At the beginning of the Edo period (1629), when people enjoyed a time of peace, Lord Tokugawa Tadanaga decides to hold a tournament. In the past, matches were fought with wooden swords, but this time real swords will be used. The one-armed Fujiki Gennosuke and the blind Irako Seigen will fight each other in this tournament, even though both were disciples of Iwamoto Kogan — known as Japan’s greatest swordsman. So begins the story of intertwining fates, conflict, and colliding destinies.
This one’s relatively new in scanlation terms – written and illustrated by Nanjo Norio and Yamaguchi Takayuki respectively, Shigurui is very heavy on the gore, guts, and graphic violence in general. Interestingly, the goring of the human body is a major narrative and artistic theme, it’s also depicted as a perversion of Tadanaga to the strong but futile objection of his vassals. The story is told entirely in flashback, and it ends, in its present, as abruptly as it begins. The rich storytelling will leave you resigned to the inevitability of its finale.
Kotonoha got the ball rolling with a volume and half, after that Anonymous Spore picked up the slack for a whopping nine and half volumes, and Anonymous Stem rounded out the effort with the final four.
(Kotonoha, Anonymous Spore)
(Anonymous Spore, Anonymous Stem)
◆ The 1st Ten ◆
◆ AKIRA ◆
◆ Shigurui ◆