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Hanzou no Mon

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: 7.701 (scored by 233 users)
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Ranked: #19832
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Popularity: #6641
Members: 846
Favorites: 8
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Volumes: /19
Chapters: /62

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."

Background

Hanzou no Mon was published in English as Path of the Assassin by Dark Horse Comics from July 11, 2006 to May 12, 2009 and in Spanish as Hanzô: El Camino del Asesino by ECC Comics since October 1, 2014.

Characters

Tokugawa, Ieyasu
Tokugawa, Ieyasu
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Hattori, Hanzou
Hattori, Hanzou
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Beatnik
Dec 24, 2008
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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Doglion
Feb 10, 2016
A manga by superstar team Kazuo and Goseki, I went into this one having loved Lone Wolf & Cub but having hated Samurai Executioner. Overall, I'm finding Path of the Assassin to be somewhere in between.

I think the biggest reason this comic is significantly better than Samurai Executioner is that it actually has a story. I think the reason it's not quite as good as Lone Wolf & Cub is because the story is meandering and tends to dwell in tedious, exposition-heavy places.

This is a fictionalized account of the end of the Sengoku period, when numerous Japanese warlords fought for control of the country. Joining read more
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