Synopsis: "The foxy thief Kitsune visits the Geishu clan in this issue, and the rabbit ronin is caught between his friendship with the charming thief and his loyalty to the Geishu clan . . . and how will Tomoe react when she meets Usagi's beautiful and flirtatious friend? It's a meeting of two fan-favorite characters, with the long-eared samurai caught in the middle! As if that weren't enough, when Kitsune's young protegee Kiyoko steals a priceless temple scroll, the man who wants it would rather kill the pair than pay for it. Can they get out of this mess before permanent damage is caused to the clan?"
Although notable for the being the first meeting between Tomoe and Kitsune--handled beautifully by Kitsune--this isn't a real standout story. However, it has a golden moment when Kitsune chides Kiyoko by asking where are they going to find a gang of thugs when, unbeknownst to them, a gang of thugs is bearing down on them. The humor of it is perfectly done by Stan. I don't really have a Mount Rushmore of favorite Usagi stories or issues, but I do of moments, and this is one.
The lover's triangle and the dangers of when they connect/meet brought to life. Kitsune playing slyly with Tomoe and Usagi, reflecting her wily thievish ways and how Usagi shows Kitsune that he is not blinded by her charms and he truly does recognize her cunning and thief life by beating her at her own word games in returning the scroll and donating the reward. And yet, Kitsune gets the "final" word with her young ward slyly stealing away the coin pouch from Tomoe in the end. We also see that Kitsune is not necessarily as smart or wise as she thinks that she is for allowing Kyoko to stealing such a recognizable and dangerous item as the scroll as well in allowing her to get away with taking Tomoe's money. Both of these acts are rash and dangerous, showing the folly of the thieves life and how a thief ultimately ends up dooming themselves in the belief they are smarter than the ones they are stealing from and eventually it is such arrogance which gets them caught.
Gimme a home on the ol' prairie where I can sit in my rockin' chair reading my favorite old comic books of yesteryear!