What is the story of Usagi Yojimbo about?
(Worlds of Westfield Interview June 2000) It’s a funny animal series set in 17th century feudal Japan. It follows the adventures of Miyomoto Usagi who’s a masterless samurai. It’s a time of turmoil. The Tokugawa Shogunate has just established control over the entire empire after generations of civil war. It’s a time of change. Because the Shogunate has just established peace, the samurai as a warrior class have become obsolete. A lot of them turn to banditry. Many become bodyguards to the emerging merchant class. And many, such as Usagi, wander the shogyusha, the warrior’s path. This is to develop their inner spirit as well as their samurai skills. That, in about 15 sentences, is it. (Comics Interview #44 Interview, August 1987) The storyline takes place roughly around the turn of the 17th century in ancient feudal Japan. This is a time of turmoil. The Shogunate has just been established. The age of rebellion in Japan has just barely ended. Usagi is a wandering samurai or ronin. The fi