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Katsuya Terada's The Monkey King Volume 2 (Anglais) Broché – 1 mai 2012

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The definitive adaption of the classic Monkey King tale! 17 août 2012
Par Nam Hien Nguyen - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
I've been a longtime fan of Katsuya Terada since seeing his fantastic illustrations the old issues of Nintendo Power magazine from way back in the late 80s/early 90s. I'm glad to see that he's still at it and has shown no signs of quitting anytime soon. Every single thing he draws just oozes with pure awesomeness and this entire book is no exception.

This book, volume 2, is the sequel to the earlier volume 1 book The Monkey King Volume 1 (v. 1), which was actually originally published 12 years prior to this one. I've no idea why it took Katsuya Terada so long, but it was worth the wait!


This book follows the story of The Monkey King, the ultimate legendary badass in all of world mythology, as he battles freaky-looking demons, as well as sexy demons, on a journey to the west, along with a cowardly pig, a living disembodied head ( who inexplicably begins to grow a body ), and a super-powered monk in the form of an embryo stored inside the body of a woman. The Monkey King's ultimate goal is to kill The Buddha, who in this adaption, is an invincible giant shape-shifting world-dominating being!

This volume revolves around two plot points: Naga, a rival character to Goku, emerges to stir up trouble. And unexpected consequences occur when the disciples decide to transfer Sanzo's embryo into a demon's body. These stories are in addition to several side stories, including an encounter with some tragic snow demons, the story of how The Monkey King obtained his staff, and the humorous misadventures of Hakkai the pig.

In case you don't know, these stories are, in fact, mostly based (albeit loosely with ample amounts of gratuitous violence and nudity) on chapters from the original Journey to the West tale, not simply invented by Terada. It might be easy to assume that Terada is being sacrilegious to the original Buddhist themes of the story by taking it and inserting mindless sex and violence, but the Buddhist symbolism is actually still there.

For instance, the monk Sanzo's disciples each represent flaws in the human mind as defined by Buddhist philosophy. For example, the pig Hakkai is a representation of temptations and pleasures. It is Hakkai's cravings and desires for these things that get him into trouble. Goku is a representation of anger and rage - it is his propensity to launch into violence without thinking things through that get him into trouble. These deep themes are all present in the book - it's not mindless violence, it's philosophical!

My favorite of these subtle themes, however, is Terada's depiction of Shaka (a.k.a. Buddha). Shaka Nyorai's name - specifically the "Nyorai" part - has the thought-provoking meaning of being present everywhere, yet not specifically defined at any one place. It's clear that Terada understands this concept, because my favorite moment in the book is when the Monkey King realizes the truth behind this meaning himself, because Terada's depiction of this revelation is nothing short of spectacular.

If anyone asks you to explain Buddhism to them, just show them this book!


Be warned, the content in this book is extreme - the explicit content parental advisory warning on the cover is certainly well deserved.

I don't consider myself much of a prude when it comes to seeing violence and nudity, but some of the violence in this book made even me wince. Did we really have to see a naked decapitated corpse sliced open with a knife? Yikes! Avoid this book if you have a weak stomach.

Also, the sheer awesomeness of the action and everything else is enough for me to overlook some of the perverted aspects, such as Terada's questionable fetish for drawing bound and naked women. That's in addition to just about every female depicted with giant exposed breasts. Since everything is so extreme to the point of ridiculousness, at some point nothing's actually shocking anymore, but I do wish Terada would tone things down sometimes - maybe just a little bit.


If you found yourself confused by the first volume, which assumed that you're already familiar with the Journey to the West story, which is widely known across Asia, but perhaps not so much elsewhere, this volume is actually more forgiving than the previous volume, because whereas Vol 1 comprised of disjointed episodes that frequently jumped back and forth between past and present, Vol 2 is more straightforward.

Of course, if you don't understand anything, there's also a well written essay at the end of the book, detailing helpful things such as the intricacies of the translation, the historical context, and the relation between this book and the original tale.


