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Rurouni Kenshin Vizbig 1: 1-3 (Rurouni Kenshin Vizbig Edition) [Paperback]

Nobuhiro Watsuki
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  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Viz Media (29 Jan 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1421520737
  • ISBN-13: 978-1421520735
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 8.6 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 394,145 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Set 150 years ago, Japan has just come out of a terrible civil war and is trying to take itself in a new direction. But there are many people who are all to willing to hold on to the fuedal past.

Kenshin is a vagabond, he played an important part in the civil war as the rebels Hitokiri, an assassin of sorts. But now armed with a reverse blade he is trying to make ammends for his past.

This takes in the opening story of Kenshin through to what could be considered the first major storyline and first major rival to Kenshin.

Rurouni Kenshin is a classic manga series. Originally published in Shounen Jump between 1995 to 1999, it was a beautifully drawn and well told story, that to many westerners, had not been told before. Set in the transition period between the end of the shogun to the role it played in becoming a world power again. Many of the characters portrayed in this series are based on real historical characters (but being an action series at heart some are much further away from the truth than others).

This book itself is the first in hopefully a long line of new collections from Viz Communications. This is the first book in the Vizbig line. There are several differences to the originally published version by Viz.

First is the size. It is somewhat larger in size than your standard manga collection. It is more the size of a DVD case. Also the paper quality is much better than the original imprint. Then there is the fact that this actually collects together the first three volumes. This means the collection will be complete in about 9 volumes.

The most important addition is the re-instatement of the colour pages. In the original Shonen Jump runs, each comic would get a chance to have some of the pages shown in colour.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Oro 7 Jun 2009
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Picture this: a feminine-looking, goofy swordsman who has vowed not to kill, but is secretly a lethal ex-assassin known as Hitokiri Battosai.

Yep, the title character of "Rurouni Kenshin" is a pretty unusual male lead for an action series. The first VIZBIG volume of Nobuhiro Watsuki's classic manga series -- containing the first three volumes of the manga) has some initial awkwardness as it introduces the main characters, but it's got plenty of action, plenty of delightfully wacky humor and a teeny hint of romance. Okay, more than a hint.

Searching for Hitokiri Battosai, a young dojo owner named Kaoru assaults a sword-carrying stranger... and promptly whips his butt. Turns out his sword blade is upside-down, and he insists that "this one is merely a rurouni... a traveling swordsman with no destination." Unfortunately someone using that name is disgracing Kaoru's dojo -- and they have their eyes on taking it over. It's only then that the mysterious Kenshin shows what he's really capable of.

Kaoru asks him to stay on, and it turns out to be a good thing -- the dojo becomes embroiled in the fate of a feisty young samurai boy, who's being used as a pickpocket for a gang of thugs, then with some cowardly ex-students. But the real dangers are when the town is visited by a deadly assassin who somehow paralyzes his victims, and takes Kaoru hostage to bring out Kenshin's full ferocity. And there's the Fight Merchant Zanza (real name: Sanosuke), a powerful young man seeking fights with strong opponents who is hired to fight Kenshin. But both have personal reasons to want to defeat Kenshin as well.

And Kenshin and Sanosuke end up in a particularly nasty situation when they rescue a young woman pursued by thugs...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome 25 Oct 2013
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Awesome good quality, looks like the pictures, really good collection. Good quality low price.
I will recomend this product to my friends
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great art, better story 22 Aug 2013
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Already knew Rurouni Kenshin from the anime, however the Manga version really stands out from the anime.

Great art. Every character is well designed and action scenes come out of the book.
The story is very good, and this edition comes with very nice insights from the author about the lifes of the characters that you would never know just by watching the anime.

The edition is of very good quality. First few pages are coloured which is lovely!
A must buy to every fan of Hitokiri Battousai!!!!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Big Edition Brings Big Entertainment and Savings! 1 Feb 2008
By Ash - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Applauds should be given to Viz for taking a step in this direction, we can only hope they add more series to their VizBig line up!

In this book, you get the first three volumes of the series (Vol I: Meiji Swordsman Romantic Story, Vol II: The Two Hitokiri, and Vol III: A Reason to Act). Pages 11 - 32 are in full color, which adds another dimension to the story, I was sad the color had to end. The last few pages also give us some wonderful color pictures from the original volumes, without text. We also get 2 end of volume specials, the first occurs a year before the series begins and the second is, as the author describes, sort of the 'pilot' episode of Rurouni Kenshin, where the details are a bit different than the actual story, but it's still the Rurouni we all love!

The size of the book allows us to look at the detail a bit better. Another feature I noticed was page numbers, which are great if you lose your place.

If you're new to the series, I recommend buying this version over the original 3 volumes as you get more for your money.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The only way to go 23 Jun 2008
By Eric Cason - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Everything about this is great. Besides the story, which mixes action and comedy in the right amount, the printing and paper quality is SO much better than most "normal" manga. With artwork this beautiful, you need it to be larger so you can really drink in the details and immerse yourself in the story. I only wish more manga were printed in this high quality format. Plus it's cheaper than buying them individually in an inferior format! Now if they'd only release them quicker...I hate waiting to see what happened next!
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fighter like no other 26 May 2009
By E. A Solinas - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Picture this: a feminine-looking, goofy swordsman who has vowed not to kill, but is secretly a lethal ex-assassin known as Hitokiri Battosai.

