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Samurai Deeper Kyo - TV Series Perfect Collection
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During the epic battle of Sekigahara, two samurai face off outside of history. The heated duel between Kyoshiro and Demon Eyes Kyo is interrupted when a falling star slams into the plains, shattering the ground and engulfing both of them. Years later, Kyoshiro, now a medicine man, wanders the land with a forgotten past. Hidden deep inside him is the soul of his old opponent, Kyo, slayer of a thousand men. When the bounty hunter Yuya and Kyoshiro are thrown into battle, the medicine man's friendly personality retreats and the world learns why Kyo is called a demon! Contains the entire series, all 26 episodes!
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Unfortunately, the adaptation of Akimine Kamijyo's "Samurai Deeper Kyo" doesn't really improve after that. That the scriptwriters threw out most of the manga's storyline, shuffled around what was left, and threw in a bunch of ugly shapeshifting monsters. The result is a bizarre, strangely scattered anime that's riddled with plot holes and bizarre action scenes (porn nurses? Space ninjas?).
Four years after Sekigahara, bounty hunter Yuya Shiina nabs a minor criminal, the harmless wandering medicine man Kyoshiro Mibu. But she soon finds out that Kyoshiro has another personality inside him -- Demon Eyes Kyo. And though Kyoshiro is usually the dominant personality, it doesn't take long for Kyo to come out (seemingly for good).
Oh, and unsurprisingly Kyo wants his body back, but doesn't know where it is. He and Kyoshiro also seem to have a connection to a young woman named Sakuya.
But it turns out that there are a lot of people (and monstrous shapeshifting kenyou) entangled with Kyo/Kyoshiro as well -- along with the femme fatale Okuni and ambitious ex-general Yukimura Sanada, Kyo and Yuya venture into the deadly Sea of Trees to find a mysterious man known as "His Majesty," but must fight a group of superpowered kenyou who guard him. And from there they set out to attack the powerful Mibu clan, who have their own plans for Kyo's powerful body.
For the record: an anime adaptation doesn't have to be slavishly faithful to the manga for me to enjoy it. But it DOES have to make sense. And unfortunately "Samurai Deeper Kyo" doesn't make sense -- it's like the writers crammed the manga into a blender, threw in a bunch of generic monsters, and never bother to actually make one thing logically follow another.
The first half of the series is downright lazy -- everytime something interesting happens, it turns out to be the fault of the kenyou. Then suddenly the entire focus shifts to the Mibu clan... just in time for the series to get hastily wrapped up in the most absurd manner possible. As a result, the series is a surreal, clumsy mess, full of gaping plot holes, hit-or-miss fights (a deadly fighter just STANDS there while Yukimura sprints several yards and stabs him?), and half-baked political tangles. Even the humor is wrong -- funny moments like Yukimura's gleeful "the plan... is a secret!" are always a beat off.
It also seems like the animators were either clumsy or lazy -- the episodes are crammed with still shots (especially for simple stuff like talking and walking) and dismally obvious errors. On the other hand, the outtakes are brilliant -- Dan Green is especially fun ("I gotta pee!"), but almost everybody produces some hilarious stuff ("Mizuchi is blowing from inside you..." "Excuse me, I just had a burrito")
Even the characters don't work, though they're fascinating in concept. Kyo is introduced as a bloodthirsty, terrifying man... but not only does the "thousand man slayer" hardly ever kill anybody, but he becomes a sentimental mushball at random times. The same thing happens to the fight-happy goofball Benitora (I thought he hated his dad?). Yukimura is a far more interesting character -- a laid-back nobleman who always seems cheerful and flirtatious), but can be as deadly as Kyo.
"Samurai Deeper Kyo" had plenty of promise, but for some reason the writers went out of their way to squander every shred of it.
Pretty entertaining with the typical subplot, Samurai kills off another samurai monster who'd slain hundreds of people only to find out that the mind of the evil samurai is now trapped in the mind of the guy who slew him. Best yet, he doesn't remember any of it! He believes he's a wandering perverted medicine man. Girl captures perverted man, whole "Demon Eyes Kyo" comes out, lots of fighting, lots of other characters who fight better than Kyo and then the girl falls for Kyo or the other guy who Kyo's mind is trapped inside of. Never did figure that one out.
Does have a way different twisted ending than you'd expect. On a plus note, the ending is not horribly depressing or heart-wrenching sad. Not the best ending it could have afforded but its better than EVA. OMG!
Serious, watch the out-takes. They are totally the best part.