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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. [Written by MAL Rewrite]
Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Swordsman Romantic Story
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? [Written by MAL Rewrite] Included one-shot: Volume 28: Meteor Strike
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. [Written by MAL Rewrite] Included one-shots: Volume 1: Dandelion Volume 2: Shirokuro (Black and White) Volume 24: 13 Volume 38: Bankara-san ga Tooru
Blade of the Immortal
Manji is an infamous swordsman in feudal Japan who is known as the "Hundred Man Killer," as he has killed one hundred innocent men. However, there is something far more frightening than his ominous reputation: the fact that he is immortal. This is the handiwork of eight-hundred-year-old nun Yaobikuni, who placed bloodworms capable of healing almost any wound in Manji's body. To atone for his crimes, Manji resolves to kill one thousand evil men. Yaobikuni agrees to this proposal, saying that if he succeeds, she will undo his curse of immortality. Soon after this promise, Manji meets Rin Asano, a 16-year-old girl who requests Manji's assistance in killing those who slaughtered her parents. Initially reluctant, Manji refuses Rin's desperate plea. However, owing to her evident lack of strength, Manji changes his mind and agrees to protect Rin for four years. With this partnership set in stone, the two embark on a perilous journey of bloodshed, vengeance, and redemption, each to fulfill their own life's cause. [Written by MAL Rewrite] Note: Originally published with 219 chapters, which were then recollected into 207 chapters in the tankoubons. Please do not change the chapter count.
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. [Written by MAL Rewrite]
At the start of the Edo period, the samurai Toyohisa Shimazu is in the midst of a bloody battle against the legendary Tokugawa clan to ensure the successful retreat of the Shimazu clan forces. After his entire unit is massacred, Toyohisa manages to single-handedly force the enemy to withdraw—at the cost of being mortally wounded. Walking out of the battlefield dejected, he mysteriously finds himself in a white hallway, where he’s immediately thrown into a door. He awakens in a different world, and there he encounters "Drifters," other legendary warriors who died and ended up in the same realm. Together, they use the knowledge and experience from their past lives in order to take over an empire and fight against an unknown force of evil that intends to crush all humanity. [Written by MAL Rewrite]
The sadistic daimyo Tadanaga Tokugawa has decreed Japan's first martial arts competition with real swords, appalling even the most loyal of his retainers. However, when the spectators realize that the first match pits the one-armed Gennosuke Fujiki against the blind and lame Seigen Irako, even those with the most forceful objections declare the match to be a farce and the combatants' deformities an affront to their station. Most of the attendees are unaware of the deep-seated hatred Gennosuke and Seigen hold for each other, which stems from their struggle to become the heir to the insane samurai Kogan Iwamoto, leader of the notorious Kogan-ryuu dojo. Their once-cordial rivalry for Kogan-ryuu and the hand of Kogan's daughter Mie quickly turns violent when one of the young warriors angers the master, causing a chain of events that eventually leads to their severe injuries. Shigurui chronicles the decisions that led Gennosuke and Seigen to this desperate point, as well as the many lives ruined by the brutality of samurai culture. [Written by MAL Rewrite]
After the cruel lord Daigo Kagemitsu sells his newborn son's body parts to 48 demons in exchange for power, he casts what remains down a river and quickly forgets about his son, soon establishing a mighty kingdom. Little does Daigo know that his child survives, possessing advanced spiritual senses that allow him to navigate the world without eyes, ears, limbs, or even a voice. A brilliant doctor rescues the son and raises him as his own, naming him Hyakkimaru and fitting him with advanced prosthetics that make it possible for him to move and fight. However, tragedy strikes when Hyakkimaru turns out to be a beacon that brings demons into the doctor's home, and the doctor eventually has to send Hyakkimaru out into the world. Amid his travels, Hyakkimaru learns that slaying demons allow him to recover his missing parts and seeks to kill enough to make himself whole. He soon encounters Dororo—a boy claiming to be the world's greatest thief—who joins Hyakkimaru against his will in hopes of one day obtaining his sword. Together, the duo travels through a countryside infested with both demons and brutal men, who might prove to be worse. [Written by MAL Rewrite]
Samurai Harem: Asu no Yoichi
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.
