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Samurai Executioner, Vol. 3: The Hell Stick (Samurai Executioner #3)

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Readers of Lone Wolf & Cub came to know a samurai of such high honor that he was not only able to perform but enjoyed and, in fact, learned from basic daily tasks. Cutting wood, cooking food. That wasn't something a samurai did back in feudal Japan. These same human elements are apparent in Kubikiri Asa, the main character in Samurai Executioner. He's a man of the peop

Paperback, 312 pages
Published February 8th 2005 by Dark Horse Manga
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Oct 24, 2014 Andrew rated it really liked it
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There are three long stories in this volume. The first one is an intriguing story concerning political betrayals and honour. The second is about social positions, and the third is about out Samurai Executioner helping a young man develop his skill as a police man.

All the stories were good, but I was hoping for more development of the over-arching plot. It was nice to learn more about Yamada's social and private life though, as well as his position in government.

Unfortunately, at this point I se
Nov 17, 2011 Mohammed rated it really liked it
Created by the legendary creator team who made my alltime favourite manga in Lone Wolf and Cub.

Not as much epic sword action as Lone Wolf and Cub but the same extremly well reaserched Edo period Japan that tells many short stories about high born, low born peoples lives back then. Fascinating historical stories that are more literary than 99% of Samurai mangas.
Jedi JC
Sep 20, 2015 Jedi JC rated it it was amazing
Now I am starting to understand what Kazuo Koike and Goseki Kojima wanted their readers to see in Samurai Executioner. This is not just about the central character Kubikiri Asa and his honorable executions, this is also about the supporting characters who give color to each episodic chapters and along the way, spending time on carefully revealing to us the great history of Japan in its Shogunate era.

This volume presents three faces of Asaemon's personality: his stoic yet kindhearted demeanor, a
Neon Snake
Feb 23, 2014 Neon Snake rated it really liked it
Episodic story-of-the-week books like this are so difficult to review; The Hell Stick is a fantastic story though.
Devin Bruce
It sounds trite to say, but the best description I can come up with for this series is that it’s like Lone Wolf & Cub’s twisted older brother. There’s more nudity, more decapitation, more rape, more bloodshed, and more plain old depravity in a random chapter of this story than in entire volumes of LW&C. After my first exposure I was afraid that they were just doing it for pure shock (I have nothing against shock for shock’s sake, but these creators are usually more thoughtful than that). ...more
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Mar 24, 2015 Víctor Segovia rated it really liked it
Hasta el momento, considero que es una serie increible y la vuelta que tuvo en la historia final de este tomo, demuestra lo que opino de las andanzas de este singular verdugo.
Apr 20, 2010 Angel rated it it was amazing
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This series continues to be an excellent read. One of the things I particular enjoy is how well it evokes the setting's era. You can tell the author did his homework. As for the stories in this series, they were all very good. I have to admit that I may have to reread the first one about the woman involved the betrayal plot. I think I missed something in there. But it was still good. The one about the dishonored samurai seemed a bit short, but it was good, and the characterization excellent. Ove ...more
Dec 09, 2013 Sonic rated it really liked it
In contrast to "Lone Wolf And Cub" which is such a dynamic plot within which many stories were able to thrive, this series does NOT exist within a dynamic plot. The hero is a (you guessed it) Samurai Executioner and sword tester, and yet here is the surprising thing. These ARE excellent stories within this seemingly dull context.
Feb 01, 2011 Michael rated it really liked it
The third Samurai Executioner is far better than the first two volumes. All three stories focus more on the Executioner than before. We are able to learn more than we ever have before about his past and why he acts the way he acts. It was good to actually see the title character for more than a few pages here and there in the stories.
Dec 22, 2011 Coryke rated it it was amazing
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The storytelling in this volume is the best of the first three volumes. There is less action than in previous volumes, but the stories were riveting.
May 30, 2016 Murray rated it it was amazing
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Simply brilliant

Reading this in digital form in the Dark Horse iPad App.
May 13, 2009 Aaron rated it really liked it
This series isn't as good as "Lone Wolf and Cub". Still, it is worth the time to pick it up.
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Kazuo Koike (小池 一夫, Koike Kazuo) is a prolific Japanese manga writer, novelist and entrepreneur.

Early in Koike's career, he studied under Golgo 13 creator Takao Saito and served as a writer on the series.

Koike, along with artist Goseki Kojima, made the manga Kozure Okami (Lone Wolf and Cub), and Koike also contributed to the scripts for the 1970s film adaptations of the series, which starred famou
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  • Samurai Executioner, Vol. 1: When the Demon Knife Weeps
  • Samurai Executioner, Vol. 2: Two Bodies, Two Minds
  • Samurai Executioner, Vol. 4: Portrait of Death
  • Samurai Executioner, Vol. 5: Ten Fingers, One Life
  • Samurai Executioner, Vol. 6: Shinko the Kappa
  • Samurai Executioner, Vol. 7: The Bamboo Splitter
  • Samurai Executioner, Vol. 8: The Death Sign of Spring
  • Samurai Executioner, Vol. 9: Facing Life and Death
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