Usagi Yojimbo: Wandering Bunny Samurai Bodyguard

Title: Usagi Yojimbo

Author: Stan Sakai

Summary: Bunny wandering samurai bodyguard is generally epic, feudal Japan with animal-people.

Gut reaction: Feudal Japan, samurai, animals, episodic

Why: Basically, it’s your typical samurai story – a mysterious and powerful wandering samurai does stuff with morals, has money problems, and beats up bad guys, except Usagi has animals. Usagi Yojimbo means bunny bodyguard, and the titular character is literally a rabbit with armor and a sword. Other than that, it’s an OK if slightly unrealistic period piece.

Who would like this book: Sengoku fans, animal fans, samurai fans. I’ll read until I get bored with it, which probably won’t happen.

–Lexie, 15, West Seattle


3 thoughts on “Usagi Yojimbo: Wandering Bunny Samurai Bodyguard

  1. Kandou Erik

    Unrealistic? Stan Sakai researches the heck out of his bunny ronin epic. Beyond them being animals – everything is played very realistically, with human reactions and personalities.

    1. Lexie

      I agree, that’s why I said only slightly unrealistic. Afterall, they are animals and there is a female samurai. Besides that, it’s very well done, and all that is on purpose. I have no issues with the realisticness of Usagi Yojimbo.


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