Its one of the first Japanese graphic novels to make it state side and may consider a read. Although violent, its about a high executioner for the Shogunate. His future was to execute or behead enemies to the state. He eventually runs into a child lord who was being persecuted by the sins of his father. He refused and begged the shogun to reconsider, and in turn his house and pregnant wife is murdered. He then rescues his unborn from the wound and acts with a single purpose. Its very allegorical if you wrap your mind around it.