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Usagi Yojimbo, Book 1: The Ronin by Stan…

Usagi Yojimbo, Book 1: The Ronin

by Stan Sakai

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Series: Usagi Yojimbo (book 1)

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Entertaining the whole way through, with humor, a hint if love, and lots of dudes being sliced in half. ( )
  eenerd | Jul 30, 2014 |
Collection of first adventures of the rabbit samurai in strange world of animal warriors and humans. Wonderfully detailed black and white drawings evoke landscape and villages, costumes and customs of Japan.
  ritaer | Dec 28, 2013 |
I've read single issues of Usagi Yojimbo through the years but for one reason or another, the whole series always remained on my TBR pile. The story of the rabbit samurai is something that everyone had heard of (everyone that reads comics that is). But it is also as with the other famous rabbit (Bugs Bunny... did someone think of another one?) - there is so many of these stories so there will be good and bad and in the long run you won't know how many you had seen.

So back to the first volume of the collected comics - which is somewhat different from the later version (more than 2 decades change everything) but are still enjoyable. Our main hero is looking for work, making new friends and enemies and getting himself into all kinds of weird situations in the process. The book is full of feudal Japan myths and legends, of things that might happen to a wandering samurai. And above all - of one hero that is never wrong... but that ends up in tight corners occasionally.

i am not sure if Sakai already had the idea of a long series when he started these stories. But they are creating a coherent narrative... and you just cannot ignore the rabbit - he may be annoying in some stories but at the end of the day, he is the annoying hero that makes a difference. ( )
  AnnieMod | Feb 19, 2013 |
It may be a book about a bunny rabbit but all of Stan Sakai's works are well written with a believable and well researched plot as well as artistic and beautiful to look at. Very highly recommended if one is wanting more than super heroes in spandex in their comic books. ( )
  theapparatus | Jul 18, 2011 |
The first collection of Stan Sakai's award-winning work. Sakai uses the 'funny animal' style to tell tales set in a feudal Japan, many based on actual historic events or myths & legends of the period. Once you get into Sakai's stories and become involved with the characters you almost forget that they are rabbits, dogs and other creatures dressed in the costumes of the era.
  sachaput50 | Dec 5, 2008 |
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0930193350, Paperback)

Miyamoto Usagi is no Bugs Bunny. He's a rabbit bodyguard, a samurai who wanders the mountains, plains, and villages of a 17th-century Japan populated almost exclusively by anthropomorphic animals. Cats, snakes, rhinos, and ninja moles plot and fight their way across a land ravaged by civil war. The 10 stories in this first collection introduce Usagi, the evil Lord Hikiji, and a host of other characters. The stories themselves can stand alone, but taken together they begin to form an ongoing saga of treachery and revenge. Sometimes violent, sometimes funny, Usagi's adventures are filled with fascinating historical detail. The costumes, landscapes, and buildings are beautifully drawn, creating such a sense of realism it's easy to forget the hero is a rabbit. If you buy the first book in this series, you'll want the rest.

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The saga of Usagi Yojimbo takes place in turn-of-the 17th-century Japan. The age of civil wars has barely ended and the Shogun has just established power. The samurai is the ruling class throughout the land, following a warrior's code of honor known as Bushido. It is a time of settling unrest and political intrigue.… (more)

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