Vagabond – Full Color – Official VIZ Translation (EN)
Vagabond (バガボンド, Bagabondo) is a Japanese epic martial arts manga series written and illustrated by Takehiko Inoue. It portrays a fictionalized account of the life of Japanese swordsman Musashi Miyamoto, based on Eiji Yoshikawa‘s novel Musashi.
Takehiko Inoue’s critically acclaimed take on the life journey of warrior-philosopher Miyamoto Mushashi.
Striving for enlightenment by way of the sword, Miyamoto Musashi is prepared to cut down anyone who stands in his way. Vagabond is an action-packed portrayal of the life and times of the quintessential warrior-philosopher—the most celebrated samurai of all time!
Real-life figure Miyamoto Musashi was the most celebrated samurai of all time. The quintessential warrior-philosopher, Musashi authored A Book of Five Rings, a classic treatise in the canon of world philosophy and military strategy. But the path to enlightenment is an endless journey, and to get there through violent means–by way of the sword–makes mere survival an even greater challenge.
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 of the war. Takezō’s vicious nature has made him an outcast even in his own village, and he is hunted down like an animal. At this crucial crossroads in Takezō’s life, an eccentric monk and a childhood friend are the only ones who can help him find his way.
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.
COVER IMAGE CREDITS:
. Takehiko Inoue (Official Art – Water Artbook)
. P. Z. G.
. 2 versions of Volume 01 differences:
_ [Shellshock] script retyped with similar fonts, colored raw SFX left alone
_ [PZG] all text lifted from VIZ digital (thus identical fonts), and SFX labelled (VIZ style and HK raw colour retained)
. Single pages are 2300 : 2400 (2.03 : 3).
. Double pages are 2600 : 3400 (4.06 : 3).
. Uses official Hong Kong coloured scans.
- Volume 02
Volume 1 [Shellshock]
- Volume 01 - [Shellsock] 24-Apr
Volume 01 [PZG]
- Chapter 010 - Left Behind 16-Oct
- Chapter 009 - Fiancēe 16-Oct
- Chapter 008 - Miyamoto Village 16-Oct
- Chapter 007 - Farewell Takezō 16-Oct
- Chapter 006 - The Troubles of Hon'iden Matahachi at Seventeen 16-Oct
- Chapter 005 - Blood Game 08-Oct
- Chapter 004 - The Brigand Tsujikaze 03-Oct
- Chapter 003 - Okō 28-Sep
- Chapter 002 - Akemi 18-Sep
- Chapter 001 - Shinmen Takezō 29-Aug