Samurai 8: The Tale of Hachimaru
He can't run! He can't eat hard food. You can't get any weaker than the boy named Hachimaru. But his dream is to become a samurai. For a boy who can't even survive without the help of his father, that dream seemed impossible. But when a samurai cat appears before him, his whole life will change! A legendary manga creator and a rising star come together to bring you this science fiction samurai epic! (Source: MANGA Plus)
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. [Written by MAL Rewrite]
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. (Source: MU)
It has been one month since samurai Soujirou married the charming Chiyo. Despite their marriage being prearranged by their parents—enough reason for anyone to be dissatisfied—Chiyo has been a courteous wife who handles her household affairs with ease. Bewildered by her beauty and great capabilities, Soujirou could not ask for a better partner! But there is one thing that bothers him: Chiyo forces a smile whenever he is around. Convinced that his wife despises him, Soujirou swears to become a good husband who can make Chiyo genuinely happy. Little does he know, his wife loves him much more than he could imagine. [Written by MAL Rewrite]
In Edo period Japan (1603 to 1868), a strange new disease called the Redface Pox has begun to prey on the country's men. Within eighty years of the first outbreak, the male population has fallen to a quarter of the total female population. Women have taken on all the roles traditionally granted to men, even that of the Shogun. The men, precious providers of life, are carefully protected and the most beautiful of the men are sent to serve in the Shogun's Inner Chambers. (Source: VIZ Media)
Eight-year-old Tokiyuki Houjou, the next successor of the Kamakura shogunate, is a young boy lacking talent in everything besides hide-and-seek. One day, his carefree life is abruptly turned upside down when Takauji Ashikaga brutally seizes power from the Kamakuras, ending their reign. Rescued by a self-proclaimed prophetic priest, Tokiyuki manages to escape with his life. Now he must evade those trying to kill him while recruiting comrades who can help him restore the Kamakura Shogunate to its former glory. Set during the Nanboku-chou period of Japanese history, Nige Jouzu no Wakagimi is a tale of redemption, documenting the life of the forgotten hero that altered Japan's destiny by running away. [Written by MAL Rewrite]
The year is 1600. Ten years have passed since Oda Nobunaga unified the whole country. When Nobunaga realized that he was dying, he announced that he would hand over the country to the one who produced the strongest warriors. The warlords, whose dreams of unifying the country had been dashed, set up their own strongest warriors and set their sights on becoming the king of this country! (Source: Kodansha, translated)
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. (Source: Sigikki)
Katanagatari: Sword Tale
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...
A peasant named Hanbei asks a girl named O-haru for her hand in marriage, but O-haru confesses that she is already thinking of another man named Masakichi from a neighboring village. When Hanbei seeks out Masakichi, he finds that Masakichi possesses a sword and the skills to use it, despite being a peasant. (Source: ANN)
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)
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? (Source: Seven Seas Entertainment)
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 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. (Source: Tokyopop)
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. (Source: The-OrO.com)
In the year 1863, a time fraught with violent social upheaval, samurai of all walks of life flock to Kyoto in the hope of joining the Mibu-Roshi—a band of warriors united around their undying loyalty to the Shogunate system. In time, this group would become one of the greatest (and most famous) movements in Japanese history... the Shinsengumi! Into this fierce milieu steps Seizaburou Kamiya, a young would-be warrior who, though lacking in combat experience, possesses a fiery enthusiasm to both aid the Mibu-Roshi in their mission and to avenge his wrongfully murdered family. One of the Mibu-Roshi's most gifted (and immature) swordsmen, the legendary Souji Okita, agrees to take Seizaburou under his wing. What no one suspects, least of all Souji, is that Seizaburou is actually a girl named Sei Tominaga in disguise! (Source: Viz Media) Included one-shot: Volume 45: Ooedo Shinsengumi!
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. (Source: Wikipedia)
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? (Source: Tokyopop) Included one-shot: Volume 6: Wagamama Tenshi no Sodatekata.
This version will be a remake of the original series that revisits the encounters of 'Himura Kenshin' with 'Kamiya Kaoru' and 'Myojin Yahiko.'
