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Usagi Yojimbo, Book 2: Samurai by Stan Sakai
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Usagi Yojimbo, Book 2: Samurai

by Stan Sakai

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Usagi tells of how he trained and how he became a ronin
  ritaer | Dec 28, 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 |
Miyamoto Usagi recounts his apprenticeship, his service as a bodyguard to Lord Mifune, and the battle in which he tragically became a ronin, a masterless samurai. This is followed by a ghost story, a humorous encounter with a very large baby lizard, and the rescue of a village of silk weavers. This is the second in the series of graphic novels chronicling the adventures of the “rabbit bodyguard” in feudal Japan. ( )
  MaowangVater | Jul 5, 2008 |
"Samurai" is the second of the collected Usagi Yojimbo books; the bulk of it is comprised of Usagi's origin story, training under a lone master until pledging to Lord Mifune, and then the day he became a ronin upon Mifune's death. A few spare stories round out the collection.

By now the mythology and history of samurai have become almost as much of a trope in Western culture as in Eastern; it was less so in the mid-80s when Sakai originally wrote this. So any reader is likely to have encountered something akin to the training sequence here before; Sakai handles it well, however, and the fights (barring a oddly stiff duel between Usagi and his childhood friend Kenichi) are vibrantly drawn. The 3 spare stories - an encounter with a Kappa, one with an odd lizard, and the plight of a town trapped by Bandits have a more laid back approach, and are farther away the common samurai stories. Sakai's art - with its use of exaggerated expressions and character design when appropriate - fits well with both. ( )
  agis | Apr 12, 2008 |
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A perennial bestseller for 20 years, with each volume in multiple printings, we are pleased to have all seven volumes of the all-ages classic Usagi Yojimbo now available with the recent reprints of Vols. 1 and 2. A cross between Disney and Akira Kurosawa movies, with a lot of Lone Wolf& Cub thrown in, Usagi is the story of a wandering rabbit warrior in feudal Japan. A family favorite for 20 years.… (more)

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