Usagi Yojimbo Book 9 Daisho

Usagi Yojimbo Book 9 Daisho✈ [PDF / Epub] ✅ Usagi Yojimbo Book 9 Daisho By Stan Sakai ✸ – Originally published by Mirage Stan Sakai's rabbit ronin continues his journey through a lawless land Usagi meets a mysterious assassin disguised as a priest encounters dishonest gamblers and comes to originally published by Mirage Book 9 Epub Þ Stan Sakai's rabbit ronin continues his journey through a lawless land Usagi meets a mysterious assassin disguised as a priest encounters dishonest gamblers and comes to the aid of the unfortunate Introduction by James Robinson Starman Leave It to Chance. Damn this one story with Lady Hirano and Usagi hit me right in the feels Superb drama mister Sakai hats off Enjoyed the Jei return and as always Gen was a thrill I love the hornless Rhino the Gen Usagi duo is pure gold And a big thanks for reminding me why i respect and love Japanese culture Your mini interviews at the end of each album are little gems that complete the experience the research behind each story is immense Going on with the 10th vol Usagi Yojimbo has surpassed Swamp Thing and is now my favorite comic It’s masterful story telling for all ages Usagi Yojimbo on the surface is a simple concept Anthropomorphic animals in 16th century Edo Japan with the narrative centering around a Long Eared Samurai a Rabbit the eponymous Usagi of the title Usagiliterally means Rabbit in Japanese and Yojimbo refers to Bodyguard Rabbit Bodyguard It mixes several references to the Samurai films of Kurosawa with a deliberate homage to the great samurai swordsman Miyamoto Musashi while treading its own uniue path There really isn't another comic like it on the stands and Sakai has been writing plotting and drawing this gem for the past twenty five years or sticking to what must seem like a cutthroat monthly schedule He makes it all look so easy which just proves it probably isn't Usagi is a Ronin a masterless Samurai He wanders the land on a Warriors Pilgrimage honing his mind and his sword A near master swordsman Usagi practices a uniue fighting style His gentle demeanor humble bearing and diminutive frame often leads his adversaries to underestimate him to their detriment The Kill Bill films of Tarantino center around the bloodshed unleashed by Samurai swords in the hands of a skilled wielder The aesthetization of violence is a common theme with Tarantino and he repeatedly uses Japanese samurai motifs over the course of the two Kill Bill films I enjoyed those films but they led me to expect the same within the pages of Usagi Yojimbo The animal characters are mostly cute I expected decapitated bunny heads and chopped feline limbs Stories of the seamier side of human nature and war Sakai delivers none of this; at least not in the way you would expect The violence in Usagi Yojimbo is always tinged with regret Usagi takes no pleasure in it tries to avoid killing and maiming as much as possible and always resorts to defense However once you see the click of the sword with the picture of Usagi flicking the blade from the scabbard it is almost certain that blood will be shed The fight seuences are brilliant Sakai takes his time worrying less about space and about the deliberate choreography of death People are stabbed decapitated and killed Most of it is left up to your imagination with almost no blood The graphics of the death continue to toe the line between humor and morbidity the dead lie with their tongues lolling out and creative skulls paraphrasing the end of their appearance in the comic It makes for excellent reading the violence isn't cool it isn't desirable and it almost always ends in tragedy for some character This is age appropriate violence A centerpiece to the entire saga and one of the major plot motivators is Bushido the unrelenting and unbending code of the Samurai It is a harsh discipline focusing on the tenets laid down by it than any sense of morality There are several instances in the story where a common uestion asked is if a samurai retainer who serves an evilcorrupt lord is justified in rebelling against him The answer is invariably no No matter how evilcorrupt and insane your lord may be no matter what criminal activities he may indulge in no matter how depraved his tastes it is the duty of the retainer to follow him and remain Honorable The concept of good and evil and self righteousness is almost done away with Usagi is our hero just because he has the good fortune to have served under Lord Mifune a great man just prior to his death in the Battle of Adachigahara He seems to recognize this fact and I think this influences his approach to almost all his antagonists Those who serve an evil lord win respect from him than the evil lords themselves Sakai through his