Blade of the Immortal

Season 1
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Edo, an era of warriors. There lived an immortal man, the Slayer of Hundreds, 'Manji.' He meets Rin, who has sworn vengeance for her parents. Rin's grudge is against a group of swordmasters – Ittou-ryu. She asks Manji to be her bodyguard on her journey. He refuses, but then sees his late sister in Rin. So began the violent struggle that would bring even the immortal Manji to his knees.
Starring
Kenjiro TsudaAyane SakuraNozomu Sasaki
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English (UK)English (US)
Audio languages
日本語

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  1. 1. Act One – Meeting
    October 9, 2019
    24min
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    日本語
    The Edo period. Daughter of a martial arts dojo, Rin embarks on a journey to take revenge for her slain parents. For her bodyguard on the journey, she has chosen the immortal man Manji, nicknamed the Slayer of Hundreds. Her target is the head of the Ittou-ryu, Kagehisa Anotsu, the man she hates. The adventure of the man who never dies and the girl who's sworn to live for revenge unfolds.
  2. 2. Act Two – Founding
    October 9, 2019
    24min
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    Rin announces that she will go meet her father's friend Souri, the painter, in her journey for revenge. Souri cannot lend her a hand, but instead gives her funds. Rin, now with a full wallet and no leads, finds her father's sword at the blacksmith's from which it was supposedly stolen. However, its wielder is a swordsman of the Ittou-ryu, 'Taito Magatsu.'
  3. 3. Act Three – Dream Pangs
    October 16, 2019
    24min
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    A prostitute approaches Manji as he waits for Rin. Though Manji sees through the prostitute's ruse, he accepts her invitation. But this woman, 'Makie Otonotachibana' seems too weak to be a warrior of the Ittou-ryu as she claims. After sparing Makie's life, she appears before Manji again with different eyes and hair.
  4. 4. Act Four – Rin at Odds
    October 23, 2019
    24min
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    Wanting to become stronger herself, Rin received training from Manji, but is still a long way off from matching him in ability, much less the Ittou-ryu. Rin, in her melancholy, is drawn in by a sound, and finds a man training on his own. 'Some day I'll be like him', Rin tells herself, then is astonished upon seeing the man's face. It's her arch-nemesis, the head of the Ittou-ryu, Kagehisa Anotsu.
  5. 5. Act Five – Song of the Bugs
    October 30, 2019
    24min
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    After seeing Kagehisa, Rin becomes weak at the knees. Lost in thought over her circumstances, Rin and her guard Manji are approached by a Buddhist monk. The monk is 'Eiku Shizuma' of the Ittou-ryu. He fights with Manji but is swiftly cut down. However, despite the lethal blow, Shizuma stands back up, his wound mending itself completely. Shizuma possesses an 'immortal' body, just like Manji.
  6. 6. Act Six – Wing Roots
    November 6, 2019
    24min
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    Rin, who has come to see the festival, meets a cheeky little kid, Renzou. At the mask shop, things get dangerous between Manji and Araya, until Araya's son Renzou shows up and the hostility dissolves. Araya and Renzou then leave. Having watched Manji from behind, for some reason Rin continues glaring at Araya with eyes full of shock and hatred.
  7. 7. Act Seven – Evil's Shadow
    November 13, 2019
    24min
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    Discussions of the task of naming the instructor at the Ittou-ryu school, allotted them by the shogunate, have begun. They will make the Ittou-ryu's sword known to the world. Taito Magatsu vows to make that a reality, but decides to leave from Kagehisa Anotsu's side. At the same time, Ittou-ryu leaders start to be targeted. The tip of that blade is also pointed at Magatsu.
