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Blade of the Immortal, Volume 17: On the Perfection of Anatomy (Blade of the Immortal (US) #17)

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Manji, the immortal swordsman, lies imprisoned in the bakufu stronghold of the mysterious Habaki Kagemura. Seeking to impart the life-extending powers of the Manji’s kessen chu bloodworms to other humans, Kagimura orders his medical examiners to discover the secrets of Manji’s amazing regenerative abilities. Using a series of convicts as live subjects in an increasingly gr ...more
Paperback, 184 pages
Published June 26th 2007 by Dark Horse Manga (first published 2004)
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John Wiswell
Apr 23, 2013 John Wiswell rated it liked it
The most tenuous volume, at least for me. Burando’s experiments fail time after time in what’s simply the most disgusting visuals in the series, and if someone called it torture porn, I couldn’t defend it. Does it add further weight to the difficulty and mystique of Manji’s immortality? Yes, but that’s not enough to justify what fills up this volume. It’s not the same as the endless battles in some volumes; these are convicts steadily and uncommittedly marching into medical slaughter. The lack o ...more
Matt
Nov 23, 2013 Matt rated it it was amazing
This takes a break from the swordfighting and moves to a story about a doctor charged with discovering the secret of Manji's immortality. His moral dilemma coupled with the consequences of his failure is actually pretty interesting. As usual, I have lost track of all the other characters except Manji and Rin.

11/23/13
OK, now that I've got a hold of all the characters, Samura is very good at diverting. He's like a salesman that steers you to the more expensive product: "Sure I could continue to t
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Lord
Nov 11, 2009 Lord rated it liked it
Shelves: manga, historical
So far my least favourite volume of this fantastic series. It just takes place in prison and no nice things are going on there, that's for sure. As for the art, it reaches a new level of simplicity, especially in the first chapter. But of course, only compared to another volumes of BotI, otherwise the art is still better than almost everything else that you can read in manga genre. I just wish for more sword action and less torture action in the next volume.
John
May 16, 2009 John rated it it was ok
Shelves: manga
My biggest complaint is that nowhere on the outside does this book say it is volume 17 . I thought it was a stand-alone.
Matthew
Sep 08, 2008 Matthew rated it liked it
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An interesting turn of events, but the pacing went to complete shit.
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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
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