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Usagi Yojimbo: Senso

(Usagi Yojimbo #Spin-Off)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  271 ratings  ·  40 reviews
Hace unos treinta años, mientras garabateaba en su cuaderno de bocetos, el dibujante Stan Sakai dibujó un conejo estilo samurái con largas orejas atadas como en un moño, y nació Miyamoto Usagi. Ahora, con casi doscientos números publicados de Usagi Yojimbo, múltiples recopilaciones en formato novela gráfica,y una serie derivada protagonizada por el futurista Space Usagi, S ...more
Paperback, 168 pages
Published February 1st 2016 by Planeta Comic (first published May 6th 2015)
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Sam Quixote
Senso is Usagi Yojimbo crossed with HG Wells’ War of the Worlds – ok, why not?

Set towards the end of Usagi’s life, the book opens with a final, massive battle against the evil Lord Hikiji. But as the fighting heats up, a giant bullet-shaped vessel crash lands in the middle of the battlefield! Out of the shell emerges laser cannons that immediately begin decimating the feudal Japanese forces and then three-legged machines with tentacles and guns start laying waste to everything – will Usagi and h
Ed Erwin
Dec 22, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a spin-off on Usagi Yojimbo, combining it with H. G. Wells "War of the Worlds". I've not read other Usagi Yojimbo stories, so didn't know the characters. But it doesn't matter. I could understand it fine.

For a tale of anthropomorphic animals vs. "War of the Worlds", I preferred Wild's End, but I had fun with this, too.
Dec 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: american-indies
"Usagi Yojimbo" meets "War of the Worlds" by H.G. Wells. Medieval Japan Usagi fights an invasion from Mars. We see all of our favorite characters and, even if it's non-cannon, a decent ending to the whole revenge-on-lord-hikiji theme of Usagi since the start of the series. It has it all: intrigue, drama, action, robots, samurai, love story and of course, the legendary rhino, Gen!

Good one mr. Sakai, reminded me of your great tales of old.
Aug 22, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: collected
Probably the weakest Usagi story I've read. I honestly didn't see a point in this mini-series. Sure it had it's fun moments, but ultimately it gives nothing. ...more
Jun 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun little bridge between the Usagi Yojimbo and Space Usagi universes. Stan Sakai plays fast and loose with his beloved creations/long-running plot points, which nearly rustled my jimmies. Thankfully, he steps back from the edge in the nick of time. <-- I sure know how to pack in them idioms… like sardines. This guy, huh?
Kim Wong
Feb 24, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, fiction
Because it's a War of the Worlds homage many years beyond where Usagi Yojimbo currently is, Senso is able to provide resolutions to character development that the main book would not be able to for years, if ever at all. And the thrill of samurai fighting Martians and steam powered mecha fighting a Walker provide a great sense of scale to the book. ...more
Jun 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novel
Love the H.G. Wells crossover set in Usagi's future. Usagi Yojimbo will always be a favorite. Be warned that In battle there is death. ...more
Oct 31, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun, but ultimately empty.
May 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, fiction, m
It's a beautiful book and a very satisfying story. I hope that the main Usagi series comes to an official, complete end some day, but if that never happens, this will be a great stand in. ...more
Jan 13, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
And yet the greatest monster among them appeared to be human.

For those that do not know Senso is Japanese for War which is appropriate considering this book (although not cannon from what I hear) is set 20 years later in the Usagi Yojimbo story as the Geishu Clan is about to reach a climax with Usagi's sworn enemy Lord Hikiji and his forces. However war is not always clear cut as a large metal construct slams into the ground bringing an end to many lives and stories of characters both loved and
Andreas Sekeris
The intro tells you this is intended to be some silly fun, which it is. Pretending war-of-the-worlds type aliens attack feudal Japan and fighting against them. Ties up the end of many of the characters, but in a non-canon way, so hard to feel too invested in what happens to the people we love.

The battles and fighting were big dumb fun. This does miss the character work which normally makes Usagi Yojimbo 5 stars.
Mrs. Hahn
Usagi is always good; there's no denying that. But I wasn't quite feeling this collection. Essentially, it's 15 years in the future from the usual "Samurai/Ronin animals in Feudal Japan" concept, and Usagi and company are interrupted by the invaders from War of the Worlds.

