My third reflection on Stan Sakai’s Yojimbo, looking at the final books of the Fantagraphics Era.
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The mythical Island of Mayatte was never meant to be discovered by anyone, and its natives are about to find out why.
When a ship of foreigners crashes along the coast, everyone but Naña is wary of their inexplicable arrival. While others are suspicious and fearful, Naña is curious and even helpful, especially when one of the outsiders becomes gravely ill. But her goodwill might be a fatal flaw that puts the entire island in jeopardy.
While she grows closer to the foreigners, they discover something that could revolutionize the outside world. A resource so powerful, they’re compelled to harvest it at any cost. Naña is now pit against forces that could wipe her people from existence. How can she stop an enemy that’s more powerful than any of them can handle?
In an empty, barren moor, beside a polluted river and a dead forest lives a solitary old man performing a long-forgotten craft.
He is rumoured to have murdered his own wife and children.
A powerful family’s ancient purity has been broken as the banyan tree representing the sanctity of their name has started to decay.
So, to fulfill a prophecy, they must open an underground cellar for the first time in centuries.
Only days before the fated night, an escaped convict recites a dream that earns him a place at the estate and the family’s prodigal youngest son disappears!
These are the absurdities of our protagonists – a young man from the capital and a fisherman boy with a mysterious past – must face, as they partake in a journey where they confront the perils of growing into the realities of adulthood.