Vagabond and Takehiko Inoue

AHHHHHHHH!!!! I just fell in love and found a new obsession for manga!!! Takehiko Inoue is a genius artist and story teller!!! My tattoo artist Lewis Hess recommended this manga, Vagabond, of which I’d heard, but not yet read.

The story is about a ronin named Shinmen Takezo, who is later known by Myamoto Musashi. Turns out, he was a real man in feudal Japan born in 1584 and was famed for his duels and distinctive style. Musashi, as he is often simply known, became legendary through his outstanding swordsmanship in numerous duels, even from a very young age. He is the founder of the Hyōhō Niten Ichi-ryū or Niten-ryū style of swordsmanship and the author of The Book of Five Rings, a book on strategy, tactics, and philosophy that is still studied today.

Inoue takes his legendary and somewhat unknown story and tells in a way you just must find out for yourself. And what beautiful artwork!!! Some of the pages are water colored or painted and it’s just amazing what detail he can put into it. I just can’t explain in words, you’ll simply have to experience it yourself! Highly recommend! ItIf you are at all interested in samurai, or even japanese culture, this is a MUST. Just look at his wall painting with nothing but black paint…

I found translated chapters online and I couldn’t resist. I of course want to spend money on the books but with the amount of volumes at this point I’d have to spend some money to read everything published so far.

If you want to read them, and you should, go to One Manga and you can read up to the latest book and the’ll keep updating with more, this is also where I read my Naruto and Bleach. Since finding it here, I’ve sat and read the 251 chapters they have available within a few days or so. Every shred of free time I had to devoted to reading it. That just shows how amazingly engaging it is.


Hellboy II
May 30, 2008, 11:48 pm
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ACK! I almost freaked out last night while watching the trailer for Hellboy II. First, how freaking awesome is Del Toro? He’s freaking IMENSLEY awesome. And secondly, how freaking great is Ron Perlman as Hellboy!? I’ve always loved him but damn does he rock as that red demon monkey. Anyway, no matter how you slice it, this is going to be one of the BEST summer movies this year…wtf? BEST MOVIE AT ALL for the year.

At first, I thought Del Toro was just making a new film…and then I see that no, it’s HELLBOY II!! I started hooting and hollering the movie theater and was filled with such giddy school girl anticipation that I nearly cried. Well not really but there are only a few things in this world that get me that excited and Hellboy is definately one of them.

The unfortunate thing is, I’ve never actualy read the comic by Mike Mignola. I am however going to start adding it to the long list of mangas and graphic novels I’m currently engrossed in. Mignola’s artwork is just simply amazing and is reminiscent of Frank Miller in a way with his hard edges.

Again, I couldn’t be more excited to see this movie and am just drooling with anticipation for it to release on July 11th.