This book, along with the previous volume, easily ranks among my favorite comic-books. I can't wait for volume 3! (...that is, if Terada ever gets around to drawing it...).
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sex monsters and madness 5 juin 2012
Par Abelardo C. Cerda - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
what can I say? If you've read the first volume you know what to expect. Not much story but some God-tier art and amazing character designs
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An Irreverent and Irrelevant Adaptation of 'Journey to the West' 23 juin 2014
Par EisNinE - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
This is the second volume of Katsuya Terada's comic adaptation of 'Journey to the West', a 16th century Chinese novel that tells the story of a monk, Xuanzang, who travels to India to obtain sacred texts, dissatisfied with the poor Chinese translations of Buddhist scripture. Although the novel, attributed to Wu Cheng'en, is based on historical accounts of the real-life monk's pilgrimage to India in 630 AD, the novel adds fantastic elements from Taoism, Buddhism and folk tales, including three inhuman protectors sent to the monk by the Buddha -- one of which was 'The Monkey King' -- as well as a dragon prince who serves as Xuanzangs' steed. The character of the Monkey King, Sun Wukong, is the subject of the novel's opening chapters, a powerful demi-god who calls himself the 'Great Sage Equal to Heaven' and challenges the Taoist deities; after a celestial rebellion, the Buddha traps Sun Wukong under a mountain...
Katsuya Terada gives the characters of this revered novel a radical reinterpretation, but apparently stays on the basic path of the 16th century 'Journey'. Most readers in Japan are familiar with the source material, in the same way that many western readers are familiar with details of the Bible. Terada created the manga assuming a certain level of familiarity, and the resulting omissions of explanatory exposition makes for a confusing read in North America. And just as we take for granted biblical mythology that is really quite bizarre from an objective modern standpoint, the antiquated perceptions and beliefs of medieval China make for a jarring, idiosyncratic story.
The cross-cultural incompatibility is only a problem for those who open this book and it's predecessor looking for a thrilling, 'Berserk' or 'Blade of the Immortal' style manga volume; I bought it for Terada's artwork, and anyone doing the same will not be disappointed. One of the few mangaka to publish full-color painted art, this second volume was a long-time in the making, and features some of the most stunning comic art you'll ever see. Like many of the best Japanese artists, including Katsuhiro Otomo, Satoshi Kon, and Taiyo Matsumoto, Katsuya Terada has a distinctly European influence. 'The Monkey King' would fit well in the Humanoids Publishing back catalog, with the rendering in this volume taking his art to new levels. He was one of the first popular Illustrators to make the switch from oils and acrylics to digital paints, and remains one of the best practitioners, taking advantage of the ability to zoom in and execute details with a precision that is near the nano-level. This is an excellent showcase, featuring all his favorite subjects, in particular beautiful women wearing little or nothing, and fantastic creatures inspired by both ancient mythology and science fiction. The production values on both volumes are up to Dark Horse's usually high standards, with thick, glossy paper and covers that utilize the end-folds to create wraparound landscape format paintings some 20 inches wide by 8 and a half inches tall, with gold metallic characters. To me, this book is similar to 'Arzach' by Moebius; the story is virtually irrelevant, a wire-frame skeleton to give shape to the beautiful imagery.
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The ape sleeps! He sleeps! 15 octobre 2013
Par Jamil Bhatti - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
Here’s the problem: this story “Journey to the West” is so ancient and well known that it evidently requires no explanation whatsoever. Being a westerner, I find myself grasping at plot threads trying desperately to assemble a complete and chronological story in my head. In this I failed. The afterword makes some attempt to explain, it helps, but not enough. WARNING: Readers expecting a complete story unto itself may be frustrated by this.

Since I love mysteries anyway, I rolled with it and thoroughly enjoyed this sumptuously illustrated epic. Each chapter is only a few pages long and ends with an excerpt from the chinese classic novel it’s inspired from (I’m reasonably certain that’s what’s happening).

Even though the main narrative is almost inscrutable to me, if I’m to be honest, the main reason I read any comic is because of the artwork, and this one is no slouch. I don’t know how much time Terada spent painting each and every panel, but this whole thing is one amazing piece of art. For that alone it deserves to be in my collection, but it has also done what no other graphic novel has: intrigued me enough to make me want to track down the original source material and read it. Perhaps that was the point all along?

This is a beautiful piece of work and deserves to be admired, possibly just as much as “Journey to the West”, one of the four classics of chinese literature it’s based on.
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Great art 18 février 2014
Par John Dorcinvil - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
Excellent artwork matched with a new interpretation of an old story. Highly recommend for anyone interested in graphic novels, and mythology
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