is my original manga series which is based on extensive research on ancient Japanese culture & mythology. All of the characters are inspired by real people or from folktales. The manga started in 2005 and in 2006, chapter 1 won 3rd place in the ADV Films manga contest.
The story revolves around the exciting adventures of the woman warrior – Akuba, Someiyoshino (aka: Yoshino or Ronin Yoshino). She and her followers fight against the corrupt Samurai government in order to bring rights to the commoners.
Ronin Yoshino takes place in a mythical world resembling ancient Japan were civil wars and strife over land ownership are common. Rebellious groups fought against the authorities, but none ever succeeded. The manga story takes place in the Fujiwara Province (a fantasy place) which was once ruled by Fujiwara no Gorou, but now he is forced to serve under the warlord Takemaru Arashi.
Akuba, Someiyoshino is the protagonist and title character of the manga.
Yoshino is loyal to her friends but is rebellious, blunt and full of pride which often gets her into tight situations. She prefers fighting alone and dislikes menial tasks, normally having her retainer do it for her. When traveling long distances, she rides her horse stallion – Iteza.
Kagekiri is Yoshino’s retainer (a servant).
He’s loyal and protective of Yoshino and is often seen accompanying her. He’s expressive, honest and likes helping people, but can be potentially self-destructive. Kagekiri was once a violent yokai, but when he met Yoshino, she changed his view on life and for that he feels eternally grateful.
Takemaru, Arashi is the Daimyo (samurai warlord) and the main antagonist.
Arashi is a career-oriented and authoritative man who focuses on his goals. He’s serious, callous and self important attitude became part of him through the struggle and stress of being a feudal lord. Takemaru owns most of the land and desires to claim the rest of Fujiwara Province for himself.
The manga is read from right to left and is usually in black & white screen-tones (special issues are in colour). Manga books, art prints and trading cards are available at Tatsu Shop! Visit the official Ronin Yoshino site at: www.roninyoshino.com. Also check out Ronin Yoshino Facebook fan page – www.facebook.com/roninyoshino
Rated: T+ (teens and older)