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In 16th-century Japan, Shinmen Takezou is a wild, rough young man, in both his appearance and his actions. His aggressive nature has won him the collective reproach and fear of his village, leading him and his best friend, Matahachi Honiden, to run away in search of something grander than provincial life. The pair enlist in the Toyotomi army, yearning for glory—but when the Toyotomi suffer a crushing defeat at the hands of the Tokugawa Clan at the Battle of Sekigahara, the friends barely make it out alive. After the two are separated, Shinmen returns home on a self-appointed mission to notify the Hon'iden family of Matahachi's survival. He instead finds himself a wanted criminal, framed for his friend's supposed murder based on his history of violence. Upon being captured, he is strung up on a tree and left to die. An itinerant monk, the distinguished Takuan Soho, takes pity on the "devil child," secretly freeing Shinmen and christening him with a new name to avoid pursuit by the authorities: Musashi Miyamoto. Vagabond is the fictitious retelling of the life of one of Japan's most renowned swordsmen, the "Sword Saint" Musashi Miyamoto—his rise from a swordsman with no desire other than to become "Invincible Under the Heavens" to an enlightened warrior who slowly learns of the importance of close friends, self-reflection, and life itself. [Written by MAL Rewrite]

  • Type: Manga
  • Author: Inoue, TakehikoYoshikawa, Eiji
  • Date aired: Sep 3, 1998 to May 21, 2015
  • Status: On Hiatus
  • Genre:Action, Adventure, Award Winning, Drama,
  • Scores: 98218
  • Rating: 9.16
  • Volume: 37
  • Chapter: 327
  • Views: 29403
Tanequil - 2009-05-03

Some seinen manga, I believe, take the meaning too far. The gore and nudity found in them is simply disturbing, no longer artistic, just omnipresent a.....

bigjig - 2008-01-06

Vagabond is perhaps the very epitome of a great manga. It has everything: action, suspense, excitment, drama and even a little romance - everything th.....

Neiru2013 - 2011-06-17

[Spoiler Warning] I read Vagabond to see what all the fuss is about. It's a very fast read. There are huge image panels and barely anything happening .....

Dietrologia - 2014-09-12

Vagabond is, in my opinion, one of the most important titles in recent manga history, and perhaps ever. It is, in many ways, one of the most ambitious.....

Zeryphalix - 2021-03-10

(A spoiler free review of Vagabond) Vagabond is the representation of a "Peak experience" As I believe no other piece of media shall offer a better ex.....

ChiefWarlock - 2015-02-18

Vagabond is one of the greatest manga ever written. The manga is totally different from the majority of seinen manga who focuses on gore and storyline.....

Lenko_ - 2021-08-28

What constitutes a man? What constitutes a warrior? What is the 'Spiral of death and killing'? The answers to these questions lie beyond the the surfa.....

Resting_Bonfire - 2021-08-26

Vagabond In the beginning, one thing has to be made clear, if you want to read this manga, you shouldn't have great expectations when it comes to the .....

Cans59 - 2021-03-10

[MINOR SPOILER WARNING] I don’t like to use too often the word “perfection”, since in my belief, from the common use of it, the word itself migh.....

CrystalMountain - 2021-09-03

So my relationship with Vagabond is a little bit weird. It started off like ''This series is fine'' ,after a while it turned to ''This series is good .....

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