But tonight Usagi's longime creator, Stan Sakai, posted on Facebook that his wife is in emergency care. I don't know Stan Sakai, but he posts pictures of his dinner on Facebook and talks about new recipes he's trying. He makes real books about real people (who happen to be talking animals in feudal Japan.) I don't know him, or profess to be his #1 fan (or even his #100 fan.) But his comics make me feel more human, and his wife who sold me a comic one time is in the hospital tonight.
Usagi memilih menjadi ronin karena dia percaya , seorang samurai hanya boleh memiliki atau mengabdi hanya kepada satu majikan seumur hidupnya. Bagaimana mungkin seekor kelinci bisa menjadi samurai?
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". 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 more - sticking to what must seem like a cutthroat monthly schedule. 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. It makes for excellent reading - the violence isn't cool, it isn't desirable and it almost always ends in tragedy for some character. 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. 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. 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. Stan Sakai eschews this approach by depicting a man (rabbit??!) of his time in Usagi and making him a truly sympathetic character. Like most successful comics, Usagi Yojimbo doesn't succeed through the strengths of the main character alone. 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. 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. 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.
That was a bit frustrating because I began en media res when the story wasn't designed to be told that way--at least book 8, the first book in the collection I picked up which labeled book 1 on the cover, wasn't intended to be told that way. By this I mean that the panels appear simple at first glance, and indeed everything essential to the plot is conveyed in a glance without fail.
Jetrí píbh je milý (a na citoslovce) nmý píspvek, ve kterém Sakai udlal ze své "úchylky" na kreslení jetrek pednost a finální trio povídek Usagiho zahrada, Podzim a Bojit jsou klasické a v sérii asté historky s ponauením z dob Usagiho výuky.
Usagi and his co-stars are not complex characters: like the art, the skill of the characterisation and the story lies in the way they are sketched with just the right lines.
First published in 1984, the comic continues to this day, with Sakai as the lone author and nearly-sole artist (Tom Luth serves as the main colorist on the series, and Sergio Aragonés has made two small contributions to the series: the story "Broken Ritual" is based on an idea by Aragonés, and he served as a guest inker for the black and white version of the story "Return to Adachi Plain" that is featured in the Volume 11 trade paper-back edition of Usagi Yojimbo).