History ComicBook / UsagiYojimbo

15th Nov '17 10:52:33 AM DrPsyche
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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: There's a few things in the initial stories that stick out as odd. The art style especially is much more stylized with characters given more squat chibi proportions. Hikiji was given a face reveal [[spoiler:as a human]] which was supposed to be set up for a plot involving [[spoiler:humans and their gradual presence in Japan and potential conflict with the animals]] which the author ended up scrapping. Since then Hikiji's gone back to being TheFaceless, but the author's never retconned that reveal.
31st Oct '17 1:25:29 PM WanderingBrowser
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* ALessonInDefeat: A young Usagi is given a lesson by his master. He's ordered grow some carrots from some seeds. Usagi cannot make them grow at all, and considers stealing some carrots from a neighboring farmer, but his honesty gets the better of him and he reports his failure, expecting to be thrown out. His master was [[SecretTestOfCharacter testing Usagi's honesty]]; the seeds had been boiled and would never have sprouted.

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* ALessonInDefeat: A young Usagi is given a lesson by his master. He's ordered to grow some carrots from some seeds. Usagi cannot make them grow at all, and considers stealing some carrots from a neighboring farmer, but his honesty gets the better of him and he reports his failure, expecting to be thrown out. His master was [[SecretTestOfCharacter testing Usagi's honesty]]; the seeds had been boiled and would never have sprouted.


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* LowFantasy: For the most part, the series presents itself as a fairly down-to-earth pseudo-HistoricalFantasy setting, once you get past the fact it's populated by {{Funny Animal}}s instead of humans. However, the setting also has {{yokai}} as a reality of the setting, not just myths, with Usagi repeatedly encountering and often slaying ghosts and monsters across his various stories.
** Usagi's very first s story, "The Goblin of Adachigara", involves him battling a horrific man-eating "goblin". Although subverted in that it turns out to be just [[spoiler:a traitor from the Battle of Adachigara who was banished and has gone insane]].
** In "Village of Fear", Usagi fights a real bakeneko -- a shapeshifting, man-eating cat-demon.
** "The Bridge" revolves around Usagi battling a bridge-haunting Hannya, an oni-like she-demon.
** "Yurei" is an odd one, in that Usagi himself thinks his encounter with the vengeful ghost of the innkeeper's murdered wife is AllADream throughout the short story.
** "The Wrath of the Tangled Skein", one of several stories revolving around the genuinely haunted forest known as the Tangled Skein, sees Usagi battle and slay both a Nue, a sort of Japanese chimera, and a malevolent {{tanuki}}-bozo, a tanuki disguised as a priest.
** "The Obakeneko of the Geishu Clan" has Usagi, Tomoe and Gen battle an obakeneko.
** "Kumo" revolves around Usagi battling a spider-goblin and her army of spiders. This is the story that introduces Usagi's ally Sasuké the Demon Queller, a ronin and sorcerer who specialises in tracking down and dispatching obakemono, to the series.
** "The Ghost Warriors" features a subversion, where Usagi fakes the haunting of a forest where the cruel lord Tobu led a platoon of samurai to a fatal ambush years ago, when he himself was a humble ashigaru, in order to make Tobu change his way. Then, ironically, it turns out the forest really was haunted when Tobu strays inside and [[spoiler:is turned into a tree by the ghosts]].
** "Nocturnal" is a Sanshobo-centric story where Usagi doesn't even appear. It revolves around the stoic priest doing battle with a Hannya to protect one of his acolytes, the she-demon being the acolyte's former fiancee whom he abandoned to take up the priesthood.
** In "The Doors", whilst serving as bodyguards for Lord Noriyuki, Usagi and Tomoe must rescue their lord when a gift of triptych-painted doors depicting the legendary scene of Minamoto no Yorimitsu and his four lieutenants battling the tsuchigumo turns out to be enchanted, with the tsuchigumo springing to life each night and trying to assassinate Lord Noriyuiki. This story itself uses a magical ink set first featured in Book 18, Travels With Jotaro.
** "Kitsunegari" revolves around Usagi and Gen taking a shortcut through a wood populated by kitsune. Unfortunately for Gen, it turns out that they had encountered two kitsune on the way there, and he had offended them both with his arrogance and miserly nature, leading to them seperating him from Usagi and terrorizing him as punishment.
** "Nukekubi" is an odd little tale where, after meeting a chatterbox of an old woman whose garden is infested with tokage, Usagi travels into the mountains and nearly falls afoul of a starving male nukekubi -- a yokai whose head detaches freely from its body. Feeling merciful, Usagi brings the nukekubi back to the old woman, ending its need to prey on travelers by giving it an endless supply of lizard meat to feed upon and allowing both to end their loneliness.
** "Teru Teru Bozu" features a boy and his family, alongside Usagi, being attacked in the night by a monster that kills the boy's parents and Usagi. [[spoiler:It turns out to be AllJustADream, a nightmare that the boy had from gorging on sweets after dinner. But then, in the final page, Jei ends up coming to the family's hut...]]
** Perhaps the weirdest case of this so far is the (admittedly non-canon) "Senso" storyline, where [[spoiler:Japan is invaded by aliens]].
12th Oct '17 9:46:15 AM MikeW
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** A unique case is Usagi coming across a village haunted by the ghost of a general who was killed before he could complete the ceremony. Waiting for the ghost to appear, Usagi respectfully says the two served the same lord and "I would be honored to be your second." As the general makes the cuts, Usagi uses his sword (blessed in holy water) to make the final cut and let the general's spirit be at peace.
17th Sep '17 9:29:45 AM Kirayoshi
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* FaceDeathWithDignity: As a samurai, Usagi is prepared to do so. During "Grasscutter", when Jei appeared to have Usaji on the ropes and stated his intention to kill him, Usaji simply replied, "Such is karma."
17th Sep '17 9:21:07 AM Kirayoshi
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* LetsYouAndHimFight: Averted in "Shades of Green"; Usagi and Gen joined with an old wizard to fight off an army of ninjas. The wizard reasoned that they need ninjas of their own, so he conjured four ninjas to aid them. Specifically, [[ComicBook/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles Leonardo, Donatello, Michaelangelo and Raphael.]] Finding themselves in unfamiliar surroundings, they thought this was a trap set by Splinter and were set to attack Gen and Usagi, until Leonardo (who had met Usagi before) recognized him. The two exchanged pleasantries and Leo's brothers decided that if Leo trusted Usagi, they would trust him as well.

