Have a samurai fetish? Don’t worry, me too.
Samurai Deeper Kyo follows Demon Eyes Kyo, one of the most feared legendary samurai in the world, and the quest for his true body, while he actually resides in Mibu Kyoshiro’s body. Along the way, he meets friends and travelers that accompany him in his adventure as he defeats rivals opposing his way. We also learn more about both Kyo and Kyoshiro’s clashing personalities as well as the relationships between the characters as the story unfolds.
It’s quite hard to explain the story simply without spoiling too much, so I won’t go into the details, like the clans and tribes and swords and all that. I can imagine question marks popping out of everyone’s heads when I say Mibu clan or Tokugawa clan. It also makes my review less complicated and easier to understand without all that unknown vocabulary unless you’ve watched the anime or read the manga of course. Hope you don’t mind!
Despite sharing the same physical body, Kyo and Kyoshiro have totally opposite personalities. Which brings much comedy to the series! Can I mention how I absolutely love Kyo and Kyoshiro? I love samurais, especially the kimonos that they don on. They look so good in them. -drool- If you’re a fan of samurais, I’m pretty sure you’d love the Kyos (I shall just refer to both of them collectively) too, as well as the fighting scenes in Samurai Deeper Kyo. And oh, although it’s a fact that there’s romance in Samurai Deeper Kyo, I would say that the series focuses more on fighting and adventure, so don’t expect too much.
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So Kyoshiro meets a sexy female bounty hunter by the name of Shiina Yuya, who wants to take revenge on “the man who has a scar on his back”, for this man had killed her brother. She was also interested in the generous money reward for finding the wanted Demon Eyes Kyo. After spending time together with Kyoshiro, and Kyo when he awakens later, Yuya grows closer to both of them as a travelling companion as well as a friend (and maybe even closer than that).
Of course, on their way, they meet even more travelling companions, friends as well as rivals, all on their own separate paths but somehow or rather at a certain point of time, their paths cross each other. These characters form strong relationships with each other and aid each other in their quests, just like your usual shonen storylines. Amongst these characters, I liked Benitora and Yukimura the most! Benitora being the humorous and fun-loving character, and Yukimura being the cheerful samurai that always smiles (though he’s scary when he’s angry). Sadly there aren’t any main cast with meganes in Samurai Deeper Kyo. I guess it wouldn’t make sense to have guys with glasses prancing around, fighting, would it? 😛
I liked the fighting scenes in Samurai Deeper Kyo, because I generally like all fighting scenes involving samurais. Kyo’s rather sadistic, or maybe I should say, Kyo’s really sadistic, so fighting scenes are exciting! Who wouldn’t want to miss out on a handsome samurai brandishing his sword at his opponents? Whenever Kyo draws out his sword, I’ll shift excitedly to the edge of my seat, eager to see him slay all his opponents in his way. And you’ve got to love how Kyo says, “You heard it too, didn’t you? The voice of the wind.”
So Kyo and friends go on their adventure fighting rivals in their way and ultimately, completing their own personal quests. What is Kyo doing in Kyoshiro’s body? What is the relationship between both of them? And of course, will Kyo find his true body(or true love 😀 )?
All in all, I’d say I enjoyed Samurai Deeper Kyo. It was also one of the first few shonen animes that I’ve watched. I really really really like Kyo and Kyoshiro, but as usual I can’t really decide who I like better, so I’d be better off if they fused together into just one person. 😛 This anime had also gotten me into my samurai guy fetishes, it being the first anime with a samurai as a main character that I watched. This isn’t shojo, so don’t expect much of glitter, sparkles and pink romances. Instead, expect kick-ass fighting and action!