Sunday Story Ratings #72: Usagi Yojimbo Book 5.1: Frost & Fire


Usagi Yojimbo Book 5: Lone Goat and Kid: 1. Frost & Fire by Stan Sakai

Originally published December 1989 in Usagi Yojimbo Volume 1, Issue 19; this edition August 1992, July, 2008 printing

Publisher: Fantagraphics Books



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

(D, V)

Mild drug use {PG} {tea, alcohol}

Violence {M}




Only two female characters, depicted in tension with each other - loveless, honour-bound wife vs passionate peasant lover.


Heterosexual relationships only, a marriage and the passionate violation of same.

Race & Ethnicity:

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

Disability, Physical Diversity and Health:

'Crazy' as insult.


None found


Tragic story. Loveless marriage. Inadvertent sibling murder. Shiftless, grasping villain whose greed destroys all those around him and then himself.