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Title: Inoue Takehiko: The LAST Manga Exhibition
Post by: Eluvei on October 16, 2009, 09:49:42 PM
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In 2006, due to the popularity and unique art style of his works, Inoue Takehiko was invited to expose his art at the Ueno Royal Museum in Tokyo. He made over 140 gigantic paintings based on Vagabond for this huge event, which took 6 months of preparations for him and everyone involved. The paintings are not, however, only to show off his artwork; they are like big panels that make a story featuring an old Musashi, serving as an epilogue to Vagabond; the story is set in Reigando cave, the place of Musashi's death. Some of the posters are like huge versions of the pages we usually read on the manga (with dialogues), but the majority of the ones we can find pictures of on the internet are sumi-e paintings. The exhibition was held in June 2008, and was a huge success. In fact, so many people were left without tickets that another exhibition happened in 2009, and now there's a new date schelduled for 2010.

As Griffith told me, it's amazing how we lack information on these exhibitions, so if anyone knows details or new info about them, please share with us.  :guts:


Ueno
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The first exhibit was so successful that most people couldn't get tickets to see it.


The organizers of the first exhibition released two books that served as catalogues. They feature pictures of all the paintings and an extensive documentary of how everything was made. You can read the exhibit's paintings' official translation, located on The LAST Manga Exhibition complete catalogue here, courtesy of Griffith. (http://www.skullknight.net/forum/index.php?topic=11141.msg179305#msg179305) There are major spoilers.

There is also a documentary DVD about it.

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Inoue has been rolling the offer over in his mind for six months. “What could I do in a museum ? Nothing hit me right away. I didn’t want to just line up my illustrations for people to look at. If I was going to do it, I wanted to do something challenging.”

Then one afternoon, Inoue says, “What if Musashi dies?” Spring was just around the corner.
From one of the catalogues

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The books.

Official website: http://flow-er.co.jp/ueno/


Kumamoto
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In 2009, a second exhibition was held at the Contemporary Art Museum, in Kumamoto city (which is the place of Musashi's death) from April to June. A new chance for everyone to see the amazing paintings.

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Kumamoto's Contemporary Art Museum

Official website: http://flow-er.co.jp/kumamoto/


Osaka

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Preparations are finally about to start for "The Last Manga Exhibition (Osaka version)".

Again, I've got new artwork and visual posters to draw, and there are many other things to do to build an atmosphere fitting for Osaka. It's fun, and there's a lot of pressure, but I think the fun factor wins.

Thinking back on the reactions of the people in Ueno and Kumamoto makes a little bit of work that much easier to deal with.

It starts January 2nd, 2010. I'm looking forward to meeting everyone again.
From Inoue's October 1st journal entry

Official website: http://www.flow-er.co.jp/osaka/



This is the only place I found with the catalogues for sale: http://halcyonrealms.com/art/inoue-takehiko-the-last-manga-exhibition-complete-catalogue/ (with tons of pictures and more info on the 2008 version of the exhibition). I don't know how spoiler-sensitive you guys are, but keep in mind that the pictures might be considered spoilers to some, the exhibition's theme being what it is. It almost serves as an epilogue to Vagabond, I suppose.

That's it for now! I'll keep updating this thread as we gather more info.  :isidro:

In this thread there is discussion on the contents of the exhibit, which may be considered spoilers even to those who are following the recent episodes.
Title: Re: Inoue Takehiko: The LAST Manga Exhibition
Post by: Griffith on October 16, 2009, 10:59:37 PM
Awesome find, awesome post!

Here are a couple of other informative picture posts Eluvei sent me from the exhibition from that blog:
http://halcyonrealms.com/japan/inoue-takehiko-the-last-manga-exhibition-part-i/
http://halcyonrealms.com/art/inoue-takehiko-the-last-manga-exhibition-part-ii/

They're also linked from the blog link Eluvei posted.

Anyway, as I told Eluvei, I'm simply blown away by this! To put it in context for Berserk fans, imagine if Miura did a museum exhibit, and the theme was the the future end to the series or even post-series death of Guts. Would that be something you'd be interested in!? It just boggles my mind that this isn't more... out there, and I do hope the complete catalogue becomes more widely available with subsequent showings, and perhaps something even more comprehensive when the exhibits run is over (and wouldn't it be cool if it came to NY or LA! =).

Anyway, what really blows my mind from it and what are my favorite spoiler images, which might be spoilers whether you've read the whole series so far or not, so tread knowingly, are as follows:
http://halcyonrealms.com/blogpics/lmecc05.jpg
Aside from the obvious WOW there, does that boy, particularly his features (http://halcyonrealms.com/blogpics/lmecc06.jpg), look familiar? :badbone:
Title: Re: Inoue Takehiko: The LAST Manga Exhibition
Post by: TheBranded1 on October 17, 2009, 12:32:06 AM



GREAT! So much stuff for the fans to see and admire. Hopefully as you say Griff, I hope they bring it to the U.S. someday.
Title: Re: Inoue Takehiko: The LAST Manga Exhibition
Post by: slan69 on October 17, 2009, 12:41:45 AM
Anyway, as I told Eluvei, I'm simply blown away by this! To put it in context for Berserk fans, imagine if Miura did a museum exhibit, and the theme was the the future end to the series or even post-series death of Guts. Would that be something you'd be interested in!?

I am not going to lie I would actually like to see that even though I do like Guts, but I like the God hand a lot more than I do Guts. Anyways back to the topic, those artbooks are beautiful, I wish I can get my hands on those someday. Great find Eluvei and Griff! :slan:
Title: Re: Inoue Takehiko: The LAST Manga Exhibition
Post by: Eluvei on October 17, 2009, 11:11:49 AM
More spoiler images from the catalogues! (http://sorry061.wordpress.com/2008/10/25/%E0%B8%82%E0%B8%B2%E0%B8%A2%E0%B8%84%E0%B8%A3%E0%B8%B1%E0%B8%9A/) And they're even more spoilerific than the others!

This one is just beautiful: http://sorry061.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/va06.jpg

Anyway, as I told Eluvei, I'm simply blown away by this! To put it in context for Berserk fans, imagine if Miura did a museum exhibit, and the theme was the the future end to the series or even post-series death of Guts. Would that be something you'd be interested in!? It just boggles my mind that this isn't more... out there, and I do hope the complete catalogue becomes more widely available with subsequent showings, and perhaps something even more comprehensive when the exhibits run is over (and wouldn't it be cool if it came to NY or LA! =).

We can surely be hopeful for at least a wider release of the catalogue, since Slam Dunk: 10 Days After was printed on a magazine after its original chalkboard exhibition!

Aside from the obvious WOW there, does that boy, particularly his features (http://halcyonrealms.com/blogpics/lmecc06.jpg), look familiar? :badbone:

Well noted, he does indeed resemble the guy you're thinking of! I hadn't thought of it myself. So that's why he was so interested in Matahachi's stories. Goddamn!
Title: Re: Inoue Takehiko: The LAST Manga Exhibition
Post by: Griffith on October 21, 2009, 06:57:11 AM
More spoiler images from the catalogues! (http://sorry061.wordpress.com/2008/10/25/%E0%B8%82%E0%B8%B2%E0%B8%A2%E0%B8%84%E0%B8%A3%E0%B8%B1%E0%B8%9A/) And they're even more spoilerific than the others!

This one is just beautiful: http://sorry061.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/va06.jpg

Wow, those hands clasping are like some Biblical painting you'd see in some grandmother's dining room, very simple but powerful imagery. I wonder, is Ueda making peace with Musashi there?

We can surely be hopeful for at least a wider release of the catalogue, since Slam Dunk: 10 Days After was printed on a magazine after its original chalkboard exhibition!

That would be fantastic, I don't know if I can wait though... and I'm still ludicrously hoping the whole exhibit comes to Los Angeles. =)

Well noted, he does indeed resemble the guy you're thinking of! I hadn't thought of it myself. So that's why he was so interested in Matahachi's stories. Goddamn!

Yeah, I definitely think it's him, just older and come into his own obviously; I wonder if it's going to turn out he's supposed to be Iori, or one of Musashi's disciples.
Title: Re: Inoue Takehiko: The LAST Manga Exhibition
Post by: Eluvei on October 22, 2009, 02:26:32 PM
Wow, those hands clasping are like some Biblical painting you'd see in some grandmother's dining room, very simple but powerful imagery. I wonder, is Ueda making peace with Musashi there?

That was also my interpretation of it. Very beautiful, indeed. And to think that there are over 140 drawings with this much quality on the exhibition...
 
That would be fantastic, I don't know if I can wait though... and I'm still ludicrously hoping the whole exhibit comes to Los Angeles. =)

We'll probably know more once Osaka's version is done!

Yeah, I definitely think it's him, just older and come into his own obviously; I wonder if it's going to turn out he's supposed to be Iori, or one of Musashi's disciples.

I'm glad we'll be able to see Jotaro all grown up, too:
http://halcyonrealms.com/blogpics/lmecc12.jpg
Title: Re: Inoue Takehiko: The LAST Manga Exhibition
Post by: Griffith on October 22, 2009, 06:15:21 PM
That was also my interpretation of it. Very beautiful, indeed. And to think that there are over 140 drawings with this much quality on the exhibition...
 
We'll probably know more once Osaka's version is done!

Yeah, I'd love to see them in person, and at least my hope for it coming here isn't completely blind; it's an exhibit that travels, Vagabond is well established in America, and Inoue himself has ties to Los Angeles, having lived there for a year. So, my hope is logical wishful thinking that's still just very, very unlikely. =)

I'm glad we'll be able to see Jotaro all grown up, too:
http://halcyonrealms.com/blogpics/lmecc12.jpg

Good eye, and that reminds me I had a chat with Walter about it the other day, the Jotaro translation comes up:

Griffith: BTW, what's your verdict on LAST manga? Mind a pic?
Walter: LAST manga?
Griffith: "To put it in context for Berserk fans, imagine if Miura did a museum exhibit, and the theme was the the future end to the series or even post-series death of Guts. Would that be something you'd be interested in!?"
Inoue basically drew past the ending of Vagabond already. =P
Mind if I send you some choice imagery?
It's spoilers because... it's the future?
Walter: sure
Griffith: So Inoue drew the end of Vagabond already, he just did it on walls like at the store you visited.
http://halcyonrealms.com/blogpics/lmecc05.jpg
Walter: hey that younger person looks like the kid Matahachi is talking to.
Griffith: Yup.
And this was from 2008.
Walter: very cool
Griffith: I love ancient Mushi.
Walter: wish we had a better look at him
hard to see the resemblance from here
Griffith: http://halcyonrealms.com/blogpics/lmecc06.jpg
Walter: it's there, but it's very delicately hidden behind the age
Griffith: We may get a better look
Walter: the student is saying Sensei at the bottom there, after he coughs.
Griffith: Aaah, so he IS a disciple.
Walter: as if it wasn’t too obvious
Griffith: I was wondering if he was already established or not though.
Maybe the kid had just found Musashi, though he's not a kid anymore there.
Walter: i seem to remember him having at least 2 prominent students before he died
Griffith: Yeah, two brothers.
And Iori by his side.
That was my other guess for this fellow.
http://sorry061.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/va06.jpg
Anyway, there's a ton more links and pictures.
Walter: Man, hes going for broke!
THE END
lets resolve everything in a few panels =)
Griffith: http://sorry061.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/va11.jpg?w=450&h=338
Walter: http://sorry061.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/va02.jpg?w=450&h=338
Griffith: ASS
http://halcyonrealms.com/art/inoue-takehiko-the-last-manga-exhibition-complete-catalogue/
Inoue likes painting in tight jeans, apparently.
Walter: this thing's awesome
oooh the text
Griffith: Yeah, I PMed you the info Eluvei sent me.
It's amazing.
Walter: "Yagyu Jonosuke. My childhood name was Jotaro."
whoa
Griffith: Yep. =)
Guess he's going to stay there.
I love this.
It's like we got a time machine.
Walter: it brings forth a good question
how do we take this stuff?
i mean... are we to believe it or take it as noncanon
Griffith: I'm taking it as canon unless Inoue directly contradicts it.
Considering Jotaro is at the Yagyu now though...
Walter: man...
THE END.
Griffith: Anyway, I want that catalogue.
The full translation, AT LEAST
Walter: great
Griffith: Of course, Viz would release it the week after I got it. =)
Though, it's practically not even MENTIONED on Inoue's site.
Walter: very odd
Griffith: Well, there is this:
http://www.flow-er.co.jp/
But, no where to buy the books yet, except eBay.
Walter: that thing is probably a collectors item only and wont be distributed in the same way again
similar thing with Slam Dunk
Griffith: How was the 10 days after done?
Walter: he later collected his SD ending, but muuuch later
initially in an event like this
at a school, he drew it on a chalkboard
well, several chalkboards
Griffith: Ha!
Walter: and people toured the school looking at each
"page" in a new room
theres a video of it on the site
http://halcyonrealms.com/blogpics/lmecc10.jpg
Mushi growing up?
or is that ... Otsu?
Griffith: Hard to say what that is for sure.
There were well over 100 images.


Update: BTW, I added both artbooks and the making of DVD to the Merchanse (http://www.skullknight.net/forum/index.php?topic=9971.0) section of the Info Desk:

http://www.skullknight.net/forum/index.php?topic=9971.0
Title: Re: Inoue Takehiko: The LAST Manga Exhibition
Post by: Eluvei on October 22, 2009, 07:36:19 PM
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Walter: the student is saying Sensei at the bottom there, after he coughs.
Griffith: Aaah, so he IS a disciple.
Walter: as if it wasn’t too obvious
Griffith: I was wondering if he was already established or not though.
Maybe the kid had just found Musashi, though he's not a kid anymore there.

I'll be honest and tell you that by looking at the pics and considering our speculation of who the kid's father is, I didn't think they were master and disciple. To me, their meeting was more like Musashi's meeting with Sekishusai. Actually, I had this idea pretty solid in my mind until I read Walter's mini-translation above.

