Manji is an amoral 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 then 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.
I will start by saying that, having read the manga, I was very excited when I heard that there was going to be an anime adaptation, and I had high hopes/expectations for it. It is possible that my review will be biased in that regard. That being said, I'll begin my review.
Art: The art was, in my opinion, not bad. The character designs were true to the manga, I didn't notice any particularly huge problems with inappropriate scenery or just general sloppiness. However, this anime was based on a very violent, sword-fight laden manga, but there were few fights scenes to get overly excited about. The fight scenes that were shown were brief and unsatisfying. For example, if Manji is fighting someone, the beginning of the fight will be shown, then they'll either switch to another character who is watching the battle or even to someone completed unrelated to the current battle. Then suddenly, oh! there's the end of the battle. It was completely unsatisfying. The gore was toned down tenfold.
Sound: This was by far the worst part of the anime. If you like the opening theme, you'll love the sound. But whoever sings this song, her voice just grinds the gears in my head. And you'll hear her pipe up at the most random and inappropriate times. Sad? You'll hear her. Happy? Sounds the same as sad.
Character: Overall character development, I'd say was average. Despite reading the manga, I didn't leave this show feeling super connected to any of the characters. There was room for improvement, but it really could have been worse too. I noticed a couple moments that were glaringly out of character from the manga, but I tried to give some leeway.
Enjoyment: It was slow. There were times when I could have easily fast-forwarded several parts and not have missed any plot. One would think that by the twelfth episode, the penultimate episode, some sense of suspense would be building, or at least some problem that could feasibly end the series and/or set up a second season. Nooooope. Episode twelve left me with little desire to see the last episode. The slowness combined with the hideously poor sound and mediocre characters left me with little satisfaction at the end of this series.
Overall: If you haven't read the manga, you may enjoy this series. It is my opinion that if you were a fan of the manga, you should avoid this entirely. Seriously, you won't laugh at how bad it is--it'll just make you sad. It made me sad. So very sad.read more
I should start off by saying that this anime is great. It has involved characters, a solid plot, and wonderful art. But watching this show would be a horrible mistake. The manga surpasses it in every way, and watching Blade of the Immortal will do nothing but spoil the plot.
It's evident that a lot of time and effort was put into doing the manga justice. However, the nuances and subtleties which make Samura's work so great are simply not suited for anime. The mangaka himself was originally against animating Blade of the Immortal. I can't imagine why he changed his mind; it was clearly a mistake.
In many ways, this anime felt like a slideshow of the manga with music thrown in at the last minute. As can be expected when over 20 volumes are compressed into 13 episodes, the plotline was rushed, and character development was mostly left out. I'd write more about the high points of the anime (because there are plenty), but frankly, they can all be found in the original.
Though a lot of long-time BotI fans are insulted by this adaptation, personally, I enjoy it. I plan to watch it again before I get the next volume of the manga, as a quick recap of the story. It's nice as a summary, but in no way can it take the place of the original.read more
Yes, I have only just watched the first episode, I know that normally I would have no right in the least to write a review, but this is a special case. It is special because Blade of the Immortal is by far my favorite manga (sorry Berserk), period. When I first turned a friend onto the manga, he said to me, "Wow, thy could never make this into an anmie." He was right. From the wonderful sketched art (that has not been recreated in the anime) to the believable relationships amid complete madness (which I can already see are going to be screwed by the show) this manga truly stands apart. Now, I have to say for any other show, I would say it's very good. Very good art, cool fighting, badass characters, etc. However, these do not stand up in the least to the manga. In fact, I take it as an insult. The wonderful original story that acquaints us with our colorful cast of characters and intermingled relationships is thrown in favor of a super sped up plot to make it all fit in a series. Not acceptable. Second, the music absolutely sucks. An adaptation of such breath taking manga deserves music that chills and thrills and knows how to rock (I'm looking at you Kuroi Sabato). Instead, I'm handed some second rate synthesized crap that belongs in a much lesser plot. Another thing, where's the ultra violence?! The manga is filled with absolutely astonishing, beautiful, and creative violence. Stuff that really makes one cringe. In a good way. Instead the best parts are cut out to make it tv safe. And what's the deal with Manji's attitude? He's not nearly gruff enough. Who chose his voice actor, Who?! I'm telling you, he needs a raspy voice like the great Nakata Jouji. If they had used him I might be able to overlook the other stuff. Well, maybe I will change my mind as I watch on; but I doubt it. Read the manga, please, it's genius, by comparison this is a serious degradation of a work of art.
Blade of the Immortal. By first glance at the title, you'd think that the show would be pretty cool, but unfortunately after 1 episode you would be immensely disappointed.
Blade of the Immortal follows the story of a guy named Manji. Manji is a samurai who is known to have killed over 100 men and lived to tell the tale. To put it simply, he's immortal. In the beginning, a girl named Rin hires Manji as her bodyguard as she travels to get revenge on the people who killed her family. The overall basis of the story isn't all that bad, but everything else makes it worse.
Animation - When trying to stay positive, the animation isn't all that bad. I've seen worse. However, most of it looks the same (shows/villages) and overall creates a rather boring show.
Sound - Terrible. The sound is usually out of place and otherwise just bad. The OP and ED themes are horrible as well IMO. Most of the time there really isn't a lot of background music worth paying attention to other than some weird music that is played when something dramatic happens.
Character - 7 episodes into it and we know little on our main characters. We know obvious traits they possess, but some more background would be nice. There hasn't been many other recurring characters worth mentioning or even paying attention to anyway.
Enjoyment - I was looking forward to this since I saw the manga was so highly praised, but the anime version is a big disappointment. Overall, don't waste your time and just check out the manga if you wanna check out this series. I'm sure the manga is better because there aren't many things that could be worse than this anime as a whole. read more
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