Manji is an immortal swordsman, who has been cursed with eternal life. He has grown tired of living with all the death he has created. He has no skills other than those of killing, thus he forms a plan to regain his mortality: he shall kill one hundred evil men for each good one he has killed. The old witch who afflicted Manji with immortality agrees to Manji’s proposition and Manji is set on his path to kill one thousand evil men. On his journey he meets a young girl, Rin, who has her own vengeance to seek against the sword school whose members slaughtered Rin’s family. Rin and Manji journey together, each hoping to find some kind of peace. In their way are many varied enemies. Rin and Manji are almost constantly under attack and must learn to live their lives, avoiding being consumed by revenge.
- Despite being known as the Hundred Men Killer, you have some good in you. I’m surprised.
- I’m flattered.
- Who said it was a praise?
Stop me if you’ve heard any of these before. A daughter of a samurai hell-bent on avenging her father’s death. A ronin with unparalleled sword skills, but no attachments to the world. He agrees to be her yojimbo because she reminds him of his dead sister. A colorful villain of the week demands to hear the protagonist’s name before they can cross swords with him.
Mugen no Juunin is every chanbara cliche possible thrown together into a blender and made into a
smoothie. The original manga started in 1993, it’s an old series, so those tropes are played mind-numbingly straight - do not expect any deconstruction of the genre or postmodern meta-fuckery, this is neither Katanagatari nor Samurai Champloo.
The “smoothie” part of the metaphor refers to the fact that the narrative is incredibly fragmented - you can’t even consider it a road movie, you just see random barely coherent snippets of the character’s lives. This is to be expected, considering the original manga spans 30 volumes and this anime adapts hundreds of pages per episode.
What I’m getting at, however, is that nothing of the stated above really matters. It’s not that kind of series where those things matter. Instead, it’s something you watch to see a freak with severed human heads sewn into his body reciting poetry and arguing that you can’t call it true love unless you kill her. Something you watch to see an artist/samurai struggling to find his “painting-do” and swinging around a brush tied to a katana. Something you watch to have your scenes of period drama grimdarkness counterpointed by a sudden “Onii-chan, baka!” Even the snippet structure actually works, thanks to a masterful directorial work of Hamasaki Hiroshi (Steins;Gate).
8/10 for the style-over-substance show in the best meaning of the word.
Wow, this sure is an experience.
Story: So, our main character Rin had a bad experience with an opposing clan which led to some horrifying moments. She hires a bodyguard named Manji. The goal is to kill everyone who were a part of the clan which killed Rins parents.
The fights are well animated and gory as hell. Well, sometimes they have a very weird camera angles which makes it hard to grasp what is happening on screen.
Characters are okay I guess, Rin most of the time kinda useless which lead her into more and more trouble. Manji is super badass and immortal samurai. He also
has a lot of different weapons. In every fight he loses a limb or two but they grow back. He is a very laid-back person.
Overall I enjoy this show a lot. There is atleast 1 fight per episode. This is more story heavy anime since there is a lot of talking in this show.
This show is just a pure disappointment and garbage, the only somewhat ok episode is the 1st episode, the rest is trash.
Story: The story is about a immortal samurai and a girl whos family was killed by a different dojo. The girl goes looking for the immortal samurai so she can ask for his help to kill the people that killed her family, I thought this was an interesting concept but the show just disappointed me.
Art: The art is trash, once I started watching more and more episodes, I started to hate the art more and more, if you like good animation, then this show
is bad for you since the art is utter garbage.
Sound: I hated the op, it is really annoying and pissed me off if I heard the first 10 seconds of it, and the soundtrack for this show is very disappointing as well.
Character: The main problem with this show is the main female character, it just made watching the show very unpleasant. I thought the immortal samurai was a good character but not the female. She was trying to get revenge for her family, but anytime she saw someone that killed her family, she would hesitate each time, try to reason with them, get them to apologies for what they did and because of that she almost die each time. If it wasn't for the immortal samurai, she would have been dead by ep 2. Also when she had the opportunity to kill them she would just utterly fail.
I wrote a lot of negatives things about this show because I feel the show just wasted my time. It was unpleasant experience watching this show. I recommend never watching this show, you would just be wasting your time.
Blade of the Immortal is a samurai anime that has been blessed by Hiroshi Hamasaki’s fantastic direction. At its core, Blade of the Immortal is a rather simple revenge story, but is elevated by the quirks of both Hamasaki, the director, and the mangaka, Hiroaki Samura.
Hamasaki’s direction of this show is absolutely crucial to its success. He brings such an overwhelmingly nihilistic tone to everything that he works on, and Blade of the Immortal is no exception. The often washed out colour palette, the great shot composition, and the incredible action choreography, all of Hamasaki’s hallmarks are present in this show. The manga is
cruel, but the direction of the anime really brings out the cruel nature of the setting and characters to a whole nother level. You’ll often see horrific things happen to good people, all in the pursuit of selling the tone of the show. I cannot stress how actively Blade of the Immortal puts its tone above all else, it's genuinely difficult not to feel as though you are being sucked into the world that the characters inhabit.
Unlike in other Hamasaki works, his direction of Blade of the Immortal isn’t supposed to necessarily make the viewer feel bad about the awful things that are happening, it’s more so that it revels in it. Blade of the Immortal is very much so, an Ero Guro story. Its violence isn’t strictly focused on horrific sword fights, but is quite often focused on erotic violence. This is what I mean when I say that Blade of the Immortal revels in its violence. It doesn’t try to hide its appeal as an ero guro work, but more so indulges in the many aspects of the artistic genre. Its combination of eroticism and grotesqueness directly feeds into the tone of the show.
The characters in Blade of the Immortal are, for the most part, very good. While Manji may be a decent but flawed main character, it's Rin and the side characters that really steal the show. The best episodes in Blade of the Immortal are the ones in which Manji is either less relevant, or isn’t present at all. My favourite episode at the time of writing this is episode nine. This episode completely focused on Rin and her determination to exact revenge upon those who killed her family. What I like the most about Rin’s character is that, while she is trying to get stronger as a fighter, the show is very aware that it wouldn't be possible for her to get very strong in such a short amount of time. So instead, she is shown to be getting stronger mentally, she has seen so many horrific things since the start of the show, that she has had to change in order to adapt to her surroundings. The villains are all pretty good and are varied to say the least. On one hand you can have a completely irredeemably evil villain like Shira, who is the main source of this show’s erotic violence, and on the other hand you can have a villain like Anotsu, who despite being the one who killed Rin’s father, is very sypathetic and even supports Rin’s journey to exact revenge upon him. An overall very good cast of characters.
Blade of the Immortal may have some issues, in its rather weak main character, simplistic story, poor pacing, and occasional tonal whiplash, but overall, I’ve really enjoyed it.