Today’s review is on Samurai Deeper Kyo volume 20 by Akimine Kamijyo. It is published by Tokyopop. As it is the 20th volume in the series you need to have read the previous volumes in order to understand what is going on. The cover has the group with Kyo in the center and everyone is looking cool. There some language, no sexuality, and lots of violence in this manga. The intended reader is someone who has read all the previous volumes, loves samurai manga, and cool fighting. The plot is told using third person god point of view with character's thoughts added for plot and character development. There Be Spoilers Ahead.
From back of the book- Benitora and Taihaku face off at the Fourth Gage- Benitora’s dedication to protecting his friends just might give him the edge he needs to kill Taihaku. But when Taihaku gives a devastating revelation to Yuya, her life and Sakuya’s will change… forever.
Review- Benitora and Taihaku’s fight is the main arc of this volume but Yuya has her moments too. The whole reason she is with this motley group is because Kyo and Kyoshiro know something about her brother; namely who killed him. Taihaku knows more than that. He knows who her brother really was and who his real sister is. In addition he has a message from him to give Yuya- Live happily and do not avenge my death. Well Yuya does not take any of this very well and I do not blame her. Like her I too am tired of the Mibu thinking they have the right to destroy or save anyone they want. Benitora wins but then Taihaku is killed by another of the Five stars and Shinrei thinks that Kyo and company are the ones who did it. All the layers of lies and manipulation that the Mibu have is truly impressive. More fighting and Yuya’s life still hangs in the balance.
I give this manga a Five out of Five stars. I get nothing for my review and I bought this manga with my own money.