Thursday, December 28, 2006

Samurai Executioner Manga



From the creators of Lone Wolf and Cub comes Samurai Executioner. Before Koike and Kojima created Itto Ogami, they created Kubikiri Asa, better known to Lone Wolf readers as Decapitator Asaemon. He was the equal to Itto, bearer of the sword Onibocho, the man charged with the duty of testing the swords for the shogun.

Samurai Executioner is based on the decapitator himself, in life before his fatal duel with Lone Wolf. Many of the stories focus not on Asaemon, but on several of the people he meets in the course of his work. More often than not they are the stories of the criminals he executes, told as their last words before receiving the fatal stroke.

Each volume is written with historical accuracy, although the characters themselves are fictional. In the back of each book, Dark Horse has provided a glossary to help define the many Japanese terms used to keep the stories authentic.

10 comments:

Ross said...

Nice, my friend actually gave me the first Lone Wolf and Cub book.

rc said...

Cool post...I'm a bit of a kung-fu/samurai movie nut (a bit of a nut in general, honestly), and I have the whole movie series (even the shoddy "Shogun Assassin" film). This would be a lovely pick-me-up, since I didn't get a Wii :(


(Yes, my name is Johnny).

The Elderly said...

sorry to hear that RC..... bloody Santa, I rang the fecker today and he said I had spelt Red Lamburgeeni incorrectly... I mean puleeesee, he coulda left a hamper at least..... thats the last time im writing to him......

Neat friends you've got Ross, although I do have a copy of the graphic novel, V for Vendetta I can't remember buying....

DEITRIX said...

Speaking of Wii- My son loves his!!
The wife even kicked arse in boxing!!
Trying to get some playing time in myself... but really want to focus on the book now ;)

The Elderly said...

but, but.... its a Wii.... how could you resist such loveliness.....

Anonymous said...

I was thinking of starting a collection of these books but do they have any actual speech??

The Elderly said...

Hi anon, Yes there fully realised manga. to be sure to be sure, check out the dark horse website where they've got a preview of the entire series and some scans of the content.


http://www.darkhorse.com/profile/
preview.php?theid=13-290

(click "next page" on the right of the manga cover, when you land)

The Elderly said...

I see your point anon, it's not clear whether this editions are in Japanese or English, safer perhaps to order from the Dark Horse site... Im removing the amazon links there too confusing...

thanks for the comment

regards

elderly

Anonymous said...

cheers The Elderly, i might actually start this collection- these previews look amazing!

The Elderly said...

they are stunning indeed... (bows to Anonymous... heads off to make some tea)