It’s been a pretty long wait – Some 12 years after the release of his first “Monkey King” manga, Japanese illustrator/manga artist Katsuya Terada is finally back with volume 2.
“Monkey King” (Saiyukiden Daienou) is a loose retelling of the Chinese classic novel “Journey to the West”, where Sun Wukong the Monkey Deity protects the monk Tripitaka as he makes his way to India in search of enlightenment. The journey is perilous, fraught with danger on every turn as powerful demons seek to capture Tripitaka, for his flesh, once consumed, grants immortality.
Here in Terada’s hands we have epic battles between the Monkey King and the demons decked out in lush and beautiful illustrations, complete with ripping muscles and grotesque creatures. Bondage is also a recurring theme in the pictures, something we’ve come to expect from Terada’s artwork. ( I’ve taken the liberty of censoring some pictures so the post remains largely PG. )
Every page and panel is an impressive work of art, though I do wish the publishers had released book in a slightly bigger format so that we can enjoy the intricate details even more. For folks who who can’t get enough of Terada’s artwork, I highly recommend “Zenbu”, “Rakugaking” and “VIVA IL CICLISSIMO!”.
(ab0ve) Cover for volume 1, you can get a copy of it here. I’ll try to post a review of the book later on.
- Dimensions – 8.3 x 5.8 x 0.5 inches
- Softcover, 152 pages
- Color, in Japanese language