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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This series is on hiatus.
Ten years have passed since the end of Bakumatsu, an era of war that saw the uprising of citizens against the Tokugawa shogunate. The revolutionaries wanted to create a time of peace, and a thriving country free from oppression. The new age of Meiji has come, but peace has not yet been achieved. Swords are banned but people are still murdered in the streets. Orphans of war veterans are left with nowhere to go, while the government seems content to just line their pockets with money.
One wandering samurai, Kenshin Himura, still works to make sure the values he fought for are worth the lives spent to bring about the new era. Once known as Hitokiri Battousai, he was feared as the most ruthless killer of all the revolutionaries. Now haunted by guilt, Kenshin has sworn never to kill again in atonement for the lives he took, and he may never know peace until killing is a thing of the past.
Now in the 11th year of Meiji, Kenshin stumbles upon Kaoru Kamiya, owner and head instructor of a small dojo being threatened to close its doors. The police force is powerless to stop the string of murders done in the name of her dojo by a man claiming to be the famous Battousai. Kenshin's wanderings pause for now as he joins Kaoru to clear both their names. But how long can he stay before his past catches up to him?
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Volume 28: Meteor Strike
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During the Edo period, Japan is suddenly invaded by alien creatures known as the "Amanto." Despite the samurai's attempts to combat the extraterrestrial menace, the Shogun soon realizes that their efforts are futile and decides to surrender. This marks the beginning of an uneasy agreement between the Shogunate and Amanto, one that results in a countrywide sword ban and the disappearance of the samurai spirit.
However, there exists one eccentric individual who wields a wooden sword and refuses to let his samurai status die. Now that his kind are no longer needed, Gintoki Sakata performs various odd jobs around town in order to make ends meet. Joined by his self-proclaimed disciple Shinpachi Shimura, the fearsome alien Kagura, and a giant dog named Sadaharu, they run the business known as Yorozuya, often getting caught up in all sorts of crazy and hilarious shenanigans.
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Volume 1: Dandelion
Volume 2: Shirokuro
Volume 24: 13
Volume 38: Bankara-san ga Tooru
Shounen Jump (Weekly)
Manji is an immortal swordsman, who has been cursed with eternal life. He has grown tired of living with all the death he has created. He has no skills other than those of killing, thus he forms a plan to regain his mortality: he shall kill one hundred evil men for each good one he has killed. The old witch who afflicted Manji with immortality agrees to Manji's proposition and Manji is set on his path to kill one thousand evil men. On his journey he meets a young girl, Rin, who has her own vengeance to seek against the sword school whose members slaughtered Rin's family. Rin and Manji journey together, each hoping to find some kind of peace. In their way are many varied enemies. Rin and Manji are almost constantly under attack and must learn to live their lives, avoiding being consumed by revenge.
Note: Originally published with 219 chapters, which were then recollected into 207 chapters in the tankoubons. Please do not change the chapter count.
Shimazu Toyohisa, whilst involved at the Battle of Sekigahara, manages to mortally wound Ii Naomasa, but is critically wounded in the process. As he walks from the field broken and bleeding, Toyohisa finds himself transported to a corridor of doors, where a bespectacled man at a desk waits for him. This man, Murasaki, sends Toyohisa into the nearest door where he wakes up in another world. There, Toyohisa meets other great warriors like him who have been transported as well, to be part of a group known as "Drifters."
Young King OURs
Ittou Ogami has very little left to live for. Though once the Shogunate's chief executioner, his name is left in ruins after being framed for treason by the treacherous Yagyuu Clan, seeking to steal his position of power. His misfortune does not end here, however; they culminate in the brutal murder of his entire family, including his wife Azami, with only his child Daigorou still left alive.
With dishonor upon his head and his beloved wife in the grave, Ittou takes up a new mantle as an assassin for hire. Alongside his young son, Ittou wanders the country in search of revenge, with only the complete destruction of the Yagyuu Clan on his mind. As he travels the land, the number of his successful assassinations quickly grows, and soon the moniker of "Lone Wolf and Cub" becomes infamous across the land as the choice assassin to get the job done right.
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A boy trained by his father in the way of the "Ukiha Kamikaze" swordplay, Yoichi, has lived in the mountains, far from civilzation for all seventeen years of his life. His father finds nothing more to teach him, and sends him to the city to lodge at the Ikaruga dojo to further his mental and physical capabilities. Four sisters live in the dojo and Yoichi begins a new more severe "training" regimen.
Shounen Champion (Monthly)
The story begins in 1629 Shizuoka during Tokugawa Tadanaga's rule. The daimyo staged a tournament where the participants fought with real steel Japanese swords rather than bokken, against his vassals' strong objection. The story revolves around the first match between the one-armed swordsman Fujiki Gennosuke and the blind samurai Irako Seigen and deals with the circumstances that led the two to participate in Tokugawa's tournament.
