Please note that their might be spoilers ahead, please go forward with that knowledge in mind.
Whether it is in anime, mangas, or comics, or anything in between, dark genre is not a new topic. I’m pretty sure many of us have either read or watched a dark anime series/movie. And even enjoyed the plot, which of course, does not mean love for darkness in reality.
Blade of the Immortal is a well-known manga adapted in anime and action film with varied opinions by the audiences according to personal choices. I would say I enjoyed the film better as it is more realistic and, as I’ve said, that’s my choice.
Although the story is mainly about killing and revenge with a touch of dark elements, they expertly crafted the film to the fullest extend. I would say it is a fantastic piece of art that keeps us amazed throughout, with never-ending gruesome battles one after another.
Despite all the bloodshed and rage depicted, we cannot ignore the fighting skills and physical strength that a samurai has. Giving up is not an option and facing the enemies courageously without fear is something that only a true samurai can possess. Which calls for admiration and applauses to the samurais for their bravery.
The darkness within the film
This article talks about the darkness portrayed in the Blade of The Immortal, also called “The Inhabitant of Infinity.” It is a Japanese manga by Hiroaki Samura, set in the mid-Tokugawa Shogunate period, an era of warriors.
Manji has killed many people, both the guilty and innocent, which gave him the title as the “hundred man-killer.”
The curse of immortality given by an 800-year-old nun named Yaobikuni where she puts bloodworms into his wound. This kept him alive even after severed limbs that allow him to survive any injury.
To lift the curse, he has to take down 1000 evil men to atone for the sins of killing 100 innocent lives. This includes the husband of his sister Machi.
The beginning opens with an impressive black-and-white battle that leaves Manji beastly wounded. He then kills the entire group of gang for the murder of his little sister.
And later, after 50 years, when brightness slowly enters his life, he meets a young girl named Rin Asano, who looks exactly like his sister. She asks him to be her bodyguard, to avenge Anotsu Kagehisa for killing her parents.
Together they set on a remarkable journey to avenge people who did them wrong—one of the most brutal hunts in the history of samurai.
Manji is a highly skilled samurai, and he single-handedly fights his enemies like a true warrior.
They artfully blended the story with many dark features, giving that eerie feeling to the entire film.
We see the protagonist himself living in darkness with guilt for slaughtering many lives. Though he is unbeatable, lives with the curse of immortal life, he can neither die nor live a happy life.
Another dark feature is the masked monster with the dead head of his wife and Rin’s mother attached to his shoulder. If that wasn’t creepy enough as it is.
Blade of the Immortal is insanely epic and perfect for people who love samurai and their skilled swordplay. If you still haven’t watched the film, it’s a must-see—the ruthless killing and bloody battle paint a dark picture.