Blade of the Immortal Review

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Animation Production – Bee Train

Director – Koichi Mashimo

First of all I have to say that this has one of the worst first episodes of any series I have seen in past couple of the years. It was completely ridiculous and had terrible dialogue. It continues this into the 3rd episode which has one of the most disturbing character/enemy I have ever seen. However after getting past the first few episodes it became bearable if you enjoy this particular style of anime. I would even say latter half of the anime is quite good.

The violence and fights in this anime is the reason to watch this show. The show is structured around an immortal bodyguard hired by the heiress of a fallen dojo to seek for the murder of her parents. They encounter the members of the offending clan and episodes are centered around these fights. It is similar in style to the Samurai X shows and share the same amount of violence with shows like Afro Samurai. It is extremely bloody and you can expect plenty of severed limbs.

The reason that my opinion of the show turned after the first few episodes were the interesting fights. Since the main character (Manji) is immortal you know he is going to win but the action is well done. The opponents become less disturbing which was what made me dislike the show at first. If you are not a fan of this style of anime there is very little reason to watch this but at 13 episodes it wouldn’t be a terrible way of spending your time.

Koichi Mashimo is an experienced director of many popular TV series such as Irresponsible Captain Tylor, Noir, .Hack, and Dominion Tank Police.

Rating – C+

Genre – Action, Samurai Length – 13 Episode series Year – 2008

Currently not licensed in the US, Adapted from manga

Anime Directors – Satoshi Kon Part 1

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Satoshi Kon is an established Japanese animation film director and screenwriter.

The 45 year old Hokkaido born Satoshi Kon began as a manga editor and artist creating Kaikisen Return to the Sea which was published in 1990 by Kodansha. A french version of Kaikisen has been published.

Kaikisen

His first work on anime was as a screenwriter for Memories where he work on the Magnetic Rose segment of the movie adapting Katsuhiro Otomo’s manga short. In addition to the script he worked as the art director. The segment involved two space travelers who investigate a distress signal. It is a prelude to his core themes of dreams and the metaphysical that are involved in many of his works.

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Stay tuned for a continuation of the works of Satoshi Kon.

My Favorite Anime Movies

Akira

Ghost in the Shell Movies

The Girl who Leapt Through Time

Macross Do you Remember Love

Memories

Mokoto Shinkai Movies (The Place Promised in Our Early Days, Voices of a Distant Star, 5 centimeters per second)

Satoshi Kon Movies (Millenium Actress, Tokyo Godfathers, Paprika, Perfect Blue)

Studio 4C movies (Mind Game, Tekkonkinkreet)

Hayao Miyazaki Movies (My Neighbour Totoro, Porco Rosso, Pricess Mononoke, Spirited Away)

Wing Of Honneamise