During the political upheavals and social strife at the end of the Tokugawa Shogunate in Japan (1855), two parent-less brothers — Yukimura Shoutarou and Yukimura Gentarou — struggle to survive in these turbulent times. The brothers' only possession is their deceased father's sword and they cling onto the wisdom of their mother's final words as they seek to embark on the Path of the Warrior: Sidooh.
What the poor Sana is aiming for is the boy who has a mysterious mole on his lip: Aki. You won't be troubled over eating with a mole on your lip, so if she gets Aki, she won't be troubled over money... or so she thinks, but Aki is also poor?! With their Culture Festival's Best Couple Contest prize as "A year's worth of free school lunches," what willl happen when the two join forces?!
Included one-shots: Sukitte Iccha XX Nan desu!, Narabuna Kiken!!, Koi ni Nante Naranai!
The "Kenshin Kaden" basically refers to the last extra chapter (comes after the end of the manga and after Yahiko no Sakabatou) of Rurouni Kenshin entitled "Cherry Blossoms in the Spring Time."
It was published in the Kenshin Kaden Artbook.
A samurai lord has bartered away his newborn son's organs to forty-eight demons in exchange for dominance on the battlefield. Yet, the abandoned infant survives thanks to a medicine man who equips him with primitive prosthetics—lethal ones with which the wronged son will use to hunt down the multitude of demons to reclaim his body one piece at a time, before confronting his father. On his journeys the young hero encounters an orphan who claims to be the greatest thief in Japan.
(Source: Vertical Inc.)
The sword-slashing sequel to Peace Maker is here! Three months have passed since the Ikedaya Incident that crushed the anti-shogunate rebellion—and propelled the Shinsengumi, Kyoto's now-official police, into history as Kyoto's premium peacekeeping force. But there is no rest for the peaceful: An unexpected threat to the Shinsengumi arises, and it's going to take more than mere swords to defeat this new terror on the horizon.
In an alternative timeline of feudal Japan, a strange disease that only affects men caused a massive reduction of male population, thus females have to pick up men's jobs, changing the social structure. Now, after 80 years of the initial outbreak and current man:woman ratio of 1:4, Japan has become completely matriarchal, with women holding important political positions and men being their consort. Only the most powerful woman—head of Tokugawa shogunate—can keep a harem of handsome yet unproductive men, known as "Oooku."
In the bleak world of the swordsman, it is said that he who becomes the Number 1 samurai shall rule the world. And only Number 2 is allowed to challenge Number 1. Afro Samurai has assumed the mantle of Number 2, seeking vengeance against Number 1, a gunman who killed his father years ago. But assassins lurk at every corner, seeking to rob Afro Samurai of the title of Number 2. Can Afro survive long enough to exact his revenge?
When childhood innocence gives way to a blinding thirst for revenge, is it worth the price of one's humanity? Tetsunosuke and Tatsunosuke are the sons of a diplomat who sought to bring peace and prosperity to Japan during the early Meiji Restoration. But when their parents are murdered before their very eyes, Tetsu seeks to join the Shinsengumi, the unofficial police who are capable of the same brutality as his parents' murderers. Wading through a sea of espionage, deception and bloodshed, the young boy must choose: should he take a step on the path to becoming a demon... or give up his rage and transform into the ultimate Peacemaker?
Volume 6: Wagamama Tenshi no Sodatekata.
Masterless samurai Akitsu Masanosuke is a skilled and loyal swordsman, but his naïve, diffident nature has time and again caused him to be let go by the lords who have employed him. Hungry and desperate, he becomes a bodyguard for Yaichi, the charismatic leader of a gang called "Five Leaves." Although disturbed by the gang's sinister activities, Masa begins to suspect that Yaichi's motivations are not what they seem. And despite his misgivings, the deeper he's drawn into the world of the Five Leaves, the more he finds himself fascinated by these devious, mysterious outlaws.
In a prison world, there are few good stories, and this is the world of Kubikiri Asa, the beheader and master samurai under the Shogun. It's a world full of vengeance, greed, and violence. A world of depravity and sin. One man can set things straight if he can keep his wits. This is a story of extreme proportions, of sword study thick in tradition and with grim purpose, of blood rivers, agonizing screams, bondage, torture, and the evil prevalent in human failure. Drafted by the confirmed masters of the international medium of manga, Samurai Executioner is a shocking combination of darkness and fire, fine lines, and a fine man in the face of human decline.
(Source: Dark Horse)
During the Bakumatsu revolution which marked the end of the Tokugawa era and the beginning of the Meiji era,a young girl named Sei Tominaga, seeking to avenge the deaths of her father and brother, disguises herself as a young boy named Seizaburo Kamiya to join the Shinsengumi.
This version will be a remake of the original series that revisits the encounters of 'Himura Kenshin' with 'Kamiya Kaoru' and 'Myojin Yahiko.'
