Vagabond, Vol. 18
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Nominated for a 2003 Eisner Award in the category for Best Writer/Artist! Kojiro is invincible under the sun! Sasaki Kojiro, renowned for his deadly "swallow-cut," is the man destined to be sword-saint Miyamoto Musashi's greatest rival and opponent in the most well-known duel in the annals of Japanese history. While Musashi is an untamed beast driven by pure instinct, Kojiro is an icy cold-blooded killer. Blood and carnage abound when these two young men have a chance encounter at the Battle of Sekigahara.
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"7.5/10 While walking a new venture, Sasaki Kojiro & his new master Ito Ittosai (god of the sword) walk to new destination with a banner claiming to be invincible. A man by the name Muso Gonnosuke challenged Sasaki, and tried to fight him (He was actually attacking ito, he mixed them up). Ito puts him down quickly and walks on. He comes back more prepared and tries to attack again, but Ito tells Sasaki to fight him instead. Sasaki beats him with his practice sword with ease and walks away. Then, when Muso hears the name of ito, he realizes he’s the god of the sword he’s been looking up to all his life and he’s the reason he left his village to be a swordsmen. He follows them wherever they go and wants to learn from them. A challenger appears to see if Kojiro Sasaki is really invincible and challenges him to a fight with swords. He is easily put down by Sasaki and killed. This is the new life that Kojiro Sasaki will live to become a reknowned swordsman. Ito wants people to approach him and feel the need to prove Sasaki being invincible wrong. This is where Sasaki will test his skills. For a new challenge Sensei Ito brings Kojiro to a battle friend and tells people from the army they are enemies. Just for Kojiro can see what real battle is like. Before the army arrives a swordsman’s comes and asks if they are enemies or not, turns out to be a young takezo. When the soldiers come to kill Kojiro and everyone, Kojiro started to kill the soldiers and takezo comes back and joins in. Gonnosuke also joins in but tries to be just like Kojiro and takezo because he aspires to be like them one day but he’s weak to Kojiro. The volume ends with enemies that look like stragglers from an army. They want to cut down anyone in their way while ito is being kojiro to the forest where he became the best version of himself to survive. "