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Now we reach part 3 and the conclusion of the " Those Who Tread on the Scorpion's Tail" saga. As we saw before, the nefarious Red Scorpion Gang is the prime suspect in kidnapping a local magistrate's son. The boy was held hostage at a fencing school that was hosting Usagi. However, when the bunny ronin confronts the school's head teacher, he confesses to the crime but denies being part of the Red Scorpion Gang. So what were his motivations? And is the Red Scorpion Gang actually involved in any of this?

Before the much-anticipated duel with Usagi, Ishii, the head teacher, explains why the scheme to kidnap the magistrate's son: the school was failing, and they desperately need funds. The boy was stupid enough to recognize his captors and raise the alarm, and that is why he was slain.

As most people in the series, Ishii badly underestimates Usagi, and the duel does not go his way:

(Remember when he chose to let the sensei win? It seems his courtesy paid off).

And that's your part in the UY universe, Ishii. Bye!

Usagi grabs a horse and rides desperately to tell magistrate Maeda that he's heading for a trap! After all, Suzuki, the sensei of the school, is escorting the magistrate with the ransom money. Maeda will be caught unaware and...

Oops, never mind.

Yes, the magistrate is wise to your scheming, Suzuki! Now you'll be punished! You'll feel the full force of the law, you villain! You'll...


As a magistrate, Maeda knew exactly where prime targets, such as wealthy merchants, would be, and sent the gang to intercept them. Government samurai would be sent to check the scene, but too late.

He then dismisses Suzuki, his plan to restore the school's wealth and Suzuki's swordsman(dog?)ship as "pathetic", which angers the sensei. Suzuki-sensei calls on Ishii, who couldn't make it due to a chronic case of death. Usagi shows up instead and tells the magistrate that Maeda Jr. is dead.

Oh, crap Suzuki. You're f...ed.




Yep, Usagi plows through the gang, while the magistrate faces off his son's killer. The rabbit ronin is overwhelmed by the number of criminals, but Suzuki's students come to his aid. Meanwhile, the "pathetic" sensei shows that he can still hold his own:

The Red Scorpion Gang is done without their leader. The news of Suzuki's win will echo through the land, and his school will be renowned once again. The honest students, the ones who came to Usagi and Suzuki's aid, are puzzled though - if Maeda was the Red Scorpion, why did he capture and kill his own son? The sensei tells his students the truth and decides to disband the school. They suggest he keeps it a secret, but Suzuki still has some honour left in him. He can find only one solution to cleanse him of this shame:

"This will be my final lesson!". Wow.

And there you have it, a fitting end to a great story. I'm not much one who 'reacts' to comics, but I did a golf clap after this ending.

There is something I would like to know from you: after your kind reception, I felt encouraged to post more UY. I'm just not sure how exactly to do it. There's simply too much material available, and I also want to encourage you to buy it.

So, I don't know if I should do a character series, focusing on fan favourites; if I should focus on small stand-alone stories; if I should comment the latest ones; if I should devote myself to arcs. God knows how time-consuming it would be to tackle "The Treasure of the Mother of Mountains", let alone "Grasscutter pts. I and II" - but there is a reason why Grasscutter won an Eisner, after all. And there are also the ones outside regular continuity ("Senso", "Yokai" and perennial fan favourite "Space Usagi"). Whew!

You let me know your thoughts, as usual, and I'll be glad to comply!

Date: 2017-08-28 01:56 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] tripodeca113
This was a good issue.
Maybe you could post a few standalone issues?

Date: 2017-08-28 02:01 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lb_lee
Ah, beautifully done! Such an intense satisfying ending, I loved the twists, and I also love how Sakai handles inks, violence, those rare tones to show emotion and mood...

I just love all this. Thanks so much for sharing! I admit, I have nothing to say about what you should post; I dare say I'd enjoy all of it!

Date: 2017-08-28 01:17 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] michaelsaint
WOW. That was really good....

I also would like more please. :)

I never knew or would have thought this book existed. It always gives me so much joy to find or be shown a good story in a place I would never have thought to look.

Date: 2017-08-28 02:28 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] bradygirl_12
The twists were worthy of The Twilight Zone! :)

Date: 2017-08-28 04:00 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] janegray
The values dissonance here is fascinating. There certainly are heroes who kill, but I've never seen a hero who aids (not just allows, outright aids, and while regarding it as 100% right and proper) a genuinely repentant criminal to commit suicide.

I enjoyed these posts. I think I'm going to check out the series, so I'm going to avoid your future UY posts to avoid spoilers. Thank you for posting these :)

Date: 2017-08-28 05:41 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] q99
Yes, Usagi is a samurai, and it informs so much about him.

And you'll enjoy the series, I know it.

Date: 2017-08-28 11:27 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] philippos42
There's an earlier issue the plot of which hinges on the idea of a samurai needing a second to commit suicide honorably. I believe I have it somewhere.

Date: 2017-08-29 07:54 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] tripodeca113
Also there was a backup story about a characters backstory, when his lords son is killed under his protection, he asks his own son to kill himself, so that their family's wouldn't be dishonored.

Date: 2017-09-03 12:26 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] philippos42
That's the one!

Date: 2017-08-28 06:23 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] burkeonthesly
Wow, that string of reveals from the magistrate... yeah, I really need to get on this series. Thank you for posting, and please do more. Maybe give us defining moments of some of the supporting characters, their day in the limelight?

Date: 2017-08-28 08:16 pm (UTC)
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Date: 2017-08-28 10:49 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] raisedbymoogles
Oof, what a ride.

As for what to post next... maybe do a couple of short ones, and then a longer one that you really feel is emblematic of what you like about the series as a whole?

Date: 2017-08-29 09:42 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] raisedbymoogles
Looking forward to it! :DDDD

Date: 2017-08-28 11:36 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] remial
I, personally, was sold on Usagi Yojimbo in the fangraphics days when Usagi ran into a little fire breathing critter that could only say its own name.
Usagi asked if it was a deity, specifically if it was god.
at which point it added to its vocabulary with it's new name.


Date: 2017-08-29 01:48 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] bradygirl_12
I, personally, was sold on Usagi Yojimbo in the fangraphics days when Usagi ran into a little fire breathing critter that could only say its own name.
Usagi asked if it was a deity, specifically if it was god.

at which point it added to its vocabulary with it's new name.


Awesome! :)
Edited Date: 2017-08-29 01:49 pm (UTC)


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