The Guin Saga Manga
The Seven Magi, Volume 1
By Kazuaki Yanagisawa (Illustrator)
(Vertical, Paperback, 9781932234800, 168pp.)
Publication Date: December 11, 2007
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
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An evil dragon and seven powerful magi scheme to control King Guin by using the plague and other calamities to lure him out of Cheironia. Aided by a priestess and an elder mage, the mighty leopard-masked warrior battles to save Cheironia from ruin.
Comic artist Kazuaki Yanagisawa is renowned for his fine pen touch and excellence at adapting sophisticated source material. Other works by Yanagisawa include Paparazzi (story by Lone Wolf and Cub's Kazuo Koike), a Megami Tensei comic based on the hit videogame cycle, and The Summer of Ocelot, adapted from the novel by former Golgo 13 storywriter Yoichi Funado.
The Guin Saga is the lifework of multi-talented Kaoru Kurimoto, who has written musicals based on her creation in addition to the bestselling novels. The Seven Magi first appeared in novel form in 1979 to great acclaim. The five-book opening episode of the saga proper is also being published by Vertical.
"This sword and sorcery tale has lightning fast pacing, and is gorgeously illustrated. The mysterious Guin is brave and heroic, and he’s willing to sacrifice himself to ease the suffering of his people." - Manga Maniac Cafe
"Like Conan, he’s become king of his land in this tale but as we well know, with great power comes great responsibility, especially when you’re a man of action rather than politics. So when his country is hit by a plague, he feels it’s his duty to go off adventuring in search of a cure, making this a perfect starting point for fantasy fans looking for a bit of eastern magic." - Grovel