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Vagabond, Vol. 4 Infinite UniverseReal life figure Miyamoto Musashi was the most celebrated samurai of all time The quintessential warrior philosopher, Musashi authored A Book of Five Rings, a classic treatise in the canon of world philosophy and military strategy 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 challengeMusashi endeavors to take on sword master Yagy Sekish sai, a man recognized by many to be the greatest swordsman of his time But with Sekish sai far past his prime, does Musashi truly believe that killing a seemingly helpless old man in his sleep will take him further along the path This is for books 4 and 5.Art the art continues to be good The line art and hatching techniques are ones that tend to make everything looks sort of dirty and dark and muddled to me It s not as clean or as defined as some of my favorite manga It does give it a unique look that can really work, but overall I feel it takes away clarity and adds a style I don t personally find appealing.In addition the character designs are are all very similar Couple that with names I can t remember and it ca This is for books 4 and 5.Art the art continues to be good The line art and hatching techniques are ones that tend to make everything looks sort of dirty and dark and muddled to me It s not as clean or as defined as some of my favorite manga It does give it a unique look that can really work, but overall I feel it takes away clarity and adds a style I don t personally find appealing.In addition the character designs are are all very similar Couple that with names I can t remember and it can be hard to distinguish who they are talking about or who I am even looking at I understand it s historical but having the characters look and dress the same often with similar hair styles becomes monotonous and difficult to follow.That said some of the fights look astounding particularly the fight the ended book 5 when the surrogate father was facing off against the half naked drunk And another excellent artistic moment was Musashi s fight against the school disciples The way the art flows often completely without words or dialogue reminds me of visual poetry It guides your eye very well and the panel layout is almost uniformly excellent I think this is the saving grace of the series for me It often can have almost full chapters with no dialogue and still be exciting and visually guide your eye in a pleasing way It s like taking in a poem simple, graceful, and elegant.Story the story continues to be straightforward It surprisingly continues to follow a shonen manga trope of I want to be the very best, I will search the land for strong guys to fight and beat up to prove I m the best Thankfully they interrupted Musashi s rather generic plot line to introduce his rival and build up his background Kojiro s surrogate father s story was muchcompelling and acted as a great refresher since the Musashi storyline was getting kind of stale to me I actually liked he and his son s relationship and the story had stakes because I wasn t sure who would live or die.Dialogue seems like a good translation, the dialogue is readable and appears to gel well with the intended vibe, setting, and characters.I can begin to see why this manga is held in such high regard The visual story telling can be quite excellent If I enjoyed the hatching aestheticI think I would beinto it But as it stands it s usually compelling enough to continue I had initially put this volume at 4.5, but upon reflection, and after going back to it prior to writing the review, I can t give it anything other than 5 stars Simply put the art is stunning as usual and the story is engrossing I can t deny that there is definitely a sense of repetition to the story of Miyamoto Musashi and his quest for perfection in the way of the sword, but the sameness liesin a cyclical progression as he continually faces a new challenge in the form of some new cha I had initially put this volume at 4.5, but upon reflection, and after going back to it prior to writing the review, I can t give it anything other than 5 stars Simply put the art is stunning as usual and the story is engrossing I can t deny that there is definitely a sense of repetition to the story of Miyamoto Musashi and his quest for perfection in the way of the sword, but the sameness liesin a cyclical progression as he continually faces a new challenge in the form of some new champion swordsman, the details of which differ while the overall arc is similar In each of these challenges Musashi is continually learning and progressing as he overcomes not only his external foes, but his greatest enemy his own worst nature Musashi is slowly learning that what he first took as a means of mastery over the world through the exploitation of his wild strength is really a quest to master himself and his own inner nature.The volume opens with the continuation of Musashi vs the Yagyu disciples wherein he shows his new confidence and mastery learned from his battles with the Hozoin as he attempts to fight his way to the renowned Sekishusai who, unbeknownst to Musashi, lies ill under the nursing hand of Otsu Despite being a favourite of the master of the Yagyu and finally having found something apporaching a family in her new community Otsu finds herself discontented as she pines for Takezo and recalls her old life with sadness As is becoming a common trope in the story Otsu proves to be both an unwitting and a purposeful distraction to Musashi in his contest against the Yagyu, nearly costing him his life Otsu and Musashi have a bittersweet reunion in which Otsu discovers an inner strength in the midst of her longing and Musashi sees that for all of his devotion to the way of the sword he still has even deeper longings.Musashi finally reaches Sekishusai, again facing off against a master in an unconventional battle of wills, and yet again comes face to face with his unpreparedness The ghost of his vengeful and violent father comes to haunt him and show the dichotomy between his initial belief in strength and conquest above all vs the inner strength and peace of the true masters he is beginning to face The bestial nature and raw strength of Musashi is once again shown to be inadequate to true mastery of the sword Musashi moves on leaving Otsu and Jotaro to follow in the wake of his search for another challenge Meanwhile Matahachi, his mother, and Uncle Gon continue their own quest in search of the lovers Otsu and Musashi where the cowardice and lies of Matahachi come yet again to haunt him, this time with tragic results In the end the paths of the three groups are converging again as Musashi goes in search of another famous fighter, the master of the sickle and chain, and meets up with another old friend whose solitary life and unconventional partnership mirror some elements of Musashi s own experiences.As you can see there is much in the overall shape of the story in this volume that repeats what we have seen in earlier ones, but within this repetition Musashi is slowly moving forward, coming to a greater sense of self awareness and each of the main players and many of the minor ones in the story are given a chance to shine and move on along their own path, adding a richness and detail to the story Definitely recommended Oh boy, how I missed Vagabond Takehiko Inoue s masterpiece samurai manga about the life and the path of Miyamoto Musashi continues with an absolutely stunning volume Musashi goes from one invincible warrior to the next, fighting his way through every obstacle Matahachi s reckless con finally backfires on him in the most devastating way And the introduction of Shishido Baiken, the master of chain and sickle, was a very intriguing twist and I can t wait to find outabout him and his sense Oh boy, how I missed Vagabond Takehiko Inoue s masterpiece samurai manga about the life and the path of Miyamoto Musashi continues with an absolutely stunning volume Musashi goes from one invincible warrior to the next, fighting his way through every obstacle Matahachi s reckless con finally backfires on him in the most devastating way And the introduction of Shishido Baiken, the master of chain and sickle, was a very intriguing twist and I can t wait to find outabout him and his sensei Vagabond keeps being an incredible series subtle in storytelling and vast in scope, very personal, and absolutely gorgeous This is definitely the most beautiful manga I ve ever read, and possibly even my favourite manga overall Can t wait to get to the next volume , , , , ,,, ,

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