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Tokunan Seiichirō: The legendary manga of a legendary artist!

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Tokunan Seiichirō
The Samurai Who Cut Through Shadows


Waving in the morning sun

The flag of our Brigade

We pledge our lives, all for one

We are the Shogun’s blade!

Our hand against the Emperor

Yet forth we boldly go

The flower of the Shogunate-

Advance, New Chosen Men!

Ringing through the noontide

Our crashing, marching feet

Stamping on the modern world

Wherever we may meet

We don’t know what hell time it is

But violence is sweet

The flower of the Shogunate-

Advance, New Chosen Men!

And as for fucking rebels

We will run them through and through

And lift our swords and do the same

To you and you – and you

Our blades glint in the evening light

So gentle and so blue

The flower of the Shogunate-

Advance, New Chosen Men!


This is the ‘theme song’ from Tokunan Seichirō’s debut work, ‘The Samurai Who Cut Through Shadows’ (Kage wo Kiru Samurai).

It’s a story of the rebel warriors who fought the dying shogunate and its group of hand-picked heavies – the Shinsen Gumi, or ‘Newly Chosen Brigade’. It’s just possible you might be able to guess from the lyrics whose side the artist was on!

The interesting point about this work is that the main elements betray a strong influence of Tezuka Osamu. And there’s something in the graphic style of ‘Samurai’ that calls to mind Tokunan’s later breathtaking achievements.

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May 14, 2008 Posted by | Manga, Tokunan Seiichirō, _ART, _POETRY | Leave a comment