The 47 Ronin

The 47 Ronin

A Graphic Novel

Graphic Novel - 2013 | First edition.
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Publisher: Boston : Shambhala Publications, [2013]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9781611801378
Branch Call Number: WIL
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) :,illustrations
Additional Contributors: Dickson, Benjamin
Shimojima, Akiko
Alternative Title: Forty-seven Ronin


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May 05, 2014

In the 18th century, forty-seven masterless samurai masterminded a secret plot, spanning over two years, to avenge the death of their master. Claiming to be the first historically accurate graphic novel accounting of the famed event, The 47 Ronin explores the deeply rooted Japanese engagement with honor, loyalty, sacrifice, and above all else, the bushido. Writer Sean Michael Wilson, editor of the groundbreaking Ax: Alternative Manga, and artist Akiko Shimojima stumble their way through the iconic tale. Both the script and illustrations, which suffer from brevity, often obfuscate rather than clarify. As a testament to the strength of the legend, The 47 Ronin overcomes these faults and ultimately proves a fascinating read.

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