So is it official that everyone is done farming now?
He can't get any better at drawing, can he?
Guts has yet to find his on the island.
Shusaku has gone to the heavenly paddy fields, where eternal rice planting soothes the souls of the dead. Back on Earth, Musashi carries within him the Rice Seed of Life that shall guide him in his mortal life, and upon his death make his souls sprout all the way up to Heaven.
"the best" at drawing was always an illusion, anon, it has no meaning
So now that Musashi has mastered the Sword and the Rice, will the next 50 chapters be dedicated to mastering the Tea or the Paint?
For a second I thought you were saying he is bad at drawing.
And for one single moment of misunderstanding, I experienced more rage than I think the human body is built to handle.
The Buddha carving.
Hasn't he already mastered that? Although I believe mastering the Paddle comes before Tea and Paint.
How's the author going to explain Musashi's sudden character turnaround when he acts like a dick and turns up late to his fight just to fuck with Kojiro
I just want to watch him develop the two sword style, when does that happen?
He draws better than the actual guy did :^)
Ten, maybe twenty years from now?
Man, I could win a duel against that midget-armed moleman, no sweat.
How is that a change in character?
In the fight with the monk whose name escapes me, he threw sand in his face.
Musashi cheats all the time, but it's okay if you call it 'strategy.'
He already used it once when he was fighting those four guards.
But I know that's not what you mean.
>winning duel to the death
>being a dick
There's no cheating when you're trying to kill one another.
But that was before the all of the character development he has experienced since then. Do you think he's going to use underhanded means now he's reached rice-enlightenment?
But there is a clear line between a duel and a fight.
A duel has rules.
Musashi does not duel, he fights.
Yes, because Musashi is a brutal martial artist.
Even being wise, he is still brutal, and he does what he has to to win.
There are many like that even now.
I remember that one of Bruce Lee's favorite techniques was a counter block that is used to poke someone in the eyes.
That's pretty dirty.
You know what I see when I hear about Musashi being late and braining Kojiro with a paddle? I see a man who is embarrassed over being late to an appointment, a man who forgot his sword in his rush to get to the agreed upon location, and instead of calling it off handicaps himself by arming himself with a paddle. Think about it, a paddle. Paddles are not proper weapons, at least not when compared to steel swords. We've no reason to believe that Musashi has ever used a paddle before, so it's not like he's fought a gazillion duels to the death with one. And people try to tell me he did it to gain an advantage? Get the fuck outta here. Bringing a paddle to a sword fight is a handicap, not a clever ruse.
Well, yes, Musashi wasn't a useless samurai (not at that point, at least) whose class came up with the concept of "honourable duels to the death" in order to prune out the violent dickweeds who kept messing up everyone else's hard work of living off the work of starving peasants.
I actually liked the farming arcs in Vinland Saga & Vagabond.
They offered great character development.
Vagabond, yes. Vinland Saga, too drastic and hamfisted. Completely erasing a character's personality and replacing it with something entirely different in order to get the story moving in the right direction is not great or even good character development.
The first time Musashi killed a man, he did it with a wooden stick.
It isn't a disadvantage, and I think Musashi himself is the one who said he was late for strategic reasons.
>The first time Musashi killed a man, he did it with a wooden stick.
But that was some scrub that Musashi killed before he owned a proper sword.
>I think Musashi himself is the one who said he was late for strategic reasons
I don't think he ever said anything about it, at least nothing that was recorded or passed down.
At the expense of everything else.
If "everything else" means "pointless bloodshed" then yes, you're right.
Whoa whoa whoa
Watching Musashi kill people is one of the main reasons I read Vagabond
I have really enjoyed the farming arc though
The art was great during the Yoshioka arc, not only that but it led to an aftermath for Musashi to sort out. Each time Musashi commits one of these "pointless bloodsheds" he grows a little bit, he changes just a little bit.
Personally I think it's interesting to read because of this.
The pointless bloodshed IS great, but the farm arc's also had plot progression. It's basically the only reason he decided to go to Kokura, after begging for rice from that samurai.
Musashi vs. the Yoshioka 70 is one of the greatest fights in the fucking history of manga.
There's no special attack, no bullshit, just Musashi cutting down man after man until he doesn't even know what's happening.
>mfw that entire scene
And you think Musashi would have gotten to where he is now without that "pointless bloodshed"?
Where can I learn to draw like this?
I respectfully disagree, though I see where you're coming from.
To me, it just looked like Thorfinn had lost his entire reason of living (killing Askeladd, the most alpha character in the series).
It just showed that he had become an empty shell without bloodlust, and I thought the way the farming arc changed his character was great.
But hey, everyone has their own opinions.
On your desk with patience.
A lifetime of drawing.
I also loved how the monk was quoted after he killed all 70.
Just the way it was portrayed was great.
That would be great.
>Guts finally reach Elfheim after 6 fucking years on the boat
>Next 50 chapters are just about him farming.
This is bullshit, there are lots of mangakas who run for years without being able to draw that well.
Of course you could argue that those people just don't work hard enough, but the truth is that Inoue is a god, simple as that.
Obviously not, going down a different road would mean a different story. But by "pointless" I meant that there was nothing positive in it for anyone involved, and Musashi's development from there on out is basically the realization of that.
At the crossroads.
No, those mangaka you're mentioning just don't practice what Inoue does. Practice makes you better at what you practice, practicing a bad style won't make you good at anything but the bad style.
I just wish they hadn't done that timeskip
I wanted to see him slowly get to that point
Agreed, he could've kept most of the sour attitude and followed Leif on a journey back home or something, without the farmyears his family likely would've recognized him faster, and he would've had to struggle to accept warmth and a non-violent lifestyle and so much good could have come from it but no, he just had to go "Hurr Askeladd ded so Thorfinn went 404 and they bought him a new harddrive instead."