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  • Vagabond, Vol. 1 (VIZBIG Edition)

    • This VIZBIG edition of Vagabond contains Volumes 1-3, bonus color content, and updated text.                                                                                                                                     
    • A 27+ volume manga series - Vagabond is on Japan’s top ten best seller’s list with over 100 million volumes in print.
    • Vagabond has sold over 22 million copies worldwide! (Not including Japan’s sales).
    • Vagabond is based on the novel, Musashi by Eiji Yoshikawa. Originally written in the early 40’s, Yoshikawa’s fictional account became so well known that his version has blurred fact from fiction.
    • VIZ Media is currently releasing the translated edition of Vagabond only three months after the Japanese release!
    • The popularity of Vagabond has been attributed to NHK’s drama TV series based on Yohikawa’s novel.
    • There have been 6 films and 2 TV series based on Miyamoto Musashi’s life.
    • Inoue received the 2000 Media Arts award for manga from the Japanese Ministry of Culture and the Kodansha award for best manga for his work on Vagabond.
    • Nominated for 2003 Eisner Award in the category for Best Writer/Artist!
    • "...reads like an Akira Kurosawa film captured on the printed page." -Cliff Biggers, Comic Buyer's Guide
    • Inoue has personally created licensed merchandise on a small scale, so that the products will meet his standards of quality.
    • Inoue’s previous series Slam Dunk has over 100 million copies in print worldwide.
    • Everything Takehiko Inoue has published has hit the top ten sales list in Japan.

    Striving for enlightenment by way of the sword, Miyamoto Musashi is prepared to cut down anyone who stands in his way. Vagabond is an action-packed portrayal of the life and times of the quintessential warrior-philosopher--the most celebrated samurai of all time!

    Shinmen Takezo is destined to become the legendary sword-saint, Miyamoto Musashi--perhaps the most renowned samurai of all time. For now, Takezo is a cold-hearted kiler, who will take on anyone in mortal combat to make a name for himself. This is the journey of a wild young brute who strives to reach enlightenment by way of the sword--fighting on the edge of death.

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  • Vagabond, Vol. 10 (VIZBIG Edition)

    Get It All--Get Big!; The 3-in-1 Edition

    Reads R to L (Japanese Style), for M audiences. Musashi is at the greatest crossroads of his life. After surviving his single-handed battle against the seventy men of Yoshioka Clan, Musashi is left with an injury that may lead to the end of his sword-fighting days. Could this mean he will escape from the spiral of death and killing that has been at the very center of his being for so long, or will the way of the sword be too tempting for him to walk away from?

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  • Vagabond, Vol. 2 (VIZBIG Edition)

    Striving for enlightenment by way of the sword, Miyamoto Musashi is prepared to cut down anyone who stands in his way. Vagabond is an action-packed portrayal of the life and times of the quintessential warrior-philosopher--the most celebrated samurai of all time!

    Enlightenment by Way of the Sword Real-life figure Miyamoto Musashi was the most celebrated samurai of all time. The quintessential warrior philosopher, Musashi authored A Book of Five Rings, a theoretical guide to military strategy still used today. But the path to enlightenment is an endless journey, and to get there through violent means—by way of the sword—makes mere survival an even greater challenge. Musashi sets out for Nara intent on challenging the warrior monks of legendary Hôzôin Temple. But will Musashi’s growing feelings for his childhood friend Otsû prove to be a fatal distraction in his match against In’ei, the austere master of Hôzôin’s deadly spear technique? 

    Takehiko Inoue’s Vagabond is loosely based on the novel Musashi, Eiji Yoshikawa’s fictional account of the life of Miyamoto Musashi. This classic samurai tale has been adapted into numerous television series and films, including an Academy Award-winning movie. In his own version, Inoue approaches the pinnacle of manga artistry with richly detailed line art and a lyrical, fast-paced narrative. An international bestseller, this must-read manga is now available in a VIZBIG Edition: three of the original graphic novel releases collected into one volume, featuring color artwork, updated text and bonus content.

