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Book Title: Blade of the Immortal, Volume 8: The Gathering|
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The size of the: 2.68 MB
ISBN 13: 9781569715468
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The author of the book: Hiroaki Samura
Edition: Dark Horse Manga
Date of issue: August 28th 2001
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Eight volumes in and Blade of the Immortal remains a superior mixture of visual art and storytelling. Samura's is a fine balance of scratchy pencil drawings and deep detail, able to grant character both to mountain ranges and human faces with very few lines. Unlike most manga artists, he's more adventurous in what he draws, often depicting the backs of speakers, or their hands or feet, to give a hint of the way they gesticulate or what they're doing as they talk. Given his already expressive faces, these touches ensure that every page has character, inviting the eyes to fly along it caught in the samurai intrigue of the plot, or to loiter of the patterns of clothes and the poses of human bodies.
This volume wisely tones the violence down after the end of "Heart of Darkness" went into borderline torture-porn gore. “The Gathering” balances the previous volume, with characters lying low to avoid blame for that gruesome event. Its oppressive atmosphere expresses the anticipation of punishment as keenly as the previous volume expressed the disturbing nature of a sociopath. It's a deep credit to Samura as a storyteller, showing Blade of the Immortal isn't just a book of cool fight scenes as the first volume might lull people into thinking, but something mature that is merely fascinated with the naive and the horrible. Characters are still charitable, thoughtful and penitent in this world. It is not all tough guys and blades, though those, too, get their time. Ironically the one fight scene of the book is the worst drawn of the series, and the poorest scene in the volume, almost too frantic to follow.
In the subdued story of this volume, Samura also highlights another strength. Many of his expository chapters fly along as you try to figure out the next steps in each person's plan for the Itto-Ryu assassination. These make the upcoming violence more important, while giving an essential breather.
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Read information about the authorSee also 沙村 広明
Hiroaki Samura (沙村 広明) is a Japanese writer/illustrator and creator of Blade of the Immortal, as well as several other short works. He has also done various illustrations for magazines and ero guro work. He has an ero guro book out that is mostly a compilation of some of the work he has created.
His favourite bands are Queen, Black Sabbath and Jittarin Jin. He likes Black Sabbath so much he named one of his characters, Kuroi Sabato (literally a translation of Black Sabbath), in Blade after the band.
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