Blade of the Immortal – Episode 1July 14, 2008
Blade of the Immortal (無限の住人, Mugen-no-Jūnin) is an anime based on a prize winning ongoing manga (1994-current) by Hiroaki Samura. The plot follows Manji, a skilled samurai who has been cursed with immortality for his sins. To earn his atonement he has to slay 1000 evil people. Manji meets a girl Asano Rin and promises to help her avenge her parents. The manga deals with consequences of immortality and meaning of death and life.
I have not read all manga, but I did enjoy the first few pages. The penciled work looks quite detailed and well composed.
The anime looks… different.
Now, before I tell you what I think about the episode, I have to cover two important issues.
People, just don’t do this! If you fight for justice and find yourself stained with some blood of evil, you can’t do much about it, but wipe it away. However, touching blood for no reason is just stupid. Some of the bloodborne pathogens that you might acquire are: hepatitis B virus (HBV), hepatitis C virus (HCV), and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) that can lead to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS).
Yes, this is swastika. While it is often associated with Nazism, it is a very ancient symbol denoting good luck.
As for the first episode… I liked the trailer music, but the song was just terrible!!! The song was overshadowing the conversation and was very poorly implemented. While the plot does follow manga quite closely, it looks like the transition didn’t go very well… Perhaps, it was the timing of the show. We witness many events in the first episode, and it feels rushed. The same can be said about manga, but reading manga is very different from watching anime because you can control the flow by turning pages, while anime keeps throwing things at you (you can pause the film of course, but that often breaks the continuity).