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Mugen no Juunin  
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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)
O?trica Besmrtnika - Samuraj Dvanaest Sječiva (Croatian)

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Latest Release(s)
v.30 c.206 (end) by HappyScans! over 4 years ago
v.30 c.198-205 (v2) by HappyScans! over 4 years ago
v.30 c.205 by HappyScans! over 4 years ago
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Status in Country of Origin
30 Volumes (Complete)
15 Volumes (Shinsouban)

Completely Scanlated?

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

User Reviews

8 topics, 52 posts
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User Rating
Average: 8.7 / 10.0 (846 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.62 / 10.0
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Last Updated
February 16th 2018, 6:52pm PST



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Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Afternoon (Kodansha)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Dark Horse (31 Volumes - Complete)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #385 decreased(-7)
Monthly Pos #439 increased(+8)
3 Month Pos #466 decreased(-21)
6 Month Pos #418 increased(+66)
Year Pos #455 decreased(-1)

List Stats
On 2337 reading lists
On 1682 wish lists
On 906 completed lists
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Forum Posts
Kimutaku Stars in Takashi Miike's Blade of the Immortal Film over 2 years ago
Blade of the Immortal to End After 19 Years over 4 years ago
latest spoilers over 5 years ago
Tired of Seeing Manji Getting his @ss Kicked over 5 years ago
Blade of the immortal volume 23 24 25 ? over 7 years ago

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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.


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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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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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.

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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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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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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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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