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Seinen Wednesday 3: Kaze no Yojimbo

Let’s take a break from Manga and divert to anime this week.

Kaze no Yojimbo is one of the first Seinen anime series I have ever watched. Thinking back, it might be one of the titles which converted me into a fan of the seinen genre.

By Studio Pierrot
Genre: Action, Adventure, Mystery Seinen
Aired: 2001

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Kaze no Yojimbo (trans. Bodyguard of the Wind) is a 2001/2002 Japanese animated television series based on Akira Kurosawa’s chanbara film Yojimbo.

The series follows George Kodama into the small town of Kimujuku. The wanderer quickly realizes he is an unwelcomed visitor and becomes caught up in a violent conflict between rival crime syndicates.

Seinen Wednesday 2: The Path of the Assassin (Hanzo no Mon)


By Koike Kazuo and Kojima Goseki
Genre: Historical, Martial Arts, Mature, Seinen
Scanlation status: Completed
Read Online: Homeunix Manga

From Dark Horse:

Path of the Assassin, called Hanzo no Mon in Japan, is the story of Hattori Hanzo, the fabled master ninja whose duty it was to protect Tokugawa Ieyasu. Ieyasu was the shogun who would unite Japan into one great nation. But before he could do that, he had to grow up and learn how to love the ladies!

As the secret caretaker of such an influential future leader, not only does Hanzo use vast and varied ninja talents, but in living closely with Ieyasu, he forms a close friendship with the young shogun.

Forget the high tech loaded, gun slinging, sword swaying, over imaginative action Seinen. Today, I am going to introduce you to the art of war the ancient Japanese way. The Path of the Assassin is a must read, especially for historical manga fan.

Seinen Wednesday 1: Ikigami


By Mase Motoro
Genre: Drama, Mature, Mystery, Psychological, Seinen
Scanlation status: On Going
Read Online: Manga Fox

From MangaFox:

The Japanese government has launched a brand new law: because of the lazyness and apathy of Japan’s people it was decided that someone, daily and randomly, will be chosen and killed with a poisoned capsule in order to “bring to life again” and wake up the others.
The person elected will be warned with an ikigami (or death’s notice) and after this he/she will have only 24 hours left to live.
What will those condemned think and do during this short time?

Hime’s 5 On Going Otaku Manga List

Hime’s premier visit to Akihabara shall be celebrated with a manga list! Yay! Not just any manga list! This time I am listing five on-going manga scanlation on the otaku subject which I am following.

Just a random thought:
Interestingly, all the manga I am listing (and most out there) are in the Shounen & Seinen genre. I think it’s because most extreme otaku are guy and they can relate to this topic. What do you think?

Anyway, here’s the list.


Barihaken
By Suzuki Shinya
Genre: Comedy, School Life, Shounen
Scanlation status: On Going
Read Online: Manga Fox

Mitarashi Dango is an otaku, who by a stroke of luck (or misfortune) accidentally knocked out the strongest fighter in his school. From that day on, he was worshiped by his school’s delinquents and had no choice to become their leader. Although, deep down inside, he cannot shed his otaku self and his dream of finding the ‘perfect’ girlfriend. This is the story of his double life.

Hime’s Pick: Wolf Guy

I started reading this manga randomly because of its somehow enticing title. I mean.. Wolf Guy sounds like rrrr. Haha. Although, the story description sounds very common. It goes:

Ms. Aoshika is not only divorced, but an under appreciated teacher at her job. But one drunken mishap leads her to witness firsthand the brutal assault and murder of a young man. However, after fainting, she awakens to discover that all of the assailants have been seriously wounded.

And to her further surprise, the next day she discovers that not only is the young man, Akira, she met the night before alive, but he is now her new transfer student.

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