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Usagi Yojimbo, Vol. 1: The Ronin (Usagi Yojimbo #1)

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Miyamoto Usagi is no Bugs Bunny. He's a rabbit bodyguard, a samurai who wanders the mountains, plains, and villages of a 17th-century Japan populated almost exclusively by anthropomorphic animals. Cats, snakes, rhinos, and ninja moles plot and fight their way across a land ravaged by civil war. The 10 stories in this first collection introduce Usagi, the evil Lord Hikiji, ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published 1987 by Fantagraphics Books
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Mar 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comix, classics
I have avoided reading Usagi Yojimbo literally for years because while I'm generally pretty open-minded in my graphic novel reading and more than willing to cross genres, subject matter, etc. I admit, I do have certain biases I am just starting to get over. I've resisted reading both manga as a whole and those specific comics with a cartoonish, personified animal style forever because after being one of the only girls I knew who liked comic books for years, I accidentally turned into kind of a s ...more
Sam Quixote
Aug 06, 2014 rated it liked it
I started reading Usagi Yojimbo comics when the volume count was in the 20s, so I missed all of the early comics; I think if I had started with this first volume, I wouldn’t know why people loved the series so much or how it’s managed to continue on to 28 volumes! That’s not to say that this first volume is crap, but it doesn’t have that special quality to it that impels you on to pick up the next one and the next and so on.

Stan Sakai’s legendary anthropomorphic rabbit character, Usagi Yojimbo (
James DeSantis
Jan 04, 2018 rated it liked it
This book was sent to me by a friend and I'm glad I got a chance to read it. This is like a nice "calm and fun" tale between all the shit I read haha.

SO Usagi is a samurai. He's going around the world helping others and taking jobs. This book is basically a bunch of short stories put all together. I actually read volume 1 was just that, short stories, even before Usagi got his own comic. So this is a small glimpse into the life of the Ronin before he got his own series. SO we have tales of hors
Sep 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
At times it felt a bit dated, but I liked almost all the little stories and the characters in there.
It was funny, full of action,... what else do you need, right? ;)
Crystal Starr Light
Aug 21, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: manga
Bullet Review:

Enjoyable manga. It took some getting used to - this fluffy bunny isn't just sweet and fluffy after all. It could be kinda violent, without getting into the truly gruesome. What was most odd was how episodic it was - there was some connection between chapters, but not a huge amount.
Sep 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Utterly charming. It's taken me far too long to get to Usagi Yojimbo but better late than never. I'm already looking forward to volume two.
Juan Luis García-Alonso
Jul 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Una obra imprescindible si te gusta el mundo japonés antiguo aunque sea una antropomorfización de animales en el cómic. La calidad del dibujo es inconmensurable.
Apr 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
How do I begin a review for Stan Sakai’s epic tale of Usagi Yojimbo? For those who do not know, Miyamoto Usagi is a wandering masterless samurai who just happens to be a giant anthropomorphic rabbit. The story itself takes place in Japan during the turn of the 17th century, thus making this book historical fiction rather than anthropomorphic fantasy. Usagi Yojimbo is also a widely recognizable and popular character in the comic book genre.

The best thing about this volume was my impression of the
Harold Ogle
Mar 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Wanting a break from the heavier books I've been piling up in my to-read pile, my more recent trips to the library have been picking up lighter items to consume in less time as interludes. At the moment I'm enjoying an extended interlude of children's books and comics.

In the 80s there was a tremendous flurry of Nippon mania, as the backlash against the dominance of Japanese consumer products inevitably weakened against the rise of Japanese cultural awareness in the United States. With kaiju fil
Jackie B. - Death by Tsundoku
Ahh, the classic Usagi Yojimbo. Usagi: Japanese for Rabbit. Yojimbo: Japanese for bodyguard. This classic manga, heavily influenced by the work of Akira Kurosawa, tells the story of a ronin (samurai without a lord to serve) who is taking a musha shugyo (warrior's pilgrimage) during the beginning of the Edo period of Japan; 17th century. Usagi encounters many different characters, all also anamorphic animals such as himself. A classic style of episodic stories which (I assumed) will slowly interw ...more
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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.

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