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10-09-2022

21:43

Finished Vagabond. Some scattered thoughts below

It's almost painful to write this thread because the moment I press tweet, it's the end of the most incredible journey I've been on for a long time. Let me first get out of the way how perfect Vagabond is from a technical standpoint.

Perfect is actually the wrong term cuz Inoue sets for himself that kind of standard with each arc, and manages to surpass it with the very next. It's BEYOND perfect. This was so mind-blowing to me that for the majority of my read, I neglected the most important thing about it.

I think I spent too much time obsessing over Inoue's genius with the technical aspects of storytelling. Vagabond, while genuinely a masterpiece in that regard, isn't something I should've read with that mindset.

I've often spoken to my mutuals about how intensely personal this manga is. No two people have the same experience with it. Now if you asked me what Vagabond means to me, I couldn't tell you properly. Not because it doesn't mean a lot; quite the opposite, in fact.

I can't put into words what Vagabond means to me. Similar to my experience with Kokou no Hito, but magnified by a lot. And while the manga teaches you not to be bound by words because they tend to box you in, that's many steps away. Having words in the first place is step 1.

Thats probs the worst thing to say in a review thread but whatever. I'm writing this for myself, and maybe for the 4 people that will actually read this. On a reread, I mean to explore what this manga achieves on a much more personal level. Lemme stop rambling though.

One thing I wanna talk about before I do the top 5 things is Musashi's journey, and how the manga feels more like a study of his character than a comic book depicting events. One of the best aspects of the manga, in fact, and surprisingly underrated.

The most impactful lesson of the manga is how our fates are preordained, and that's the reason why we're completely free. Compatibilism. Musashi discovers the truth of these words in the Farming arc.

What's interesting is how the structure of the manga itself contributes to this lesson. Musashi's path as depicted by the manga has already been decided. In fact, by revealing Matahachi to be the narrator of the story, Inoue lets us know that both his journey and destination -

- are already decided. But with this, following the idea of compatibilism, it attributes to Musashi freedom. He decides what to make of his journey. It adds hugely to how organic all of Vagabond's characters feel, despite most of them technically being Musashi's extensions.

Even the exhibition chapter has this function. It provides a definitive end to Musashi's journey as he faces his trauma and achieves nirvana. We know he reaches his destination. It's up to him what he wants to get out of his journey.

It's a funny thing; by giving up your desire to control, you gain a deeper control. It's a beautiful thing, we could all learn from it, especially in today's world. Vagabond has so much to offer. It's profound enough to move a young 19yo to tears.

Anyway let's do the top 5 things. Characters: Musashi, Matahachi, Kojiro, Ito, Shusaku Arcs: Farming (greatest of all time btw), Wandering, 2nd Yoshioka, Kojiro, Yagyu Chapters: I actually don't know beyond Exhibition and 301

@readdgm @OmarAGSatisfy @LeaderKS456 @25thToshi @SherminatorF @ripmujin @Hedonis_ @lbr_nova @yeagerexcelency @9thchosen @DecisiveSatisfy @SpeedWeed125 Thank you guys for joining me on this journey. I know a lotta others tapped in that weren't part of the tags, thank you all.

@cactuzzshash @NOTFlJl @nfmaster_99 thank you for putting me on this journey. Never met you lot but I love you anyway. Lastly, thank you Takehiko Inoue for creating Vagabond.



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