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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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Manga

Related Series
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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)
Oštrica besmrtnika - samuraj dvanaest sječiva

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Latest Release(s)
v.30 c.206 (end) by HappyScans! (341d ago)
v.30 c.198-205 (v2) by HappyScans! (341d ago)
v.30 c.205 by HappyScans! (353d 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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Average: 8.8 / 10.0 (724 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.71 / 10.0
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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 #442 increased(+24)
Monthly Pos #522 decreased(-71)
3 Month Pos #365 increased(+19)
6 Month Pos #383 increased(+1)

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Blade of the Immortal to End After 19 Years 376 days, 11 hours, 13 minutes ago
latest spoilers 573 days, 5 hours, 24 minutes ago
Tired of Seeing Manji Getting his @ss Kicked 756 days, 8 hours, 20 minutes ago
Blade of the immortal volume 23 24 25 ? 1249 days, 7 hours, 47 minutes ago
Is this still being translated? 1329 days, 21 hours, 25 minutes ago

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best seinen ever!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by freko_frika
September 15th, 2012, 7:00am
at first i thought i wouldnt be interested, thiking it would be your typical samurai manga where the protaganist just fights and fights but the characters have so much depth and the story itself is engaging. you just gotta be patient to read though the chapters since i think it's gonna be a long manga and i aint complainin...;p

plus the romance in this manga beats any shoujo/ josei i've ever read. it's not so obvious that it clouds the action in it but i really do feel their love!

... Last updated on September 15th, 2012, 7:02am
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Takes time but... This is Epic   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by kaidiego
May 12th, 2012, 5:26am
Its really worth it. Its a really good story, but its long and can take some time to get in to.
There is some hints of romance. The main character is a one hell of a bad ass and you will enjoy the fights. The art is superb. I usaly dont care about the art as long as the story is good, but in this manga the art is really something.

... Last updated on July 12th, 2012, 12:30am
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I <3 this manga.   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by GoldenKaos
February 23rd, 2012, 9:59am
I really do. Here's why.

Art: Top notch. The best 'realistic manga' styles I've seen in a while. On par in its own way with Takehiko Inoue's art, who I consider to be King of this style.

Plot: Very interesting. Our leading man, Manji, was given immortality through regeneration, wants to be mortal again, and so decides to kill 1000 bad guys to compensate for the 100 innocents he's killed. Our leading lady, Rin, seeks revenge for the senseless murder or her parents and annihilation of her dojo's sword style by the Ittou-ryou school, and enlists Manji as a bodyguard in order to do this. They proceed to fight members of the Ittou-ryou and come across other factions and individuals with different and/or similar goals and interesting things happen. One great strength is how none of the opposing sides are definitely 'villains'. They all have their individual reasons for doing what they do, and these motivations are what bring them to conflict rather than 'good guy vs bad guy'. The occasional twists are nice too. Fairly simple overall, though the plot is laid out rather basically from the first few chapters.

Characters: Fantastic. As I mentioned before, one of the strengths is that very few of these characters are definitely 'good guys' or 'bad guys'. There are a few exceptions of course, and they are dealt with accordingly. The character interactions are always good, a surprising number of romances/couples as well. One small criticism about Manji is that he barely changes, though this serves as a foil to Rin's development and possibly serves to remind us of his immortal and unchanging body. The fact that the main antagonists (almost all of them really) are characters you get to know rather intimately is a good way of making sure that you don't see them as black and while bad/good guys. Which is one of the themes of the manga, it's not a mindless killy killy samurai manga, it has heart. Rin's struggles over her quest for revenge, Manji's reluctance to define who is 'evil' so he can kill a thousand evil men as well as the overlaying theme of forgiveness, redemption and all that good stuff.
This isn't a macho-fest full of dudes playing with swords while the girls bandage them up afterwards, by the way. Arguably the strongest fighter in the manga is female, there are several strong female characters and fighters, and the point at which Rin springs Manji from jail is one of my favourite moments in manga.

Battles: Top Notch. Beautifully drawn, certainly gets better the further in and even the fact that Manji is an immortal doesn't retract from the tension. His immortality is not a Super-Sayian-like invincibility booster, there are still ways to kill him, disable him and defeat him, but the regeneration makes it a lot more work than it would have been. It certainly isn't a 'seen one swordfight, seen them all' scenario either, there are a diverse cast of warriors each with different styles and often completely varied (and often fictional) weapons, and this leads to a battle manga that stays fresh.

