Federico Makabenta (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Wed, 21 Feb 2001 16:20:33 +0800
Lone Wolf and Cub - "Kozure Okami"
Written by Kazuo Koike (Crying Freeman)
Art by Goseki Kojima (Japanese living legend among comic artists)
Itto Ogami, the Shogun's Koji Kaishakunin (Executioner) is framed by the
Yagyu clan who covets his position. With his family murdered by the Yagyu
save for his infant son, Itto opts to become a Ronin. Selling his services
as an assasin and pushing his infant son around in a baby-cart for the time
being, Ogami lives with the hope of one day clearing his name.
-- IMHO the best manga of all time (sorry Tezuka). I can honestly say I got
hooked from reading only one issue of this series. There are some films made
if you're not up to reading the series - including a movie between Ogami and
Kurosawa's Yojimbo. One Kozure Okami film showed here locally on RPN-9 btw.
----- Original Message -----
From: garrick lee <email@example.com>
Sent: Wednesday, February 21, 2001 3:57 PM
Subject: 0T: lone wolf and cub (was RE: [gundam] Extra Bits....)
> er...pardon my little squeak...now 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- <firstname.lastname@example.org> 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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