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Vagabond (バガボンド, Bagabondo) is an ongoing manga by Takehiko Inoue (井上雄彦), portraying a fictionalized account of Miyamoto Musashi's life, on a loose adaptation of Eiji Yoshikawa's (吉川英治) novel Musashi. Takehiko Inoue's other notable manga series is 'Slam Dunk'.
The manga has been serialized in Kodansha's seinen Weekly Morning magazine since 1998 in Japan, with translations to English by VIZ Media. As of September 2009, 31 volumes of tankoubon has been released, with 29 of them translated for the United States. Vagabond has, to this date, sold more than 22 million copies throughout the world. The series has achieved a record-breaking accumulated sales figure of more than 50,000,000 copies within Japan alone.
Vagabond won the Grand Prize for manga at the 2000 Japan Media Arts Festival. The same year, Vagabond won the 24th Kodansha Manga Award in the general category. Vagabond also received the highly-acclaimed Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize in 2002, and Inoue was nominated for the 2003 Eisner Award in the Best Writer/Artist category.
Growing up in the late 15th century Sengoku era Japan, Shinmen Takezo is shunned by the local villagers as a devil child due to his wild and violent nature. Running away from home with a fellow boy at age 17, Takezo joins the Toyotomi army to fight the Tokugawa clan at the battle of Sekigahara. However, the Tokugawa win a crushing victory, leading to nearly three hundred years of Shogunate rule. Takezo and his friend manage to survive the battle, and afterwards swear to do great things with their lives. But after their paths separate, Takezo becomes a wanted criminal, and must change his name and his nature in order to escape an ignoble death. Based on the book "Musashi" by Eiji Yoshikawa, Vagabond is a fictional retelling of the life of Miyamoto Musashi, often referred to as the "Sword Saint" - perhaps the most famous and successful of Japan's sword fighters.
- ↑ Translated from Japanese version of Wikipedia Article
- ↑ Japan Media Arts Plaza. "2000 Japan Media Arts Festival Manga Division Grand Prize Vagabond". http://plaza.bunka.go.jp/english/festival/2000/manga/000360/. Retrieved 2007-08-26.
- ↑ Joel Hahn. "Kodansha Manga Awards". Comic Book Awards Almanac. http://www.hahnlibrary.net/comics/awards/kodansha.shtml. Retrieved 2007-08-21.