  8. 8. Act Eight – Mugai-ryu
    November 20, 2019
    24min
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    Manji and Rin involve the four known as Mugai-ryu, who hold information on Kagehisa, in order to assassinate him. Lying in wait on the road that leads out of Edo, based on information only known to Rin, she and Shira close in on Kagehisa as he tries to flee from the others.
  9. 9. Act Nine – Gathering
    November 27, 2019
    24min
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    Rin was told of Kagehisa's whereabouts by Giichi, and now her and Manji are suspected of indiscriminate murder. Suspected criminals cannot pass the checkpoint. But thanks to a maid who was acquaintance of Rin's, she has a countermeasure. She heads alone to a village that can help her slip through the checkpoint.
  10. 10. Act Ten – Animal
    December 4, 2019
    24min
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    Manji wants to go after Rin, but he has no pass. That's when Souri and Magatsu appear before him. Souri tells Manji that he can acquire as many passes as Manji likes, but there's a condition. Meanwhile, a gray-haired, one-armed Shira appears before Hyakurin and Shinriji as they re-work their plan for assassinating Kagehisa.
  11. 11. Act Eleven – Fall Frost
    December 11, 2019
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    Having become traveling partners for the sake of their goals, Manji and Magatsu are assaulted by a group of bald men. Manji, groaning in pain, is approached from behind by Shira, who then lops off Manji's arm. Shira had reconstructed his body, and desired a rematch with Manji. But now Magatsu, whose important woman was killed by Shira, stands in his path.
  12. 12. Act Twelve – Blood of Finality
    December 18, 2019
    24min
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    Having left for Kaga in pursuit of Kagehisa, a collapsed Rin is rescued by the very same Kagehisa. Then, having to cooperate with Kagehisa who is pursued by the Shingoto-ryu, Rin starts to see Kagehisa, her enemy, as a human being.
  13. 13. Act Thirteen - Twilight
    December 25, 2019
    24min
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    The Ittou-ryu had its members slaughtered by the shogunate. Kagehisa gathers the remaining members of Ittou-ryu in secrecy, and plots revenge against the shogunate. Manji is invited to the Mugai-ryu by Giichi, but he refuses, and they clash swords. Giichi's weapon breaks, so a truce is called. Maji decides to go meet the head of the Mugai-ryu, Habaki.
  14. 14. Act Fourteen – Ammendments
    January 1, 2020
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    Habaki's scheme gets Manji trapped in a dungeon. Habaki uses a doctor, Burando Ayame, to try and solve the mystery of immortality. For the sake of the advancement of medicine, Burando sinks a scalpel into Manji's body. Meanwhile, while waiting for Manji's return, Rin is caught up in a strange cohabitation with Doua and Isaku, who had been searching for a place to stay.
  15. 15. Act Fifteen – Acquisition of Guts
    January 8, 2020
    24min
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    Burando succeeds in transplanting Manji's left arm onto the test body of Dewanosuke. From that starting point, more tests succeed. But Habaki puts pressure on Burando, and demands results. Habaki's blade closes in on the imperfectly immortalized Dewanosuke. Rin meets with Doua and Isaku in the street as she searches for Manji. That's when the official that Doua knocked over approaches them.
  16. 16. Act Sixteen – Altered Limb
    January 15, 2020
    24min
