Manji is a ronin samurai trying to atone for his sins. He has an unorthodox sense of justice about him. Manji is laid-back and carefree due to his immortal status, and often caught sleeping. Manji doesn't like being immortal at all. He has a strange sense of true sword play in many ways similar to Itto-Ryu, a fighting-ethic. Unknowing his master was enforcing his brutal rule on the local populace, later maji found out that his master was corrupt then he killed him. This unfortunately branded Manji an outlaw with a bounty on his head. He was now only known as Killer of 100.
His role through the series is to serve as the bodyguard of Rin Asano and help her seek vengeance on Kagehisa Anotsu (who killed her father). With Anotsu's death, the series concludes and Manji and Rin part ways without really saying goodbye. Ninety years later, carrying a sword is illegal and Manji puts this life behind him for good in the hopes of trying to find a normal job only to be contacted by the same woman who gave his immortality, with a little girl who needs his protection. It turns out this girl is the granddaughter of Rin and when she gives him a gift from Rin that had been passed down to her, he agrees to protect her.
Blade of the Immortal: Legend of the Sword Demon - Rendered immortal by an infusion of mystical worms that can repair any wound, the masterless samurai Manji wanders the hillsides of feudal Japan, his quest to slay one thousand evil people to atone for his past sins. By his side is the young woman Rin, an orphan who seeks vengeance for the murders of her parents.
Driven in a quest for absolution, the two have faced many deadly challenges, both natural and supernatural. But can they survive their greatest battle, against the all-powerful Inugami?
- Written By: Junichi Ohsako
- Illustrated By: Hiroaki Samura
- Publication Date: January 27, 2010
- Format: B&W, 224 pages, TPB, 5 1/8" x 7 1/4"
- Price: $10.99
- ISBN-10: 1-59582-338-7
- ISBN-13: 978-1-59582-338-0