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Merchandise (Open Thread)
« on: September 24, 2009, 02:59:47 AM »
Water: Vagabond Illustratiion Collection - Takehiko Inoue
ISBN: 1-4215-2058-3
Length: 164 pages

Water features Inoue’s masterful work in color. It also highlights artwork created specifically for this volume.

In a recent interview, Takehiko Inoue claimed that in his first major follow-up to Slam Dunk, he wanted to delve as deeply as possible into visual artistry. The result was the incredibly realized world of Vagabond, the Sistine Chapel of manga. This artbook captures the very best of Inoue's work, with images hand-selected by Inoue himself. Not one to skimp on color and image quality, Inoue also hand selected the specific printer. Water features Inoue’s masterful work in color. It also highlights artwork created specifically for this volume.


Sumi: Vagabond Illustration Collection - Takehiko Inoue
ISBN: 1-4215-2057-5
Length: 164 pages

Sumi presents Inoue's magnificent pen and brush work in black and white. It also includes a behind the scenes look at Vagabond with rough sketches and photos of Inoue's studio.

In a recent interview, Takehiko Inoue claimed that in his first major follow-up to Slam Dunk, he wanted to delve as deeply as possible into visual artistry. The result was the incredibly realized world of Vagabond, the Sistine Chapel of manga. This artbook captures the very best of Inoue's work, with images hand-selected by Inoue himself. Not one to skimp on reproduction and image quality, Inoue also hand selected the specific printer.

Sumi presents Inoue's magnificent pen and brush work in black and white. It also includes a behind the scenes look at Vagabond with rough sketches and photos of Inoue's studio.


Draw - Takehiko Inoue
DVD about the drawing of Vagabond.

Vagabond, Vol. 1 (VIZBIG Edition) - Inoue Takehiko
A Collection of Volumes 1 - 3
ISBN: 1-4215-2054-0
Length: 728 pages

Invincible Under the Sun
Real-life figure Miyamoto Musashi was the most celebrated samurai of all time. The quintessential warrior philosopher, Musashi authored A Book of Five Rings, a theoretical guide to military strategy still used today. But the path to enlightenment in feudal era Japan was fraught with peril. At seventeen years of age, Musashi--still known by his childhood name, Shinmen Takezo --was a wild young brute just setting out along the way of the sword.

In the aftermath of the epic Battle of Sekigahara, Takezo finds himself a fugitive survivor on the losing side of the war. Takezo's vicious nature has made him an outcast even in his own village, and he is hunted down like an animal. At this crucial crossroads in Takezo's life, an eccentric monk and a childhood friend are the only ones who can help him find his way.


Vagabond , Vol. 2 (VIZBIG Edition) - Inoue Takehiko
A Collection of Volumes 4 - 6
ISBN: 1-4215-2244-6
Length: 632 pages

Enlightenment
Real-life figure Miyamoto Musashi was the most celebrated samurai of all time. The quintessential warrior philosopher, Musashi authored A Book of Five Rings, a classic treatise in the canon of world philosophy and military strategy. But the path to enlightenment is an endless journey, and to get there through violent means--by way of the sword--makes mere survival an even greater challenge.

Musashi sets out for Nara intent on challenging the warrior monks of legendary Hozoin Temple. But Musashi's growing feelings for his childhood friend Otsu may prove to be a fatal distraction in his match against Inshun, the austere master of Hozoin's deadly spear technique!


Vagabond , Vol. 3 (VIZBIG Edition) - Inoue Takehiko
A Collection of Volumes 7 - 9
ISBN: 1-4215-2245-4
Length: 616 pages

One With Heaven and Earth
Musashi suffers a humiliating defeat against Inshun, the second-generation master of Hôzôin Temple. To prepare for a rematch, Musashi undertakes an intense spiritual and physical training regimen with a most unlikely teacher--Inshun's predecessor, the founder of the Hozoin Spear Technique. To attain the focus necessary to take on the most technically proficient and deadliest fighter he has ever faced, Musashi will first have to confront his own deep-seated personal demons.