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    Ever since the Dewanosuke incident, Burando kept making blunders. He is finally thrown in solitary confinement by Habaki, and goes insane. But as a result of his madness, Burando grasps something important about the immortality experiments. That humans are essentially otters. Meanwhile, Rin and Doua resolve to infiltrate Edo Castle to rescue the surrounded Manji and Isaku.
  17. 17. Act Seventeen – Ceremonial Bond
    January 22, 2020
    24min
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    Manji and Rin finally reunite. But the formidable foe made by Habaki in the dungeon blocks their escape. Then Doua and the presumed dead Isaku arrive as backup. The dungeon begins to cave in. As their escape nears, an unexpected person appears before Rin and Manji. Then, the answer that Burando arrived at from the results of his experiments...
  18. 18. Act Eighteen – Banshee's Cries
    February 5, 2020
    24min
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    After his failure at Edo Castle, Habaki is dismissed as head clerk. But still, in order to annihilate Ittou-ryu, he heads up the Rokki-dan in hopes of subjugation. However, the new head clerk, Ugen, decides that Ittou-ryu, having left Edo, is now in the clear. Furthermore, to ensure he abides by the agreement, Habaki's wife and children are taken hostage.
  19. 19. Act Nineteen – Massacre
    February 12, 2020
    24min
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    The Ittou-ryu are pursued by the Rokki-dan, lead by Habaki. Upon hearing this, Rin and Manji decide to pursue as well. Even with all these people leaving Edo to chase the Ittou-ryu, the four leaders appointed by Kagehisa Anotsu are nowhere to be found. Then, in the wee hours of the morning, Kagehisa and the other three stand at the Ootemon in front of Edo Castle.
  20. 20. Act Twenty – Unending
    February 26, 2020
    24min
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    Rin and Manji chase after Kagehisa, but Shira attacks them and Rin is taken away. Manji goes to rescue her, and meets not only Shira, but Renzou as well. Manji fights Shira in order to rescue Rin. But astoundingly, what slashes at Manji is Shira's left arm, which should have been lost.
  21. 21. Act Twenty One – Trap
    March 4, 2020
    24min
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    Manji is wounded from his duel with Shira. Renzou picks up a sword and tries to kill Manji, but Rin and the others talk him down. Meanwhile, Habaki is livid upon learning of the attack on Edo Castle. Habaki wants to pursue Itto-Ryu, even in absence of its leader. As a result, one of the Ittou-ryu enters a mountain village. Habaki's daughter, Ryou, tries to subdue him to be of use to her father.
  22. 22. Act Twenty Two – Ten Final Pushes
    March 11, 2020
    24min
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    Arashino, Hasshuu, and Murasaki of the Rokki-dan act as the vanguard in the clash with the Ittou-ryu. The crucial Abayama manages to escape with the help of his followers. But then he has to confront Giichi and Hyakurin, who pursued Abayama to assist Habaki.
  23. 23. Act Twenty Three – 100 Spectacular Dances
    March 18, 2020
    24min
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    The Ittou-ryu, Rokki-dan, and Manji and Rin all gather in Nakaminato, as if guided there. They all bear their motives on their swords in the moment they begin their final deathmatch. Deceive, subdue, and dance in chaos. Sparks will fly in the decisive battle between the strongest. The last laugh belongs to...
  24. 24. Final Act – Blade of the Immortal
    March 25, 2020
    24min
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    The lives of those gathered fizzle out one after another. Those remaining are battered and bruised. Yet still they take up their swords, and slam their convictions against one another. The last one standing... And the revenge that was fulfilled... The curtain now closes on the tale of the man with an eternal life, and of those people whose finite lives were a blaze of passion.

