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Manga: Samurai Executioner
"Punished is not the man himself, but the evil that resides in him"

Samurai Executioner is a spin-off manga series from Lone Wolf and Cub. It focuses on the encounters and experiences of one of Itto's opponents (Yamada Asaemon), the Shogun's sword-tester and executioner.

Samurai Executioner provides examples of:

  • Actually Pretty Funny: When Kasajiro pretended to have died from a wound sustained during an investigation to pull his wife's leg, even Asaemon found it funny.
  • Crapsack World: To the underclasses of Edo Japan, life sucks.
  • End Of An Era: Samurai takes place at the end of the Edo era, with the rise of the merchant class and the downfall of the samurai.
  • Face Death with Dignity: Quite a number of the condemned do this. Some require help from Asaemon (usually by way of the Last Request).
  • Footnote Fever: Due to the Shown Their Work below, the translators at Dark Horse Comics had to do this.
  • Good Is Not Soft: Asaemon. He will tear you a new one if you deserve it. At the same time, he is totally capable of making the condemned feel comfortable before he chops off their heads.
  • Go Out with a Smile: Many of the condemned, if Asaemon fulfiled their Last Request or otherwise made them feel comfortable before he brings down the sword.
  • Heel Realization: To Asaemon, it is most important that the condemned be truly repentant of their crimes before he executes them.
  • Japanese Honorifics: Justified, given the setting.
  • Last Request: Asaemon encounters many such requests. Whether he grants them depends on circumstances.
  • One-Man Army: Asaemon during the prison riot chapter.
  • Ronin: Asaemon himself.
  • Shown Their Work: The series might as well be called "Life for Commoners during Edo Japan: The Series".
  • Zen Survivor: Asaemon again.
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