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Vagabond, Vol. 1

(Vagabond VIZBIG Omnibus Edition #1)

4.47  ·  Rating details ·  1,422 ratings  ·  85 reviews
This VIZBIG edition of Vagabond contains Volumes 1-3 and bonus color content.

Invincible Under the Sun

At seventeen years of age, Miyamoto Musashi--still known by his childhood name, Shinmen Takezō--was a wild young brute just setting out along the way of the sword.

In the aftermath of the epic Battle of Sekigahara, Takezō finds himself a fugitive survivor on the losing side
Paperback, Vizbig, 728 pages
Published September 19th 2008 by VIZ Media
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Vagabond is Takehiko Inoue's fictionalized account (based primarily on the classic Japanese novel Musashi) of the most legendary swordsman in all of Japan's history (and perhaps the world's) that's been going on and off for the past 18 years and counting.

It is also much more than that.

It is a nearly two decades-long exploration and examination of the ultra-competitive mindset Musashi and his contemporaries had to have possessed in order to attain enough skill, prowess and notoriety to make the
Aug 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 -4 stars

While the cover says this is "loosely based on the novel _Musashi_" I'd have to say that this seems pretty much like a direct manga edition of the book by Eiji Yoshikawa, so far at least. Volume 1 begins in the same place as the novel: at the end of the historic battle of Sekigahara two survivors, childhood friends Shinmen Takezo (soon the re-christen himself Miyamoto Musashi) and Hon'iden Matahachi, are found by a young girl (Akemi) and her mother Oko who live by stealing from corps
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I'm a fan of manga who remains very selective about the titles I read - particularly when that title is 'Lone Wolf & Cub', and means drowning yourself in 9000 pages of bloody vengeance, bushido and the path to Meifumado; or 'Berserk', with 37 volumes of weird pseudo-European fantasy that cranks the gore to 11 and sucks you in with Kentaro Miura's incredibly detailed draftsmanship and idiosyncratic story-telling. The pacing and structure of manga is very different from American comics or Band ...more
GrilledCheeseSamurai (Scott)
Apr 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga
This Vizbig edition collects volumes 1-3 of Vagabond, the account of Miyamoto Musashi, the greatest Samurai to have ever lived.

I'm not sure what kind of rock I have been living under (it was comfortable and had wifi at least) but I am just now getting around to reading this epic tale. From the get go I was completely sucked in! Takehiko Inoue draws some of the best pictures I have ever seen in a Manga and it's next to impossible to put down! Each page is breathtaking and the fight scenes are inc
Sep 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A graphic novel on my favourite novel ever!! The original novel is more detailed and is still better but this is amazing.
Feb 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga, favorites
This manga is an epic tale of Miyamoto Musashi who is considered to be the greatest samurai to have ever lived.

I am pretty sure this manga is more about artistic interpretation than actual historical facts. The biggest difference from fact to fiction is evident in Musashi's greatest rival Kojiro--who in the manga is deaf and mute though he wasn't in real life. His own story growing up and becoming a prolific, if not slightly less famous, swordsman is given the respect and time true rival should.
Aug 12, 2015 rated it liked it

The artwork is captivating in this manga series, but at the same time, confusing. The artwork is supposed to allow the story to flow, but it seems to me that the artwork sometimes misses out emotion in the characters faces, or misses fight strokes and makes it a bit messy. It's hard enough reading from right to left without having to piece together the fight scenes. Also, it's splits into too many chapters and at the beginning of each chapter is starts in glorious colour and then
Apr 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga
Definitely a book to mention in relation to the likes of "Lone Wolf and Cub" and "Blade of the Immortal". While this leans closer to "Lone Wolf and Cub" when it comes to historical accuracy and number of epic (and a bit improbable, but shhhh, let's not talk about that) fights, it becomes more apparent the longer the story progresses that while the characters of LWaC might as well have been cut from really badass cardboard, the characters in Vagabond lean more towards actual human beings. It stil ...more
Zetty Khairunisa
Nov 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
What I actually know about this author is he is also the author of slam dunk series. Incomparable!

Beautifully drawn, some humor and I love how Takezo aka Musashi is well described as a protecting-loving friend and a brother to Matahachi.

"We're gonna make names for ourselves", the best line that keeps repeating in my head through out this reading. #brotherhood
Jan 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga
Fab. Glaring, angry swordsmen encounter the young Musashi and he glares back. The master swordsman is just starting out wanting to challenge the best.
Amazing artwork, clean lines give way to painterly inks when characters fill with rage or fear. This edition has retained the coloured pages too.
By the dude who wrote Real.
Sep 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga-comics
I got my warm first encounter with the manga. The art is so impressive.
Mar 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
It's as good as they said.
5 Stars
These 3 volumes were damned great. I was told to read this after Berserk and I'm not regretting this.
Mar 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga
This is the first volume in the Manga based on Eiji Yoshikawa's Musashi novel. It's a very good Manga, but the novel takes precedence. It always will.
Jun 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: samurai fans
Miyamoto Musashi, author of A Book of Five Rings, was one of the greatest swordsmen of his time (the 1600s) and something of a warrior-philosopher. He’s become a legendary figure, and there have been many fictional accounts of his life in Japanese media. The most influential of these is Eiji Yoshikawa’s Musashi, a novel that created many of the “beats” that subsequent tellings of the story often use.