The Legend of Dororo and Hyakkimaru
Daigo Kagemitsu, who works for a Samurai general in Japan's Warring States period, promises to offer body parts of his unborn baby to 48 demons in exchange for complete domination of the country. When the baby boy is born, Daigo has him thrown into a river, expecting the boy to die. A kind sage, however, finds him and adopts him. The sage fits out his poor son with prosthetics. Time goes by and the baby grows into a boy who calls himself Hyakkimaru. Every time Hyakkimaru eliminates a demon, he retrieves one of his body parts. Hyakkimaru rescues a boy thief named Dororo from a band of men whom the young boy tried to rob. Together they travel the countryside in search of the demons who possess Hyakkimaru's parts. Throughout their travels, they face a host of monsters and ghosts. (Source: Vertical Inc.)
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. (Source: JustManga)
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.
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. (Source: Wikipedia)
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. -Visitors -Waira -Joyful Bell
Sequel of Lone Wolf and Cub with a grown up Daigorou as main character.
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! (Source: Kodansha)
When he woke up, Tetsujirou Souma, a samurai from Kamakura who had survived the Mongolian invasion, had found himself in an unfamiliar place. He was told by Hirst, the girl who brought him there, that they are in Valhalla, a place where the souls of dead warriors congregate. In order for him to be revived, Tetsujirou now has no choice but to fight against the "dead warriors" from different eras in this mythical place of carnage that he's been thrown into. This is the start of a samurai drama where one has to fight and strike down their enemies, even if it kills them!! (Source: Shueisha, translated)
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... (Source: MU)
Sekiro Side Story: Hanbei the Undying
The Sengoku Era... A time when losing a battle meant losing it all. The Sword Saint, Isshin Ashina, aims for world domination... That is until he encounters a certain samurai... (Source: Yen Press)
1-2. Rurouni Kenshin Uramaku: Honoo wo Suberu (Rurouni Kenshin: Master of Flame) [Watsuki Nobuhiro] 3-8. Sono Kage, Hanaregataku Tsunagitomeru Mono [Kurosaki Kaoru]
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."
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. (Source: MU)
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)
Fate/Grand Order: Epic of Remnant - Ashu Tokuiten III/Ashu Heikou Sekai - Shizan Ketsuga Butai Shimousa no Kuni - Eirei Kengou Nanaban Shoubu
Fate/Grand Order -Epic of Remnant- Pseudo-Singularity III: The Stage of Carnage, Shimousa - Seven Duels of Swordmasters
Ritsuka, a Master from Chaldea, suddenly loses consciousness and finds herself whisked away to Shimousa Province in Edo-era Japan. But it soon becomes clear she’s not in her own timeline…and neither is her companion, a woman called Miyamoto Musashi. Together, they must defeat the Seven Heroic Spirit Swordmasters, a group of fearsome cursed warriors who will stop at nothing until every living thing on the planet is dead. (Source: Kodansha USA)
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.
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." (Source: MU) Included one-shot: Volume 8: Yoshi!!
Steel of the Celestial Shadows
In early 19th-century Japan, a down-and-out samurai named Kounosuke Ryuudo struggles through his hardscrabble life. His dear departed mother's last hope was for him to live his life as a splendid warrior, but a cruel curse repels and distorts any metal that gets near him. Will he ever be able to wield a sword, much less live the life of an honorable samurai? It is said that a samurai's spirit rests in their sword—and Ryuudo can't even pick one up! Destitute and hopeless, he decides to end it all. But when a beautiful and mysterious woman saves his life and his soul, it is the beginning of Ryudo's journey into a strange world of magic that exists a step away from his own. (Source: VIZ Media)
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!
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. (Source: ANN)
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.
On a dark and snowy night, Sho-an drags home what he believes to be the corpse of a beautiful man. But, even though Sho-an is ready to reduce the body into medical supplies, he is dismayed to discover the body lives. Sho-an names his corpse-cum-patient Yuki and gains a houseguest that eats his food and keeps his bed warm throughout the year. (Source: Fantasista Inc.)
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 story of friendship between a samurai and a doctor in the final days of the Tokugawa Shogunate. (Source: Wikipedia)
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.
