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Circles features the graphic-novel-length epic title story, in which Usagi returns to his native village only to find everything very different indeed. (The discovery that his mentor, whom he thought dead, is actually alive and kicking is only the first of the shocks that await him.) "Circles" is an epic adventure, a love story, and one of the most affecting Usagi storiesCircles features the graphic-novel-length epic title story, in which Usagi returns to his native village only to find everything very different indeed. (The discovery that his mentor, whom he thought dead, is actually alive and kicking is only the first of the shocks that await him.) "Circles" is an epic adventure, a love story, and one of the most affecting Usagi stories ever. In addition to the 80-page "Circles," this volume includes "The Bridge," "The Duel," and the hard-to-find "The Tangled Skein" from Critters #38. Jam-packed with lethal sword battles alternating with humor, horror, suspense and slapstick, this beautifully crafted and exciting volume (with an introduction by Jeff Smith creator of Bone) is both an excellent starting point for new readers, and an absolute necessity for Usagi completists....

Title : Usagi Yojimbo, Vol. 6: Circles
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ISBN : 9781560971467
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Number of Pages : 168 Pages
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Usagi Yojimbo, Vol. 6: Circles Reviews

  • Crystal Starr Light
    2019-04-01 13:16

    Bullet Review:I continue to be hugely entertained by Usagi. It's one of those trades I can pick up and know I will enjoy, front to back, either at a leisurely pace or break-neck speed.

  • K.T. Katzmann
    2019-03-26 15:13

    I'm stopping to review this 48 pages in because, whatever else may lurk afterwards, I've just seen the saddest page ever crafted in the comics medium. Stan Sakai is a genius. You don;t need to know anything about books #1-5; grab this and read the second story in.

  • Morgan
    2019-04-02 07:24

    The thing I liked most about this volume is it dealt with more Japaneses folklore and mythology then the previous volumes. I particularly liked the story were he is telling the village kids a fabled version of his own story. So to see Stan Sakai drew some supernatural beings and ghost from Japanese culture was really fun.The ending to this volume was bitter sweet in my option. We have the return of Jei and Usagi returns to his home village to find Jotaro has been kidnapped by Jei. Most of the people think Jei is a lunatic for talking to the gods, but this volume you begin to think he might have that ability. Because he was right about what he says with Jotaro.Also I was told why Stan Sakai named the villain Jei. Just add "-san" to the ending and it all makes sense. This guy knows how to make you smile. Sakai seems like Aragones too. They are both really good guys and it's really hard not to fall in love with they're work.

  • Rincewind
    2019-04-20 10:04

    Yet again, Stan Sakai does not disappoint. This book does not have all my favorite characters (Gen, Zato), but it reveals some new facts about Usagi's master (Katsuichi) and an interesting twist to the relationship between Usagi and Mariko.An interesting coincidence - we all know Sakai is inspired by Kurosawa among others. After all, Sakai is writing the definitive graphic novel on Samurais while Kurosawa has the same distinction in films. Towards the end of the book, Usagi teaches young Jotaro the true meaning of a samurai sword - that the best sword always remains sheathed. That's exactly what Sanjuro (Mifune) realizes in the film.

  • Michael
    2019-04-03 12:30

    Sakai somehow manages to take his art to another level in UY book 6. Both art and storytelling are palpably finer. Although I already love this series, it was a pleasant surprise!

  • Michael
    2019-04-10 09:20

    Few comic books have ever made me cry. This one did.