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* LetsYouAndHimFight: Averted in "Shades of Green"; Usagi and Gen joined with an old wizard to fight off an army of ninjas. The wizard reasoned that they need ninjas of their own, so he conjured four ninjas to aid them. Specifically, [[ComicBook/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles Leonardo, Donatello, Michaelangelo and Raphael.]] Finding themselves in unfamiliar surroundings, they thought this was a trap set by Splinter Shredder and were set to attack Gen and Usagi, until Leonardo (who had met Usagi before) recognized him. The two exchanged pleasantries and Leo's brothers decided that if Leo trusted Usagi, they would trust him as well.
23rd Aug '17 12:29:40 PM SeptimusHeap
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** Many characters are [[ShoutOut shout outs]] to [[JidaiGeki Chanbara]] heroes -- the Lone Goat and Kid is a nod to the Manga/LoneWolfAndCub, Zato-Ino the blind masseur pig is a thinly-veiled version of {{Zatoichi}}, Lord Mifune references the actor Creator/ToshiroMifune, and so on.

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** Many characters are [[ShoutOut shout outs]] to [[JidaiGeki Chanbara]] heroes -- the Lone Goat and Kid is a nod to the Manga/LoneWolfAndCub, Zato-Ino the blind masseur pig is a thinly-veiled version of {{Zatoichi}}, Franchise/{{Zatoichi}}, Lord Mifune references the actor Creator/ToshiroMifune, and so on.
12th Aug '17 4:21:02 AM moloch
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** Usagi's cartoon incarnations.

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** Usagi's cartoon incarnations.incarnations, because they're technically linked up by the whole Turtles multiverse. Usagi meets both the Mirage and IDW Turtles, and the former have met both the '03 and '12 animated Turtles, who've met both their "own" '03 and '12 animated Usagis and the '87 Turtles, who've met the animated '87 Usagi. [[LongList Whew.]]
8th Aug '17 12:44:19 AM Dvandemon
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Usagi is often associated with the Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles, thanks in part to several crossovers between different incarnations of the properties, and the friendship between Sakai and the Turtles creators. Besides ''TMNT'' comics, Usagi has appeared in two episodes of [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987 the 1987 cartoon]], eight of [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003 the 2003 show]], and is scheduled for three on [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012 the 2012 show]] (with at least one being written by Sakai himself). The latter two shows have also done episodes set in Usagi's world--the closest things yet to an ''Usagi'' animated series. ''Usagi Yojimbo'' was also published by Eastman and Laird's Mirage Studios for a time, before moving on to Creator/DarkHorseComics.

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Usagi is often associated with the Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles, thanks in part to several crossovers between different incarnations of the properties, and the friendship between Sakai and the Turtles creators. Besides ''TMNT'' comics, Usagi has appeared in two episodes of [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987 the 1987 cartoon]], eight of [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003 the 2003 show]], and is scheduled for three on [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012 the 2012 show]] (with at least one being written by Sakai himself). The latter two shows have also done episodes set in Usagi's world--the closest things yet to an ''Usagi'' animated series. ''Usagi Yojimbo'' was also published by Eastman and Laird's Mirage Studios for a time, before moving on to Creator/DarkHorseComics.
24th Jul '17 11:56:54 AM theknack101
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** Senso (which is not in the main canon) serves double duty for the story itself and for Space Usagi. [[spoiler:After piloting a robot and destroying the last alien walker, Usagi gets stabbed by the last remaining alien. Before he dies, he and Jotaro both learn that the other knew about their relationship as father and son, and he confesses his love to Tomoe. Then we see that the whole story was told by Usagi from Space Usagi to children, showing that he survived the events of his story and found another love in that canon's version of Mariko, who is pregnant.]]
23rd Jul '17 10:35:32 PM SpideyTerry
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Usagi is often associated with the Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles, thanks in part to several crossovers between different incarnations of the properties, and the friendship between Sakai and the Turtles creators. This has permitted Usagi to appear on the screen in the [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987 first]] [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003 two]] ''TMNT'' cartoons as a recurring character, culminating in an episode set in Usagi's world--the closest thing yet to an ''Usagi'' animated series. ''Usagi Yojimbo'' was also published by Eastman and Laird's Mirage Studios for a time, before moving on to Creator/DarkHorseComics.

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Usagi is often associated with the Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles, thanks in part to several crossovers between different incarnations of the properties, and the friendship between Sakai and the Turtles creators. This has permitted Besides ''TMNT'' comics, Usagi to appear on the screen has appeared in the two episodes of [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987 first]] the 1987 cartoon]], eight of [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003 two]] ''TMNT'' cartoons as a recurring character, culminating in an episode the 2003 show]], and is scheduled for three on [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012 the 2012 show]] (with at least one being written by Sakai himself). The latter two shows have also done episodes set in Usagi's world--the closest thing things yet to an ''Usagi'' animated series. ''Usagi Yojimbo'' was also published by Eastman and Laird's Mirage Studios for a time, before moving on to Creator/DarkHorseComics.
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