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Following a horrific defeat at the battle of Sekigahara, two survivors, Takezo Shinmen and Matahachi Hon’iden, are deflated at having been unable to make a name for themselves and earn glory on the battlefield. But while Matahachi is anxious to go home, Takezo has vowed never to return and intends to become a vagabond, travelling the country polishing and testing his skills as a swordsman. With a beastial mercilessness when it comes to killing and a habit of cutting down all in his path, it doesn’t take long for Takezo to become a wanted fugitive. However, after being captured by a monk named Takuan and given a new lease of life, Takezo begins to live under the name of Musashi Miyamoto. Now, with a new view on life and death, Musashi continues to travel the nation challenging the most infamous fighters to achieve his goal of becoming the strongest samurai ever known.
In a land overrun by yoma - monsters that feed upon human innards and take on the appearance and memories of their victims - humans are little more than cattle awaiting slaughter. The only opposition to the yoma is The Organization, a group led by a council of mysterious men who send out their all-female warriors (known as claymores) to do their bidding. However, The Organization is not charitable; a town must pay an exorbitant fee for their services. Likewise, many of the claymores care little for those who they protect. Clare, the lowest ranked claymore, lives only so that she may one day avenge her mentor.
In both manga MC deals with the sureal obstachles to reach its goal, setting is feudal in Vagabound but it's quite similar to Claymore's fantasy. The course of advancement is present in Vagabound from the starts but picks up later in Claymore. Swordfighting, violence, gore... it's all here. If you liked one you will also like the other one...
Vagabond and Historie tell the history of men who are destined for greatness. Their journey starts out rough with death apart of their life. Once time passes, our protagonists are transformed into men who will become legends. With the knowledge they possess, these figureheads will go down in history. If you liked one journey, the other will be equally as incredible.
Both of these series focus on a superbly skilled samurai who, after the wars, is left without a position and now wanders the land as a mercenary. Both stories have a similarly dark atmosphere, and a grittiness to the artwork.
Rurouni Kenshin is the story of a revolutionary patriot fighting to conceal his bloody past in the new Meiji era of Japan. Battosai Himura's role in the revolution was so infamous that it earned him the title ‘Hitokiri' (Manslayer). To put that fearful name and his past behind him, Himura returned to his original name of Kenshin, reversing the blade on his sword to make it non-lethal, swearing to never take another life and beginning again as an ordinary rurouni (wandering samurai). He meets Kaoru Kamiya, a spirited girl who runs the local dojo and is the first of several friends to accept him for who he is, not who he was. But Kenshin's past will not leave him alone, and with old rivals remerging, groups attempting to shatter the hard earned peace, and those with desire to face the legendary Battousai, all chasing after Kenshin, can he protect those he cares about and still maintain his oath?
To magnificent stories about the birth of a great samurai warrior. Each Kenshin and Vagabond tell of an epic journey to reach the top through bloodshed and loneliness. These 2 mangas when looked into, are one in the same. A tale of a boy who starts his life with a sword and starts killing at a young age to go further and become a renown swordsmen, only to later repent for his sins. A wild beast who lives only by the sword. They both have the same great samurai era feel. Both are incredible series that can't be pasted up. If you enjoyed one great journey, then follow the other.