Long ago the masterful swordsmith Shikizaki Kiki crafted 1000 blades, though his twelve final works, the legendary deviant blades were prime among the rest. All with uniquely defined traits, these swords are among the greatest in Japan.
Leap forward many decades and arrive at an isolated island, where Yasuri Shichika and his older sister Nanami reside.
Togame: A woman with long, white hair and the talent as a strategist begins a quest with Shichika in order to collect the twelve blades. They must face the blade wielders in intense battles while they learn more about themselves and their real goals and wishes.
Shichika has yet to realize what he really inherits as a Kyoutoryuu sword...
In Feudal Japan, the people of Edo are under siege by giant insects that ravage the land. The people desperately beg the government to do something about it. Thus the Insect Magistrate Office is established, gathering strong warriors to defend against the onset of pests.
Joujuu Senjin!! Mushibugyou follows Jinbee Tsukishima, a young man striving to be a master swordsman like his father. To atone for a horrific incident that occurred at his fault, Jinbee seeks to take his father's place as a member of the Insect Magistrate Office. On his journey there, he meets the lovely Haru, a young woman who helps manage her family's tea house, and is forced to put his sword to good use in saving her from a grisly fate. This act of bravery that earns him a spot in the Insect Magistrate. Will this rookie exterminator be able to rid the land of the horde of insects swarming in?
The world was devastated after Great war. All kinds of plants became very rare and there are giants humanoid machines wandering through wastelands. Sahara is a mysterious samurai wielding flower sword who travels to find place which will be able to return the world back to how it was.
Avenging his father's murder is a matter of honor for the young samurai Jintetsu. But it turns out that the killer is a corrupt government official—and now the powers that be are determined to hunt Jintetsu down like an animal. There's only one problem: Jintetsu is already dead.
Torn to pieces by a pack of dogs, Jintetsu's ravaged body has been found by Genkichi, outcast and master inventor. Genkichi gives the dead boy a new, indestructible steel body and a talking sword—just what he'll need to face down the gang that's terrorizing his hometown and the mobster who ordered his father's hit. But what about Otsuki, the beautiful girl he left behind? Steel armor is defense against any sword, but it can't save Jintetsu from the pain in his heart.
Azumi focuses upon the life of the female assassin Azumi. The manga begins an indeterminate number of years after the Battle of Sekigahara, but as the Azumi begins her assassination missions, the manga introduces the characters into mainstream history. Many of the early assassination missions that Azumi undertakes are the assassinations of the prominent supporters and generals of the Toyotomi Clan, against whom the Toyotomi Clan expected to again go to war.
Big Comic Superior
The light-hearted manga is about an adventuring samurai named Kurogane Yaiba who knows how to be a samurai, and little else. Yaiba lives with his father, Kenjurou, in the forest. One day, while Yaiba was eating, a troop of gorillas came to attack. Yaiba and his father escaped and hid inside a box, but they didn't know that the box was full of pineapples and was going to be transported into the city. In the city, Yaiba finds out that he is a legendary warrior and has to fight the evil of a demonic looking high-school student named Takeshi.
The people that Yaiba meets along his journey to become a true samurai encourage him, train him, or inspire him to greatness, though at heart he is still a child, and his incredible skill with a sword is matched only by his kindness towards his friends. Though, he tends to leap before he looks, and his thick-headedness tends to turn potential allies into enemies, though his friends soon clobber him, and salvage the situation. This unlikely group embarks on a host of incredible adventures where they meet legendary figures from Japanese history, and finally overcome impossible odds, and put everything on the line, to save the entire planet from a threat not of this world.
It's a story of love, friendship, hard work, and never giving up.
One day a high school student named Haruhiko who is aiming for Tokyo University has discovered a very important secret. From the closet, appeared a beautiful girl with a black pony tail, Utsuki who came from "Moon Village" with her Ninja Troop said to him, "It's been 7 years, master."
Shounen Magazine (Monthly)
The people have demanded change; Criterion boxes were created for the purpose of the people to leave their complaints in it. The result of this were two changes: the first being the creation of "Koishigawa Youjoujo" for the people, the second being an inner-city magistrate office, known as the Mushibugyou.
Tsukishima Jinbee is a warrior who aims to be best, under the belief that a weak warrior isn't a warrior at all. He was scouted out by a representative to join the Mushibugyou and told to go to Edo with the instructions that he'd know what to do once he got there. Shortly after arriving at Edo, he hears a scream and goes to check it out... to find a giant spider-like creature devouring some citizens of Edo. Being a warrior, there's no way he could stand this...
Shounen Sunday Super
Komachi Mizuno's family runs a shrine and a sword fighting dojo, but she doesn't like fighting and often skips out on practice. On Komachi's 16th birthday, she is mysteriously transported to another world similar to classical Japan.
(Source: Hachimitsu Scans)
Margaret BOOK Store!
