Having begun to peer into Tomoe’s background in the last volume we clearly can’t get enough. This is a collection of her stories in the past and present including explaining how she entered the service of Lord Noriyuki.
Also following on from previous volumes this one explores more mature themes than just action adventure although this is never really absent. This is a subtler volume and touches on the roles of women in samurai culture.
The last story is simply a portrayal of the tea ceremony with very little dialogue. This ritual is a vital and sacred part of Japanese culture and not only do we learn of this fascinating spectacle but we see into the hearts of its participants.
Tomorrow: Usagi Yojimbo: Volume 23 – Bridge of Tears – Stan Sakai