Offpoint: One common criticism is that Manji relies to heavily on his regeneration and not his actual skill. I'd like to point out that in battle, your basic reaction and the way you move ultimately stems from your instinctive fear of death. Manji still feels pain, but he doesn't really have a life-or-death reason to block a sword thrust to the gut anymore, I would argue that his regenerative abilities have pampered him and made hims somewhat soft - and that this is why he takes so many hits when he's supposed to be skilled.

And a little warning.

Maturity/gore: This is a seinen for a reason. The fact that it's a samurai manga should be caution enough, much heads being lopped off, dismembered limbs, geysers of blood (though not to the point of ridiculousness) and later, it gets worse. There's this one character who is definitely one of the 100% evil characters. He rapes girls while cutting them up and you get to see this. There is also a prolonged rape/interrogation of one of the characters, and an arc more or less given over to chopping people up for experiments. This is generally handled much better and is not as bad as some other seinen (Wolf Guy, Hellsing, Freezing, Berserk to name a few) but if you really, really don't want to go through these scenes, don't begin reading.

Overall one of my favourite and most well-balanced manga I've read, once I've finished it, I'll go take a gander at some of the mangaka's other work.

... Last updated on July 19th, 2012, 7:30am
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really good   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by cobalt_rain
January 9th, 2012, 12:17am
characters- 100% i love all the characters, especially the leads. male and females are both incredibly strong. not so much Rin at first but she gets really good and she is a really likeable girl. I love Manji as well he is a perfect male lead in my opinion. I love to hate some of the bad guys, and just plain love the others.

Plot- Very action packed, samurai honor based stuff, but it is really good. Actually one of the arks in this manga is the best ark I have ever read in any manga ever. And the climax of it had me totally bouncing in my seat. It's very interesting and not to hard to follow if you don't pay attention to some needless details. But it is very mature, there are a lot of dark, twisted, and cruel scenes.

Action-Absolutely Killer! in a lot of the action scenes it was so fluid i just clicked through the pages really fast without reading the dialog (such as "i'm going to kill you"). it was like watching an anime. But it can be really gruesome not for the faint of heart.

Romance-

it really is there, it isn't something some fan girls made up.But it really develops later in the story. Their relationship is that of two people who care about each other more than anything else in the world. Like, if Rin gets attacked Manji goes berserk. And Rin is so blatantly in love with Manji it's adorable she goes through a lot to protect him even though he is immortal. There isn't anything really physical between them yet (except for a kiss while Manji was sleeping), but they don't have time to be perusing romantic interests because of all the violent, scary, life threatening things they have to deal with. basically their relationship transcends that of bodyguard and employer, friends or even lovers. They are this incredible pair, with bonds so strong and destinies so interwoven that normal shoujo-ish relationships seem petty and bland. Basically the romance is off the charts when it come to how much they love one another, but you only get to see glimpses. It is very subtle and not the main point of the story at all. However every hint and wink is real and is fully appreciated. people who really understand what love and romance is would think this is enough.

... Last updated on January 9th, 2012, 12:19am
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Art of gore   
Rating: 6.5 / 10.0
by kasekimizu
October 31st, 2011, 4:26pm
The art of this series is the one outstanding element that can't be criticized. Pencil-thin lines coupled with good figure drawing technique shows off the artistic training and basic drawing fundamentals the mangaka possesses. The premise of the story is also interesting. But in recalling this work, the similarities between this and a piece of Tarantino work could not be denied. Except the dialogue sadly cannot measure up.
The fights are interesting at first, but the weapons get more ludicrous and the reasons for fighting get more shallow as the series progresses. There's little entertainment to be had as the characters seem bent on mutual destruction with little to no self-reflection or thought of any deeper purpose to the fighting. In fact, the presence of the immortal Manji seems to catalyze the whole blood-bath to higher levels of pointlessness. Characters seem to become less cognizant of their own mortality.
Characterization also gets thrown to the wind because as quickly as someone gets introduced you expect them to become dead or maimed not too long after. The main characters also lose some of their allure in the process. Rin never stops being annoying, Manji never stops being the sloppy fighter that relies on his immortality. Probably the only reason Anotsu remains interesting is due to lack of exposure, and villains are more interesting by nature.
That brings me to the central conflict, which is where is the conflict? We started with a revenge plot but Rin seems less and less focused on that. There is the plot of itto-ryu versus the shogunate which gets far too much face-time when we don't even have a side to root for! They're both BAD GUYS. In addition, the parties of interest seem to have more coincidences/bad luck/good luck/horrendous decisions than absolutely necessary, even in a manga. Habaki lies there comatose, guilty of horrible human experimentation and you don't kill him? Even if you've never read a book, watched tv or movies, you know that one will bite you in the ass.
In summary, the plot is fraying into tatters, the characters mostly present as fodder, the dialogue borders on inane, but the art is unique. Please have somebody collaborate on a manga with this guy.
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Interesting   
Rating: N/A
by reina q
September 3rd, 2011, 5:24pm
This manga really does have amazing artwork, and the story and characters are pretty strong. Shocking things happen one after another, and when violence comes in, be ready to actually watch the scenes.

