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Blade of the Immortal

Alternative Titles

English: Blade of the Immortal
Synonyms: Mugen no Juunin, Inhabitant of Infinity
Japanese: 無限の住人

Information

Type: Manga
Volumes: 30
Chapters: 207
Status: Finished
Published: Jun 25, 1993 to Dec 25, 2012
Genres: ActionAction, AdventureAdventure, DramaDrama, HistoricalHistorical, Martial ArtsMartial Arts, SamuraiSamurai, SupernaturalSupernatural, SeinenSeinen
Authors: Samura, Hiroaki (Story & Art)
Serialization: Afternoon

Statistics

Score: 8.441 (scored by 1262112,621 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #1402
2 based on the top manga page. Please note that 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #179
Members: 45,598
Favorites: 2,355
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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.

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More reviewsReviews

Dec 28, 2014
ClownOnACloud (All reviews)
“I just want you to know one thing...I may be the one facing them. I may be the one cutting them down. The one who stands on their graves. But you will be the one that kills them.”

There are a great many stories that revolve around the concept of revenge. A great many writers have written a great many tales about revenge, each expressing their own sentiments towards the topic. Some glorify it, others ridicule it as a fool’s quest and others tell a more sympathetic story. Blade of the Immortal however simply tells it how it is, at no point is the author read more
Nov 25, 2019
snowhytetan (All reviews)
I'll start with putting it bluntly-
Blade is an Action packed Samurai Manga with gorgeous Art & cool ideas relative to its setting.
So read it ONLY if you find that appealing.

Let's talk in detail now:

An impressive & also one of best things about it, which made it feel like a rich Samurai tale taking place in Edo Period of Japan, is how the story goes to so many different locations & explores quite good amount of concepts relative to that kind of setting. You can very easily notice that this manga has plenty of these little things & ideas which are a bit advanced read more
Aug 30, 2018
Joe_Med (All reviews)
TL DR; If you can bear gore this one is a must read
(I would recommend listening to "sowulo - SOL (2016) album" with your reading for full experience (fits with it like key and lock) )

story 10/10
I won't tell anything about the story so rest assured.

A Gory samurai age story as the cover implies (as the most of this genre) but:

1- with a bit of science fiction and some medical knowledge.
2- many arcs not long few boring ones
3-many characters so you are not only following a single protagonist but multiple characters so you not get bored
(and easy to follow don't read more
Sep 1, 2015
Nervin (All reviews)
Revenge is a topic a lot of philosophers have dwelled on, all with their own view on the topic. Of course not only philosophers thought about this subject: revenge is a common topic in mangas too, even readers themselves may have certainly thought on taking revenge in certain occasions; Blade of the Immortal is no different, though it certainly revolves around it, this manga has in fact much more to offer, allowing the reader to dwell on the topic of revenge, while at the same time enjoying the storyline, the engaging characters and the impressive art style. Sounds promising and well, but why was it read more

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