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. (Source: Illuminati-Manga)
Follows the story of "Edo's Sanni-en (Sajin no)" Takasaka Jinouchi, Jozawa Junai, Shoji Jinouchi. Three years after the battle of Sekigahara (1603 AD), Okubo Changan invited Takasaka Junouchi, who is known as a former thief, to destroy Kotaro Fuuma and his clan of criminals in Edo, but what will he get in return? (Source: MU)
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. (Source: Wikipedia)
Japan feudal period. He came in battle, they began to share his life against an economic commitment. The battlefield where the samurai could fully experience the Way of Bushido, was coming off a less pure than the blood stain. (Source: Manga Sanctuary)
Adventures of Melty and friends that attend an academy in order to become questers! (Source: Aku-Tenshi)
Sequel to Blade of the Immortal. It is set in the Bakumatsu period in the 19th century, and follows the main character Manji, who starts the story in a life of seclusion in the Tosa domain, but heads to the capital for a certain reason. The story will have him confronting the strongest warriors of the time. (Source: ANN)
Blade of the Immortal: Legend of the Sword Demon
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)
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… (Source: MU)
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.
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. (from Manga-Updates)
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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)
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)
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.
The year is 1863, with the story being based in Kyoto. We follow a youth named Nio who is an honest and kind soul who's considerate of his family, yet he also has a hidden burning passion for seeking justice. From the time he came across Toshizou Hijikata and Souji Okita, members from a group of hated ronin known as the Miburo, his life then takes a turn to a bluer, and clearer path. Nio, alongside the other men whose hearts burn bravely and true, step forth towards an honest path with their blue wills adorned on their hearts! (Source: Kodansha, translated)
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.
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? (from B-U)
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! (Source: MU)
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. [Written by MAL Rewrite]
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? (Source: MangaHelpers)
A metaphorical depiction of Japan's apprehension concerning the advance of western culture in the country during the period preceding the Meiji Era. (Source: Batoto)
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. Zatoichi's Pilgrimage 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. (Source: MU)
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)
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...
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)
Goku: Midnight Eye
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.
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)
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. (Source: Stiletto Heels/team Scanlations)
Proud to be a Samurai, even though I'm destitute Harata Hiroshi chronologies 1970 - 1971
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.
Musashi Miyamoto was a Japanese swordsman and samurai famed for his duels and distinctive style.
Samurai Commando: Mission 1549
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. (Source: CMX)
This is the tale of a young man who joins a band of Ronin who are fighting against the end of the Samurai era in order to find his father's killer. But bit by bit he becomes disillusioned with the people he has thrown in with and wonders if there is another way... (Source: MU)
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? (Source: MU)
Story depicting Miyamoto Musashi's childhood.
The Valiant Must Fall
The Edo period has ended, and former samurai Haruyasu is adrift in a strange new world. Not even the promise of rebellion can cure him of his desire for death. But after an assassination gone wrong, Haruyasu finds himself at the mercy of his intended victim's bodyguard, an intriguing young woman with the power to heal–so intriguing, in fact, that he decides he wants to live in order to learn more about her. But what will she ask in return for saving his life? (Source: Seven Seas Entertainment)
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... (Source: MU)
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.
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. (Source: MangaHelpers)
The Eastern Kingdom of Mikado is a relatively tranquil kingdom, where the affluent Luxurors and poor Casualries exist within a caste system. Maintaining peace and defending its citizens from the demon threat is the samurai class, composed of individuals from both Luxuror and Casualry backgrounds. One such samurai is a young Luxuror-born boy named Jonathan. From a young age, Jonathan has always dreamed of joining the order in hopes of being able to protect and serve his empire. Training beside him every day is Asuma, a young Casualry orphan. Driven by the death of his parents at the hands of demons, Asuma strives to become a samurai and eradicate them from their world. After a demonic incident occurs during one of their sparring sessions, Jonathan and Asuma are separated from each other until the day of the samurai prentice exam, 10 years later. The time apart has created a rift between the two former friends and causes them to no longer see eye-to-eye. Shortly after the exam, the two boys are appalled to learn that samurai must utilize demons in order to effectively defend the people of the kingdom. While Asuma vehemently refuses to make any deal with the enemy, Jonathan's devotion to his beliefs wavers as he forms an unlikely partnership with a demon named Al. As the threat of illegal "literature" grows amongst the Casualry class and turning those who read it into demons, whose conviction will ultimately prevail? [Written by MAL Rewrite]
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.