  • Madhurabharatula Pranav Rohit Kasinath
    2019-04-19 08:26

    Usagi Yojimbo, on the surface is a simple concept. Anthropomorphic animals in 16th century Edo Japan - with the narrative centering around a "Long Eared Samurai", a Rabbit - the eponymous Usagi of the title. Usagi,literally means Rabbit in Japanese and Yojimbo refers to "Bodyguard". Rabbit Bodyguard. It mixes several references to the Samurai films of Kurosawa with a deliberate homage to the great samurai swordsman Miyamoto Musashi while treading its own unique path. There really isn't another comic like it on the stands and Sakai has been writing, plotting and drawing this gem for the past twenty five years or more - sticking to what must seem like a cutthroat monthly schedule. He makes it all look so easy which just proves - it probably isn't. Usagi is a Ronin - a masterless Samurai. He wanders the land on a Warriors Pilgrimage, honing his mind and his sword. A near master swordsman, Usagi practices a unique fighting style. His gentle demeanor, humble bearing and diminutive frame often leads his adversaries to underestimate him - to their detriment. The Kill Bill films of Tarantino center around the bloodshed unleashed by Samurai swords in the hands of a skilled wielder. The aesthetization of violence is a common theme with Tarantino and he repeatedly uses Japanese samurai motifs over the course of the two Kill Bill films. I enjoyed those films but they led me to expect the same within the pages of Usagi Yojimbo. The animal characters are mostly cute. I expected decapitated bunny heads and chopped feline limbs. Stories of the seamier side of human nature and war. Sakai delivers none of this; at-least, not in the way you would expect. The violence in Usagi Yojimbo is always tinged with regret. Usagi takes no pleasure in it, tries to avoid killing and maiming as much as possible and always resorts to defense. However, once you see the click of the sword, with the picture of Usagi flicking the blade from the scabbard it is almost certain that blood will be shed. The fight sequences are brilliant. Sakai takes his time, worrying less about space and more about the deliberate choreography of death. People are stabbed, decapitated and killed. Most of it is left up to your imagination with almost no blood. The graphics of the death continue to toe the line between humor and morbidity - the dead lie with their tongues lolling out and creative skulls paraphrasing the end of their appearance in the comic. It makes for excellent reading - the violence isn't cool, it isn't desirable and it almost always ends in tragedy for some character. This is age appropriate violence! A centerpiece to the entire saga and one of the major plot motivators is Bushido - the unrelenting and unbending code of the Samurai. It is a harsh discipline, focusing more on the tenets laid down by it than any sense of morality. There are several instances in the story where a common question asked is if a samurai retainer who serves an evil/corrupt lord is justified in rebelling against him. The answer is invariably no. No matter how evil/corrupt and insane your lord may be, no matter what criminal activities he may indulge in, no matter how depraved his tastes it is the duty of the retainer to follow him and remain Honorable. The concept of good and evil and self righteousness is almost done away with. Usagi is our hero just because he has the good fortune to have served under Lord Mifune, a great man just prior to his death in the Battle of Adachigahara. He seems to recognize this fact and I think this influences his approach to almost all his antagonists. Those who serve an evil lord win more respect from him than the evil lords themselves. Sakai, through his focus on the laws of Bushido manages to evoke an atmosphere of rigidity and sacrifice that makes the book quite unique at times. When Usagi's sweetheart is married off to someone else he fails to put an end to the wedding due to his loyalty to his lord - his duty forbids him from going away. The duty of a Samurai's wife is to her husband, this prevents his love Mariko from ever being with him. Honour and duty are cages within which our characters live their life. It is a harsh law that seems to hurt much more than helps but it is his adherence to this discipline that sees Usagi through his many encounters. He is unable to avoid direct challenges to a duel as a result - he must kill, albeit with regret, if he is to regain his honor. Usagi isn't a rebel. He doesn't seek to reform or buck the system. When a peasant begs to hold on to the swords of her lover, a samurai he is quite categorical about the right thing to do - the sword is the soul of a Samurai and doesn't belong with a peasant. In another episode he tells a peasant's son that there is no hope for him to ever become a Samurai. Any historical novel seeks to impose the character of a man of our times on someone dead years ago. Stan Sakai eschews this approach by depicting a man (rabbit??!) of his time in Usagi and making him a truly sympathetic character. This focus on honour and Bushido is not the only layer to this comic. There are several more. History lessens on the culture of Japan are interwoven into the narrative - be it pot making, kite making or the fashioning of a Samurai blade. An entire episode dedicated to seaweed farming was a highlight of the series and the Grasscutter arc elaborates on the major dieties of Japanese culture. This is a meticulously researched comic that isnt heavy handed with the historical details. It mixes humor, history, culture and pathos to make a wonderfully enjoyable comic. Rather than speaking about the artwork in the peripheral fashion I have employed so far I think I ought to come out and say it - the artwork is fascinating. It uses simple lines and expression to convey the message. At first glance it seems simplistic but as I trace my eyes over the artwork a wealth of detail leaps out. The grass bends gently with the breeze. The folds of Usagi's kimono float lazily around him as he jumps into the air. The Sword strokes are clear, easy to follow with the use of masterfully placed after images. Sakai is a master of the quiet panel. Several pages hold only movement, expression and silence, lending a wonderful quietude to the comic until a brutal explosion of action breaks the silence. Quiet panels fused with a silhouette are even more melancholy - it forms a space in which the contemplation of the character within the panel tends to wash over the reader himself. The artwork isn't simple. A lifetime of garish coloring and the bright but shallow palette of superhero comics seems to have robbed me of what little sense I possess. The black and white lines in Usagi are pieces of art I want to revisit forever. Like most successful comics, Usagi Yojimbo doesn't succeed through the strengths of the main character alone. Usagi has a wealth of peripheral friends and enemies who recur throughout the various stories. These plot points keep diverging and melding together seamlessly over the course of the volumes I have read. I am still about halfway through the entire run but so far the side characters are vibrant, well sketched and interesting. Gen, the bounty hunter, the crime solving Inspecter Ishida, the ex samurai turned priest Sanshobo. The women in Usagi's life are a fun bunch - his lost loves Mariko and Kinuko, his comrade in arms Tomoe and his antagonist/friend Chizu. Add to this his lion sensei - Katsuichi, his frenemy Kenichi and a pet lizard Spot, not to mention the blind swordspig Zato Ino, Sakai has amassed a wealth of characters who ought to see him drawing Usagi comics well into hist nineties. Usagi Yojimbo is to superhero comics what a glass of single malt is to spurious liquor. It is the very pinnacle of comic book art. I agree with an another reviewer who states that in the twenty five years he has been following Usagi, Sakai has yet to draw a single bad issue. I am not yet through the entire run and I must agree - the first issues are great though Sakai is still finding is feet. Seven issues in and you will be hooked till the end. This is an excellent comic, worth reading and proof that in the right hands the comic book has a significant advantage over the prose form. It should probably be the introduction to the world of comics - and I hope that those of you who havent yet started reading comics will avoid wading through a lot of garbage like i had to and start with Usagi Yojimbo. Believe me, its worth it.(5 on 5 stars)

