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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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BOTISCAN
DCP
Delinquent-manga
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Latest Release(s)
v.30 c.206 (end) by HappyScans! (840d ago)
v.30 c.198-205 (v2) by HappyScans! (840d ago)
v.30 c.205 by HappyScans! (851d 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: 8.7 / 10.0 (779 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.62 / 10.0
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Last Updated
August 9th 2015, 8:46pm PST


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Year
1993

Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Afternoon (Kodansha)

Licensed (in English)
Yes

English Publisher
Dark Horse (30 Volumes - Ongoing)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #476 increased(+88)
Monthly Pos #577 increased(+12)
3 Month Pos #566 decreased(-6)
6 Month Pos #535 decreased(-179)

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On 2256 reading lists
On 1517 wish lists
On 725 completed lists
On 140 unfinished lists
On 467 custom lists

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Forum Posts
Blade of the Immortal to End After 19 Years 874 days, 20 hours, 57 minutes ago
latest spoilers 1071 days, 15 hours, 8 minutes ago
Tired of Seeing Manji Getting his @ss Kicked 1254 days, 18 hours, 4 minutes ago
Blade of the immortal volume 23 24 25 ? 1747 days, 17 hours, 30 minutes ago
Is this still being translated? 1828 days, 7 hours, 8 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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As said by many others, flawed but still a masterpiece in its own right.   
Rating: N/A
by Joker06
January 12th, 2015, 6:05pm
Spanning over many years, the story doubtlessly deviated from its original course (relatively quickly anyway) and Samura didn't care much for world build or history, but I do not think these two aspects are truly relevant. What really matters in this work to my eyes is the exploration of violence, revenge, hate and related themes. On that front Samura does a fairly good job. To be honest, it's nothing really that deep or profound. But exactly because it's rather simple and elementary, it allows to be understood easily by anyone. And even more than the themes themselves, what really makes the greatness of this manga is the way they are expressed, so in one word the art. Yet I am not praising just the art in itself (which, mind you, it actually is already great in itself, if you ask me), but rather the way Samura uses it to express simple and yet never exhausted themes. This work to me is somewhere in-between a proper manga and an artbook. The story is, as often is the case in many manga, little more than a pretext for the author to portray certain scenes. The fact that Samura doesn't care much for historical accuracy only goes to show his purely aesthetic reasons for choosing his setting.
It's worth noting how Manji, the supposed MC, fades into the background more and more as the story goes on, and he turns out to be more of a spectator than an actor of the story, which pretty much suits his existence as an immortal that is something other than human, and this sense of alienation is further reinforced in the final chapters. His main playmate is Shira, which in body and mind is a freak just like Manji.
The greatest expression of Samura's art in this work is probably Makie, a triumph of violence, coldness and sensuality, mixed in with a sense of ephemerality and caducity, faced nonetheless with a will of steel that accepts mortality and misery, and yet is not willing to give in until the very end.
Kagimura and Anotsu are two others great characters. Anotsu is unable to accept the contradictions of what happens to the martial arts when they are reduced to a mere formal system that cares more about etiquette than efficiency. His Itto-ryu has only one single rule, and that is the prohibition of overnumbering the opponents. This differentiates it from being a mere no holds barred, since those who fight without rules only care about the outcome while those who abid by the Itto-ryu's rule are fighting mainly against themselves in a battle of self-improvement. What Anotsu care about is the personal growth in real battle situations. A very down to earth and elementary, even primitive, drive: the desire for true personal power founded on one's own ability rather than depending on other people. Yet a desire that contradicts the very nature of what human society has become, and hence Anotsu wishes to change that same society and show to its members the value of his pursuits, to show them how weak their illusionary power dependent on technology and bureaucracy actually is. And of all this Kagimura, the warrior who became a bureaucrat himself, is well aware and what drives him the most in his hunt for Anotsu is not the orders he receives from above, but rather his envy for what Anotsu is trying to accomplish, something that Kagimura desired in his heart of hearts but never dared to pursue. Though admittedly Kagimura is conflicted, because he still sees value in the society that Anotsu wishes to destroy. That's why he ultimately chose to sacrifice his own personal pursuits as a warrior for the sake of order and stability, for the sake of his family.
There is no black or white and there is no clear answer in the end. Even knowing the pointlessness of her own revenge, Rin can't help but wishing to go through with it nonetheless; even knowing the pointlessness of his social struggle, Anotsu doesn't put down his sword until the very end; even knowing the pointlessness of his battle against the already fallen Itto-ryu, Kagimura doesn't stop chasing Anotsu. The feeling that we get from the whole picture is that of a human life made up of things that are cherished and that are ultimately lost, yet we can never let go of them even if it's hopeless to try to grasp them, and so we keep fighting a losing battle not for the sake of the future but rather for the sake of the past, because if we gave up everything we had done up until now would lose all meaning.
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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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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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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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