1-2. Rurouni Kenshin Uramaku: Honoo wo Suberu (Rurouni Kenshin: Master of Flame) [Watsuki Nobuhiro]
3-8. Sono Kage, Hanaregataku Tsunagitomeru Mono [Kurosaki Kaoru]
Kenshin's new life brings him to Tokyo, where he joins the Kamiya Kasshin-ryû dojo to learn the art of "swords that give life." The dojo is peaceful but never boring as Kenshin and his fellow apprentice Yahiko train under the demanding auspices of their kind-hearted instructor, Kamiya Kaoru. But all that changes one afternoon when Tae from the Akabeko restaurant arrives with a pot of beef stew and a plea for help. One of the regulars at the restaurant lost his master's precious book, and he'll be kicked out in the street if he can't recover it. The simple case of a missing book soon becomes a dangerous mystery as Kenshin and his friends are tangled in deep secrets and dark plots!
The main character Udagawa Gosuke has recieved his father's dojo, mainly because his father and older brother were made to commit hara-kiri. He really wasn't supposed to get it simply because he's a second son. 'cause of the way his pops and brother died he's got not a whole lot of self confidence so he practices fencing day by day at a nearby dojo. However because the people at that dojo are asses, he soon tries to invent a dojo and a style for people who just enjoy it.
However what really sets this aside from most Shounen is that the main character male and female are actually married (At age 15 no less!) The girl Utagawa Shino is the younger sister of his senpai, and is a bit...weird to say the least. She makes rabbit masks to help bring in a bit of money, although to say that she's obsessed with rabbits would be an understatement. She claims its because "The rabbits will someday reach the moon." When Gosuke invents his new dojo, he decides to make a style of swordsmanship known as "Rabbit style fencing."
Volume 8: Yoshi!!
Shounen Jump (Weekly)
Adventures of Melty and friends that attend an academy in order to become questers!
Collection of four stories by Satoshi Kon:
-World Apartment Horror
Manga adaptation of Otomo's self-directed live-action film of the same name.
A bumbling Yakuza member is sent to rid an old and rotten apartment block of its foreign occupants, but finds it a lot harder than expected when he discovers an evil spirit still resides there.
Young Magazine (Monthly)
In a time when there were swords with spirits dwelling in them, there was a warrior named Hisui with a “Drunken Sword.” With the emperor ordering people to gather these Spirit Swords for him, Hisui spends his every day fighting assassins sent by the emperor and freelance Spirit Swords Hunters who simply want the reward money, all the while protecting his beloved childhood friend, Shirei. However, Shirei might not be what she seems to be…
Sequel of Lone Wolf and Cub with a grown up Daigorou as main character.
Based originally on the famous otome game, this series is Ninomiya Sachi's version of Yukimura Chizuru's story as she arrives in Kyo from Edo to search for her missing father and accidentally meets the members of the Shinsengumi, who harbor an awful secret. Unique from other versions, this series unfolds a bit out of order, starting already at the Ikedaya-jiken and then progressing with flashbacks.
Comic B's-LOG Kyun!
Based on the anime series and the classic film by Akira Kurosawa, A small village is being persecuted by robbers who return every harvest to seize the village's crops. Faced with starvation, the villagers send out a mission to find and recruit some samurai to defend them. With no pay to offer except rice, and knowing full well that only down-on-their-luck samurai would even consider accepting such an deal, the villagers can only hope that their saviours will appear before the rice is ready for harvest.
The year is 2718 by the Imperial Calendar, and ZIPANG (Japan) has crumbled in a huge battle against Majinki, terrors from the sky that are half beast and half machine. Hurting each other, warping their morals, unable to see a future, the people strive hard to survive each day. The war wiped out 70% of the human race, but amidst the darkness arose the seven members of the XILE Tribe to bring salvation to the race.
But now, 500 years later in 3218, the wicked shadows of the Majinki have once again crept up upon them. This is the story of EXAMURAI, that of the XILE Tribe, who will fight to the death to protect their love, dreams and happiness. Having survived for 500 years since the events of 2718, the final battle of the seven members of the XILE Tribe begins under this azure blue sky...
Based on the members of popular Japanese band, EXILE: Hiro, Atsushi, Takahiro, Makidai, Matsu, Usa and Akira.
From the pages of history comes the legend of the Samurai Juubei and the book he was pledged to protect. Now that book has been stolen and Juubei must retrieve it before Japan descends into bloody civil war.
Young Champion Magazine
Mounted warriors line up and rush to the assault. Brandishing swords on horseback, the warriors slash at each other... This kind of image of feudal combat is all a lie. Well, then, how did Samurai really fight? A declaration of war has now been made against the lie of combat that was forged during the Edo period, and continued uncontested to this very day.
Young Magazine (Weekly)
It was the Sengoku-era, when the warlords usurped each other. There was a man whose soul was overtaken by the ways of tea and material greed, as he worked his way up toward greater power and status. His name was Sasuke Furuta, a subordinate warrior of Nobunaga Oda. With his world broadened by Nobunaga the Genius, and his spiritual insight learned from Senno Soueki the Master of Tea, Sasuke drove the road to hyouge. To live or not to live. For the power of the art. That is the question!
