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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 #338 increased(+58)
Monthly Pos #423 increased(+24)
3 Month Pos #453 decreased(-8)
6 Month Pos #423 increased(+61)
Year Pos #456 decreased(-2)

List Stats
On 2336 reading lists
On 1682 wish lists
On 906 completed lists
On 154 unfinished lists
On 527 custom 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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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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? translation   
Rating: N/A
by Aikanaro
September 23rd, 2010, 5:17am
Edit2: Apparently I am wrong, and the characters are all meant to be sounding like modern street punks. They do still sound like outcasts from 80s American cop movies, but I guess that's more justified.


So I've only read one volume so far, but ... fuck this translation. It's terrible. They're in Japan of a few hundred years ago. Why do they all sound like they're from some 80s American cop movie? 'Darling', 'pal', 'buddy' ... these are not the words that samurai use! So yeah - if there's some other translation other than the Dark Horse one, you might want to try that. I'm having a lot of trouble getting my brain around the ridiculous anachronistic speech.

Other than that, so far it shows no promise, but I'll give it the benefit of the doubt - the guy wrote Bradherley's Coach, after all.

Alright, well, that was an enjoyable way to spend an evening. The translation remains stupid throughout, but it bothered me less as it went. I'm not sure if it's meant to be as light a story as it is or whether that's also the translation's fault, but it is fairly upbeat reading. Even the rape and torture stuff didn't make any strong impact on that.

Well, anyway, I wouldn't strongly recommend it, but if you feel like samurai-wandering-around-killing-people it's probably a good choice.

... Last updated on November 2nd, 2010, 1:14am
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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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I don't know.   
Rating: N/A
by yumemiru
April 20th, 2010, 6:30pm
I have mixed feelings about this manga. I picked it up, not knowing what to expect, but I found the story interesting and addicting. For some reason, it really reminded me of Samurai Deeper Kyo, so I continued reading. I continued reading even when I questioned some of the content in the story; some of it is just so violent and nasty that I found myself revolted, but intrigued.

The art isn't bad. I actually like it, except that some of the scenes are a little shocking to me. But reading this manga practically prepared me for every other mature seinen I've read since. I mean, there are plenty of other gory mangas out there and the few that I've delved in are nothing compared to this one.

This manga isn't bad. It's actually quite good. But the maturity level of this manga is a lot higher than your average shounen. That's why it's seinen. I did enjoy reading through parts of this series, but I'll probably never be able to pick up this manga-ka's other works, especially Bradherley no Basha.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by LUEser
January 16th, 2010, 10:50pm
One of the manga with the BEST and beautiful artworks of all time. The plot is brilliant and it flows easily, the funky characters who are all recognizable and very memorable in the roles they played and who they are in general, and the absolute detailed setting which makes readers feel they are in Japan along with the characters. It makes you understand where the time of place is, the action doesn't get you confused, and best of all, you don't get lost in their fighting--you get MORE into it. The artwork comes off as if they were only sketches with cross-hatching as shadows and what not, but the weird part is that it gives character movements a natural portrayal and fluidity. This is definitely very effective. The ending could have been better.

... Last updated on August 11th, 2016, 10:01am
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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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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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sooooo good!!   
Rating: N/A
by elalendi
October 30th, 2008, 4:08pm
A definite must-read. The art is AMAZING, really beautiful in a unique, realistic way... and it's just got this authentic, deep rich feel to it. The plot is so fascinating and full of twists and turns, and complete with battles, gore (but not like disgusting gore)... I think the characters are so well-drawn and written too. I usually don't like seinen stuff but this one just drew me in from the minute I read the first chapter.
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Overhyped, but still decent   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by Zantam03
October 26th, 2008, 3:06pm
An 'ok' manga. Artwise it's very very good, but the story is lacking and the main character is kinda lame, because he is immortal. This results in what I think are kinda lame action scenes. Manji (main character) is actually kinda bad at fighting and is always getting his heart pierced, his brain shot, his limbs cut off etc etc etc but still ending up as the victor because he can't die. He needs to kill 1000 men to be cured of his immortality, how lame is that?

... Last updated on January 21st, 2010, 2:46pm
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