Bonus (1)

  1. Bonus: 【Limited Exclusive】Opening footage from Blade of the Immortal
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    July 12, 2020
    2min
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    【Limited Exclusive】Opening footage from Blade of the Immortal, featuring music from the band NINGEN ISU

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Directors
Hiroshi Hamasaki
Supporting actors
Tatsuhisa SuzukiEiji Hanawa
Season year
2020
Content advisory
Violence
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3.5 out of 5 stars

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Eek AarghReviewed in the United States on October 10, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Really good anime adaptation - don't know why it's so hard to find it here in Amazon
Great animation, decent story-telling and action. Expect bloodshed which this is known for. In a sea of silly plots involving tons of fan-service, harem, OP highschool students and isekai (another world), it's refreshing to have anime that caters to more adult taste which Amazon Prime has been doing rather well with their original anime choices recently.
Amazon Prime Video has dramatically improved their anime selection with Darker than Black, Gurren Lagann, Rurouni Kenshin, Blue Exorcist, ToraDora, etc., and have been streaming really good original anime series (after the disastrous Anime Strike) with Wotakoi, Dororo, Vinland Saga, Banana Fish, Boarding School Juliet, Iroduku, Just Because, etc. I just don't know why it's so difficult to find out what new anime is available to watch here without going to AnimeNewsNetwork or MAL.
76 people found this helpful
2CatGirlReads2Reviewed in the United States on October 10, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Beautiful adaptation...what's with Amazon's hiding this series?
This is a really well done anime, it might be the best one of this fall season. It is hard to fathom why when Amazon financed this anime's production they are not promoting it at all. It was shown yesterday on all the anime streaming networks but did not show up on Amazon's site until today....I got no emails promoting this like the emails I got for Babylon, etc. The storyline is violent but there is humor also. It is very adult content and pulls no punches. The visuals are fantastic, music very good, and voice acting excellent and the ending is brilliant.
37 people found this helpful
SLMReviewed in the United States on October 11, 2019
3.0 out of 5 stars
A great series, at the wrong pace
Warning as there will be spoilers!
Blade of the Immortal is one of my favorite manga; an amazing story with great characters and art. I was thrilled to hear it would get a full series. The voice cast seems well thought out, especially Manji.
HOWEVER. The pace is too rushed! I don't just mean the dialog, which seems a little under-emoted and quickly paced at times. Smashing some of the story elements together back to back in the same episode, fights that are over too fast and bad scene transitions are all over the place. There are parts of the story that just get skipped (Manji slaying his sister's husband, accepting the bloodworms and vowing to slay a 1000 evil people) which would have been GREAT to see, especially for someone new to this story.

I would give it two stars, but I want to see how it'll handle later story arcs
30 people found this helpful
StacycmcReviewed in the United States on October 17, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
This is the kind of anime I dream about...
Sadly I've not read this manga, but did watch the original series and the live action adaptation. I enjoyed both, but I am definitely enjoying this anime version much more than the first one. I hear some showing concern over the pace or it skipping, but I think it's too early to tell (and will edit my review once this wraps up). Does it skip around? Yes, but that's because I know what "should" come next, and so far they've filled in some gaps with flashbacks that I thought were handled very nicely. I have a feeling some of the content I'm used to seeing at the beginning will be handled similarly, as this is supposed to be at least 24 episodes afterall, so there's plenty of time to show the rest.
I am truly enjoying how they are handling this, as it's a fresh take, much more artistically told than the prior version and the animation is captivating as well. The entire thing is just so enjoyable, not to mention the amazing job they did casting the voice actors (Kenjirou Tsuda as Manji is simply perfection). I love the violence, the historic setting, the seriousness yet touch of lightheartedness that in no way overshadows the fact that this is a dark story, and well...samurai. It has everything I love going for it.
So far, my only complaint is the intro song. I would've liked it actually had they sang it in Japanese, but the English of the vocalist is cringeworthy. If it didn't have subtitles I wouldn't even know WTF he's trying to say because he's struggling so bad. Anyway, minor thing and I skip the intro anyway so I'm not giving the series a hit for that.
Overall...loving it and can't wait to see how thee other episodes play out. I live for anime like this, so it's a little slice of heaven for me. :D

**update** Will update this if anything changes, but 7 episodes in and still loving it!
14 people found this helpful
JohnReviewed in the United States on October 11, 2019
3.0 out of 5 stars
For fans only - difficult to follow without having read the manga
Ep 1 just runs past and skips most of the intro and set up to the story. Two key moments are presented as flashbacks but it doesn't quite work. It fragments the plot line and makes it appear bare bones when it should've been fleshed out so we can get into the story. I think non-fans will have a hard time following and even caring.

They're not above using glitch transitions with static sounds and super fast cuts to look edgy or whatever, which is tired and played out. Thankfully, all that jazz has been toned down for Episode 2. They take some liberties with the story, which keeps you on your toes for those familiar with the manga and it's interesting to see how they work out some problems but the set up is largely missing, the big moments fall flat.
15 people found this helpful
Riley RossReviewed in the United States on October 9, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
It's not easy to do this series justice, but I think it's doing it.
Blade of the Immortal is my favorite samuari story and I feel like this adaption isn't afraid to pace is fast in a way that still works powerfully and chooses many interesting aesthetic choices; things I wouldn't have through would work in a samurai story.

