Mugen no Juunin
Blade of the Immortal
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Mugen no Juunin

Alternative Titles

Synonyms: Inhabitant of Infinity
Japanese: 無限の住人
English: Blade of the Immortal
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Information

Type: Manga
Volumes: 30
Chapters: 207
Status: Finished
Published: Jun 25, 1993 to Dec 25, 2012
Genres: Action Action, Adventure Adventure, Drama Drama, Supernatural Supernatural
Themes: Historical Historical, Martial Arts Martial Arts, Samurai Samurai
Demographic: Seinen Seinen
Serialization: Afternoon
Authors: Samura, Hiroaki (Story & Art)

Statistics

Score: 8.421 (scored by 1905219,052 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #2052
2 based on the top manga page. Please note that 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #186
Members: 82,251
Favorites: 3,041

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Volumes: /30
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Synopsis

Manji is an infamous swordsman in feudal Japan who is known as the "Hundred Man Killer," as he has killed one hundred innocent men. However, there is something far more frightening than his ominous reputation: the fact that he is immortal. This is the handiwork of eight-hundred-year-old nun Yaobikuni, who placed bloodworms capable of healing almost any wound in Manji's body.

To atone for his crimes, Manji resolves to kill one thousand evil men. Yaobikuni agrees to this proposal, saying that if he succeeds, she will undo his curse of immortality. Soon after this promise, Manji meets Rin Asano, a 16-year-old girl who requests Manji's assistance in killing those who slaughtered her parents.

Initially reluctant, Manji refuses Rin's desperate plea. However, owing to her evident lack of strength, Manji changes his mind and agrees to protect Rin for four years. With this partnership set in stone, the two embark on a perilous journey of bloodshed, vengeance, and redemption, each to fulfill their own life's cause.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]


Note: Originally published with 219 chapters, which were then recollected into 207 chapters in the tankoubons. Please do not change the chapter count.

Background

Mugen no Juunin won the Excellence Prize at the Japan Media Arts Festival in 1997.

The series was published in English by Dark Horse Comics as Blade of the Immortal in 31 volumes from March 1, 1997 to April 1, 2015. The release featured the unusual method of cutting out and rearranging panels, which was done so to have the series read left to right while still appealing to Hiroaki Samura's request of not flipping the pages. The series was first released in monthly comics issues from June 1, 1996 to November 14, 2007 but was stopped after 131 issues. Dark Horse has been republishing the series in 3-in-1 omnibuses since January 10, 2017. The final omnibus will contain the novel Blade of the Immortal: Legend of the Sword Demon. The series has also been published in Brazilian Portuguese by Jbc in a 2-in-1 edition since December 2015.

Characters

Hyakurin
Supporting
Shira
Supporting
Giichi
Supporting
Yoshino, Doa
Supporting
Habaki, Kagimura
Supporting

Reviews

Mar 24, 2024
Even from the perspective of somebody who has negative interest for feudal Japan and actively tries to stay away from stories in that time period, Mugen no Juunin offers a much more contemporary approach to the typical honor-bound samurai/warrior idea. At first, the series seems unassuming and slow, but given enough time and it pays you in spades with it's glorious and compelling back-to-back character arcs, starting and resolving all right next to each other. The aid of the world-building surrounding these arcs as well as the ever-looming main story arc of Rin's revenge eventually ties everything into one *very* neat knot, which is just ...
Mar 5, 2023
I am not a samurai fan , and therefore i can clearly say , it’s one of the most amazing work i have ever read :

-art style : it’s so simplistic and yet so impactful , it make the battle so clear i love it 9.5/10
-characters : there is no good , but only bad people and scum here , each one of their story is well written , so well , that sometimes you dont’ want to return on the main characters timeline ( and they are good) the chara design is absolutely god tier 10/10
-story : you won’t be bored , ...
Apr 19, 2024
Preliminary (41/207 eps)
Spoiler
You can't have a competent story with a horribly written protagonist.

Manji isn't the main character. His goal isn't the focus. Manji's goal isn't even worth mentioning. He'll complain and moan, but go along with some dumb girl and accidentally flirt with her because he's an unambitious hobo that stopped putting effort into fights due to being carried by immortality. At least he's honest about being a bloodthirsty adrenaline junkie gremlin. Despite being an immortal who's literally claimed to have met a ton of idiots like Rin before and turn them down, he warms up to Rin by projecting his dead sister on her. He ...

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