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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Apr 14, Olivia Dunlap rated it liked it Shelves: There’s a problem loading this menu right kimg. He is always faithful to the male Priest in the original.

The font, which appears to be a very stylized form of hand-written calligraphy, is very hard to read because it is so small. Return to Book Page.

As Goku travels across the land with his charge and his pig companion, all you really get is a constant stream of battles with disgusting demons. Being a westerner, I find myself grasping at plot threads trying desperately to assemble a complete and chronological story in my head.

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This page uses JavaScript for certain types of content, so we strongly recommend that you enable JavaScript for browsing mnkey site. The journey is perilous, fraught with danger on every turn as powerful demons seek to capture Tripitaka, for his flesh, once consumed, grants immortality.

Instead of being crushed under a mountain by the Buddha, he is literally nailed to the side of a cliff. Terada may treat her differently because, katsuys all of the other women in the comic, the Ox King’s wife is not a demon, monster, or religious character but a human. Therefore, given the content and subject matter, The Monkey King is best classified within the fantasy action subcategory of the genre seinen. All of this is overlaid with a word balloon, presumably coming from Pig, that reads, “NO!

This creates a power dynamic that places the female characters in a position of vulnerability and conjures sado-voyeuristic emotions in the reader, who is assumed to be male given the seinen manga genre conventions. While both versions have certain masculinist agendas the traditional narrative highlighting the female stereotype as a ravenous sexual being and the Terada version taking away female agencythe graphic novel keeps with kihg elements of its seinen genre by hypersexualizing its women, all of whom are depicted as large-breasted and nude, and who lack the agency to act or often even to return the gaze of the on-looking reader who has full access to her body.


Chapter four opens with Monkey holding a supplicant Sanzo, wading next to Pig inside the belly of a flesh-made cauldron in which they are about to be distilled into liquor.

Books by Katsuya Terada. In order to combat these evils, the Monkey King has to be just as ruthless as they are in order to gain the upper hand. The ths is lovely, but more violent than my taste YMMV.

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The narrative of immediate, future, and infinite salvation is interconnected with the sexual activities of the pilgrims.

But sex as salvation also has broader metaphysical and soteriological implications for Monkey. Fantasy Fantasy Books Graphic Novels: Within the broader plot of The Journey to the Westand in folk and popular retellings of the narrative, Monkey has embarked on this journey to India in order to obtain merit to free him of the negative karma that he gained during his exploits into Heaven, depicted in chapters five through seven and ten through twelve in The Monkey King.

The biggest change I saw is that he is already born with his great strength, magic, and invincible immortality.

Chapter three is yet another tale of vanquishing a demon. Here, Terada seems to employ the supplicant nature of the mantra, which literally translates to “I bow to the Buddha Amida.

What other items do customers buy after viewing this item? However, the sexual activities of Monkey and Sanzo function within the narrative as methods of salvation rather than obstacles to spiritual attainment. In order to discuss the comic, it is first necessary to situate it within its literary and cultural context.

Volume 2 has more of a plot and goes off on some pretty weird tangentsbut volume 1 is like a collection of twrada bible stories. Gelungen und schon sehr barock sind die Charakterisierungen der Kumpane: The monsters are grotesque and the scantily clad women are beautiful. Regardless, I still don’t regret my purchase, if only for the fantastic visual style. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. Kekuatan komik ini adalah pada lukisannya yang detail dan cantik.


I am familiar with both Wu Cheng’en’s classic Chinese work “Journey to the West” and with the stories of Buddhism in general but I have to admit I was lost for the first half of this; the odd page coalesced and made me think “ah, here we go” only for the kkatsuya to zoom away from me again. The original JTTW is full of political? Terada presents one violent encounter per chapter, and transitions be damned. Terada has taken the familiar building blocks of the story; transported them to a dangerous, seedy neighbourhood; and used them to construct a seductive piece of architecture.

University of Chicago Press, It was good that I did because I don’t think I would have liked it as much. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. This chapter depicts Monkey’s birth from the cosmic stone egg, tefada before his conversion to Buddhism.

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Book ratings by Goodreads. AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. In other words, the world of the original is not all bunnies and butterflies.

Dont try it if you dont know the original story. And thirdly, this isn’t the only volume; more is coming out eventually, hopefully soon.

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Want to Read saving…. I’d like to read this book on Kindle Don’t have a Kindle? We use cookies to give you the best possible experience. We have bondage nuns, nude babes turning i This graphic novel is one of those that has a marmite effect. The next frame shows an even closer view of monkey’s face, now furrowed with a plan of action.