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Usagi Yojimbo, Rabbit Samurai created by Stan Sakai

Usagi Yojimbo is the story of a ronin (masterless samurai) rabbit whose tales are published in a series of comic books and graphic novels. Created by Stan Sakai, the samurai, Usagi, roams a mythical,  medieval Japan ( the beginning of Edo period Feudal Japan - early 17th century ). Wandering the land as a shugyosha (student warrior on a pilgramage) and otherwise following the honor code that governs samurai, Usagi occasionally sells his services as a yojimbo (bodyguard). Hence the title "Usagi Yojimbo". There are great sword fights and  cool ninja, from every animal species as anthropomorphic animals replace humans in the drawing and stories.
 
Usagi Yojimbo is that rarity in the world of comics: A book conceived, written, lettered and wholly illustrated by one person - and produced not for just a few stories, but over an extended period. Tom Luth provides cover coloring but otherwise, the story, artwork, coloring and lettering are all done by Stan Sakai. And this has been going on since 1985, ever since the notion of the Samurai Rabbit occurred to him.  The character first appeared in the second issue of a limited-run comic called Albedo. The stories are marvelous and the artwork roams from compelling to zen-like.
 
The "Rabbit Bodyguard's"  full name is Usagi Miyamoto. This comic book character is  loosely based on the famous Japanese swordsman Miyamoto Musashi,  His adventures draw from Japanese myth, legend, history and popular culture. There are other fascinating character in the comic books, including  the female samurai, Tomoe Ame (an anthropomorphised cat) who is based on the woman warrior Tomoe Gozen.
 

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Usagi Yojimbo exhibits a strong moral code (and strong story writing). Usagi Yojimbo also often juggles storylines as it follows several distinct characters unwittingly meandering their way toward their ultimate convergences with one another - stories within stories... Usagi is often attacked by bandits and enemy ninja. These opponents frequently disguise themselves as harmless peasants, villagers or priests.
 
Stan Sakai's Usagi Yojimbo began in 1985 and is still published regularly, currently by Dark Horse Publishing. Sakai said that Usagi had been optioned many times over the years and that it was currently optioned for both a film and TV series. However, the cartoonist cautioned fans that this meant nothing at all in Hollywood.
 
Sakai, a third-generation Japanese-American,  notes that he was born in Japan and grew up in Hawaii. His mother, much like his most famous creation, came from a family with a samurai tradition.
 
If you are looking to read  about and understand the world in which the Japanese Samurai lived, you will get a great glimpse in the comic books about Usagi Yojimbo. The books consist of short stories, with underlying larger plotlines which culminate into longer, extended story arcs. The stories include many references to Japanese history and Japanese folklore, and sometimes include mythical creatures. The architecture, clothes, weapons, and other objects are drawn with a faithfulness to the period's style. There are often stories whose purpose is to illustrate various elements of Japanese arts and crafts, such as the fashioning of kites, swords, and pottery.
 
There is beauty, widsom and lots of Samurai action when you read about the Adventures of the Rabbit Samurai, Usagi Yojimbo.

About the Author:  Scott Harker is the publisher of several websites including: Pin-up Artist, Battling Pests, Mesothelioma, and Spiritual Paths.

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'Blade of the Immortal': Samurai is cursed with eternal life — and seemingly interminable sword fights - Washington Post
Posted on Thursday November 02, 2017


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'Blade of the Immortal': Samurai is cursed with eternal life — and seemingly interminable sword fights
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The hero of “Blade of the Immortal” carries a curse that some samurai might consider a blessing: He can't die. Yet Manji (actor/pop star Takuya Kimura) can be hurt — and suffer excruciating pain — as he hacks his way along a blackly comic course of ...
Takashi Miike rings in 100 movies with the garish, gory comic-book fun of Blade Of The ImmortalAV Club
'Blade of the Immortal' is clearly a cut aboveMinneapolis Star Tribune

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Alt-comic voices elevate The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl's special “zine” issue - AV Club
Posted on Friday November 17, 2017


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Alt-comic voices elevate The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl's special “zine” issue
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Superhero comics could genuinely evolve if publishers were committed to breaking away from the conventions of the genre, and both DC Comics and Marvel have experimented with projects that hire alt-comic creators to offer their off-kilter, experimental ...

DC Comics Reviews: The Wild Storm #9 - GeekDad (blog)
Posted on Thursday November 16, 2017


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DC Comics Reviews: The Wild Storm #9
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And then…out of nowhere, it's time for bloody, near-silent samurai action as we flash back to Spartan's days in Japan, where he was a near-immortal warrior traveling the countryside on a secret mission. What starts as a tense showdown quickly devolves ...

“Blade of the Immortal”: Samurai is cursed with eternal life — and seemingly interminable sword fights - The Denver Post
Posted on Friday November 03, 2017


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“Blade of the Immortal”: Samurai is cursed with eternal life — and seemingly interminable sword fights
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The hero of “Blade of the Immortal” carries a curse that some samurai might consider a blessing: He can't die. Yet Manji (actor/pop star Takuya Kimura) can be hurt — and suffer excruciating pain — as he hacks his way along a blackly comic course of ...
Film Review: Blade of the ImmortalFilm Journal

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Justice League: Complete DC Comics Easter Eggs and Reference Guide - Den of Geek US
Posted on Thursday November 16, 2017


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Justice League: Complete DC Comics Easter Eggs and Reference Guide
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While the Justice League have been around since 1960 (they first appeared in Brave and the Bold #28) the broad strokes of this movie are based on Justice League: Origin (which was adapted as the animated movie, Justice League: War), the comic book ...
20 things to know about the Justice League in comics and on screenMyStatesman.com
'Justice League' is a seriously satisfying superhero movieLos Angeles Times
Justice League review? Well, we wouldn't call it a review, but then it's about a review... and then, maybe notFirstpost

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Infamous developers reveal new samurai game Ghost of Tsushima in Paris Games Week trailer - Telegraph.co.uk
Posted on Monday October 30, 2017


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Infamous developers reveal new samurai game Ghost of Tsushima in Paris Games Week trailer
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Ghost of Tsushima is an open-world samurai adventure, something of a departure from the comic-book superheroism of Infamous. The trailer is a cinematic itroduction , rather than in-game footage, so we don't know exactly how it will play yet. But open ...
Ghost of Tsushima Announced as Sucker Punch's Next GameComicbook.com
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