no Tsurugi, the miraculous
grass-cutting sword of the deities. To many, this historical weapon represents
one of the most sacred treasures of the Japanese Imperial Regalia. However,
for Usagi Yojimbo fans, the existence of the mysterious
GRASSCUTTER sword means another epic-length multi-issue storyline featuring everyone's
favorite Ronin Rabbit! Not since the incredible
Dragon Bellow Conspiracy
has there been a saga of such epic proportions.
Usagi Yojigreenmbo creator Stan
Sakai says the new GRASSCUTTER storyline
begins in USAGI YOJIMBO Volume 3, Number 13 and goes on until
USAGI YOJIMBO Volume 3, Number 22 - 9 issues! And you can get the
whole story in one book in USAGI YOJIMBO Book Twelve: Grasscutter.
The first two issues are actually a prologue to
the whole epic, and will deal with the mythical creation of Japan and the
origins of GRASSCUTTER. The remaining
six issues will see how GRASSCUTTER is
involved with Usagi's time.
The GRASSCUTTER Website features exclusive info about
this awesome storyline. The Usagi Yojimbo Dojo is pleased to be able
to present all UY fans with a chance to get involved with the saga
on many levels. Here are some features to help people get more familiar
HISTORY OF GRASSCUTTER
Glenn I. Masuda presents actual historical data
concerning the real-life GRASSCUTTER sword.
Introducing the cast of
GRASSCUTTER, featuring some of the most popular UY characters ever
GRASSCUTTER will indeed
be the most epic UY storyline ever, making the "Dragon Bellow
Conspiracy", "Samurai," and "Circles" look puny
to say the least. Stan says he's still not sure himself who all will definitely
be in it, but there are some confirmed appearances: Besides Usagi,
GRASSCUTTER will feature: Jei and Keiko, Tomoe Ame,
Gennosuke, Chizu and the
Neko Ninja Clan,
Lord Noriyuki, Priest Sanshobo, THE CONSPIRACY OF EIGHT
(from UY Vol. 3 #9), and a couple of new characters. Obviously, the physical
appearance of Lord Hikiji is still unknown, but his presence will
no doubt be felt throughout the story. Visit the "Meet The Players"
page for more info. Stan is presently writing the 17th Century part of
the story (the last six issues), and hasn't really decided whether or not
he wants to include the likes of Inazuma, Yagi and Gorogoro, Nakamura Koji,
Stray Dog, Kitsune, Katsuichi, or the Komori Ninja clan at the moment.
There are so many characters and so many possibilites, that Stan is taking
his time to choose the characters very carefully, making sure each character's
appearance is significant to the story, and not just a gratuitious cameo.
Obviously, there are several issues which serve as tie-in's to GRASSCUTTER:
UY #9 introduces the mysterious CONSPIRACY OF EIGHT
and a new character,