“Be of one mind and one faith, that you may conquer your enemies and lead long and happy lives.” -Genghis Khan
Genghis Khan is the biographical story about the rise of the man who would build the foundation for the rise of the biggest empire to be seen in history; the Mongolian Empire. The story depicts the many phases of the life of Temüjin (his name of birth), and how he arrived at becoming the Great Khan.
The story follows a linear timeline of the events of Temüjin’s life. From the moment he was born, to his eventual death. From the beginning of the story you are shown the struggles that Temüjin had to face. From there you are taken into some good depth on how he persevered from getting his family out of danger and establishing his own tribe. The latter chapters of the story depict how he then became Genghis Khan as well as tell the many battles that he won. The historical facts in the story are pretty accurate, and the very few tweaks made by Yokoyama, don’t cause any major confliction on the historical facts of the story.
Throughout the manga you are introduced to a heap amount of characters in the story. The highest amount of character depth is within Temüjin himself, as you get a nice, clear, reading of his growth. You learn a bit about some of the other characters such as his brothers, and other tribe leaders. Although this is one of the weaker aspects of the manga, as Yokoyama focuses his attention mostly on Temüjin. You won’t get any in-depth character development of other tribal leaders or any in-depth analysis of the other tribes and dynasties, such as, the Jin dynasty.
Another issue with the manga would be the art. At multiple times Yokoyama would revert back to using the same drawing panel for events such as, when a messenger was sent out by a tribe, or when the tribes would go to war. The majority of the characters look exactly the same, and there is very little diversity among them. Other, than that, the background scenery looks vivid, when he isn’t using the same drawing panel.
Overall, the manga does a great job of telling a pretty accurate story of the rise and death of Genghis Khan. I would recommend to anyone who is an avid fan of historical stories, especially to those who enjoy reading about Historical Chinese eras.