The Art of Blade of the Immortal
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The Art of Blade of the Immortal

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Hiroaki Samura's Blade of the Immortal epic is a unique, expertly paced manga series that mixes Edo-era samurai grudge matches with anachronistic punk attitudes and mannerisms. It's also one of the longest-running manga series in the U.S.! Samura's stirring tale of a warrior's search for redemption and a young girl's quest for revenge has taken the world by storm, winning...more
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published June 2nd 2010 by Dark Horse Comics (first published 2008)
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If you have already read my review on the manga series as a whole then you know I think each individual panel is a piece of artwork in its own right, so when I heard there was an artbook I was tempted to say 'isn't each volume an artbook' but I knew it would be full colour versions of the cover art and title pages.
This book does not disappoint. This large-sized hard-cover immediately became one of the prize pieces of my collection. They even take care with double-page spreads to split them so th...more
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This is actually the English translated edition of the Japanese art book 艶浪「無限の住人」画集 (ISBN 4063647234) published back in 2008.

This hardcover edition published by Dark Horse features an additional 32 pages of artwork. That's over 150 pieces of samurai art.

If you like the pencil and ink covers by Hiroaki Samura, then this book is for you. It contains primarily the covers (up to manga volume 17), other coloured illustrations, the chapter break splash pages and some...more
Eventually, I hope to review all the graphic novels in the series, but I want to re-read them--I've been a fan ever since Dark Horse began publishing this series many years ago and originally collected them in comic issue format. Seeing this collection of his original artwork made me realize how many of those comic covers were "doctored" (digitally colored) by Dark Horse staff, so I greatly appreciated seeing his original, unaltered artwork a lot!
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I like this author, and his tales, even if the story itself isn't particularly engaging and is sometimes silly. The art in here is nice, but not spectacular -- I wound up liking his splash pages in the manga better.
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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
More about Hiroaki Samura...
Blade of the Immortal, Volume 1: Blood of a Thousand Blade of the Immortal, Volume 2: Cry of the Worm Blade of the Immortal, Volume 4: On Silent Wings Blade of the Immortal, Volume 3: Dreamsong Blade of the Immortal, Volume 5: On Silent Wings II

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