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Usagi Yojimbo, Vol. 7: Gen's Story (Usagi Yojimbo #7)

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The seventh volume in this legendary series about a wandering rabbit samurai in feudal Japan is now available in a newly redesigned edition! This dense tome collects issues 32 through 38 of the original Usagi series as well as the Usagi strip from Critters #38. In addition to the novel-length "Gen's Story," which forms the centerpiece of this volume, and which relates the ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published January 17th 1996 by Fantagraphics
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Crystal Starr Light
Feb 19, 2015 Crystal Starr Light rated it it was amazing
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As always, a good, solid, fun read.
Brian DiMattia
Oct 15, 2010 Brian DiMattia rated it it was amazing
Possibly the best of the Usagi Yojimbo collections. For those who have never read "UY" before, I'd recommend starting with book 2, but book 7 is a masterpiece containing several important milestones in the continuity of this series.

Included here are many of Stan Sakai's best loved characters, including the intoduction of the thieving street performer, Kitsune, a classic comedic flashback to the days of young Usagi and his teach, Katsuichi-sensei, a multipart story revealing the sad youth of Gen
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Morgan
May 26, 2014 Morgan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics, fiction, own
Possibly the best of the Fantagraphics volumes. I don't own any more Usagi Yojimbo, so for now this one is my last. Waiting for the omnibus to come out to see what it contains. I would love to read the Mirage and the Dark Horse series though when I get the chance.

The main reason I like this one the best is the chapter dedicated to Ino's return to the series. He is now married happily to a peasant woman, but badly hurt from an arrow. Luckily Usagi and Gen accidentally find Ino and his wife cottag
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Michael
Oct 20, 2013 Michael rated it it was amazing
I am starting to doubt that I will read a volume of UY that I can find any fault with. Sakai is just that good. The last Fantagraphics volume is no exception. I wonder if I can get non-comics readers to try this series...
Madhurabharatula Pranav Rohit Kasinath
Usagi Yojimbo, on the surface is a simple concept. 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". Rabbit Bodyguard. It mixes several references to the Samurai films of Kurosawa with a deliberate homage to the great samurai swordsman Miyamoto Musashi while treading its own unique path. There really isn't another ...more
DaViD´82
Mar 20, 2013 DaViD´82 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kitsune je skvostná ukázka, jak na malém prostoru nabídnout hodně zábavné muziky a ještě představit a charakterově definovat novou postavu v sérii. Gaki je ukázka toho, že dobrý nápad nestačí, pokud ho překlopíte v druhé polovině ve zbytečnou skopičinu. Přerušený rituál je melancholicky posmutnělá duchařina o pravé duši samuraje a je právem označována za jeden z absolutních vrcholů celé série. Kresbou i scénářem. Spletitý uzel je pár stránková "výplňovka" do potřebného počtu stránek v původním s ...more
Gabriel Wallis
Apr 22, 2014 Gabriel Wallis rated it really liked it
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"Usagi Yojimbo: Gen's Story" (volume 7) was just as good as the other volumes I've previously read in the series. Of course, as the series progresses, there was more depth added to Miyamoto Usagi's character. But the most important character in this graphic novel was not Miyamoto Usagi, but Gennosuke, a ronin rhino. Another character, who I thought was important throughout this graphic novel, and possibly important in future storylines, was Kitsune, a career thief. Overall, there was more light ...more
Michael
Apr 20, 2016 Michael rated it really liked it
While Volume 6 would have served as a fitting finale to Stan Sakai's first set of Usagi Yojimbo adventures, Volume 7 is a welcome addition to the canon, with Sakai penning a few more stories featuring some of his most beloved supporting characters. The Gen and Ino stories are the clear highlights of this collection and, in retrospect, tales that needed to be told before the Usagi Yojimbo tales came to a close. The one complaint I have is that some of the panels look more sketchy than others. ...more
Vov
Jun 03, 2015 Vov rated it it was amazing
A five-star volume thanks to a very strong collection of short stories, and of course Gen's origin story.

Gen: Gen's origin story. I am really enjoying Sakai's storytelling.
Broken Ritual: Probably the best short story that I've encountered during my Usagi Yojimbo reading. Aragones' contribution is glorious. Love it.
The Last Ino Story: Very satisfying conclusion to the story of a great character, Zato Ino.
Kitsune + The Return of Kitsune: Great introduction to Kitsune.
Nicolas
Dans ce tome, on décovure certains aspects du passé de Gen, l'irascible rhinocéros qui a baptisé Usagi de son surnom de Yojimbo (le garde du corps).
Et le moins qu'on puisse dire, c'est que son histoire est au moins aussi torturée que celle d'Usagi, avec son lot de dettes d'honneur incompréhensibles et de combats perdus d'avance. Bref, superbe.
Et en bonus, ce tome se termine sur une belle histoire d'amitié entre Usagi, Gen et Zato-Ino, le fameux cochon aveugle.
Matt
Feb 22, 2014 Matt rated it it was amazing
Def. my fave volume so far. Bushido,the code of the samurai, is an interesting belief system and way of life, but I've always been skeptical of it. Is this way of living realistic? Gen's Story provides a character that challenges this system, basically saying, "This is fucking stupid." It is awesome.
RØB
Jan 20, 2011 RØB rated it it was amazing
Also read in the wake of July 4th (on the same day as that last INVISIBLES volume no less)...I recall this one had lots of stories about Gen (duh). That lovable rogue rhinoceros "frenemy" of Usagi's, he always makes the stories more interesting, more violent, and more hilarious. Good on ya, Gen.
Evan
Jan 12, 2015 Evan rated it it was amazing
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As a series Usagi Yojimbo builds and builds. With Gen's Story, Sakai's art has improved—the writing, too—and the characters and their relationships have developed considerably.
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Jan 03, 2014 Komuniststar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Još jedna izvrsna samurajska knjiga. Nekoliko kratkih priča o prijateljstvu i časti povezanih u cjelinu.
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Excellent as always.
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Stan Sakai (Japanese: 坂井 スタンSakai Sutan; born May 25, 1953) is an artist who became known as an Eisner Award-winning comic book originator.

Born in Kyoto, Sakai grew up in Hawaii and studied fine arts at the University of Hawaii. He later attended the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. He and his wife, Sharon, presently reside and work in Pasadena.

He began his career by lettering
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