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  • Art Rating: B+
  • Packaging Rating: A-
  • Text/Translatin Rating: A-
  • Age Rating: 16 & Up
  • Released By: TOKYOPOP
  • MSRP: 9.99
  • Pages: 216
  • ISBN: 1-59182-545-8
  • Size: B6
  • Orientation: Right to Left

Samurai Deeper Kyo Vol. #09

By Jarred Pine     August 27, 2005
Release Date: October 01, 2004


Samurai Deeper Kyo Vol.#09
© TOKYOPOP


Creative Talent
Writer/Artist:Akimine Kamijyo
Translated by:Alexander O. Smith
Adapted by:

What They Say
Oda Nobunaga has a grudge against Kyo that has lasted for ages. Now, Oda has a great and deadly power which makes him seem invincible. Meanwhile, Akira has led the others to find the true body of Demon Eyes Kyo ... but will he betray them all?

The Review
Everything is building into quite a nice climax here as it seems that Kamijyo is finding that magic again wit this great shounen historical fantasy.

Packaging:
The covers continue the same format as previous releases, using the terrific looking Japanese artwork over the new bamboo forest background. The first printing has glossy character artwork and English logo on top of the matte finish. The print job looks great with sharp tones. Extras include a couple chapter insert extras, a Q&A with Kamijyo, more reader artwork, strip manga from the staff, and a character profile of Saizo. Overall the release has a solid presentation.

Art:
Like I have said previously, I really enjoy Kamijyo’s character designs. They are full of personality and energy, with most of them being very good looking as well. Background art is pretty much minimal. The action sequences are also pretty average, focusing more on the one-panel posturing. I’ve also noticed that the line work is a bit weaker during these sequences too. With this being a fantasy, sword slashing title I just think the action should be more explosive and pack more of a punch.

Text/SFX:
SFX are not translated and there is no glossary for them, which is about the only strike against this title in this category. The names retain their honorifics, cultural terms are left in place with a glossary at the back, attack names are in Japanese with sometimes English translations accompanying them. The dialogue also reads quite nicely, keeping up the attitude as well as being clear on all the revelations and group names.


Contents (Watch out spoilers ahead):
The stage is set and the battle that all the Kyo fans have been waiting for is on, as he takes on the Master of the Twelve, Oda Nobunaga, one of the more famous and controversial figures from Japanese history. I love what Akimine has done with this figure of legend. Nobunaga is supposed to be dead during this time, but in this story he has had his soul transferred into the body of another, although the burn wound around his left eye, that he suffered during his "death" at Honnoji Temple, still remains. Nobunaga now wants Kyo's body, as he sees it as a demon body that is fit for a man that is called the 6th Demon King.

Yukimura does his best to take on the master archer, Basara, continuing to show just how strong he can be, even surprising Sasuke. Kyo does his best at fighting Nobunaga, but has a hard time as he is unable to knock Nobunaga off his horse. When Kyo is on the verge of taking a fatal blow, Benitora steps in to take on Nobunaga, unwilling to see anymore of his friends get hurt. Benitora shows how powerful he is when he pulls off the secret Reverse Eight-Sun maneuver, knocking Nobunaga finally off his horse, but renders him immobile due to the shock to his muscles. Kyo steps back in to help Benitora, but soon the toll on Kyo's body pushes him past his limits and his soul is replaced by Kyoshiro. No longer the medicine peddling buffoon, Kyoshiro makes his return and immediately shows his skill in fighting with Nobunaga. It is unclear just how powerful Kyoshiro really is, and if he's just been hiding in his own body waiting for this day to arrive. The little twists and turns continue.

Yuya continues her way through the Ice Fortress with her kidnappers. They soon find Kyo's body trapped in the ice, and it is here that Akira plays his traitor card and turns on the Twelve. With him now finally letting known that he has his own agenda, it's become a mystery as to just what exactly he has planned with Kyo's body. Add in Kyoshiro's return and the new revelations surrounding him, and once again the story just continues to build quite nicely into what hopefully will be a grand finale to this story arc.

Comments
After a great previous volume that got Kyo back on track for me, this one continues to keep me completely wrapped up and on the edge of my seat. Even though the battle between Nobunaga and Kyo does not end here, I don't feel as though it is dragging by any means. The strength of the characters and the twisting stories keeps the momentum going forward and myself engaged. Everything is building nicely into what hopefully will be a great climax, so I am very much looking forward to the next volume.

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