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Usagi Yojimbo Saga Volume 1 [Stan Sakai] on kaz-news.info *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. With more than two hundred issues and counting, Stan. Usagi Yojimbo Vol. 1 chronicles this time of settling unrest and political intrigue, told through the story of a wandering and masterless samurai. Book 1: The Ronin is the first Usagi Yojimbo collection. It's isbn is ISBN Contents "The Goblin of Adachigahara", "Lone Rabbit.
The book is worth downloading for the art alone. Sharply reproduced on gratifyingly durable stock, the quality of the lines leap out from the page even in these early stories. Unsurprisingly, given the cinephilia apparent in his work, Sakai structures his panels like a cinematographer, merging cinematic aesthetics with the language of comics. A rapid-fire series of small drawings—just Usagi drawing his sword and taking a few steps—simulate motion photography and dynamism only to culminate in the static painterly image of a splash of blood on a wall.
Sakai is a pro at boiling complex scenes down into a few visual beats or gestures. Sakai is one of the best cartoonists working these days.
The Ronin is the first chapter of this still-ongoing year magnum opus, but it stands well enough on its own—the ideal gateway download into a thus-far-volume narrative.
Banyak kalangan memuji serial Usagi Yojimbo ini. Walau dikemas dalam bentuk komik yang semua tokohnya binatang, dan menceritakan sepak terjang seorang ronin kelinci yang sarat dengan adegan pertempuran, namun komik ini mengungkap pula soal, budaya, mitos, folkor, sejarah, dan kehidupan masyarakat jepang di abad ke Bahkan beberapa kisah seri Usagi diadaptasi dari kejadian sesungguhnya yang dicatat dalam buku-buku sejarah Jepang.
Keputusan Stan Sakai menggunakan karakter binatang untuk seluruh tokoh-tokohnya juga bisa dikatakan langkah jenius, karena dengan demikian aroma kekerasan dalam seri usagi akan sedikit tersamarkan. Warna hitam putih yang dipakai dalam seri Usagi juga turut meredam nuansa kekerasan karena tak ada warna merah darah ketika pedang usagi menyabet lawan-lawannya.
Bersyukur kini pecinta komik tanah air bisa menikmati komik yang telah diterjemahkan ke lebih tujuh bahasa ini kedalam bahasa Indonesia. Gramedia menerbitkan komik ini dengan format yang hampir menyerupai aslinya dan dicetak dengan kualitas cetak yang memuaskan.
Guratan Stan Sakai yang bersih, detail, panel-panel gambar yang tertata rapih, dan terjemahan yang baik membuat komik ini memiliki tingkat keterbacaan yang tinggi bagi siapa saja.
Tak heran komik ini diberi label 'semua umur' oleh gramedia, namun mungkin lebih tepat jika dikategorikan sebagai bacaan remaja-dewasa karena anak-anak rasanya tak mungkin memahami seluruh rangkaian kisah dalam buku ini. Keputusan Gramedia untuk menerbitkan seri Usagi Yojimbo dari nomor 8: Shades of Death, sempat dipertanyakan Rieza Fitramuliawan, penggemar dan pemerhati komik yang aktif berdiskusi dalam milis-milis komik.
Dalam sebuah milis perbukuan, Rieza menulis bahwa jika pembaca memulainya dari buku ke delapan maka terlalu banyak cerita yang terlewat dan akan sangat mengganggu kenikmatan membaca.
Walau di buku ke delapan shades of death ini kejanggalan cerita tidak begitu terasa, tapi pada buku-buku selanjutnya, akan banyak catatan kaki yang ditulis oleh Stan Sakai yang merujuk pada beberapa peristiwa yang terjadi di buku-buku sebelumnya. Menanggapi hal ini, Tanti Lesmana editor GPU ketika menjawab keraguan Rieza mengungkapkan bahwa penerbitan seri Usagi yang dimulai dari buku kedelapan ini sudah didiskusikan dengan penerbit Darkhorse selaku pemegang right buku ini.
Jadi untuk di Indonesia seri Usagi akan dimulai dari buku 8 sampai 13, setelah itu baru dari nomor 1 -7 akan menyusul diterbitkan. Namun demikian Tanti juga menjamin meski dimulai dari Shades of Death, ia yakin pembaca tidak akan bingung mengikuti ceritanya. Memang benar, seluruh kisah dalam buku ke delapan ini masih bisa diikuti jalan ceritanya, namun pembaca yang kritis tetap akan merasakan adanya hal yang perlu diketahui olehnya agar dapat lebih menikmati buku ini sengan sempurna.
