In Japan, legends tell of a strong clan of warriors who fought unarmed and walked the path of the undefeated. Since the Heian period, this clan known as the Shura helped shape and form history as we know it with the help of their legendary Mutsu Enmei-Ryuu style. Watch history unfold in this epic tale as the Shura and their ancestors witness the days of the swordfighter Musashi, fight with the one-eyed Jubei Yagyu and help influence the fall of the Shogunate and Shinsengumi; and most importantly, touch the hearts and minds of everyone they meet…
Samurai Deeper Kyo is a story of two men in one body - the humble, polite Mibu Kyoshiro and the legendary samurai Onime-no-Kyo, who has a price on his head. Consequently, Mibu Kyoshiro is captured for having an uncanny resemblance to the samurai. As the story of SDK progresses, we learn more about the two unique souls that inhabit the same body.
These two Anime are set around the same time period of a certain age of war and chaos.Their primary characters portray the image of being the bearers of a supernatural power that only themselves or their own clans are able to naturally inherit.
Another point to note is that Shura no Toki's main character(s) resemble the easy-going, joyfully spirited 'good half' of SDK's main duo combination.
The OP & ED songs are pretty similar in the genre to suit the Anime. One more aspect to mention is that the openings of both Anime give a short briefing of the main plot just before the opening song begins to start the Anime.
Overall, I can be honest to say that if you enjoyed watching Samurai Deeper Kyo or Shura no Toki, you will definately want to see both Anime at some point of your feudal Samurai experience! Please enjoy!
The time is centuries ago, during the Sengoku period; the place is feudal Japan. Political ambitions and bloodshed run rampant as rival warlords battle it out in an attempt to rule the nation. Some seek to spread their noble ideals, some seek to protect justice and yet others seek destruction. Date Masamune, Sanada Yukimumra and a variety of other warriors will fight it out time and time again; their actions helping to ultimately decide the fight of Japan.
While Shura no Toki has far less action than the totally-comprised-of-action Sengoku Basara, both are in depth looks at the history of feudal Japan, and will likely be character overload for those of you who aren't up to speed on Japanese history. Regardless, history buffs who enjoyed one would surely enjoy the other.
In the 6th year of the Kan'ei era, people enjoy a time of peace; skilled swordsmen are revered and respected, and their lives are their own. Amidst the tranquility, Lord Tokugawa Tadanaka decides, for his own amusement, to hold a fighting tournament in which real swords are used - though laws forbid their use. In a match to the death two highly-skilled swordsmen face off: the one-armed Fujiki Gennosuke, and the blind Iraki Seigen. As they take their respective stances, flashbacks paint a picture of the duo’s past and battle wounds; and thus, the real story begins...
Both these anime are mainly about fighting techniqes and duels in medieval Japan. Both are about the size of determination and force of will needed to become best at it. Both are about what you need to leave behind if youre going to pursue the way of the warrior. Main differences are that Shigurui has more gore, and its plot isnt as easy to follow.