Manga Giveaway: Rurouni Kenshin Contest Winner

And the winner of the Rurouni Kenshin Contest is…Rij!

As the winner, Rij will be receiving the first omnibus volume of Nobuhiro Watsuki’s Rurouni Kenshin published by Viz Media. A big thank you to everyone who entered! As part of the giveaway, I had entrants tell me a little about their favorite samurai manga. Their responses can be read in the Rurouni Kenshin Contest comments. I was happy to see a lot of love for Natsume Ono’s House of Five Leaves (both the anime and the manga) which is a personal favorite of mine. The Samurai Champloo anime was also mentioned several times and I happen to adore that series as well. I haven’t read the manga adaptation yet, though.

As some of you probably know, I often use my manga giveaways as an excuse to create lists. This giveaway is no exception. Here for your samurai manga enjoyment are two lists. The first list consists of some favorite samurai series (identified by me and those who commented) while the second list collects other samurai manga that have been licensed in English. This list is almost certainly incomplete, but it’s what I could come up with off the top of my head.

Some favorite samurai series:
Blade of the Immortal by Hiroaki Samura
Gin Tama by Hideaki Sorachi
House of Five Leaves by Natsume Ono
Lone Wolf and Cub written by Kazuo Koike, illustrated by Goseki Kojima
Ōoku: The Inner Chambers by Fumi Yoshinaga
Satsuma Gishiden by Hiroshi Hirata
Samurai Deeper Kyo by Akimine Kamijyo
Usagi Yojimbo by Stan Sakai
Vagabond by Takehiko Inoue

And some more suggestions (licensed in English):
Afro Samurai by Takashi Ohazaki
Dororo by Osamu Tezuka
Kaze Hikaru by Taeko Watanabe 
Kurogane by Kei Toume
Lady Snowblood by written by Kazuo Koike, illustrated by Kazuo Kamimura
Path of the Assassin by Kazuo Koike, illustrated by Goseki Kojima
Peacemaker Kurogane by Nanae Chrono
Red Hot Chili Samurai by Yoshitsugu Katagiri
Rurouni Kenshin by Nobuhiro Watsuki
Samurai Champloo by Masaru Gotsubo
Samurai Crusader written by Hiroi Oji, illustrated by Ryoichi Ikegami
Samurai Executioner written by Kazuo Koike, illustrated by Goseki Kojima
Samurai Legend by Kan Furuyama 
Samurai Seven by Mizutaka Suhou
Samurai Shodown written by Kyoichi Nanatsuki, illustrated by Yuki Miyoshi

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