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Samurai Deeper Kyo  
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At the dawn of the 17th century, at the end of the era of civil wars, in a world of chaos, the epic Battle of Sekigahara was joined.
One man emerged from the largest battle ever fought on Japanese soil; a terrible warrior of unspeakable power, he was nicknamed 'the unconquerable.'
Kyoshiro is a peaceful medicine peddler who harbors the soul of an assassin. He accompanies a young bounty hunter across Japan in search of a murderer and on a quest to discover the terrible secret of his own identity.


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Status in Country of Origin
38 Volumes (Complete)

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Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at volume 1

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User Rating
Average: 8 / 10.0 (683 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.94 / 10.0
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Del Rey (2 Volumes - Complete)
TokyoPop (34 Volumes - Defunct/Del Rey Continues)

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Good Manga, Horrible Scans   
Rating: N/A
by churchoftom
November 1st, 2013, 3:09pm
Its a good manga, Generic Shounen 7, but Good
The problem is that its scans range from great to the worst I've ever seen
Past chapter 235 I wanted to stop reading entirely because the scans were so horrible
I've literally seen troll scans be like 10X better and more legible
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Terrible Battle Manga   
Rating: 1.0 / 10.0
by HoneyDippedLemons
June 27th, 2013, 10:20am
This manga was terrible to me, it has barely any plot and just goes from one senseless battle to another. Which would be fine if at least the battle scenes were cool, but they were lame as hell. The story simply isn’t interesting, the protagonists are led by... their own craziness I guess and the villain is awful. Waste of time!
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rated 10 ! !   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by shines
June 2nd, 2013, 9:48am
i loved the characters they are soo cool
the story has a nice touch of romance and provides suspense
the characters are great and compliment each other
the art is good and i recomend watching the anime as well
the story and emotions are well displayed and the action is exciting
so this manga is definately a 10
and the ending was worth the wait

... Last updated on June 2nd, 2013, 9:51am
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Nice romance for a shounen!   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by jurippe
November 26th, 2012, 7:43am
The only shounen manga that made me liked the tsundere relationship between the main lead & the heroine. As much as I love the fight scenes what hooks me to this manga is the romantic sub plot. So yeah I recommend this manga for those who looks for shounen with good romance, epic fight scenes, non slutty female lead & mature tsundere hero.

SDK might be typical but you will grow to love the story as it progresses and additional factor is the ending of the manga was wrapped up nicely without any loose ends.

... Last updated on November 26th, 2012, 8:28am
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I would have liked it if...   
Rating: N/A
by theLettuceGarden04
November 12th, 2012, 2:15am
it wasn't too long. Unfortunately, I don't have the attention span for mangas as long as this, so I had to drop it. Nevertherless, I still liked it, even though I hate some parts- like the comparison between Kyo's first woman and Yuya, if it was me, I would HATE to be compared to someone else. Like someone else said, I was disappointed with Yuya's degrading from a badass to weak heroine. Other than that, I do love the art- it's pretty decent and the story is fine too, but obviously not mind bending, or overly unique, just normal. Everyone also said some more useful reviews about this so I'll leave it to this...
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Good read   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by hyunwon88
May 27th, 2012, 2:49am
The very first shonen that I completely read and love.
The main character is a badass anti hero at first but as the story progresses he develops appreciation for friendship and love.

Although there are some long fights that took 3O chapters or more of this manga but I don't see anything wrong with it since it's a shonen manga.
Anyway I gave this manga 10 because I love Kyo and Yuya's subtle romance and the side characters that made this manga worth the read.