Sometimes though, the violence and sexual battering in here makes me want to retch, but it still adds to the story. Sometimes the attitudes and beliefs of the main characters can be frustrating; they can't tolerate weakness in anyone. And Rin's revenge slowly becomes more of an "oh yeah, I forgot about Anotsu", kind of thing. Still, I really recommend this to anyone looking for a good violent samurai seinen.
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beautiful destruction   
Rating: 9.7 / 10.0
by whitespade
August 8th, 2011, 3:03am
the art is one that you rarely see in the manga medium. realistic and rough, it made the constant decapitation enjoyable. the characters have depth and we will hate/love/sympathised/demonize them as how the authors (presumably) wishes. the plot is easy to follow though took quite a while to state its point.

i find the official translation enjoyable, and the scantalation is also good though the transition may be a bit jarring. very recommended based on the art alone and the story is additional plus.
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Blade of the Awesome   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by ThePoneRanger
March 27th, 2011, 6:50pm
This is a fantastic book right here; it is definitely in my top 10. The artwork is some of the best you will ever see in the manga medium, to the point of transcending the comic genre altogether. Berzerk, Bastard!! (new style volumes), Kurozuka: these are the sort of series that are of comparable caliber, artwork-wise. I have in my library only one mangaka's artbook: The Art of Blade of the Immortal by Hiroaki Samura.
The world of Mugen no Juunin is dirty, it is gritty, it is bloody, it is punctuated by fleeting moments of excrutiating beauty. It is a world torn by the death throes of one era and the rise of a new one.
If you have not picked up this series yet, then I am pretty g.d. stoked for you my friend, because you are in for a treat.
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? translation   
Rating: N/A
by Aikanaro
September 23rd, 2010, 5:17am
Edit2: Apparently I am wrong, and the characters are all meant to be sounding like modern street punks. They do still sound like outcasts from 80s American cop movies, but I guess that's more justified.

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So I've only read one volume so far, but ... fuck this translation. It's terrible. They're in Japan of a few hundred years ago. Why do they all sound like they're from some 80s American cop movie? 'Darling', 'pal', 'buddy' ... these are not the words that samurai use! So yeah - if there's some other translation other than the Dark Horse one, you might want to try that. I'm having a lot of trouble getting my brain around the ridiculous anachronistic speech.

Other than that, so far it shows no promise, but I'll give it the benefit of the doubt - the guy wrote Bradherley's Coach, after all.

Edit:
Alright, well, that was an enjoyable way to spend an evening. The translation remains stupid throughout, but it bothered me less as it went. I'm not sure if it's meant to be as light a story as it is or whether that's also the translation's fault, but it is fairly upbeat reading. Even the rape and torture stuff didn't make any strong impact on that.

Well, anyway, I wouldn't strongly recommend it, but if you feel like samurai-wandering-around-killing-people it's probably a good choice.

... Last updated on November 2nd, 2010, 1:14am
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the plot seems to be lost somewhere .....   
Rating: N/A
by urumi
June 6th, 2010, 7:01pm
its a lovely manga, great points to the art, very creative and unique, the storyline is rather compelling even if you think its a bit cliche.
i got hooked on the series, however as it goes on the main plot seems to have become skewed, the female lead is meant to be looking for justice from her parents killer and she hires manji to kill the leader of the itto ryu. maji the immortal warrior who is trying to remove his immortality by killing a thousand warriors. a simple storyline it would seem but its become rather convoluted, numerous sub plots have been included and now the girl no longer seems to seek revenge on her father's killer and is just pursuing him all over the country.
its getting rather stupid and i'm beginning to loose interest to
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