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Griffith: I'm taking it as canon unless Inoue directly contradicts it.

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Griffith: Of course, Viz would release it the week after I got it. =)

I think we can be pretty sure that it's canon, especially considering that the blond kid shows up in the recent episodes. Also, by considering it canon, it's even more likely that Viz releases the catalogue or an equivalent of it. And it also raises the chances of the exhibit to happen in America! And maybe we get to spend an entire evening with Inoue, since we're the largest and most faithful fan community!  :troll:

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Update: BTW, I added both artbooks and the making of DVD to the Merchanse (http://www.skullknight.net/forum/index.php?topic=9971.0) section of the Info Desk:

http://www.skullknight.net/forum/index.php?topic=9971.0

Sweet! I'm happy to see Takuan Bust is there, too. Hahaha!  :guts:
Title: Re: Inoue Takehiko: The LAST Manga Exhibition
Post by: Griffith on October 22, 2009, 11:37:45 PM
I'll be honest and tell you that by looking at the pics and considering our speculation of who the kid's father is, I didn't think they were master and disciple. To me, their meeting was more like Musashi's meeting with Sekishusai. Actually, I had this idea pretty solid in my mind until I read Walter's mini-translation above.

Well, there's really no knowing who his parents are, or if it even matters, it's only so intriguing because of the hair and eyes... but there's also no guarantee they aren't still meeting for the first time here, since he might just be addressing Musashi with respect as if he were his master, so you may still be right. I think your comparison to Sekishusai is a good parallel for this in any case.

I think we can be pretty sure that it's canon, especially considering that the blond kid shows up in the recent episodes. Also, by considering it canon, it's even more likely that Viz releases the catalogue or an equivalent of it.

Yeah, there's no reason to think it isn't canon at this juncture, unless Inoue has said otherwise. Though, I'm biased for it because I've passionately wanted the story to continue past the Kojiro duel, and this is perfect. Now, if Inoue did an exhibit with the theme "What if Kojiro had won?" I'd be more dubious, but this is right in line with history and the, projected, plot (though if Kojiro does win in a shocker ending, I'll have to rethink this of course =).

And it also raises the chances of the exhibit to happen in America! And maybe we get to spend an entire evening with Inoue, since we're the largest and most faithful fan community! :troll:

Haha, I would definitely shoot his people an email and try to leverage the Inn into an interview! Which reminds me, I should be doing that and other things to raise the profile of the Inn anyway. :badbone:

Sweet! I'm happy to see Takuan Bust is there, too. Hahaha!  :guts:

Yup, now I just need to fill in the details on some of the newly added statues and action figures, then I'll add some T-shirts and other merch.
Title: Re: Inoue Takehiko: The LAST Manga Exhibition
Post by: Eluvei on October 23, 2009, 07:40:53 PM
There's another shot of the mysterious kid here: http://halcyonrealms.com/blogpics/tib03.jpg

It's from a special issue of Brutus Magazine, which apparently covers Inoue's life and works, as well as the exhibit: http://halcyonrealms.com/illustration/brutus-special-issue-takehiko-inoue/

I also found this magazine on Yahoo! Japan auctions, so it's not as rare as the catalogues (thankfully).

(http://halcyonrealms.com/blogpics/tib02.jpg)
Lookin' good!
Title: Re: Inoue Takehiko: The LAST Manga Exhibition
Post by: Griffith on October 23, 2009, 09:08:49 PM
There's another shot of the mysterious kid here: http://halcyonrealms.com/blogpics/tib03.jpg

Interesting, looks like he's showing his skill, or definitely making some kind of point. :zodd:

It's from a special issue of Brutus Magazine, which apparently covers Inoue's life and works, as well as the exhibit: http://halcyonrealms.com/illustration/brutus-special-issue-takehiko-inoue/

I also found this magazine on Yahoo! Japan auctions, so it's not as rare as the catalogues (thankfully).

(http://halcyonrealms.com/blogpics/tib02.jpg)
Lookin' good!

Ooh, more sources, nice, and... that Musashi image. :isidro:
Title: Re: Inoue Takehiko: The LAST Manga Exhibition
Post by: Eluvei on October 23, 2009, 11:45:45 PM
Ooh, more sources, nice, and... that Musashi image. :isidro:

(http://img38.imageshack.us/img38/9414/prev23.jpg)

I found the official website. There's a nice little preview and an online shop. Check out the exhibit's paintings around Inoue, pretty cool.

http://magazineworld.jp/brutus/642/
Title: Re: Inoue Takehiko: The LAST Manga Exhibition
Post by: Griffith on October 24, 2009, 08:52:37 AM
Very nice, I wish there was more to the online preview, but I have to say, that virtual magazine interface was pretty cool itself.

Check out the exhibit's paintings around Inoue, pretty cool.

Yeah, I see a couple I don't recognize from the previous postings of the LAST Manga works, like the second most right one; looks like Musashi or his father... with a glowing Jesus heart? Well, that's what it made me think of anyway, that or Tony Stark. :ganishka:

I also notice he also has the cover artwork for volumes 25, 26, and 27 on his wall. Inoue has good taste in his work. :guts:
Title: Re: Inoue Takehiko: The LAST Manga Exhibition
Post by: Bekul on October 24, 2009, 09:05:38 AM
This whole thread is entirely awesome, but I just wanted to mention that your mention of 'Tony Stark' made me think of Inoue doing something with a Marvel character, and y'know,  :serpico:
Title: Re: Inoue Takehiko: The LAST Manga Exhibition
Post by: Griffith on October 27, 2009, 07:33:49 AM
This whole thread is entirely awesome, but I just wanted to mention that your mention of 'Tony Stark' made me think of Inoue doing something with a Marvel character, and y'know,  :serpico:

That'd certainly be something, and I'm sure they'd take him up on it if he were interested, though we digress...


(http://halcyonrealms.com/blogpics/lmecc01.jpg)

If not for the blue eyes, I'd swear this was Kojiro...
Title: Re: Inoue Takehiko: The LAST Manga Exhibition
Post by: Eluvei on October 27, 2009, 05:06:58 PM
Looks like there's a mini-exhibit happening on a Contemporary Art Museum in Tokyo, and he's showing some of the exhibit's paintings. It's the latest news on I.T. Planning.

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"Vagabond," "slam dunk" "real" Takehiko Inoue invented the popular feature films and cartoons, works in brush and ink drawing Lower corner of the entrance to a public exhibition of the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo.
Motif of the work, see the morning during the weekly comic series 』still in" Vagabond ".
2008 is expected to continue traveling to Osaka and Sendai to become the subject was held at the Ueno Royal Museum "exhibition last Takehiko Inoue's manga" in height more than three meters showed their epic, this time Giant will far surpass it.

http://www.mot-art-museum.jp/exhibition/108/1

(http://www.mot-art-museum.jp/image/300/1000/img/content/407/img1.jpg)

Man, Inoue likes to do stuff all the time, doesn't he? Always doing exhibits, magazine covers, character designs, two mangas at once, DVDs, TV specials...

If not for the blue eyes, I'd swear this was Kojiro...

Yeah, it's hard to think Inoue made them look so much like each other on accident. Even the guy's hair looks wild, like Kojiro's.
Title: Re: Inoue Takehiko: The LAST Manga Exhibition
Post by: Griffith on October 27, 2009, 05:40:41 PM
Man, Inoue likes to do stuff all the time, doesn't he? Always doing exhibits, magazine covers, character designs, two mangas at once, DVDs, TV specials...

Yeah, I've had the same thought about him, it all seems a bit much. Just doing Vagabond and Real at the same time is ridiculous.

Yeah, it's hard to think Inoue made them look so much like each other on accident. Even the guy's hair looks wild, like Kojiro's.

Yeah, actually, at first sight, I thought it WAS Kojiro.
Title: Re: Inoue Takehiko: The LAST Manga Exhibition
Post by: Eluvei on October 27, 2009, 11:38:40 PM
MORE STUFF!

(http://118.67.80.132/media/comic/0903/extra/news_large_inouetakehikopia.jpg)

A special magazine about the second exhibition, the one held in Kumamoto this year. Apparently there is an extensive interview, a lot of awesome drawings and a conversation between Eiichiro Oda (of One Piece fame, he happens to live in Kumamoto) and Inoue. Oda drew Musashi...

(http://www.gottsu-iiyan.ca/images/onepiecemusashi.JPG)

...shaving with his sword! NICE!  :guts:

This is awesome, especially since Inoue also drew One Piece's Luffy for celebration of the series' 10th anniversary:

(http://img30.imageshack.us/img30/4219/artbytakehikoinoueofsla.jpg)

Links:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.co.jp/%E4%BA%95%E4%B8%8A%E9%9B%84%E5%BD%A6%E3%81%B4%E3%81%82-%E3%81%B4%E3%81%82MOOK/dp/4835612582/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1256689418&sr=1-1

More info here, it's where I got Oda's drawing too: http://www.gottsu-iiyan.ca/gib/index.php/2009/03/12/one-piece-of-vagabond

The owner of this blog seems to, sometimes, translate interviews from Naoki Urasawa (the Monster, 20th Century Boys, Pluto mangaka), and has expressed some interest in translating Inoue's interview. We should beg him to do it for us!
Title: Re: Inoue Takehiko: The LAST Manga Exhibition
Post by: Grail on October 28, 2009, 12:26:40 AM
I have to echo the comments about Inoue's task-juggling. The man's a workhorse. :magni:

And those are some terrific pics! I love that one by Oda, it looks like there's some great detail in there. I wish we could get a bigger picture...
Title: Re: Inoue Takehiko: The LAST Manga Exhibition
Post by: TheBranded1 on October 28, 2009, 12:41:48 AM
I wish we could get a bigger picture...

How about this one Grail?

(http://img269.imageshack.us/img269/8770/onepiecemusashi.jpg)
Title: Re: Inoue Takehiko: The LAST Manga Exhibition
Post by: Grail on October 28, 2009, 12:54:38 AM
How about this one Grail?
That's a good alternative, but I guess I should have said that a higher quality picture would be terrific. You can barely make out Musashi's stubble, even in the magnified version. :judo:

Anyway, it's not a tremendous deal, it's nice enough to get a peek at what's been shown at these exhibitions. I personally wouldn't mind an art catalog of one of the events (indulging in a bit of understatement here), even if it was stuffed full of spoilers. :guts:
Title: Re: Inoue Takehiko: The LAST Manga Exhibition
Post by: Eluvei on October 28, 2009, 01:48:44 AM
That's a good alternative, but I guess I should have said that a higher quality picture would be terrific.

I'd love to see it in high quality too, Grail. But I've searched all over the net and that was sadly the only pic I could find. Well, I invite everyone to search some more!  :carcus:

Meanwhile, check out this huge poster that hanged outside Kumamoto's Contemporary Art Museum, there's a small picture of it on the first post, but I find it breathtaking to see it in high quality:

http://img109.imageshack.us/img109/2622/sorariasaigo.jpg
Title: Re: Inoue Takehiko: The LAST Manga Exhibition
Post by: TheBranded1 on October 28, 2009, 01:57:35 AM
. I personally wouldn't mind an art catalog of one of the events (indulging in a bit of understatement here), even if it was stuffed full of spoilers. :guts:
This is what I got from an email I sent the guy who has catalogs and a dvd of I think one of the exhibitions

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Hello there Aldo, I apologize for the late reply.

The catalogue is USD 99.99, and the dvd USD 79.99. These are very rare items and cannot be found in normal Japanese bookstores.

If you get both items I will ship the dvd for free.

Do let me know if you are keen, and if you are really very interested I am willing to lower the prices a little.

cheers!
yonghow
Title: Re: Inoue Takehiko: The LAST Manga Exhibition
Post by: Grail on October 28, 2009, 03:07:17 AM
I'd love to see it in high quality too, Grail. But I've searched all over the net and that was sadly the only pic I could find.
I don't doubt it, and don't get me wrong, I think I speak for the other folks here when I say that you've done a lot to help show off so much of Inoue's work. Your efforts are very much appreciated, and if a better shot of Oda's illustration is out there, it must be tucked away in a shadowy and obscure cranny of the Internets. :SK:

Meanwhile, check out this huge poster that hanged outside Kumamoto's Contemporary Art Museum, there's a small picture of it on the first post, but I find it breathtaking to see it in high quality:
Haha, now that is one hell of a wall scroll! :troll: To see that in person would be kind of surreal.

This is what I got from an email I sent the guy who has catalogs and a dvd of I think one of the exhibitions
Yeah, that's what I suspected... A little rich for my blood, but it is tempting in spite of the price.
Title: Re: Inoue Takehiko: The LAST Manga Exhibition
Post by: Eluvei on October 28, 2009, 10:10:04 PM
I don't doubt it, and don't get me wrong, I think I speak for the other folks here when I say that you've done a lot to help show off so much of Inoue's work. Your efforts are very much appreciated, and if a better shot of Oda's illustration is out there, it must be tucked away in a shadowy and obscure cranny of the Internets. :SK:

Thanks a lot Grail, but really, it's no big deal; all I ever do is post images and info I find on Google, blogs or stuff like that. Actually, Griffith's the one who has the hard job of updating the Information Desk with this stuff afterwards, so we should thank him instead! Thanks Griffith! :troll:

This is what I got from an email I sent the guy who has catalogs and a dvd of I think one of the exhibitions


Well at least he gave you a little discount, when I contacted him he sounded like he had the last catalogue in existence; well, it's been a few months since then. Anyway, I'm really afraid of paying so much for something that gets a wide release afterwards. And as we've been speculating on this thread, I'd say it's very likely, since next year the exhibition will happen in Osaka and stuff.
Title: Re: Inoue Takehiko: The LAST Manga Exhibition
Post by: Griffith on October 29, 2009, 10:09:21 AM
The owner of this blog seems to, sometimes, translate interviews from Naoki Urasawa (the Monster, 20th Century Boys, Pluto mangaka), and has expressed some interest in translating Inoue's interview. We should beg him to do it for us!

