Sugimoto and Asirpa reach Lake Kussharo near Abashiri prison at last! The time has come to put all their plans to break into the prison and meet Noppera-bo into action. Their nemesis, Lieutenant Tsurumi, as always, is one step ahead and has his own agents inside Abashiri. Tsurumi himself is on the way, with a contingent of troops and a gunboat to back him up! But if anyone can survive being surrounded by enemies and still keep Asirpa safe in this deadly conflict it’s Immortal Sugimoto!
A gold rush, a young indigenous girl, an ex-soldier: no, it's not the Old West, but rather Hokkaido, Japan, in the early 1900s. Saichi Sugimoto, known for his invincible status on the battlefield, is now one of the myriad penniless, misbegotten Russo-Japan war vets. One day in the backwoods of Hokkaido he finds an old miner who tells him a campfire tale about gold stolen from the Ainu, the indigenous peoples of Hokkaido. Once the tale is proven true, it sets Saichi on a quest to find the gold with the help of a local Ainu girl, Asirpa. This story has everything its genre requires: competing forces, rascally escaped convicts, attacking bears, and a hero forced to realize that he's a better man than he thought. It also integrates respectful, in-depth research into the Ainu; this volume alone has a textbook's worth of informative about them and the island's history. The book is gory and definitely for adults. The pristine artwork, background detail, and catchy characters leave readers wanting more.