Samurai Executioner, Vol. 9: Facing Life and Death
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Samurai Executioner, Vol. 9: Facing Life and Death (Samurai Executioner #9)

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For a stoic ronin such as Kubikiri Asa, a samurai assigned to test the Shogun's sword and behead prisoners, the moment before death is of great importance. Because of this, Asa will often listen to the stories of those about to be executed and pay respect to the lives of these often unfortunately maligned prisoners. Sometimes scary, often quirky, and occasionally very swee

Paperback, 304 pages
Published March 28th 2006 by Dark Horse Manga (first published February 22nd 2006)
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A series I continue to enjoy very much. This volume was marked by very short narratives. The last story where the executioner sits with the fisherman had a nice reflective quality to it. It did make me think, and it has stayed with me.
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