Misalnya kemunculan Gen dalam kisah Bayang-bayang Hijau mungkin menimbulkan pertanyaan siapa Gen dan mengapa Usagi berkawan dengan Gen, siapa ninja Neko, atau saat Leonardo. Cs kura-kura Ninja bertemu dengan Usagi terungkap bahwa mereka sudah pernah bertemu, hal ini menimbulkan pertanyaan bagi pembaca kapan mereka perbah bertemu, dll.
Semua iti tidak dijelaskan dalam buku ke delapan. Asal-usul Usagi pun tidak terungkap secara jelas kecuali pada sinopsis singkat di cover belakang dan tiga kisah terakhir di buku ini yang menceritakan masa lalu Usagi ketika berguru pada senseinya.
Hal lain yang dalam edisi terjemahan yang disesalkan oleh Rieza adalah tidak dimuatnya kata pengantar di buku ini. Ini memperlihatkan bahwa cerita usagi menarik bagi banyak kalangan dari berbagai profesi dan banyak dipuji oleh publik Amerika.
Walau sebenarnya ini promosi, tapi sayang kata pengantar jika dihilangkan: Demikian ungkap Rieza Terlepas dari segala kelebihan dan kekurangan edisi terjemahan buku ini, terbitnya seri Usagi tentunya disambut baik oleh pecinta komik di Indonesia. Semoga Gramedia diberikan nafas panjang untuk terus menerbitkan secara lengkap ke 21 seri Usagi Yojimbo. Menikmati kepiawaian Stan Sakai dalam mengadaptasi legenda samurai tak cukup hanya di buku ini saja.
Di seri-seri selanjutnya masih banyak hal-hal menarik dari petualangan si ronin kelinci usagi yang tentunya memberikan banyak manfaat dalam memperluas cakrawala berpikir kita khususnya dalam semangat dan filosofi bushindo, dan sejarah Jepang dimasa lalu. Review of the entire series Usagi Yojimbo, on the surface is a simple concept. Anthropomorphic animals in 16th century Edo Japan - with the narrative centering around a "Long Eared Samurai", a Rabbit - the eponymous Usagi of the title.
Usagi,literally means Rabbit in Japanese and Yojimbo refers to "Bodyguard". Rabbit Bodyguard. It mixes several references to the Samurai films of Kurosawa with a deliberate homage to the great samurai swordsman Miyamoto Musashi while treading its own unique path Review of the entire series Usagi Yojimbo, on the surface is a simple concept.
It mixes several references to the Samurai films of Kurosawa with a deliberate homage to the great samurai swordsman Miyamoto Musashi while treading its own unique path. There really isn't another comic like it on the stands and Sakai has been writing, plotting and drawing this gem for the past twenty five years or more - sticking to what must seem like a cutthroat monthly schedule.
He makes it all look so easy which just proves - it probably isn't. Usagi is a Ronin - a masterless Samurai. He wanders the land on a Warriors Pilgrimage, honing his mind and his sword. A near master swordsman, Usagi practices a unique fighting style. His gentle demeanor, humble bearing and diminutive frame often leads his adversaries to underestimate him - to their detriment.
The Kill Bill films of Tarantino center around the bloodshed unleashed by Samurai swords in the hands of a skilled wielder. The aesthetization of violence is a common theme with Tarantino and he repeatedly uses Japanese samurai motifs over the course of the two Kill Bill films.
I enjoyed those films but they led me to expect the same within the pages of Usagi Yojimbo. The animal characters are mostly cute.
I expected decapitated bunny heads and chopped feline limbs. Stories of the seamier side of human nature and war. Sakai delivers none of this; at-least, not in the way you would expect. The violence in Usagi Yojimbo is always tinged with regret. Usagi takes no pleasure in it, tries to avoid killing and maiming as much as possible and always resorts to defense. However, once you see the click of the sword, with the picture of Usagi flicking the blade from the scabbard it is almost certain that blood will be shed.
The fight sequences are brilliant. Sakai takes his time, worrying less about space and more about the deliberate choreography of death.
People are stabbed, decapitated and killed. Most of it is left up to your imagination with almost no blood. The graphics of the death continue to toe the line between humor and morbidity - the dead lie with their tongues lolling out and creative skulls paraphrasing the end of their appearance in the comic. It makes for excellent reading - the violence isn't cool, it isn't desirable and it almost always ends in tragedy for some character.
