As someone who loves and has read all latest chapters of the manga, I am extremely disappointed with the first episode of Blade of the Immortal. Perhaps I am being too harsh with my first impressions, as the original is almost always better than the adaptation, but I’m sure there will be ARE others who agree with me.
*Warning: Please don’t read further if you absolutely cannot stand the sight of 2D blood.
I can sum up this episode in one word: confusing. I felt that had I not read the manga previously, I would not have understood anything. Many people are introduced in 24 minutes, and yet nothing is explained about them. The timing of each scene leaves me confused as to where each event appears on the time line of Manji’s life as a whole. And even though you may say that Manji’s past is somewhat explained, the plot runs through his story at full speed, leaving the viewers with almost no information. Therefore, let me guide you through the first episode. I will try to be as detailed as I can possibly be. ZOMG this leeches all the patience I have.
We are first introduced to young adult Manji, who kills two grown men in front of a child. This child, who calls Manji a murderer, will appear later in the episode, as Manji’s sister’s husband.
Flash forward to the present, and we find a man talking to Manji. Although it is never detailed in explaining where Manji is (I’m sorry, I read the manga a few years ago), I believe it is sufficient enough to say that it looks like some sort of confessional. (Okay, I understand Catholicism has NOTHING to do with Blade of the Immortal whatsoever. I’m just saying that it looks like Manji is trying to confess his sins.) Anyway, the conversation is about Manji killing his former lord, who was corrupt. The man, who understands that Manji is the “Killer of 100”, pulls out a gun and shoots Manji in the head. Thinking Manji to be dead, the man laughs and says he is the strongest man. However, as the title suggests, Manji is immortal, and thus, still alive. And he quickly kills the man.
To be even more confusing, the scene changes quickly and we are introduced to entirely new characters. Although I won’t explain too much about them because I would thus be spoiling it for you, I’ll tell you a bit about them. These two, Asano Rin and Anotsu Kagehisa of the Itto-ryu…
… are connected to each other. *Hint Hint. Look below. (And no, I don’t have photoshop.)
Rin is seen talking to the grave of her dead father, telling him she will avenge him.
Flash back to the present, and screw it I’m tired of summarizing, I give up because Wiki explains the rest of the episode much better than I can ever hope to explain it, please read. I will add the respective pictures.
“In the past, his [Manji’s] criminal actions led to the death of 100 other samurai (including his sister’s husband).
Interesting. i wonder how much strength it takes to cut like that.
He becomes immortal at the hand of a 800-year-old nun named Yaobikuni, and is compelled by the death of his sister to accept the quest that will end his agelessness.
This is Yaobikuni, dummies, not his sister.
Manji cuts up the fool who killed his sister (who in fact acts like a child – her mental state ruined after seeing her husband cut in front of her)
He has vowed to make amends by killing 1000 evil men, and until he does Manji will be kept alive by kessen-chū (血仙蟲 “sacred bloodworms”), remarkable creatures that allow him to survive nearly any injury…”
Blood worms at work.
And thus begins Manji’s quest.
The OP is some of the worst shit I have EVAR seen.
The ED is okay. It doesn’t really catch my attention though.
What in the WORLD is with the weird montages?! Of his sister? Of him killing someone? And the BGM that supposedly is trying to enhance the plot? No. It doesn’t work.
Manji has a sexy voice. Only cause Tomokazu Seki is awesome.
Will I blog another episode? Maybe. I’ll keep up with a few more episodes, that’s for sure, but if it continues to go downhill… I’ll commit seppuku to retain my honor in committing a serious offense against the manga by watching this.