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Mugen no Juunin  
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Description
"To end his eternal suffering, he must slay one thousand enemies!" Manji, a ronin warrior of feudal Japan, has been cursed with immortality. To rid himself of this curse and end his life of misery, he must slay one thousand evil men! His quest begins when a young girl seeks his help in taking revenge on her parents' killers... and his quest won't end until the blood of a thousand has spilled!

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Associated Names
無限の住人
無限之住人
Blade of the Immortal
L'Habitant de l'infini (French)
Oötrica besmrtnika - samuraj dvanaest sječiva

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Latest Release(s)
v.30 c.206 (end) by HappyScans! (348d ago)
v.30 c.198-205 (v2) by HappyScans! (348d ago)
v.30 c.205 by HappyScans! (360d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
30 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
Yes

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1
Ends at Vol 6, Chap 24

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7 topics, 51 posts
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Average: 8.8 / 10.0 (725 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.71 / 10.0
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Last Updated
February 23rd 2014, 5:46pm PST

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Year
1993

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Serialized In (magazine)
Afternoon (Kodansha)

Licensed (in English)
Yes

English Publisher
Dark Horse (25 Volumes - Ongoing)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #428 increased(+37)
Monthly Pos #504 decreased(-53)
3 Month Pos #374 increased(+10)
6 Month Pos #381 increased(+3)

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On 2224 reading lists
On 1415 wish lists
On 531 completed lists
On 131 unfinished lists
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Blade of the Immortal to End After 19 Years 383 days, 1 hours, 37 minutes ago
latest spoilers 579 days, 19 hours, 48 minutes ago
Tired of Seeing Manji Getting his @ss Kicked 762 days, 22 hours, 44 minutes ago
Blade of the immortal volume 23 24 25 ? 1255 days, 22 hours, 11 minutes ago
Is this still being translated? 1336 days, 11 hours, 49 minutes ago

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One of top 10 for me   
Rating: N/A
by sUnDeAl
January 5th, 2014, 6:43pm
This manga is really good :

- great combat scenes, with a HIGH sense of body movements.

- drawings as realistic as I like them.

- great character design, with both graphically interesting characters (and weapons as much as you should ever want) and equally interesting personalities. The main ~20 characters are figured out.

- a great scenario, with an appropriate sens of flow (I mean I have the feeling the scenes are given the right amount of pages) and a significance for the characters how have been presented.


This manga is worth re-reading at several aspects.
I really don't see anything lacking in it. I consider it being a masterpiece.
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A heavily flawed masterpiece   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by Fundefined
November 19th, 2013, 11:45pm
The biggest flaw with Blade of the Immortal is that its very apparent that the author got bored with his story and had no clear plan as to how it would unfold. Out of the numerous characters that show up, there really aren't too many that stand out story wise. The story's original premise is discarded pretty early and too many arcs feel pieced together rather than leading to an overarching point or theme. Even the setting itself isn't fully explored because, as he reveals in the book's commentaries, he honestly isn't that much a fan of historical period pieces. There should have been much more of a universe to this long story that is never fully expanded on.

With that said, the art is simply breathtaking, if inconsistent. Like the story, the author gets bored of certain aspects and changes things without planning, such as the death murals going away. When Samura is at his best, when he's drawing a character he clearly enjoys to draw like Makie; his attention to detailed poses and motion is unparalleled. But when he's drawing yet another Manji vs. mook fight, he tends to slip up. But even his lazier art is better than most's full efforts. At times, it feels he invents new characters just because he wanted to draw something fresh. Or worse, he invents out of place scenes so that he can blatantly draw his various fetishes.

Blade of the Immortal was Samura Hiroaki's first work and it really shows in artwork and especially his storytelling. You see a maturation process happening but also spikes of disinterest in his own work. He was able to gut it out to a mostly satisfying conclusion but reading it as a whole provides a very uneven experience. Fights are sometimes spectacular and sometimes mundane. Characters sometimes drastically change or stagnate without proper setup. But Blade of the Immortal's high point are high enough to consider it a masterpiece.

