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Feature 6.0
Video 7.5
Audio 7.0
Special Features 2.0
Total 6.0
Distributor: Madman
Classification: MA15+
Minutes: 125 minutes
Reviewer: Simon Black

6.0


Blade of the Immortal

Bloodthirsty samurai Manji is famed throughout his homeland for having slain dozens of skilled swordsmen.  Thugs and wandering ronin all try their luck, hoping to make their name by defeating the legendary killer, but Manji has a secret; he has been granted immortality by an 800 year old witch and is impervious to any form of attack.  When his younger sister is murdered, however, Manji begins to regret his violent past and as a form of repentance swears to kill 100 evil men.  Only then will he be allowed to join his sibling in the afterlife. 

Based on Hiroaki Samura’s award-winning manga series, Blade of the Immortal doesn’t quite live up to expectations as an anime.  The storyline is somewhat disjointed, and though the animation is strong it isn’t as luminous and expansive as that of other Madman imports like Shigurui: Death Frenzy.  Both the English and Japanese audio tracks are solid, but the English voice acting is at times lacklustre and there is a curiously substantial difference between the spoken English screenplay and the subtitles on the Japanese dub. 

All in all this is an enjoyable but ultimately frustrating translation of what is possibly the most lauded and well-known manga series of its day.  There are some strong action sequences and well-staged battles, but the animated effort fails to do justice to the source material and the dearth of extra features offers little in the way of further incentive.  Worth checking out if you’re a stalwart anime or Samura fan, but unlikely to turn many viewers on to the genre. 

Special Features

Textless opening and closing

Trailers for Samurai Champloo – Complete Collection, Samurai 7 Collection, Afro Samurai and others 






 
 



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