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03 September 2011 @ 12:45 am
Is Immortality Worth It?  
I just started following Blade of The Immortal and good grief, why didn't I read this series earlier when I first heard about it from Wizard Magazine back in the '90s?

I actually wrote about the theme of immortality at http://www.mangatherapy.com/post/9678924119/blade-of-the-immortal-immortality

It's interesting how people still don't think about the consequences of immortality, don't you think?

I'm looking forward to seeing how Samura-san will end this epic tale. I want to see Manji achieve his goal at some point.

labingilabingi on September 3rd, 2011 05:07 am (UTC)
I enjoyed your post. Good point about Manji's skills being rusty, especially since he can reattach limbs (less incentive to keep them from getting hacked off). He reminds me of Kai in Lexx in this respect, another "immortal" character who might fit in with your interests.
tonyyao82tonyyao82 on September 5th, 2011 01:17 am (UTC)
Hmmm, interesting. I'll have to keep that character in mind!
jainasjainas on September 3rd, 2011 08:31 am (UTC)
Also of interest for you could be the TV show Torchwood's 4th season, airing those days. The season, entitled Miracle Day, is actually a study in the purest SF tradition of what happens when one day everyone just stops dying, worldwide. As you can imagine it's not all flowers and sunshine... It's a very interesting take on the subject.
tonyyao82tonyyao82 on September 5th, 2011 01:20 am (UTC)
I remember the NY Times article I mentioned in my story mentioned Torchwood. I heard how the series shows how immortality leads to overpopulation of people.
jainasjainas on September 5th, 2011 06:35 am (UTC)
And the collapse of the healthcare system, and various crazy religious sect, and... It's a pretty complex issue, and I find the Torchwood handles it really well (and a twist : the one immortal character of Torchwood become mortal again during the miracle days!)
tonyyao82tonyyao82 on September 6th, 2011 01:44 am (UTC)
Nice of them to bring up religion since religion & immortality seem to go hand-in-hand.
The God of Rockgodofrock on September 4th, 2011 07:33 am (UTC)
You really hit the nail on the head in terms of immortality. If I was immortal, I'd just read books and surf the net all day. Motivation = Gone.
tonyyao82tonyyao82 on September 5th, 2011 01:21 am (UTC)
That's why it's so interesting to see a lot of people seeming to obsess over eternal life.