English: Blade of the Phantom Master
Synonyms: Shin Angyou Onshi, Shin Amen Osa, Shin Angyou Onsi, Phantom Master: Dark Hero from the Ruined Empire
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Dec 4, 2004
1 hr. 25 min.
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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Score: 7.231 (scored by 4098 users)
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Recommendations Submitted by Users
They both have 'Blade' in their English titles. Thus, I'm posting a recommendation. This is MAL. Yes.
For those interested, there ARE similarities between them beyond 'Blade' x2. They share the same composer, for one. Story/character-wise? A tough, roguish ADULT traveling with a much younger, much prettier female companion on a path of vengeance. There's lots of blood & death, naturally.
These introductory adaptations are gateways to the best of seinen manga. They may not impress on their incomplete lonesomes and would piss off anyone looking for a start-to-end anime-onry story, but for those willing to read manga you seriously can't get much/any better. Jaw-dropping artwork is only the beginning (not kidding: these two are contenders for best art). After a grand total of 47 volumes read between the two, I'm one happy wabbit.
Shame that BotI in particular has so few MAL readers compared to Berserk--Berserk having like 5x the MAL listing. They've both been on-going since the 90's and, unlike Berserk, BotI is still good.... and it's ACTUALLY GOING TO END SOON!