Blade of the Immortal, the Hiroaki Samura manga about a cursed samurai, is getting a new anime adaptation. Now Kodansha, the publisher behind the manga, has confirmed that the anime will be a “complete adaptation” of the 30-volume work.
That will distinguish the new adaptation from the 2008 anime, which ran just 13 episodes, offering a compressed version of the manga epic.
The Japanese name of the anime has also been announced. The title, Mugen no Junin: Immortal, combines the original Japanese title with a bit of the English translation. Blade of the Immortal: Immortal doesn’t quite have the same ring, so we’ll see how the show’s eventual licensor chooses to name it in English.
In any case, we’re very much looking forward to this new version.
Here’s how Dark Horse describes the original manga:
A cursed, seemingly immortal warrior aids a young girl in her quest for revenge. Samura’s massive manga series spawned an anime run, a spinoff novel, an art book, and a live-action film! Intense and audacious, Blade takes period samurai action and deftly combines it with a modernist street idiom to create a style and mood like no other work of graphic fiction!