  • CrimsonFox
    2019-03-27 11:25

    A fantastic edition to the Usagi world. Perfect for Halloween time as it features ghosts, demons, spirits... Circles is the perfect name for it as things do come full circle for our samurai warrior rabbit. The book acts as a series of vignettes and short stories but each one adds to the world and types of characters we meet. The first two verge on horror, very spooky. A demon curses a bridge at the end of town and no one can cross it without losing their life. Sakai is pitch perfect in spookiness. His imagery is wonderful. Really good at drawing horror even in this light style. The stakes are ramped up for sure for the townsfolk. Real fear and loss abound in this world. It makes the adventure and the journey that much more worth it. Second Usagi meets the ghost of a betrayed wife needing to get revenge on her husband and uses Usagi as a pawn...without his knowledge. It's very funny how dim Usagi can be sometimes. Another tale sees Usagi meeting up with a samurai and a gambler who think they can use him to make a lot of money. This is very touching as it features the story away from Usagi of the other samurai's family and the consequences of his actions. Very touching and sad. After these short tales, we get into Usagi's past as he reunites with his sensei. This circles back to previous encounters's really nice to see this character again not seen since book 2. Lastly he returns to his home, the village he grew up and reunites with his former sweetheart and his new family. Thetension of him being there, especially with his old friend who married his sweetheart and their son. A nice love triangle complicated with the kidnapping of the boy by a group of bandits led by a demon. Just lots of high stakes with consequences. It's wonderful. You really don't know who is going to survive or who is going to lose someone dear to them. And there's always humor in the drawings along with the adventure. Fans of Bone should read this series.

  • Madeline Disckson
    2019-04-08 11:15

    one of my favirots now

  • Pista
    2019-04-03 15:21

    Stan sakai is a genius. Perfect art, perfect writing.

