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The manga ended, the story ended, and he is still cursed with immortality. Rin has long since passed, relationships are fleeting, but in Manji's. Next is also the end, which suggests a Manji/Anotsu fight, or perhaps a Rin/ Anotsu fight, but neither Rin nor Anotsu are much in shape for it. Samura's superb art belies the startling violence of his story: Manji, This task gains focus when he teams with Rin, the daughter of a dojo.
Yaobikuni convinces her to find "the strongest, toughest yojimbo of all," the now-immortal Manji. After walking seemingly all day, Rin finds a small hut out of town and sleeps there. The next morning, it is revealed that this hut is the home of Manji. Rin begs him to accompany her on her vendetta.
Manji refuses at first; he'd already had five other people come up to him asking him to kill for them, and he can't be sure whom are the real victims - the ones who want revenge or the ones who have been slighted. Rin first offers him money, and then her body.
The latter angers him so much that he smacks her because she reminds him of his little sister. Just as Rin gets up to leave, Manji offers to walk her back into town and they both end up finding Kuroi Sabato, the man who killed Rin's father. Rin Asano as seen in the Blade of the Immortal Anime. Manji becomes Rin's bodyguard after finally killing Kuroi.
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Together, they wander Edo, picking off Itto-ryu members as they come though some with more difficulty than others, and Manji does not kill Magatsu Taito or Makie Otono-Tachibanaand looking for Kagehisa Anotsu. Some time after Manji kills Aaraya Kawakami, Rin and Manji come into contact with the Mugai-ryu, a pack of criminals from death row who share Rin's goal of bringing down the Itto-ryu. They team up for a short while, but when a planned ambush goes horribly wrong, and Rin wrongly ends up a wanted criminal, she departs Edo and leaves for Kaga, where Kagehisa Anotsu is travelling to.
During this time Rin grows as a character and slowly becomes much more intelligent and self-sufficient than she once was; away from Manji, she is forced to do a lot of things herself.
While travelling to Kaga to find Anotsu, she slowly burns out from lack of food and money and meets Anotsu by chance. She plans to tail him wherever he goes, to seize a chance to kill him, but when he contracts tenatus and subsequent lockjaw, she has second thoughts. She aids him in defeating a group of Shingyoto-ryu members, not wanting him to be killed before she could kill him. Soon afterwards he is unable to even stand, and, out of compassion, Rin offers him busu poison from her hair rings, which he declines.
Some time later, while buying some food from a farmer, she is caught by the last few remaining members of Shingyoto-ryu and ordered to lead them to Anotsu. Overcome with emotion, Rin screams in defense of Anotsu's illness before Manji arrives.
Rin is then forced to watch Manji take on a few of them before Magatsu and Makie respectively also arrive to fight the Shingyoto-ryu. When they are all dead - as Anotsu is ill and Makie is present - Rin chooses to simply go home rather than have Manji face either of them.
Rin and Doua eventually figure out Manji and later, Isaku is being held underneath Edo castle, and they team up to infiltrate it. They make it deep inside the castle before being caught, and Rin offers to take all the punishment painful, sword-delivered tataki to save Doua from being injured. Rin nears unconsciousness and her shoulders become dislocated before being saved by Ozuhan, another Ittou-Ryu member who had been following them.
Eventually Doua finds Isaku's body and Rin is left on her own until she finds Manji. In his cell she violently fights off the doctor who had been doing experiements on him. During Manji's rescue, Habaki Kagimura appears and he and Manji begin a battle. Renzo appears after a great flood begins, holding Manji's washed-away arm, and refuses to give it to Rin when he realizes Manji is still alive.
Rin returns to Master Sori's house, along with new characters Meguro and Tanpopo.
She runs into Anotsu Kagehisa again and they converse for awhile. Anotsu tells her he and his fighters are leaving Edo for Satsuma, and that they will board a ship in Hitachi. He requests Rin ask Manji to go with her when she follows them. Manji agrees to accompany her, but warns her that because of his missing arm he may not be able to protect her very well anymore.
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Rin suggests they take palanquins to save their energy, but she is kidnapped by Shira who learned of their whereabouts via Meguro and Tanpopo. Shira submerges most of her body in a freezing pond, tying her wrists to dock posts. Rin is watched over by Renzo, who is conflicted between letting her die or saving her life. Rin watches Manji and Shira's fighting from across the water, until Manji realizes where she is and comes for her. While attempting to save her, Rin, having been tied with iron-enforced rope to a large rock, sinks to the bottom of the pond.
Manji passes out from the cold, but he and Rin are finally saved by Tanpopo. Rin eventually recovers to an extent, but has trouble with her legs due to frostbite and uses a walking stick to walk.
They arrive at the coast where Anotsu and Makie are fighting. There was a lot of retailer confidence in those genres, and sales at the time pushed things in that direction. Most manga series were being released as flopped, monthly comic books, too, before being collected!
Dark Horse had released some classic manga titles, and Blade of the Immortal felt like a perfect fit to expand the line. Why do you think it has remained popular for 20 years? Some spin-off projects, like the anime series and the light novel tie-in from several years back, only seemed to remind readers how great the original source manga is.
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In the early volumes, Samura sort of stops the action when the actual kill happens, turning it into a splash page with a very static, often symmetric design. Do you have any insight into why he did that in the beginning, and why he stopped later on? I feel that Rin is the real heart of the series and the story — Rin and her relation to and fixation on Itto-ryu leader Anotsu.
Samura evolved as a storyteller. But everyone misses those great death spreads and splash pages. Samura did them so well! As someone who has been involved with the series for a long time, what other major changes did you see Samura make along the way to his art and storytelling style? Rin goes on a long quest to free him. Did you ever have the opportunity to talk to Samura about the series?
If so, what did he have to say? Hiroaki Samura didn't want his art flipped, so the panels were rearranged instead. What was the process for doing that?
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Studio Proteus founder Toren Smith brought Blade of the Immortal to Dark Horse many years ago, and when we ended our Blade comic-book run with Issue I asked Toren to write something about the series. He wrote the following about the English-language page layout process: Speaking to Samura, he was dubious about flopping his art. Since this was back in the Dark Ages, when retailers and distributors were wary of unflopped manga, we didn't have much choice.
Still, initially he refused. Later, after the first tankobon had come out, I sat down with it and partway through made a realization. As his layout and storytelling skills had matured, he had moved to an unusual style—almost all of his panels were rectangular.
For an idea how odd this is, grab any manga off your shelf and compare. I made a few photocopies of his pages and pasted them up with the panels unreversed, but the order of the panels reversed. Studio Proteus put together a sequence of about ten pages and sent them off to Samura, and he was intrigued.
While he had done some work early on that was not amenable to this technique, he suggested that he'd redraw a few panels here and there as needed. I knew we could trim bleeds, and if I kept sharp while doing the rewrite I could move the readers along correctly with strategic repositioning of the word balloons and tweaking the dialog.
Except for a few cases where I got brain fade and screwed up, I think it worked pretty well. Hey, it's tough to read each panel knowing it will be unflopped