Good idea, have you been in touch with him already? That whole magazine looks great, though I'm particularly interested in the conversation between Inoue and Oda. Also, nice pics of those crossover images, reminds me of when Miura and Chika Umino did their alternate covers.

I don't doubt it, and don't get me wrong, I think I speak for the other folks here when I say that you've done a lot to help show off so much of Inoue's work. Your efforts are very much appreciated

I second that emotion.

Haha, now that is one hell of a wall scroll! :troll: To see that in person would be kind of surreal.

I'll say, you just don't see a lot of two-stories tall Vagabond posters hanging around California. Though I think it would look grand hanging in front of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art! =)

Thanks a lot Grail, but really, it's no big deal; all I ever do is post images and info I find on Google, blogs or stuff like that. Actually, Griffith's the one who has the hard job of updating the Information Desk with this stuff afterwards, so we should thank him instead! Thanks Griffith! :troll:

Ha, thank you, but these places are only as good as their members make them, and as Grail noted, you're making the Inn a much better and even a special place for Vagabond with this thread.

Well at least he gave you a little discount, when I contacted him he sounded like he had the last catalogue in existence; well, it's been a few months since then. Anyway, I'm really afraid of paying so much for something that gets a wide release afterwards. And as we've been speculating on this thread, I'd say it's very likely, since next year the exhibition will happen in Osaka and stuff.

We can only hope, and I might have misunderstood, but it seemed to me that Inoue was talking about augmenting the exhibit for future showings?
Title: Re: Inoue Takehiko: The LAST Manga Exhibition
Post by: Eluvei on October 29, 2009, 06:51:11 PM
Good idea, have you been in touch with him already?

Actually, I was hoping you would. I'm afraid of sounding rude or too desperate for some reason. Also, you can speak for all of us and further promote the Inn, being the Innkeeper and all. :serpico:

That whole magazine looks great, though I'm particularly interested in the conversation between Inoue and Oda. Also, nice pics of those crossover images, reminds me of when Miura and Chika Umino did their alternate covers.

Yeah, that's the part I'm mostly interested in, too. The interview in that magazine is that one where he announced Vagabond's end was near though, so it's probably pretty cool as well.

I second that emotion.
Ha, thank you, but these places are only as good as their members make them, and as Grail noted, you're making the Inn a much better and even a special place for Vagabond with this thread.

Thanks, man!  :SK:

I'll say, you just don't see a lot of two-stories tall Vagabond posters hanging around California. Though I think it would look grand hanging in front of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art! =)

You have so much hope of the exhibit coming to Los Angeles that it almost brings tears to my eyes, it's truly beautiful. :troll: I really doubt Osaka will be the last time the exhibit happens, let's just hope it keeps being as successful as it is now and the chances of it coming overseas will just get bigger and bigger. Since his three major works are published in the USA, and considering the fact that he used to live there, the idea of it happening is not such a crazy one, I'd say.

We can only hope, and I might have misunderstood, but it seemed to me that Inoue was talking about augmenting the exhibit for future showings?

I'm not sure, all I know is that he has to make several adjustments for each exhibition because of each museum being totally different from each other. So, for example, if in Ueno there was a huge room and Inoue decided to make only one huge painting for that room, and then a year later it didn't fit Kumamoto the same way it did in Ueno, he would have to remake that part of the story, or tell it differently through several smaller paintings or something like that. At least that's what I understood from what we've read so far, I can't be sure though. I hope you're right, of course.
Title: Re: Inoue Takehiko: The LAST Manga Exhibition
Post by: Griffith on October 29, 2009, 10:50:37 PM
Actually, I was hoping you would. I'm afraid of sounding rude or too desperate for some reason. Also, you can speak for all of us and further promote the Inn, being the Innkeeper and all. :serpico:

Done and done. I shot him an email asking about the interview and inviting him to join the Inn. :SK:

BTW, I thought his other post about Inoue's evolving artistic style was a good read: http://www.gottsu-iiyan.ca/gib/index.php/2008/07/31/vagabond-still-rules

Yeah, that's the part I'm mostly interested in, too. The interview in that magazine is that one where he announced Vagabond's end was near though, so it's probably pretty cool as well.

Well, we've heard that before! (http://www.skullknight.net/forum/index.php?topic=8901.0) Inoue can maybe see the ending, but that doesn't mean he's going to get there anytime soon, or won't get sidetracked. It's my theory that his style is great for improvised creativity but by the same token it's not easy to conform to an ending, he just keeps branching out. Anyway, I hope he continues until he's exhausted the story possibilities to his satisfaction, my fear is he'll just sort of "break it off" at some point, and I'd hate for that to happen.

You have so much hope of the exhibit coming to Los Angeles that it almost brings tears to my eyes, it's truly beautiful. :troll: I really doubt Osaka will be the last time the exhibit happens, let's just hope it keeps being as successful as it is now and the chances of it coming overseas will just get bigger and bigger. Since his three major works are published in the USA, and considering the fact that he used to live there, the idea of it happening is not such a crazy one, I'd say.
Yeah, that's why I don't think it's crazy either, just unreasonable! :guts:

I'm not sure, all I know is that he has to make several adjustments for each exhibition because of each museum being totally different from each other. So, for example, if in Ueno there was a huge room and Inoue decided to make only one huge painting for that room, and then a year later it didn't fit Kumamoto the same way it did in Ueno, he would have to remake that part of the story, or tell it differently through several smaller paintings or something like that. At least that's what I understood from what we've read so far, I can't be sure though. I hope you're right, of course.

Yeah, that makes sense, but it would be interesting if he went beyond adapting it for the different venues and also added things, like entire scenes even, in a sense continuing the story as the exhibit continues to travel, a sort of living, evolving tale.
Title: Re: Inoue Takehiko: The LAST Manga Exhibition
Post by: Eluvei on October 30, 2009, 03:23:26 AM
Done and done. I shot him an email asking about the interview and inviting him to join the Inn. :SK:

Nice!

BTW, I thought his other post about Inoue's evolving artistic style was a good read: http://www.gottsu-iiyan.ca/gib/index.php/2008/07/31/vagabond-still-rules

A good read indeed. We should make a big thread about Inoue's art in general. There's plenty to talk about, from Musashi's face evolution to Slam Dunk's plagiarism accusations (which is absurd since all he did was use famous pictures as references to a few panels or covers, as you can see here: http://www.geocities.jp/slamdunk_trace/)

Well, we've heard that before! (http://www.skullknight.net/forum/index.php?topic=8901.0) Inoue can maybe see the ending, but that doesn't mean he's going to get there anytime soon, or won't get sidetracked. It's my theory that his style is great for improvised creativity but by the same token it's not easy to conform to an ending, he just keeps branching out. Anyway, I hope he continues until he's exhausted the story possibilities to his satisfaction, my fear is he'll just sort of "break it off" at some point, and I'd hate for that to happen.

Well, I sure hope he doesn't get sick of making Vagabond. I really wasn't satisfied with Slam Dunk's ending. Minor spoilers (I describe how its ending felt to me) It felt like it was just the end of a chapter or something, not the end of the series. Like he just needed a break from Slam Dunk and would finish it properly some other time. But I guess I shouldn't worry since it's been so long and his storytelling capabilities have grown so much since the end of Slam Dunk.

Yeah, that makes sense, but it would be interesting if he went beyond adapting it for the different venues and also added things, like entire scenes even, in a sense continuing the story as the exhibit continues to travel, a sort of living, evolving tale.

Maybe that's how it happens. One day we'll know for sure, right?
Title: Re: Inoue Takehiko: The LAST Manga Exhibition
Post by: Griffith on October 30, 2009, 09:11:07 AM
A good read indeed. We should make a big thread about Inoue's art in general. There's plenty to talk about, from Musashi's face evolution to Slam Dunk's plagiarism accusations (which is absurd since all he did was use famous pictures as references to a few panels or covers, as you can see here: http://www.geocities.jp/slamdunk_trace/)

Wow, neat link, but did people really have a problem with this, Inoue using basketball photos as reference for his basketball manga? I think it's pretty cool. Anyway, it sounds like you've got a pretty good vision for such as thread and the material it should cover, so I say go for it.

Well, I sure hope he doesn't get sick of making Vagabond. I really wasn't satisfied with Slam Dunk's ending... But I guess I shouldn't worry since it's been so long and his storytelling capabilities have grown so much since the end of Slam Dunk.

I still haven't read Slam Dunk (which made quoting that spoiler coded part tricky... finally just had to delete it =), but I've heard it had sort of an ambiguous ending, which can be done well and to great effect of course, but of which I'm generally not a big fan. I wouldn't think Vagabond's ending would be like that either since the facts of Musashi's life and even of his legend are already so well established that it's hard to leave it open-ended (the subject of this thread also casts doubt on it). In any case, I hope you're right that Inoue will at his writing peak for the conclusion of Vagabond.

Maybe that's how it happens. One day we'll know for sure, right?

Haha, certainly! :badbone:
Title: Re: Inoue Takehiko: The LAST Manga Exhibition
Post by: aufond on October 30, 2009, 09:27:01 PM
Griffith you should really read Slam Dunk, as passionate as you are about Inoue's work.  It shows his development as an artist, like Berserk does with Miura.  It's also really well written, has some of the greatest characters of all time, and probably the most hilarious series I've personally ever read.

This exhibition looks amazing!  What I wouldn't give to see it in person.
Title: Re: Inoue Takehiko: The LAST Manga Exhibition
Post by: Griffith on November 01, 2009, 06:56:05 PM
Griffith you should really read Slam Dunk, as passionate as you are about Inoue's work.  It shows his development as an artist, like Berserk does with Miura.  It's also really well written, has some of the greatest characters of all time, and probably the most hilarious series I've personally ever read.

I know, and I'm also a basketball junkie, so it's something I really have to read, but I feel kind of stuck in limbo with it. I really want to jump in, but only up to volume 6 is out here, so I'm kind of just waiting for a larger chunk to be available.

This exhibition looks amazing!  What I wouldn't give to see it in person.
Yeah... maybe we should start a letter writing campaign? :zodd:


UPDATE:
Got a reply from gottsuiiyan, author of The Eastern Edge (http://www.gottsu-iiyan.ca/gib/index.php) blog which occasionally focuses on Vagabond (http://www.gottsu-iiyan.ca/gib/index.php/2008/07/31/vagabond-still-rules). He said he's indeed going to be translating the Inoue/Oda interview (http://www.gottsu-iiyan.ca/gib/index.php/2009/03/12/one-piece-of-vagabond), after he takes care of a couple of other things, and will let us know when the first part goes up! :SK:
Title: Re: Inoue Takehiko: The LAST Manga Exhibition
Post by: Eluvei on November 03, 2009, 04:37:21 PM
Got a reply from gottsuiiyan, author of The Eastern Edge (http://www.gottsu-iiyan.ca/gib/index.php) blog which occasionally focuses on Vagabond (http://www.gottsu-iiyan.ca/gib/index.php/2008/07/31/vagabond-still-rules). He said he's indeed going to be translating the Inoue/Oda interview (http://www.gottsu-iiyan.ca/gib/index.php/2009/03/12/one-piece-of-vagabond), after he takes care of a couple of other things, and will let us know when the first part goes up! :SK:

This is amazing news, thanks for getting in touch with him and letting us know, Griff! I'm really looking forward to it.


Whoa, I actually found another pic of Oda's Musashi. It's not a perfect scan, but we can see it a lot better now.

(http://www.monsterup.com/upload/1243521637201.jpg)


The guys making the Osaka version of the exhibit made a little blog to keep us updated on stuff. Too bad Google translator does such a bad job translating Vagabond-related news.  :judo:

Check it out, there's a few pics too: http://www.flow-er.co.jp/osaka/ishibashi/
Title: Re: Inoue Takehiko: The LAST Manga Exhibition
Post by: Griffith on November 03, 2009, 07:29:30 PM
The guys making the Osaka version of the exhibit made a little blog to keep us updated on stuff. Too bad Google translator does such a bad job translating Vagabond-related news.  :judo:

Check it out, there's a few pics too: http://www.flow-er.co.jp/osaka/ishibashi/

Haha, awesome, the logo made me laugh:

(http://www.flow-er.co.jp/osaka/ishibashi/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/ishibashi_illust_light-150x150.jpg)

Damn, it looks interesting, too bad there isn't a better translation, I couldn't find an email, but I did submit a comment asking if it would be possible for them to translate the blog into English. Anyway, I'm not holding my breath, it'll be fun to get the pictures and interpret the updates anyway. :ganishka:
Title: Re: Inoue Takehiko: The LAST Manga Exhibition
Post by: Eluvei on November 09, 2009, 12:47:25 AM
Damn, it looks interesting, too bad there isn't a better translation, I couldn't find an email, but I did submit a comment asking if it would be possible for them to translate the blog into English. Anyway, I'm not holding my breath, it'll be fun to get the pictures and interpret the updates anyway. :ganishka:

Nice going contacting them, but I really doubt they'd take their time to translate something that only exists to promote a Japan-exclusive exhibit. Oh well, it's worth the shot I guess.

Anyway, check this out: http://urah-official.blogspot.com/2009/11/museum-of-contemporary-art-tokyo-public.html

That mini-exhibit turned out to be just one gigantic painting, which we can see Inoue making in the above blog post. He paints while looking at the progress on a TV screen in front of him, pretty cool. That painting is probably the best thing I've ever seen Inoue work on. Amazingly beautiful.

(http://img30.imageshack.us/img30/2991/musash12343.jpg)

Wow, this thread is getting really illustrated!
Title: Re: Inoue Takehiko: The LAST Manga Exhibition
Post by: TheBranded1 on November 09, 2009, 01:19:32 AM


Really Nice! It's just amazing how detailed it looks. I would not mind seeing those in a mural where graffiti used to be. :serpico:
Title: Re: Inoue Takehiko: The LAST Manga Exhibition
Post by: slan69 on November 09, 2009, 01:21:19 AM
Wow that is just absolutely beautiful and I am only looking at it from the computer. It must be a sight to behold if you really saw it up close, to bad though I don't think I will ever get the chance to do so. :sad:
Title: Re: Inoue Takehiko: The LAST Manga Exhibition
Post by: Grail on November 09, 2009, 02:52:26 AM
Thanks for finding that better version of the Oda illustration, Eluvei. :guts: You can see the details and differences in tone much more easily, now.

