garrick lee (
Tue, 20 Feb 2001 23:57:39 -0800 (PST)

er...pardon my little that z mentioned

what IS the manga lone wolf & cub about? how is it?

i've been having trouble looking for info on it.


--- -Z- <> wrote:
> > > were labeled as "Black Three Stars"...
> >
> > always thought it was black trinary myself. could
> be one of those "almost"
> > translations.
> Just so. The term "Black Three Stars" is a literal
> translation of the Japanese
> and refers to a "mon" or crest worn by samurai
> consisting of three stars within
> a circle, printed in reverse -- that is, black on
> gold instead of gold on black.
> The three-star crest belonged to a legendary team of
> three ronin samurai whose
> actions were so tightly coordinated that they
> literately acted as one person.
> This team acted as mercenaries and usually appears
> as villains in the so-called
> "samurai soaps" -- the Japanese equivalent of
> Westerns -- and figure prominently
> in one memorable segment of the Lone Wolf and Cub
> story. The symbol also turns
> up in both samurai and other fiction as an
> identifier, usually in the form of a
> distinctive tattoo or corporate logo, for a
> reputedly unbeatable lone assassin.
> You'll find such a reference in the Patlabor P-6
> OAV, for example.
> "Three Stars" or "Tri-Star" is awkward in English,
> so most figurative
> translations make it "Trinary" instead, from the
> astronomical term for the
> triple-star system.
> -Z-
> -
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