Historical Manga and Period Pieces
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Posted 3/10/09 , edited 3/10/09
For the sake of order let's define historical manga as interpretations of historical figures/events, and period pieces as manga set in an older era.

Historical manga combines the realism of key figures/events in the past, and the fantastical imagination of mangaka. And it's educational.

What are your favorite historical manga? What did you like most about the manga? What draws you into this genre?

Period pieces always have an exotic edge to their allure. Whether it be shoujo manga (eg. Gekka no Kimi) or certain elements in shounen manga (eg. the samurai theme), the romanticized themes of the past taunt our curiosity and imagination.

What are your favorite period pieces? Why? Is your reason specific to the manga, or to the genre?

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My favorite historical manga:
1. Historie (a biography of Eumenes, the secretarial officer of Alexander the Great)

I love how Aristotle is one of the characters...

2. Cescare (about Cesare Borgia, an Spanish-Italian aristocrat of the Renaissance)

The historical accuracy is amazing in this one. From the inclusion of characters like Leonardo Da Vinci to the historically accurate Renaissance architecture... everything is on the ball.

3. Vagabond (about Mushishi, the great Japanese swordsman)

seriously... who doesn't love a samurai sword?

4. The Ravages of Time (an interpretation of the Romance of Three Kingdoms)

a little hard to read.... but definitely a masterpiece. I love the unique depiction of the characters.

My fave period pieces:
1. Emma

It reminds of something Jane Austen might do XD... Victorian courting is kick ass

2. Blade of the Immortal

swords? immortal? that's a lot of blood... =D

Posted 3/10/09
Hmmmm...I like Basara. Red River was also good, although I got tired of trying to finish it. Kakan No Madonna is another good choice...

Hisorical mangas can be good so long as the author knows how to balance history and fiction well. Too much history and the manga's dull. Too little and it's lost that unique feel.

I only just noticed your definitions, but I'm too lazy to rewrite my words.
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Posted 3/14/09

aprilapple wrote:

For the sake of order let's define historical manga as interpretations of historical figures/events, and period pieces as manga set in an older era.

Historical manga combines the realism of key figures/events in the past, and the fantastical imagination of mangaka. And it's educational.

What are your favorite historical manga? What did you like most about the manga? What draws you into this genre?

Period pieces always have an exotic edge to their allure. Whether it be shoujo manga (eg. Gekka no Kimi) or certain elements in shounen manga (eg. the samurai theme), the romanticized themes of the past taunt our curiosity and imagination.

What are your favorite period pieces? Why? Is your reason specific to the manga, or to the genre?

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My favorite historical manga:
1. Historie (a biography of Eumenes, the secretarial officer of Alexander the Great)

I love how Aristotle is one of the characters...

2. Cescare (about Cesare Borgia, an Spanish-Italian aristocrat of the Renaissance)

The historical accuracy is amazing in this one. From the inclusion of characters like Leonardo Da Vinci to the historically accurate Renaissance architecture... everything is on the ball.

3. Vagabond (about Mushishi, the great Japanese swordsman)

seriously... who doesn't love a samurai sword?

4. The Ravages of Time (an interpretation of the Romance of Three Kingdoms)

a little hard to read.... but definitely a masterpiece. I love the unique depiction of the characters.

My fave period pieces:
1. Emma

It reminds of something Jane Austen might do XD... Victorian courting is kick ass

2. Blade of the Immortal

swords? immortal? that's a lot of blood... =D



i just read Historie waiting for new chapter.........

its great :)
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Posted 3/15/09
Tail of the Moon

It might be a shojo, but is the most accurate ninja series I've read so far.
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