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The Art of Blade of the Immortal [Hardcover]

Hiroaki Samura
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June 1 2010
Hiroaki Samura's Blade of the Immortal epic is a unique, expertly paced manga series that mixes Edo-era samurai grudge matches with anachronistic punk attitudes and mannerisms. It's also one of the longest-running manga series in the U.S.! Samura's stirring tale of a warrior's search for redemption and a young girl's quest for revenge has taken the world by storm, winning numerous awards across the globe and spawning an anime series and a novel spinoff. In Dark Horse's The Art of Blade of the Immortal, Hiroaki Samura's lush color paintings, detailed line work, and selected story pages and chapter breaks are on display in an oversized, 9" x 12", hardcover collection. This Dark Horse edition also includes an exclusive section with thirty-two extra pages of artwork, an introduction by acclaimed artist Geof Darrow (Hard Boiled), and a translated afterword by Samura.

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4.0 out of 5 stars For the fans July 17 2010
By Parka HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
Length: 0:33 Mins
This is actually the English translated edition of the similar titled Japanese art book (ISBN 4063647234) published back in 2008.

This hardcover edition published by Dark Horse features an additional 32 pages of artwork. That's over 150 pieces of samurai art.

If you like the pencil and ink covers by Hiroaki Samura, then this book is for you. It contains primarily the covers (up to manga volume 17), other coloured illustrations, the chapter break splash pages and some inked panels. Everything's about twice the size of the manga illustrations. This is a pretty big book.

The reproduction is pretty good, especially for colour illustrations where you can see the texture of the canvas showing beneath the paint. About half the book is in pencils. Unfortunately, there aren't any rough sketches or comic layouts.

If you're a reader or collector of Blade of the Immortal comics, then you already know what to expect.

Nice book for the fans.

Oh, this book is also much cheaper than the Japanese edition.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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4.0 out of 5 stars For the fans July 17 2010
By Parka - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is actually the English translated edition of the similar titled Japanese art book (ISBN 4063647234) published back in 2008.

This hardcover edition published by Dark Horse features an additional 32 pages of artwork. That's over 150 pieces of samurai art.

If you like the pencil and ink covers by Hiroaki Samura, then this book is for you. It contains primarily the covers (up to manga volume 17), other coloured illustrations, the chapter break splash pages and some inked panels. Everything's about twice the size of the manga illustrations. This is a pretty big book.

The reproduction is pretty good, especially for colour illustrations where you can see the texture of the canvas showing beneath the paint. About half the book is in pencils. Unfortunately, there aren't any rough sketches or comic layouts.

If you're a reader or collector of Blade of the Immortal comics, then you already know what to expect.

Nice book for the fans.

Oh, this book is also much cheaper than the Japanese edition.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book! Aug. 1 2010
By Em - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
As a huge fan of Blade of the Immortal, this was a wonderful treat. Hiroaki Samura collects artwork spanning from the creation of his comic until a few years ago, including the covers of the volumes and bonus illustrations that appeared elsewhere. As a bonus, the book is only thirty dollars, which was highly surprising, as it is filled with full-color illustrations and bound beautifully in hardback. Viewing the work huge and crisp is wonderful, as it is usually reproduced much smaller. We can enjoy Samura's illustrations up close and personal, as they are meant to be seen.

The only drawbacks I can say is that if you are a big fan of his work, you've probably seen all of the pictures already, since many of them are covers to the trades. However, there is art I haven't seen before included in the book, and they even included the translated interview with the artist, which was great. Hopefully, Samura will release a book when the series concludes with the rest of the works, as he mentioned.

Getting this in the mail was like opening a present at Christmas! If you're a fan of Blade of the Immortal, the book is a must-have. And if you're not, you can still appreciate the mastery that is Samura's art.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Buy June 10 2014
By perry boyd jr - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
There are 157 pages of illustrations/pictures. Hiroaki Samura shows great skill with his pencil techniques very inspiring and worth it.
5.0 out of 5 stars The Art of Blade of the Immortal Sept. 29 2013
By Pat - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Any fan of the series will enjoy this book though they may not find it completely satisfying, as it seems to short and leaves out other cover art and bonus material you can find in the comics or graphic novels that may have been worth including.
5.0 out of 5 stars Art of Blade the Immortal July 10 2013
By Miriam Matthews - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This was a gift for my girl and she absolutely loves it. The art is amazing and colourful and perfect
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