focus on the laws of Bushido manages to evoke an atmosphere of rigidity and sacrifice that makes the book uite uniue at times When Usagi's sweetheart is married off to someone else he fails to put an end to the wedding due to his loyalty to his lord his duty forbids him from going away The duty of a Samurai's wife is to her husband this prevents his love Mariko from ever being with him Honour and duty are cages within which our characters live their life It is a harsh law that seems to hurt much than helps but it is his adherence to this discipline that sees Usagi through his many encounters He is unable to avoid direct challenges to a duel as a result he must kill albeit with regret if he is to regain his honor Usagi isn't a rebel He doesn't seek to reform or buck the system When a peasant begs to hold on to the swords of her lover a samurai he is uite categorical about the right thing to do the sword is the soul of a Samurai and doesn't belong with a peasant In another episode he tells a peasant's son that there is no hope for him to ever become a Samurai Any historical novel seeks to impose the character of a man of our times on someone dead years ago Stan Sakai eschews this approach by depicting a man rabbit?? of his time in Usagi and making him a truly sympathetic character This focus on honour and Bushido is not the only layer to this comic There are several History lessens on the culture of Japan are interwoven into the narrative be it pot making kite making or the fashioning of a Samurai blade An entire episode dedicated to seaweed farming was a highlight of the series and the Grasscutter arc elaborates on the major dieties of Japanese culture This is a meticulously researched comic that isnt heavy handed with the historical details It mixes humor history culture and pathos to make a wonderfully enjoyable comic Rather than speaking about the artwork in the peripheral fashion I have employed so far I think I ought to come out and say it the artwork is fascinating It uses simple lines and expression to convey the message At first glance it seems simplistic but as I trace my eyes over the artwork a wealth of detail leaps out The grass bends gently with the breeze The folds of Usagi's kimono float lazily around him as he jumps into the air The Sword strokes are clear easy to follow with the use of masterfully placed after images Sakai is a master of the uiet panel Several pages hold only movement expression and silence lending a wonderful uietude to the comic until a brutal explosion of action breaks the silence uiet panels fused with a silhouette are even melancholy it forms a space in which the contemplation of the character within the panel tends to wash over the reader himself The artwork isn't simple A lifetime of garish coloring and the bright but shallow palette of superhero comics seems to have robbed me of what little sense I possess The black and white lines in Usagi are pieces of art I want to revisit forever Like most successful comics Usagi Yojimbo doesn't succeed through the strengths of the main character alone Usagi has a wealth of peripheral friends and enemies who recur throughout the various stories These plot points keep diverging and melding together seamlessly over the course of the volumes I have read I am still about halfway through the entire run but so far the side characters are vibrant well sketched and interesting Gen the bounty hunter the crime solving Inspecter Ishida the ex samurai turned priest Sanshobo The women in Usagi's life are a fun bunch his lost loves Mariko and Kinuko his comrade in arms Tomoe and his antagonistfriend Chizu Add to this his lion sensei Katsuichi his frenemy Kenichi and a pet lizard Spot not to mention the blind swordspig Zato Ino Sakai has amassed a wealth of characters who ought to see him drawing Usagi comics well into hist nineties Usagi Yojimbo is to superhero comics what a glass of single malt is to spurious liuor It is the very pinnacle of comic book art I agree with an another reviewer who states that in the twenty five years he has been following Usagi Sakai has yet to draw a single bad issue I am not yet through the entire run and I must agree the first issues are great though Sakai is still finding is feet Seven issues in and you will be hooked till the end This is an excellent comic worth reading and proof that in the right hands the comic book has a significant advantage over the prose form It should probably be the introduction to the world of comics and I hope that those of you who havent yet started reading comics will avoid wading through a lot of garbage like i had to and start with Usagi Yojimbo Believe me its worth it5 on 5 stars Reviewed as part of my Throwback Thursday series where I republish old