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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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Associated Names
Samurai Deeper Kyo เคียว

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Basement Scan

Latest Release(s)
c.206 by Basement Scan over 13 years ago
c.204 by Basement Scan over 13 years ago
c.203 by Basement Scan over 13 years ago
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in Country of Origin
38 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at volume 1

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Average: 7.9 / 10.0 (711 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.84 / 10.0

Last Updated
January 31st 2023, 8:02pm



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English Publisher
Del Rey (Defunct / Vols 35–38 - Complete)
TokyoPop (Canceled / Vols 1–34)

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Gary Sue  
by Acradnxy
March 15th, 2020, 1:48am
Rating: N/A
I love the art. This is one of only few mangas that stay consistence to its art from the first volume till the end. Kyo, as a Gary-Sue, never lost his wits, always acting cool and many people worship him. His only development is when he's with Yuya which I really think it's ridiculous

Back when I was a teenage, this is pretty cool manga. But now, as I'm older, this is trash.

... Last updated on January 17th, 2023, 7:33pm
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This is slept on  
by Beccahill995
July 26th, 2019, 1:36am
Rating: 8.5  / 10.0
Yeah it's kind of got the feeling of a generic shounen, but this manga was great. It starts out really slow and boring, but gets much much better. You could also say there's "too many characters" but unlike a lot of shounen, I felt like I could connect with each one. The story got really convoluted and all over the place towards the end but it fit together. Yeah, way too many asspulls, and most of the free scanalations were awful!! But honestly the character growth and story was amazing. I really think people don't give this one much of a chance. I didn't expect it to be good, but I couldn't help but binge read to finish and see all the mysteries unraveled.
Ending was good but
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really wished I could have seen more of Kyo and Yuya possibly even their children. The ending gave off the impression they didn't see each other often. Sorry I just love the ship so much.

Good things about this manga
-Kyo/Kyoshiro duality
-demon eye Kyo!!!
-most of the characters
-the lore
-character growth and development
-nice artwork
-happy ending
-emotional as hell
-good mysteries
-back stories weren't too bad
-very valuable lessons to learn

Bad things
-some of the scans towards the end are awful and ruin the experience
-asspull after asspull
-constant "wAnNa Be StRoNgEr"
-slow begining
-a lot of fights dragged the hell out
-can be confusing at times
-everyone knows each other it's weird
-some unresolved backstories and other issues for some characters
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what happened before Yuya found her brother? Who is Kyo related to to be last of True Mibu? Where are Yuya Kyo kids? What is Kyo doing at the end? Why did Akira fear Yuya? I need answers I binged this in two nights 😭

Anyways end of my probably incoherent ranting, give SDK a chance.

... Last updated on July 26th, 2019, 1:49am
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The SHIT  
by jackalan
February 20th, 2019, 9:13am
Rating: 3.0  / 10.0
It was one of my fav shounens back in middle schools - possibly when I just started reading into shounen genre. So at the time it was so cool and new and good. But it didn't get a proper publication (not yet finished then). I let it die/cool down. Then finally, a few years ago, I saw completed scanlation. I looked into it for real this time. Holy SHI-ET.

1. The art is still really good. Compare to the blue flame thingy the mangaka did later. This one's art is pretty intact from start to finish, of good quality. All characters are well designed and sleek. And that is the ONLY positive thing I have.

2. The plot, development and characters are shit. They have no progress whatsoever! What bugs me the most: the battles. Like if it is a good characters (deemed by the mangaka), that person will WIN NO MATTER WHAT. There's no beat-down. There's no fail to gain and learn from lesson. Only MIRACULOUSLY gaining some Super Saiyan continuous level-up power (like untapped after untapped potentials - like unlimited cash cows) to turn the table, especially the protagonist Kyo, as they are about to be defeated by some extremely strong guys out of nowhere with just brief explanations/introductions (like the brief underwear, that's how slight and shallow their characterisations are). COME. ON.

I just can't with this manga. I used to be madly in love with Kyo. Now I drop him like he's hot: hot mess, a shitty mess no less.

... Last updated on February 20th, 2019, 9:16am
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Good Manga, Horrible Scans  
by churchoftom
November 1st, 2013, 3:09pm
Rating: N/A
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  
by HoneyDippedLemons
June 27th, 2013, 10:20am
Rating: 1.0  / 10.0
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 ! !  
by shines
June 2nd, 2013, 9:48am
Rating: 10.0  / 10.0
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!  
by jurippe
November 26th, 2012, 6:43am
Rating: 9.0  / 10.0
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, 7:28am
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I would have liked it if...  
by theLettuceGarden04
November 12th, 2012, 1:15am
Rating: N/A
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  
by hyunwon88
May 27th, 2012, 2:49am
Rating: 10.0  / 10.0
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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by UsoSora
May 26th, 2012, 8:24am
Rating: 10.0  / 10.0
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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