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Adventure in feudal Japan waits for no one! In this fifth definitive Usagi Yojimbo compilation, rabbit ronin Miyamoto Usagi shares those adventures with several returning friends, including Inspector Ishida, sneak thief Kitsune, and bounty hunters Gen and Stray Dog. And Usagi's most important friendship, with retainer Tomoe Ame, is spotlighted in the epic-length "Mother of Adventure in feudal Japan waits for no one! In this fifth definitive Usagi Yojimbo compilation, rabbit ronin Miyamoto Usagi shares those adventures with several returning friends, including Inspector Ishida, sneak thief Kitsune, and bounty hunters Gen and Stray Dog. And Usagi's most important friendship, with retainer Tomoe Ame, is spotlighted in the epic-length "Mother of Mountains," her origin "Tomoe's Story," and the poignant tea ceremony tale "Chanoyu." Throughout, Stan Sakai's award-winning combination of intriguing storytelling and deft line work constitute a master class in the comics form! Collects Usagi Yojimbo Volume Three #76-#93, Usagi Yojimbo Color Special #1-#3, and more!


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Adventure in feudal Japan waits for no one! In this fifth definitive Usagi Yojimbo compilation, rabbit ronin Miyamoto Usagi shares those adventures with several returning friends, including Inspector Ishida, sneak thief Kitsune, and bounty hunters Gen and Stray Dog. And Usagi's most important friendship, with retainer Tomoe Ame, is spotlighted in the epic-length "Mother of Adventure in feudal Japan waits for no one! In this fifth definitive Usagi Yojimbo compilation, rabbit ronin Miyamoto Usagi shares those adventures with several returning friends, including Inspector Ishida, sneak thief Kitsune, and bounty hunters Gen and Stray Dog. And Usagi's most important friendship, with retainer Tomoe Ame, is spotlighted in the epic-length "Mother of Mountains," her origin "Tomoe's Story," and the poignant tea ceremony tale "Chanoyu." Throughout, Stan Sakai's award-winning combination of intriguing storytelling and deft line work constitute a master class in the comics form! Collects Usagi Yojimbo Volume Three #76-#93, Usagi Yojimbo Color Special #1-#3, and more!

30 review for Usagi Yojimbo Saga Volume 5 Limited Edition

  1. 5 out of 5

    Dan Schwent

    Usagi Yojimbo Saga Book 5 collects issues 76-94 of Usagi Yojimbo + material from the Usagi Yojimbo Color Specials. Book 5 sees Usagi spend a lot of time with Tomoe in Geishu province. There are also tales featuring Gen, Inspector Ishida, Jei, Kitsune, ninja, ghosts and monsters from Japanese folklore, and that damn ink set makes another appearance. There is also a dive into Japanese culture, the tea ceremony. While I didn't enjoy this volume quite as much as the last, it did quite a bit to flesh o Usagi Yojimbo Saga Book 5 collects issues 76-94 of Usagi Yojimbo + material from the Usagi Yojimbo Color Specials. Book 5 sees Usagi spend a lot of time with Tomoe in Geishu province. There are also tales featuring Gen, Inspector Ishida, Jei, Kitsune, ninja, ghosts and monsters from Japanese folklore, and that damn ink set makes another appearance. There is also a dive into Japanese culture, the tea ceremony. While I didn't enjoy this volume quite as much as the last, it did quite a bit to flesh out Tomoe as a character and showcased the intrigue in the Geishu court. The introduction of Noriko gives an interesting glimpse of what might have been if Tomoe's life had gone another way. I'm also digging Motokazu's new role in things. Lastly, it will be a sweet day when someone settles Lord Horikawa's hash. Stan Sakai's art continues to impress. I never get the impression that he's phoning it in or coasting on past accomplishments. His simple yet intricate artwork amazes me at times. He's able to convey quite a bit of emotion with just a few brush strokes. He also knows his way around an inkwell. His use of black takes full advantage of the black and white format, as does his crosshatching and line work. The best comic going today shows no signs of stopping. Four out of five stars.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Morgan

    I liked this volume mainly for the fact you get more of Tomoe's background and story origins. I liked this volume mainly for the fact you get more of Tomoe's background and story origins.

  3. 4 out of 5

    B

    This was good. Of note, I think this book would have been even stronger if it focused more on Tomoe. Her story here was more interesting than Usagi's. But it was all pretty good. Usagi never sacrifices any independence, but all these independent women pine to tie him down. It's a weird (and weirdly consistent) dynamic in these books. This was good. Of note, I think this book would have been even stronger if it focused more on Tomoe. Her story here was more interesting than Usagi's. But it was all pretty good. Usagi never sacrifices any independence, but all these independent women pine to tie him down. It's a weird (and weirdly consistent) dynamic in these books.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Przemysław Skoczyński

    Stan Sakai musi mieć jakiś pakt z ciemnymi mocami, bo nikt normalny nie byłby w stanie utrzymać takiego poziomu tak długo

  5. 4 out of 5

    D.

