Vol: 15; Ch: 84
2003 - 2010
4.328 out of 5 from 237 votes
Rank #1,023

In the 6th year of the Kan'ei era, people enjoy a time of peace; skilled swordsmen are revered and respected, and their lives are their own. Amidst the tranquility, Lord Tokugawa Tadanaka decides, for his own amusement, to hold a fighting tournament in which real swords are used - though laws forbid their use. In a match to the death two highly-skilled swordsmen face off: the one-armed Fujiki Gennosuke, and the blind Iraki Seigen. As they take their respective stances, flashbacks paint a picture of the duo’s past and battle wounds; and thus, the real story begins...

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Manzi May 6, 2011
Score 9/10

In my personal opinion one of the best and more dramatic mangas i've seen. LOTS of blood but with a needed purpouse, not just to fill the blanks. The characters are just great, you can see how they evolve and mature... or not! Combined with a pretty good story, i've heard people say is a lil' slow, but for me the rhythm was just fine. A rare jewel, totally recomended for those who love the style, the... read more

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