Focusing on Manji and Rin's quest to slay members of a group of master swordsmen called the Itto-ryu out of atonement and revenge respectively, Blade of the Immortal attempts to explore the moral ramifications faced with killing and the ramifications of not being able to die, the latter being the case for Manji as his body is infested with a plague of bloodworms that grant him immortality. However for 13 episodes, the scope of this title's story is a bit too grand for only 13 episodes.
To make things short and sweet, Blade of the Immortal's manga source material offers up a good deal of fleshing out with the various members of the Itto-ryu that Manji and Rin cross paths with to explore what purpose they have for their lives and the anime only covers much of the first arc to said series which is only about 20 of the 206 chapters that make it up. The anime structures each encounter in one to two episodes leading to some rather mixed results with how well the stories with each Itto-ryu encounter comes across. The majority of the first half episodes are not too well executed in their storytelling as their self-contained narrative prevents much connection that viewers can make to the characters, feels too much like a typical revenge story and Manji mostly getting by through exploiting his immortality for the element of surprise for each foe he slays. Also, the final two episodes don't add anything to the story as the anime adds on more hints of events yet t come, Rin still committed to revenge and the series ending inconclusively just as events are about to escalate in the series.
In spite of its significant flaws, the anime does have its bright spots. The middle arcs of the series offer better story developments as Manji finds himself challenged by another immortal in the form of Eiku, Makie being conflicted over her role with the Itto-ryu and Araya trying to conceal his past from his family while forcing Rin to confront the flaws to her desires of revenge. Plus, the series is a beautiful one to see visually with gorgeous scenic shots, lifelike character designs and great sword fight choreography with Manji's encounters with the various Itto-ryu members.
Still in spite of these minor praises, Sword of the Immortal still carries major issues stemming from its adaptation only being a small part of a larger series and it shows with the majority of the series not providing much fleshing out of our two leads, early episodes feeling a bit underwhelming in their developments and two final ones mostly being a tease for things to come later in the series. If you want to get the best out of seeing the series, I'm more inclined to recommend checking out the manga adaptation of the series over this one.
Rating: 6 of 10
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Post by Marshal Victory on Apr 19, 2016 1:18:19 GMT
Have not read the manga but did see the anime an would say its around the same rating. Good animation tho week on story progression. Been a few years since I watched it tho. But its not something I would go back for the story. So Old Man Dream , 6/10 sounds about right slightly above average but not overlly so.
Taka: I see. A global release will benefit it. Gundam did pretty good. The only few franchises that are only popular in Japan but not popular in the west - Yokai Watch comes to mind.
Apr 10, 2021 1:55:16 GMT
Master Menos: F for Respects. DMX did all his work while suffering from a drug addiction, and I almost never knew until a point. I hope his next life treats him far better.
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HungryWorld: Sorry for taking so long for the things i have to do, have been suffering from some health issues (including mental health deterioration). Anyways hope i can be a bit more active here soon enough once i am properly patched up again.
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