And that painting is amazing. Just the thought of Inoue making such a large illustration is vertigo-inducing.
Title: Re: Inoue Takehiko: The LAST Manga Exhibition
Post by: Uriel on November 09, 2009, 09:35:20 PM
BRB -- going to Japan.
Title: Re: Inoue Takehiko: The LAST Manga Exhibition
Post by: aufond on November 09, 2009, 11:16:33 PM
My god, that painting brings tears to my eyes!
Title: Re: Inoue Takehiko: The LAST Manga Exhibition
Post by: Griffith on November 12, 2009, 07:14:16 PM
I must pay my respects to that amazing painting, I agree it's one of the best Inoue has ever done, and certainly among the most grand. It's like Vagabond made for the Sistine Chapel.
That said, a little instant sacrilege, doesn't it look like Musashi is giving the finger? :ganishka:
Title: Re: Inoue Takehiko: The LAST Manga Exhibition
Post by: Eluvei on November 12, 2009, 07:20:17 PM
That said, a little instant sacrilege, doesn't it look like Musashi is giving the finger? :ganishka:

Hahahaha it does!  :troll:

...

Well, thanks a lot man, now you've completely ruined the painting for me. I'll just laugh when I look at it. And one day I won't find it funny anymore but won't be able to like it like I did before. I won't find it funny nor beautiful. Thanks.

 :judo:



The Osaka exhibition's website is now online! http://www.flow-er.co.jp/osaka/

And the Flower website has been updated to add it, with a nice picture in front of the museum. http://www.flow-er.co.jp/
Title: Re: Inoue Takehiko: The LAST Manga Exhibition
Post by: Griffith on November 12, 2009, 07:35:19 PM
Hahahaha it does!  :troll:

...

Well, thanks a lot man, now you've completely ruined the painting for me. I'll just laugh when I look at it. And one day I won't find it funny anymore but won't be able to like it like I did before. I won't find it funny nor beautiful. Thanks.

 :judo:

Haha, sorry man, I'm sure it's merely a product of the photograph. =)

The Osaka exhibition's website is now online! http://www.flow-er.co.jp/osaka/

And the Flower website has been updated to add it, with a nice picture in front of the museum. http://www.flow-er.co.jp/

Wow, the accompanying website video background are very cool, especially the one for Draw.
Title: Re: Inoue Takehiko: The LAST Manga Exhibition
Post by: Eluvei on November 12, 2009, 07:44:27 PM
Haha, sorry man, I'm sure it's merely a product of the photograph. =)

I sure hope so!  :guts:
Check out the blog for a new small picture of Inoue painting that colossal awesomeness: http://www.flow-er.co.jp/osaka/ishibashi/

Wow, the accompanying website video background are very cool, especially the one for Draw.

Yeah, it's the best. Inoue's chair looks so comfortable. Osaka's video's pretty relaxing.
Title: Re: Inoue Takehiko: The LAST Manga Exhibition
Post by: Griffith on November 12, 2009, 07:52:37 PM
I sure hope so!  :guts:
Check out the blog for a new small picture of Inoue painting that colossal awesomeness: http://www.flow-er.co.jp/osaka/ishibashi/

Cool, hopefully we'll get to see a bigger, better image of the finished painting some day.

Yeah, it's the best. Inoue's chair looks so comfortable. Osaka's video's pretty relaxing.

Yeah, the Osaka makes me think I'm supposed to be having some kind of zen moment, or that I'm at the end of a Hideo Kojima game. =)
Title: Re: Inoue Takehiko: The LAST Manga Exhibition
Post by: Eluvei on November 12, 2009, 08:17:00 PM
Cool, hopefully we'll get to see a bigger, better image of the finished painting some day.

I hope it gets integrated on the exhibition from now on, so that when it comes to America we can all cry and hug each other in front of it.

Yeah, the Osaka makes me think I'm supposed to be having some kind of zen moment, or that I'm at the end of a Hideo Kojima game. =)

That's exactly the feeling. That "should I be crying right now?" kinda thing.
Title: Re: Inoue Takehiko: The LAST Manga Exhibition
Post by: Griffith on November 12, 2009, 08:38:16 PM
I hope it gets integrated on the exhibition from now on, so that when it comes to America we can all cry and hug each other in front of it.
Haha, of course, some day... some day. :ganishka:

That's exactly the feeling. That "should I be crying right now?" kinda thing.
Yeah, it kinda reminds me of the plastic bag from the American Beauty. :troll:
Title: Re: Inoue Takehiko: The LAST Manga Exhibition
Post by: aufond on November 13, 2009, 12:38:34 AM
The vagueness of that hand is odd for Inoue, but somehow it kind of adds to the beauty of that painting.  I wonder if that painting is complete in that pic..  Either way, I really hope we get a better picture of this soon, one that doesn't have Musashi flipping you off.
Title: Re: Inoue Takehiko: The LAST Manga Exhibition
Post by: Eluvei on November 15, 2009, 10:14:20 PM
The vagueness of that hand is odd for Inoue, but somehow it kind of adds to the beauty of that painting.  I wonder if that painting is complete in that pic..  Either way, I really hope we get a better picture of this soon, one that doesn't have Musashi flipping you off.

I don't know if it's finished, but it probably is. In this pic (http://fukuhen.lammfromm.jp/images/091108P1020062.JPG) you can see Inoue drawing the hand while the other half of the painting is not in the picture. So I suppose he completed both parts of what would later become the whole painting, glued them together and then just made final adjustments or something.

Also, the picture we're discussing for so long is taken from an apparently old television set (it's not even flat screen) that Inoue uses to see the whole painting from above, so let's keep in mind that the real thing is much clearer (and prettier) than that.



Update: yeah, it was finished, and it's already exposed as you can see here. (http://xsil.blogspot.com/2009/11/arte-gigante-de-takehiko-inoue.html)

Quote from: http://xsil.blogspot.com/2009/11/arte-gigante-de-takehiko-inoue.html
It's an illustration made in japanese paper (Washi, used for paintings) measuring 7.4 meters in height and 5.6 meters in width.

The painting is part of the Tokyo Cultural Transmission project, made as a partnership between Tokyo's Culture and History Foundation and Tokyo's government. The project's goal is to transmit to the kids the country's culture and to influence their imagination.

The painting is at the entrance of Tokyo's Museum of Contemporary Art, and can be seen for free. Along with it, Inoue exposes 12 other original artworks. They will be exposed until March 28, 2010.
Title: Re: Inoue Takehiko: The LAST Manga Exhibition
Post by: TheBranded1 on November 15, 2009, 10:26:24 PM


Funny comment in that blog that says "to paint such a big picture, it requires much more muscle than to play basketball" I chuckle at that. :guts:
Title: Re: Inoue Takehiko: The LAST Manga Exhibition
Post by: Eluvei on November 15, 2009, 10:38:30 PM
Nice portuguese, Branded!   :isidro:
Title: Re: Inoue Takehiko: The LAST Manga Exhibition
Post by: TheBranded1 on November 16, 2009, 03:26:05 AM
Nice portuguese, Branded!   :isidro:

I only got it because is so similar to Spanish. I know nothing about Portuguese.
Title: Re: Inoue Takehiko: The LAST Manga Exhibition
Post by: Griffith on November 16, 2009, 09:01:09 PM
Here's the official translation from the Inoue Takehiko: The LAST Manga Exhibition complete catalogue, spoilers obviously:



P.008

At the back of that Zen temple--
There is a cave shaped like a deeply gouged rocky mountain.

P.021

Fūki:
As legend has it--
He first killed with a sword at thirteen.
Single-handedly dispatched seventy men.
Was never defeated.

P.022

Fūki:
This is the man I wish to be.

P.023

Fūki:
My name... like the wind, in the trees...
It shall be Fūki...

Fūki's father:
That is not to be believed.

P.024

Fūki's father:
The sword is not for cutting people down. It is for ruling the land.

Fūki:
...Father.

Fūki's master:
As your father says--
that so-called legend is not something to look up to.

Fūki:
Master.

Fūki's master:
Miyamoto Musashi? His was a killing sword.
He flaunted his own strength, and did the devil's work.
The sword must not be used to slay.
The character for bu (chivary) is written, "put down the sword."
The sword must preserve life, bringing out the best in people.

P.026

Fūki:
You lie. A sword not made to kill, is no sword at all.
Master Miyamoto Musashi--

P.027

Fūki:
The rumors are true after all.
The sword-saint was here.

Reigando Cave--

P.029

Fūki:
Please make me your disciple!!

P.034

Musashi:
What is that sword... Do you intend to duel to the death, though only a child.

Fūki:
I am not a child.
According to the "legend," you first killed at my very age--

P.035

Fūki:
Isn't that true,
Master Miaymoto Musashi?

P.036

Fūki:
Please, make me your final disciple!!

P.037

Musashi:
Jōtarō--
Please forgive me.
I never did anything for you. I should have never made you a disciple--
How did you live after that?

P.038

Musashi:
I'm so sorry.

Fūki:
Wha...?

P.041

Musashi:
Gak...! Gw...ahhhk!

Fūki:
Master!! Are you ill...

P.042

Musashi:
My time may be near... (huf... huf...)
Perhaps that is why I can see so many things... (Like Kitaro...)

Fūki:
Hey!! I'm a living person!!

Musashi:
Look... over there, too...

P.044

(Shoom...)

Inshun:
You're still alive? Good.
I've come to fulfill my promise.

P.045

Inshun:
But this time, not to do battle

P.048

Musashi:
...You're not hiding a spear somewhere, are you?

Inshun:
No way. (hmph)

Musashi:
I never felt that frightened in my life, you bastard. (whew...)

P.049

Inshun:
There is no need for more.
We have already dueled two times.

P.054

Fūki:

Master, please look at my sword work.

P.058

Musashi:
I have exhausted my words.
But I do not know what I will leave to the world.

P.059

Musashi:
Words are like the sea.
You must descend deep into the waters to see what lies in the bottom.
For those content to gaze, there is only beauty; and tedium.

P.060

Musashi:
The truth lies here.
How it is accepted is only that, the truth for each man.

P.063

Fūki: He's fallen asleep...

P. 066

(Krack...)

P.068

Musashi:
With that hair, it must be difficult to see ahead.

P.069

At age seven

P. 070

Fūki:
I was a fatherless child, but one day a father appeared.
He said I would be his heir.
No one defied my father's words.
But their eyes spoke differently.
Illegitimate.
A mistake.
Born out of wedlock.

P.071

Fūki:
What do I care? Swords bring out the best in us?
Peace and tranquility?
That doesn't concern me.
I have no friends, no allies.
I cannot look people in the eye.

P.072

Musashi:
Hmmm.

Fūki:
I'm still afraid.

P.074

Fūki:
Afraid.

P.075

Fūki:
I'm weak.
I yearn to become strong.

P.076

Become strong

P.078

So I can live on my own.

P.090

Otsū:
It's full of thorns.

P.091

Otsū:
They won't come out...

P.094

Baiken:
Inevitable.
It was inevitable, that you would be guided here.

P.098

Ueda:
You appear ill.
Are you in pain?
Here, take this.

P.101

Inei:
What is a truly strong man?

P.104

Inei:

You will know, when you become so.

P.107

Seijuro:
Hi.

P.115

Fūki: Master! Ma... Master...

P.116

Fūki... soft and warm...

P.117

That, is strength.

P.118

But those are mere words... Until you, yourself...

P.119

Become strong--

P.121

Inei & Sekishūsai:
It was good meeting you... Musashi.

P.123

Inei & Sekishūsai:
Don't stand there. We're going together you dummy.

P.124

Inei & Sekishūsai:
But we know nothing of where we go... (slither, slither)
Therein lies the charm, don't you think?

P.127

Jōnosuke:
It is good to see you again!!

Musashi:
Huh?
Why do I have so many visitors today when I ordered no one
to be allowed in... Or, is this a vision, as I pass into nirvana?

P. 128

Jōnosuke:
Yagyū Jōnosuke. My childhood name was Jōtarō.
Master!!

P.129

Jōnosuke:
We are not the final ones to visit.
Many have heard about you, and want to catch a glance... learn from you
... they want to pay their respects.
There, outside the gate -- See, Master!

P.134

Jōnosuke:
Master, you dispatched many...
But for many more people...

P.135

Jōnosuke:
In the past... in the future... and for eternity...

P.136

Jōnosuke:
You have shown the way.

P.140

Jōnosuke:
This is my grandson. My wife... died this spring.
She was eight years my senior...

Grandson:
He's asleep.

Jōnosuke:
Master.

P.141

Fūki:
Master.

Otsū:
Takezo, are you all right?

P.144

Musashi:
Yeah.

P.145

Musashi:
I'm fine.

P.150

Musashi:
Father.

P.152

Musashi:
The closer I move to having no equal,
the stronger the bond between us grows. Isn't that the truth?

Munisai:
Of what?

P.153

Munisai:
Only detest. Even towards my son.

P.154

Musashi:
But even that, is a bond.

P. 161

Otsū:
Are you all right?

P.162

Musashi:
I'm fine.... What's this?

P.163

Musashi:
Wha... Hey...

P. 167

Munisai:
Musashi... Is there anything you still want?

P. 186

Kojiro:
Are you ready?

P.187

Kojiro:
Let's go.
Title: Re: Inoue Takehiko: The LAST Manga Exhibition
Post by: Walter on November 16, 2009, 09:08:57 PM
Really magnificent stuff. Thanks for posting it Griff.

But again, it makes me wonder how this all fits in with the remainder of the series -- how we, as readers, are expected to take it. THE END of Vagabond? Even more a conclusion than the actual releases will prove to be?

PS:
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Musashi:
...You're not hiding a spear somewhere, are you?

