Hanzou no Mon
Path of the Assassin
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Hanzou no Mon

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Japanese: 半蔵の門
English: Path of the Assassin
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Type: Manga
Volumes: 19
Chapters: 62
Status: Finished
Published: 1978 to 1984
Genres: Action Action, Drama Drama
Themes: Historical Historical, Martial Arts Martial Arts, Military Military
Demographic: Seinen Seinen
Serialization: None
Authors: Koike, Kazuo (Story), Kojima, Goseki (Art)


Score: 7.371 (scored by 462462 users)
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Ranked: #39802
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Popularity: #7793
Members: 2,465
Favorites: 9


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Volumes: /19
Chapters: /62


Path of the Assassin is the story of Hattori Hanzou, 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."


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 Cómics in 10 volumes from October 1, 2014 to March 30, 2016.



Jan 21, 2019
tl;dr: A historical stealth action manga that is pretty solid in many ways, but doesn't seem to have aged well. 

This is a manga based on Japanese history. To be quite honest, my knowledge of Japanese history is incredibly superficial, so I'm nowhere near qualified to judge how accurate of a depiction it is. However, the history as it is portrayed at least in terms of the politics and strategy involved seems realistic. There are times when it feels like it gets too wrapped up in this historical aspect and starts essentially info dumping in such a way that wouldn't be much different from what I would expect to find in a ...
Dec 24, 2008
Preliminary (53/62 eps)
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 ...
Feb 10, 2016
Mixed Feelings
Preliminary (Unknown/62 eps)
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 ...

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