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Literature / Kurozuka

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Kurozuka is about a 12th-century man named Minamoto no Yoshitsune (Kurou). Kurou flees into the mountains after losing to his brother Minamoto no Yoritomo, the first Shogun to rule all of Japan. History records that he committed suicide, but instead, Kurou meets a strange, beautiful woman named Kuromitsu in her mountain hermitage. Eventually, Kurou falls in love with Kuromitsu, but then realizes she conceals a dark secret: she is a vampire. He learns that he is unable to die and continues to live for a thousand years as Japan evolves into a future society.

A novel, manga, and 12-Episode Anime by Madhouse. The anime has some truly outstanding animation and an awesome opening theme if you're willing to deal with an extraordinarily confusing plot.


The Anime provides examples of:

  • Reset Button Ending: Sort of. Time still passes, but in the end it's shown that the events of the story continually repeat themselves, even down to the characters involved and that it's likely that nothing will ever change.
  • La Résistance: The Haniwa movement. Kurou helps them fight the Red Imperial Army. Too bad they all get killed...
  • Love Makes You Evil: Benkei and Kuon
  • Super Serum: Kuromitsu's blood has this effect on a few of the people who are injected with it. The rest don't survive.
  • Super Soldier: The field generals of the Red Imperial Army, thanks to Kuromitsu's blood. One reason the RIA is chasing Kuromitsu is so they can use her blood to make more.
  • Time Skip: The show skips thousands of years early on.
  • Who Wants to Live Forever?: Kuromitsu's immortality makes her a continual target of the Red Imperial Army.

The Manga provides examples of:

  • After the End: A meteorite hits the planet while nuclear missiles are either being fired to decrease its mass or get one last potshot at an old enemy. Then, nuclear winter hits after the meteorite and the nukes destroy most civilization.
  • And the Adventure Continues: Humans, as well as Izana and Shera, will continue to chase after Kurou and Kuromitsu for their immortal blood. And they will continue to flee. But at least now she and Kuro are together until the end of time. "Move, humans!"
  • Cloning Blues: The current White King, No.49 Izana, is a clone of Kurou. So is No.13 Tetsuya. No.78 Shera is a clone of Kuromitsu. There is also the unnamed clone of Benkei. Kuon is probably the clone of Kurou.
  • Katanas Are Better: Kurou uses the same one from 12th century Japan into the present. And it's still sharp.
  • Off with His Head!: To Kurou, this is a normal occurrence. By the end of the story, he's lost his head eleven or twelve times. Other characters lose their heads as well, such as Izana, Kuon, and Rai. Only Rai is still without a body in the finale.
  • Time Skip: From 12th century Japan to somewhere in the Meiji era to modern day Japan to just After the End to a century after the end when society has rebuilt itself.
  • World of Badass: Where even the mooks have machine guns for hands... in modern day Tokyo. In the future, they have lasers, chainguns, and rockets.


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