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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 over 10 years ago
v.9 by Izumo no Ryuu over 10 years ago
v.8 c.32-34 by Izumo no Ryuu over 11 years 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)

User Reviews

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User Rating
Average: 7.7 / 10.0 (496 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.63 / 10.0
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Last Updated
August 26th 2017, 5:47pm PST



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

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Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #598 decreased(-13)
Monthly Pos #817 increased(+243)
3 Month Pos #1203 decreased(-575)
6 Month Pos #841 increased(+304)
Year Pos #1067 increased(+272)

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Koruzuka Anime.... 11.10.2008 over 9 years ago
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super complex   
Rating: N/A
by destati
June 22nd, 2008, 1:24am
If you don't pay attention to the story, the dialog, the art.. you can get lost very quickly and find yourself confused, especially since (if memory serves me right) it *jumps* a lot through time and pulls a lot of that "it was all a dream" thing. But that's what makes this series so hard to follow: half of the time, you don't know what you're reading. Well, that doesn't take away anything.

... Last updated on June 22nd, 2008, 1:25am
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bloody good stuff   
Rating: N/A
by Anonymous
August 6th, 2006, 2:47pm
I'm not into blood and gore, however this manga is an exception. perhaps because there is a sort of romance behind the story. definately a must read.
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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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Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
December 3rd, 2006, 10:57am
great manga.

Somewhat a mix of blade of the immortal, blame, with vampire stuff.

Little confusing on the start, but gets better after.

... Last updated on December 10th, 2006, 6:24pm
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Rating: N/A
by Anonymous
August 6th, 2006, 2:44am
very nice and bloody I haven't gone through a lot.. but I still think you should read it.. very gory and explicit.. so don't go crying if you don't like it.. very interesting thing about vampires back in the day..

also the romance being in this kind of story is a bit odd..
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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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not so bad   
Rating: N/A
by Anonymous
February 1st, 2006, 4:27pm
A promising if a bit strange manga about vampires (no, really). It's a bit slow (after 4 volumes not much has happened) and quite explicit.
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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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