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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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Starts at volume 1

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Average: 8 / 10.0 (679 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.93 / 10.0
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Del Rey (2 Volumes - Complete)
TokyoPop (34 Volumes - Defunct/Del Rey Continues)

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ksd is okey(i guess)   
Rating: N/A
by pyromaniac_b2b
December 27th, 2007, 7:59am
hmm...Ksd is a pretty good one especialy the art...better than i'll ever draw anyways..the story is kinda touching, for me...and kyo is actually a really really nice guy...n i like him...yup~! =3
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by BlackandRedStreaks
November 13th, 2007, 2:51pm
Kyoshiro is boring. When you meet Kyo is when things start to get really good. Read up to the second encounter before you judge this series.
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hmm..... not bad   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by KoukaiGyoku
November 12th, 2007, 6:46pm
I really enjoy anime/manga in the fighting genre and after reading Rurouni Kenshin, I looked around for another great samurai based manga and found SDK but its a little bit too DBZ-ish. The fighting scenes at the beginning was pretty good, but later on I just found it uncool that kyo starts to shoot phoenix and tigers etc out of his sword =O

As for the characters, the only one I found interesting is the main 2 characters themselves: Kyo and kyoshiro. Kyo's attitude is absolutely badass and Kyoshiro is absolutely hilarious in the beggining =D Other than that I didnt really like the other characters much, some of the villains appears to be meaningless =(

As for the storyline, I wont post any spoilers, but the storyline itself is quiet interesting at the beginning. As I read on, I found it to be a bit of a drag unfortunately =(
Overall, it wasnt as good and as deep as Kenshin and I began to skip text after text just to see the fighting scenes. I am currently on the last Arc (I think) and the storyline begins to grow more interesting again as the final villain drew close watching kyo fights a battle that Ive been eager to see from the earlier volumes.

I have not finished reading the whole thing but I found that this series is still an above average series though it is still very inferior to RK. Sure the SDK fighters are "stronger" than RK fighters by being DBZ-ish, but that doesn't make it a better series at all. Anyway, if you enjoy a fighting anime/manga, give this series a shot. You might lose interest with the plot halfway but just read on anyway since the final battles would be pretty good =]

ps: forgot to add score lol

... Last updated on November 12th, 2007, 6:50pm
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Very good but not very good   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by Levantine
August 24th, 2007, 6:02pm
hmm, how should i explain this... this manga is very good in earlier chapter, but become boring in lat chapter. too many repeated action and the storyline are quite monotome. however, i still read it to the end smile. at least the ending are fine, you must read it.
it catchy in first and you want to read it to the end, but you'll also not very satisfied with it.
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Mildly entertaining.   
Rating: 4.0 / 10.0
by Digital-Eon
August 10th, 2007, 8:31pm
SDK has an interesting idea, and I really enjoyed reading it at first. However, since Kyosuke's disappearance, things have... well, changed. There are a few characters that I like, such as Benitora, but most of the cast just bores me or, on occasion, makes me wish they died. Yuya had the potential to be one of the rare strong heroines in shounen manga, yet she was reduced to being even more helpless than someone who couldn't fight at all. Most of the other characters aren't even really that interesting. It has kept me reading, but it just doesn't have the effect that other shounen manga do of keeping the reader's attention completely captured and awed.
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Pretty good, but on the border of clichéd   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by xObscurexOmenx
July 22nd, 2007, 3:29pm
As a quick request: CAN PEOPLE PLEASE STOP COMMENTING ABOUT HOW MUCH BETTER SDK IS FROM KENSHIN OR VICE-VERSA? If you feel so strongly about it, start a forum topic. If you argue about it here, you'll most likely just annoy people looking for good reviews of the series by taking up space, and it's very likely that it'll just evolve into a flame war. (It's fine to just compare their similarities and differences, though, but only to portray SDK, NOT to write a persuasive essay on how one is better than the other.) Thanks to anyone who took the time to read this. (Aaaaaaaaaand onto the actual review.)

