Hiroaki Samura’s manga Blade of the Immortal (Mugen no Juunin) is ending after 19 years of bringing mystery, fictional reality and an alternate world for the lovers of more seinen samurai stories to its readers. This will be a key moment for many of us, reminding us of the end of Rurouni Kenshin and that Vagabond is probably the only such manga left around.
Historical when it comes to genre and when it comes to influence, Blade of the Immortal has turned into one of the main titles for ‘samurai’ or ‘history’ manga and/or anime.
Its story begins in 1993 when Samura-sensei’s thrilling fantasy-based historical story of an immortal warrior reaches the pages of Kodansha’s Monthly Afternoon magazine. It has been running in this same magazine for the past 19 years and is also going to find its end there. December 25, 2012 will be a sad Christmas for many otaku since it is the day the February 2013 issue of Monthly Afternoon comes out bringing an end to a legendary manga. The 219 chapter will be the last one, meaning there are just 3 more to come out before the time comes.
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