A remake of anything will never be the same as the original, and the memories I have reading the original comic have a stronger impact on me than what I've seen in the first couple episodes of this series. But it is an incredible adaption? I say hell yeah it is.

Watching it in color already gives a very different effect, but not a worse one.
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D. GarciaReviewed in the United States on April 23, 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
Flat characters, story took a nosedive towards the end.
This is another anime that has a lot of wasted potential. I have come to notice that most anime shows are given very generous and undeserving reviews.
Rin has sworn vengeance for the death of her parents. Her skill is horrendous, she goes on and on ad nauseam about her resolve, and yet her resolve leads her to crying, screaming relentlessly, and needing to be saved in every episode up until this point (I am on episode 9), so much so that her terribly flat character really detracts from this show. She is such a bother I almost forgot that the slayer of 100 samurai loses every battle he fights, but as the title suggests, he is able to come back over and over to try again.
The show is watchable and has a great premise, and the story is well written and if Rin was replaced by anyone or literally anything, as I'd opt for a sock puppet, this anime would be substantially better.

Update: As the season came to a close, I did not care. Characters do not have any more depth over time, the only thing Rin mastered is the art of crying, Manji still lost every fight but would suddenly and miraculously develop a higher degree of mastery with his swords in the span of a two minute fight, which is largely just depicted with flashes in this show, and turn the tide of battle. It would happen in the same fashion every single time with no alteration to the formula. The only change towards the end of the season is that things became more nonsensical, and people got really good at chopping their enemies' heads in half.
5 people found this helpful
MichaelReviewed in the United States on October 27, 2019
2.0 out of 5 stars
Zack Snyder's Blade of the Immortal.
Just like many other people who grew up with access to anime and manga Blade of the Immortal has a special place in my heart. It told a fascinating story about the depths of injustice and corruption, the cost of redemption and revenge and about the fickle nature of fate. And while some of it is a bit uneven (for example: Shira) it remains engaging to the very end. Unfortunately this adaptation is none of those things. Unlike the Bee Train adaptation over a decade ago which rebuilt the first and second arcs into a quasi-climax this version seems to want to provide the most visually striking scenes from the source material without establishing how or why they would matter.

The best comparison I can make after watching three episodes is to Zack Snyder's theatrical cut of Watchmen: something that emulates the style of the original but never understands the soul of it. And because of that for the life of me I can't tell who an adaptation like this is made for. Anyone who has read the manga (or to a lesser degree seen the live action movie or the first anime adaptation) who watches this will understand what isn't being said and be annoyed at what is left behind while anyone watching this without that background will likely just be confused as to what the fuss is all about. It is possible that this will be addressed later in flashbacks but currently it feels like large portions of the story are being left by the wayside so that every episode can end with a fight even if the meaning behind that fight is never established.

The series as a whole so far is stylized with erratic jump cuts and distortion along the lines of what Tony Scott did with Man on Fire. Many scenes are lifted directly from the manga panel by panel but without creating the panels that would be inbetween them. Because of this fights come off like visual noise until they pause on an iconic panel from the manga. Storywise everything that is not Rin has been stripped away, and the experience suffers greatly for it. As I said before this all might change later but three episodes in and we have no idea what the Itto Ryu stands for. Kagehisa has said perhaps eight lines of dialog in total, and his men are reduced to Monster of the Week status. All of the politics behind his actions are gone, as is everything explaining the kessen-chu and Rin's nobility and style. This has the odd effect of things being said that should mean something but just...don't. The animation is hard to judge because of the way it moves and how frequently it zooms in on and distorts people's faces.

I hope this series improves somewhere along the line but as it stands this adaptation is dull and lifeless. Stripped of almost everything that makes it unique it feels like it was edited down to meet some inane censorship laws that are fine with gore and sexual assault but draws the line at discussing history. If this is your first exposure to the series consider renting the live action movie instead.
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