Inshun:
No way. (hmph)
Seriously made me laugh :ganishka:

These two ended up reminding me of Yagyu and Sekishusai :judo:
Title: Re: Inoue Takehiko: The LAST Manga Exhibition
Post by: Griffith on November 16, 2009, 09:40:09 PM
But again, it makes me wonder how this all fits in with the remainder of the series -- how we, as readers, are expected to take it. THE END of Vagabond? Even more a conclusion than the actual releases will prove to be?

Here's what Inoue had to say about it:

"I thought "The LAST Manga Exhibition" could become an
opportunity for me, to turn the "Musashi" I depicted and
his lifetime of killing dozens of people into a positive, despite
everything.

What I'm trying to say is--

The people that read "Vagabond" all along.
The people that accepted my many twists and turns during
these 10 years, and kept following me.
I really, really wanted to make them feel good.
"I'm glad I kept reading." --
I absolutely wanted to make them feel that way.

Drawing "shadows" to draw "light."
Conflicts and killing people are "shadows."
I thought I had to draw that side, or I wouldn't be able to see
the "light."
I thought that was what I was proceeding towards.

However, even if it was something along the path to my
destination, the pictures that depict killing people, although
pictures, also had the power to unconciously hurt people's
hearts.
Unseen thorns were left remaining in the reader and the
artist.
When I discovered a part of myself that felt, I don't want to
show these to people that still have God-like, bare open souls,
like young children, I felt this was a certainty.

I'm glad I was able to draw this story at this time.
No, it had to be this time, and it had to be a "Manga drawn
in space, experienced with one's entire body," or it really
wouldn't have been possible to get across.

I now truly feel that I finally had an opportunity to depict
"light" itself.
When I think so, it all wasn't a mistake. It turned into the
exact form I was proceeding to.

Even when I depict sorrow, it is no longer sorrow without a
destination.

July 2008
Inoue Takehiko"


Wow, Musashi's journey has been Inoue's and vice versa far beyond just the relationship between author and character. I'm taking it altogether, I can't really see any other way, and what's interesting is how all this co-exists; Vagabond as it continues now is both taking place before and yet spiritually beyond "the end" Inoue has depicted here. For Inoue, is The LAST Manga Exhibition an epilogue, or is that what the rest of Vagabond is now?

PS:Seriously made me laugh :ganishka:

There's a lot of interesting and funny little moments like that one you can't get from the text alone (including a few different parallels to old Yagyu meeting Musashi, as well as the closest thing to a nod to Ittosai). Also...

P.140

Jōnosuke:
This is my grandson. My wife... died this spring.
She was eight years my senior...

As we both wondered, Jotaro with a wife eight years his senior... Otsu?

Anyway, I'm going to post some pictures later to highlight some of those scenes and other important moments, or just some of the more amazing artwork (I wish I had a better digital camera... might have to borrow one). I'm open to ideas how to go about this and even requests.
Title: Re: Inoue Takehiko: The LAST Manga Exhibition
Post by: Eluvei on November 16, 2009, 11:02:47 PM
Oh my, I can't believe I just read that. Thanks so much for posting this here Griff, I didn't know you had it! I waited so long to read this, and it's better than I expected!

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As we both wondered, Jotaro with a wife eight years his senior... Otsu?

That would be unexpected. They had such a solid brother and sister relationship.

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I'm open to ideas how to go about this and even requests.

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Anyway, I'm going to post some pictures later to highlight some of those scenes and other important moments, or just some of the more amazing artwork

Yay!  :serpico:
Title: Re: Inoue Takehiko: The LAST Manga Exhibition
Post by: Griffith on November 16, 2009, 11:40:35 PM
Oh my, I can't believe I just read that. Thanks so much for posting this here Griff, I didn't know you had it! I waited so long to read this, and it's better than I expected!

It just came in this morning, and I have you to thank again for this; I ordered the complete catalogue literally minutes after getting your original PM about the exhibition, I was that excited! I just kept it quiet in case something went wrong. Also, I can now vouch for the seller, he sent it, and in perfect condition, still in the shrink wrap and very well protected. I was impressed, the price is high, but at least I feel like I got what I paid for.

Anyway, posting the translation was the least I could do.

That would be unexpected. They had such a solid brother and sister relationship.
One word: puberty. :troll:

Yay!  :serpico:

Yeah, I just don't don't know how good it's going to look with my camera. I tried photographing some Vagabond panels before and have had pretty mixed results, best you can expect is something like this (http://www.skullknight.net/griffith/change4.jpg) or this (http://www.skullknight.net/griffith/change6.jpg). I'll experiment tonight.
Title: Re: Inoue Takehiko: The LAST Manga Exhibition
Post by: Eluvei on November 16, 2009, 11:53:09 PM
It just came in this morning, and I have you to thank again for this; I ordered the complete catalogue literally minutes after getting your original PM about the exhibition, I was that excited! I just kept it quiet in case something went wrong. Also, I can now vouch for the seller, he sent it, and in perfect condition, still in the shrink wrap and very well protected. I was impressed, the price is high, but at least I feel like I got what I paid for.

Man, I'm glad you kept it to yourself. The surprise factor was pretty awesome just now, my blood pressure probably went down when I saw your post. Plus, with our lack of Vagabond and Berserk, it feels even fresher.  :troll:

I'm glad it arrived safely, and that a true fan got his hands on such a limited piece.

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One word: puberty. :troll:

Hahaha, yeah. But man, it's hard to imagine an Otsu that got over Takezo marrying the kid that idolized him.

Quote
Yeah, I just don't don't know how good it's going to look with my camera. I tried photographing some Vagabond panels before and have had pretty mixed results, best you can expect is something like this (http://www.skullknight.net/griffith/change4.jpg) or this (http://www.skullknight.net/griffith/change6.jpg). I'll experiment tonight.

Really, it's not so bad at all. Plus, an Inoue piece looks good even when it's a picture of a blurry TV screen displaying it, as we found out some posts earlier, right?  :guts:
Title: Re: Inoue Takehiko: The LAST Manga Exhibition
Post by: Griffith on November 17, 2009, 12:17:57 AM
Man, I'm glad you kept it to yourself. The surprise factor was pretty awesome just now, my blood pressure probably went down when I saw your post. Plus, with our lack of Vagabond and Berserk, it feels even fresher.  :troll:

Yeah, I'm glad the way it worked out, especially since a couple of weeks ago I was wondering if it was even coming at all. Which reminds me, I need to leave that fellow feedback.

I'm glad it arrived safely, and that a true fan got his hands on such a limited piece.

Thank you, I definitely felt like I needed it to complete my collection, right away it just seemed too special to let it pass. Even if I'm now in the awkward position of hoping my book doesn't become obsolete because Inoue augments the exhibit. So far so good though, even that glorious painting was only an outside banner, and not technically part of the exhibit itself, much like this poster (http://img156.imageshack.us/img156/9396/ti01.jpg), which isn't showcased in the catalogue either. In any case, I do hope it becomes more widely, and cheaply, available for all when the dust settles. The worst case scenario is the idea that I'd have to spend another small fortunate to just get a slightly altered version. I'm not too worried though, I think most of the work Inoue has to do for the location specific exhibitions has to do with mostly with setup; lighting, presentation, and even props as I discovered.

Hahaha, yeah. But man, it's hard to imagine an Otsu that got over Takezo marrying the kid that idolized him.
Another word: spinster! :troll:

Really, it's not so bad at all. Plus, an Inoue piece looks good even when it's a picture of a blurry TV screen displaying it, as we found out some posts earlier, right?  :guts:

Haha yes, and reviewing those pictures I took actually got my hopes up, since the catalogue is much larger and the artwork centered on the pages, making for easier photographing.
Title: Re: Inoue Takehiko: The LAST Manga Exhibition
Post by: Eluvei on November 17, 2009, 12:36:02 AM
Yeah, I'm glad the way it worked out, especially since a couple of weeks ago I was wondering if it was even coming at all. Which reminds me, I need to leave that fellow feedback.

Good to know he's as organized as his blog.

Thank you, I definitely felt like I needed it to complete my collection, right away it just seemed too special to let it pass. Even if I'm now in the awkward position of hoping my book doesn't become obsolete because Inoue augments the exhibit.

Well, as far as I know, the book was made for concern over those that couldn't get tickets to the first exhibit, so my guess is that since they decided to make the exhibit an early thing, it's unlikely they release a new catalogue so soon. In any case, yours will always be the limited edition catalogue of the first one ever. :SK:

Another word: spinster! :troll:

 :troll:

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Haha yes, and reviewing those pictures I took actually got my hopes up, since the catalogue is much larger and the artwork centered on the pages, making for easier photographing.

Yeah. Your pics weren't bad at all. Well Matahachi looked awful in that pic, but that's Inoue's fault.

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P. 186

Kojiro:
Are you ready?

P.187

Kojiro:
Let's go.

This almost brought tears to my eyes. Please, do post these if you can, man.  :griffnotevil:
Title: Re: Inoue Takehiko: The LAST Manga Exhibition
Post by: Griffith on November 17, 2009, 11:13:28 AM
This almost brought tears to my eyes. Please, do post these if you can, man.

(http://www.skullknight.net/griffith/lastkojiro1.jpg)

(http://www.skullknight.net/griffith/lastkojiro2.jpg)

(http://www.skullknight.net/griffith/lastkojiro3.jpg)

(http://www.skullknight.net/griffith/lastkojiro4.jpg)


More tomorrow.
Title: Re: Inoue Takehiko: The LAST Manga Exhibition
Post by: slan69 on November 17, 2009, 11:38:37 AM
Thanks Griff for posting this, it's pretty damn amazing to be actually reading this. I have to say though Jotaro and Otsu don't seem like the best match to me, I of course would love to see Otsu and Musashi together.:guts:
Title: Re: Inoue Takehiko: The LAST Manga Exhibition
Post by: Griffith on November 17, 2009, 08:18:46 PM
Thanks Griff for posting this, it's pretty damn amazing to be actually reading this. I have to say though Jotaro and Otsu don't seem like the best match to me, I of course would love to see Otsu and Musashi together.

(http://www.skullknight.net/griffith/lastotsu2.jpg) (http://www.skullknight.net/griffith/lastotsu1.jpg)

(http://www.skullknight.net/griffith/lastotsu3.jpg)

(http://www.skullknight.net/griffith/lastotsu45.jpg)

P.140

Jōnosuke:
This is my grandson. My wife... died this spring.
She was eight years my senior...

Grandson:
He's asleep.

Jōnosuke:
Master.

P.141

Fūki:
Master.

Otsū:
Takezo, are you all right?

P.144

Musashi:
Yeah.

P.145

Musashi:
I'm fine.
Title: Re: Inoue Takehiko: The LAST Manga Exhibition
Post by: Eluvei on November 17, 2009, 08:45:44 PM
God, it must be embarrassing to see that exhibition live, with everyone walking around crying. Those are some beautiful scenes. Thanks Griff.
Title: Re: Inoue Takehiko: The LAST Manga Exhibition
Post by: Griffith on November 17, 2009, 09:53:10 PM
Yeah, it's very sad in a subtle way, like old regret. Here's a more light-hearted sequence though, volume 11 fans should appreciate it:

(http://www.skullknight.net/griffith/lastnosword1.jpg)
Fūki: "He's fallen asleep..."
(http://www.skullknight.net/griffith/lastnosword2.jpg)

(http://www.skullknight.net/griffith/lastnosword3.jpg)
(Krack...)
(http://www.skullknight.net/griffith/lastnosword4.jpg)



(http://www.skullknight.net/griffith/lastfan.jpg)

Heh, like Sekishusai and Ittosai, rolled into one.
Title: Re: Inoue Takehiko: The LAST Manga Exhibition
Post by: Eluvei on November 17, 2009, 10:03:49 PM
Haha, damn, that's awesome. I knew there was that "Sekishusai meets Musashi" kinda feeling when we saw Fūki and old man Musashi in those first pics.

Keep posting the ones you think are the most important, Griff. But how are we ever gonna thank you for all this?

I love that sketch, I didn't know there were sketches on the book as well, or was that on the exhibit walls too?

By the way, no Matahachi in the exhibit? Not even a little bit?  :sad:
Title: Re: Inoue Takehiko: The LAST Manga Exhibition
Post by: Griffith on November 17, 2009, 10:24:19 PM
Haha, damn, that's awesome. I knew there was that "Sekishusai meets Musashi" kinda feeling when we saw Fūki and old man Musashi in those first pics.

Yeah, I love that he directly referenced it with Musashi in the other role now.

Keep posting the ones you think are the most important, Griff. But how are we ever gonna thank you for all this?

Just keep posting and let me know what you want to see. I'm trying not to repeat things we've already seen images of, and it's hard to actually share the most beautiful stuff, because you can't capture them, or really do any of it justice. These are photos of photos of art after all.

I love that sketch, I didn't know there were sketches on the book as well, or was that on the exhibit walls too?

It was part of the exhibit, art of all kinds in Inoue's repertoire are included, even sketches, though only a few. I thought it was interesting that even that style was utilized.

By the way, no Matahachi in the exhibit? Not even a little bit?

Strangely, not even a hint. Maybe that's why he's become such a prominent figure with Fūki in the series, and perhaps that means he and Musashi may yet make peace. Seemingly everyone else, dead or alive, came to make peace.

(http://www.skullknight.net/griffith/lastueda0.jpg)

(http://www.skullknight.net/griffith/lastueda1.jpg)
Ueda: You appear ill. Are you in pain? Here, take this.


(http://www.skullknight.net/griffith/lastueda2.jpg)

This is one of my favorite little pieces.

Title: Re: Inoue Takehiko: The LAST Manga Exhibition
Post by: Eluvei on November 18, 2009, 12:11:52 AM
Just keep posting and let me know what you want to see. I'm trying not to repeat things we've already seen images of, and it's hard to actually share the most beautiful stuff, because you can't capture them, or really do any of it justice. These are photos of photos of art after all.

