This volume is a series of single issue stories. Most of them don’t feature Usagi at all but are little highlights from the supporting cast such as Gen, Tomoe, Priest Sanshobo, Inspector Ishida and so on. As well as serving as little proverbs and wry insights into human nature they also make a welcome break from the deep emotional themes of the previous volume and cleanse our palette ready for future gruelling reads.
This volume also marks the twentieth anniversary of Usagi’s creation. It is no mean feat to have stayed in business for so long and to have sustained both exceptional high quality and what feels like one continuous storyline. They say time flies when you are having fun but it really is hard to believe that is volume marks two decades of being captivated by a remarkable rabbit.
Thumbs Up all round!
Tomorrow: Usagi Yojimbo: Volume 21 – The Mother of Mountains – Stan Sakai