... Last updated on June 15th, 2012, 2:28pm
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by UsoSora
May 26th, 2012, 8:24am
Remarkable piece of work! Samurai story about friendship, finding the truth and strength, and the true meaning of happiness. There is plenty of enthralling and really beautiful sentences coming from the characters while they're fighting in order to find the true meaning and purpose of their lives. There are many characters, but all of them will eventually capture your attention, maybe even heart. They are so warm, funny and just human! You can find all of your flaws in them, and mature together with them. Even if they were at first antagonists and bad guys, they are not the kind of bad guys you hate until the very end, but you come to emphatize with them and possibly even like them as the story flows, and in their last moments when you see that they weren't always evil, instead, they were gentle and wanted to change the world, but lost themselves in the process and ended up corrupted, in the end, you forgive them all so there isn't anyone to hate anymore smile
The most magnificient thing is the bond between Kyo and Kyoshiro, and Yuya. Kyoshiro who is gentle, protective and warm person, but also unstable and likely to do something wrong while trying to help, and Kyo who is cold, wild, and aloof, seems to actually be quite wise, witty and rational when it comes to his comrades and even enemies. Yuya's and Kyo's bond is something that will keep us, girls tense all the time, just have to read the manga till the very end. One thing I must say, and I know that there are others who don't agree with me, cause it's maybe clichéd, but this is the manga with one of the most beautiful and heart-warming ending I've ever read. So, please, enjoy it smile
(And pay special attention to Hotaru and Akira, really two hilarious guys that will make you laugh to tears)

... Last updated on May 26th, 2012, 8:30am
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Could have been good   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by Virusbluemage
December 21st, 2011, 2:58pm
I went into this series with fairly high hopes, as I've heard a lot of good things about it and I like Samurais. But still this series is poorly done

As you've probably guessed it, the theme of this manga is about Samurai in the Edo(ish) period. There are some likable points to this series. For example there are quite a few of coolers characters who will likely keep you interested/excited. The plot isn't bad either, does a solid job of explaining things while keep it mysterious at the same time. What really kills the series is the action(really sad for a Samurai manga). It's one of those dumb Manga where the good guys win in lame ways. In this case Kyo(the main character) will be clearly weaker than his opponent, but as his bloodlust rises he magically gets stronger(and it has never been stated in the manga that this is the case for him), so he ends up beating really opponents who were whupping on him before, just because he's enjoying the battle. It's lame, and it's really lazy on the mangaka's part. I guess I've been spoiled by Naruto, where they almost always do a great job of explaining why a certain opponent won, and therefore manga like this really annoy me.
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Worth one read atleast   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by yuri999
October 15th, 2011, 2:00am
While most of what ayanechan said below is true, I would say the manga is still worth a read. Even with all the shortcomings, there are still quite a few epic moments that will definitely make it worth your while. I am a sucker for happy endings so suffice to say, I was really happy with the ending and epilogue. For all the cliches and annoyances, SDK still shines through.
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pretty average   
Rating: N/A
by ayanechan
October 2nd, 2011, 12:33am
I thought that SDK was pretty interesting and...i still do. I'm up to chapter 160 or something and i really want to know what happens, that's the only thing keeping me reading this manga. Kyoshiro turning into Kyo at first really confused me, i though he'd change back...i thought...until i had to accept that he probably wasn't coming back. Yuya just gets utterly wimpy!! I mean she was so badass at the start and then she totally falls, and all she can do is comment on the fights while they go on. Also every time Kyo falls its all like "Kyooooooooo!" i mean get a room already.
COMMENTING its so fudging annoying, i mean we can see whats happening ourselves! Every fight someone had to tell us every detail, how scary they look, how they can't see the move.
Also the plot is really slow...i think that Akimine should have sped it up and cut out the first hundred or so chapters. The fights are really repetitive, its all Kyo loosing and then he gets this massive killing aura. ANOTHER THING the killing auras just seem to be getting more frightening every chapter, there has to be a limit to how much a frown can scare you.
A character that really annoys me though, and we don't even know her yet is Sakuya. I mean Yuya is like compared to her so much. I would be angry as if i were compared to her, its like Kyo doesn't like Yuya at all (right now there's hardly been romance...but it is shonen) and he likes how much she reminds him of Sakuya.
All in all, this manga has a REALLY interesting plot, well once you get past all these things, but if it doesn't bother you GO AHEAD.
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