Rin continues her quest across feudal Japan to avenge the murder of her parents, joined by Manji--her seemingly immortal protector. The eccentric, bloodthirsty Itto-ryu sword school tries to carve a path to Edo castle, led by the hated Atsu as they obliterate all rival schools along the way. What they don't kw, though, is that the deadly Mugai-ryu has formed--with the sole purpose of destroying Atsu's clan! This epic manga series won Japan's Media Arts Award, several British Eagle Awards, and an Eisner Award, among other international accolades. Relentless and shocking, Blade takes Edo-era samurai action and combines it with modernist street idioms to create a style and mood like other work of graphic fiction. Samura's work will thrill you, engage you, and even horrify you like other artist working in film or print today. --Geof Darrow (Shaolin Cowboy, Hard Boiled)
Hiroaki Samura is a Japanese writer/illustrator and creator of Blade of the Immortal, as well as several other short works. He has also done various illustrations for magazines.