Kozure Ookami
Lone Wolf & Cub
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Kozure Ookami

Alternative Titles

English: Lone Wolf & Cub
Synonyms: Lone Wolf and Cub
Japanese: 子連れ狼


Type: Manga
Volumes: 28
Chapters: 142
Status: Finished
Published: Sep 1970 to Apr 1976
Genres: ActionAction, HistoricalHistorical, SamuraiSamurai, SeinenSeinen
Authors: Koike, Kazuo (Story), Kojima, Goseki (Art)
Serialization: Manga Action


Score: 8.651 (scored by 53375,337 users)
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Ranked: #602
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Popularity: #357
Members: 33,396
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Ittou Ogami has very little left to live for. Though once the Shogunate's chief executioner, his name is left in ruins after being framed for treason by the treacherous Yagyuu Clan, seeking to steal his position of power. His misfortune does not end here, however; they culminate in the brutal murder of his entire family, including his wife Azami, with only his child Daigorou still left alive.

With dishonor upon his head and his beloved wife in the grave, Ittou takes up a new mantle as an assassin for hire. Alongside his young son, Ittou wanders the country in search of revenge, with only the complete destruction of the Yagyuu Clan on his mind. As he travels the land, the number of his successful assassinations quickly grows, and soon the moniker of "Lone Wolf and Cub" becomes infamous across the land as the choice assassin to get the job done right.

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Kozure Ookami was published in English as Lone Wolf & Cub initially by First Comics in 1987 as a monthly comic book sized series featuring cover illustrations by many renowned comic book artists such as Frank Miller. Each issue contained around 64 to 128 pages, but publication was cancelled at 45 issues after the company's shutdown in 1991. Dark Horse began republishing the series in traditional tankoubon format form September 12, 2000 to December 24, 2002, as well as in 2-in-1 omnibus volumes from May 22, 2013 to April 26, 2016. In 2001, Dark Horse's edition won the Eisner Award for the Best U.S. Edition of International Material. The manga was also published in Brazilian Portuguese by Panini Comics/Planet Manga from December 2004 to April 2007, and began republishing in December 2016.

The series has been adapted into multiple live-action films, television series, and stage plays.

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Mar 11, 2009
Archaeon (All reviews)
There are many anime and manga that can rightly be considered classics for one reason or another. Of these, only a few can surpass this status and truly be considered masterpieces in the purest form (and when I say a few, I mean exactly that). Supreme amongst these titles is a manga that is considered the single most influential piece of literature (and I do not use that word lightly), to come from Japan during the 20th Century.

That manga is Lone Wolf and Cub.

The creation of writer Koike Kazuo and artist Kojima Goseki, the story tells of Ogami Itto, the Kogi Kaishakunin (Shogun's Executioner), during read more
Jan 9, 2010
IT0 (All reviews)
Lone Wolf and Cub was my introduction into manga. It was my first and to this day remains my favorite. It showed up one day at my local comic book store in 1987 and the first 10 issues the covers where done by Frank Miller.Well that first publishing only had one chapter per book as opposed to the 4 or five per a Japanese volume and it only lasted 43 chapters. Those 43 chapters were so good I dropped 90% of the American comics I had been reading and went on the hunt for more Manga, it was the start of my love for read more
Aug 23, 2016
EthanO11 (All reviews)
One of the few masterpieces out there, a very poignant reflection of the harsh realities of revenge and the lengths people go through in order to achieve it. I really thought the art was wonderful and each chapter was as gracefully written as the next. I also thought the fight scenes were superb, the frames were so well tied in with each-other it was very easy to visualize.

The story was a simple enough one but beautifully told, and the characters were incredibly complex, it was such a thrilling manga!

Irregardless of what I say, this will go down as one of the best pieces of read more
Mar 10, 2008
Casual_Toast (All reviews)
Lone Wolf & Cub is more than my favorite manga, it's one of my favorite literary productions of any kind. The brutality and horrendous violence presented here manages to deliver some of the most poignant, meaningful stories I've ever encountered. Many of the quick vignettes just make you think or are entertainingly witty, but some (primarly those focusing on young Diagoro) can be down right tear jerking. Watching these small stories come together to weave the arching narrative is beautiful to behold.

I intend to be reading this title for years to come, and have it impacting my life for long after that. Most the time read more

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