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Samurai Deeper Kyo Vol. 1: The Demon Awakens (2003)

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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Anime Works
Genre: Anime, Action Anime
Running Time: 125 min.
Languages: English, Japanese
Subtitles: English
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During the epic battle of Sekigahara, two samurai face off outside of history. The heated duel between Kyoshiro and Demon Eyes Kyo is interrupted when a falling star slams into the plains, shattering the ground and engulfing both of them. Years later, Kyoshiro, now a medicine man, wanders the land with a forgotten past. Hidden deep inside him is the soul of his old opponent, Kyo, slayer of a thousand men. When the bounty hunter Yuya and Kyoshiro are thrown into the battle, the medicine man's friendly personality retreats, and the world learns why Kyo is called a demon!

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moderately satisfying by freed July 10, 2006 - 11:48 AM PDT
0 out of 2 members found this review helpful
Has moments of intrigue and interesting action...which is bogged down with dialog concerned with peoples names...and (ugh!) feelings!!

It looked better at Anime-X by Fangs October 14, 2003 - 9:03 PM PDT
3 out of 3 members found this review helpful
Samurai Deeper Kyo is a typical wandering samurai, adventure anime. You definitely want to watch it in Japanese because the dubbing is so poor, you lose some of the story in the translation. The premise of Samurai Deeper Kyo is that four years ago there was a decisive battle at Sekigahara. The slayer of a thousand men, Demon Eyes Kyo was fighting Lord Kyoshiro Mibu. After the battle, Demon Eyes Kyo shares the body of a medicine seller, Kyoshiro Mibu.

There is a complexity to the story that will keep you watching. The more I watched, the more wanted to find out what the whole story is. However, the characters feel very one dimensional. The show is very fast paced, so characters appear and disappear quickly. In the first episode, 10 characters are introduced in three separate places within the first half of the show. For instance, Kyoshiro Mibu is a "slimy pervert". Yuya Shiina is a bounty hunter looking for revenge. Lady Sakuya feels incredibly guilty about what happened in the Battle of Sekigahara. But, there is very little about their relationships with each other. You have no idea what their motivations are for their actions. It isn't until episode 4 that you know anything about Demon Eyes Kyo's past. This results in a lack of depth to the characters, which I found rather boring.

A wanna-be that just doesn't get edgy enough by hneline1 August 13, 2003 - 11:44 PM PDT
6 out of 7 members found this review helpful
Samurai Deeper Kyo is like a cross between Bastard! and Ninja Scroll without the goriness or overt sexual innuendos, and with a sprinkling of comic goofiness and schizophrenia ala DNA2. Kyoshiro's alter ego, Demon Eyes Kyo, has Dark Schneider's wicked grin and the supreme attitude developed from overcoming too many opponents. Kyoshiro himself acts like your typical lustful teen and provides comic relief with his somewhat cowardly, extreme reactions. The semi-human monsters are reminiscent of the various vengeful magical beasts in ninja anime.

As much as I think the characters have a bit more depth than your average made-for-tv action show, I still wasn't impressed with the episodes on this disk. It looks like Ninja Scroll Lite, a wanna-be that just doesn't get edgy enough -- other anime are more bloody, more sexual, more philosophical, more whatever. My biggest gripe is that there are too many "dramatic poses" to build suspense and attitude, while the action is limited to standoffs and one-shot attacks. And even then, Saiyuki has more innovative pauses.

However, I have some friends who do like this series. They like Kyo's attitude and the slowly revealed soap opera between Kyoshiro, Kyo and Lady Sakuya. So, if you want ninja attitude without the blood, this may be just for you. As for me, I like my swords with action, and I don't think I'll be watching more episodes.

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