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Best Samurai Manga

Samurai are those who follow bushido, the classical Japanese warrior code, as a way of life, and usually hone their skill in combat to make their way in the world or perfect themselves. Characters in a Samurai manga may be in service to a liege lord, or ronin types who serve none but themselves. Common themes include service, honor, strength, and one-on-one combat or battles, often with blades.

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Vagabond, Vol. 1
Takehiko Inoue - 2008-09-19
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Follow the journey of a young samurai named Shinmen Takezō, who is on the run after being on the losing side of an epic battle. This VIZBIG edition of the book includes Volumes 1-3 and bonus color content. Written by one of Japan's most celebrated real-life figures, Miyamoto Musashi, this book offers a glimpse into the path of enlightenment during feudal Japan. Will Shinmen Takezō find his way with the help of an eccentric monk and a childhood friend?
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Rurouni Kenshin
Meiji Swordsman Romantic Story, Vol. 1
Nobuhiro Watsuki - 2003-12-23 (first published in 1994)
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This popular manga follows the story of Himura Kenshin, a former assassin now wandering as a swordsman to protect the honor of those in need. Against the backdrop of the Meiji Restoration, Kenshin comes to the aid of a young woman fighting to defend her father's school of swordsmanship. But both Kenshin and his formidable opponent, Hitokiri Battosai, have hidden identities that are gradually revealed in this action-packed and romantic tale filled with historical intrigue.
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Lone Wolf & Cub, Vol. 1
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Samurai action and breathtaking visuals come together in Lone Wolf and Cub, a landmark in graphic fiction now available in its entirety in the US. This epic adventure covers over 7000 pages and showcases the brilliance of writer Kazuo Koike and the stunning visuals of Goseki Kojima. Each of the 28 collections includes approximately 300 pages of unforgettable imagery, kinetic fury, and visceral thematic power. This volume features unforgettable stories, including Son for Hire, Sword for Hire, A Father Knows His Child's Heart, and The Assassin's Road.
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Gin Tama, Vol. 1
Hideaki Sorachi - 2007-07-03 (first published in 2004)
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A hilarious manga series set in a world where aliens have conquered Edo. Follow the adventures of Gintoki Sakata, who works as a freelancer to pay his rent, along with his two companions: Shinpachi Shimura and Kagura. Get ready for action-packed missions, comical situations, and unexpected twists!
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シグルイ 1
Takayuki Yamaguchi - 2006-02-09 (first published in 2004)
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Experience the brutal and unrelenting tragedy of samurai warfare in this exceptional manga adaptation of a controversial novel by a renowned author. Journey to the beginning of this blood-soaked tale, brought to life by the genius of Takayuki Yamaguchi.
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Drifters Volume 1
Kohta Hirano - 2011-09-13 (first published in 2010)
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Enter a world of magic and wonder where a great war is being waged. Drifters Volume 1 is a thrilling new series by Hellsing creator Kohta Hirano that gathers famous warriors throughout history and puts them on both sides of good and evil - turning them loose in a bloody melee of madness!