Vagabond , Vol. 4 (VIZBIG Edition) - Inoue Takehiko
A Collection of Volumes 10 - 12
ISBN:   1-4215-2246-2
Length: 664 pages

Infinite Universe
Musashi endeavors to take on sword master Yagyû Sekishûsai, a man recognized by many to be the greatest swordsman of his time. But with Sekishûsai far past his prime, does Musashi truly believe that killing a seemingly helpless old man in his sleep will take him further along the path?


Vagabond , Vol. 5 (VIZBIG Edition) - Inoue Takehiko
A Collection of Volumes 13 - 15
ISBN: 1-4215-2247-0
Length: 624 pages

Glimmering Waves
In a remote seaside village, an abandoned infant is left to the care of a reclusive old man who has all but renounced the ways of the world. This helpless child is destined to become Sasaki Kojirô--the legendary archrival of Miyamoto Musashi. Inoue's unique take on this enigmatic figure lays the foundation for his fictional account of the most famous rivalry in Japanese history.


Vagabond , Vol. 6 (VIZBIG Edition) - Inoue Takehiko
A Collection of Volumes 16 - 19
ISBN: 1-4215-2280-2
Length: 584 pages

Sasaki Kojirô is the man destined to become Miyamoto Musashi's greatest rival and opponent in the most well-known duel in the annals of Japanese history. As a deaf-mute young man coming of age in a remote seaside village, Kojirô's innate ability with the sword is compelling him to strive to become even better. This drive takes him beyond the borders of his peaceful village into the violent and chaotic world of feudal era Japan in the midst of a bloody war. Striving for enlightenment by way of the sword, Miyamoto Musashi is prepared to cut down anyone who stands in his way.


Musashi - Eiji Yoshikawa
The classic samurai novel about the real exploits of the most famous swordsman.

Miyamoto Musashi was the child of an era when Japan was emerging from decades of civil strife. Lured to the great Battle of Sekigahara in 1600 by the hope of becoming a samurai--without really knowing what it meant--he regains consciousness after the battle to find himself lying defeated, dazed and wounded among thousands of the dead and dying. On his way home, he commits a rash act, becomes a fugitive and brings life in his own village to a standstill--until he is captured by a weaponless Zen monk.

The lovely Otsu, seeing in Musashi her ideal of manliness, frees him from his tortuous punishment, but he is recaptured and imprisoned. During three years of solitary confinement, he delves into the classics of Japan and China. When he is set free again, he rejects the position of samurai and for the next several years pursues his goal relentlessly, looking neither to left nor to right.

Ever so slowly it dawns on him that following the Way of the Sword is not simply a matter of finding a target for his brute strength. Continually striving to perfect his technique, which leads him to a unique style of fighting with two swords simultaneously, he travels far and wide, challenging fighters of many disciplines, taking nature to be his ultimate and severest teacher and undergoing the rigorous training of those who follow the Way. He is supremely successful in his encounters, but in the Art of War he perceives the way of peaceful and prosperous governance and disciplines himself to be a real human being.

He becomes a reluctant hero to a host of people whose lives he has touched and been touched by. And, inevitably, he has to pit his skill against the naked blade of his greatest rival.

Musashi is a novel in the best tradition of Japanese story telling. It is a living story, subtle and imaginative, teeming with memorable characters, many of them historical. Interweaving themes of unrequited love, misguided revenge, filial piety and absolute dedication to the Way of the Samurai, it depicts vividly a world Westerners know only vaguely. Full of gusto and humor, it has an epic quality and universal appeal.


Go Rin No Sho (The  Book of Five Rings) - Miyamoto Musashi
The Book of Five Rings  is one of the most insightful texts on the subtle arts of confrontation and victory to emerge from Asian culture. Written not only for martial artists but for anyone who wants to apply the timeless principles of this text to their life, the book analyzes the process of struggle and mastery over conflict that underlies every level of human interaction. The Book of Five Rings was composed in 1643 by the famed duelist and undefeated samurai Miyamoto Musashi.


The Unfettered Mind - Takuan Soho
So succinct are the author's insights that these writings have outlasted the dissolution of the samurai class to come down to the present and be read for guidance and inspiration by the captains of business and industry, as well as those devoted to the practice of the martial arts in their modern form.


