Blade of the Immortal FAQ :
1) How the $#?! did Manji become Immortal?
Good question. Years ago, after slaying a hundred
innoccent men, Manji was granted eternal life by a wandering
gypsy woman called Yaobikuni. She fed him the Kessen-Chu (Hold
Blood Worms) and told him that he could only attain the release
of death if he killed a thousand evil men.
2) And what's with that Swastika on his back
Manji's symbol, the "crux gammata",
means simply prosperity and good fortune. (In fact, the word
Manji literally translates to this symbol in Japanese.)
3) So what's the deal with him and Rin?
To date, Manji and Rin are just friends. She
reminds Manji of his little sister, Machi, who was killed by
the Shinsen-Gumi years ago. Rin also views Manji in that light--
she views him as a bodyguard and as a friend, but no more than