Samurai Deeper Kyo

Title: Samurai Deeper Kyo

Category: TV

Total Episodes: 26 (26 x 25 mins)
Genres: Action, Historical Settings
Year Published: 2002
Studio: Studio Deen


     It is 1604, four years after the Battle of Sekigahara, perhaps Japan's greatest civil war. The people try to recover from its aftermath and enjoy the newly attained peace. Amid such times Yuya Shiina, a roughneck girl who earns money by capturing outlaws, mistakes a roaming and peace-loving medicine seller Mibu Kyoshiro for the legendary wanted man "Onime-no-Kyo." But she soon realizes that she is wrong when she sees that Kyoshiro is just a weakling. Nevertheless, she ends up capturing Kyoshiro anyway -- he is wanted for running off without paying for a meal. As they travel together Kyoshiro tries to help Yuya catch another wanted criminal. In the process Kyoshiro is cornered. Then he mumbles, "Here he comes," and the color of his eyes turn a deep red. He pulls out his sword which he had never touched before and suddenly, Onime-no-Kyo, the legendary assassin said to have killed one thousand men with this sword, is standing there.

     Kyoshiro and Kyo: Two spirits in one body. Yuya is looking for a "man with a wound on his back" who killed her older brother. The two head to Edo together. One after another, samurai come after Onime-no-Kyo. Why do Kyoshiro and Kyo share the same body? Historical figures, such as Tokugawa Ieyasu and Oda Nobunaga, emerge in the story and the mystery of the two souls is gradually resolved.

*** Description based on the manga from kodanclub. Cast & characters generously provided by Poof ***




Cast & Seiyuu:


Benitora - Seki Toshihiko
Onime no Kyo - Konishi Katsuyuki
Sanada Yukimura - Ogata Megumi
Sasuke - Ishida Akira
Shiina Yuya - Horie Yui



by: Makkun


Animation - There are too many characters in this anime, without proper focus on each one of them. Take Yuya for example. In the first episode, she was that bounty hunter who's looking for demon eyes kyo and as well as the murderer of his brother. She carries a very old-fashioned gun and has a cool way of using it. But then, as the story goes on, she turned from bounty hunter to a pitiful storyteller and in the end, she didn't even know who killed her brother [although of course we all have assumptions ourselves]. Some characters were wasted. Wasted in the sense that they just disappeared after being defeated and we didn't know what happened to them afterwards. The anime has forced drama. I especially laughed one time when Kyo was fighting this big guy and a little girl. In the middle of the battle, the little girl died and this awful big guy cried a river. I mean, get a grip. They were all watching them silently as if a fight has never started. This is truly pathetic.


     The designs mainly are of course, exceptionally good. The face fits the attitude, and our warriors have their own weapons. Even I had a difficult time choosing which one looks best *blushes*. Even old Muramasa himself is suich a bishie. =p


Story and Plot - 26 episodes. Different enemies everyday, Kyo and Kyoshiro struggling to surface from one body and Yuya, the storyteller. Sometimes there are battles that are good, sometimes there aren't. It's total mix-up. The story goes beyond the plot.


Music - Of course, Rock backgrounds. Very good.


Enjoyment - mysterious and gripping, although there are downs here and there. It's not that good, but not that bad either.


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