Samurai Deeper Kyo

Title:Samurai Deeper Kyo
Kyo
SDK
Overall:Buy
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Notables: Animation - Studio DEEN
HORIE Yui
KAMIJOU Akimine
OGATA Megumi
R1 License - Media Blasters
TAMAGAWA Sakiko
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.

[TV series, 2002, 26 episodes, 24 min]
R1 License by Media Blasters.

1:29min Series Opening - YouTube Video
2:45min Series Trailer - ANN Video
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Unevaluated Ggultra2764 [series:555#1552]
(Watched 2 episodes)

Can't help feeling this anime feels like a knockoff of Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romantan considering the violent past, pacifist male lead overcoming said violent past and past enemies wanting his life. However compared to Rurouni Kenshin which is mostly grounded in its sword-fighting and believably exploring its feudal Japanese history, Samurai Deeper Kyo has more extraordinary elements and abilities like you would find with anime like Naruto and Bleach as well as some of the typical tropes found of such anime such as slight perversion, cocky and arrogant fighters and seemingly "villain of the day" type developments considering the group of foes seen in the second episode that desire to off Demon Eyes Kyo. Think I'll pass on this one without a final review!

Last updated Saturday, February 04 2012. Created Saturday, February 04 2012.
Buy 9 8 8 8 8 8 Dreamer [series:555#2279]
At first, the pics above turned me off since it looked like it featured "mechs" and the usual maid + master plot.... which I'm not a big fan of. Especially the mech stuff.... just not my thing. However, after reading some of the reviews, I decided to give it a shot. I'm glad I did.

Art, Animation & Character Designs
The art was done well. For the most part, the artwork was a darker style to complement the darker nature of the plot. The animation seemed a bit low. At times it seemed a bit choppy.... but barely noticeable. It could be for the fact that we have samurai action.... and with any hand-to-hand fight scenes, you want to give the illusion of swift motion and quick jerks. Thus, with that argument, I suppose I can overlook the frame rate issue. Character designs were equally as good. Dark in style and well illustrated with good amount of details.

Music
The OP was great! It had a strong female vocal to a good upbeat alternative-rock piece. Mark this as a potential OST purchase. As for the rest of the music, as expected, it was darker pieces with dramatic orchestra-style trumpets, drums and hard pianos.

Series and Episode Story
This had an excellent plot that had me glued to the screen. What made this a really good anime was the characters. The characters were awesome, with great personalities and did well for the series. In most anime, the supporting characters don't really do anything much in terms of the plot, however, here, most of the characters adds substance and really are needed for the development of the plot as a whole. That's what really makes this a good one. Kyo (demon eye), was an awesome character with his ruthless attitude and deep evil crimson eyes. He's probably one of the better characters in most titles similar to this.

Overall, this is a buy. It had a great plot, pretty decent soundtrack and deep, rich characters. The artwork was well above the norm and with pretty good fight scenes.

Last updated Sunday, May 10 2009. Created Sunday, May 10 2009.
Buy 9 8 8 9 8 8 BarrenSoul [series:555#859]
good up to episode 10, starts to get confusing, even more confusing eninding -_-' but still worth it

Last updated Friday, March 04 2005. Created Friday, March 04 2005.
Buy 10 10 10 9 10 9 adiree [series:555#1804]
a classic 'dark hero', an amazing plot line, and some of the most interesting supporting characters i've ever watched... samurai deeper kyo is definitely worth the time to sit through... the plot itself is full of twists and turns, and definitely makes up for the oddly arranged battle sequences... even at the end, i found myself going back and watching certain episodes over just to see how the puzzle all fit into place (and it does fit into place)
the characters themselves never go against their nature - in other words - they never go out of character to prove a point - and even the classic dark hero kyo remains a goulish fiend right up until the end, which seems to be a rarity (or at least, i'd never seen it)
the art and design are above par, and my only complaint about the music is that maybe it was a bit too much during the animation, otherwise it is a great soundtrack...
a great anime - one worth watching a few times just to make sure it all sunk in

Last updated Wednesday, January 19 2005. Created Wednesday, January 19 2005.
Buy 10 10 10 10 10 10 Kyo [series:555#1507]
A lot of people don't do this series a bit of justice. Reason? They don't know much of anything about Japanese history. I'm not Japanese, but at least I take it upon myself to read the inserts of the DVDs before watching so I know what's going on. Everyone is right - this series has A LOT of history - but that's a good thing, because you can be more educated when you go watch other samurai anime! Media Blasters included historical liner notes to cover all the bases of history, touched or not, in this series. It's great, and though I do admit the first DVD was a bit slow and boring, the rest definitely make up for the shortcomings. One disappointing thing, however, is that because it is such a recent show, there are next to no good fansites out there about this series - except one.
http://www.samuraihouse.com/
It's got 30 MP3s, character descriptions, all the historical liner notes, an interview with the creator, and a bunch more stuff, also for Rurouni Kenshin and other series!