When a man is found lying unconcious beside a river he is carried back to a house. There they call for the doctor (Azuma) to come and take a look at his wounds.
Azuma himself has problems with touching other people. Why can't he allow some people to touch him at all?
The man ends up being one from Azuma's past. He is now a wanted criminal. Can Azuma prevent him from going to prison?
Comic Magazine LYNX
Novel of the second Gintama movie, written by Oosaki Tomohito, the same author of Ginpachi-sensei.
What would have happened if the Shiroyasha never existed?
Edo is thrown to chaos by a mysterious cause. Sakata Gintoki, now lives in a world where the future has changed, without him. What has happened to the Yorozuya?
Gintoki, who is now a ghost of the past, must once again carry the burden in order to save his friends. He must finish the biggest job ever, which may be the final job of Yorozuya.
Rendered immortal by an infusion of mystical worms that can repair any wound, the masterless samurai Manji wanders the hillsides of feudal Japan, his quest to slay one thousand evil men to atone for his past sins. By his side is the young woman Rin, an orphan who seeks vengeance for the murders of her parents.
Driven in a quest for absolution, the two have faced many deadly challenges, both natural and supernatural. But can they survive their greatest battle, against the all-powerful Inugami?
Hiroaki Samura's groundbreaking tale of redemption and magic finds new life in this first prose novel, featuring six all new illustrations by Samura.
(Source: Dark Horse)
Based originally on the otome game, this series is Hiraku Naki's version of Yukimura Chizuru's story as she arrives in Kyo from Edo to search for her missing father and eventually becomes involved with the Shinsengumi. This version begins the night that she meets the members for the first time.
After being bullied at his old school, Makoto wants to be the main character of his own story. When he finds a bill with his face on it on a school trip to Kyoto, he takes it as a sign, which leads him to fall into a river. Once he comes to, he realizes that he has been transported back to the period of time in Japan known as the Bakumatsu!
Shounen Magazine (Weekly)
During the closing years of the civil war period and uneasy reign of Toyotomi Hideyoshi, when men high and low scramble to follow conventional propriety so that they don't attract undue notice (or death) to themselves, there is one very bizarre individual who is known for his legendarily outlandish and wild personality, physical appearance and behavior. This series traces the dramatic adventures of Keiji Maeda from personal conflicts with his adopted Maeda family, brave combat exploits, travels to the capital, and relationships with famous existing figures such as Iyeyasu Tokugawa, Rikyuu the tea master, and Hideyoshi himself, to experiences with the foreign and Japanese Christian faithful.
Shounen Jump (Weekly)
In the 13th century, the Mongolian Empire rapidly expands across the globe. Later historians who studied the prophecies of Nostradamus would say that Mongolia was the birthplace of the "Great King of Terror," Angolmois. And at last, the force of the Mongolian Empire would turn their attention toward Japan... 1274: The Bun'ei Invasion. The exiled samurai Jinzaburou Kuchii is in Kamakura when he finds himself face to face with this invasion.
This story is a fresh look at the great battle that rocked all of medieval Japan: the Mongol Invasion. It shows how the people of Tsushima panicked, struggled, and eventually rose up against the overwhelming forces of their enemy.
Mirage of Blaze is equal parts melodrama, historical romance, and supernatural fantasy. Japanese history predominates a heavily structured plot, which mainly involves the continued aggression between magic using guardians, or "possessors," and the denizens of a "feudal underworld," or the restless souls of long-dead samurai attempting to re-ignite ancient war on the modern plane.
The manga tells the story of a new character named Ashitarou Hasegawa, who had been held in a Tokyo prison for committing a certain crime. After being released, he encounters Aran Inoue, a boy his age, as well as a mysterious girl who had been waiting for Ashitarou's release.
Tokimaru is a dokuro-houshi (skull monk), a monk with the special skill to speak with the bones of the deceased. Although he reluctantly helps some lost spirits along the way, Tokimaru is on a mission to find out what happened to his younger brother Fujinari, who has disappeared from his assigned post under a powerful oyakata...
After the young Shogun Tokugawa Iemitsu dismisses the famous Yagyuu Jubei from his position as his fencing instructor, he chooses Jubei's younger brother, Samon as his replacement. Samon is supposedly not as good at swordplay as his brother, but Iemitsu definitely prefers him as a companion. Will the obstacles in the path of Samon and Iemitsu's relationship prove impossible to overcome?
The story is set in the Sengoku period. A rounin called Nanashi (meaning "nameless") saves a young boy named Kotarou at an abandoned temple. Kotarou has no family, is pursued by a mysterious militia organization from China, and hires Nanashi as his bodyguard. Amongst the men who pursue Kotarou is a man called Rarou, a skilled warrior with blond hair and blue eyes. He obeys an old man called Byakuran and is a member of the Chinese militia. Unlike his companions in the militia, he isn't serving any Emperor and just wants to fight with the strong.
