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47 Ronin

by Mike Richardson, Stan Sakai (Illustrator)

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This is one of my favorite cultural stories from Japan and it is handled extremely well by writer and artist. If you were disappointed by the version of this story told by Keanu and Co. (and let's face it who wasn't?) well then you can read this to recover. The art by Stan Sakai is informed by period woodcuts and really adds depth and Zen style to the story.

1 star off for the age-old western error of using the terms "seppuku" and "hara-kiri" interchangeably in the same story - it's always "seppuku" when Samurai are talking dudes. ( )
  MartynChuzz | Feb 22, 2016 |
The 47 Ronin is an important story in Japanese history, representing traditional Japanese values: honor, tradition and loyalty. Set in early 18th Century Feudal Japan, a lord has been wronged by a corrupt court official at the palace of the local Shogun. After his abrupt execution, his faithful Samurai are now known as "Ronin", or without a master. But they hold their master closely in their hearts, as they plot and execute a long plan of revenge, a plan that includes their own very public humiliation with the appearance of sloth and drunkeness to lull their enemies into a false sense of security.

I'm embarassed that I was unfamiliar with this story and grateful to Mike Richardson and Stan Sakai for putting together a beautiful graphic version of this tale. ( )
  kivarson | Jun 19, 2014 |
Great story of honor. I would have liked more in-depth on characters. But a very good read. ( )
  D.Witz | Mar 28, 2014 |
This is a graphic novel adaptation of the famous story of the 47 Ronin (masterless samurai) and their quest to avenge their lord. If you suffered through the recent Keenu Reeves adaptation in the theater you owe yourself an antidote and this graphic novel is it.

The tale (which is a true story) is told well within the dialogue confines of the graphic novel format. Where this book excels is the art. 47 Ronin is illustrated by Stan Sakai the long running author and illustrator of the Usagi Yojimbo series. Usagi is an anthropomorphic rabbit samurai set in a semi-fictional feudal Japan. While featuring a rabbit, a rhino, fox, and other anthropomorphic characters, the Usagi series draws on Japan's unique and fascinating folklore all the while being embedded in a very historically accurate Japan. For example, Usagi depicts and explains an authentic Japanese tea ceremony in one of the graphic novels. In another, the mythological significance of the Imperial treasures of Japan is explained. The same level of attention to detail and reverence for Japanese culture depicted in Usagi is show in 47 Ronin.

While a violent story, 47 Ronin is an excellent introduction to Japan's history. ( )
  Oberon | Mar 25, 2014 |
A old samurai visits a cemetery and tells his tale to a priest. He tells of the betrayal and quest for the avenging of honor of his lord.

Near classic illustrations enrich the story and characters throughout the pages of this tale.

Mostly honorable yet often emotional characters are present throughout adding authenticity.

Without giving too much away, I shall leave at this:

Overall, a touching read. ( )
  catya77 | Feb 13, 2014 |
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Japan's enduring national legend comes to comics! This epic mission of loyal Japanese warriors to avenge their wronged master epitomizes the samurai code of honor, and 47 Ronin recounts the sweeping saga of duty and duress in all its violent grandeur. Opening with the tragic incident that sealed the fate of young Lord Asano, this graphic novel follows a dedicated group of Asano's vassals on their unwavering road to bloody vengeance.… (more)

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