reviews review books I have read before or review older books I have only just had a chance to readIt has been another good week of reading and reviewing for me so I thought I would reward myself by doing a Throwback Thursday review of Daisho the ninth volume in the outstanding long running Usagi Yojimbo series from one of my favourite authors Stan SakaiDaisho is an impressive and exciting entry in the series which unsurprisingly gets a five star rating out of me full disclosure every volume of this series is going to get five stars from me it is just that damn good This volume contains Issues #7 14 of the second run on the Usagi Yojimbo series which was originally published by Mirage Comics Issues #7 and #8 are only partially represented in Daisho as some stories from these issues were used in the prior volume while a story from Issue #13 appears in the tenth volume that I will review next and which has been collected into this volume by Dark Horse Books This ninth Usagi Yojimbo volume is filled with several fantastic and creative stories that follow Usagi as he journeys across the land getting into all manner of trouble and misadventures in this version of feudal Japan populated solely by anthropomorphic animals Daisho serves as a significant inclusion in the overarching series due to its connections to previous stories and its introduction or resurrection of several key charactersTo see the full review click on the link below other exciting reviews and content check out my blog at I can still tell I'm missing out having started well into the series but this volume was easily as strong as the last so even Sakai tells several stories that work powerfully toward establishing characters and emphasizing a careful consideration of the time period and culture in which he's embedded his story for all its anthropomorphic animal characters It reminds me a lot of Rurouni Kenshin in feel which is another Samurai series I love I've read a few single issues of Usagi in the past but this hardcover was the first time I read a few in chronological orderThe stories are interesting enough they are usually short spreading across one or two issues and can be enjoyed for the most part without prior Usagi Yojimbo knowledgeThe art is simple and effective and at times surprisingly expressive for such simplicity I don't think I can get tired of Usagi Yojimbo While the dialogue definitely feels slightly dated the series is just too charming and interesting to put down I love the care and attention to detail Sakai pours into every frame as he delves deeper into feudal Japanese history constantly expanding the feeling of discoveryThis volume also takes an intriguing turn in his storytelling style Typically Usagi stories are one offs some as short as 3 or 4 pages rarely connecting to any larger plot But in this volume events in the small stories led to the events in the larger stories and the conseuences of the larger stories were felt in the preceding tales It's actually a very welcome change as it makes Usagi's adventures begin to seem important like they're part of a continuing legend I hope the story continues to develop in this way in later volumes The Daisho storyline itself wasn't particularly interesting though it brought Gen back into the fold and introduced Stray Dog a compelling character; also a didactic intermezzo about Japanese swordsmithing was very welcome Sakai has also produced some great panoramas and his attempts at intimate close in fight scenes are fine but easy to skim through—they're not uite 'there' yet Daisho doesn't continue to describe an upward trajectory for the series It's a little less than par with the best volumes that precede it but still good in its own right The Daisho storyline was engrossing and had a sidetrack about making swords which was interesting This collection also had the flashback story about Lady Hirano and how she and Usagi find themselves trapped by life He discovered his love had married and he can't do anything about it She being reuired to marry in order to bind two clans together Then again Usagi has the possibility of finding love again in the future while Hirano is forced into an arranged marriage so the situations aren't the same Stan Sakai is nothing if not consistent Daisho doesn't seem to add too much to the continuing story of Usagi but didn't feel as fresh as some of the earlier books Upcoming books suggest a larger story arc which might breathe new life into the series Always entertaining always well drawn but sometimes a little short Worth it if you're already knee deep in the series

Usagi Yojimbo Book 9 Daisho ePUB ☆ Usagi Yojimbo
  • Paperback
  • 197 pages
  • Usagi Yojimbo Book 9 Daisho
  • Stan Sakai
  • 05 December 2014
  • 9781569712924