Samurai Deeper Kyo

This may contain some spoilers.

This is one of my favorite series. I love almost any show having to do with samurai. The first time I watched it, I thought it was cool, but confusing. I found that watching it in a marathon was really the way to go. I was able to follow the plot a whole lot better the second time.

The Bad Points

  • The plot can be very confusing at times. As I said, this was a show that I understood a lot better when I watched large chunks of it at a time. A lot of the plot doesn't get revealed until the very end (which can be a good point, too). I wouldn't have wanted to watch this as it aired on TV. I'd have forgotten too much between episodes.
  • Too many characters. There really were a lot of characters to keep track of. Many of the characters, especially in the beginning, are just throw away characters who appear in only one episode. Several very important characters don't appear until near the end of the show, and they don't get as much screen time as maybe they should.
  • Annoying main female character. Sorry all you Yuya fans, but she doesn't do anything for me. She's not horrible, and she does get better as the show goes on, but I think she's not as cool as some of the other girls in the show.
  • Psycho futuristic nurses. They were just bizarre. I didn't like them the first time I watched the show, and I still don't like them.
  • Inconclusive ending. Just what does happen at the very end? I really have to read the manga.

The Good Points

  • Interesting characters who develop during the series. I thought the ensemble cast was very cool. I cared about them, and wanted to know their personal histories. I enjoyed that some of the characters were actual figures from history. Most of all, I loved watching them change through the series, especially Kyo, himself. My favorite character always has and always will be Yukimura. He's so much more than what he seems to be. And he cross dresses and still manages to look good.
  • Fantastic seiyuu cast. Okay, so seiyuu impress me, and this show had some excellent ones. Katsuyuki Konishi was wonderful as both Kyo and Kyoshiro. Midorikawa Hikaru and Toshihiko Seki were perfect as Migeira and Benitora, respectively. Add to that Koyasu Takehito, Hoshi Souichirou and Ishida Akira. But for me, the best voice of all was Ogata Megumi as Sanada Yukimura. She's the reason I love that character. She should always play male characters. It's interesting to note that Ogata played both a male and female character in SDK. She played Yukimura and his lookalike, Kosuke Anayama.
  • Good female supporting characters. Other than Yuya and the psycho nurses, I really liked all the other female characters, both good and bad. Okuni was probably my favorite, although I felt very badly for poor Sakuya, and Shatora was suitably twisted.
  • Kyo was HOT. I think that just about says it for that point. I tend to like his red haired appearance better, but I'm happy with him either way. I wouldn't chase Migeira away, either.
  • Final battle at Tokyo Tower. Yes, they even managed to fit that in. I liked how they did it, too. Maybe part of the reason is because I liked the part of the story having to do with Migeira so much. I thought it was a cool way to tie in the plot about history being restored to its proper course.
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