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English: Kurozuka
Japanese: 黒塚


Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 7, 2008 to Dec 23, 2008
Duration: 23 min. per episode
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
L represents licensing company


Score: 7.141 (scored by 16130 users)
Ranked: #27352
Popularity: #950
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Adaptation of Takashi Noguchi's manga, which itself adapts Baku Yumemakura's supernatural romance novel.

The original novel 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. He learns that he is unable to die and continues to live for a thousand years as Japan evolves into a future society.

(Source: ANN)

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Adaptation: Kurozuka

Characters & Voice Actors

Miyano, Mamoru
Miyano, Mamoru
Park, Romi
Park, Romi
Nakata, Jouji
Nakata, Jouji
Fujiwara, Keiji
Fujiwara, Keiji


Araki, Tetsurou
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard, Series Composition
Ishizuka, Atsuko
Episode Director, Storyboard
Hanyuu, Naoyasu
Episode Director
Kumazawa, Yuuji
Episode Director

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Aired  Oct 7, 2008 to Dec 23, 2008
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Nov 5, 2014
“Majestic, bizarre, violent and dark. A surreal and poetic journey that turns into something more profound than what it looks like”


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"KUROZUKA" it’s a well-founded and rich story. Its narrative could divide people, some by saying it’s boring and unadorned –or complicated- and by others –like me- saying that is meaningful, metaphorical and gorgeous.

The story of this show could be like a stream, whether it calls you, takes you and embraces you leading you swiftly –although, trough some “what the hell is happening here?” moments- across the tale or it rejects you for it isn’t a plain and simple story of vampires read more
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Jan 10, 2009
It's often strange how some anime can divide opinions on how good it actually is, and the reasons for these divided opinions are often logical and plausible. In the case of Kurozuka however, there is a definite misinterpretation of the story as a whole.

Kurozuka began life as a novel written by Yumemakura Baku, which was later illustrated by Noguchi Takashi in manga form. The manga was serialized in Super Jump magazine from 2003 to 2006, before being turned into an anime by Madhouse in 2008.

The story in Kurozuka is where many of the divided opinions stem from. Many people consider the story to be confusing, read more
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Dec 30, 2008
The animation seems to overpower an exaggerated plot. Viewers who crave cyberpunk animations consisting of time lapses and vicious fight scenes will have a pleasant taste out of this series. Yet there is much of the plot that may leave the audience hungry. Once you take a bite out of my review, you'll understand what I mean.

~[ S T O R Y ]~ [6]
Kurozuka focuses on the concept of immortality along with the quest for the meaning of mortality. Initially, I had assumed a vampiric aspect came into play [Kuromitsu sucking blood for example]. As the series progressed, the aspect grew more scientific. Here we read more
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Apr 27, 2014
Kurozuka is extremely different in the way the story is presented. Do not take that statement lightly.

At the beginning of this anime (for what seems several episodes) it is extremely hard to stay interested because of the perspective the story. It does however, change so that the watcher can follow along and begin making sense of the earlier scenes.

Considering the actual content of the anime, the story was interesting with intriguing art. The action primarily in the middle of the anime is fairly graphic, which was almost unexpected... But very entertaining.

Saying those few things, I appreciate the different approach in story telling, however read more
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futuristic atmosphere, plot twists. 
reportRecommended by Yoruichi
Both series The Garden of Sinners(Kara no kyoukai all 7 movies) and Kurozuka are bloody and violent anime. In both animes main male character is in love with cruel/assassin/violent girl with strange powers. In both anime protagonist wants to protect the girl. In both series we can see bodies without legs, arms, head etc. If you like violence, horror and mystery animes both series are for you. 
reportRecommended by pediator
Atmosphere gives the same gloomy feeling.. In both animes we can see an immortal guys with katanas.. xD 
reportRecommended by lolester
Series with repeated timeshifts that eventually land in recognizable but undeniably futuristic settings, lots of gore and stylized fighting, gratuitous sex, much ado about immortality, mildly creepy seperated soulmates, and a good deal of confusion. 
reportRecommended by lithiumflower
Immortal male leads chase other immortals all the way from the ancient past into post-apocalyptic dystopian futures, armed only with their swords, and find themselves involved with resistance groups. In both love is the driving force but where they differ is Highlander's driven emphasis on revenge as its lead, Colin, gets his arse kicked for 1000+ years by his immortal arch-nemesis, Marcus: the man responsible for killing the woman he loved. Kurozuka just has its lead fight people as he desperately searches for his immortal woman; trying to unravel the mystery of what happened before he woke up in a bleak future.

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reportRecommended by AironicallyHuman
Both involve a feudal environment giving off a pretty classic samurai film atmosphere.
Both also show a lot of graphical violence/gore. 
reportRecommended by Mathes

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