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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  • Rinegar
    (Sunday, Nov 23. 2014 04:43 PM)
    Hey, nice reviews, I began to make my own reviews as well, so check them out if you are interested! https://www.animetier.blogspot.com
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Nov 23. 2014 03:40 PM)
    Okay, Cossette no shouzou rewatched now too. This was on the high end of Shinbou’s cinematography and pretty much the best he’s outputted even if it has its choppiness/stiltedness in parts. It remains a creepy, surreal, trippy and grim, forboding, gruesome and immersive atmospheric ghost story that feels like it could have gone on a bit long and bar the three main focused characters could have had a little bit more depth.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Nov 23. 2014 12:16 PM)
    It was only really entertaining for how nuts it got.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Nov 23. 2014 12:15 PM)
    Aku no hana’s manga never really felt like much more than “crazy shit happening and femdom” = guilty pleasure to me.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Nov 23. 2014 12:07 PM)
    @Emma: Gankutsou was fine in my opinion tho, as it was so out there that I never saw it as a real attempt at adaptation.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Nov 23. 2014 12:06 PM)
    I don’t have much exposure to Cumberbatch beyond seeing him talk on film programs and also his role in that Star Trek movie, kind of want to see him in imitation game.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Nov 23. 2014 12:06 PM)
    @K-off: Don’t give ‘em ideas m8, that actually sounds like a pitch that they would pick up.
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Nov 23. 2014 12:04 PM)
    There is a shoujo manga adaptation/rework of King Richard, there is also a romeo and juliet anime, it was one of the worst thing Gonzo produced, still didn’t dislike it as much a gankutsuou though.
  • k-off
    (Sunday, Nov 23. 2014 11:58 AM)
    @Bam He’d probably find some dumbass way to make it into shonen. Maybe Raskolnikov battles Alyona Ivanovna before he kills her.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Nov 23. 2014 11:55 AM)
    Whoever made Aku no Hana should totally make a Catcher in the Rye adaptation tho, as they’re both fittingly pretentious and empty.

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