Posted by psgels on 24 December 2008 with categories: Anime Reviews, Kurozuka


From the director of Death Note, Kurozuka is Madhouse’s latest action series. This time, it’s packed with lots and lots of Japanese-styled horror, and comes in a package that just oozes style. With an OP that’s even more extreme than the second one from Death Note, this is the perfect watch if you need to lose some frustration, pump some adrenaline or find some other excuse to watch a bit of tense action.

Because really, this series hardly gives the viewer any time to take a breath. There are lots of quiet moments throughout the series, but even they remain clouded the show’s very thick atmosphere, as it prepares for the next climax. This series set out to create an combination between action and horror, and it pretty much succeeded in this.

But yeah, Kurozuka is all about action and atmosphere, so don’t even try to expect something special from the plot or characters. The plot is actually pretty decent. It’s simple, yet it’s got a number of surprising plot twist, and even though the ending isn’t going to answer every question that’s left behind, it succeeds in keeping an air of mystery around the show.

The problem with this show is the cast of characters. They’re just… there. They hardly get the time to be fleshed out, but none of them make a particularly strong impression, safe for a few minibosses, who manage to provide the best action-scenes of the series. The main character Kuro has his own background, but we never see any sides of him, other than the silent stoic side that doesn’t talk a lot and wants to fight.

But then again, if you want deep characters, you can always watch a different series. Kurozuka knows exactly what it is: an action flick that never really goes anywhere deep, and that’s where it succeeds at. The graphics for this series are downright awesome, and they turn every single episode into a visual feast. There’s always something nice to look at and a continuous atmosphere. My only real complaints are that the ending doesn’t fit the tone of the rest of the series, but nevertheless I personally enjoyed watching this series a lot.

Storytelling: 9/10
Characters: 7/10
Production-Values: 9/10
Setting: 8/10

4 Responses

  1. Archer says:

    if one takes Kurozuka for what it is,an action show,knowing it can be quite violent,i don’t see why one would be disappointed since it never tries anything more and that is not a bad thing here.
    for me it is one of the best action anime i saw in quite a while,it definitely has the best fighting scenes of the year,i really like the innovative animation changes during the fights,overall the animation quality is just great,people who have seen death note will probably notice right away the similarities in the animation style(i liked that),practically it is all just as psg said,so no need for me to go in even more details,this review is perfect for people who want to know what to expect from this anime without reading any spoilers,and yeah the op is quite different and similar to the 2nd op of DN but i like this one better.

    oh yeah,i would have like to see some parts of the manga animated but still,in the end,this is a very good adaptation of the manga

    and lets end with a happy holidays to psg and all its readers

  2. tj han says:

    I don’t quite get the ending though. A simple interpretation is that it’s all a dream, but that would be lame wouldn’t it?

  3. panaghoy88 says:

    @tjhan
    My interpretation is that Kuro is trapped in a game that Kuromitsu has made. Kuro will find Kuromitsu then, when Kuro finds her it starts all over again. The whole point of the show anyway is that it tells you a philosophical view or any other BS you can think of.

  4. fffffff says:

    “The problem with this show is the cast of characters. They’re just… there. ”

    Characters: 7/10

    itt we use a 6-10 rating scale

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  • Vincent
    (Saturday, Oct 25. 2014 01:30 AM)
    @Bam Exactly. The politics and strategy were far more important. The weapons came last.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Oct 25. 2014 01:26 AM)
    The Inca’s lack of cooperation with their neighboring tribes, as well as their own affiliates, shows a lack of tactical sophistication which when combined with lack of modern medicine and weaponry amidst a economic, political and environmental upheaval led to their defeat by the hands of the conquistadors.
  • Vincent
    (Saturday, Oct 25. 2014 01:25 AM)
    @Bam Of course they’re part of it. They held weapons, so weapons were part of the war; no one argues that. But you are grossly overestimating their importance.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Oct 25. 2014 01:20 AM)
    You can use all kinds of acrobats to argue invalidly that weapons don’t matter in a war, at the end of the day that is simply not true. There is no single factor for their defeat but a multitude of different aspects, and advance weapons were one of them.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Oct 25. 2014 01:18 AM)
    @Vincent: “in a battle” and that’s your mistake right there. One battle does not determine the grand scale of the ethnic cleansing that took place in the region.
  • Vincent
    (Saturday, Oct 25. 2014 01:00 AM)
    In a battle that was depicted in Spanish records as a Spanish cavalry charge defeating a massive invasion force of Incas, Archeologists uncovered the battlegrounds and forensic scientists found that most of the Inca soldiers were killed not with sharp weapons that the Spanish used, but rather with the blunt weapons of the Indians.
  • Vincent
    (Saturday, Oct 25. 2014 12:57 AM)
    It’s been proven that the official Spanish records about their conquistadors are biased and don’t even mention the Indians that fought for them. For example, they depict the Spaniards as defeating a force of 1000 single handedly, which is factually false.
  • Vincent
    (Saturday, Oct 25. 2014 12:57 AM)
    @Bam No, just because cities were destroyed by cannon fire doesn’t mean the weapons themselves mattered. The Spanish were only able to move their units and cannons around Incan cities because their Indian allies did most of the fighting.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Oct 25. 2014 12:10 AM)
    Now on the topic of war in general, how often do you believe killing the leader of the enemy army complete destroys their organization/army moreso than it wouldn’t?
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Oct 25. 2014 12:08 AM)
    @Realist: I heard about a tactic where spiked wood was placed in the grass and coated with excrement to tear through the boot and cause infection.

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