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Kurozuka  
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Description
From Izumo no Ryuu:

A tale of obsessive love and constant pursuit, told over a 1000 years.

Escaping from a brother who had just ascended the throne, Yoshitsune, along with his servant, comes across a house in the middle of a desolate mountain. Oddly enough, only a young woman lives there, who seems to possess a very dark and ominous past.

This long journey of more than a thousand years focuses on our main protagonist Kurou. It can be somewhat confusing at the beginning, but once you understand the plot this story can be quite entertaining.

The main thrust of the story goes like this: Kurou meets a beautiful woman by the name of Kuromitsu, and begins a relationship which transcends life and memory. Kurozuka tells the tale of a journey undertaken by immortals, and those who chase after immortality.

The majority of this story takes place many centuries in the future, after Kurou has been separated from Kuromitsu. Having lost almost all of his memories, Kurou seeks to understand why he cannot die, to rediscover his identity, and to find the woman that haunts his dreams.

Type
Manga

Related Series
N/A

Associated Names
KUROZUKA-黒塚

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Latest Release(s)
v.10 (end) by Izumo no Ryuu (2715d ago)
v.9 by Izumo no Ryuu (2750d ago)
v.8 c.32-34 by Izumo no Ryuu (2829d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
10 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
Yes

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1 (alternative plot and ending)

User Reviews
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Forum
2 topics, 24 posts
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User Rating
Average: 7.8 / 10.0 (461 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.74 / 10.0
10
 16% (75 votes)
9+
 17% (79 votes)
8+
 26% (120 votes)
7+
 23% (107 votes)
6+
 9% (40 votes)
5+
 3% (16 votes)
4+
 2% (8 votes)
3+
 1% (4 votes)
2+
 1% (3 votes)
1+
 2% (9 votes)

Last Updated
July 30th 2014, 5:30pm PST


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Year
2002

Original Publisher

Serialized In (magazine)
Oh Super Jump (Shueisha)
Super Jump (Shueisha)

Licensed (in English)
No

English Publisher
N/A

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #634 increased(+262)
Monthly Pos #1242 increased(+48)
3 Month Pos #1401 decreased(-60)
6 Month Pos #1280 decreased(-22)

List Stats
On 607 reading lists
On 894 wish lists
On 1279 completed lists
On 96 unfinished lists
On 254 custom lists

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Forum Posts
Koruzuka Anime.... 11.10.2008 2084 days, 13 hours, 32 minutes ago
Kurozuka options??? 2278 days, 9 hours, 5 minutes ago

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Lacks depth   
Rating: N/A
by knockoutmice
May 13th, 2013, 2:18pm
This story lacks depth and most of the ideas have been expressed by other authors. It has nothing to do with Yoshitsune just that it borrows his name to popularize this work. The characters almost all look the same except with different hair styles. Alot of the scenes are unnecessary and just feel like fillers to me. But some of the action scenes are just amazing.

Spoiler (mouse over to view)
The story begins with the hero escaping and hiding in a vampire's house from his enemies. Soon they fell in love and she turns him. However before his transformation was complete, his head was cut off. In order to save his life, she took his head and placed it on someone else's body. And every 100 years or so, this mortal body would weaken and he would need a new one. But in doing so, he looses his memory and personality.


Overall, aside from the action arts, this serie is disappointing as the idea of imortality keeps changing.
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
In the beginning, it states that they need to exchange blood, but towards the end, only drinking a drop of vampire blood would suffice to gain imortality. And there doesn't seem to be any down falls to becomming a vampire, so why not share it with everyone? Also at some point, the hero wants to die, all he had to do was stop drinking blood, yet he continues to drink it with no remorse.


Ideas are thrown in with no development or that its altered as the story progresses. Rules of imortality transformation applies differently to different characters just to fuel the story. Well I guess I'm just reading too much into this.
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the artist...   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by bookawkee!
December 19th, 2012, 5:24am
damn. although sometimes the artwork was a bit odd and reminiscent of capcom character designs i still liked it.
really sad that no one has scanned any of his other works.
hint frikkin hint
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Beautiful...but check out the ANIME!! :D   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by LUEser
January 23rd, 2012, 7:31pm
There are times when I thought about giving up on this manga just because it jumped around a lot. While reading, I was always confused if it was the present or the past. The best reward is that everything made better sense. Piecing every romance, bloodshed, swordplay, and darkness together at the end made this manga A MUST.
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Good Manga / Unexpressed potentialities   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by darkgenio
June 27th, 2011, 1:49pm
I have to agree with Aikanaro, although I am much less severe. The manga has many defects, the biggest being that characters and plot are not developed enough (apart from some unnecessary fanservice). It gives you the feeling of unexpressed potentialities, it seems a series that was thought to run for more than 20 volumes, but that for a reason or another was compressed in ten.