... Last updated on November 20th, 2013, 1:54am
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Dropped for now   
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by PZcolo
October 2nd, 2013, 2:25pm
Volumes 13 and 14 completely put me off and I lost all interest in this one. When a mangaka contradicts all the story and character development and the only explanation he can give the reader is a globe in the head of the main char saying "I don't know why I'm doing this" that destroys the whole story for me, the previous volumes lost sense and a story based on that crap can't be good.
May be wrong and I may retake this in the future, I actually waited for it to finish to start reading it after all, but right now it's just crap in my eyes.
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Took A long time to finish it!   
Rating: N/A
by little1213star
September 20th, 2013, 8:27pm
But god was it worth it!
Blood, gore, humor, action, adventure, romance (A little bit/I'd rather say fluff), it's a mix of many genre to will seduce many readers.
This manga kept me on edge and I always wanted more and more and more!
So when it recently finish, my heart broke into many pieces, even if I was "somewhat" satisfied by the ending (Damn it, that ending -_-!).
I would have wished it continued forever but we all know it's impossible.
Anyways, the plot is uniquely crafted, as they're are many emotional conflict in it by the lead female character! Manji and her have a relationship that just grows, lots of characters evolution.
Anyways, it's an amazing read and I highly recommended like most who have reviewed this manga.
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In my top 5   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by willmcgowan85
August 15th, 2013, 8:14pm
Such a unique story. The aspect of Manji being immortal is only a small aspect of the overall concept. With some modifications where the immortality didn't exist in this world, it would still be a great story. It is amazing how the concept of good and evil just does not exist. There are many people/groups that are clearly evil, but as for the good guys, there were no major characters that were truly pure and innocent, which is the best aspect of the manga.

I highly recommend this series to anyone that can handle the maturity (lot of good gore, sexual assault) with a little bit of tragedy.

Category Ratings:
  • Plot/Story: 9 - Most of it was excellent with some small sections that just seemed like they did not fit
  • Characters: 11 - So many different characters each with their own unique personality. Even the extreme type characters felt real.
  • Ending: 9.5 - The ending was good and well balanced emotion wise. Not super happy but not super tragic either, and definitely not rushed.
  • Target Genres: 10 - Loved the fight scenes, well balanced drama, deserves the mature tag without feeling like it was forced or deeply disturbing.
  • Lasting impression: 11 - The art was amazing from start to finish, I loved all the different weapons and the explanations at the end of some volumes was an added bonus. There will be some characters that I will remember for a very long time.
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My thoughts :]   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by taeny_ss
June 5th, 2013, 11:41pm
THE ART: The art is amazing. Moving on.

THE CHARACTERS:
        So I had a bunch of time to kill, and I read several of the other comments. I'm going to refute a couple of the statements because I'm just a speshul snowflake that way. /shot Honestly, I thought the characters & the characterization was brilliant.
        First off, Manji. It's true. He's weak, at least in comparison to other characters we have seen in shounen/seinen manga. Compared to other protagonists we have seen, and compared even to the antagonists of this story, he's so weak it makes everyone cringe. However, his weakness is the whole point. His immortality doesn't necessarily aid him, making up for his lack in skill. It hampers his fights, as he has grown overly dependent on it over the years. (He complains about this in like chapter 10) It would definitely have made for a more interesting story action-wise if Manji had eventually learned to conquer his immortality. Yet he doesn't, at least not truly. And I think that's great. He grew dependent on his immortality for a reason. His immortality is there, it's useful, it's fantastic, who wouldn't use it? He has lost the sense of danger, the panic of risking his life. That's not something that can be recovered all that easily for someone who's immortal.
        Now Rin. She annoyed me at first. She was one of those chicks, one of the characters who have some sort of goal but are either too "good" or too "fragile" (or a combination of both) to fulfill it. One of the characters who whine and/or run off alone, getting the protagonists in trouble. Occasionally the character who opposes the inner omgdarkness in the male protagonist, prohibiting him from murdering the antagonists. And Rin really was/is like that. But she grows. She develops as a character and as a person. If I'm not totally high, Rin kills people herself (kinda). Several people. The scene when Rin
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runs off to find Anotsu because she just "has a feeling he won't kill her if she's alone"
seriously made me want to shoot myself. However, Samura made it work. Before she runs off without Manji, she's grown psychologically and suffered substantially. Yet it's honestly during the alone-time when Rin starts to actually grow noticeably, to morph into a dependable character.
        Now for the "antagonists". Yes, it's true that a lot of people may not like reading about the antagonists. And some of the antagonists, like that experimenting guy, made me want to vomit and kill them and vomit all over again. But then there were the antagonists like Anotsu, who had his own logical, if a little awkward, agendas and personal dilemmas. There were the antagonists like the father who had helped to kill Rin's mother, who was leading a new life as a benevolent craft artist. The men who felt bad for what they had done, but who were willing to do almost anything to keep their nice reputations in front of those they loved.

THE PLOT:
        The plot was brilliant. There were definitely several times when I was bored out of my mind, but the utter perfection of later/earlier chapters that made everything click kept me entranced. Aaaand I'm going to stop my rambling because I'm just lazy that way.

THE ENDING:
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It seems like a lot of people don't like the ending, but I loved it to death. It wasn't flawless, but it had its moments of sheer greatness. The whole loop thing (Granny say: "take care of dis kid kthxbi") was a tiny bit awkward, but it brought a smile to my face all the same. In a way, it was giving Manji a motivation(?) to keep living, something to do for a small fragment of his potentially very long life. Also, I loved that one quote. And I'm not going to bother digging the quote up, but it was how the era had changed so much and how everything one of the antagonists had lived for had now been reduced to sheer nothing. That quote was perfection right there.

