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Hagakure : Code of the Samurai Manga Edition

Sean Wilson
Chie Kutsuwada

This manga adaptation of what Ivan Morris called the most influential of all samurai treatises is told in a form reminiscent of "The Arabian Nights". A young, upcoming samurai seeks the advice of an older, experienced warrior who has become a Zen monk. The ambitious young samurai humbly begs to learn from the old master, who consents. So begins a series of eventful meetings. At each sitting, the seasoned samurai tells his young student tales of samurai past.


Tales of famous warriors are recited. With brutal, unrelenting samurai justice, wrongs are righted and judgment is passed. With each incident, the young novice learns what it means to be a samurai. Learns what courage and right thought are. Learns the harsh realities and subtle wisdom of his age. With text by scriptwriter Sean Wilson, and vivid manga by Chie Kutsuwada, Hagakure will enthral legions of manga and martial arts fans. An important Afterword is provided by William Scott Wilson, translator of Yamamoto Tsunetomo's orginal Hagakure.


Sean Wilson has written a number of comic books and manga, including Sweeney Todd (Classical Comics, due summer 2010, also a Johnny Depp movie), Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol (Classical Comics, winter 2008), Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights (Classical comics, due Autumn 2010), Lafcadio Hearn's Japanese Ghost Stories (2007, in both English and Japanese versions) Oscar Wilde's Canterville Ghost (Classical Comics, spring 2010), The Japanese Drawing Room, with RING horror manga artist Sakura Mizuki (summer 2006), as well as editing AX: Alternative Manga, a 400-page collection of cutting-edge Japanese manga in English. A well-known figure in teaching manga in the UK, Chie Kutsuwada first graduated as an art major from a Japanese college before her moving to London, where she continued her studies at the Royal College of Art in London. Her first unique 100-page love story, King of a Miniature Garden was published in 2007 as a part of The Mammoth Book of Best New Manga 2. In 2008, her short, heart-warming ghost story Moon Light was short-listed for the competition at the Japan Embassy in London and included in Best New Manga 3.


Kodansha, paperback, 144 pages, published


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