47 Ronin

47 Ronin

Comic Book - 2014
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Japan's enduring national legend comes to comics! The tale of the 47 Ronin and their epic mission to avenge their wronged master epitomizes the samurai code of honor, and creators Mike Richardson and Stan Sakai have done justice to their story! Meticulously researched and beautifully illustrated, this collection of the acclaimed miniseries recounts this sweeping saga of honor and violence in all its grandeur. Opening with the tragic incident that sealed the fate of Lord Asano, 47 Ronin follows a dedicated group of Asano's vassals on their path of vengeance.
Publisher: Milwaukie, Or. : Dark Horse Books, 2014.
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9781595829542
1595829547
Characteristics: 151 p. : ill. (chiefly col.)
Additional Contributors: Sakai, Stan
Alternative Title: Forty-seven Ronin

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AL_CODY Jul 07, 2017

A nice, concise, account of the 47 samurai who set out to avenge their master. This was a very well done book and even though I appreciated the length, I would have liked a bit more details. The art was fantastic and had a kind of Japanese woodcut look to it. Definitely read this if you're into Japanese history and legend.

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Nathanbs
Jun 25, 2015

The tale of the 47 Ronin is a central story to Japanese culture. It is a true tale, and a must-read (in some form) for anyone interested in Japanese or samurai culture. This was a great graphic novel - the art was great, the story was classic, the ending was satisfying.

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skyekilaen
Apr 09, 2015

A head of household betrayed in the Imperial Court. Loyal servants who must avenge their master, but how? And how much are they willing to sacrifice to fulfill that duty?

My heart absolutely broke for the leader of the 47 ronin as he lost his lord and began his journey, and then broke again at several points through and after that journey. Richardson did a great job making this legendary story about people. Sakai is best known for Usagi Yojimbo, so we were quite impressed that Sakai knocks it out of the park with his art in a serious story with human characters. Instead of, you know, anthropomorphic rabbits.

DanniOcean Jan 12, 2015

reviewed in the Stratford Gazette, Jan 2015

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DanniOcean Jan 12, 2015

“To know the 47 Ronin is to know Japan.” So claims a centuries-old saying of a story based on real events in feudal Japan. Also known as The Tale of the Loyal Retainers, it is set in the Edo period, a time when the Shoguns ruled, and a class of samurai called Daimyo, or Lords, managed estates on which his vassals worked. During times of peace, however, many samurai warriors - who once followed the honorable code of Bushido - became corrupt at court; it is one of these times that forms the basis for the 47 Ronin.

When Lord Asano is summoned to spend some time at the Shogun’s palace, he is assigned to an official to learn proper court etiquette – but this official, Kira, is corrupt and wants extra payment. When Asano refuses to bribe him, Kira goads Asano into an act that leads the naïve samurai into certain death. When Asano refuses to defend himself and Kira goes unpunished, news of the Lord’s noble but unjust death quickly spreads back to his estate, where his chief retainer Oishi springs into action - but his plan to avenge Asano requires not just loyalty but almost intolerable patience and stealth. Oishi and the other retainers achieve their goal while finding honour for themselves, but must pay the ultimate price in the end.

Artist Stan Sakai – known for his artwork on the series Usagi Yojimbo – was inspired for this graphic novel by the art of Japanese artist Ogata Gekko, who also created a set of woodblock prints based on the very same story of the Loyal Retainers. The result is an ancient tale beautifully rendered in a muted palette of those vintage Japanese prints, but with all the action one would expect from Dark Horse comics.

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