SDK is an enjoyable series if you like swordfighting and the like, but it's still pretty far from perfect. As has been said, the character improvement in techniques and the opponents gained in later volumes begin to get to the DBZ point, in which there is no end in sight of how powerful a character can get. But this is still a manga worth your time.

ART: SDK boasts a unique art style that contains features portrayed in a more realistic light. This isn't to say that eyes are realistically sized or that hair isn't gravity-defying, but noses and lips (noses in particular) are drawn in a way that is more detailed and "realistic" than the check-mark style that many other series contain. Action scenes are also clean and easy to read, unlike the messier/sketchier styles that are sometimes implemented in shounen manga (beginning of Naruto and Trigun, for example).

CHARACTERS: If you're a fan of characterisation (and I'm assuming that everyone is), you'll enjoy the characters of SDK. Almost every character has his/her own past elaborated (except for very minor characters), which helps give them depth. Personality types are also not over-used, allowing for the cast of characters to be extremely unique. Flashbacks are not overwhelming, but they are utilised in a few cases for either foreshadowing or character development. A few villains also get this treatment, which really helps the reader understand why he/she might be acting the way he/she is.

(Warning: Very slight spoilers ahead, but they are only for people who have not gotten very far in the manga.)
PLOT: Here's where SDK doesn't particularly shine. In the beginning, there is no plot. A plot does eventually emerge, but it's somewhat similar to the plot of Inuyasha: try to get an object (in this case, Kyo's original body) that is kept by a very powerful person/group. Luckily this object isn't just for strength (it's to separate Kyoshiro and Kyo), so the urgency of getting it is increased. The similarity to Inuyasha is reduced in its focus by character development, and this helps the plot become more intriguing.

FIGHTING STYLES: Weapon-wise, SDK is FULL of interesting and varied weapons. This also helps increase the number of possible styles of fighting. However, since Kyo uses a sword, most of his opponents use katanas and the like. This might not be able to sustain most series to the length of SDK, but supernatural powers are introduced to the swordplay. These powers normally are loosely based in the elements, but there are a few that cannot be attributed as such. The use of these techniques make fight scenes more exciting, and each fight seems new depending on the enemy's style of fighting and level of skill. But, while there are a few moments in the manga where Kyo does have to train to learn more and certain techniques can hurt the user, Kyo himself does not seem to have a limit to his power. Even in the later manga, he just keeps growing, and this borderlines "ridiculous" when it's mentioned that this power is only a FRACTION of his true strength. In this respect, SDK is very much like DBZ. Luckily, this is only true for Kyo, for the most part.

For people who aren't particularly sensitive to unlimited power, this is a great swordfighting manga with characters that shine. However, if you avoid scenarios in which a character is "the best" and keeps getting better to keep up with advancing enemies, I don't think this is for you (even though this dislike destroys much of the shounen genre).

... Last updated on July 22nd, 2007, 3:30pm
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Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by jrdragon2003
December 7th, 2006, 12:12pm
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i'll say it's a good story but it seems everyone is trying to make it out better than RK. they're two different stories and two different points of views. so i won't be making a some comparison comparison about it just cause of the reason one charavter wants to use his sword over the other. with that perspective in my mind i'd say it's pretty decent and it has good action that does well to take care of tha action crave.
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definitely a great samurai manga   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by libra_86930
December 7th, 2006, 9:29am
I really like ancient japanese manga and in my opinion this is loads better the rurouni kenshin. no self righteous talk or anything, just EVIL all the way. no b***** it like its wrong to kill bla bla bla.
and the art work is much more beautiful then rk. the ending is cute too!!
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Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by traziemykel
November 1st, 2006, 11:11pm
yup..kinda like kenshin..
its pretty good..but it would be great if they have fast releases....
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Samurai Deeper Kyo kills.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by prizz
October 17th, 2006, 8:53pm
When I first read SDK, I thought 'Eeh? Am I reading RRK?'. But how wrong I was. Very wrong indeed. The main character, Kyo, kills.. oh he kills.. slash them, slice them, dice them, even punch them.

Im glad I read SDK and not watch it. The story of the anime is.. not so good unlike the manga.

*Too bad it's licensed. Less releases. T___T
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