One of my most beloved manga series Blade of the Immortal (無限の住人) by Samura Hiroaki is now slated for an anime release later this summer, with production covered by animation studio BeeTrain. (Big thanks to CMWilly for the heads up.) I can’t really say I am familiar with the studio’s work, but I do hope they get this adaptation right.
Blade tells the story of Manji, a lone swordsman bound by an oath to cut down 1000 evil souls in atonement for his past sins, and to this cause bestowed near immortality by sacred bloodworms that crawl beneath his flesh.
I want to take this opportunity to talk a little more about the manga, because I’m such as big fan of Samura Hiroaki’s brilliant art work, and Blade of the Immortal is just so superlatively good. His swordfight scenes are at once terse yet elaborate, cinematic, and all beautiful, though sparing no expense for blood.
(Above) Mood Master. A few select panels illustrate Samura’s fantastic use of cinematics and astute composition. Reading the comic is an excellent exercise in storytelling and boarding.
Outside of his comics Samura’s artwork is pretty hard to come by. Here’s the Blade of the Immortal post card collection, containing his insert illustrations and covers, many in full color. He has also published an artbook, Brutal Love (人でなしの恋), but due to the explicitly adult content of the book its inconvenient to show it. You can get a copy here.