Last updated Thursday, July 22 2004. Created Thursday, July 22 2004.
Rent 10 8 8 9 7 6 Greg Bread [series:555#763]
Well I just finished watching the series and I thought it was good but...flawed. I'll start with the positives, The animation was great and the fight scenes looked really good. The story was interesting with plenty of plot/character development.
My biggest complaint would have to be the pacing. At certain points I just couldn't wait to see what would happen next, at other times I was bored and confused. There where alot of signifigant characters in the show, around 10 or so. Keeping track of whose who may be a problem for people who aren't paying attention.
If your looking for a good samurai series, watch naruto first then this.

Last updated Thursday, August 07 2003. Created Thursday, August 07 2003.
Buy 9 8 10 8 9 9 The saint [series:555#815]
It wouldn't be fair to say that this is a rurouni kenshin clone. To say that without actually watching the series is a crime.
First off this anime wouldn't be everybody's cup of tea. It sort of has the same theme as Bastard. A good guy and a bad protagonist share one body. The twist I found amusing was that both are excellent swordsman the only problem is Kyoshiro doesn't remember who he was, and kyo just wants to kill.
Much fan service is also present (though it doesn't hurt much) due to Yuya and the other female casts.
A pretty good anime much to my delight.
A series that deserves to atleast be watched once.

Last updated Wednesday, July 02 2003. Created Wednesday, July 02 2003.
Buy 9 10 8 8 10 8 cwazykid [series:555#662]
Samurai Deeper Kyo was an amazing series. At first... i thought that the animation was only ok.. and the fight scenes were short and lacked detail. However, as the series progressed, the details of the fights became more explicite and the story began to unfold... I consider this series a definate buy for those who enjoy samurai animes. The only thing that i might complain about might be the fact that a great deal of Japanese History was involved, and me, not being Japanese had trouble understanding some of the events in their history.. BUT it was definatly an entertaining and addicting series.

Last updated Wednesday, June 18 2003. Created Wednesday, June 18 2003.
Buy 9 8 7 7 9 9 N3aal [series:555#724]
This is a great samurai series, The most thing I liked about is the main character, Demon Eyes Kyo, who is trapped in his rivals body, Mibu Kyoshiro. He is very cold blooded and mostly humiliates the enemy he is against. Most of the other characters are also interesting.
The animation is good and it well drawn. The only thing I seem to dislike about this series is that the enemies turn into Kenyou, which is somekind of moster. If only they stayed in their original form it would be much better.
The plot is great and it keeps you wanting to know what happens next. I watched the whole sreies and found it very entertaining so I highly recommend it and especially for people who like cold blooded charchters, such as Saitou from Rurouni Kenshin.

Last updated Tuesday, May 27 2003. Created Tuesday, May 27 2003.
Watch 8 7 8 7 10 9 Conardo [series:555#663]
Usually when people check out this anime...they get bored and feel sleepy. In fact, the battles are quite boring. The battles are usually quick and decisive. We already know who's gonna lose or win. Kyo strikes an art and that's quite it, as for the other characters, it's quite the same too.
What is good about this anime is that the story is one of the best I've ever see. But if you don't have any japanese culture, you'll surely get confused...asking who's who, what is that samurai's talking about, why is my cat dead. Basically, if you don't know anything about Japan, you WILL find the episodes boring and dull.
A lot of my friends watched and found it really boring...but the anime has legendary Sanada Yukimura, my favorite character in SDK. The 10 Braves is in the set but we could only see 2 of them...but at least the 2 most important shinobies. If Tokugawa, Sanada, Nobunaga, Ieyasu, Sekigahara and a lot more doesn't give any clue...you might consider to skip this.

Last updated Sunday, April 27 2003. Created Sunday, April 27 2003.
Watch 9 7 7 8 6 6 saa~ [series:555#648]
SDK is about cold blooded samurai kyo who is trapped in another person, seeking to find his own entombed body. Nice animation with high frame rates, but the plot was rather dissapointing. For a samurai flick, most of the fighting scenes are omitted with 10 kanji attack names, or panned out action stills. The characters are well drawn and pretty interesting, but overall, nothing meaningful is explored in their relationships (which I felt had a lot of potential to make the series more interesting). Just all background yada yada stuff as the story goes along.
For a samurai cartoon, there are a lot of historical references chucked in... but then suddenly new characters with laser guns welded to their arms start blowing people to bits, or demons dressed in nurse uniforms starts giving fan service. It's okay if you're after something to watch to pass the time, but overall I felt that Hakkenden was better (lame animation, excellent plot).
The series goes on for about 50 episodes, and the voice cast includes Yui Horie (Narusegawa from Love Hina), Ogata Megumi (Shinji from Neon Genesis Evangelion), and I think the guy who did Hellsing as the protagonist Kyo. The opening/ending credits theme music is excellent, but overall, this series was a bit too fluffy for me.

Last updated Friday, April 18 2003. Created Friday, April 18 2003.

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