The character development is nice, and the fight scenes are beautifully drawn, but in all it's just kind of trivial.
Jun 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is NOT the place to start with Usagi Yojimbo... it would be a little like starting watching LOST in the final season. Lots of interesting "what if's" and payoffs from both the run of Usagi Yojimbo and Space Usagi. ...more
Jan 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A must read for any Usagi fan!
Feb 16, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
kinda morbid and cynical (also silly) but the ending is cute and kinda wipes away all that
David Records
Aug 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I feel very late to the game on Usagi Yojimbo, but I really want to read everything now.
Jan 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mr. Sakai's brilliant take on war of the worlds set in the Usagi Yojimbo universe. Really a fun, at times nuts read. Recommended! ...more
Celia Burn
Two words that struck me the most throughout this book: 'Usagi Gundam'. ...more
Newly Wardell
Aug 02, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wasnt ready!
May 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novel, 2015
Usagi Yojimbo. I can't really say enough good about the character and his stories. I've recommended the comic to a lot of people over the years, and I have yet to hear back from any of them to tell me they didn't like it. Usagi is an honor-bound ronin in feudal Japan, so most of the stories are short morality plays that teach a lesson while also being engaging, interesting, and accessible to readers of all ages. It's a brilliant comic, and it's no surprise to me that the comic has been going str ...more
Kyle Wright
May 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a big fan of Stan Sakai's work, I was eager to read this War of the Worlds adaptation. Just as I've come to expect, the artwork was fantastic, exceptionally so in part 6 of this story. My biggest qualm is that, while Stan is known for his stories, this particular series is light on story and full of action, often rushing from battle to battle without taking a moment to develop the emotional context, so any of the emotional moments just dropped in quickly and disappeared just as fast. This fel ...more
A non-canon miniseries set 20 years in Usagi's future. What if the martians from War of the Worlds invaded Japan first? Basically an excuse for Stan to draw some awesome spaceships and aliens and a huge MECHA USAGI...I laughed out loud when this made its appearance. A bit overwrought with revelations and deaths and unrequited love but if you can't pull out all the dramatic stops in a non-canon miniseries WHEN CAN YOU? A fun read! ...more
Aug 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, sci-fi
Like everything that Stan Sakai does, this is well-done and interesting. I wasn't sure if it's supposed to be the official "end" of the characters or not, so I approached it as a sort of "Elseworlds" Usagi story. Mashing up "War of the Worlds" with a samurai story is an odd idea, but it works fairly well and is totally worth a read if you're a Usagi fan. But it doesn't have the same kind of emotional depth that the best Usagi stories have. So it's only pretty good, instead of awesome. ...more
May 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics-fantasy
Feudal-era samurai society meets War of the Worlds. And it's pretty epic! Lots of long-running characters make appearances, and the whole thing acts as an alternate universe conclusion to the UY universe. As an AU it's great, but because Certain Things Happen I'm glad it's not the actual conclusion. ...more
Nick Nguyen
Jan 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Based on reading the 6 issue mini-series in one go, as opposed to the tpb).

Great homage to Japanese monster films, H.G. Wells, and to Sakai's own Usagi universe(s). If you've been with Usagi Yojimbo for the past 30 years, you'd be hard-pressed not to get misty by the end.
David H.
Retroactive Review (12 Sep 2021): A strange but fun tale where Usagi Yojimbo is crossed over with H.G. Wells's The War of the Worlds. ...more
Paul Hasbrouck
Jun 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dark-horse
Another brilliant story by Stan Sakai, the art is wonderful, The Martians are a evil lot, ours and some villains give their all( here the reader might shed a tear or two) to destroy these invaders. Is this alternate world, Elseworld, or just plain comic book fun. Let the reader decide:)
Jan 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Usagi Yojimbo meets H.G. Wells's War of the Worlds? What's not to love?!

Yes the final chapter is exceedingly silly, but perfectly suited to a story set in Japan.

Great art. Great story. Great fun.
Sep 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
Action-packed, fast-paced, and nostalgic ending of the Usagi Yojimbo saga --- all your favorite side characters make an apparance (brief or otherwise).
Really enjoyable. I do wish that it had been in color.
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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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