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Honor Against Thieves
Threatened by plundering cyborg bandits, an innocent village defies its inhuman enemies with the help of mortal men born to do battle and bound to die for honor: humanity’s champions, the seven samurai. This thrilling manga is based on the classic film by Akira Kurosawa.
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Grade 7 Up—Kubo has based her story on Kurosawa's film Seven Samurai and given it a steampunk-type update. In feudal Japan, the world is at war, with the samurai using high levels of technology, including robots, to fight. As the story begins, it is evident that the samurai are not winning and are not thought of very highly. Into this scenario enters Kirara, who is hoping to find a samurai who will stand up to the people who are attacking her village. She meets Kambei Shimada, and with his help they build the group of seven samurai. Among them are a young man who hopes to be a samurai, a cyborg head, and an engineer with a sword twice as big as any regular sword. This volume ends with the seven and Kirara heading to the village. The exceptional artwork, while black and white, is evocative of the film style of Kurosawa; the sharp lines and minimalist backgrounds allow readers to focus on exactly what is important. From decimated cities to bowls of rice, nothing is lost to readers' eyes. A must for most manga collections.—Valerie Davis, Campbell County Public Library, Newport, KY
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