Miyamoto Musashi: His Life and Writings - Kenji Tokitsu
Miyamoto Musashi, who lived in Japan in the fifteenth century, was a renowned samurai warrior. He has become a martial arts icon, known not just as an undefeated dueler, but also as a master of battlefield strategy. Kenji Tokitsu turns a critical eye on Musashi's life and writings, separating fact from fiction, and giving a clear picture of the man behind the myth. Musashi's best-known work, The Book of Five Rings , provides timeless insight into the nature of conflict. Tokitsu translates and provides extensive commentary on that popular work, as well as three other short texts on strategy that were written before it, and a longer, later work entitled "The Way to Be Followed Alone." Tokitsu is a thoughtful and informed guide, putting the historical and philosophical aspects of the text into context, and illuminating the etymological nuances of particular Japanese words and phrases. As a modern martial artist and a scholar, Tokitsu provides a view of Musashi's life and ideas that is accessible and relevant to today's readers and martial arts students.

About the Author
Kenji Tokitsu was born in Japan and began studying martial arts when he was a child. He has taught karate in Paris since 1971. In 1984, he founded the Shaolin-mon school, where he teaches a synthesis of the original combat arts of Japan and China. In 2001, he established the Tokitsu-ryu Academy (www.tokitsu.com) to teach and promote his method. Tokitsu also holds doctorates in sociology and in Japanese language and civilization.


The Samurai Trilogy - Hiroshi Inagaki
Based on the novel that has been called Japan's Gone With the Wind, Hiroshi Inagaki's acclaimed Samurai Trilogy is a sweeping saga of the legendary 17th-century samurai Musashi Miyamoto (portrayed by Toshiro Mifune) set against the turmoil of a devastating civil war. Now available for the first time together in a specially priced gift pack, the films follow Musashi's odyssey from unruly youth to enlightened warrior in an epic tale of combat, valor, and self-discovery.


Vagabond Sculpture Arts Musashi (PVC Figure)
Manufacturer: SQUARE ENIX
Material: Polyresin
Series: Sculpture Arts
Original: Vagabond
Release Date: September 2008


Vagabond Sculpture Arts Sasaki Kojiro (PVC Figure)
Manufacturer: SQUARE ENIX
Material: Polyresin
Series: Sculpture Arts
Original: Vagabond


Vagabond Sculpture Arts Yoshioka Seijuro (PVC Figure)
Manufacturer: SQUARE ENIX
Material: Polyresin
Series: Sculpture Arts
Original: Vagabond
Release Date: April

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Re: Merchandise (Open Thread)
« Reply #1 on: September 24, 2009, 03:17:08 AM »
Way to go Griff. You even have the BUY NOW! option availible, I like it. :ganishka:
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Re: Merchandise (Open Thread)
« Reply #2 on: September 24, 2009, 03:46:25 AM »
Yep, gotta pimp the Vagabond wares. I got them all setup for purchase in the Volume thread too, which takes you to Viz, who sells through amazon conveniently enough. I made all the non Viz official links go through amazon as well, except when not possible, such as with the Kojiro statue. :griffnotevil:

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Re: Merchandise (Open Thread)
« Reply #3 on: September 28, 2009, 02:50:24 PM »

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Re: Merchandise (Open Thread)
« Reply #4 on: September 28, 2009, 03:19:25 PM »
This is an excellent effort. We should do something similar for the Berserk Encyclopedia.  :slan:
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Re: Merchandise (Open Thread)
« Reply #5 on: September 28, 2009, 04:37:50 PM »
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=130332450356&ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT

Now I need to find time to read 'em.   :iva:

Congratulations, that's awesome, Pippin!

This is an excellent effort. We should do something similar for the Berserk Encyclopedia.  :slan:

Something like this would be good:

http://www.skullknight.net/encyclopedia/merchandise/index.html

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Re: Merchandise (Open Thread)
« Reply #6 on: September 28, 2009, 05:00:38 PM »
Something like this would be good:

http://www.skullknight.net/encyclopedia/merchandise/index.html

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Yeah well yours is quite a bit better, and provides direct purchasing links. That's what I meant.
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« Reply #7 on: September 28, 2009, 11:38:12 PM »
Those figures are nice

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Re: Merchandise (Open Thread)
« Reply #8 on: September 29, 2009, 02:52:48 AM »
Yeah, there's also some action figures that are pretty cool. I believe it's Takezo, In'ei, Inshun, Musashi, and Baiken, at least those are the five I know of.