  • Helmut
    2019-03-27 11:06

    Schließt sich der Kreis?Miyamoto Usagi ist auf der Heimreise, er hat genug vom Krieg. Doch auf dem Weg in sein Heimatdorf, das er vor vielen Jahren verlassen hat, stehen ihm einige Hindernisse im Weg - schließt sich für ihn trotzdem der Kreis, und kann er sich auf ein friedliches Landleben mit seiner Jugendliebe Mariko freuen?Die enthaltenen Geschichten im Einzelnen:"The Bridge""The Duel""Yurei""My Lord's Daughter""Circles"Die letzte Geschichte, "Circles" ist vom Umfang her die längste - doch leider auch die schwächste. Wie ich schon zu anderen Bänden geschrieben habe, funktioniert diese Reihe in den kürzeren Formaten einfach besser. Und die 4 kurzen Geschichten gehören mit zum Besten, was Stan Sakai bisher gezeichnet hat; sie alle enthalten ein starkes fantastisches Element und zeigen seine Kreationen von ihrer besten Seite: "My Lord's Daughter" ist einfach brillant, und auch "Yurei" zeigt wieder einmal, dass dies keine Kindercomics sind, sondern Stoff zum Nachdenken für Erwachsene bieten.Der beste Band der Reihe bisher, und ich gehe davon aus, dass es auf diesem hohen Niveau, sowohl erzählerisch, als auch zeichnerisch, als auch von der hervorragenden drucktechnischen Aufmachung her, weitergehen wird.

  • Nicolas
    2019-03-24 08:30

    Si les premières histoires courtes de ce tome sont "classiques" (oui, rien chez Usagi n'est juste quelconque), l'histoire - un peu plus longue - qui conclut ce tome est simplement sublime. on y voit Usagi tenter de revenir dans son pays natal, mais s'y heurter à son passé d'une manière aussi délicate qu'insupportable pour lui, tiraillé qu'il est entre son honneur passé et son amour toujours présent.

  • Gabriel Wallis
    2019-04-13 11:08

    I know I still have a long way to go, but I've really been enjoying reading the Usagi Yojimbo graphic novels. In "Usagi Yojimbo: Circles", there are five short stories... "The Bridge", "The Duel", "Yurei", "My Lord's Daughter", and "Circles". And in almost all of the stories, Miyamoto Usagi ends up fighting demons, monsters, ogres, and other samurai/ronin. Looking forward to reading the next in the series.

  • Evan
    2019-04-17 10:25

    Better than all the Usagi Yojimbo books that precede it, including The Dragon Bellows Conspiracy. The villains remain cartoonish—Jei wonderfully so—and the romance plot is soapishly melodramatic, but Sakai's earnest characters, world, and ever-improving art combine to create a quality beyond 'tolerable'—it's well and truly a great comic.

  • DaViD´82
    2019-04-05 07:24

    Dva kaidany (speciálněMost je atmosferická žánrová lahůdka se vším všudy), dvě typické samurajárny (nádherně nejednoznačný Souboj s kompozičně nezapomenutelnou poslední stranou příběhu) a jedno vypointované akční inferno navrch. Lošťomiloušká zviřátka co nastavují zrcadlo a poučí zábavnou a chytrou formou. Sakai je prostě chytrý a velmi schopný pán.

  • RØB
    2019-03-26 10:29

    Another steadfast chapter in the Usagi Yojimbo chronicle. Usagi is a pretty reliable good story and the black-and-white art is always well-detailed and often humorous. Thumbs up to the Rabbit Ronin!

  • Kavinay
    2019-03-25 10:27

    Just... perfect.This is the Usagi storyline I'd give to anyone who wonders how a bunny samurai could be so captivating.

  • Matt
    2019-04-21 11:25

    Best Volume I've read thus far. The story arc in this one is actually quite touching, plus, Samurai Octopus!

  • Sarah
    2019-04-20 12:14

    I love all the callbacks to earlier stories, plus more exploration of Usagi's sensei. Good stuff.

  • Glenn
    2019-04-01 12:34

    Awesome. Sakai is a master storyteller.

  • Slávek Rydval
    2019-04-12 15:07

    Napínavá romantická i strašidelná. To se mi na ní líbí.

  • Clinton Sheppard
    2019-04-21 15:10

    Contains several short stories that don't add much to Usagi's narrative. Also contains several interrelated stories that fill in some gaps.