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  • Vagabond, Vol. 3 (VIZBIG Edition)

    R to L (Japanese Style)

    Enlightenment by Way of the SwordReal-life figure Miyamoto Musashi was the most celebrated samurai of all time. The quintessential warrior philosopher, Musashi authored A Book of Five Rings, a theoretical guide to military strategy still used today. But the path to enlightenment is an endless journey, and to get there through violent means--by way of the sword--makes mere survival an even greater challenge.

    One with Heaven and EarthMusashi suffers a humiliating defeat against Inshun, the second-generation master of Hôzôin Temple. To prepare for a rematch, Musashi undertakes an intense spiritual and physical training regimen with a most unlikely teacher--Inshun's predecessor, the founder of the Hôzôin Spear Technique. To attain the focus necessary to take on the most technically proficient and deadliest fighter he has ever faced, Musashi will first have to confront his own deep-seated personal demons.

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  • Vagabond, Vol. 4 (VIZBIG Edition)

    R to L (Japanese Style). Infinite UniverseMusashi endeavors to take on sword master Yagyû Sekishûsai, a man recognized by many to be the greatest swordsman of his time. Although Sekishûsai is far past his prime, Musashi still believes killing him will take him further along the path. Little does he know that going against a man of such depth and proportion means much more than just killing a seemingly helpless old man in his sleep.

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  • Vagabond, Vol. 5 (VIZBIG Edition): Glimmering Waves

    Historical tale of enlightenment by way of the sword - 3 volumes collected in 1! R to L (Japanese Style). "Glimmering Waves" In a remote seaside village, an abandoned infant is left to the care of a reclusive old man who has all but renounced the ways of the world. This helpless child is destined to become Sasaki Kojirô--the legendary archrival of Miyamoto Musashi. Inoue's unique take on this enigmatic figure sets up the foundation for his fictional account of the most famous rivalry in Japanese history. Striving for enlightenment by way of the sword, Miyamoto Musashi is prepared to cut down anyone who stands in his way. Vagabond is an action-packed portrayal of the life and times of the quintessential warrior-philosopher--the most celebrated samurai of all time!

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  • Vagabond, Vol. 6 (VIZBIG Edition)

    Historical tale of enlightenment by way of the sword - 3 volumes collected in 1! 

    Reads R to L (Japanese Style). 

    Sasaki Kojirô is the man destined to become Miyamoto Musashi's greatest rival and opponent in the most well-known duel in the annals of Japanese history. As a deaf-mute young man coming of age in a remote seaside village, Kojirô's innate ability with the sword is compelling him to strive to become even better. This drive takes him beyond the borders of his peaceful village into the violent and chaotic world of feudal era Japan in the midst of a bloody war. Striving for enlightenment by way of the sword, Miyamoto Musashi is prepared to cut down anyone who stands in his way. Vagabond is an action-packed portrayal of the life and times of the quintessential warrior-philosopher--the most celebrated samurai of all time!

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  • Vagabond, Vol. 8 (VIZBIG Edition)

    Get It All--Get Big!; The 3-in-1 Edition

    Reads R to L (Japanese Style). Get It All--Get Big!; The 3-in-1 Edition 

    ConfrontationMusashi has returned to Kyoto one year after he last attempted to take on the mighty Yoshioka School, and the entire city is abuzz anticipating the rematch to come. When the elder disciples of the Yoshioka discover the unbelievable progress Musashi has made along the way of the sword, they plot to defeat him however they can--even if it means resorting to dishonorable means.

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  • Vagabond, Vol. 9 (VIZBIG Edition)

    Get It All--Get Big!; The 3-in-1 Edition

    Reads R to L (Japanese Style), for M audiences. It's been one year since Yoshioka Denshichirō granted Musashi a reprieve for a rematch. Denshichirō may have been a better swordsman back then, but with Musashi before him now, he realizes the truly incredible strides his opponent has made in such a short period of time. By sheer force of will, a reluctant Denshichirō moves forward into the fight. And what will the deadly repercussions be for Musashi after this duel that's all but already won?

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