Samurai Deeper Kyo is a manga series written and illustrated by Akimine Kamijyo. Set during the Edo period of Japan’s history, Samurai Deeper Kyo follows Demon Eyes Kyo, a feared samurai seeking to regain his body after his soul is sealed inside the body of his rival, Mibu Kyoshiro. Kyo is joined in his search by the bounty-hunter Shiina Yuya, the heir to the Tokugawa shogunate Benitora; and Sanada Yukimura, a known rival of the Tokugawa.
Samurai Deeper Kyo was serialized from October 15, 1999 to May 10, 2006 in Kodansha’s Weekly Shōnen Magazine, and collected over 38 volumes. The manga was adapted into an animated television series in 2002. The Studio Deen production aired on TV Tokyo from July 2, 2002 until December 23, 2002, for a total of 26 episodes. Both the manga and anime have been licensed in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. The manga was acquired by Tokyopop in 2002. However, by 2009, Kodansha allowed its licensing contracts to expire, preventing Tokyopop from continuing the English version of the series. Samurai Deeper Kyo was shortly thereafter picked up by Del Rey Manga, who have completed the series by releasing volumes 35 and 36 in a single volume and volumes 37 and 38 in a single volume.
This is my favorite series of all time. I love everything about it. From Kyo and Yuya to the over-the-top plot and action scenes. I own all 38 volumes and all the anime in its special wooden box. I own the soundtrack because I love this series so much. I have gotten into nerd fights over this series. It has everything you could want: awesome action scenes, love conquers all story, hot guys, a kick-ass heroine, and so much more! If you can get your hands on it you need to read this series.