A Complete Work of Art – Mugen no Juunin Episode 2 Review

This is a review of Blade of the Immortal or Mugen no Juunin episode two. Let’s count this as Day 11: Vengeance and supernatural pacts, part II.

Check out last week’s episode one review here!

Hmm…maybe I’m missing something, but these episodes move very fast. Maybe I’m just so used to Naruto-esque padded filler arcs that break fight sequences up to span over at least two episodes minimum. I can appreciate this one and done type of battling, as it lends to the realism of the show.

So this episode Rin’s age was revealed. She is a sixteen year old girl, making her fourteen during the events that happened two years ago. It was a different time period, but the way these grown men of the Itto-ryu lust after this little girl is disturbing.

We also get confirmation this episode that Manji is only helping her because she resembles the dead sister.

I want to like Rin, and I know she’s young but the mistakes this girl makes are mind-boggling. I will give her credit for training to take on these skilled fighters – the gap in experience is apparent in each fight. She has courage, and can hold her own up until a certain point. But then she makes these seemingly random decisions to do things that do not help her situation.

Rin declares to have this iron-clad resolve to avenge her family, but last episode – the first episode of the series mind you – she was content with committing suicide if it meant she would knock off one of thirty responsible for her parents death. Run on sentence be damned!

This episode she has knowledge that the Itto-ryu are hunting her for reasons unknown.

The shopkeeper tells her that the sword belongs to a member of the school or “gang” that is targeting her. With this knowledge, and the last encounter fresh in her mind – she proceeds to make a scene over her father’s sword. It is an emotional thing, yes – but there is a time and place for everything. To make matters worse, groveling on all fours in the most demeaning way in terms of what Japanese social hierarchy dictates…was unnecessary.

I don’t even understand why Rin was selling Manji’s tools in the first place. The pair received money from the artist. At the end of the episode, was the thirty ryo lost?

I am enjoying this show, but I may inadvertedly be missing a few pieces to the puzzle. I need to stop watching this show late at night. I’m going to end it here.

Do you feel like Rin is making stupid mistakes? Are you enjoying the spurts of comedy in the show? Does Manji even feel pain? Leave your thoughts in the comment section below, I’d love to hear from you! Also be sure to follow us for more Mugen no Juunin reviews!

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Author: In Asian Spaces

I write in my personal time and I haven't published much at all. I don't know if that qualifies me as a writer or not, but I'd like to change that. I have a deep passion for travel, cinema and (mainly) East Asian things, but I plan on writing various things to keep it spicy. Let's prosper together ~ よろしくおねがいします。

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