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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 24272,427 users)
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Ranked: #3082
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Popularity: #1415
Members: 13,804
Favorites: 367


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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


Jan 9, 2021

Historical manga generally have to be spiced up with fantastic or supernatural elements to capture attention (or at least it is a recurring feature among the most recognized) and while this could be included in such a qualification, there is a key deterrent limit, the way in which is presented. If those fantastic elements can be introduced through a sober documentary narration, there is no reason to deny them, they merge with the context as if they were an extension of it, precisely the effect that Issei's work achieves.

The setting, tonality, characters and how they are related, attack that naturalness of medieval Japan, but a ...
Mar 17, 2020
A story of life. A wandering man, the people that intertwine with him, and the strings of fate and time. All come together for a satisfying and truly amazing manga.

Never have I ever been able to just feel the wind from the pages and the warmth of smiles. I literally could not get enough of the composition the way the literal frames seamlessly flow. A standing shadow casted on your lovers crouching frame, the reflection of a pondering man in a pond, tears over the river bridge, rage of death, combing anothers hair. I am amazed.
There is a reason abstract art conveys stronger ...
Jul 1, 2019
I've never written a review, but I've seen a bit of misconception of the series, and I just want to give my views on what makes this story tick.

Takemitsu Zamurai is a brilliant multi-character story involving the ronin Senou, a village child Kan, the assassin Kikuchi, and about half a dozen other fleshed out characters. I've seen some write that the series revolves around only Senou himself, but that couldn't be farther from the truth.

In a very short 8 volumes, this series starts and completes all of their character arcs whilst tying most of them together with each other. A major theme of Takemitsu ...

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