Alright. The ones I'd like to see the most are Baiken, Seijuro and Munisai's meeting with Musashi, but there are pictures of all of these on Halcyon Realms, so if you have any that isn't there (or can somehow provide a better photo of them, because Halcyon Realm's are kinda small and not really that focused on the drawings, but on the book itself), it'd be great. To be honest, I'd especially like to see this full image of Baiken (if it's the only one of him):

(http://halcyonrealms.com/blogpics/lmecc09.jpg)

Strangely, not even a hint. Maybe that's why he's become such a prominent figure with Fūki in the series, and perhaps that means he and Musashi may yet make peace. Seemingly everyone else, dead or alive, came to make peace.

I hope they do make peace. It'd be so sad if both of them never met again because I think their friendship is such an important part of the series. Before I started posting here, I read that Matahachi thread Walter made (http://www.skullknight.net/forum/index.php?topic=9926.0), and I loved reading his analysis and yours, it really opened my eyes to him. I always saw him as a despicable vermin before that, denying any similarities we shared which, like you said, made me see that I am Matahachi after all. I reread many episodes featuring Matahachi after that thread, haha.
And now, after we've seen his atonement, I hope he can finally meet Musashi without pretending to be somebody else, or without any bad feelings towards him.

Hahaha, nice pics of Musashi and Ueda. It's pretty interesting how Ueda really stole the spotlight of the Yoshioka, isn't it? Inoue really likes to focus on him instead of the brothers. (http://img35.imageshack.us/img35/1570/inoue.gif)

When things settle down and you contribute until you're dry :troll: , I'll update the first post with a new scheme, pretty links, links to your posts and stuff like that.
Title: Re: Inoue Takehiko: The LAST Manga Exhibition
Post by: Griffith on November 18, 2009, 03:40:18 AM
Alright. The ones I'd like to see the most are Baiken, Seijuro and Munisai's meeting with Musashi, but there are pictures of all of these on Halcyon Realms, so if you have any that isn't there (or can somehow provide a better photo of them, because Halcyon Realm's are kinda small and not really that focused on the drawings, but on the book itself), it'd be great. To be honest, I'd especially like to see this full image of Baiken (if it's the only one of him):

Well, I'm not posting repeats of any images that are already out there, but here's the rest of the Baiken portion, following those previously revealed pages:

(http://www.skullknight.net/griffith/lastbaiken1.jpg)

(http://www.skullknight.net/griffith/lastbaiken2.jpg)
Baiken: Inevitable. It was inevitable, that you would be guided here.

Interestingly enough, Musashi's outreached hand there transitions directly to this page. (http://www.skullknight.net/griffith/lastueda0.jpg)

I hope they do make peace. It'd be so sad if both of them never met again because I think their friendship is such an important part of the series. Before I started posting here, I read that Matahachi thread Walter made (http://www.skullknight.net/forum/index.php?topic=9926.0), and I loved reading his analysis and yours, it really opened my eyes to him. I always saw him as a despicable vermin before that, denying any similarities we shared which, like you said, made me see that I am Matahachi after all. I reread many episodes featuring Matahachi after that thread, haha.
And now, after we've seen his atonement, I hope he can finally meet Musashi without pretending to be somebody else, or without any bad feelings towards him.

I hope so too, which is something I wouldn't have thought I'd be rooting for a few volumes ago. Matahatchi definitely develops a love/hate relationship with the reader. I love that thread too, one of the best here, I wish we had more character threads like that, and more Wally.

Hahaha, nice pics of Musashi and Ueda. It's pretty interesting how Ueda really stole the spotlight of the Yoshioka, isn't it? Inoue really likes to focus on him instead of the brothers.

Speaking of which, you've already seen the entirety of the Seijuro scene...

(http://www.skullknight.net/griffith/lastseijuro.jpg)
Seijuro: Hi.

...but check out this sexy centerfold that follows:

(http://www.skullknight.net/griffith/lastden.jpg)

Still a specimen.

When things settle down and you contribute until you're dry :troll: , I'll update the first post with a new scheme, pretty links, links to your posts and stuff like that.

Ha, thank you, much appreciated. As for going back to the well, consider that what I've posted is still only a portion out of almost 200 pages, it's like a whole volume, just on a much grander scale! That said, I'm not planning to post too much more.
Title: Re: Inoue Takehiko: The LAST Manga Exhibition
Post by: TheBranded1 on November 18, 2009, 04:00:28 AM


Yeah this pictures sure are great. It's like Inoue was holding back and brought it all to the table when it came to this catalog. Man I wish I wasn't out of cash to have bought it as well. :judo:
Title: Re: Inoue Takehiko: The LAST Manga Exhibition
Post by: Griffith on November 18, 2009, 07:13:00 AM
Before continuing, please heed the disclaimer that what you're seeing is still merely a preview of this... experience. As I noted above, everything that's here is just small parts of 200 pages worth of material. I can no more convey how great this beautiful tale told through art is with these photos, the depth of feeling expressed in the many small and subtle illustrations, than the book itself can properly convey the power of experiencing the exhibit itself in person. With that said, here is an abridged version of the Munisai material, which spans over the last 30 pages and is intertwined with many other images and themes. I will post what we've already seen, and fill in the gaps with some highlights, accompanied by translation. Just keep my disclaimer in mind, it does not properly convey the scene, nor does it do the story justice. Anyway, now that I have you all excited, here we go...

(http://www.skullknight.net/griffith/lastmunisai1.jpg)

(http://www.skullknight.net/griffith/lastmunisai2.jpg)

(http://www.skullknight.net/griffith/lastmunisai4.jpg)(http://www.skullknight.net/griffith/lastmunisai3.jpg)
Musashi: Father.

(http://www.skullknight.net/griffith/lastmunisai5.jpg)
Musashi: The closer I move to having no equal, the stronger the bond between us grows. Isn't that the truth?
Munisai: Of what? Only detest. Even towards my son.

(http://www.skullknight.net/griffith/lastmunisai7.jpg)(http://www.skullknight.net/griffith/lastmunisai6.jpg)
Musashi: But even that, is a bond.





(http://www.skullknight.net/griffith/lastmunisai9.jpg)
Munisai: Musashi... Is there anything you still want?
(http://www.skullknight.net/griffith/lastmunisai8.jpg)


(http://www.skullknight.net/griffith/lastmother.jpg)
Title: Re: Inoue Takehiko: The LAST Manga Exhibition
Post by: Grovel on November 18, 2009, 07:29:31 AM
Thanks for all the info グリフィス!

I think I am going to have to buy this book.
Title: Re: Inoue Takehiko: The LAST Manga Exhibition
Post by: Eluvei on November 18, 2009, 12:24:16 PM
Oh, so both Yoshiokas show up. I was afraid Deshichiro wouldn't, because he doesn't say anything to show up in the translation.

That Munisai portion is very beautiful, one of the best so far. But I wonder if he really calls him Musashi, or is it Takezo? In the end, did he talk to him as one who acknowledges him living by the sword, or as a father?

Anyway, thank you for these wonderful posts, the pictures you posted are all the ones I desperately wanted to see. I couldn't possibly think of anything else to ask of you. Boy, we'll have plenty to discuss from now on! :carcus:

And is it just me, or is anyone else now looking even more forward to the next episodes after we've seen all of this?

I think I am going to have to buy this book.
I just thought the same thing!  :guts:
Title: Re: Inoue Takehiko: The LAST Manga Exhibition
Post by: Walter on November 18, 2009, 04:24:06 PM
And is it just me, or is anyone else now looking even more forward to the next episodes after we've seen all of this?
I may end up being in the minority on this, but for me it's the opposite. I feel that Inoue just finished the series in a really beautiful way, and that's going to be a stumbling block for me in the future of the episodic releases. It's such a climactic and emotional ending, I imagine it will be hard for me to continue following the day-to-day life of Musashi with as much gusto since we just experienced the culmination of what Inoue has been working toward all these years.
Title: Re: Inoue Takehiko: The LAST Manga Exhibition
Post by: Griffith on November 18, 2009, 10:20:04 PM
Oh, so both Yoshiokas show up. I was afraid Deshichiro wouldn't, because he doesn't say anything to show up in the translation.

Yeah, and it is sort of funny that what they both have to say, total, is, "Hi."

That Munisai portion is very beautiful, one of the best so far. But I wonder if he really calls him Musashi, or is it Takezo? In the end, did he talk to him as one who acknowledges him living by the sword, or as a father?

Yeah, that could be an important distinction in this case, and I wondered about it as well when I read it. Earlier in the translation it does make that distinction with Otsu calling him Takezo, so I can only assume this was consistent, and accurate, with that, or that it could truly be taken either way.

Anyway, thank you for these wonderful posts, the pictures you posted are all the ones I desperately wanted to see. I couldn't possibly think of anything else to ask of you. Boy, we'll have plenty to discuss from now on!

I hope so, I think there's a lot of ground to cover yet on the discussion front. Anyway, I'll also be posting some more photos now and then, just little things of interest, and probably the sequence with Inshun if people want to see that?

And is it just me, or is anyone else now looking even more forward to the next episodes after we've seen all of this?

Yes, this has taken it all to another level. Take Inoue's words from 2008, which bear review:

"I thought "The LAST Manga Exhibition" could become an
opportunity for me, to turn the "Musashi" I depicted and
his lifetime of killing dozens of people into a positive, despite
everything.

What I'm trying to say is--

The people that read "Vagabond" all along.
The people that accepted my many twists and turns during
these 10 years, and kept following me.
I really, really wanted to make them feel good.
"I'm glad I kept reading." --
I absolutely wanted to make them feel that way.

Drawing "shadows" to draw "light."
Conflicts and killing people are "shadows."
I thought I had to draw that side, or I wouldn't be able to see
the "light."
I thought that was what I was proceeding towards.

However, even if it was something along the path to my
destination, the pictures that depict killing people, although
pictures, also had the power to unconciously hurt people's
hearts.
Unseen thorns were left remaining in the reader and the
artist.
When I discovered a part of myself that felt, I don't want to
show these to people that still have God-like, bare open souls,
like young children, I felt this was a certainty.

I'm glad I was able to draw this story at this time.
No, it had to be this time, and it had to be a "Manga drawn
in space, experienced with one's entire body," or it really
wouldn't have been possible to get across.

I now truly feel that I finally had an opportunity to depict
"light" itself.
When I think so, it all wasn't a mistake. It turned into the
exact form I was proceeding to.

Even when I depict sorrow, it is no longer sorrow without a
destination.

July 2008
Inoue Takehiko"

It reads in part like a eulogy for the series, yet that's the contradiction, and conflict, that's become so interesting as Vagabond continues. In that same piece, he verbalizes themes within the story, and for him personally, which are still being actively explored, more directly than ever, by Musashi, and perhaps by Inoue himself. He takes such responsibility for what he's depicted Musashi doing, Musashi's choices being his choices, that it's almost hard to separate the two at this point. I'm greatly compelled by this symbiotic relationship, and I think the LAST Manga Exhibition was the fulcrum of a series' evolution, not resolution.

I may end up being in the minority on this, but for me it's the opposite. I feel that Inoue just finished the series in a really beautiful way, and that's going to be a stumbling block for me in the future of the episodic releases. It's such a climactic and emotional ending, I imagine it will be hard for me to continue following the day-to-day life of Musashi with as much gusto since we just experienced the culmination of what Inoue has been working toward all these years.

The reports of Musashi's death have been greatly exaggerated. You're entitled to feel that way, particularly about episodic releases, just remember that it's no more indicative of the overall quality and health of the series than the frustrations and negative perception Berserk's episodic release schedule can similarly create for fans. Like following Berserk episodically, one has to give it the benefit of the doubt and jump in, reserving some judgment for the bigger picture.

As for that bigger picture, first, let me readily admit my bias the other way, I'd be following the latest Vagabond episodes if they were about Musashi learning tea etiquette. But, while you know Inoue and his overall work better than me, I can fairly say that it's not fair, and simply untrue, to say you've experienced the culmination of what Inoue has been working towards. I've tried to warn, and perhaps I've still done the material a disservice here, that we really haven't experienced the LAST Manga Exhibition. Let alone the fact that Vagabond continues, and continues to evolve around and expand on that material. Despite what we do know from the LAST Manga Exhibition, the parameters of the story still aren't so confined. It really doesn't give anything away about, or limit the possibilities of, future episodes, and is pretty self-contained. We don't even know what the final nature of the relationship between the LAST Manga material and the rest of the series is, as it's incomplete; conversely, so is the context and meaning of the exhibition itself in relation to the series. While I do think the exhibition is canon, it's not like it's truly the last volume of the series in an organic sense, as if Inoue actually drew the rest of the series, had it all done, and just spoiled the ending. They're not just two ends of the same piece, with a gap in the middle, that Inoue is dutifully filling in. From what we've seen, it's almost like they orbit one another, separate but directly linked, pushing and pulling on each other like gravity. That's what I find so fascinating and exciting about it other than the theme of the exhibition itself; the truly non-linear, interrelated nature of the storytelling it's created. Vagabond is still a living, breathing, evolving entity, and the LAST Manga Exhibition is just another part of that, albeit unorthodox. While it's technically the end of Musashi's life, it doesn't encompass the practical end of his spiritual journey from a storytelling standpoint. In a strange way, the continuation of Vagabond is also the continuation of the LAST Manga Exhibition, it's "spiritual successor" if you will. That's why I'm going to follow Musashi's continuing journey with a renewed interest, because it isn't finished by any means, not for Musashi, Inoue, or us.

(http://www.skullknight.net/griffith/lastmusashiold1.jpg)
Title: Re: Inoue Takehiko: The LAST Manga Exhibition
Post by: Eluvei on November 20, 2009, 01:16:03 AM
Wow, that was a fantastic description of the LAST Manga Exhibition. Seriously, Inoue would be proud.

And that drawing is beautiful, he ended up looking a lot like the two he looked up to the most, especially Sekishusai. Very serene yet strong at the same time or something. Well, that scene where Fuki tries to cut him on his sleep says it all.

Oh, and look at the size of it! Man!

(http://jcast.com.br/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/inoue9.jpg)

His expression looks kinda like Vol. 25's cover, but less aggressive and more peaceful.

