- Age Range: 11 - 15 years
- Grade Level: 6 - 10
- Series: Usagi Yojimbo
- Hardcover: 168 pages
- Publisher: Dark Horse Books (May 19, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1616557095
- ISBN-13: 978-1616557096
- Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.7 x 9.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #180,942 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Usagi Yojimbo: Senso Hardcover – May 19, 2015
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About the Author
Stan Sakai was born in Kyoto, Japan, grew up in Hawaii, and now lives in California with his wife, Sharon, and children, Hannah and Matthew. He received a Fine Arts degree from the University of Hawaii, and did further studies at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. His creation, Usagi Yojimbo, is the story of a samurai rabbit living in a feudal Japan populated by anthropomorphic animals. It first appeared in Albedo Comics in 1984. Since then, Usagi has been on television as a guest of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and as toys, on clothing, in comic books, and in a series of trade paperback collections. Stan is also an award-winning letterer for his work on Sergio Aragonés' Groo the Wanderer, the Spider-Man Sunday newspaper strips as well as Usagi Yojimbo. He is the recipient of a Parents' Choice Award, an Inkpot Award, multiple Eisner Awards, two Spanish Haxturs, an American Library Association Award, and a National Cartoonists' Society Division Award. The author lives in Los Angeles CA.
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Top Customer Reviews
It is an odd premise, and the story has just enough science fiction to it that the reader might take this to be an alternate ending to the Usagi series, fortunately set far enough in the future that we can look forward to many more Usagi Yojimbo volumes.
But it doesn't feel that way. This book has a major emotional impact in part because so many of the characters we know in the series meet their ends here. Well-known villains die, often with an unexpected nobility. Others, both heroes and villains, are just killed by the fearsome weapons of the Martians. Usagi, Tomoe, and Jotaro finally achieve some resolution to their difficult situations, but only at great cost.
Sakai's drawings are superb and the action is non-stop. There are any number of "easter eggs" throughout the book that reward careful re-reading. Fans of the series must read this story. New comers to Usagi Yojimbo should save it until after they've read the other volumes.
You couldn't be more wrong. It continuously amazes me how Stan has been able to create a serious world with such innovation and character growth and combine those elements with history and fantasy. It's mind numbing when I think about his entire process.
Bottom Line: Read Usagi Yojimbo and you will be introduced into a world unlike any created before. Maybe it won't be your cup of tea (everyone has their own tastes) but I know of various types of people from different demographics who love Usagi Yojimbo. Give it a shot! You may just find another interesting hobby or passion awaken.
Stan Sakai consistently hits the right story telling notes in almost every UY story, balancing tense and serious action with very light hearted dialogue at unexpected times. Characters in his stories seem to "breathe" and relate to each other in realistic ways. Friends support one another, but also give each other grief or play jokes on one another. As a result, this is just a really fun story to read.
Long time readers will be rewarded here, as UY Senso includes many character references from previous story arcs from UY, but knowledge of these previous stories isn't necessary to enjoy the story. Stan Sakai provides just enough background during the narrative to provide readers enough context to understand the role each character plays in this world. Look out for those Easter eggs during a second read through.
To sum it up, this book is amazing for long time fans of the series. This book would work for people just wanting an entertaining samurai tale with a scifi twist. Mr. Sakai took a gamble with this mini series and it worked.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Spoiler alert: this will give you understanding of Usagi's future.
It also ties forward to the Space Usagi book from several years ago.