(Source: Iwa ni Hana)
The series follows the adventures of Sabu, a young Edo bakufu investigator traveling with the blind master swordsman Ichi. In their travels, they assist the common people in solving mysteries and righting wrongs (usually committed by bandits or corrupt officials). Sabu is engaged to Midori, the daughter of his boss, who works as a police officer for the Tokugawa shogunate.
This manga follows the unfortunate life on an extraordinary swordsman - Inoko Gennosuke.
Gennosuke was born in a social group called 'buraku' that was considered to be the filth of society, and because of that he was forced to live a life of misery.
In Japan of the 16th century, a general, the samurai Saitou, decides to offer his daughter in marriage to the son of the shogun, Nobunaga. But one of his vassals, Mitsuhide, loves secretly this girl and to stay near her, disguises himself as a handmaid.
On the road which leads them towards the lands of the future bridegroom, the convoy falls accidentally on the young Nobunaga. This meeting is nevertheless going to take a particular bend when the young man discovers that he loves passionnement.... Mitsuhide.
(Source: Soleil Manga)
In the inter land of Kitagawa, a young man meets a young woman who will become a princess. Can she change the way he sees himself and help him forgive himself for his past? The story centers around a princess and a warrior during the Sengoku warring states period in Japan.
(Source: Summer-Rain, alldempretties)
After being sealed in a sword for 800 years, the master of all demons is released, and taking the body of a human to wreak havoc on the world again. Jyuzo must now retrieve that body, which is that of his own brothers, and stop the demon's schemes.
Young Magazine Uppers
In Bakumatsu days, many young Samurai were passionate for changing the world. This is the story of Azumi who was destined to live as an assasin in such chaotic times.
(Source: Volume Cover Synopsis)
Big Comic Superior
Accountant-turned-samurai Sawamura is having a difficult time being accepted by the other samurai. Many times, store owner Yasuke has rescued him and helped heal his wounds. Now Sawamura is face-to-face with death by uncovering possible embezellment. Will Yasuke rescue him again? Will Yasuke be the one to teach Sawamura how to correctly wield his sword?
1-4. Yuki no Touge
In the end of the Sengoku period, the great daimyo family of Satake is driven away from Hitachi-no-kuni to Dewa-no-kuni after the Sekigahara battle. They plan to build a new castle there, but the head of the family, Yoshinobu Satake, listens more to the young vassals' advice than that of the experienced chief vassals'. The experienced vassals oppose and start to plan something to defend their place...
5-9. Tsurugi no Mai
It's Sengoku period. Haruna, a daughter of a farmer family, gets herself raped and her family killed by hooligan warriors in the chaos of war. Using the funds she got of the Go stones stolen from the warriors, she joins the dojo of the famous Nobutsuna Kamiizumi to learn kenjutsu in order to get revenge on the warriors. There, she meets Kamiizumi's apprentice Bungorou Hikita, who starts to teach her the art of the sword with the shinai that Kamiizumi has just invented...
(Source: Translated from Wikipedia.jp)
The story of friendship between a samurai and a doctor in the final days of the Tokugawa Shogunate.
This manga is the adaptation of two movies: Zatoichi's Vengeance (Tokuzo Tanaka) and Zatoichi's Pilgrimage (Kazuo Ikehiro).
The Ballad of Zatoichi
Zatoichi comes upon a dying man who asks him to give a bag of money to "Taichi." Zatoichi has no idea who this is but when he comes upon a small town harassed by gangsters, he finds that "Taichi" was the man's young son. Along his travels, he also met a blind monk who makes Zatoichi question his murderous lifestyle. In trying to help the town, Zatoichi kills some gangsters and becomes a hero to the boy. He must make a choice of whether to stay and defend the town or to leave and be on his way.
After he's ambushed in a small village terrorized by a gang of thieves, the legendary blind swordsman Zatoichi is forced to kill a young man in self-defense. As fate would have it, his travels soon lead him to Okichi, a woman whom Zatoichi discovers is the sister of the young man whose life he stole. In anger, Okichi attacks the blind swordsman, but her conscience gets the better of her, and as she tends his wounds, the two fall in love.
For centuries, the land of medieval Japan have been plagued by conflict, and the people are no strangers to suffering. Blood has been continuously shed by the swords of two power-hungry clans, and their greed has taken the lives of many soldiers. Remarkably, though, these perished soldiers have been given another chance to fight and seek revenge upon their killers. Their souls have been resurrected, housed within the bodies of an extraordinary group of teenagers, who soon realize that they must band together to once again face their enemy.