(http://img40.imageshack.us/img40/7957/largeanimepaperscansvag.jpg)

Anyway, I'll also be posting some more photos now and then, just little things of interest, and probably the sequence with Inshun if people want to see that?
I'd love to see the sequence. But man, I think I might have an overdose if you keep this pace, give me some time to breath! Too much awesomeness in one week!  :troll:

Yeah, that could be an important distinction in this case, and I wondered about it as well when I read it. Earlier in the translation it does make that distinction with Otsu calling him Takezo, so I can only assume this was consistent, and accurate, with that, or that it could truly be taken either way.

I wonder who translated that? Are there any credits in the book? Either way, if Otsu calls him Takezo and Munisai calls him Musashi, I'd say it's accurate.
Title: Re: Inoue Takehiko: The LAST Manga Exhibition
Post by: Griffith on November 20, 2009, 02:23:21 AM
Wow, that was a fantastic description of the LAST Manga Exhibition. Seriously, Inoue would be proud.

Thanks, was still editing it into the wee hours of the night! I still need to do a more basic description or summary of the story itself, try to fill in the blanks between the transcription and the images available.

And that drawing is beautiful, he ended up looking a lot like the two he looked up to the most, especially Sekishusai. Very serene yet strong at the same time or something. Well, that scene where Fuki tries to cut him on his sleep says it all.

Oh, and look at the size of it! Man!

http://jcast.com.br/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/inoue9.jpg

His expression looks kinda like Vol. 25's cover, but less aggressive and more peaceful.

http://img40.imageshack.us/img40/7957/largeanimepaperscansvag.jpg

Good call, it is like his face on 25, but more open and passive. It's actually the first recognizable image of old Musashi's face, following another large paining of his silhouette at the top of the stairs, still looking sharp and imposing with that wild hair.

I'd love to see the sequence. But man, I think I might have an overdose if you keep this pace, give me some time to breath! Too much awesomeness in one week!

Heh, okay, I'll take it easy, we'll make Inshun the grand finale.

I wonder who translated that? Are there any credits in the book? Either way, if Otsu calls him Takezo and Munisai calls him Musashi, I'd say it's accurate.

Lots of credits actually, mostly for the event, then another dozen or so for the catalogue itself. No listings for "translators" or "translated by," but these were the most pertinent credits in that regard:

Funaki Nobuko, Content Design and Writing

Ono Keiko, Editing and Translation Coordination


Anyway, whoever did the translation did a great job in my opinion; seems perfect, straight forward and no awkwardness, even more impressive given the material.

Speaking of which, Go Rin No Sho anyone? First the leadup, the pages of which are beautiful, almost abstract, ink paintings themselves, but I photographed the scrolls to show they were included:

P.058

Musashi:
I have exhausted my words.
But I do not know what I will leave to the world.

P.059

Musashi:
Words are like the sea.
You must descend deep into the waters to see what lies in the bottom.
For those content to gaze, there is only beauty; and tedium.

P.060

(http://www.skullknight.net/griffith/lastscrolls.jpg)
Musashi: The truth lies here.
How it is accepted is only that, the truth for each man.

And later, Jotaro all the people that came to see Musashi other than his "friends"...

(http://www.skullknight.net/griffith/lastjotaro1.jpg)
Jōnosuke: Yagyū Jōnosuke. My childhood name was Jōtarō. Master!!


P.129

Jōnosuke:
We are not the final ones to visit.
Many have heard about you, and want to catch a glance... learn from you
... they want to pay their respects.
There, outside the gate -- See, Master!



(http://www.skullknight.net/griffith/lastcrowd1.jpg)

(http://www.skullknight.net/griffith/lastjotaro2.jpg)
Jōnosuke: Master, you dispatched many... But for many more people...


P.135
Jōnosuke:
In the past... in the future... and for eternity...



(http://www.skullknight.net/griffith/lastcrowd2.jpg)
Jōnosuke: You have shown the way.
Title: Re: Inoue Takehiko: The LAST Manga Exhibition
Post by: TheBranded1 on November 20, 2009, 02:44:16 AM


All of this is truly amazing. I"m planning to save money too, so I can get this in my hands as well. I feel if I don't I"ll miss on something so great.
Title: Re: Inoue Takehiko: The LAST Manga Exhibition
Post by: Eluvei on November 21, 2009, 01:08:25 AM
Thanks, was still editing it into the wee hours of the night! I still need to do a more basic description or summary of the story itself, try to fill in the blanks between the transcription and the images available.

Good to know you'll write more, I'm looking forward to it.

Anyway, whoever did the translation did a great job in my opinion; seems perfect, straight forward and no awkwardness, even more impressive given the material.

Yeah, from the full translation and that Inoue interview, it even looks like Viz translated it. I'm glad it's so professional, shows how they care for their overseas fans.


Thanks for the new sequence of images, it's one of the most beautiful so far, but I guess I already said that, and will probably just keep saying that while you post.
Every sequence has an "ending" feeling to them. I could totally see the last image you posted here as the last one of the exhibit, as well as that one with Kojiro at the beach, or the one with Musashi beside Otsu, or those after Munisai speaks to Musashi.
Title: Re: Inoue Takehiko: The LAST Manga Exhibition
Post by: Griffith on November 21, 2009, 10:14:55 AM
All of this is truly amazing. I"m planning to save money too, so I can get this in my hands as well. I feel if I don't I"ll miss on something so great.

Yeah, it really is a treasure, I was flipping through it for the umpteenth time the other night and just sort of marveling at it. Not only the artwork or what it represents, but even just the quality of book itself as a material object. It's just impressive, whether you know Vagabond or not, and if you are a Vagabond fan, it's like a holy book. I was literally thinking that while admiring it the other night, "This thing is like the Bible of Vagabond." The Vagabible. =)

Good to know you'll write more, I'm looking forward to it.

Yeah, I'm still re-reading and understanding it, both technically and thematically. Every time I look or read through it again, I see something I didn't notice before that sort of puts the whole thing in new perspective.

Yeah, from the full translation and that Inoue interview, it even looks like Viz translated it. I'm glad it's so professional, shows how they care for their overseas fans.

I can't speak for the relative degree of difficulty, but I'd actually put this ahead of Viz's own work. This again speaks to the quality of this publication.

Thanks for the new sequence of images, it's one of the most beautiful so far, but I guess I already said that, and will probably just keep saying that while you post.
Every sequence has an "ending" feeling to them. I could totally see the last image you posted here as the last one of the exhibit, as well as that one with Kojiro at the beach, or the one with Musashi beside Otsu, or those after Munisai speaks to Musashi.

Wait until you get a load of this. First, the plot device I wanted to write about is the ball of light, which is something you've all seen in the pictures I posted, but maybe took for granted (I know I did at first). It's the meaning of the white circle on the cover, a motif also on the spine and inside cover page, signified by just a white circle or dot. In the story, after a serious talk with Fuki that resonates deeply for both of them and their way of the sword, the ball of light comes out of Musashi's chest while he's in the dream-like state where receives his many visitors from the past. The significant thing about the ball of light is that it's full of thorns, and each of Musashi's special guests, presumably, removes one.

P.090

Otsū:
It's full of thorns.

P.091

Otsū:
They won't come out...



(http://www.skullknight.net/griffith/lastbaiken1.jpg)


(http://www.skullknight.net/griffith/lastyagyu2.jpg) (http://www.skullknight.net/griffith/lastyagyu1.jpg)


(http://www.skullknight.net/griffith/lastlight.jpg)

So that's the literal purpose and meaning behind the ball of light for the visitors, or vice versa. The figurative ones can be many, some obvious, some not. When we get to the end, and there appears to only be one thorn left, that's when Munisai asks...

(http://www.skullknight.net/griffith/lastmunisai9.jpg)
Munisai: Musashi... Is there anything you still want?
(http://www.skullknight.net/griffith/lastmunisai8.jpg)

After a lovely image of an earnest young Musashi, eyes open and decided, we're treated to this sequence:

(http://www.skullknight.net/griffith/lastmother.jpg)

Eight paintings, one unfortunately completely obscured by the page break in this photo. They depict various imagery of young mother and child, with an adolescent Musashi, carelessly holding a bokken to his side, looking on with innocent yearning. He drops the bokken, there's literally one suspended on the floor of the exhibit, and what looks like a thorn, then you see his mother embrace him from behind.


A final transition with the ball of light, then the beach, daylight:

(http://www.skullknight.net/griffith/lastkojiro2.jpg)
Kojiro: Are you ready?

(http://www.skullknight.net/griffith/lastkojiro3.jpg)

(http://www.skullknight.net/griffith/lastkojiro4.jpg)
Kojiro: Let's go.


(http://www.skullknight.net/griffith/lastlast.jpg)
Title: Re: Inoue Takehiko: The LAST Manga Exhibition
Post by: Walter on November 21, 2009, 03:30:16 PM
Slam Dunk also ends on the beach  :judo:
Title: Re: Inoue Takehiko: The LAST Manga Exhibition
Post by: slan69 on November 21, 2009, 09:29:51 PM
Could this possibly be the end for Vagabond? :sad:
Title: Re: Inoue Takehiko: The LAST Manga Exhibition
Post by: Eluvei on November 21, 2009, 09:40:10 PM
Wait until you get a load of this. First, the plot device I wanted to write about is the ball of light, which is something you've all seen in the pictures I posted, but maybe took for granted (I know I did at first). It's the meaning of the white circle on the cover, a motif also on the spine and inside cover page, signified by just a white circle or dot. In the story, after a serious talk with Fuki that resonates deeply for both of them and their way of the sword, the ball of light comes out of Musashi's chest while he's in the dream-like state where receives his many visitors from the past. The significant thing about the ball of light is that it's full of thorns, and each of Musashi's special guests, presumably, removes one.

I did take it for granted. That's the Jesus Heart you mentioned on that poster in Inoue's studio earlier, right? I didn't notice the ball of light was in so many pictures, it just seemed like a pretty effect Inoue decided to put in the paintings. That's very cool, I like how he manages to add weird stuff in the course of the series depending on what Musashi is going through (like Sloggo, the two old men, and Ueda, which are probably the "twists" he mentioned in the book) and not make the whole thing look ridiculous and... unbalanced. I think it makes it all rich and with more meaning than it normally would if he had decided to just end how he started it.

In fact, that's the main problem I have with Slam Dunk: it doesn't change at all. The problems the characters have to get over in the beginning of the series are exactly the same they have to face in the last part. Sure, it's fun to see how they manage to overcome their difficulties, but... they go through exactly the same like three times. It looked like Inoue was afraid to change dramatically (like he does on Vagabond) because of the enormous fanbase it attracted back then. It's understandable, and its quality is still very superior than other Shonen series, but that's still a big problem for me, and probably the reason I've never reread Slam Dunk. I mean, I felt like I reread it like 2 times when I was actually just reading the whole thing once.

Slam Dunk also ends on the beach  :judo:

Haha, yeah, although the meanings are quite the opposite. :troll:
Title: Re: Inoue Takehiko: The LAST Manga Exhibition
Post by: Walter on November 21, 2009, 09:50:43 PM
In fact, that's the main problem I have with Slam Dunk: it doesn't change at all. The problems the characters have to get over in the beginning of the series are exactly the same they have to face in the last part.
I have many things to say about this, but they're better served in the Slam Dunk thread: http://www.skullknight.net/forum/index.php?topic=9151.25

Quote
Haha, yeah, although the meanings are quite the opposite. :troll:
That's because the pursuit of basketball normally doesn't involve killing dozens of people.
Title: Re: Inoue Takehiko: The LAST Manga Exhibition
Post by: Eluvei on November 21, 2009, 10:24:51 PM
That's because the pursuit of basketball normally doesn't involve killing dozens of people.

What I meant to say is that while the above scene shows the end of Musashi's journey, Sakuragi was at the beach to begin anew.
Title: Re: Inoue Takehiko: The LAST Manga Exhibition
Post by: Griffith on November 23, 2009, 07:44:22 PM
Slam Dunk also ends on the beach  :judo:
Could this possibly be the end for Vagabond? :sad:
Just a  reminder, new episode comes out on the 26th. :ganishka:

Also, I'm still reading the behind the scenes portion, which is important since it contains more clues as to Inoue's mindset going into this, and perhaps coming out. I can say though that Inoue officially started work on the exhibition on April 29th, 2008 and finished May 24th, 2008. Basically, between volume 28 and 29, he even had this to say at the time, taken straight from the Current Episodes Thread, which we obviously missed the significance of at the time:
Quote
It's been a while since I last started up again. After the manga exhibit in Ueno, the manuscript feels like a pretty small amount of work.
And my eyes and throat have been hit by an adenovirus infection...
   
INOUE TAKEHIKO
30 July 2008
Three volumes, going on four, have now been released since he completed work on the exhibition. I think we can lay the "end time" laments to a rest and focus on the fact Vagabond is still live and going in new and unexpected directions. So, let's not take it for granted over the misguided and erroneous notion the series actually ended a year and half, or almost four volumes, ago.

I did take it for granted. That's the Jesus Heart you mentioned on that poster in Inoue's studio earlier, right?

Presumably, that's the first shot of it, following Musashi's early thoughts on his words and what he's left behind, though it's only after his personal conversation with Fuki that the light comes out of him and, forgive the pun, the ball gets rolling.

I didn't notice the ball of light was in so many pictures, it just seemed like a pretty effect Inoue decided to put in the paintings.

Same here. BTW, in my last post, fixed a broken link to another previously released photo.

That's very cool, I like how he manages to add weird stuff in the course of the series depending on what Musashi is going through (like Sloggo, the two old men, and Ueda, which are probably the "twists" he mentioned in the book) and not make the whole thing look ridiculous and... unbalanced. I think it makes it all rich and with more meaning than it normally would if he had decided to just end how he started it.

Yeah, he certainly employs a lot of different storytelling techniques to great effect, even his between episode doodles in the volumes become important to how things are perceived. It's a testament to the medium as well, lots of stories have have important subtext, this is one of the only ones I can think of that seemingly has an actual subconscious.



