Manga—Japanese graphic novels—have been a constant for me since I was in high school. I’ve flitted in and out of it in recent years due to an ever-changing schedule, but I was finally able to get my hands on the first few omnibus volumes of a classic series.
Blade of the Immortal‘s main focus is on the journey shared by its two main characters: Manji—a samurai cursed with immortality thanks to the Kessen-chu (Sacred Bloodworms) that live in his body—and Rin—a teenaged girl who hires him as her bodyguard as she tries to avenge her parents’ murder at the hands of Anotsu Kagehisa.
What follows is only the beginning of a long and arduous journey towards redemption.
This first omnibus volume was a very pleasant surprise; Blade of the Immortal was a series that I’d heard much of, but never had the chance to check out. I was glad that it pulled my attention and kept it there, focused between each and every page. Though I’m reading this at a somewhat slow pace (I’d like to have a considerable amount in front of me before I continue it), I cannot wait to continue reading this classic title.
The first omnibus volume covers volumes 1-3, and is filled to the brim with action (not to mention a huge amount of gore). If you’re new to the series like I am, pick up the first omnibus and give it a try.