Satisfying character and story developments.
Some suspense was lost for duel due to Yakuza leaving
Rating ( 9.25 )
- Total score
Samurai #4 has the inhabitants of the Isle with No Name finally receive some hope from the most unlikely of places. It opens up with the princess meeting with the island’s doctor so she could give him something she concocted. She’s had time to study the inhabitants of the island and she saw how so many innocents were dying from the illness that’s affected the island for centuries. She gives the doctor a cure she created and she wants him to test it on the worst patients but to also keep it a secret so Nobunaga doesn’t find out. She wants Nobunaga to die a horrible death not just from what he’s done to her but also to the inhabitants. Meanwhile the Yakuza gather up all their belongings so they can depart the island. However, they turn on Nobunaga and kill him and anyone who touched him before they leave. They hated what Nobunaga did but also feared being infected by the same illness. News of Nobunaga’s death spreads by the morning but Shobei still intends on going forward with his duel with Takeo. He challenges Takeo to a fight to the death at another location. What is Shobei’s true goal, and will this derail Takeo’s search for answers regarding his family?
The illness plaguing the villagers surprisingly became the biggest factor in the events on the Isle with No Name due to Nobunaga becoming infected. However, the impact on the villagers was well-documented prior to this, especially with Yoshida and his wife’s story. The daily struggle due to this was as big a robber of their lives as the Yakuza demanding payments. So it was good to see Terumi, the princess, play an important role in this. The way her character evolved from being Nobunaga’s captive to one bringing hope to the entire isle while bringing down the Yakuza’s hold in the area was more than just sweet revenge on her part but her character developing into so much more than that.
And as quickly as events came to an end on the island, a new beginning would occur for Takeo, and I was looking forward to this the most. Despite numerous questions still remaining there were a couple of questions answered, and the biggest one regarding his brother was answered wonderfully. At one point in the series I felt it was progressing slowly but the intriguing threads left here as well as the big development, I’m hooked again to the mystery of Takeo’s family.
Samurai #4 is an impressive conclusion to the series with its satisfying handling of its many story threads. Temuri’s evolution from a captive to finding her place on the island is just indicative of the thoughtfulness put into the character development for all the characters. The duel between Takeo and Shobei lost some of the suspense with the Yakuza leaving but is still impactful due to the effects on the villagers and Takeo. And with the big development at the end I can’t wait for the next series.
Release Date: 6/15/16
Writer: Jean-Francois Di Giorigio
Artist: Frederic Genet