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Blade of the Immortal, Volume 10: Secrets
     

Blade of the Immortal, Volume 10: Secrets

by Hiroaki Samura, Toren Smith (Translator), Dana Lewis (Translator)
 

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Anotsu Kagehisa, murderous leader of the rogue Ittö-ryü, has journeyed to the mountains far from Edo to the romote Shingyötö-ryü dojo under invitation to bring the sword school under his wing. But instead of a warm welcome, Anotsu finds a dojo full of angry young men who don't want to take orders from an upstart, unless he can proves he's

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Anotsu Kagehisa, murderous leader of the rogue Ittö-ryü, has journeyed to the mountains far from Edo to the romote Shingyötö-ryü dojo under invitation to bring the sword school under his wing. But instead of a warm welcome, Anotsu finds a dojo full of angry young men who don't want to take orders from an upstart, unless he can proves he's tougher than the best of them! That sits just fine with Anotsu, who has dedicated his life to putting the killing back into Japan's formalized sword schools, but Anotsu suspects that something more than proof of his worthiness lies beneath the challenge. Meanwhile, the immortal swordsman, Manji, is recovering from a battle that left him literally cut to pieces. His charge, Rin, is till nowhere to be found, bound for vengeance against Anotsu, but soon his troubles may become a bit more immediate, troubles that even an immortal may not survive! Collecting issues #58-#65 of the ongoing series.

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Publishers Weekly
This multivolume series first arrived on the American comics scene in 1995, and manga fans went wild. Not since Kazuo Koike and Goseki Kojima's Lone Wolf and Cub has a samurai series gathered such a devoted following. It's the story of Anotsu Kagehisa, founder of the Itto-ryu sword school; Rin, a beautiful swordswoman whose parents have been killed by Anotsu; and Manji, Rin's bodyguard, who accompanies her on her quest to avenge her parents' death. With skillful storytelling and masterful artistry, Samura takes the tension and stoicism of Lone Wolf and fuses it with a postmodern irreverence and casual, contemporary vocabulary (e.g., Manji says things like "shaddap!"). Indeed, irreverence is Samura's strength, allowing him to write without much worry about the accuracy of his portrayal of historic Japan. In this volume, Anotsu travels to Kaga province. Unknown to Anotsu, the injured Manji is resting there while bloodworms work to reattach his limbs after a bloody fight with Itto-ryu swordsmen. Meanwhile, Rin, now separated from Manji, has been robbed and left to fend for herself in the wilderness. Like a soap opera, this story is more anticipation than immediate action. Some readers may need a bit of plot information if they're just beginning, but Samura's dialogue is helpful. His b&w drawings are gestural but precise and leap convincingly between meditative scenes of nature and dynamic fights and battles. The thin, fast lines of his drawings suggest a vibrant informality, as if readers were peeking at his sketchbook. Thrilling, violent action combines with a dash of science fiction in an unusual manga melodrama. (Dec.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781569717462
Publisher:
Dark Horse Comics
Publication date:
06/07/2011
Series:
Blade of the Immortal Series , #10
Edition description:
Not Appropriate For Children
Pages:
232
Product dimensions:
5.77(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.60(d)

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