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Hanzou no Mon (Manga)

Hanzou no Mon

Alternative Titles

English: Path of the Assassin
Synonyms: Hanzo no Mon
Japanese: 半蔵の門

Information

Type: Manga
Volumes: 19
Chapters: 62
Status: Finished
Published: 1978 to 1984
Authors: Koike, Kazuo (Story), Kojima, Goseki (Art)
Serialization: None

Statistics

Score: 7.781 (scored by 179 users)
Ranked: #19432
Popularity: #6143
Members: 576
Favorites: 5
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2 based on the top manga page.

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Synopsis

Path of the Assassin is the story of Hattori Hanzo, the fabled master ninja whose duty was to protect Tokugawa Ieyasu, who would grow up to become shogun and unify Japan. The creators poetically describe the story as "Lifelong Friends, with the Same Dreams, Striving to Grow into a Rising River."

Characters

 Hanzou
Hattori, Hanzou
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 Ieyasu
Tokugawa, Ieyasu
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Dec 24, 2008
Beatnik
If you have an interest in Japanese history, the idea of reading about Ieyasu Tokugawa and his right hand man Hattori Hanzo taking on all comers to eventually unify the country under one rule, should be enticing. If you haven’t a clue about Japanese history, the idea of watching the rise of a samurai who would one day become Shogun with the help of a trusty ninja, should also be intriguing.

Kazuo Koike and Goseki Kojima's Path of the Assassin provides some enjoyment, although still trails behind their most widely praised works Lone Wolf & Cub and Samurai Executioner.

The ambitious concept is indeed fulfilled, as read more
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Both are historical mangas covering the aspect of ancient feudal warfare in the Sengoku era of Japan and Three Kingdoms period in China respectively. In Path of the Assassin, ninjas work behind the scenes to carry out political assassinations and sabotage, while in The Ravages of Time, there's a group of mercenary assassins called the Handicapped Warriors doing the dirty work. PotA focuses on the exploits of Tokugawa Ieyasu and Hattori Hanzo exclusively, while TRoT gives a more rounded coverage of the various warring factions. (Please be warned that there are a lot of sexual content in Path of the Assassin.)
Satsuma Gishiden and Path of the Assassin are Gekiga (historical manga) that describe the "spirit" of medieval Japan.
Satsuma Gishiden is focused on the Samurai code of conduct/honor, while Path of the Assassin investigates the life and way of thinking of Suppa (ninja).
They have a similar way of putting the emphasis on the emotions of the warriors and warlords. They also describe in detail the power struggle and the allegiance relationships between japanese feudal lords, samurai, warriors, commoners.

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