Samurai Executioner Volume 9 - Samurai Executioner Author:Kazuo Koike, Goseki Kojima For a stoic ronin such as Kubikiri Asa, a samurai assigned to test the Shogun's sword and behead prisoners, the moment before death is of great importance. Because of this, Asa will often listen to the stories of those about to be executed and pay respect to the lives of these often unfortunately maligned prisoners. Sometimes scary, often quirky... more », and occasionally very sweet; it goes to show how people of different walks of life can meet the same brutal, yet graceful end, at the hand of one of the finest masters of bushido and swordsmanship. Samurai Executioner tells the stories of these people, from the perspective of Asa, an honorable, highly skilled ronin.« less
Another near flawless volume in a classic manga series. Contains what is probably the funniest story in the series--the tale of a pair of constantly fighting shopkeepers who are taught a lesson they won't ever forget by Kasajiro, Toothless Yoshichi, and Yamada Asaemon. The other tales are more typical of the saga, with reflections on life, love, and death, most notably the nearly wordless "Facing Life and Death". Worthy and worth it.