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Kurozuka: The Complete Series (2008/Mad House/Sony DVD Set)



Picture: B Sound: C Extras: D English-Language Episodes: C+



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In the 12th Century, Kuro was a wandering swordsman, until he met and fell in love with the beautiful immortal vampire Kuromitsu. But before he could become completely immortal he was betrayed and separated from Kuromistu by his best friend/servant, Benkei. Kuro wakes up and finds himself in the future in a post apocalyptic Japan and discovers the organization that once hunted her and the ones responsible for taking Kuromitsu still exist, the Red Army. Now, Kuro searches and fights monsters, mutants and the Red Army to be reunited with his beloved Kuromitsu in Kurozuka: The Complete Series (2008).


Kuro was a samurai who fell in love with a beautiful immortal vampire, Kuromitsu, but he learns she is being hunted by the Red Army, who wants Kuromitsu in order to discover to find the secret of eternal life. Kuro was betrayed and beheaded by his best friend Benkei, but he did not die. Instead, he wakes up in the future without any memories but only the desire to find Kuromitsu. As Kuro search for Kuromitsu, he has flashbacks to lives and memories of being with Kuromitsu through the ages, but he does not remember living them. The dark truth is, only Kuro's head is immortal... because he was beheaded too early, every 20 years, he has to cut off his head and find a new body, but when he does he loses all the memories that he experienced with each body.


Kuro believes he is fighting to free Kuromitsu from the Red Army, but the real truth there too is far darker and more dangerous, Kuromitsu secretly has taken over and now leads the Red Army. And through the Red Army (and her blood) they have created countless monsters and mutants to find the secret to immortality, yet the real tragedy (and her secret) is that she has been trying to create an immortal body for Kuro.


This was an interesting action packed anime with vampires and sword fighting in a post apocalyptic future. In a lot of ways, the art style reminded me of Ninja Scroll and had an interesting dark story with tragic characters. My biggest complaint however, is that the publishing company released only a dub version of this series, I would have given it a higher rating if they had the original voice tracks on it. It's watchable, but I would of enjoyed it more with the original language, versus the lossy English dub Dolby Digital 5.1 tracks provided.


At least the anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image is as good as it can get in the format, but there are sadly no extras.



- Ricky Chiang


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