CASE & COVER TEXT ILLUSTRATION

@The story of Kakube'e Jishi first appeared in the magazine Shônen Kurabu [Boys' Club]. It is one of a series of stories by Osaragi Jirô concerning the battle between a masked samurai Kurama Tengu, on the side of those trying to overthrow the Shogunate, and the supporters of the Shogun such as Shinsengumi, a group of swordsmen commissioned by the Shogunate and patrolled the city of Kyoto. The series was very popular, and when a lion dancer boy Sugisaku entered the stage in the story of Kakube'e Jishi, the series also became enjoyable for children. This story and "Sangakutô Kidan" ["The Strange Story of the Montagnards"] are the principal works of Osaragi for boys. Osaragi's elegant style in Kakube'e Jishi had a great influence on other writers. Kakube'e Jishi contributed to the improvement in the quality of stories for boys, for example, it portrayed the image of a liberal and smart hero. It also stood aloof from moralistic novels by creating an image of Kondô Isami, the leader of Shinsengumi, who became an enemy of the hero not because he was vicious but because his position and ideas were different.
@Illustrations in the book by Shimada Totsurô are simpler than those in the magazine by Ito Hikozô. It seems that Kakube'e Jishi was published for grown-ups rather than for children.
@Preceding the publication of Kakube'e Jishi, Kakube'e Jishi Zenpen [The Lion Dancer Vol.1] was published in the midst of the serialization in 1927. Kakube'e Jishi was reprinted and included in various collected works by different publishers. It was made into movies again and again till after World War II. A good combination of Kurama Tengu and Sugisaku was admired widely by the people.