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Samurai Deeper Kyo Volume 1: v. 1 Paperback – 15 Jun 2004

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Tokyopop (15 Jun. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591822254
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591822257
  • Product Dimensions: 18.9 x 16.6 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 820,373 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mibu Kyoshiro, a traveling medicine peddler, is mistaken for the legendary killer, Onime-no-Kyo, by the beautiful bounty hunter Shiina Yuya. Yuya soon realizes her mistake but captures him anyway since there's small bounty on his head. The two arrive in a village ravaged by the Bantouji brothers and Yuya decides to capture them in for their bounties. That night Kyoshiro discovers Yuya's true motivation: to find the man who killed her brother. During their battle with the Bantouji brothers, Kyoshiro is brutally beaten. But once he draws his sword, he becomes cocky, his gaze deadly and his eyes blood red. Kyoshiro taunts the brothers telling them he will kill them all effortlessly. He has become Onime-no-Kyo! Kyo defeats the Bantouji brothers easily and turns to the last person alive: Yuya. Kyo decides to spare her so that she may hunt for her brother's killer, but promises to kill her if she fails. Once he puts his sword away, the spirit of Kyoshiro returns to his body. As Kyoshiro and Yuya head west, they meet Okuni Izumono, a miko (Buddhist nun) who claims to be a former love of Onime-no-Kyo. She is fleeing from a group of rebels after discovering their secret hideout.

After running afoul with the local police, Kyoshiro and his two friends camp out under the stars. Yuya sneaks off to find the rebel hideout and steal their treasure. Kyoshiro wakes to find that both Yuya and Okuni are gone. After rescuing a young girl from a pack of wolves he ends up in the secret rebel village, where he discovers Yuya, safe and sound. A mob from the nearby town arrives and attacks the village. They are lead by Jimon, a blonde samurai who explains how Kyo humiliated him at the battle of Sekigahara. Angered by the attack on the peaceful rebels, and Jimon's attempt to kill the young girl he had saved, Kyoshiro draws his sword saying only, "He is coming...".

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By Thomas Wilson on 15 May 2007
Format: Paperback
i absolutely adore this manga, the plot races at lightning pace, and is always brimming with incredible action and a deep sense of mystery about the ancient powers that some of the characters posses. It is well written, with a good balance of comedy and deadly serious drama, (lots of blood too!)

Another striking feature is the incredible drawing, which captures the epic battles perfectly and does the story justice.

Although the truly great sequences only begin in later volumes, it all has to start somewhere!
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By Ravyre on 14 July 2013
Format: Paperback
Chapters 1 - 5

Samurai Deeper Kyo is quite a long manga series. It runs for 38 volumes.
I sadly only have 9 to hand since Tokyo Pop seizes to exist.
I was recommended the series by my Iaido teacher, David Collins.

Art wise, Akimine Kamijyo has quite successfully captured a comical upbeat appearance with character, with a series dark side when necessary.
There is plenty of detail and variation with characters.

Though I am trying my hardest to ignore the boobs and enjoy the story, the 2 main female characters boobs are made quite obvious. Thankfully though, they don't intrude of the action scenes in the chapters. (phew)

I currently find Yuya Shiina quite bland and boring. She's on a mission to travel West, I don't really seem to care why or what for. Saying that, I do find Demon Eyes Kyo and Mibu Kyoshiro intriguing. Why is it that they share the same body?

