talking about the devil we got a DATE
wow! thats awesome, cant wait till october. but no cover yet, try googling but no luck.
cover will be uploaded soon enough.. ^_^
I just started following Blade of the Immortal recently. My goodness, the art style is beautiful. The characterization is also top-notch. There's not really one character I don't like in the series.
I actually wrote about the series at http://www.mangatherapy.com/post/967...al-immortality
Reading this made me think about Highlander. I'm actually wondering if Manji can even achieve his goal in the end....
I would be willing to believe that Manji will be able to die, in the end. However the story ends, protecting Rin will be redemption enough. I believe the witch will remove the kessen chu and allow him to die in peace. I do wonder if he will die in the end or be able to live a normal, violence free mortal life.
My favorite characters are Anotsu and Rin. If Blade of the Immortal is about the role of death in modern society than Rin and Anotsu best personify the philosophical struggle between modernity and mortality. The three scenes where they meet contain some of the best philosophical dialog in all of manga. These two characters best personify the contradictions and conflicting views modern societies have of medicine, the military, honor, law enforcement, and capital punishment. Since Samura is not so trite as to try and pass judgment, Anotsu and Rin are mirrors into our own views of death and it's place in our institutions.
That would be interesting if protecting Rin would be all that's needed to remove the kessen-chu. Killing 1,000 evil men takes a long time and all Manji's been doing is taking part in Rin's revenge.
Finally caught up with this manga and I love it. I'm thinking of getting another part time job so I can afford to buy all the volumes.
My favorite part of this manga is the relationship between Rin and Manji and there interactions. When I get to liking characters like I do for Rin and Manji, I could just read an entire volume of them sitting around drinking tea and talking about stuff.
In my Opinion, Blade of the immortal story is better than Vagabond's. It quickly became one of my favorites after reading most of it. I can't wait for the next release. BTW, is it a monthly chapter release manga? or it comes out in volumes?
hey, im new to this forum and manga (reading first volumes actually), but really excited to catch up to japan's rythm.
Which one is your fav pairing/possible pairing in this manga? Top three are undoubtedly Anotso+0-maki, Manji+Rin and Giichi+Hyakurin. I personally can't decide
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In any case, when talking about philosophical aspects in the manga...i wonder if you downplayed Manji a little when you said Anotso and Rin are your favorite ones due to their 'personification of philosophical struggle between modernity and mortality'. Also i wonder if Samura-sensei is really not 'passing judgement'. For i feel that Manji is Samura's hidden answer to the contradictions,not in the sense that he's always the one with the right answer,or one that the writer thinks to be right,but in the sense that he's the outsider among the mortals. He started searching for mortality for the same reason mortals search for immortaliy...to escape from pain. And now he's wondering what could be the reason behind his immortaliy...will the answer to somehow tied to the answer of reason of mortal life?
As for the ideals behind justice and revenge and military, i wonder if Samura isn't cleverly favoring something akin to Stoicism through Manji. In that case,his foil would be Shira.
vol 26 is out
I SAW IT YESTERDAY , BUT MAYBE IT HAS BEEN OUT FOR A LONG TIME
Sup all, I'm new to this forum!
Just wanted to drop thanks to the generous people who post raws and summaries in this thread to keep the rest of us updated. I've been following this manga for years now, and this most recent lull in popularity and online support has been painful. I'm stoked to have somewhere to go to check up on Manji and Rin every month or two!
The tangle of revenge that Anotsu, Rin, Habaki and Shira had gotten themselves into makes it easy to let someone as untouchable as Manji slide out of the big picture. He's more like a spectator to the huge network of sin that is the plot.
I think, ultimately, that's the very point of BotI.
Every single cast member of this manga has done something that has made terrible repercussions for the others. There is a shocking complexity to the chain-reaction among the characters where everyone seems to have hurt or inconvenienced someone else just in the act of living. Manji said as much himself. No-one is immune to the acts of others, no matter what philosophy you plaster on top of your actions to justify them (or lack of philosophy, thank you Shira).
There is only one character that appears immune to that, and that is the one person who isn't technically living.
So though morality may seem like the message of BotI, I get the impression that the underlying theme is very much about mortality instead.
... Top three favourite pairings, eh?
Manji + Rin without a doubt (Samura has worked hard with that relationship... whatever it is). HyakurinxGiichi and DoaxIsaku give me warm fuzzies as well.
... anyone else getting Magatsu+Ryo vibes?
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I've read upto shira's death last night. His last dialogues sounded pretty odd to me, out of the character. Why would he advise the boy, and why would he call himself evil? Then nagato's lines sounded out of character too. Was he ever the wise type fella? I didn't think so, but then he suddenly started talking like one. I've forgotten the name of the kid, but his characterization was really cool...but i feel that Samura somewhat bent the other characters to shape up this kid's character.