Blade of the Immortal, the visually striking and violent samurai manga from creator Hiroaki Samura, will receive a brand new anime adaption courtesy of Amazon Prime video. The first two parts of the new anime series from Linden Films (best known for their 2016 adaptation of Berserk) will premiere on Oct. 10.
Immortal’s story follows the journey of Manji, a samurai who is unsurprisingly cursed with the inability to die. To cure himself of his affliction, he must go on a quest to kill 1,000 evildoers. On his path to regain his mortality, he runs into a young woman named Rin. Upon agreeing to help her avenge the death of his parents, the duo crosses paths and swords with several schools of samurai and villains.
The hallmark of the manga series is the skillfully illustrated fight scenes, which seem to be faithfully represented in the trailer above. Immortal’s manga is loaded with page-filling scenes of violence, often depicting Manji cutting down his victims with brutal precision. The Amazon Prime Video adaption doesn’t look like it’s shying away from realizing those same scenes in full detail.
Blade of the Immortal has been adapted several times in the past since its manga debut in 1993. Bee Train Production and Production I.G. first brought the show to life in a 2008 anime adaption. That same year, Blade of the Immortal: Legend of the Sword Demon, a novelization of the story, was released in Japan, then brought the United States by Dark Horse two years after. Director Takashi Miike’s live action retelling of the story was released in 2017.