Blade of the Immortal, Volume 6: Dark Shadows
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Blade of the Immortal, Volume 6: Dark Shadows (Blade of the Immortal (US) #6)

4.31 of 5 stars 4.31  ·  rating details  ·  479 ratings  ·  5 reviews
MANGA ACTION ADVENTURE WITH THE IMMORTAL SAMURAI MANJI, WHO WILL NOT HAVE HIS CURSE OF ETERNAL LIFE LIFTED UNTIL HE HAS KILLED 1000 EVIL MEN. WORKING AS A BODYGUARD FOR THE YOUNG GIRL RIN, MANJI MUST FIGHT THE RENEGADE ITTO-RYU SWORD SCHOOL TO AVENGE THE DEATH OF RIN'S FATHER. BLADE OF THE IMMORTAL HAS WON JAPAN'S 1998 MEDIA ARTS AWARD AND THE USA'S WILL EISNER AWARD.
Paperback, 117 pages
Published October 10th 2000 by Dark Horse Manga (first published 1997)
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Nicolo Yu
I’ve heard a lot about Eisner Award winning American reprint of a Japanese manga that I just had to try it when I chanced upon a few random volumes in a bargain bookstore.

Dark Horse made this book left to right reading orientation instead of the original Japanese right to left. It didn’t settle for a straight mirror image though, but reposted the original panels to make it a more Western reading experience. The publishing company took care to respect the author’s original intentions.

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John Wiswell
Aug 13, 2007 John Wiswell rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Manga readers, Fantasy readers, readers interested in other cultures
While Samura's art style has matured past the stage of excessive blood and gore, the narrative of this volume returns to some juvenile excuses for fight scenes. A character shows up, is introduced and kills someone in the first seventy pages. While the characters seem interesting and have promise, excessive violence is the biggest weakness of this series. Blade of the Immortal needs to be careful to earn its violence, and execution like this makes it seem like a perverse wish fulfillment. The tr...more
Matt
It's at this point that I start to lose track of the characters and the different factions. I think this is not helped by the fact that some of the characters are nondescript in appearance or look like other characters. I think is also in part to the fact that the illustrations are in black and white.
That said, the art is beautiful and characters remain complex. The story remains interesting and nobody's quite all good.
Adrian
Entertaining, violent ninja lore. A great sketchy look helps to complete the experience.
Caroline
I really enjoyed this series, and the art is fantastic.
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Japanese Name (沙村広明)

Hiroaki Samura (沙村 広明) is a Japanese writer/illustrator and creator of Blade of the Immortal, as well as several other short works. He has also done various illustrations for magazines and ero guro work. He has an ero guro book out that is mostly a compilation of some of the work he has created.

His favourite bands are Queen, Black Sabbath and Jittarin Jin. He likes Black Sabbat...more
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