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Grasscutter (Usagi Yojimbo, Book 12) Paperback – August 31, 1999

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Book 12 of 25 in the Usagi Yojimbo Series

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Product Details

  • 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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Stan Sakai's long running series hits an all time high with this ambitious story mixing history, mythology, and his own unique universe of anthropomorphic characters.
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.
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I only just recently discovered the adventures of Usagi Yojimbo, and being a swashbuckler/samurai fan I started thumbing through issue number one at my local library. It looked interesting enough to pick up. The first couple of books were fun, you can see where artist Stan Sakai borrowed from Japanese mythology and other sources, and look a few homages to some of Kurosawa's greatest films. Light entertainment. And then I picked up Grasscutter. What a story!!! Starting of with the legend of the sacred sword Grasscutter, Sakai spins an amazing quest saga. All the elements are there, love, betrayal, friendship, loyalty, honor, magic, monsters, plots, ninjas .... A fast moving tale with surprises on almost every other page. To add even more depth to the story, Sakai cleverly weaves in characters and plot points from past adventures. You don't need to read previous Usagi Yojimbo novels to enjoy this tale, but trust me, it's well worth it!
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If you bought the first book, then the next should come naturally...and the next after that...and the next after that. This was sold at its proper price, and arrived in excellent quality condition. Anyone who likes action comics, funny animals, fine storytelling, or isn't afraid of black and white art really needs to read Usagi Yojimbo comics, the masterwork of Stan Sakai.
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Great collection of original material of the samurai ronin rabbit. The hardcover signed/numbered editions can go for a fortune. They are low numbered and not many shops picked them up when they first came out. Stan Sakai is a genius! The samurai rabbit is now 30+ years old, see why he has continued to be so popular! Is it as artsy as Maus or Watchmen, no, but a solid story with attention to detail and historical accuracy when possible. Highly recommended!
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Usagi Yojimbo is the kind of quality work that transcends time, genres, demographics, and even age groups. It crafts a delicate and beautiful balance between honor and savagery, cute innocence and dark brutality, simple heart-warming stories and multi-part epics that shape a dense continuity. Whether or not you've ever been a fan of feudal Japanese culture, furry anthro characters, or independent, non-superhero comics, Usagi Yojimbo is a comic that can't help but impress even the harshest critic.

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.
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The first four prologue chapters outlines the origins of Japanese history starting with the creation of the world by the gods. Then we fast forward to the time of the ruling Taira (Heike) family in 12th century Japan. They are overthrown by the Minamoto family faction. At that time, one of the symbols of the emperor, the ancient sword named Grasscutter was lost in the Inland Sea. The Heike crabs in the sea, have the appearance of the lost Heike warrior's faces (Google the image of these crabs, they are amazing!). Fast forward again to Usagi and the ongoing plot to restore the emperor to power and overthrow the shogun. In this volume, brilliantly as ever penned and written by incomparable Stan Sakai, Usagi stumbles literally upon Grasscutter. The conspirators had enlisted supernatural powers to secure the sword, and it is up to Usagi to prevent Grasscutter from falling into evil hands. Other highlights of this volume include Usagi's on-again, off-again bounty hunter sidekick Gen, and the supremely evil Jei, emissary of the gods. Sakai never fails to disappoint and is able to maintain an amazingly high standard for his graphic novels.
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