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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

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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 #352 increased(+26)
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 1680 wish lists
On 905 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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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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My thoughts :]   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by taeny_ss
June 5th, 2013, 11:41pm
THE ART: The art is amazing. Moving on.

        So I had a bunch of time to kill, and I read several of the other comments. I'm going to refute a couple of the statements because I'm just a speshul snowflake that way. /shot Honestly, I thought the characters & the characterization was brilliant.
        First off, Manji. It's true. He's weak, at least in comparison to other characters we have seen in shounen/seinen manga. Compared to other protagonists we have seen, and compared even to the antagonists of this story, he's so weak it makes everyone cringe. However, his weakness is the whole point. His immortality doesn't necessarily aid him, making up for his lack in skill. It hampers his fights, as he has grown overly dependent on it over the years. (He complains about this in like chapter 10) It would definitely have made for a more interesting story action-wise if Manji had eventually learned to conquer his immortality. Yet he doesn't, at least not truly. And I think that's great. He grew dependent on his immortality for a reason. His immortality is there, it's useful, it's fantastic, who wouldn't use it? He has lost the sense of danger, the panic of risking his life. That's not something that can be recovered all that easily for someone who's immortal.
        Now Rin. She annoyed me at first. She was one of those chicks, one of the characters who have some sort of goal but are either too "good" or too "fragile" (or a combination of both) to fulfill it. One of the characters who whine and/or run off alone, getting the protagonists in trouble. Occasionally the character who opposes the inner omgdarkness in the male protagonist, prohibiting him from murdering the antagonists. And Rin really was/is like that. But she grows. She develops as a character and as a person. If I'm not totally high, Rin kills people herself (kinda). Several people. The scene when Rin
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runs off to find Anotsu because she just "has a feeling he won't kill her if she's alone"
seriously made me want to shoot myself. However, Samura made it work. Before she runs off without Manji, she's grown psychologically and suffered substantially. Yet it's honestly during the alone-time when Rin starts to actually grow noticeably, to morph into a dependable character.
        Now for the "antagonists". Yes, it's true that a lot of people may not like reading about the antagonists. And some of the antagonists, like that experimenting guy, made me want to vomit and kill them and vomit all over again. But then there were the antagonists like Anotsu, who had his own logical, if a little awkward, agendas and personal dilemmas. There were the antagonists like the father who had helped to kill Rin's mother, who was leading a new life as a benevolent craft artist. The men who felt bad for what they had done, but who were willing to do almost anything to keep their nice reputations in front of those they loved.

        The plot was brilliant. There were definitely several times when I was bored out of my mind, but the utter perfection of later/earlier chapters that made everything click kept me entranced. Aaaand I'm going to stop my rambling because I'm just lazy that way.

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It seems like a lot of people don't like the ending, but I loved it to death. It wasn't flawless, but it had its moments of sheer greatness. The whole loop thing (Granny say: "take care of dis kid kthxbi") was a tiny bit awkward, but it brought a smile to my face all the same. In a way, it was giving Manji a motivation(?) to keep living, something to do for a small fragment of his potentially very long life. Also, I loved that one quote. And I'm not going to bother digging the quote up, but it was how the era had changed so much and how everything one of the antagonists had lived for had now been reduced to sheer nothing. That quote was perfection right there.

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The one thing I hated was what Rin said. (Rin say: "omg I b2 strong now Manji need weak girl") Dammit, girl. The romance was there, and you just throw it away thinking it's impossible because you actually have some backbone now? Like that makes total sense.

        I'm tired, but I loved this story. So yeahhhh. <3

... Last updated on June 5th, 2013, 11:45pm
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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 of the top mangas!
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<3 Anotsu   
Rating: N/A
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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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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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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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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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 action manga of all time   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by NazarethSTG
January 2nd, 2018, 9:22am
This is a manga that delivers on all fronts.

The first thing that one realizes is the incredible quality of the artwork. Even on the first volumes where Samura was still a rookie in the industry he manages to impress with great character designs and masterful death spread illustrations. As he improves later on the quality of his entire art reaches heights hardly achieved in the medium. It's not only the quality of his execution, his ability at depicting movement and action is unparalleled. The choreography and paneling has a sense of motion and fluidity that makes you think you are watching an animation. This alone gives Blade of the Immortal a huge plus compared to other great manga in the genre.

But this is not only about fights and action. There's a big cast of characters with great designs, personalities and charisma. They are so good and complex that any of them could be protagonists, and many times they steal the attention away from the main couple. And this is something else that differentiates Blade of the Immortal from the many action manga out there: not only the protagonist, Manji, isn't the strongest character, but many secondary characters become as relevant as him and move the story forward on their own. This is not a story where the main character is the one who always prevails and makes the rest of the cast irrelevant. He can lose, and sometimes a secondary saves the day instead of him.

There are also big stretches of the manga where the action takes a backseat to character development, political intrigue and extensive analysis on the psyche of the characters. It doesn't remain comfortable in a single formula and changes pacing and themes several times over the long span of its run.

If I were to point some downsides, they would be that the beginning is the weakest part of the story, where the author focused on Manji fighting evil dudes. The art and the storytelling, while still very enjoyable, are clearly less developed and Samura starts deviating (in more interesting ways) from the initial premise.

Finally, the ending feels a bit rushed. While it is by no means bad, it could have used an extra volume to wrap things up in a more satisfying manner. But at that point maybe Samura was burnt out and wanted to move on to a different story.

Still they are very minor grievances as even when they feel not as good as the excellence from the rest of the story, they are still better than the vast majority of manga you will ever read. Absolutely recommended to anyone, it is a must read that you can't ignore.
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