Vagabond is a manga by Takehiko Inoue, better known for his pioneering basketball manga Slam Dunk
Sep 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Takehiko Inoue (Real, Slam Dunk) presents his incomplete masterpiece that is Vagabond. First things first, if you're a manga reader or fan then chances are you've heard of this at least.

The artwork itself speaks multiple levels and showcases some true quality and talent. Mind you, I feel the mentality of "I'll check this out just for the artwork" is a bad thing and any manga / graphic novel should be read and enjoyed for its depth of narrative too. Vagabond tells the story of Takezo a young man
May 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Artemy by: Eric
Shelves: manga, 5-stars
Vagabond is an excellent samurai-themed manga, telling a semi-biographical story of the famous Miyamoto Musashi, one of the greatest samurai in history. The manga is incredibly beautiful, combining numerous drawing styles and techniques, and the coloured pages look absolutely phenomenal. The story itself is fascinating, and it's written really well. The characters also feel well thought out and deep, which is something I have rarely seen in manga before, especially so early in the series. I had ...more
Dec 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comic
So I finished the first 3 volumes in one day of continuos reading. The illustration is amazing and the characters development progress is well done, which is rare to see in these kind of stories.

However I can't say the plot is perfect and it will not appeal to every manga reader. You have to be adult and ready to view extreme violence. I recommend it for anyone who wants to read stories about strength and survival.
Diana R
Apr 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018, graphic-novels
Second time reading it this year. Overkill, maybe? But I love it.
Takehiko Inoue is extremely talented, both in drawing and storytelling, and Musashi is a wonderful character. I finally got my hands on most of the volumes that are out and I cannot wait to see him grow stronger and wiser.

Would not recommend this to people who dislike violence in books, as this manga is pretty bloody—but otherwise, yes please read this.
Marialena I.
Aug 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga
A beautiful vizbig (3 volumes in 1) edition with colour pages. The art is one of the most beautiful i have ever seen in manga and the most realistic one.! The story revolves around the legendary swordsman Miyamoto Musashi and his way of life!!! I definitely recommend it, especially in this vizbig edition!!!
Aug 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga
The first 3 volumes of Vagabond bound in one volume. Extremely good. The story & Artwork are equally matched! Loved it! :)
Jousef W.
Sep 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
After reading the first volume I gotta say, one thing dominates this book, and it's the art style by Takehiko Inoue. It is incredibly beautiful! The detail he can go into with those pencil drawings, it's unreal. In art classes in highschool we learnt about Albrecht Dürer and his engraving style of art and it was always the most impressive to me. Look it up, you'll see what I mean. This really really works for me as well. Love it! The way Takehiko Inoue can illustrate facial expressions is on ano ...more
This is manga interpretation of the famous novel about Miyamoto Musashi. As such not all elements are to be taken at the face value (some of the elements are added for dramatization) but story is truly great.

We follow Musashi (his given name being Shinmen Takezo) as he tries to recover from the disastrous defeat at Sekigahara. Together with his childhood friend Matahachi they start the long journey home and on that path they encounter mysterious belles, thieves and organized crime, government (v
May 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This has to be one of my favorite mangas of all time. It had been more than 10 years since I read the first volumes and had forgotten why I fell so much in love with the art and the story contained within this manga. But a few days ago I went into a book store to see what was new and I was pleasantly surprised when I stumbled upon this VIZBIG edition. Without hesitation I bought it and brought it home with me. And right when I sat down and opened it to read it I remembered why I was so obsessed ...more
Himanshu Sharma
Jun 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga
Vagabond manga is downright flawless artistic storytelling. Takehike Inoue, my favourite mangaka breathes life into the most historic samurai with breathtaking artistic skills. My most favourite manga after another Inoue's work - Slam Dunk.

'Happiness is being able to be grateful for whatever it is you have at the moment. It sounds simple, but it's very difficult. And at the same time, it may seem complex, but it's really simple.' - Takehike Inoue

In a class above nearly every manga out there, Vag
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Robert Timmons
Mar 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Vagabond is a manga series written and illustrated by Takehiko Inoue. It follows the life of Miyamoto Musashi,the author of the The Book of Five Rings. In this volume (which contains three volumes as previously published), we are introduced to Shinmen Takezo who is shunned by local villages as a devil child and lives in the mountains cut-off from the village. At the age of 17, he goes to war and gains a reputation as someone who can and will kill quickly. After the war, Takezo aims to become "in ...more
Aug 19, 2018 rated it liked it
This was a gift for a family member who had expressed his nostalgia for a Korean genre of manhwa that has to do with martial arts. Although this probably isn't quite it, it was the closest I could find during a 20 minute investigation at Barnes & Noble. Just so I did not give something totally inappropriate, I sat in the cafe and speed-read it. The art is done quite well, but I'm not sure why such narratives need to be so carefully depicted. Given those talents and freedom, these are not the ...more
Jun 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: manga
Based on a true story this book follows two young men leaving their village to fight for a chieftain but end up on the losing side. The story opens with them escaping the battlefield and we learn about their background and they end up fighting to protect a couple women making a living taking loot from battlefield corpses. One decides to stay with the women while the other ends up leaving to seek his fortune and become the best swordsman ever.

An interesting start and I'll read more in the series
May 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
im an older reader and i thought i would try this and some other Manga novels (Monster,Vinland Saga). i really enjoyed this. The artwork was great and i really enjoyed the story. So i will be buyin the rest of the series.
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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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