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4.0 out of 5 stars I think I'm hooked, 14 July 2013
Ravyre (Cornwall, England) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Samurai Deeper Kyo Volume 3: v. 3 (Paperback)
Chapters 15 - 23

So, Kyoshiro's battle with Red Tiger continues, but only for 5 pages (which I honestly found disappointing) as he becomes one of the gang and joins Kyoshiro and Yuya on their travels.
However, be previous disappointment is quickly lifted as Izumo no Okuni reveals an interesting weakness in Kyoshiro, which enables her to easily awaken Kyo. In fashion with the previous two books, once Kyo is awakened, there is a thrilling battle. Kyo's latest foe is White Crow.

Unfortunately for Yuya, once the battle is over and Kyo and Benitora (Red Tiger) have had their moment, it is discovered that Kyo is around for good and he is very much in charge.
But is he the big bad guy we all assumed he was until this point, or is it Kyoshiro that is the real Demon Eyes?

Our author leaves us in a whore house, a drunken long haired pervert, and Ninjas from Iga come for Kyo's head. What more could we ask for in a cliff hanger?
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4.0 out of 5 stars A blood red mirage, 18 Mar 2010
E. A Solinas "ea_solinas" (MD USA) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Samurai Deeper Kyo Volume 3: v. 3 (Paperback)
Some drastic changes are in store in the third volume of "Samurai Deeper Kyo" -- including a drastic change for Kyo and Kyoshiro, the two men inhabiting one body, and the addition of a pair of new allies for their little team. Akimine Kamijyo keeps things shooting ahead at supersonic speed, even as he weaves in some political intrigue and half-hidden backstory for the main characters -- its good stuff, despite a forgotten plot thread.

Kyoshiro barely manages to prevail in the fight against Benitora, mainly because Benitora accidentally steps out of bounds -- and as if that wasn't stressful enough, the jocular "red tiger" decides to join up with Kyoshiro's little gang. But when Genma shows up to fight with Demon Eyes Kyo, Okuni unexpectedly helps him out -- uttering a name that forces Kyoshiro's spirit into sleep, and allows Kyo to emerge without opposition.

And there's a brilliant opponent waiting for him: White Crow, who draws Kyo into a cherry-blossom mirage where he cannot find his foe. Well, not at first, of course. And before disappearing, Okuni reveals a bit of info about "the one" that Kyo wants to find.

On the way to Edo, the little trio encounters a drunken young lech at some roadside tea house, but he's obviously more than he appears -- not only is he able to stop Kyo drawing his sword, but he appears in the same brothel in Edo with a shocking request for Kyo. And Edo holds plenty of new enemies for the newly arrived trio -- in particular, a vengeful horde of ninjas.

I have to say this about "Samurai Deeper Kyo" -- rather than letting the storyline lapse into a series of one-off battles against Villain Of The Week, Akimine Kamijyo shakes it up quickly into a much more intense story. Suddenly Kyoshiro is out of the picture, the crude, bloodthirsty Kyo is ruling the roost, and the new opposition is nothing less than Ieyasu Tokugawa, the ruling shogun of the time.

It also introduces two very fun additions to the cast, both of whom are deadly, jocular and very flirtatious. Benitora is a fun guy with a thirst for fighting, and his major-league crush on Yuya leads to some comic relief (including when she ties him up and interrogates him, and he LOVES it). And then there's Yukimora Sanada, who seems like a gentle, friendly, harmless lecher and drunk -- and has wild sword skills comparable to Kyo's, and a clever mind.

And for the first time, Kyo comes out for more than ten minutes at a time -- and frankly he makes me miss Kyoshiro. He's rude, demanding, wants booze and hookers, and threatens people who don't provide it.

And the action becomes far more fantastical in this volume, with vast mirages of shape-changing cherry blossoms, sword strikes that cause INTERNAL bleeding, and a creepy-looking ninja lady whose hair defies gravity. Lots of splattered blood, sword strikes, and more hints about Kyo and Kyoshiro's pasts. The one problem with the plot is that Kamijyo actually forgets about one minor plot thread (the old lady and her murdered son) and just leaves it hanging. Just what happened there?

"Samurai Deeper Kyo Volume 3" introduces a pair of new allies and an unexpected change for Kyo and Kyoshiro -- and things promise to get a LOT more interesting soon.
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