Katsuya Terada’s take on the legend of the Monkey King in a savage, lusty saga that The Portland Tribune calls “a Buddhist version of Conan the Barbarian. The Monkey King also known as Katsuya Terada’s The Monkey King, is a fantasy manga series, written and illustrated in full color by Katsuya Terada. Story[edit]. Based on the 16th-century, Chinese fantasy adventure classic, Journey To The West (also the inspiration for Dragon Ball!) Katsuya Terada’s.

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The Monkey King (manga) – Wikipedia

I mean, come on; if Journey to the West was an epic of over two thousand pages, a graphic novel trying to represent it should feel a little bit more substantial.

Books by Katsuya Terada. The narrative of immediate, future, and infinite salvation is interconnected with the sexual activities of the pilgrims. Buddhism in China has splintered into numerous sects because the original teachings have become corrupted. Mar 29, Steve Cooper rated it it was amazing.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. All content is c ImageTexT – unless otherwise noted. The next page clarifies what is taking place within the episode Figure 4. In order to combat these evils, the Monkey King has to be just as ruthless as they monkej in order to gain the upper hand.

The Monkey King: v. 1

Pig, worried that they will soon be dissolved and fermented, implores Monkey to do something Figure 2. Too raunchy and scrambled for me. Additionally, Monkey’s form is represented more abstractly: This cocoon is being watched over by a strange race of half-naked bird women.

Yes, it’s dark and savage, and possibly a bit sacrilegious to a Buddhist, but the starkness of the hero if he can be called that and his rampaging nature really adds a lot to the story. Wird er meist als charismatisch, witzig und clever beschrieben, tauchen hier seine dunklen Seiten auf: The monk is some kind of vessel for a power that is outside the control of Law and Order so possibly also Buddha’s enemy.

Return to Book Page. Chapter eight opens with Monkey locked in a pillory, with nails driven through his eyes and arms. All that being said, it’s a sexy bunch of art and great Be-a-u-ti-ful artwork. Terada’s The Monkey King is not only a novel seinen presentation of Journey to the Westteradq also a unique adaptation that develops the story into a Japanese narrative that builds upon indigenous understanding of monsters and demons.


The original has him emerge alone from a stone atop the earth-based Mountain of Flowers and Fruits. The final frame of the page focuses closely on Monkey’s outstretched tongue, about to lick the breast of the nun. Each of the genres have specific aesthetics and styles associated with their format and subject matter, which further subdivide the categories i. I think it’s a prequel of sorts to “Journey To The West,” albeit more graphic and violent.

In the next row of frames, we see her tongue pushing through the back of the demon’s head while a supplicant miniature being presumably either Amida Buddha, whom she is incanting, or perhaps the bodhisattva Gaun-yin, who helps the pilgrims of the narrative along their journey protrudes from the terzda of the demon.

But I entered into this book knowing that it is a “retelling” and not necessarily faithful to the monkeey narrative.

Instead, the many Monkey stories act as a hall of mirrors reflecting the cultures and languages from which they originate as well as the other expressions of the narrative.

AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. He doesn’t shrink from creating panels that demand scrutiny, nor from injecting tue, never gratuitously, into the spectacular proceedings.

Chapter five tells of Monkey, Seiten Taisai, [3] and his kjng of heaven. Dark Horse September 20, Language: The art however spurred me on, it’s amazing and Definitely not the Masaaki Sakai version from my youth!

The Monkey King: Volume 1 by Katsuya Terada

The role of the sexual acts as redemptive is more clear when viewed within the larger context of the narrative; this is especially true of the episode contained within chapter five. Other books in the series. Manga Versions of the Tale of Genji. Terada attempts to truncate a multitude of the King’s adventures into five to ten pages each, with little explanation for the transitions and context be First of all, the art in Katsuya Terada’s The Monkey King is the reason that I pursued the graphic novel in the first place, and in that respect, it did not disappoint.


Share your thoughts with other customers. All images are used with permission or are permissible under fair use. I have deemed this representation of sexual activity “transgressive” for two reasons. The artwork is amazing, as expected, but unless someone knows the tale beforehand, there are things nigh on impossible to understand in the narrative. Whereas in the one hundred-chapter version of the novel and many other tellings, the monk is assailed more often than not by female demons who desire to have intercourse with him, Terada portrays the females as objects that are to be dealt with as Monkey decides.

Katsuya Terada’s The Monkey King: Volume 2

In this Japanese retelling, Terada reconstructs the narrative of the Monkey’s Journey to the West and introduces an eroticism that far surpasses most previous renditions. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. Lastly, I would like to point out a few things.

Started this, and in all honesty I found the plot slightly confusing, or at least not gripping. With her tongue freed, she begins to place her tongue into the Ox King’s mouth while whispering ” Na … mu … ” in Japanese characters, which are the first two syllables of the incantation of Amida Buddha Namu Amida Butsuthe bodhisattva of infinite light and the primary object of devotion and aid within the Japanese Pure Land Buddhist tradition Figure 5.

Story and writing sucks, but you come for the blood, guts, and art. I read other reviews on this graphic novel before I purchased it. This essay is the intellectual property of the author and cannot be printed or distributed without the author’s express written permission other than excerpts for purposes consistent with Fair Use.

Please try again later. In fact, he is portrayed as a cold-blooded killer himself.