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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.


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Latest Release(s)
v.10 (end) by Izumo no Ryuu (2848d ago)
v.9 by Izumo no Ryuu (2883d ago)
v.8 c.32-34 by Izumo no Ryuu (2962d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
10 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

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

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User Rating
Average: 7.8 / 10.0 (469 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.74 / 10.0
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Last Updated
October 2nd 2014, 4:12pm PST



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Oh Super Jump (Shueisha)
Super Jump (Shueisha)

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Weekly Pos #730 increased(+97)
Monthly Pos #1018 increased(+117)
3 Month Pos #1226 increased(+106)
6 Month Pos #1314 increased(+81)

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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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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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Excellence manga   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Laclongquan
January 7th, 2008, 11:30am
Izumo no Ryuu describe the manga so well in one short sentence: the basic, the essence and the beauty.

Both the art and the story-telling are top class. You will read and reread all over again to capture the feelings, emotions. Story is twisted all over the place.

Well, words cant describe this enough. Read it! You wont regret it.
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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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Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by MaVe89
November 22nd, 2008, 5:34pm
I really like Seinen manga with love involved in the plot. The manga fortunately it's not too long, because it's so addictive that I’ve finished this up with one day (around 7h in total) - and it wasn't a waste of time.
The only thing that pissed me a little were the sex scenes. Not the fact that there were in the manga I just missed men nudity – I loved the way artist were drawing men bodies (muscles) so I wanted to see sex between two people, not the different positions of women in ecstasy wink!
But never mind, I was great even so!

... Last updated on November 22nd, 2008, 5:37pm
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a good mix   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by paradoX
March 27th, 2007, 8:53am
This is one of the few manga I have read, that I actually want to re-read. It also happened far more often that usually, that I was reading the chapter multiple times. You tend to miss the details which are important.
Anyway, I would recommend it to you. Nudity and blabla.. Well, everything actually fits together. After a manga like this one, you realize what shounen is and that Kurozuka isn't. smile
Is not for impatient and straight forward readers.

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good stuff   
Rating: N/A
by Anonymous
June 21st, 2006, 11:21pm
highly enjoyable manga. a bit slow at times but then that goes for most mangas imo.
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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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simply superb   
Rating: N/A
by maka1986
August 2nd, 2007, 1:33am
Well what can I say.Its not everyday that I can read something this good and addictive.The story is great,well it gets somewhat confusing here and there but in the end it is all cleard up nicely.Its not a light read .I had to read carefully to understand which made it the more worthwhile.I like the transcending time and apocalypse motives.It really adds to the story.
Overall a must read!
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