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Samurai-tachi no Meiji Ishin


Alt Names: alt サムライたちの明治維新alt The Samurai of the Meiji Restoration
Author: ISHIKAWA Ken
Artist: ISHIKAWA Ken
Genres: Historical Historical
Type: Manga (Japanese)
Status: Complete
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Chapters

Title Group Contributor Date
Vol.1 Ch.9: [End]
Hokuto no Gun & HappyScans! KidCongo 14 November 2013 - 01:38 PM
Vol.1 Ch.8 Read Online
Hokuto no Gun & HappyScans! KidCongo 03 November 2013 - 02:50 PM
Vol.1 Ch.7 Read Online
Hokuto no Gun & HappyScans! KidCongo 21 October 2013 - 12:39 PM
Vol.1 Ch.6 Read Online
Hokuto no Gun & HappyScans! KidCongo 07 October 2013 - 12:48 PM
Vol.1 Ch.5 Read Online
Hokuto no Gun & HappyScans! KidCongo 24 September 2013 - 08:40 AM
Vol.1 Ch.4 Read Online
Hokuto no Gun & HappyScans! KidCongo 05 September 2013 - 12:35 PM
Vol.1 Ch.3 Read Online
Hokuto no Gun & HappyScans! KidCongo 16 August 2013 - 12:42 PM
Vol.1 Ch.2 Read Online
Hokuto no Gun & HappyScans! KidCongo 31 July 2013 - 12:37 PM
Vol.1 Ch.1 Read Online
Hokuto no Gun & HappyScans! KidCongo 16 July 2013 - 01:33 PM


6 Comments

Short but good. I suspect that the difficulty of transition is not given its due recognition in Japanese history and literature courses. The students would only learn boring names and dates. If these samurai could see Japan today... Well, it's not like they were saints, either. There's still a lot of work to do.

BTW, why's Saigo laughing on page 25 of the last chapter? Sure looks like he really is pleasantly surprised.

He was content, to put it bluntly. Fact that he was put to rest fighting like a soldier, the samurai is. Fact that he knew what was happening, and fact that he knew this was going to happen, allowed him to accept it with open arms rather then fight it.

By reflection, Shinsuke and Takamori committed seppuku for exact same reason; they followed their ideal, which they finally realized was futile thing to have, and then died following it, rather then just continuing to fight for it and continue to hurt people around them.

The beheading was also more or less done for Ushinosuke's behalf, not only necessarily relating to seppuku tradition. Tradition calls for backup samurai to behead the one committing the suicide, so the pain is eased. For those who committed truly shameful act, even this is not allowed, forcing them to die a gruesome death. (By Japanese tradition, seppuku is generally forced upon, rather then done because samurai feels they just have need to commit suicide) But when Ushinosuke carries Takamori's head, it would've carried two assumption:
1. War is over, no more reason to kill, and
2. Ushinosuke killed Takamori (since technically, beheading is),
allowing Ushinosuke to go back home with less penalty then what he would've regularly received, which would been execution. This was last thing Takamori did for Ushinosuke, and by that extension, all the samurai who were still unsure about their future.

It's very bitter ending, but this is the truth.

Thanks for bringing us this little gem, Hokuto no Gun and HappyScans!

 

BTW, why's Saigo laughing on page 25 of the last chapter? Sure looks like he really is pleasantly surprised.

Very interesting.

This is the kind of stuff that should have been scanlated more.

Seems interesting.


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