Nevertheless, I thought that Kurozuka was a beatiful Manga. The plot was not confused in my opinion, but it requires a higher level of attention. Artwork is also outstanding, and some of the characters are deeply fascinating.
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pretty bland seinen-fighting manga   
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by Aikanaro
February 18th, 2011, 12:26am
I didn't think it was very good. The first few volumes are just confusing in how they jump around, and the rest of the story when it settles down wasn't something that needed to be told. There were some interesting elements, but most of it fell into boofhead-seinen-action-story mode. There's not a lot of substance in the main part of the story - just a lot of fighting and running.

Which is a shame, because there's potential for substance. The premise has room for it, and most of the characters have potential for doing interesting things. Mostly they don't though. It's like they fight just because that's what happens in these kinds of stories.

The actual structure of the story is a bit of a mess as well. There are plot threads and characters that are introduced and then are quickly forgotten or never amount to anything. Was there any point to the loli, or was she just there because all seinen action series need one?

If you like stories about superhumans fighting each other with swords, this is for you. There's only slightly more substance than that, and none of it gets well developed.
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Lol what was that ending?   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Mushu
November 21st, 2010, 6:02pm
The only thing you can think after reading this is:

Spoiler (highlight to view)
It's a small world after all!


Seriously though, I would recommend reading this to anyone who wants a well-written DEEP story. This is like no other manga out there, and the ending spurs many "wtf just happened!!?!?!?" moments for weeks on end. Only reason I can't see this manga as being a largely discussed one is that the art is very dark, it's not mainstream, not that I'm complaining.
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not bad   
Rating: 8.7 / 10.0
by purplegeass
September 18th, 2010, 2:49am
i really liked it and didn't find the time skips all that hard to follow. One thing i didn't like was all the guts coming out after some body gets cut in half (witch is all the time although i guess it is realistic i don't like it) oh and there quite a bit of sex but not after i think earthier chapter 15 or 23 but other than that the art during and out of fighting scenes is awesome and everything gets explained by the end but this is in my top ten for favorites

... Last updated on September 18th, 2010, 2:51am
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Defiantly worth checking out   
Rating: N/A
by sesshomaruAA
July 20th, 2010, 11:32pm
Wow, I was totally blown away by this story, it is so unique and thrilling that I couldn't stop reading. Don't be thrown off by the relatively low ratings, this is really a great story (and if it weren't for spiteful people who judge stories based on their biased opinions and don't read through the story completely before rating, this would be rated much higher) The artwork is well drawn, but due to the dark ambiance that the author tries to portray, some of the actions (images drawn) can be quite difficult or straining to make out, especially during some of the fighting scenes. I finished the story in about two days, only because the first day I didn't want to finish it and have nothing to do the next, but even then, it was hard not to think about it. I really loved how the story spanned over great lengths of time, it really added another dimension to the story, keeping the reader wandering what is going to happen next and really emphasizing the love between the two main characters (though in my personal opinion this author should stick to seinen and action titles since he could use work on his interpretation of love and how to really show it).This manga really kept me guessing on what was going to happen next, always moving forward, it sometimes got overwhelming. There really is a lot fit into these short 10 volumes and if you don't read carefully it is quite easy to get confused (I know I had to go back and re-read a bit to grasp some of the concepts). In my opinion, I felt that the ending came to soon. Though it was satisfying, it left me feeling like I had forgotten something, but couldn't quite figure out what. I couldn't be more pleased with the ending though, because it is probably the most hopeful and fulfilling ending that a dystopia could possibly offer, and even though I felt like I wanted more, it was probably the wisest time to end the story since this type of story could probably continue on forever. But overall the story is quite fulfilling, even for a dark, apocalyptic, dystopian world, such as this and I recommend it to anyone who is interested.

... Last updated on July 21st, 2010, 12:20pm
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Kurozuka   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by GodOfMadness
April 28th, 2009, 6:52pm
While there wasn't much chapters about their romance, I loved Kuro and Kuromitsu, Kuromitsu is beautiful yet mysterious character, I would have loved more about Kuro's past and Kuromitsu past, but oh well, great story hope there will be a sequal ^^
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good manga   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by blaznazn22
April 18th, 2009, 1:04am
overall good story line, but it was confusing to read as it went through time like 200 years in one chapter to the next. But everything is explained at the end and comes together well. Other than this the art is beautiful. Especially one chapter where the artist drew a cabin surrounded by a forest. The detail is amaaazing and I cant believe a person could actually do all that.
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