I can’t say that I am a connoisseur or an addict of manga, but there is a series that I hold dear in my heart. It is called Vagabond, a series written and illustrated by Takehiko Inoue. Takehiko Inoue is most definitely an outstanding manga illustrator. His attention to detail is ridiculous and it makes you wonder how he goes about drawing rock walls with so much variance or giving scenes a sense of motion that compels the reader to aptly imagine each manga cell in his mind.
And it is with great pleasure that I will be sharing remarkable scenes from the manga series over the next few weeks. These scenes often demonstrate Takehiko’s ability to convey powerful messages and lessons through his art. I can honestly say that some moments in the manga series made me stop and reconsider myself. Since the books deal with philosophy, buddhism and the meaning of life in a medivial Japan setting, there is a lot of compelling material to absorb and be transported by; both intellectually and spiritually.
I will be leaving you with a basic summary from Wikipedia, which should give you enough information to understand the context of the story for future articles that I will be writing :
Growing up in the late 16th century Sengoku era Japan, Shinmen Takezō 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. However, after their paths separate, Takezo becomes a wanted criminal and must change his name and his nature in order to escape an ignoble death. -Wikipedia
Obviously, to truly appreciate this work of art I invite you to find the books at your local libraries or purchase the series and support the author.