Blade of the Immortal
"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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Alternative Names: Mugen no Juunin
Genre: Action, Adventure, Historical, Mature, Samurai, Supernatural
Based on a seinen manga, Blade of the Immortal by Samura Hiroaki serialised in Afternoon.
This is pretty blac, both thematically and literally. But I like the tension between the narrative about murder, vengence and redemption and the upbeat jazz score.
Dark, Brouding and Bloody. Art style is well done, lots of detail.
This is a classic in literature and art no matter where you call home. This takes the Immortality to be more of a nightmare than a dream. The only problem is visually the first episode is dark as in hard to see. Thankfully, the animators crank the contrast up in the second episode.
Date reviewed: September 14, 2008
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