A good manga that just isn't for me. I don't think I've read a samurai manga yet that I've loved, so I should probably give the genre a rest for now. Still, I can acknowledge that the art here is uncommonly good, often highly detailed and with a unique flavor. The story seems, from this volume at least, to be pretty solid. It just isn't in my wheelhouse, though I'm glad I gave it a try.
This particular translation was published in the U.S. in 1997. This is worth remembering when reading Dark Horse's note congratulating themselves on only
flipping individual panels instead of entire pages. They're preserving the artist's original intent! That would be unacceptable in a manga published today, but for 1997, that was pretty good.