This is age appropriate violence! A centerpiece to the entire saga and one of the major plot motivators is Bushido - the unrelenting and unbending code of the Samurai. It is a harsh discipline, focusing more on the tenets laid down by it than any sense of morality. The answer is invariably no. The concept of good and evil and self righteousness is almost done away with.
Usagi is our hero just because he has the good fortune to have served under Lord Mifune, a great man just prior to his death in the Battle of Adachigahara. He seems to recognize this fact and I think this influences his approach to almost all his antagonists. Those who serve an evil lord win more respect from him than the evil lords themselves.
Sakai, through his focus on the laws of Bushido manages to evoke an atmosphere of rigidity and sacrifice that makes the book quite unique at times. When Usagi's sweetheart is married off to someone else he fails to put an end to the wedding due to his loyalty to his lord - his duty forbids him from going away. The duty of a Samurai's wife is to her husband, this prevents his love Mariko from ever being with him.
Honour and duty are cages within which our characters live their life.
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It is a harsh law that seems to hurt much more than helps but it is his adherence to this discipline that sees Usagi through his many encounters.
He is unable to avoid direct challenges to a duel as a result - he must kill, albeit with regret, if he is to regain his honor.
Usagi isn't a rebel. He doesn't seek to reform or buck the system. When a peasant begs to hold on to the swords of her lover, a samurai he is quite categorical about the right thing to do - the sword is the soul of a Samurai and doesn't belong with a peasant.
In another episode he tells a peasant's son that there is no hope for him to ever become a Samurai. Any historical novel seeks to impose the character of a man of our times on someone dead years ago. Stan Sakai eschews this approach by depicting a man rabbit??! This focus on honour and Bushido is not the only layer to this comic. There are several more. History lessens on the culture of Japan are interwoven into the narrative - be it pot making, kite making or the fashioning of a Samurai blade.
An entire episode dedicated to seaweed farming was a highlight of the series and the Grasscutter arc elaborates on the major dieties of Japanese culture.
This is a meticulously researched comic that isnt heavy handed with the historical details. It mixes humor, history, culture and pathos to make a wonderfully enjoyable comic. Rather than speaking about the artwork in the peripheral fashion I have employed so far I think I ought to come out and say it - the artwork is fascinating. It uses simple lines and expression to convey the message. At first glance it seems simplistic but as I trace my eyes over the artwork a wealth of detail leaps out.
The grass bends gently with the breeze. The folds of Usagi's kimono float lazily around him as he jumps into the air. The Sword strokes are clear, easy to follow with the use of masterfully placed after images. Sakai is a master of the quiet panel. Several pages hold only movement, expression and silence, lending a wonderful quietude to the comic until a brutal explosion of action breaks the silence.
Quiet panels fused with a silhouette are even more melancholy - it forms a space in which the contemplation of the character within the panel tends to wash over the reader himself. The artwork isn't simple.
A lifetime of garish coloring and the bright but shallow palette of superhero comics seems to have robbed me of what little sense I possess. The black and white lines in Usagi are pieces of art I want to revisit forever. Like most successful comics, Usagi Yojimbo doesn't succeed through the strengths of the main character alone.
Usagi has a wealth of peripheral friends and enemies who recur throughout the various stories. These plot points keep diverging and melding together seamlessly over the course of the volumes I have read. I am still about halfway through the entire run but so far the side characters are vibrant, well sketched and interesting. Gen, the bounty hunter, the crime solving Inspecter Ishida, the ex samurai turned priest Sanshobo.
Add to this his lion sensei - Katsuichi, his frenemy Kenichi and a pet lizard Spot, not to mention the blind swordspig Zato Ino, Sakai has amassed a wealth of characters who ought to see him drawing Usagi comics well into hist nineties.
Usagi Yojimbo is to superhero comics what a glass of single malt is to spurious liquor. It is the very pinnacle of comic book art. I agree with an another reviewer who states that in the twenty five years he has been following Usagi, Sakai has yet to draw a single bad issue. I am not yet through the entire run and I must agree - the first issues are great though Sakai is still finding is feet. Seven issues in and you will be hooked till the end.
This is an excellent comic, worth reading and proof that in the right hands the comic book has a significant advantage over the prose form. It should probably be the introduction to the world of comics - and I hope that those of you who havent yet started reading comics will avoid wading through a lot of garbage like i had to and start with Usagi Yojimbo.
