Why Did Japanese People Stop Performing Seppuku?

Seppuku, a highly ritualized form of suicide that involved cutting one's own stomach, was once part of the bushido samurai code, and considered an honorable way to die and, until the 20th century, was quite common. So what happened? Why did this practice die out? » 1/09/15 11:00am 1/09/15 11:00am

A Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Decides To Follow The Way Of The Samurai

Once he was a teenager no longer, Leonardo left the sewers of New York to live according to the principles of bushidō. Artist Chet Phillips illustrates the katana-wielding samurai turtle fighting under the banner of pizza. Check out the full image below. » 8/29/14 5:00pm 8/29/14 5:00pm

Meet the Samurai ThunderCats of ancient Japan in this awesome fanart

The new ThunderCats cartoon was sadly canceled after a single season; perhaps they should have looked to Phil Postma's radical samurai-themed redesigns for inspiration. Here's a massive gallery of Postma's ancient Japanese ThunderCats, as well as their nemesis Mumm-Ra. » 9/24/13 9:00am 9/24/13 9:00am

Two new trailers show the magical twists added to 47 Ronin

Check out more footage from Carl Erik Rinsch's long-delayed feature which reworks the classic Japanese story of the 47 Ronin. Various adaptations of this story are common, however this could be translation with the most artistic liberties, as it's set in a fantasy world. » 9/03/13 7:45am 9/03/13 7:45am

The 10 Greatest Female Samurai and Ninjas

The way of the ninja requires massive sacrifices, and samurai must live by the exacting code of Bushido. Usually, pop culture depicts ninjas and samurai as stoic men — but here are 10 amazing women who rose to the challenge. » 6/28/13 11:00am 6/28/13 11:00am

Usagi Yojimbo slashes his way through his own samurai side-scrolling…

It's been 25 since Stan Sakai's ronin rabbit Miyamoto Usagi, star of the comic book Usagi Yojimbo, graced the video game world with his katana-wielding skills. But now Usagi has made the leap to the mobile gaming platform in his very own game, Usagi Yojimbo: Way of the Ronin. » 2/23/13 3:00pm 2/23/13 3:00pm

Meet the Justice League of Edo Japan

Artist Chet Phillips places Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman in a distant era in this Japanese woodblock-inspired illustration. But these three haven't met an anachronism they didn't like—especially when it comes to their probable foe, a certain radioactive monster stomping through the background. » 2/02/13 9:30am 2/02/13 9:30am

Animal-Shaped Armor for the Eternal Battle of Cats vs. Mice

Jeff de Boer's elaborate suits of armor imagine a fanciful world in which cats and mice have learned to smith metal and construct for themselves often ornate suits of armor. Through the years, he's expanded his visions of animal armor, creating armor inspired by Medieval times, Ancient Rome, the Renaissance Era, and… » 1/27/13 9:00am 1/27/13 9:00am

Holy @#$%, Zack Snyder Is Working on a "Star Wars Samurai" Movie…

Update: The Hollywood Reporter's Heat Vision reports a Snyder spokesman told them these are horrible lies, like Santa Claus or that Han shot first: "Snyder's spokesperson says: 'While he is super flattered because he is a huge fan, Zack is not involved in any way with the new Star Wars. He is currently in post on his… » 1/14/13 11:27am 1/14/13 11:27am

And now, historical samurai armor built for a dog

Dogs have been used in military operations for centuries, but this outlandish suit of canine samurai armor from the Edo period is truly something special. Historically, there's a loose precedent for forcing your puggle into that undignified Darth Vader costume every Halloween. » 9/04/12 9:10am 9/04/12 9:10am

Japanese Star Wars prints offer more tentacles

George Lucas was influenced by Akira Kurosawa's samurai movies — so what might Star Wars look like if it were set in feudal Japan? Artist Steve Bialik reimagines everyone from Admiral Ackbar to Boba Fett as a Japanese woodblock print. » 9/25/10 8:15am 9/25/10 8:15am

James Cameron Could Launch the Seven Samurai Into Space

With Avatar in the can, speculation has run rampant on what James Cameron's next project will be. Amidst talk of Avatar sequels and Battle Angel Alita, it seems Cameron has yet another project on the table. » 12/09/09 1:30pm 12/09/09 1:30pm

Hyper Stylized Samurai-In-Space Film Is A Gorgeous Kick To The Throat

Cup of Tears' trailer is teaching Hollywood how to put together a sleek green-screen martial arts flick properly, even in outer space. This sick trailer should make everyone who worked on The Spirit blush. » 10/27/09 8:00am 10/27/09 8:00am