- Series: Usagi Yojimbo (Dark Horse) (Book 12)
- Paperback: 246 pages
- Publisher: Dark Horse; Gph edition (August 18, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1569714134
- ISBN-13: 978-1569714133
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #836,371 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Grasscutter (Usagi Yojimbo, Book 12) Paperback – August 31, 1999
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The book begins delving in Japan's mythological past to tell story of the origin of "Grasscutter," one of the three sacred treasures given to the Emperor of Japan, and how it was lost in a battle that decided the fate of who should rule the nation. This trade paperback contains copious notes on Japanese history and mythology so it is much more than just reading a comic book.
This story includes other storylines that have appeared as loose threads in previous books and they all tie neatly together in a well thought out epic confrontation, including a climatic showdown between Usagi and long time nemisis, the demonic Jei.
I would recommend this series to more than just fans of comic books and graphic novels. It's just an excellent story. Period.
By the time the Grasscutter storyline began publication, Usagi Yojimbo had already been in print for 13 years, constantly developing in complexity, depth, and scope to the constant delight of its fans. Still, in this volume, creator Stan Sakai kicked the series into a whole new gear that shook Usagi's world. Twelve years later, fans still feel the tremors.
Unexpectedly, Sakai begins the 10 part epic with a heavily researched crash course in Japanese mythology. 24 pages worth of masterfully drawn prologues tell the story of the creation of Japan and its deities, as well as the origin of Kusanagi, the legendary Grasscutter sword. He then spends another 24 pages on one final prologue, detailing the loss of the sword and the beginning of the ensuing power struggle over the throne that would continue into Usagi's day. The brilliant audacity of this undertaking is beyond description. It was one thing for Sakai to create a cute, furry anthropomorphic character and enmesh him in a rich and well researched world of brutal Feudal Japanese culture, but to now research and portray the mythological history of Japan and then connect it directly to Usagi's world...It simply awes the mind.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As always, Mr. Sakai presents his readers with excitement, adventure, drama, history, mythology, and his amazing artwork. Yet another win for Usagi!Published on July 26, 2014 by Mary Schneider
I even love Sakais lettering and his cameo appearances in Groo the Wanderer. Far better people have said enough about Sakai, I am just a humble admirer.Published on May 19, 2014 by Marko Bogovic
It's 2010, and I'm barely reading this for the first time.
Last year I got into Usagi Yojimbo for the first time, and, at first, I wanted to hate this series. Read more
In this story , the future of Japan swirls on "Grasscutter" the losted Japan Emperor Sword in the bottom of the sea, wich was the gift of the sun goddess Amaterasu to the... Read morePublished on November 1, 2001 by F.Pabzcacs