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Usagi Yojimbo

Usagi Yojimbo (the Rabbit Bodyguard) is a comic book series created by Stan Sakai. Set in Edo period (early 17th century) Japan, where humans are replaced by different animals, it features a rabbit ronin, Miyamoto Usagi, who wanders the land on a shogyusha (warrior's pilgrimage) occasionally selling his services as a bodyguard. The character of Usagi has been inspired by the famous swordsman Miyamoto Musashi.

The books consist of short stories, with underlying larger plotlines, including the 'Shadow Lord' Hikiji's relentless schemes to overturn the Tokugawa Shogunate. The stories include many references to Japanese history and folklore and sometimes include mythical creatures. The architecture, clothes, weapons and other objects are drawn with faithfullness to the period's style. There are often stories whose purpose to illustrate various elements of Japanese arts of crafts such as the fashioning of kites and swords and pottery.

Usagi has also appeared in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (the comic, animated series, and toy line).

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  1. The Ronin
  2. Samurai
  3. The Wanderer's Road
  4. The Dragon Bellow Conspiracy
  5. Lone Goat and Kid
  6. Circles
  7. Gen's Story
  8. Shades of Death
  9. Daisho
  10. The Brink of Life and Death
  11. Seasons
  12. Grasscutter
  13. Grey Shadows
  14. Demon Mask
  15. Grasscutter II
  16. The Shrouded Moon
  17. Duel at Kitanoji


  1. Space Usagi (A futuristic setting involving a descendant of Miyamoto Usagi)

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