Believe me, its worth it. Jun 18, Alan Earhart rated it it was amazing Shelves: This collection has been reviewed so many times by so many people that I don't believe I can add anything new. The black-and-white art is amazing and Stan Sakai has a wonderful way of showing action. He blends Japanese history in his writing and the stories are wonderful!
I love the idea of a ronin wondering the country while upholding his principles in a world where it's very difficult to stay true to one's values. Oh, and Miyamoto Usagi is a rabbit. Did I already mention that bit? I've been rea This collection has been reviewed so many times by so many people that I don't believe I can add anything new. I've been reading Usagi Yojimbo in trade format for about 20 years.
I believe I first read this one in the late 90s when Fantagraphics put the first trades back into print. Since then I download one or two trade collections every few years and start reading again from this one.
I'm well past trade collection 7 as I restart this reading and I think I'll probably accelerate my downloads and reading because I've given up trying to download them new.
I so far behind that I've had to go through an online reseller site to find the ones where I left off. But that's good for me as I find new homes for these used copies. Nov 10, Nicholas Driscoll rated it really liked it.
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I probably shouldn't give this four stars--the stories are sometimes kind of weak, and some of the jokes kind of fall flat. Gon with the Wind? I love a good pun, but Still, it's really interesting to see the origins of Usagi and how different the style was originally.
The more elegant stylization of the later comics has not been developed yet. Here, Usagi has a big head, and Sakai tries for more dramatic action sequences. Usagi also seems a little more focused on money throughout his volume I probably shouldn't give this four stars--the stories are sometimes kind of weak, and some of the jokes kind of fall flat.
Usagi also seems a little more focused on money throughout his volume than in later volumes. I was also really surprised the tokage in this volume are kind of nasty--eating each other and corpses of the humanoid animals, too.
Being a longtime Groo the Wanderer fan, I loved catching the references to Groo--I think there were three, including a cameo appearance of the lovable stupid barbarian and ye olde "What's mulch? The references to Yojimbo and other samurai movies Zatoichi, Lone Wolf and Cub are also very obvious.
Loved seeing King Ghidorah from Godzilla make a surprise appearance, too!
Enjoyable, quirky entertainment, if sometimes a bit too obvious and on-the-nose sorry, Zato Ino There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Readers also enjoyed. About Stan Sakai. Stan Sakai. Stan Sakai Japanese: He and his wife, Sharon, presently reside and work in Pasadena. He began his career by lettering Stan Sakai Japanese: He also made a futuristic spin-off series Space Usagi. His favorite movie is Satomi Hakkenden Other books in the series. Usagi Yojimbo 1 - 10 of 34 books.
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A rabbit Samurai. That is quite a large hurdle for many to overcome. It took me a while to pluck up the courage and finally dive in but I am sure glad I did. Like Blacksad or Animal Farm the animals aren't the focus of the story merely a conduit to convey solid ideas. By removing human dressing we aren't distracted by superficial details and can deal with what is important. These are traditional Samurai stories of honour, virtue, courage, and friendship retold in a modern way but illustrated with anthropomorphised animals instead of people.
The names and places all sound genuine. The language is authentic, with explanations of the period terms, so readers who know nothing of medieval Japan will be able to both follow along with ease and learn something too. This isn't a Ninja Turtles cartoon this is a grown up allegory. After just a few pages you have accepted that your hero looks like a rabbit walking upright and he talks just like a sixteenth century warrior.
The art is outstanding. It is black and white but the framing is pure cinema. The artist captures not only the rapid movement of a duelling samurai but a rabbit one too. There is real motion frozen in the figures and lots of simple but effective tricks to convey the dynamic flow of combat and danger.
This is a book of separate tales that appear self-contained. When read together it acts as a giant road movie following the troubled life of our fluffy protagonist. You quickly grow fond of both him and the other recurring characters as you all experience victory and tragedy together. Without question, Thumbs Up!Mar 04, Charlie Potter rated it it was ok Shelves: The third is Dark Horse Comics , by which Usagi Yojimbo is still being published as volume three, over issues , and who also released a fourth Color Special.
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Usagi Yojimbo Book 1: The Ronin by Stan Sakai – 12th Printing!
I have avoided reading Usagi Yojimbo literally for years because while I'm generally pretty open-minded in my graphic novel reading and more than willing to cross genres, subject matter, etc. Menikmati kepiawaian Stan Sakai dalam mengadaptasi legenda samurai tak cukup hanya di buku ini saja. However, this fairy tale now begins Usagi's journey.