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English: Kurozuka
Synonyms: Black Tomb
Japanese: 黒塚


Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 7, 2008 to Dec 23, 2008
Premiered: Fall 2008
Broadcast: Unknown
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: Madhouse
Source: Manga
Genres: ActionAction, DramaDrama, HistoricalHistorical, HorrorHorror, RomanceRomance, Sci-FiSci-Fi, VampireVampire
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 6.961 (scored by 2654926,549 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #37592
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #1518
Members: 77,885
Favorites: 283
Ranked #3759Popularity #1518Members 77,885
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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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Park, Romi
Miyano, Mamoru
Irino, Miyu
Nakata, Jouji
Kuwashima, Houko
Yokoyama, Hiroaki
Fujita, Toshiko
Miki, Shinichiro
Fujiwara, Keiji
Inoue, Kazuhiko


Araki, Tetsurou
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard, Series Composition
Ishizuka, Atsuko
Episode Director, Storyboard
Itou, Tomohiko
Episode Director, Storyboard
Hirao, Takayuki
Episode Director, Storyboard

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"SYSTEMATIC PEOPLE" by WAGDUG FUTURISTIC UNITY featuring Maximum the Ryou-kun (Maximum the Hormone)

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"Hanarebanare (ハナレバナレ)" by Shigi

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Jan 10, 2009
Archaeon (All reviews)
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
Dec 30, 2008
SilentMuse (All reviews)
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
Jan 11, 2009
Master10K (All reviews)
Kurozuka is a lot of things but for the most part it’s a Seinen, Historical, Sci-fi, Action anime jam packed full of high-octane Rated-18 action to please action lovers. However like most series, this one starts of grand but eventually wanes as it progresses.

It begins with the main protagonist, Kurou being pursued for reasons not explained and one intense action sequence later, he and his companion seek shelter in some mysterious woman’s home. Kurou soon develops feelings for this woman named Kuromitsu but soon after he discovers her dirty little secret. Another insanely gruesome action sequence later and the real story begins, as Kurou embarks read more
Nov 5, 2014
GonWithARose (All reviews)
“Majestic, bizarre, violent and dark. A surreal and poetic journey that turns into something more profound than what it looks like”


-STORY: 8-
"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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