THE ROMANCE:
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The one thing I hated was what Rin said. (Rin say: "omg I b2 strong now Manji need weak girl") Dammit, girl. The romance was there, and you just throw it away thinking it's impossible because you actually have some backbone now? Like that makes total sense.


OVERALL:
        I'm tired, but I loved this story. So yeahhhh. <3

... Last updated on June 5th, 2013, 11:45pm
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i give this a 10 just because Shira   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Doomroar
May 23rd, 2013, 3:24pm
He was one of the greatest antagonist i have meet, i hate him so much, that i began to like that bastard, so goddamn badass and relentless, his words and that dead, even if the rest of the manga starts going downhill without him, his presence alone puts the numbers in this! an embodiment from the moment he appeared to the moment he departed! i will miss him.
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hurm   
Rating: 4.0 / 10.0
by TaoPaiPai
May 19th, 2013, 6:27am
Started out with lots of action and an overarching story with a revenge motive
nice and easy to like MC with her bodyguard
then something happened
lots of pointless characters gets thrown in our face just so that we can see them die,raped or get mamed in various fun ways
bones,flesh, clothes and armor is basically not working properly...things fly all over the place like its fruit or jelly they attack
no time is put into developing the story and making it belivable at this point
its now a splatter movie
then it just ends after some long boring speaches that as usualy makes little to no sense in a westeners ears[about as moronic as vagabonds long monologues at this point]
and
happyscans and co.s odd translations does not make it any easier

the whole last chapter is perhaps the worst of them all
should have ended with Manji walking out of edo
[so that we ourselves could fill in what happened later...now we got something that was shit instead]
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Samurai story with worms   
Rating: 8.5 / 10.0
by You Say
February 24th, 2013, 3:07am
Mugen no Juunin came to its end. Samura Hiroaki managed to create great piece of art, so itís not such a bad idea to recall this long and magnificent journey. I re-read whole thing (again) and decided to write some thoughts about different story arcs (possibly with no actual spoilers) because Samura changes not only "mood" and "feel" from arc to arc but even "storytelling" to some point and to be completely honest, even quality of arc differs. Still, I wouldn't dare to forget that it's overall "result" what matters and I can tell you right away that Mugen no Juunin is great read.

Introduction Arc - As expected, here Samura introduces basic storyline, characters, their motivations, pasts and relationships. It's not surprising that this is the weakest part of whole story. Oneshot stories where only point is to kill whoever is the villain at the moment. It works fine as introduction but I remember asking myself years ago if this is really that "great and mature manga" which my friend recommended to me. Luckily enough the last part of this arc improves exponentially and sets up fluent pass to the next part.

Mugai-ryuu Arc - Here things finally starts to be good. Here comes the true genius of Samura Hiroaki's storytelling. While first arc served for introduction of characters, their beliefs, motivations and desires, this one starts moving plot forward. New characters are fleshed out quite finely. As I was reading this arc I could finally tell that this is that great manga I was expecting. In first arc action wasn't anything special. You just got one nice conclusive picture but in this part Samura demonstrates how good action he can draw. And he gets even better with time.

Aftermath Arc - This serves as a little breather before things start to get complicated again. Samura portrays several characters and path which everyone takes. It's actually really good part of the story and it definitely isn't unnecessary. It's not really that different from previous arc.

Prison Arc - Here we go. Some say that this arc is perfection in its pure form and some say that this arc is incredibly boring and slow as hell. To be honest, I like this arc but I have to admit reading it chapter after chapter while waiting whole month(s) for another is really pain. But once you can read it as a whole itís great. Samura shifts his storytelling into diary-like story flow. Nothing is rushed, author is taking his time to fully flesh out characters, plot, goal, point and meaning. Also a lot of set up for last arc is being done here.

War in wintertime - The last part. Every set up which was done is used here to its fullest. This story arc is gruesome, brutal, action-packed and fast yet pretty moving at times. Characters beliefs have their final clash here as they take weapons. The death is omnipresent. Great end for a great story.

To be honest, Mugen no Juunin isnít perfect series. It has its flaws. Yeah, I never really liked Rin as a character. At start I disliked her, later on I just started to ignore her. Manji on the other hand is pretty fine character. The art is rough and simply great.
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Best action manga ever   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Gargamuza
January 1st, 2013, 3:12am
Hiroaki Samura has written one of the finest manga ever. His art and ability to display action is unmatched, and no one has been able to craft so many engaging, complex characters (that end up stealing protagonism from the main characters). It's a shame that it ended, but it does so in such an amazing way that does this flawless title justice. A must read for everyone.
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