Samurai Cat Goes to Hell

Samurai Cat Goes to Hell

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by Mark E. Rogers
     
 

Miaowara Tomokato is back—and he's gone to his reward. The warrior who's defeated everyone from Darth Vader to Nazi dinosaurs has died and gone to Heaven—the fitting end to his illustrious career. Or not quite. For taking a little to much enthusiastic glee in wreaking vengeance, his faithful sidekick, Shiro, has been sent to Hell. Tomokato must now

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Miaowara Tomokato is back—and he's gone to his reward. The warrior who's defeated everyone from Darth Vader to Nazi dinosaurs has died and gone to Heaven—the fitting end to his illustrious career. Or not quite. For taking a little to much enthusiastic glee in wreaking vengeance, his faithful sidekick, Shiro, has been sent to Hell. Tomokato must now descend and retrieve Shiro from eternal damnation. Shiro, of course, isn't the only resident of Hell who knows the Samurai Cat. Tomokato encounters all the folks he's consigned to the lower realm, who want their last chance a the furry samurai.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Fans of Miaowara Tomokato and his sidekick, Shiro, know what to expect from these anthropomorphic felines: puns, satire and loads of actionthough not much credible plot. Rogers first created the characters in his paintings, and this volume continues the tradition of lavish, attractive illustrationsmarked, like the story, by both gore and humor. The beginning, as Tomokato and Shiro fight Genghis Khan, is labored (including more than a page of puns on Pax Mongolica), but the story picks up when the heroes go to hell, literally. This comedic Inferno includes Nazi tyrannosaurs in dinosaur-sized tanks, characters resembling figures from the Oz books, Virtuous Pagans galore and Satan, who, though trapped in ice at the bottom of hell, wears pink panties and can send out projections in the shape of bad actors. The heroes are aided by felines from the other Samurai Cat books, a guardian angel named Henry and a mysterious "itinerant preacher" who looks like Clint Eastwood. The self-reference can get awfully cute ("Boy, are a lot of story threads getting tied up in this chapter or what?") but the combined comedy and moral concerns (subtle and hence not intrusive, but very real) will appeal to many. (June)
VOYA - Kat Kan
Miaowara Tomikato, the redoubtable Samurai Cat last seen in Samurai Cat Goes to the Movies (Tor, 1994/VOYA April 1995) is back! This time he succeeds in killing the last of the villains who had killed his master, Lord Oda Nobunaga (wa-a-ay back in The Adventures of Samurai Cat [Tor, 1986]). The problem is, said villain Genghis Khan uses a nuclear bomb (sold by Tomikato's nephew Shiro) and blows everything up as he dies. Tomikato ends up in heaven, but naughty kitten Shiro goes down below. Then angel Henry tells Tomikato there's one more villain to slay-the mastermind, Satan himself. Naturally, the cat has to go to Hell to do the job. Joined by Shiro, his vacationing brother and family (you have heard of the vacation from Hell?), and the "evil" seductive sister-in-law from another dimension, Tomikato proceeds on his mission. There are more high jinks, bad puns (the badder the better), spewing of blood and guts, and action as Tomikato and allies hew their way through demons, Mongol hordes, Nazi dinosaurs, and practically every villain (historical and fictional) who ever existed. Tomikato manages to destroy this Hell in what is supposedly the last book in the series. Media references abound, as in every Samurai Cat book (St. Peter is "Rocky," Jesus is Clint Eastwood as Dirty Harry, etc.). Readers without a sense of humor about religion should avoid this book-everyone else, strap in for a crazy roller coaster ride of hysterically irreverent and sometimes raunchy humor and slapstick action. VOYA Codes: 3Q 3P S (Readable without serious defects, Will appeal with pushing, Senior High-defined as grades 10 to 12).
New York Newsday
"The wild parodies...are made even funnier by Roger's illustrations. Recommended to any fan who isn't an incurable sourpuss."
Kirkus Reviews
Fifth and (the publisher says) final outing for Rogers's indescribable comedy fantasy (Samurai Cat Goes to the Movies, 1994, etc.). Miaowara Tomokato, along with his swords, puns, and nephew/sidekick Shiro, is still pursuing his task of tracking down and killing everyone responsible for the death of his master, Lord Nobunaga. Next on the list is Genghis Khan, whose Mongol hordes are unfortunately now equipped with Kalashnikovs, courtesy of a sweet deal by Shiro; even worse, they've converted their (Mongol) pencil factory into making suitcase-sized nuclear bombs (again thanks to Shiro). So when the Khan explodes a nuke to thwart our heroes, Tomokato and Shiro are blown all to Hell. Even there, they have work to do: Heaven would like Tomokato to kill Satan and wind up the infernal regions for keeps. Check one: (a) hysterically funny, I loved it, (b) appallingly stupid, I hated it, or (c) unsuitable for life-forms with more than minimal cognitive abilities.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312866426
Publisher:
Doherty, Tom Associates, LLC
Publication date:
04/28/1998
Series:
Samurai Cat Series
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
5.06(w) x 8.68(h) x 0.82(d)

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Samurai Cat Goes to Hell 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book wasn't as funny as the previous Samurai Cat installments, largely (I think) because it relies less on satire than it does on its own legs. But it's still a very imaginitive work and many parts made me laugh out loud. All in all, it's very satisfying. It uses a very clever premise to end the series: Samurai Cat descending into the depths of Hell to avenge his master, where he can re-encounter all of his foes who perished by his blade (or gun, or grenade, or ...) in the previous books. Admittedly, a first-time Samurai Cat reader probably won't catch all the references. So if you've been following Samurai Cat through the years, what are you waiting for? But if you're a Samurai Cat virgin, then you should probably read at least one or two of the preceeding volumes before attempting this one.