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Book Title: Lone Wolf & Cub, tome 9. L'écho de l'assassin|
The author of the book: Kazuo Koike
Edition: Panini France-Génération comics
Date of issue: 2005
ISBN 13: 9782845385115
Format files: PDF
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It’s volume 9 and things are starting to ramp up! Before we finish this volume we will find that Ogami Itto has not simply been wandering the countryside as an assassin aimlessly, he has had a plan to bring down the Yagyu and we will see him starting to undertake it in earnest. We also see more commentary on many of the ills of Tokugawa bushido society from the abuse of women, and free license of any man with the status and ability to take up a sword, to the ways in which many of the lower classes make use of the system to get back their own on their supposed masters.
‘Wife of the Heart’ tells the tale of a young woman running a ferry on the Omono river. We see that in this society she has not only to sell her service as a ferrywoman to her customers, but her body as well should they wish to take it. Her fellow ferrymen urge her to give up her ways and instead take a position they have found her…people are starting to talk and many will no longer have anything to do with her. She perseveres, however, in order to support a former samurai who had saved her from punishment and lost his position and health as a result. He has dreams of helping his Han by designing a bridge that could span the river and bring economic prosperity to his home, but will his former master, a harsh and ruthless man, listen? And what has brought the assassin Lone Wolf and Cub to the area?
‘Wandering Samurai’ shows how even those on the lowest rung of the samurai ladder are able to take advantage of their position to extort whatever they wish at the edge of their sword and escape the consequences. A group of watari-katchi, or wandering samurai who hire themselves out to local daimyo at certain times of year, attempt to rape a group of women and kill their sole male retainer. One of the group is still a man of honour (in the terms of bushido at least) and forces them to make amends according to the warrior code (which has dire consequences for their victims as well). Into the midst of this comes Itto who, upon being recognized by the watari-katchi, is asked to participate in a duel. In the end the wandering samurai asks for judgement from Itto, a warrior he can respect, upon the action that led him to become a watari-hatchi in the first place.
‘Echo of the Assassin’ brings to the fore the questions and issues many readers probably have regarding the fact that Itto has brought his three-year-old son into the midst of the life of a wandering assassin. Lone Wolf and Cub come across another traveller who helps them when they are attacked by Kurokuwa ninjas and, upon learning their identity, he cannot help but confront Itto on the life he has forced upon his son. Itto defends his choice, and confirms his belief that Daigoro equally chose this path, and we see that there is no end to the treacherous ways of Itto’s enemies in their quest to destroy the last of the Ogami clan.
‘Naked Worms’: In this tale we again see the importance of river crossings in feudal Japan. Due to the changeable nature of the Oi river ferries are not possible and instead there are men called Hadaka-Mushi (or Naked Worms) who carry travellers on their backs or bear palanquins across the waters. These men have sole ownership of this right of passage and use it to extort money or sexual gratification from their passengers. Itto comes into their midst and to their great surprise, for he is obviously a man of high rank, he petitions them to join their group and become a Hadaka-Mushi as well. What could be behind this decision that any other samurai would view as the basest subjugation of his honour?
‘The Yagyu Letter: Prologue’ answers the question posed by the previous story and we see how Itto’s path has led him to this precise spot. He learned a valuable secret from a former friend who had been investigating the Yagyu and died at their hands when Itto became Kogi Kaishakunin and Itto is now ready to leverage this information in the hopes of destroying the Yagyu forever.
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Read information about the authorKazuo Koike (小池 一夫, Koike Kazuo) is a prolific Japanese manga writer, novelist and entrepreneur.
Early in Koike's career, he studied under Golgo 13 creator Takao Saito and served as a writer on the series.
Koike, along with artist Goseki Kojima, made the manga Kozure Okami (Lone Wolf and Cub), and Koike also contributed to the scripts for the 1970s film adaptations of the series, which starred famous Japanese actor Tomisaburo Wakayama. Koike and Kojima became known as the "Golden Duo" because of the success of Lone Wolf and Cub.
Another series written by Koike, Crying Freeman, which was illustrated by Ryoichi Ikegami, was adapted into a 1995 live-action film by French director Christophe Gans.
Kazuo Koike started the Gekika Sonjuku, a college course meant to teach people how to be mangaka.
In addition to his more violent, action-oriented manga, Koike, an avid golfer, has also written golf manga.
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