Friday, June 20, 2014

Samurai Deeper Kyo volume 10

Today’s post is on Samurai Deeper Kyo volume 10 by Akimine Kamijyo and is published by Tokyopop. As it is the tenth in the series you need to have read the previous volumes to understand the story. The cover has Kyo and Tenro (his sword) looking cool on it. The intended reader is someone who loves samurai manga, cool characters, and unusual romance. There is language, lots of violence, and partial nudity; older teens and adults only. The story is told third person god point of view with thought of the characters thrown in for character and plot development. There Be Spoilers Ahead.

From the back of book – There Can Be Only One
Kyoshiro is back! But Demon Eyes Kyo isn’t prepared to give up control of Kyoshiro while Nobunaga lives. At long last, the secrets of the Mibu Clan are revealed! Akira, the blind swordsman, has returned as well with earth-shaking claims- he has taken Kyo’s body… and Yuya’s life!

Review- Finally the real villains of the series are revealed- the Mibu clan! Kyoshiro comes clean about being an assassin for them and that he did kill Yuya’s brother. When Akira comes back with his claims Kyo just forces himself back to the surface to kill Akira. It is very dramatic and some of my favorite scenes in the series. When Yuya comes back because Akira did not kill her and does not want to harm her the expressions on Kyo’s face are priceless. Kyo is someone you have to study to read his expressions. He has a great poker face but once you can read him he is very expressive. Kamijyo talks about Kyo’s shyness in one of her author interviews, when I first read that I was taken aback. I did not think that Kyo was shy at all. But then thinking about him I realized he was. When he is not in a fight he does not know to react to anything. Yuya confuses the hell out of him. All women either are trying to use him or kill him and she just does not really fit into those experiences. More great fight scenes and unexpected character development abound in volume 10.

I give this manga a Five out Five stars. I get nothing for my review and I bought this manga with my own money.