Reviewer: Tom (Webmaster)
on: 2 manga volumes
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Would it surprised you if I said I enjoyed this more then
Lone Wolf and Cub? Found it more action-packed and fun? Well thatís what Iím
going to say as I really like Usagi Yojimbo. The action is well paced and is
coupled with good humour throughout, along with the moral implications of being
the good-hearted wonderer.
The artwork works particularly well in Usagi Yojimbo as Sakaiís simple
shade-free approach ensures that the action scenes are not confusing and you do
not become lost in all the detail. The angles whilst fighting could have been
better, but generally there is little fault action-wise.
There are some faults in other areas though, most notably the stories are
predictable and have little in way plot, even for a action title like this. Also
a couple of the stories are just a little too stupid and unbelievable Ė
particularly the story which guest stars the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
These faults are minor though in opinion as the stories as a whole are very
enjoyable and fun. This is due to the straightforward action most samurai manga
seems to lack and the also the fact Usagi Yojimbo does not take itself too
seriously and realises what it is Ė a fun action romp and nothing more. There is
no study of the human condition here or the meaning of life here.
I recommend Usagi Yojimbo to anyone who loves all things samurai and likes their
action pure and simple. Do not let the fact that all the characters are animals
put you off Ė this is a very enjoyable action manga.