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The assassins have discovered that Usagi is a traitor, intent on thwarting their plan to kill the Shogun’s emissary. They imprison the entire village in the storehouse and are ready to burn it with a moment’s notice if he does not go through with the plan. Usagi is able to release his old friends Mariko and Kenichi, but they cannot return with help in time to prevent the assassination.
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Revisit a key Usagi story with “Lone Rabbit and Child”! The vulnerable young heir of an important clan is targeted by power-hungry rivals! Only Usagi and the boy’s vassal, Tomoe Ame, have any hope of stopping the horde of assassins and getting out alive!
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Join Usagi on an exciting adventure as he meets his most unusual traveling companion yet… Chibi Usagi! The two worlds of Usagi Yojimbo meld for a hilarious story that’s perfect for kids and long-time fans of Usagi alike!
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“The Return” Part 2 of 4. Usagi’s home village has been taken over by assassins intent on killing the shogun’s emissary to disgrace Lord Hikiji. With the emissary’s death will come retributions resulting in the death of the entire village. Usagi has to save the emissary but, in doing so, may have to save the reputation of the lord responsible for the death of his master.
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Join Usagi on one of his most famous adventures as he meets a formidable, and very unusual, opponent in Zato-Ina, the blind swordspig! Also included in this issue is “A Quiet Meal” which proves to be anything but! Colored by Ronda Pattison (TMNT).
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“The Return” Part 1 of 43. Usagi is back in his home province for a pilgrimage to his late lord’s gravesite, however wearing the Mifune clan crest in Lord Hikiji’s territory has made him an enemy. Now beaten and almost near death, he has made his way to the one place he had been avoiding-the village in which he grew up. Bittersweet memories awaken with his long-time love, until the village becomes embroiled in a plot to assassinate an emissary of the shogun.
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“Mon.” Long ago, Lord Hikiji defeated Usagi’s Lord Mifune to take control of the Northern Province. Usagi, now traveling through his home province, still wears the mon (a family crest) of his former lord. But, there are those who still remember the Great Wars with bitterness and threaten to kill any samurai loyal to Mifune. What happens when they come across Usagi?
Stan Sakai‘s long-running Usagi Yojimbo is getting animated! The comic character is coming to Netflix in a new animated series that mixes “modern high-tech images with classic Japanese references” called Samurai Rabbit: The Usagi Chronicles.
Usagi Yojimbo launched in 1984 and has published over 215 issues, plus guest appearances in other series through a mix of publishers.
James Wan will be one of the executive producers of the CGI series which follows the teenage Rabbit Samurai Yuichi, a descendent of the warrior Miyamoto Usagi. Yuichi leads a “ragtag team of misfit heroes,” a bounty hunters, ninja, pickpocket, and pet lizard.
This isn’t the first time Sakai’s characters have become animated. Usagi appeared in the 1987 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles show as well as on the 2003 series for a few episodes and then again in season 3, season 4, and season 7, of the same series. Uasgi also appeared in the 2012 CGI TMNT series in the fifth season. A CGI adaptation of Usagi was initially announced on February 8, 2018 and was in the works by Gaumont Animation.
Sakai will also be an executive producer on the show along with Gaumont, Dark Horse Entertainment and Atomic Monster. Gaumont’s Nicolas Atlan, Terry Kalagian, Sidonie Dumas and Christophe Riandee also serve as EPs along with Dark Horse’s Mike Richardson, Keith Goldberg and Chris Tongue and Atomic Monster’s Wan, Michael Clear and Rob Hackett.
Candie and Doug Langdale also are attached as showrunners and executive producers.
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Featuring parts 7 and 8 of the essential “Samurai” storyline, plus a bonus story, this issue delves into Usagi’s early days of training and the start of his storied career! Featuring brand new colors from Ronda Pattionson (TMNT).