Shuna no Tabi
Shuna's Journey
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Shuna no Tabi

Alternative Titles

Synonyms: The Journey of Shuna
Japanese: シュナの旅
English: Shuna's Journey
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Information

Type: Manga
Volumes: 1
Chapters: 6
Status: Finished
Published: Jun 1983
Genres: Adventure Adventure, Fantasy Fantasy
Serialization: None
Authors: Miyazaki, Hayao (Story & Art)

Statistics

Score: 7.631 (scored by 21362,136 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #21032
2 based on the top manga page. Please note that 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #4299
Members: 4,635
Favorites: 47

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Synopsis

Beneath valleys that lie near a glacier, a small kingdom struggles to survive. The kingdom contains many residents who live alongside herds of red elk, but the land and its produce barely sustain the population. Despite their state of poverty, the people dedicate themselves to their work, and they have come to terms with their modest condition. But Shuna, the country's young prince, is unwilling to accept this situation.

After receiving mysterious grain seeds from a dying traveler, Shuna sets out on a quest for the land of golden grain to change the fate of his kingdom. Along his journey, he discovers strange places and hears many unsettling rumors about his destination. Shura witnesses the horrifying realities of human slavery: he encounters two young girls, Thea and her younger sister, who have been taken into captivity. Facing a new dilemma while determining the golden grain's whereabouts, Shuna resolves to still achieve his goal.

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Background

Shuna no Tabi is a loose adaptation of the Tibetan folktale The Prince Who Turned into a Dog. Using watercolor spreads instead of small panels, the manga is closer to the format of a Japanese illustrated story called emonogatari. Hayao Miyazaki originally intended to create an animated film adaptation, but he felt the manga's themes would not be popular in Japan. Encouraged by the publisher Tokuma Shoten, however, Miyazaki resolved to shape this story into a different kind of visual product.

A radio drama adaptation of Shuna no Tabi broadcasted on NHK FM Japan on May 2, 1987. The manga was published in English as Shuna's Journey by First Second Books on November 1, 2022. The English publication was nominated for the 2023 Eisner Awards in the Best US Edition of International Material—Asia category.

Characters

Thea
Main
Shuna
Main
Yakkul
Supporting

Reviews

Jul 12, 2008
at first when i saw the title shuna no tabi i though that it was going to be a boring story, but when i read miyazaki i knew that this is gonna be something. so i read it.

basically it would take 30 minutes to 1 hour to finish this manga. it is short and nice. i recommend you to read it, it was amusing.

the manga is colored in a nice way, the characters look good.
you won't fund too many dialogues there, its just little description about the characters actions.

overall, just go and read it, you won't loose anything at all!

^,^
Apr 15, 2011
I never knew that Miyazaki did any mangas--before I read this, his name was synonymous with anime movies such as Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away. I was interested to read this, because I read that it was done before many of his other works. I began to read Shuna no Tabi with the hopes that it would be as wonderful as Miyazaki's later works.

I was not disappointed! The art is done in the beautiful, typical Miyazaki style--even fully colored! The art was stunning. I can't imagine how much time he must have put into each panel. The character ...
Dec 15, 2015
Well, to begin with, the main motive I decided to make this review is because I personally think the other reviews provided exaggerated scores, it’s a very good manga but it’s not a masterpiece and not much remarkable either, however I know that be a masterpiece was not the objective, it was only made to be a beautiful and uncomplicated story and that I can say it was a accomplished objective. Also I am not a experienced manga reader but I’ve seen most of Miyazaki works so I think I am in condition to do this review, explained that let’s get to it. ...

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