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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Amazing art meets chaotic storytelling, storytelling which does start to make sense some 70 or so pages in. Since I love mysteries anyway, I rolled with it and thoroughly enjoyed this sumptuously illustrated epic.

The full version of this story has books and some authors have considered this story on par with such classics as the Tao-Te-Ching.

The Monkey King: v. 1

Jul 02, Centauri rated it liked katsuyaa. I felt like each individual chapter of the novel had enough content to have filled out an entire novel on its own, and a lot of potential storyelling was simply lost.

Honestly, the plot was so scattered and just not well explained that I’m not really sure what this book’s about. Within the broader plot of The Journey to the Westand in folk and popular retellings kng 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.


What we have are a series terara non chronological scenes from “journey to the west” reimagined in graphic form with lashings of sex, gore and kink thrown in. Lastly, I would like to point out a few things.

The Monkey King: Volume 1 by Katsuya Terada

He is born from an alien-like cocoon atop a stone pillar that reaches into outer space. The early chapters particularly, seem to have been done as one-shots, with something maybe approximating a back story or plot only appearing in the second kin of the book.

Therefore, given the content and subject matter, The Monkey King is best classified within the fantasy action subcategory of the genre seinen. Katsuya Terada’s The Monkey King: Terada’s The Monkey King Volume 1 was created within the bounds of its literary genre and that context informs the production of salvation that is integral to the narrative’s function. After he did, turns out she has a grotesque ape-ish face. When he emerges, he immediately eats one of his wards. Yet the ape seems eager to combat the Buddha himself, though why and how remain unclear as this volume ends.

Terada presents one violent encounter per chapter, and transitions be damned. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. The second chapter tells of Sagojo’s Sha Monk conversion to the Buddhist path after also being beheaded by Monkey. Books by Katsuya Terada. Roy February 23rd, at 7: Thus, Terada’s narrative creates a codependence between the transgressive sexuality displayed within the manga and the pilgrims’ salvation and redemption.


Mar 29, Steve Cooper rated it it was amazing. It is only through breaking the boundaries of normative conduct that the villains can be conquered and the path to liberation secured. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life.

And thirdly, this isn’t the only volume; more is coming out eventually, hopefully soon.

The Monkey King (manga) – Wikipedia

You’ll notice I said “I think” it’s a prequel. Most scenes are just amazing eye candy, regardless of whether or not they make sense. I got this one for the art and I’m glad I did; the story itself is Feb 17, Leila Anani rated it really liked it Shelves: But from a literary perspective, the novel left much to be wanted.

By the second time it happens, you’ll know within the first or second panel that the hero is either in the past or in the present. The original JTTW is full of political? The chaotic arrangement of scenes reinforces the varying roles of Monkey: Instead of being crushed under a mountain by the Buddha, he is literally nailed to the side of a cliff. momkey

The next frame shows a close-up of the same scene.