolve participar da Batalha de Sekigahara. O mangá se inicia com ele caído após a batalha constatando que haviam perdido. Daí para frente a gente va
Thuan Nguyen
May 20, 2017 Thuan Nguyen rated it it was amazing
Nét vẽ của Inoue senpai đầy chất tự do và ấn tượng, cách chia khung của tiên sinh có nhịp độ, đôi khi có những điểm dừng đầy chủ ý.
Truyện được sáng tác dựa vào một tác phẩm văn học, do vậy, những chương đầu khá nhẹ nhàng, nhiều phần hài hước. Càng về sau càng hay, thu hút một cách mãnh liệt.
May 13, 2017 Czar rated it really liked it
Outstanding artwork and character design, enjoyed every frame.
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Takehiko Inoue (井上雄彦) is a Japanese manga artist, best known for the basketball manga Slam Dunk, which has become a success both in Japan and overseas. Many of his works are about basketball, Inoue himself being a huge fan of the sport, and many Japanese children started to play basketball because they read the manga. This in turn helped make basketball popular in Japan and across East Asia.

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