This article needs additional citations for verification. Kazuo Koike and artist Goseki Kojima. Disgraced by false accusations from the Yagyū clan, he is forced to take the path of the assassin. Along with his three-year-old son, Daigorō, they seek revenge on the Yagyū clan and are known lone wolf & cub Vol.24 PDF « Lone Wolf and Cub ».
Itto et Retsudo ont survécu à la violence de leur duel, mais la fatigue et le froid sont des ennemis bien plus redoutables que des armes. Trois corps gisent dans la neige, la vie s’en échappe lentement. Le petit Daigoro est le plus faible mais pourtant c’est peutêtre de lui que viendra le salut. C’est en tout cas au péril de sa vie qu’il tente de sauver son père dont le destin repose entre ses petites mains…
After Ogami Ittō’s wife Azami gives birth to their son, Daigorō, Ogami Ittō returns to find her and all of their household brutally murdered, with only the newborn Daigorō surviving. The supposed culprits are three former retainers of an abolished clan, avenging the execution of their lord by Ogami Ittō. Ogami family shrine, signifying a supposed wish for the shogun’s death. When the tablet is « discovered » during the murder investigation, its presence condemns Ittō as a traitor and thus he is forced to forfeit his post. The one-year-old Daigorō is given a choice by his father: a ball or a sword. Yagyū Retsudō’s children and the entire Kurokuwa ninja clan, and eventually facing Retsudō himself.
The last duel between Ogami Ittō and Yagyū Retsudō runs 178 pages—one of the longest single fight-scenes ever published in comics. Toward the end of their journeys, Ogami Ittō’s dōtanuki sword is surreptitiously damaged by a supposed sword-polisher who is really an elite « Grass » ninja of the Yagyū clan. Grass ninja, the sword breaks due to Yagyū tampering, and Ittō receives wounds that are ultimately fatal. The story finishes with Daigorō taking up Retsudō’s spear and charging in fury. Retsudō opens his arms, disregarding all defense, and allows Daigorō to drive the spear into his body. Embracing Daigorō with tears, Yagyū Retsudō names him « grandson of my heart », closing the cycle of vengeance and hatred between the clans and concluding the epic. The son of Ittō and Azami, Daigorō becomes a stronger warrior as the story progresses.