The feud between two soy sauce makers ends in â€œUsagi Yojimboâ€ 144. This time we get to see some swords fly.
When we last left Yojimbo, he was stuck in between a feud between two soy sauce brewers, Mitsui and Hata. The situation escalates when one of Hataâ€™s men murders one of Mistuiâ€™s employees. Yojimbo has had enough and now must put an end to this madness.
Unlike the last issue where there was no action and more about soy sauce, here thereâ€™s plenty of action. Itâ€™s still Zen in a way that Sakai manages make one part meaningful and one part action. The action parts are well made and even funny at the same time. Seeing the little spirits coming out of the corpses is funny no matter how you look at them.
Just because thereâ€™s action that doesnâ€™t mean the characters arenâ€™t interesting. Yojimbo is always well written no matter what Sakai makes him do. Hata is a good villain in a cute sort of way.
Sakaiâ€™s Saturday morning cartoon art style still shines here. It makes a serious scene like a bunch of anthropomorphic animals killing each other look funny. That doesnâ€™t mean that the fight scenes arenâ€™t well done. They look like what youâ€™d expect from a Saturday morning cartoon except more violent. Seeing Yojimbo fend off a katana wielding attacker with a little wakizashi and winning is worth the price of admission.
â€œUsagi Yojimboâ€ 144 manages to finish a nice little story about two rival soy sauce brewers nicely. Using great action and Saturday morning cartoon style art work and a hint of humor this arc in the long running â€œUsagi Yojimboâ€ comic series is not one to miss.
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