Sunday Story Ratings #65: Usagi Yojimbo Book 3.2: A Mother's Love


Usagi Yojimbo Book 3: The Wanderer's Road: 2. A Mother's Love by Stan Sakai

Originally published May 1988 Fantagraphics Books in Usagi Yojimbo Vol. 1 Issue 8; this edition August 2010

Fantagraphics Books


Not recommended for persons under 15 years of age, but no legal restrictions

(V, T, D)

Violence {M)

Themes (M) {Corruption; Domestic Violence, Murder}

Drug Use (G) {Tea}



Major guest character is an old woman; story focuses on relationship between her and her son.


Heterosexual marriage-relationships / descent indicated, only.

Race & Ethnicity:

Characters are all anthropomorphic animals in a culturally Japanese (Edo period) setting.

Disability, Physical Diversity and Health:

Infirmity due to age.


None found


This was... a lot darker than the previous story. Our itinerant protagonist (along with Spot) gets caught up in an intrigue of corruption that ends with kinslaying and a character begging to be executed.