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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!

Type
Manga

Related Series
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Associated Names
無限の住人
無限之住人
Blade - A Lâmina do Imortal (Brazilian Portuguese)
Blade of the Immortal
L'Habitant de l'infini (French)
Miecz Nieśmiertelnego (Polish)
Oötrica besmrtnika - samuraj dvanaest sječiva

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Latest Release(s)
v.30 c.206 (end) by HappyScans! (563d ago)
v.30 c.198-205 (v2) by HappyScans! (563d ago)
v.30 c.205 by HappyScans! (575d 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

User Reviews

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7 topics, 51 posts
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User Rating
Average: 8.8 / 10.0 (755 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.71 / 10.0
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Last Updated
October 30th 2014, 3:20pm PST

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Year
1993

Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Afternoon (Kodansha)

Licensed (in English)
Yes

English Publisher
Dark Horse (30 Volumes)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #355 increased(+104)
Monthly Pos #449 increased(+11)
3 Month Pos #462 decreased(-13)
6 Month Pos #440 decreased(-33)

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On 2247 reading lists
On 1466 wish lists
On 631 completed lists
On 140 unfinished lists
On 422 custom lists

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Forum Posts
Blade of the Immortal to End After 19 Years 598 days, 8 hours, 21 minutes ago
latest spoilers 795 days, 2 hours, 32 minutes ago
Tired of Seeing Manji Getting his @ss Kicked 978 days, 5 hours, 28 minutes ago
Blade of the immortal volume 23 24 25 ? 1471 days, 4 hours, 55 minutes ago
Is this still being translated? 1551 days, 18 hours, 33 minutes ago

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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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just finished the manga. the ending is a bit of a let down, but i do understand this manga is not that kind of manga. oh well, i would love the new adventure with the kid.

... Last updated on June 11th, 2014, 12:41pm
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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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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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Good Read   
Rating: N/A
by klamz
April 26th, 2009, 2:25pm
Truly an interesting manga to read, I had to marathon it since the pace was just right and I couldnt find a place to leave off! But the only thing I didnt enjoy is how the main char only wins fights by getting stabbed, sliced, and chopped up. They need to show off his abilities more instead of showing off his immortality.
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10 points   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by SyeSye
February 25th, 2007, 6:16am
Totally different.
Hiroaki Samuras drawing style is just awesome, artistic, best I`ve seen so far.
Really great, though bloody story!
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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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totally awesome   
Rating: N/A
by Anonymous
July 5th, 2006, 8:25pm
Wow. Now, here's a good manga. I've read up to v15 and it's awesome. Very, very gory. But, more importantly plot is awesome. Lots of twists. Starts like a typical samurai manga w/ revenge story, but gets very interesting very quickly. The characters are unusual too. It's not a main-guy-is-godlike-and-kicks-everyone's-ass kind of story. If you like samurai genre, it's a must read.
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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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top   
Rating: N/A
by oni
August 5th, 2006, 1:46pm
unusual drawing style but athmospharic
awasome plot
nice fights
a lot of detailed characters
thats what you get...one of the top mangas!
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<3 Anotsu   
Rating: N/A
by selvaggiah
June 10th, 2014, 11:16am
I adore this manga. It is the first one I ever read and to this day it has remained one of my favorites.

Of course, some may not appreciate the chaotic (and genuinely unfulfilled) script where slapstick and/or bloody sexiness is used as a pretext for introducing situations, characters and whatnot. I however think that not only does the art compensate for that but also, and more importantly, does the overarching goal of the artist with the story compensate for that: the point is that in life there is no point to revenge (or for that matter, to almost anything, including infatuations, disease, science and so on). I think the anti-sentimental "cruelty" of the very last chapter was kind of refreshing. There are romantic comedies around, for any one who are looking for that kind of plot; there are furthermore plots perfectly rounded off and motifs operative on a global scale in a smarter way than here. But that is just the point! There are no such stories in real life. Hence it is a romantic comedy when regarded sub specie aeternitatis: from an "omniscient" and eternal viewpoint, the moments of "intense" emotion (or anything as close to that as the mangaka gets) are but comical - because they do not last even 90 years.

I think Anotsu kind of compensates for the idiocy of some other characters (including of course the lead). Anotsu is a hopeless dreamer, nourished by this weird fantasy of something he does not really believe in. I really liked him and it pained me that he was crippled in the end. Btw, judging from some pictures in Love of the brute where an Anotsu-like creature reappears, I wonder if he in the imagination of the mangaka was not some kind of hermaphrodite *irrelevant*

... Last updated on June 10th, 2014, 11:19am
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