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Japanese: バガボンド
English: Vagabond
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Type: Manga
Volumes: 37
Chapters: 327
Status: On Hiatus
Published: Sep 3, 1998 to May 21, 2015
Genres: Action Action, Adventure Adventure, Award Winning Award Winning
Themes: Historical Historical, Samurai Samurai
Demographic: Seinen Seinen
Serialization: Morning
Authors: Inoue, Takehiko (Story & Art), Yoshikawa, Eiji (Story)


Score: 9.251 (scored by 145832145,832 users)
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Ranked: #32
2 based on the top manga page. Please note that 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #15
Members: 386,045
Favorites: 42,625

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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.

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In 2000, Vagabond won the Japan Media Arts Festival Manga Grand Prize and the 24th Kodansha Manga Award in the general category. The series won the Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize in 2002 and has had over 82 million copies sold worldwide.

Vagabond has been published in English by VIZ Media under the VIZ Signature imprint since April 5, 2002, and in large 3-in-1 omnibuses under the VIZBIG imprint since September 16, 2008. The English release got Takehiko Inoue a nomination for the Eisner Award in the Best Writer/Artist category in 2003. It also has been published in Brazilian Portuguese by Panini Comics/Planet Manga since February 2016.



Nov 13, 2023
Preliminary (327/327 eps)
"Vagabond" weaves a gripping and unique samurai tale that occasionally embraces familiar themes while adding unexpected twists to keep readers on their toes. Takeo Inoue's art style, especially in the samurai fights, is visually striking and enhances the overall storytelling experience. The characters, notably Miyamoto Musashi, are well-rounded with a mix of strengths and flaws, contributing to the narrative's authenticity. Their realistic reactions to situations deepen the immersion into the historical setting. While the series may not appeal to everyone, its universal storytelling, character depth, and stunning visuals make it a compelling recommendation even for those outside the typical samurai genre fanbase. "Vagabond" strikes a ...
Dec 1, 2022
Mixed Feelings
Preliminary (327/327 eps)
Vagabond is a strange case. It's hard to suggest a manga when I think the first third is mostly average despite the beautiful art. It sounds like a big commitment to say the first 90 chapters have little going on, but it's a fast read at the start, and I would almost recommend for some people to skip to 128 where it changes gears completely. But I got what I wanted out of the last third, one of those amazing philosophical deep dives into why someone is the way they are, though despite what most say, I really do think the start feels very superfluous.

It's ...
Jun 17, 2020
Preliminary (327/327 eps)
disappointing manga
the end is not good , actually there are no end
the story was too simple and events are really few but he mange to write more than 300 chapter
maybe because of that scenes that take the whole page with few word , the repeating memories over and over , the art wasn't bad actually it is good but i am not the one who read 300 chapters with poor ideas for just "the art is good"
the story itself isn't bad if he present it in 50-100 chapter but all thing about money so let's waste much time for ...

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