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Video Games / Tokyo Game Show 2010
« on: September 15, 2010, 08:39:13 PM »
Yeah it's on. Where are the 3DS news?

Famitsu revealed some new The Last Guardian screenies, as well as the first look at the HD rerelease of both Team ICO classics:

EA announced Shadows Of The Damned, a new game by Suda 51 and Shinji Mikami with songs by Akira Yamaoka:

Capcom showed Asura's Wrath:

And Devil May Cry's reboot, developed by Ninja Theory lol:

Atlus released Catherine's new trailer, it's awesome:

The new Yakuza title, Ryu Ga Gotoku: Of The End is gonna be a zombie game, and may be canon to the series' storyline:

Ninja Gaiden 3 announced:

Vagabond / Inoue's Artworks Thread (Vagabond spoilers)
« on: December 02, 2009, 03:10:30 PM »
Since the Painting with Water thread is dedicated to fan creations, I took the liberty to make a thread where we can discuss Inoue's art (not necessarily focused on Vagabond), post some stuff or just appreciate it!

I'll start with something based on Aaz's cool thread, Guts' face: graphic evolution and variations.

The Amazing Musashi's face: graphic evolution and variations!

That's one face per non-Kojiro volume, 1-13, and then 21-32!

And now some stuff that's not so easy to find scans of, and I never found them selling anywhere except Italy.

Piercing: he made this between Slam Dunk and Vagabond, it's a one-shot.

Nope, it's not Ueda! Baby Face, also a one-shot. This one kinda reminds me of City Hunter, the first manga he ever worked on as an assistant to Tsukasa Hojo.

This drawing he made as a tribute to another mangaka whose name and work I completely forgot over time, although I'm pretty sure it's from Shonen Jump. I used to know the name and I also had this scan in HUGE quality, but I lost it. If you have it, post up!

Now it's time for something weird. The infamous Inoue Manga Scandals!

People started to accuse him of plagiarism because he used famous pictures as reference for some scenes in Slam Dunk. Big fucking deal, I personally think it's awesome. Look at Miura, is his artwork any less beautiful and original even though we know he uses places and other things that exist in our world as inspiration or reference?

You can check out the pics here:
There's more, but it's a bit more difficult to find.

As for real plagiarism, there was a mangaka accused of copying several Slam Dunk panels to her own basketball manga.
She even admitted it and apologized. Her manga was canceled and her career, destroyed.
I can't feel sorry, though. Check out the news, but I couldn't find pics comparing the panels. Post them if you find them!:

Anyway, I'm sharing stuff I didn't see around here, but please, feel free to post and discuss anything you feel like about his art.

Oh, and if you think of a good name for the thread, share it! This one is too generic, isn't it? Also, should the thread have the spoiler warning or not? I honestly don't know.

Vagabond / Inoue Takehiko: The LAST Manga Exhibition
« on: October 16, 2009, 09:49:42 PM »

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:


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. There are major spoilers.

There is also a documentary DVD about it.

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

The books.

Official website:


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.

Kumamoto's Contemporary Art Museum

Official website:


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:

This is the only place I found with the catalogues for sale: (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.

Vagabond / The Sad Story Of Vagabond In Brazil
« on: October 13, 2009, 06:07:02 PM »
Sup, Inn. Let me tell you a story.

In 2002, Conrad Editora, a Brazilian publisher, started releasing Vagabond monthly. Each volume was half the size of a Tankōbon (around 120 pages), which is how they usually sell some manga here in Brazil (like Berserk, for example). Small in size, with no color pages, but very decent nonetheless.

The covers were pretty sweet.  :carcus:

It was very well received and became pretty popular. The same publisher even started releasing Slam Dunk (this time, a full 240 paged Volume per month), which also became very popular. I remember seeing a lot of teenagers reading Slam Dunk on the subways. I was one of them!

Check out all the covers. (This isn't my pic, by the way.)

When the Brazilian edition reached Inoue's pace (I'm not sure which Tankōbon exactly, but my guess is 22), they stopped publishing it for a while. After a few months, they started releasing the Vagabond Luxury Edition to boost sales. Which is pretty identical to Viz Media's releases, but in brazilian portuguese and with...

...these covers.

I have mixed feelings about them.

They released fourteen of these, until the publisher once again had to stop and wait for Inoue. The thing is, they were in some deep financial problems when this happened... and never again have we seen a new Vagabond release in my country's book stores. It's been more than two years now, so all hope of the releases being continued is gone.  :void:

These "luxury" editions were pretty expensive. A bit too much, maybe. I actually pay about the same price importing Viz Media's editions nowadays, taxes included and everything.

Well, that's all. It's pretty sad having two sets of abandoned Vagabond publishings on my shelf, so I thought I'd share my grief with you guys.

Thanks for reading.  :troll:

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