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Feature 7.9
Video 7.0
Audio 7.0
Special Features 6.0
Total 7.9
Distributor: Madman
Running Time: 650
Classification: PG
Reviewer:
Kyle Sudukis

7.8


Samurai Deeper KYO
Complete Collection

From the creators of Rurouni Kenshin, comes the complete collection of Samurai Deeper KYO that includes all 26 episodes. This classic anime series revolves around a strange character called Kyoshiro who, according to legend battled Demon Eyes Kyo, the slayer of one thousand men, however before either of them could win, their battle was cut short from a shooting star. This shooting star was actually a meteor that caused both foes to be merged together.

The series which uses classic anime and Manga stereotypes is set four years after this battle and Kyoshiro is now a mild mannered medicine man, however deep within his soul, his nemesis Kyo resides.

Unfortunately for our fallen hero, he is captured by a bounty hunter called Yuya, however as she decides to cash in on her reward, she soon discovers that Kyoshiro is not who he appears to be. This is all triggered by a meeting with a strange snake demon who wishes Kyoshiro dead.

As the demon attacks Kyoshiro, our humble hero is soon transformed into something powerful as Kyo's power is unleashed. As the story progresses, Kyo's personality eventually becomes more dominant as he searches for his body which seems to be out of phase with the current universe.

Even though the story of Samurai Deeper KYO is a little confusing at times, albeit nothing was lost in translation or so it seems, the characters and plots do get a little distracting, however the action, drama, romance and humour is extremely entertaining and will draw you in from the start.

Some of the confusion does stem from the variety of characters that are introduced into the series which at times leaves you wondering who are they and then where did they go. Of course, the star of the story is the relationship between Kyoshiro and Kyo and Yuya who seems to be along for the ride. The battles are really impressive in the series, especially as Kyo or Kyoshiro use their powerful giant sword.

The animation of Samurai Deeper KYO may not be a visual treat, however the entire series has a painted theme to it with earthy tones and some great colours. Although the characters are quite clichéd, the animators make the most of this medium that in turn creates an interesting and visually impressive piece of anime art. The dubbing of the series is good as are the actors who play their characters, even though it's way over the top but like the art, suits the genre perfectly.

At the end of the day, the story may not be the most original anime tales to date, however as the two foes battle each other for supremacy, it's quite enjoyable and for over 650 minutes, you really can't complain. Check it out!

DVD Special Features

  • Staff Interviews

  • Message for fans

  • Outtakes

  • Textless songs






 
 



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