A military test accidentally sends a modern-day army back in time to feudal Japan. When their actions in the past begin to have an effect on the present, another unit is dispatched to retrieve them. But the commander of the lost unit has other plans: He wants to use his advanced technology to conquer Japan and change his country's destiny.
Taichi and his little brother Souji are orphaned beggars, struggling to have enough to eat. One day Taichi decides they need to become samurai and join the company of fighters popularly known as the "Crows". Even finding this group, however, is proving to be dangerous a goal for them.
Spin-off of Saraiya Goyou featuring Souji the Saint and Benzou the Demon as young men.
Benzo and Souji witnessed the death of Tatsugoro, leader of the Akame Gang. Tatsugoro's last words to them were "I'm leaving you two in charge," but it was Jinzaburo, the former leader's friend, who was chosen instead. Displeased with Tatsugoro's wife's decision, the two left the gang. They then set off on an aimless journey, vowing to accomplish something big.
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The end of the Edo period, the Bakumatsu (between 1853 and 1867), was an era of uncertainty and chaos, a time when the line between right and wrong was indistinguishable. During this era, Hijikata Toushizou, determined to live by his own rules, led his reformed Shinsengumi--formerly a ragtag group of mercenaries that became the elite Samurai fighting force of the shogunate--to glory. This is the story of his life.
Young Sunday (Weekly)
Kurogane the samurai loyally serves a girl who once saved his life but he makes nothing but trouble.
This one shot is not related to the series Kurogane.
Shounen Jump (Weekly)
Gokuu is an ordinary private eye for hire. While working on a case involving an illegal weapons dealer, he notices a lot of the detectives working on the case committing suicide for no apparent reason. After Gokuu gets a little too close to the truth, he is then put in a situation where he must stab out his left eye to avoid certain death. Gokuu then awakens in a mysterious lab where an unknown scientist replaces his eye with a cybernetic one that allows him to control every computer in the world.
Minekura, Kazuya, Ueda, Shinshu, Shindou, Arashi, Mikanagi, Touya, Kikuta, Yui, Kayase, Shiki, Gunjou, Kugayama, Reki, Asada, Yasuka, Saeki, Yashirou, Mazaki, Haruka, Magami, Guriko, Kouzuki, Reo, Araishi, Ikkyou, Oshino, Hikaru, Sekka, Akanatsu
The Zero-Sum Original Anthology Series features themed oneshots from various mangaka that publish in Ichijinsha's Zero-Sum and Ward magazines. Volume 5 theme: Japanese style and samurai.
1. The Overnight Rain Stops by Minekura Kazuya
2. Our Detective Story by Saeki Yashiro
3. The Thunder God and the Wind God by Gunjou
4. Samurai Soul by Asada Yasuka
5. Takeda-sama, the Town Magistrate by Mazaki Haruka
6. Tenmatsu, the Kabuki Actor with a Charming Figure by Ueda Shinshu
7. Mushroom and Kappa by Magami Guriko
8. Confetti in the Fish Tank by Sekka
9. Moonlight Sei-kun by Aoto Takane
10. Urahara by Kouzuki Leo
11. Pure Land Eye Story by Kayase Shiki
12. The Queen’s Dog by Araishi Ikkyou & Oshino Hikaru
13. Kakure Oni by Mikanagi Touya
14. Absolute Obedience, The Peach's Rebellion by Yoshizawa Tomoya
15. Miokuribana by Kikuta Yui
16. Swordplay by Shindou Arashi
It’s about a princess during times of war. A ninja who was supposed to kill her, finds she’s just too hot, and decides to claim her as his own, even going as far as to slay his own allies when they refuse to spare her life.
Proud to be a Samurai, even though I'm destitute
Harata Hiroshi chronologies 1970 - 1971
A metaphorical depiction of Japan's apprehension concerning the advance of western culture in the country during the period preceding the Meiji Era.
Keicho era, with the Toyotomi and Tokugawa armies poised to clash at the edges of Sekigahara... Jirosaburo, a wandering warrior, is by Tokugawa Ieyasu's side at the head of the army as his shadow. The two men are so similar that few can tell them apart—save for the sharp eye of an assassin, lurking among the troops. When the real Tokugawa Ieyasu falls to the assassin's blade, Jirosaburo throws away his identity and assumes Ieyasu's destiny of conquest and unification.
Shounen Jump (Weekly)
1567: Kyonosuke, son of a farmer, dreams about becoming a samurai. And he gets the chance due to his physical resemblance to Lord Yasutaka. Kyonosuke left the village and become one of the three "shadow" (Kagemusha) of Yasutaka.
After a hard training to learnt how to fight and impersonate the lord, Kyonosuke is sent on the battlefield.
This is a biographical manga following the life of Oda Nobunaga, famed daimyo and one of the three Unifiers of Japan.
Big Comic Superior
In the Edo or Tokugawa period (1600–1868), Ran, a female wandering samurai whose skill with the katana is only matched by her taste for sake (rice wine), is joined by a chinese martial artist who calls herself Lady Meow of the Iron Cat Fist.
