Hiroaki Samura is a Japanese writer/illustrator and creator of Blade of the Immortal, as well as several other short works. He has also done various illustrations for magazines.
“Samura's stark black-and-white drawings combine precision and a
gritty, gestural line in riveting, powerfully expressive
illustrations . . . Readers will be drawn into this epic tale, even
when there are moments they would prefer to look away.”—Publishers
“Few artists draw samurai manga as well as Hiroaki Samura, whose pages are packed with photorealistic detail while remaining fluid, dynamic, and human.”—OtakuUSA