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"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
Blade - A Lâmina do Imortal (Brazilian Portuguese)
Blade of the Immortal
L'Habitant de l'infini (French)
Miecz Nieśmiertelnego (Polish)
Oštrica besmrtnika - samuraj dvanaest sječiva

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v.30 c.206 (end) by HappyScans! (625d ago)
v.30 c.198-205 (v2) by HappyScans! (625d ago)
v.30 c.205 by HappyScans! (637d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
30 Volumes (Complete)

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

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Average: 8.7 / 10.0 (761 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.62 / 10.0
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Afternoon (Kodansha)

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Dark Horse (30 Volumes)

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by oni
August 5th, 2006, 1:46pm
unusual drawing style but athmospharic
awasome plot
nice fights
a lot of detailed characters
thats what you of the top mangas!
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As said by many others, flawed but still a masterpiece in its own right.   
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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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<3 Anotsu   
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by selvaggiah
June 10th, 2014, 11:16am
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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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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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One of top 10 for me   
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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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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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The Best Samurai manga!!!!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Se3D03
February 10th, 2009, 2:33am
Amazing Art, Plot, Characters and Execution. The mangaka is truly a genious, I'd even go as far as say that I liked this betted than Vagabond, though vagabond is another one of my favourites.

Must read!!!!! totally!!!!
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Heirojero
December 10th, 2006, 4:29pm
This manga is just amazing. The artwork is just amazing, and despite the slow chapter releases, it is still worthwile, its just amazing. If god was drawing a manga, it would be this one, not particularly the story, which i do enjoy, but the art is amazing.

... Last updated on November 18th, 2009, 7:53pm
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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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Award Winner!   
Rating: N/A
by lynda-chan
September 5th, 2007, 6:02am
Haven't been this obsessed with a manga in a long time. smile

Hiroaki Samura has an obvious background in classic art and figure drawing... It makes reading this manga a pleasure at every panel.
The setting of Fuedal Japan has been reworked as a bright and honorless fashion that is unique to the genre, and there is some unparalleled character development through the course of this series.

The content speaks for it with gore and violence, but this is an incredibly mature read in themes and direction alone.
I recommend it. smile
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