I am very fond of my Japanese sword, and if that's what attracted you to this Manga like it did me, I don't think you'd be disappointed.
Not the worlds greatest first Manga, that I have read. But entertaining, none the less.
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11 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Adil Ahmed on 17 Feb. 2004
Format: Paperback
This is the first volume of the Samurai Deeper Kyo Manga Graphic Novel Series. (Incase you dont know what a graphic Novel is, its basically similair to a comic book but it has a deep story line like a navel.)
This Manga has LOADS of Comedy and Action in it which will want you to carry on reading and also want you to collect the rest of series.
Another cool feature of this manga is the fact that they kept it in its original Japanese form ( meaning that It reads from right to left) and all of the text is the proper translated meaning.
With all the Manga Books available nowadays you cant really make a choice of which one to get, but this one will definatly be worth your money and most importantly it will be a good choice.
So once again i recommend this book to all Manga fans or even if you want to start getting into manga.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Alison Campbell on 13 Jan. 2007
Format: Paperback
The art looked good and the lighthearted nature of this manga caught my interest at first, but after reading into it some more, the storyline is hard to keep track of and very rushed, and the dialogue seems to have little bearing on the events going on around it in some cases. Entirely failed to keep my interest.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Samurai Deeper Kyo 9 July 2003
By R. Dauthi - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Don't you just love Japanese history? Afterall, it's filled with samurais, swords, and great potential to stick in some very interesting characters indeed. Good thing Samurai Deeper Kyo possess all of these and more.
Taking place during the Edo Era of Japan, Samurai Deeper Kyo is a story about a young man named Mibu Kyoshiro, a wandering medicine peddler whom tires easily, whines every now and then, is very clumsy, and, of course, is quite peaceful despite it all. That is, until you make him mad. You wouldn't like him when he's mad. His eyes turn blood red, and the innocent Kyoshiro transforms into the not-so-innocent Demon Eyes Kyo, the "legendary killer of a thousand men". No longer is he reluctant to participate in any acts of violence; on the contrary, Kyo, the dark spirit residing within Kyoshiro, actually enjoys slaying.
This is but the background to a great developing plot, because soon Kyoshiro meets up with a bounty huntress named Yuya Shiina, who ends up following him on his journey to somehow collect the one million ryo bounty on Kyo's head.
The artwork is enjoyable throughout the manga, effectively expressing the quickness of the action scenes, which I especially liked. Each page is detailed, especially when it comes to the character designs. The art is obviously more shonen then anything else, but the story itself should appeal to a wide variety of audiences.
If you like comedy, action, evil-spirit-alter-egos, and wonderful beginning hints of character and plot development, (not to mention samurais! Yay!) you definitely need to pick up a copy of Samurai Deeper Kyo. It's well worth it.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Samurai Deeper Kyo- action, comedy, and a bit of romance 10 Sept. 2004
By bishoujo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I am one of those type of people that are very picky about the type of manga that they read. I love action, but I need some comedy and romance is nice when it adds to the plot.....and Samurai Deeper Kyo satisfies all of these. I am also fond of historical Japan manga and it was intersting to read one during this time in Japan, since, at least as far as I have read, very few are set during that time period.

The charater design is crisp and clear and the fight scenes are also well drawn and clear (with other mangas I would sometimes would have to analyze the picture during a fight scene just to get a grip on what is going on) The plot has many twists and turns to keep you very entertained.

Over all I think it is an excellent manga and the only fault I have with it is that they aren't published fast enough.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Un-original ???? 10 Oct. 2003
By Sakura - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Some people say this plot is un-original. Well its history and might now be original but its got good designs, fun to read, lovable characters. What else would you want? Even if the plot is un-original. I have read many similar manga but I like Samurai Deeper Kyo more then any similar manga. This book is a must read ^ ^ I plan on buying the whole set.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Kenshin ain't got nothin on Kyo 12 Jun. 2003
By Jor-EL22 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
OMG I just read this Manga a couple of days ago it was my first ever Manga and what a way to bring me further into the anime world. The year is 1604 4 years after the longest and most bloodiest Civil War in Japanese history and from that batle comes an evil legend and a heavy bounty for the Samurai known as "Demon Eyes's Kyo" the man who killed 1,000 men in the last battle. One day when a simple medicine peddler by the name of Mibu Kyoshiro runs into a bounty hunter by the name of Yuya Shiina who thinks that the medicine peddler is Kyo (for her defense this guy looks really really like kyo could he actually be the legendary samurai?). As their journey continues Kyoshiro starts to a little odd and the oddness grows day by day. Jut when Yuya thinks that Kyoshiro is just some lune something awsome and scary happens Demon Eyes Kyo appears but Kyoshiro is gone now could these be in the same body. Excellent story action and violence and of course teasing with women read for enjoyment and for a real page turner.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
An awsome manga ^.^ 11 Feb. 2004
By onyx - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I love this book, next time I come near a manga section in a store I'll pick number 2 up. Kyoshiro is a normal medicine peddler until he gets mad.....then kyo of the demon eyes comes out! Yuya is a bounty huntress.....with additude(her character kind of reminds me of Faye Valentine). When they meet, all hell breaks loose. We see a new side of Kyoshiro, a perverted side that is......
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