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Synonyms: Takemitsu Zamurai
Japanese: 竹光侍


Type: Manga
Volumes: 8
Chapters: 84
Status: Finished
Published: Aug 7, 2006 to Mar 15, 2010
Genres: Award Winning Award Winning, Slice of Life Slice of Life
Themes: Historical Historical, Martial Arts Martial Arts, Samurai Samurai
Demographic: Seinen Seinen
Serialization: Big Comic Spirits
Authors: Matsumoto, Taiyou (Art), Eifuku, Issei (Story)


Score: 8.301 (scored by 24012,401 users)
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Ranked: #3032
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Popularity: #1420
Members: 13,615
Favorites: 363


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Volumes: /8
Chapters: /84


Although the rounin Souichirou Senou quickly discovers that most of his new neighbors in the Katagi Apartments do not trust him, his childlike wonder at the world around him allows him to strike up a friendship with the carpenter's son, Kankichi. With Kankichi's help, Souichirou begins to establish a life in Edo's tenements and exchanges his longtime sword Kunifusa for a bamboo blade, due to his newfound desire to refrain from violence.

Unfortunately for Souichirou, avoiding conflict in Edo is not always possible. Before long, Souichirou finds himself stalked by the brutal assassin Shinnosuke Kikuchi, who delights in butchering anyone caught between him and his target. Each time Souichirou must step forward to defend himself or the people of the tenements, he reawakens the intense bloodlust of his younger days and resurrects memories he would much rather forget.

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Takemitsuzamurai was published in Spanish by Ediciones Glénat from October 2009 to December 2012.

The manga won the Excellence Prize in the manga division at the 11th Japan Media Arts Festival Awards in 2007, along with the Grand Prize at the 15th Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize in 2011. It was nominated for Best Comic at the 2012 Angoulême International Comics Festival.


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Yamamoto, Hansuke
Senou, Souemon


Feb 8, 2011
Glorious, subtle, beautiful, moving, detailed, evokes Hokusai, the Edo era, unusual-don't be put off by the art, it is so against the grain of mainstream manga but it is astonishing, the use of shade and light and ink blots. I think the only manga I have even given 10 in every category, but I cannot fault it. The story is so perfect as well, interweaving and intensely thought-provoking

PLEASE read it or try-a fantastic story and piece of artwork-just..wow
Jun 5, 2011
Story: 9
Your typical samurai with a haunted past moving to a new place to try and forget about it all. (Rurouni Kenshin, Sword of the Stranger, Gintama even) The manga pulls from historical, action, and slice-of-life genres, culminating in an amazing battle between Senou and a larger-than-life assassin. Moments of serenity, sorrow, sentimentality, and savagery intermix in a simple but poignant plot.

Art: 10
Takemitsu Zamurai is filled with tropes from the samurai canon, but it paints these cliches anew with vivid brush strokes, truly making the story and exploiting the essence of manga as a medium as opposed to the (light) novel, making ...
Sep 12, 2016
A mysterious Ronin that lives in a town, wandering and displaying a somewhat strange behaviour throughout the days: despite being so passionate about nature and life, why is it that some greatly fear him, while others love him? The premise of Takemitsu Zamurai is quite interesting on its own, yet what really makes it stand out is the peculiar art that magnificently blends with the narrative, portraying itc characters greatly.

The very first thing any reader would notice is the peculiar art style of the manga. For many, their first impressions would range from being an unappealing, lazy style, or even plain terrible, where only the ...

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