    Usagi Yojimbo maintains its high quality in both story and artwork as it moves into its fifth "telephone book" collection. Stan Sakai doesn't get enough credit for the fabulous comic book world he's created in this series, which is a mix of fantasy and feudal Japan. My highest recommendation for any fan of comic books. Or "graphic novels," or whatever they're being called these days. Usagi Yojimbo maintains its high quality in both story and artwork as it moves into its fifth "telephone book" collection. Stan Sakai doesn't get enough credit for the fabulous comic book world he's created in this series, which is a mix of fantasy and feudal Japan. My highest recommendation for any fan of comic books. Or "graphic novels," or whatever they're being called these days.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kevin

    Volume Five continues the even paced mixture of story types and tone. What is new is this volume features a co-star to Usagi-San, Tomoe Ame, the woman samurai retainer of Lord Noriyuki of the Geisha clan. Her backstory is expanded a great deal, her charm and character deepened in solo adventures, and her bond with Usagi is explored while he spends time at White Heron castle. Through Tomoe’s story, Sakai explores the role of women in Edo society. Part of this arc includes issues from the “Usagi Yo Volume Five continues the even paced mixture of story types and tone. What is new is this volume features a co-star to Usagi-San, Tomoe Ame, the woman samurai retainer of Lord Noriyuki of the Geisha clan. Her backstory is expanded a great deal, her charm and character deepened in solo adventures, and her bond with Usagi is explored while he spends time at White Heron castle. Through Tomoe’s story, Sakai explores the role of women in Edo society. Part of this arc includes issues from the “Usagi Yojimbo Color Special” published by Fantagraphics sporadically between 1987 and the early 1990s, as explained in the backmatter of this volume. This part of the arc featuring Tomoe Ame was bound in this volume (and the corresponding collected volume of the sister series with shorter size) because Stan wanted to place them in their chronological order. This detail reveals his deep consideration for the overall plot of Usagi Yojimbo as a history of the character’s life. The pattern of a detailed continuity, that has been established in the earlier issues/volumes, really takes a full and more serious form in Volume Five. Many other comics would admit “throwaway” stories that, while enjoyable, have no bearing on the arc and leave no permanent mark on the character. It becomes clear than none of the stories in Usagi Yojimbo are to be dismissed, and no character of any magnitude will disappear back to obscurity. This gives Usagi’s life-history a gravitas, and once realized, provides another level of interest in every story—all of the characters have their own goals and machinations to ponder even when not made explicitly clear.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Isao

    It was a very interesting book. I liked how it had a lot of the characters you don't see much in the story. This book is fiction. It's set in Japan. The main character has a very cool story that you learn more and more about throughout the series. Most people who like this book would be people who like history and acton. It was a very interesting book. I liked how it had a lot of the characters you don't see much in the story. This book is fiction. It's set in Japan. The main character has a very cool story that you learn more and more about throughout the series. Most people who like this book would be people who like history and acton.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Bernardo

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Este volumen está lleno de historias preciosas, entretenidas y narradas con una maestría envidiable. Particularmente el amor no hablado entre Tomoe y Usagi, y la delicadeza con la que Sakai-sensei lo relata está entre las mejores experiencias que he tenido leyendo cómics. Bellísimo y admirable.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Martin Smith

    It’s interesting to see the contrast between Sakai’s early work and the contemporary stories, by the delayed inclusion of the Fantagraphics colour specials into this volume. Not just in the design of Usagi himself (and Tomoe), but his linework, framing, pacing, cartooning choices etc.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Erik

    Sakai continues his brilliant series with mostly short stories and an extended focus on Tomoe.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jan Argasiński

    Mam za sobą siedem tomów sagi. Czyli jakieś 3000 stron komiksu. I z odcinka na odcinek jest on coraz lepszy. Niesamowite.

  12. 5 out of 5

    (((THE ALL POWERFUL TRANS LOBBY)))

    Volume 5 is like the other volumes except darker and edgier.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Joel Devore

    I love this series!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Patrice

    This was a really good book. Most of it was devoted to developing Tomoe's character (present and past) through many exciting adventures. There are also some good short stories at the start, particularly the Japanese equivalent of the Robinhood tale, even if it features only Inspector Ishida and not Usagi at all. Some previously laid storylines were cashed in on here and I really enjoyed the depiction of the tea ceremony. That tale was especially artistic. Sadly, I'm beginning to catch up to the This was a really good book. Most of it was devoted to developing Tomoe's character (present and past) through many exciting adventures. There are also some good short stories at the start, particularly the Japanese equivalent of the Robinhood tale, even if it features only Inspector Ishida and not Usagi at all. Some previously laid storylines were cashed in on here and I really enjoyed the depiction of the tea ceremony. That tale was especially artistic. Sadly, I'm beginning to catch up to the series, which means patience. :'( Oh well. It's definitely worth waiting for.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Paul Porry

  16. 4 out of 5

    Krista

  17. 4 out of 5

    Eric

  18. 4 out of 5

    Spolk

  19. 5 out of 5

    Bruce Russell

  20. 5 out of 5

    David Wolkin

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jackie

  22. 4 out of 5

    Ian Vance

  23. 5 out of 5

    chris sparks

  24. 5 out of 5

    David Harriss

  25. 5 out of 5

    Ian

  26. 5 out of 5

    John

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sebastian Sosna

  28. 5 out of 5

    Isabella

  29. 4 out of 5

    Sean

  30. 4 out of 5

    Max Worrall

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