Yep, the title character of "Rurouni Kenshin" is a pretty unusual male lead for an action series. The first VIZBIG volume of Nobuhiro Watsuki's classic manga series -- containing the first three volumes of the manga) has some initial awkwardness as it introduces the main characters, but it's got plenty of action, plenty of delightfully wacky humor and a teeny hint of romance. Okay, more than a hint.

Searching for Hitokiri Battosai, a young dojo owner named Kaoru assaults a sword-carrying stranger... and promptly whips his butt. Turns out his sword blade is upside-down, and he insists that "this one is merely a rurouni... a traveling swordsman with no destination." Unfortunately someone using that name is disgracing Kaoru's dojo -- and they have their eyes on taking it over. It's only then that the mysterious Kenshin shows what he's really capable of.

Kaoru asks him to stay on, and it turns out to be a good thing -- the dojo becomes embroiled in the fate of a feisty young samurai boy, who's being used as a pickpocket for a gang of thugs, then with some cowardly ex-students. But the real dangers are when the town is visited by a deadly assassin who somehow paralyzes his victims, and takes Kaoru hostage to bring out Kenshin's full ferocity. And there's the Fight Merchant Zanza (real name: Sanosuke), a powerful young man seeking fights with strong opponents who is hired to fight Kenshin. But both have personal reasons to want to defeat Kenshin as well.

And Kenshin and Sanosuke end up in a particularly nasty situation when they rescue a young woman pursued by thugs... and it has something to do with a very potent, deadly kind of opium. To rescue her, they charge into the mansion of the wealthy Kanryu, who has hired some deadly bodyguards of his own -- the Oniwabanshu.

Nobuhiro Watsuki's "Rurouni Kenshin" has become a classic for its haunted pasts, explosive action and a wide array of antagonists -- some of whom don't stay that way, like Sanosuke. The first VIZBIG volume starts off fairly light-hearted by comparison, but gradually gains some darker shadings. Watsuki starts dipping into the darker side of life (such as Yahiko's miserable life and the) and the sociopolitical strife of the era (Sanosuke's tragic captain Sagara).

Obviously any series with a swordsman is going to have some action, and Watsuki delivers a whirlwind of sword blows and superhuman leaps, which can do anything from smashing an opponent's arm to slamming his head through the ceiling. But there's also plenty of comic relief in here, usually supplied by Kaoru's short fuse and Kenshin's space-cadet attitude ("... but now you've got nowhere to go!" "Hmm... so persistent... what can one do but surrender?")

Kenshin is a pretty likable if odd hero -- he's goofy, spacey, eager to please and polite to a fault, as well as being skinny and pretty-faced. But he gets creepy empty eyes when he starts fighting, and when Kaoru is threatened he becomes a deadly force to be reckoned with. Kaoru makes a good counterpart, being as blunt and strong-willed as Kenshin pretends not to be, while Yahiko is an unexpectedly likable younger sidekick. And Sanosuke makes a good later addition -- he's got a tragic past as part of the unjustly-maligned Sekihotai "false army," which still drives him on.

The VIZBIG edition is a pretty solid piece of work -- good binding, nice paper, some gorgeously vibrant color pages, and it contains the full content of the first three volumes (including the short story that the series was eventually based on). It's also larger, which makes it easier to read if someone were to find the usual pages too small.

The VIZBIG edition "Rurouni Kenshin Volume 1" is a solid start to an excellent series, as it introduces us to the legendary Battosai and his first round of adventures in late 19th-century Tokyo. Definitely a good read -- and it gets better.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This was fun! 21 Feb 2011
By Mathew A. Shember - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Manga is one of those things I wondered about. Finally, I decided to give it a try with Rurouni Kenshin. I was not disappointed.

This edition contains the first three volumes of the series.

Our hero is a spacey feminine looking swordsman is an extremely dangerous ex-assassin who has vowed to never kill again after a bloody war.

Our heroine is the owner of a small dojo which in itself is unusual considering the attitudes of the time. Of course there are no students. Turns out she was tracking the fabled assassin and promptly attacks Kenshin and pounds him. However, she is disappointed when she discovers he carries a saka-bato (a backwards sword) and he calls himself a rurouni; a traveling swordsman with no destination. Karoru figures she found a fool and gives up but is confronted by some thugs where she quickly learns Kershin is really dangerous.

She invites him to stay on. Her lonely existence is quickly eliminated when a pickpocket who is a young Samurai joins. The fight merchant comes looking for Kenshin hoping to find a decent challenge. Of course an assassin with special abilities shows up and we really see Kenshin shows his dangerous side.

Add in a mysterious beautiful woman running from a wealthy industrialist with a private army and deadly body guards called the Oniwabanshu and the fun really gets started.

The characters are well developed with their own personalities and quirks which make for a good story.

The art work is well done and greatly adds to the presentation of the story.

All in all, this was a fun read and I am looking for the next installment of the series. For any who are new to Manga, this is a great introduction.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New to manga? This is the way to go!!! 27 Mar 2008
By Angela T. Jeffers - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
As a dabbler only in the manga field I was familiar with the ttile but decided based on the price, this was a good try out book. I was not wrong!! Defintly worth your money as you get alot of story for the money. Actually cheaper than buying the individual books. Printed on strong paper with a handful of color pages at the front this is a compact beautiful apckage with a great starting story and I intend to buy all of the VIZBIG editions!
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