I am so excited to see this trailer. I have been a long time fan of Hiroaki Samura's manga Blade of the Immortal. For those who don't know of it the story follows Manji, an expert swordsman who is cursed with immortality after being given kessen-chu (sacred bloodworms that heal even mortal wounds) by a mysterious woman named Yaobikuni. She promises Manji she will grant him the ability to die after he kills 1,000 evil men. Along the path to complete his quest he takes a young woman, Asano Rin, under his wing. Rin is seeking revenge on Anotsu Kagehisa, another master swordsman who is traveling Japan to bring all the sword schools under the banner of his Ittō-ryū.
The manga was distributed in America by Dark Horse Comics for years and it was the reason I was exposed to it. Samura writes and draws the comic and every page is a work of art. Here are a couple of examples:
An anime series of the same name was released in 2008 by Bee Train and it was a very faithful representation of the source material. I expect the movie will be just as high a caliber if the trailer has anything to say. One side note, I was interested to see that the live-action version of Manji will not sport his traditional swastika kimono like he wears in the manga. The manga always made a disclaimer about the original origins of the swastika as it existed long before the Nazis perverted the symbol. Even the anime kept it but it seems they have altered it slightly for the live-action, no doubts in hopes of acceptance towards a wider audience. Personally it doesn't matter to me either way, I just want to see as faithful an adaptation to Blade of the Immortal as possible. It certainly looks like that's what we are going to get. The movie will be released April 29, 2017 in Japan with an international release yet to be determined.
Are you looking forward to it?