Usagi Yojimbo, Book 9: Daisho

Usagi Yojimbo, Book 9: Daisho 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 The Aid Of The Unfortunate Introduction By James Robinson Starman, Leave It To Chance

Stan Sakai Japanese Sakai Sutan born May 25, 1953 is an artist who became known as an Eisner Award winning comic book originator.Born in Kyoto, Sakai grew up in Hawaii and studied fine arts at the University of Hawaii He later attended the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California He and his wife, Sharon, presently reside and work in Pasadena.He began his career by lettering

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  • Paperback
  • 197 pages
  • Usagi Yojimbo, Book 9: Daisho
  • Stan Sakai
  • 22 May 2018
  • 9781569712924

10 thoughts on “Usagi Yojimbo, Book 9: Daisho

  1. says:

    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

  2. says:

    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 Usagi,literally 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 unique 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 unique 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 sequences 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 question asked is if a samurai retainer who serves an evil corrupt lord is justified in rebelling against him The answer is invariably no No matter how evil corrupt 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 quite unique 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 quite 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 quiet panel Several pages hold only movement, expression and silence, lending a wonderful quietude to the comic until a brutal explosion of action breaks the silence Quiet 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 antagonist friend 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 liquor 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 it 5 on 5 stars

  3. says:

    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.

  4. says:

    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 order.The 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 knowledge.The art is simple and effective, and at times surprisingly expressive for such simplicity.

  5. says:

    Pocali su ponovo na i objavljivati Usagia pa sam s police skinu ovaj nastavak da se podsjetim di smo stali Uze sam prelistat, pa poca itat I nisam sta dok nisam do a do kraja Da, dobar je to strip Dobar koliko pamtim da je dobar Napet, emotivan, uzbudljiv, romanti an.

  6. says:

    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 discovery.This 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 consequences 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.

  7. says:

    Nuevamente me deleit leyendo una de las entregas del conejo samurai, extra amente este libro fue el primero que compr de dicho personaje, por all en el a o de 2011 Que puedo decir al respecto Simplemente excelente y que el pr logo es uno de los m s interesantes que he le do hasta la fecha, ya que encapsula ese momento en los comics independientes en que se hizo tendencia esto de usar animales antropomorficos como personajes, siendo Usagi uno de los contados sobrevivientes de aquella tendencia al sol de hoy.

  8. says:

    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 quite 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.

  9. says:

    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 required 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.

  10. says:

    One thing I ve never mentioned in my reviews of Usagi is just how historically accurate the book is One of the best examples happens in this book When Usagi s samurai swords are stolen, Sakai uses it as an opportunity to explain how exactly the swords are made Another great volume with an extended story about slavers capturing a small town and Usagi s efforts to save them.

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