Samurai Deeper Kyo was created by manga artist Akimine Kamijyo in 1999 and is set in the Feudal Era of Tokugawa, Japan, and begins by following Yuya Shiina, a bounty hunter searching for her brother's murderer. However, Yuya quickly meets a medicine peddler named Kyoshiro Mibu, who turns out to be sharing his body with the soul of the most feared samurai known to Japan named Demon Eyes Kyo. Kyo's only stated wish is to regain his original body. Following this path leads Kyo, Yuya, and a variety of fellow travelers into conflict with both the Tokugawa shogunate and the Mibu clan, a race of violent superhumans who have run Japan from the shadows for millennia.
It is eventually revealed that all of the Mibu, except for Kyo, are descendants of "Battle Dolls," artificially engineered creatures created by the Mibu to fight for their amusement. In time, the Battle Dolls come to believe they were the real Mibu while the actual Mibu eventually became extinct due to in-fighting. However, the Mibu Battle Dolls are also gradually being killed by the a defect in their genetic structure known simply as the "Death Disease." Muramasa's sister was the first to be killed by the disease, but others soon followed. The disease manifests itself when the infected person reaches a certain age. For this reason, the aging process has been stopped in Antera, Tokito, and probably others.
Demon Eyes Kyo ultimately regains his original body, takes the power of the True Crimson King, and defeats the father and creator of the Mibu Battle Dolls, the Former Crimson King, who was also the very first Battle Doll. Originally an extremely beloved and thoroughly benevolent ruler, the King had become totally corrupted by his loss of all faith in humanity and became an insane tyrant bent on completely eradicating all of mankind. Kyo goes missing-in-action after the final battle, which completely destroys the Mibu capital. Kyo shows up at the end of the penultimate chapter being called upon by his sword Tenro. In the bonus chapter, which contains no dialogue, it shows Kyo and Yuya living in a house together.
Powers of the Verse
Samurai Deeper Kyo has most of its characters ranging anywhere from Town level to Mountain level in terms of attack potency and durability.
- Kyoshiro Mibu
- Oda Nobunaga
- Yukimura Sanada
- Sasuke Sarutobi