Sunday Story Ratings #69: Usagi Yojimbo Book 3.6: The Shogun's Gift by Stan Sakai


Usagi Yojimbo Book 3: The Wanderer's Road: 6. The Shogun's Gift by Stan Sakai

Originally published October 1988 Fantagraphics Books in Usagi Yojimbo Vol. 1 Issue 12; this edition August 2010

Fantagraphics Books



Parental Guidance recommended for audiences under 15 years of age


Some violence {PG)




The return of Tomoe as a prominent character, female samurai from a multi-part plot in the first book. Women in background shots around town, a married couple woodcutter team.


A pair of woodcutters are husband and wife.

Race & Ethnicity:

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

Disability, Physical Diversity and Health:

No presence noted.


None found


Villainous plot thwarted by good fortune of the heroes compounded by cunning. Feels almost as if it were two separate stories on the same events, with how the two main good characters - Usagi and Tomoe - only meet briefly and once. Setting up for future events, feels like. Or maybe just the on-going feud between Lords Hikiji and Noriyuki.