He's not dead, we all know it!
Writer/Artist: Rinko Ueda
Translation: Tetsuichiro Miyaki
Adaptation: Tetsuichiro Miyaki
What They Say:
After the devastating attack on Iga, Usagi becomes a better-skilled ninja. Even as Usagi takes solace from her friend Yuki and vows to move forward, she struggles to come to terms with her tragic losses. Meanwhile, rumor has it that Goemon is still alive in the capital! Usagi heads off to investigate, but she'll be surprised to see how much he's changed.
What We Say:
This volume begins in the year following the Iga massacre. Usagi has grown up. She had lost most of those nearest and dearest to her, and although her demeanor would signal an acceptance and accommodation to the disastrous situation, Yukimaru recognizes otherwise. With his prodding, Usagi is able to reestablish some important relationships that help her to rediscover the determination and spirit that she lost at Iga. There are many surprises in store in the trip to the capital, the least of which is Usagi's intent to marry Yuki in spite of her love for the departed Hanzo. Yuki accepts Usagi's devotion to Hanzo, but will he remain silent about a certain mysterious figure who appears at critical moments?
Appropriately lower key after the events of the last volume, this volume isn't without the humor that has characterized the series, it's just a humor that is more befitting a mature Usagi. Rinko Ueda's art is still attractive and accomplished and the new Usagi is charming. The pace has picked up a bit with a focused narrative that indicates the series finale is in sight. This series has always been generous with extras and included in this volume is the glossary of term and the sweet four choma, Little Hanzo.