Samura Hiroaki’s Mugen No Junin (Blade Of The Immortal) manga has finally ended after a run of almost 20 years with the concluding volume 30. The first issue was published way back in June 1993, when I was very much still a kid.
Folks who frequent this blog will know that I love the artist’s art immensely, and even though an art of book for Blade is already out there I’m hoping the publishers will compile another one, collecting all the fantastic monochrome illustrations used for the chapter dividers.
(above) Cover art for final tankobon volume 30. See cover art for other volumes here.
Just as the blooming Sakura flowers on the cover art symbolizes the ephemeral cycle of life, Samura-san has since embarked on his new manga, Beageruta. (see image below) The manga has actually been released by Nemesis comics for quite a while now, but the tankobon was only published recently to coincide with the concluding volume of Blade. (February 22th 2013)
I’ve yet to finish the first book but the story seem to revolve around the conflicts between 3 crime organizations from China, Germany and Japan, with the female enforcers taking center stage.
It’s a little strange seeing Samura’s characters from any era outside of feudal Japan but I’m sure I’ll get used to it in time.