The story takes place after the failed Shimabara Rebellion, led by Shiro Amakusa as a Christian uprising against the Shogunate. It ended...brutally, and Amakusa himself was executed. However, dark forces are at work, and Amakusa returns from the grave...
Musashi Miyamoto was a Japanese swordsman and samurai famed for his duels and distinctive style.
Dragged away on horseback by bandits, young villager Oname watches helplessly as her brother—while running after her—is mercilessly slain. Despite the kidnapping being successful, one stray bandit discovers that two men saw the whole ordeal and immediately charges to silence them. However, the witnesses Kirisuke and Johnny are wandering ronin, and they effortlessly butcher the bandit in retaliation. When the powerless villagers finally catch up, they plead the samurai to rescue Oname. For the simple reward of food and alcohol, the pair agree and set off towards the bandit camp, where a visceral and merciless bloodbath is soon to unfold.
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The story takes place at the end of the Edo's period (around 1860) in Japan. At this time, Japan was divided in two between patriots who wanted to bring the emperor to the government and shogunate forces who protect the head of state, the Shogun.
A poor samurai, Okada Izo, is hired by the patriots to assassinate shogunate members, the story follows his story.
This manga is based on real facts and was inspired by the movie of the same name.
Starting in the year 1863, this manga retells the story of the Shinsengumi. There is a focus on Okita, who in this version of the story is an excellent swordsman that does not kill people. Instead, he strikes with the back of his sword, a practice that his friend Hijikata warns him will only cause him problems in the future. The thirteen young men of the Shinsengumi live through the tumultuous final years of the Tokugawa Shogunate.
This series was discontinued.
The story follows Kumomaru, a Japanese samurai who travels to Europe in during the 1930s and becomes embroiled in a plot to steal the legendary Japanese sword Kusanagi. While in Europe, Kumomaru befriends Ernest Hemingway and Pablo Picasso and attempts to stop Major General Kamishima and his Nazi allies from conquering China. -Wikipedia
Prayers follows Jonathan and another young boy named Asuma, who both seek to become Samurai. A mysterious samurai saves them when they were young from the fallen angel Amy.
Shouko Azuma moves back in time and meets two samurai clans. The girl knows that soon they will fight each other.
This manga deals with the way Samurai used to live and how their behaviour revolved as well as their actions was based on honor and pride.
There are numerous short stories inspired from historical events.
Yorozu Genkurou, wandering warrior, possesses an huge sword which makes him redoubtable to his enemies. While he crosses a dark forest, he suddenly sees the fall of what looks very much like a spaceship. Since, he is constantly being attacked by strange ninjas and ambitous fighters. Indeed, he will soon realize that his assailants are nothing else than aliens landed on Earth to find 3 artifacts made of Orichalcum, an alien substance with powerful mystical virtues. And one of the artifacts is the sword he wears. The hunt begins.
The evil Serpent Demon King Orochi has taken warriors from the Three Kingdoms Period in China and The Warring States Period in Japan and forced them to fight against each other and Orochi himself! Based on the game Musou Orochi, this manga has many funny twists.
In the turbulent final years of the Tokugawa Shongunate, Shieikan Dojo was the birthplace of one of Japan's most famous militias: the Shinsengumi. Many of the members have acheived legendary status for their skill, honor and devotion. Under the banner of "loyalty," they would sacrifice their lives for their ideals...
"Soshite Haru no Tsuki" is a series by Miya Ikushima, currently spanning 4 books that give a decidedly yaoi-friendly interpretation of the Shinsengumi. The main pairing is between the young first captain, Okita Souji, and his vice-commander, Hijikata Toshi, but practically all of the well-known members have their own stories... and plenty of steamy love scenes interspersed with the fighting and intrigue the Shinsengumi were known for. (Source: Hanami)
Bloody Angel follows the tragic story of revenged-crazed Samurai Mitsunari Ishida. Based on the video game series "Sengoku Basara" by CAPCOM.
Shounen Champion (Monthly)
Nagahisa Amachi is a master of the sword working as a hired sword in search of countries involved in a war to make a living. Besides that, he's also searching for one thing. A man !! A man with a scar on his face !! A man who stole his father's precious sword !! A man who brutally murdered his family with that very sword !!
I want to see a country called “England”.
The timeline’s during Bakumatsu, an era where smuggling is the subjected to the capital punishment of death. There were five people who put their life on the line and sailed over to England.
Bringing with them their enthusiasm and goal to create a new Japan, these young souls traveled out of Japan. One day, they will be “known” for their contribution that they have left, this is the start of the journey of these young souls…!
During the Edo period, although the movement to educate commoners was growing, many unfortunately still could not read or write. Thus, daishoya, or people who made a business of reading and writing for hire, were a big help to the illiterate. Saei is one of these daishoya, but his job is not quite as simple as it seems...or as innocent...