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Samurai Executioner, Vol. 6 by Kazuo Koike
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Mar 22, 08

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Read in March, 2008

It is always little things of kindness that make the character of Yamada Asaemon a.k.a Kubikiri Asa so sympathetic, despite his mostly unsmiling face. In this 6th volume, my favourite story was the last one, Facing the Dew, which was told almost without text. A prisoner, about to face execution, planted a small plant near the hole they had dug for tomorrow's execution. Asaemon, who happened to pass by, saw it. When a prison guard was about to pull out the plant, he told him to let it be. That night it rained hard, and the prisoner was worried about his little plant out there. The next day Asaemon arrived very early at the execution ground, to the wonder of the prison guards. Seeing that the little plant had been washed away by last night's rain, he quietly went to a corner of the prison garden, dug a similar plant, and planted it exactly at the spot where the prisoner's plant had been. That afternoon, when the prisoner was brought outside for execution, he was surprised and happy to see the plant still standing there, and he died facing the little plant.
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