Posted by psgels on 28 July 2008 with categories: Blade of the Immortal



Short Synopsis: A girl whose parents were murdered asks Manji to help her with her revenge.
Highlights: If you weren’t already convinced that this was a Bee-Train series, then this episode will.
Overall Enjoyment Value: 8/10
Okay, so I think that it was pretty obvious that I’d end up blogging this series. After years, I’m still not sure what’s so appealing about their distinctive style, and yet I absolutely love it. I haven’t read one page of the manga so far, though I might read it once this series is finished. I believe that there were some changes made here and there that made the manga-readers overall disappointed, but for now, I won’t care about that.

In any case, it turns out that the frantic pacing of the first episode was just used by means of an introduction. I should have known: Bee-Train really likes to kick off its series as mysteriously as possible, only to go for a slow pacing with episode two. We’ve seen it in El Cazador, .Hack//Sign, Tsubasa Chronicle, and probably some more that I forgot about now. Still, a slow pacing is really what fits Bee-Train the best. It really allows the story to take its time and the characters to develop properly.
I also keep getting impressed by the music, and it’s surprisingly varied. One track bears a clear reference to Tenpou Ibun Ayakashi Ayashi, while the next is a spunky modern jazzy piece of music, the next is a quiet harp song, the next gives off horror-vibes. Kou Outani really was given a lot of freedom for this series. I must say that I really like the vocals that were used. Call it wailing, but I think that whoever is singing it has a great voice.

Also, what’s up with the episode count for this series? MyAnimeList is the only site which has this series listed at 13 episodes, and yet neither AniDB nor Animenewsnetwork, which strike me as the more reliable, have anything about the total amount of episodes. And yet, there’s also talk going on about a second season. In any case, next week there’s another hiatus, but after that, the releases seem to continue weekly instead of semi-weekly.

6 Responses

  1. Dima says:

    Without Yuki Kajiura who had always been a staple of their best series, the music is worth nothing IMHO.

  2. mark says:

    I want to know whats up with the scenes shown in the OP/ED!?

    Why is Manji shown in a modern city,with skyscrapers ! WTF ??!!

    WTH is BT doing with this series.IMHO,the music is excellent,and I can’t wait to get the OST into my hands.Especially the female vocals in the OP.

  3. frank says:

    Well, I decided to drop Blade of the Immortal.

    The manga is quite possibly my favourite manga of all time. I was so disappointed when Studio Bee Train acquired the rights to this. First they screw up Tsubasa, now it looks like they’ll screw up Blade of the Immortal as well. The pacing is absolutely terrible, the music is horrid, out of place, weakly composed, and doesn’t fit the series at all, and with the exception of the OP, the animation is dull and plain weak. They’ve changed up dialogue, the main characters personality (for the worse) and fucked around with a perfectly good story. The execution felt all over the place (in both episodes)and was awkward. I should of known this would happen–Bee Train can’t make anything good, or at least it seems so.

    Studio Bee Train = Worst studio ever?

    /endrant

  4. Dk86 says:

    “Studio Bee Train = Worst studio ever?”

    Yeah, probably. Along, of course, with Gonzo.
    BOIT is maybe the worst manga-to-anime adaptation I’ve ever seen.

  5. essesus says:

    I can write this one up there with Tsubasa as one of the biggest pieces of crap made from a wonderful manga. Thank you Bee Train, you’ve done it again. May you and the teams who worked on this and Tsubasa brun in the depths of hellfire for eternity

  6. Kyo says:

    Yeah, I’m kinda dissapointed too. Especially with the music. I think I’ll start to hate Ko Otani for what he’s done here :P .

    Oh well, the manga gets way better later on, so maybe it’ll be the same with the anime…

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  • Emma
    (Sunday, Mar 29. 2015 05:18 AM)
    Oh, awesome, dark horse is releasing volume 10 of black lagoon in April, its been nearly five years since the last complete volume…
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Mar 29. 2015 03:56 AM)
    @Aidan: I think theres something seriously wrong when theres the actually possibility of there being a good PA works anime but we all have our opinions =P
  • AidanAK47
    (Sunday, Mar 29. 2015 03:13 AM)
    @Raggers, I will go into detail when I review it. But I think something is seriously wrong when I get a far more satisfying ending out of shirobako than Death parade.
    Looking forward to writing a review of shirobako too.
  • Raggers
    (Sunday, Mar 29. 2015 02:56 AM)
    @Aidan: it wasn’t bad though. I think it suffered from too high expectations and lack of focus (or overreaching).
  • AidanAK47
    (Sunday, Mar 29. 2015 02:29 AM)
    Well. Death parades ending was quite underwhelming.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Mar 28. 2015 11:21 PM)
    Waiting between releases for this will be a good thing, its the sort of manga you pick up and put down, then go back to with breaks in between.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Mar 28. 2015 11:13 PM)
    13 volumes into dorohedero, I’ve found it good enough to buy now that I’ve caught up with the official English releases. While the plot meaders and is kind of messy, isn’t up to much, I love how crazy the gory action is, the gritty artstyle/world and the black comedy more than well make up for it. It works best when focused on those masked gangster magician guys and also the main character, the others are only alright.
  • Raggers
    (Saturday, Mar 28. 2015 02:19 AM)
    @Aidan: true, but I don’t think the level is anywhere close to a true shounen. And once the basic rules are established it’s strategising and straight out fighting.
    I’d be more inclined to call it seinen with shounen elements than actually shounen.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 09:59 PM)
    Good all action finale to cap off Garo there, went out with a bang, though thing is I have no idea where their going to go with this when the movie, second season comes along, this seems like a pretty good point to finish.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Mar 27. 2015 05:35 PM)
    I think that just about all the manga serialized in ultra jump feel less seinen than those serialized in other seinen magazines.

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