(http://www.skullknight.net/griffith/lastyagyu3.jpg)

(http://www.skullknight.net/griffith/lastyagyuinei.jpg)
It was good meeting you... Musashi.
Title: Re: Inoue Takehiko: The LAST Manga Exhibition
Post by: Eluvei on November 24, 2009, 12:23:30 AM
I think we can lay the "end time" laments to a rest and focus on the fact Vagabond is still live and going in new and unexpected directions. So, let's not take it for granted over the misguided and erroneous notion the series actually ended a year and half, or almost four volumes, ago.

Of course, I mean, do the exhibit's paintings give away something like Musashi fighting Ito Ittosai? I bet anyone that went to the exhibit had no idea that would happen and were surprised, just like we will be about the new things that will happen from now on, regardless of having seen these paintings and the translation.

Same here. BTW, in my last post, fixed a broken link to another previously released photo.

Oh, great. Now I actually notice the ball of light there.

Yeah, he certainly employs a lot of different storytelling techniques to great effect, even his between episode doodles in the volumes become important to how things are perceived. It's a testament to the medium as well, lots of stories have have important subtext, this is one of the only ones I can think of that seemingly has an actual subconscious.

Yeah. But, for example, when Ueda appeared as a ghost I have to admit I felt a little weird. And then, a few chapters in, it just felt natural and like something that truly belonged in the series. It's hard to explain.
Title: Re: Inoue Takehiko: The LAST Manga Exhibition
Post by: Griffith on November 24, 2009, 10:18:20 AM
Water: ive been meaning to ask you
how did you buy yours?
Griffith: ebay
Water: im interested in getting one too if its still possible
Griffith: I sent you the link.
Water: ah

Griffith: Refresh the thread for Yagyu goodness.
Water: he sort of reminds me of Kermit the frog there
Griffith: He looks very friendly.
The shape of the eyes.
Water: Yeah, no longer the hawk-eyed old man
Griffith: Almost like Kermie's.
What's funny is Musashi is obviously awestruck when they say that it was good knowing him, and he bows... while they insult each other off camera. =)

Of course, I mean, do the exhibit's paintings give away something like Musashi fighting Ito Ittosai? I bet anyone that went to the exhibit had no idea that would happen and were surprised, just like we will be about the new things that will happen from now on, regardless of having seen these paintings and the translation.

Yeah, as we've opined, whatever Inoue's intentions going into the exhibition, the series has certainly remained fluid afterward.

Yeah. But, for example, when Ueda appeared as a ghost I have to admit I felt a little weird. And then, a few chapters in, it just felt natural and like something that truly belonged in the series. It's hard to explain.

What's clever about those things is how they're integrated vaguely at first; Ueda's spirit for example, we see Ueda looking on behind Musashi when he hears he can't fight anymore, then when Musashi reacts, Ueda's not there, and we wonder if it was just in Musashi's head.

Speaking of which, in LAST Manga, one of the few characters that certainly isn't in Musashi's head or even a spirit, is Inshun. Alive and aging well, even the glimpses of him looking his years:

(http://www.skullknight.net/griffith/lastinshun1.jpg)
Fūki: As legend has it--
He first killed with a sword at thirteen.
Single-handedly dispatched seventy men.
Was never defeated.



(http://www.skullknight.net/griffith/lastinshun2.jpg)
Musashi: My time may be near... (huf... huf...)
Perhaps that is why I can see so many things... (Like Kitaro...)
Fūki: Hey!! I'm a living person!!
Musashi: Look... over there, too...

(http://www.skullknight.net/griffith/lastinshun3.jpg)
(Shoom...)
Inshun: You're still alive? Good. I've come to fulfill my promise.
Inshun: But this time, not to do battle

(http://www.skullknight.net/griffith/lastinshun4.jpg)

(http://www.skullknight.net/griffith/lastinshun5.jpg)
Musashi: ...You're not hiding a spear somewhere, are you?
Inshun: No way. (hmph)
Musashi: I never felt that frightened in my life, you bastard. (whew...)
Inshun: There is no need for more. We have already dueled two times.

(http://www.skullknight.net/griffith/lastinshun6.jpg)
Title: Re: Inoue Takehiko: The LAST Manga Exhibition
Post by: Eluvei on December 02, 2009, 12:21:48 PM
I had no idea he showed up in flesh and bone. Thanks Griff, amazing post again... they all make me wanna cry!  :iva:

That sketch is beautiful, they kinda look like old Sekishusai and In'ei.

Speaking of our favorite elderly dudes, check out what the exhibit's staff wore at this year's exhibit:

(http://img525.imageshack.us/img525/5484/0183qd.jpg)
Title: Re: Inoue Takehiko: The LAST Manga Exhibition
Post by: Griffith on December 03, 2009, 08:58:22 AM
That sketch is beautiful, they kinda look like old Sekishusai and In'ei.

Nice observation, it didn't occur to me though the parallel is perfect.

Speaking of our favorite elderly dudes, check out what the exhibit's staff wore at this year's exhibit:

(http://img525.imageshack.us/img525/5484/0183qd.jpg)

Haha stylish, I wouldn't mind having one of those. Any idea what the old geezers are saying?
Title: Re: Inoue Takehiko: The LAST Manga Exhibition
Post by: Eluvei on December 04, 2009, 03:25:19 PM
Haha stylish, I wouldn't mind having one of those. Any idea what the old geezers are saying?

Unfortunately the little I knew of Japanese is now long forgotten. We're in need of someone of Puella's level for the Inn! :judo:

Oh well, we can't complain that much, Viz does an amazing job, and even the catalogues and Inoue News have good translations. :judo:
Title: Re: Inoue Takehiko: The LAST Manga Exhibition
Post by: Griffith on December 16, 2009, 06:31:10 PM
Unfortunately the little I knew of Japanese is now long forgotten. We're in need of someone of Puella's level for the Inn! :judo:

Yeah, and we're lucky to have someone of Puella's level contributing consistently to SK.net at all. As for the Inn's unofficial translator, it looks like Uriel's already gone again. =)

Speaking of translations... I still need to email Inoue's website about their archives. If they haven't been saving all those personal Inoue entries, I'm going to eat volume 30 of both Vagabond and Berserk.
Title: Re: Inoue Takehiko: The LAST Manga Exhibition
Post by: Eluvei on December 17, 2009, 02:05:40 PM
Speaking of translations... I still need to email Inoue's website about their archives. If they haven't been saving all those personal Inoue entries, I'm going to eat volume 30 of both Vagabond and Berserk.
It'll be good when you contact them. Imagine if they do still have these archives and send them exclusively to the Inn as gratitude for caring so much about Inoue!  :guts:
get ready to eat some tasty paper

Anyway, we can expect lots of news on Osaka's exhibit from now on, Inoue's finally working hard on it, at least that's the impression we get from his latest news. (http://www.skullknight.net/forum/index.php?topic=10392.msg180488#msg180488) I'm excited, I hope that blog shows us pics of the making ofs, some paintings and Inoue working on lightning and stuff.

Update: new blog post contained this:

(http://img10.imageshack.us/img10/3452/img2716300x200.jpg)
Title: Re: Inoue Takehiko: The LAST Manga Exhibition
Post by: Griffith on December 19, 2009, 08:52:53 AM
It'll be good when you contact them. Imagine if they do still have these archives and send them exclusively to the Inn as gratitude for caring so much about Inoue!  :guts:
get ready to eat some tasty paper
If only, I'd settle for them just having retained it. :ganishka:

It would be rather foolish, or at least galling to fans, to have not archived what amounts to a diary of the last several years of Inoue's creative life. He could have compiled and edited it into a book if nothing else. I can see him not caring though.

Anyway, we can expect lots of news on Osaka's exhibit from now on, Inoue's finally working hard on it, at least that's the impression we get from his latest news. (http://www.skullknight.net/forum/index.php?topic=10392.msg180488#msg180488) I'm excited, I hope that blog shows us pics of the making ofs, some paintings and Inoue working on lightning and stuff.

That'd be very cool, the behind the scenes stuff is always interesting. I'd like to see even more of him setting up or overseeing the specific exibhits such as the sand or the suspended bokken.

Update: new blog post contained this:

(http://img10.imageshack.us/img10/3452/img2716300x200.jpg)
Nice, looks like Musashi's let his hair down for this one. :guts:
Title: Re: Inoue Takehiko: The LAST Manga Exhibition
Post by: Eluvei on December 28, 2009, 09:08:50 PM
That'd be very cool, the behind the scenes stuff is always interesting. I'd like to see even more of him setting up or overseeing the specific exibhits such as the sand or the suspended bokken.

Sweet! We better start checking the blog on a daily basis:

http://www.flow-er.co.jp/osaka/ishibashi/

(http://www.flow-er.co.jp/osaka/ishibashi/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/IMG_2773-300x260.jpg)
A lot of updates! Lots of behind the scenes, and The Vagabond Inn Official Translator (http://translate.google.com/) is doing its best for us, as usual.   :badbone:


Quote
This new product? But not listening.

No, this really this blog because it is totally unconfirmed information please do not blind faith.

Big image: http://www.flow-er.co.jp/osaka/ishibashi/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/IMG_2802-1024x682.jpg

I wonder what he meant. Maybe a new (unconfirmed) catalogue, or maybe the blogger (Inoue? Probably not) is just using the pics as reference to how things are supposed to look on Osaka while talking about something completely different. Time will tell, I suppose.



(http://img684.imageshack.us/img684/4330/imgp0251.jpg)

Wow.



Apparently, it's true. More pictures of a (new?) catalogue, looks exactly like 2008's. There's also a picture of the "making of" catalogue opened, scroll way down to see it all:

http://www.suntory.co.jp/culture/smt/gallery/index.html

Also, some pretty nice stuff to buy on the exhibit:

(http://www.suntory.co.jp/culture/smt/gallery/img/inoue_goods06.jpg)

The Osaka Tourist Guide has also been updated with a cool pic and some info in English:

http://www.osaka-info.jp/en/search/detail/event_8748.html
Title: Re: Inoue Takehiko: The LAST Manga Exhibition
Post by: Griffith on December 28, 2009, 09:19:37 PM
I wonder if they've updated the Catalogues with new behind the scenes info, and perhaps rephotographed the exhibit at this specific location? The one visible picture in the white exhibit visitor's guide there looks identical to the old one.
Title: Re: Inoue Takehiko: The LAST Manga Exhibition
Post by: Eluvei on December 29, 2009, 01:22:49 AM
It's all pretty strange, they seem to have just finished setting up the exhibit... and they already have pictures of all the paintings and have completely remade the Catalogues? It seems more like a new release of the first Catalogue if you ask me.

Also, from what the other blog post said (a quote I posted above), they weren't sure if it was going to be released, and they wouldn't risk make a top quality remake of the book to be unsure of its release.
Title: Re: Inoue Takehiko: The LAST Manga Exhibition
Post by: Griffith on January 05, 2010, 08:59:24 AM
Yeah, for the reasons you mention, and the appearance of catalogues, I think it's most likely a reprinting as well. I wonder if they'll do other supplemental behind the scenes material for the specific exhibition sites. Otherwise, there's not much reason against using the original as the official catalogue of the overall exhibit experience.

That is, unless Inoue makes a drastic change.
Title: Re: Inoue Takehiko: The LAST Manga Exhibition
Post by: Eluvei on January 11, 2010, 01:36:59 AM
This time, instead of writing on the wall, people wrote messages on their cell phones and they were projected on the wall.

(http://www.flow-er.co.jp/osaka/ishibashi/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/IMG_3434_blog-1024x682.jpg)
Title: Re: Inoue Takehiko: The LAST Manga Exhibition
Post by: Griffith on January 12, 2010, 09:21:35 AM
Well, that's... different. :iva:

I think the combination of the two is cool.
Title: Re: Inoue Takehiko: The LAST Manga Exhibition
Post by: Eluvei on January 22, 2010, 07:11:34 AM
Here's a sweet preview of that new Brutus focused on the new exhibit, whose cover I had posted on the Artworks thread: http://magazineworld.jp/books/8582/read/

A cool pic of him working on a big painting, a huge text and a nice little sketch! FOR FREE!
Title: Re: Inoue Takehiko: The LAST Manga Exhibition
Post by: Griffith on January 23, 2010, 08:29:38 AM
Haha, is that Musashi in a wheelchair, or a sketch from REAL? :rakshas:
Title: Re: Inoue Takehiko: The LAST Manga Exhibition
Post by: Eluvei on October 20, 2010, 05:42:36 PM
An online shop has opened for those that want souveniers and stuff that was sold at the Exhibits, since they won't happen ever again. It's all limited, so don't expect the site to live for long. There are some extremely cool things.

http://www.flow-er.co.jp/shop/

I mean look at this:

(http://www.flow-er.co.jp/shop/img/06_tenugui_3.jpg)
Title: Re: Inoue Takehiko: The LAST Manga Exhibition
Post by: Walter on October 20, 2010, 05:48:06 PM
Those shirts are all amazing. Wow!

Berserk needs some cool shirts...
Title: Re: Inoue Takehiko: The LAST Manga Exhibition
Post by: IncantatioN on October 22, 2010, 02:38:08 PM
Too bad they don't sell it to international buyers/ customers. Any ideas on how to get these if you're not from Japan?
Title: Re: Inoue Takehiko: The LAST Manga Exhibition
Post by: Truder on September 02, 2011, 10:47:46 AM
there was so much to take in at once! it was definitely a good read. so many things to say! i teared up on many of the images.. when Musashi held hand with Otsu, that was a real tear jerk-er(Otsu and Jotaro? say it ain't so!).. Also when Kojiro and Musashi walked on the beach together..  man. :'(

It's one thing to slowly get updated on the LAST exhibition, but to be overdosed with the end of Vagabond all at once for the first time.. whew.

I'll be one grumpy camper if Otsu does NOT end up with Musashi and instead he completely abandons her, but that sort of adds to the emotions later on though..


Thank you Griffith and Eluvei! :)