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Blade of the Immortal
In 1998, artist Hiroaki Samura won Japan's prestigious Media Arts Award for this ambitious manga. The series blends sophisticated illustration and paneling to tell the tale of a young swordswoman, devoted to avenging her parents' death, and a sly, unsentimental warrior, cursed with immortality. Intelligent and cinematic, Blade of the Immortal takes the classic samurai story and turns it on its ear.