nobody-art:

hmmm, I didn’t read the comic though, but I believe he has a scar on his forehead… eeh, whatever.

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Hey, Usagi-san! I've been learning more about japanese recently and how there are lot's of ways to refer to oneself like saying "I"! Like watashi, boku, ore, and all those! I was wondering if I could ask which one you use when you're speaking japanese? thanks!!
Anonymous

An interesting question, Anonymous-san!

You are correct. In my mother tongue there are many, many ways to say “I” all depending on the situation, who you are talking to, your status, and even your own personal preferences. 

I am no exception to this, of course. I choose specific “I’s” that fit the best at the proper time. Though, if I were to choose which ones I use the most often…

—I would have to say that I use watashi (私) and soregashi (某) the most. Watashi is a very standard way of saying “I” for both men and women, and is probably the most common. Soregashi, on the other hand, is a way of saying “I” usually reserved for samurai. Though, I have been told that in Third Earth it is rarely, if ever, used anymore.

On occasion I will use ore (俺) if I am comfortable enough to be a bit more informal with whoever I am speaking to.

I hope this answers your question, Anonymous-san!

[ooc: Wow, Anon sure threw me for a loop with this one. While I’ve taken a course in Japanese, I didn’t really get far enough in to learn all the do’s and don’t’s with all the “I’s”.
I had to do a bit of research and choose what I thought would be the best for Usagi. I even watched the Japanese dub of The Big Brawl parts 2, 3, and 4 to see what they had Usagi use. Much to my frustration, I could only pick up one instance where he actually referred to himself. That I could tell, at least—I don’t have the best trained ears. He used “ore” which is why I decided to add in that on occasion he will use that one.
Though, as I mentioned, I’m novice at very, very best and did the best that I could with my limited knowledge. If anyone knows about this better than me and thinks Usagi would use different “I’s” please, do not hesitate to tell me!]

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Riddle me this, Samurai: Many have heard me, but nobody has seen me, and I will not speak back until spoken to. What am I?
Anonymous

—You are an echo, Anonymous-san.

bear1na:

Usagi Yojimbo by Stan Sakai

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Honey, you've got a big storm comin'.
Anonymous

Pardon? Is there going to be a large storm in New York soon?

—If so, I am sure Leonardo and his family are aware of it, but perhaps I will mention it to them anyway.

iancsamson:

Random butt-kicking Usagis.

…—I have no words, Leonardo.

Happy Valentine's Day, Usagi-san!

Thank you, Leonardo!

And a Happy Valentine’s Day to you as well.

katanashipping:

Gift from the glorious Mooncalfe

And thanks to elphabafae for sharing her amazing comission with us!

shellsweet:

I had a urge to draw Usagi! :)

duss005:

along with probably every other artist growing up on comics in the 80s and 90s, Usagi Yojimbo was a key influence for me in storytelling and art. Stan Sakai is a pioneer of the indy comics and creator owned world, and getting to know him in the last few years has been humbling. With the caliber of talent and experience he’s at, he still always takes the time to talk to emerging artists and greets us at every convention at the floor. I am honored to be able to call him a friend.

Some of my friends may already be aware, Stan’s wife, Sharon, has been battled a debilitating illness for some time. Sharon is now back from the hospital after an extended stay, but her condition requires 24-hour care and medicines that cost more than their insurance covers, and obviously, more than many cartoonist and probably human beings can handle alone. Medical costs be crazy.

My friend Jason Schachter is helping me put up this Usagi In The Snow original up for purchase on his original art store’s website. It’s 9 x 12 on 300lb fabriano watercolor paper, done in watercolor and is up for grabs to one generous individual who’d like to help the Sakai family in their fight. http://www.essentialsequential.com/Usagi-Yojimbo-by-Dustin-Nguyen_p_2670.html

CAPS (Cartoon Art Professional Society) has set up Paypal to take donations as well for those who want to help in any way, big or small. http://garageartstudio.blogspot.com/2013/11/help-stan-sakai.html

 thanks for reading everyone!