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Kurō Minamoto
Kuro
Species Vampire-Hybrid
Gender Male
Professional Status
Affiliation None
Previous Affiliation Haniwa
Minamoto clan
Previous Occupation Haniwa member
Country of Birth Japan
Team None
Previous Team Haniwa
Partner Kuromitsu
Previous Partner Benkei
Personal Status
Relatives Brother, Father
Weapon(s) Katana, Shakujō

Kurō Yoshitsune Minamoto (源義経クロウ, Minamoto Yoshitsune Kurou) is a main protagonist of the Kurozuka series.

Appearance Edit

Brown hair, dark eyes, skinny but fit build. Muscular in both the anime and manga, however the manga features him a little more bulky at times and more muscular. In the anime, he is fairly lean and agile. He looks to be about 6'4".

In the Manga, in the opening era he wears the clothes of a mountain priest. In other eras, he is wearing samurai armor. And in the modern era he wears combat armor. In the later future, about 1,100 years after the beginning, he is wearing a weird skin tight body suit.

Personality Edit

History Edit

At the start of the series, Kurou is on the run from his "pursuers". The pursuers are assassins from Fugiwara no Yasuhira sent by his older brother, who just recently conquered and became lord of Heike.

Plot Edit

Anime Edit

The series begins in 12th century Japan and centers on Kuro, a character based loosely on the legendary Japanese swordsman Minamoto no Yoshitsune. Kuro and his servant, Benkei, meet a beautiful and mysterious woman named Kuromitsu while on the run from Kuro's elder brother, who seeks his life. Kuromitsu and Kuro fall in love, but he soon discovers that she harbors a terrible secret: she is a vampiric immortal. Following an attack by his pursuers, Kuro is badly injured and must imbibe Kuromitsu's blood to save his own life. Kuro is then betrayed and attacked by Benkei, who has been subverted by a shadowy organization called the Red Army, and Kuro's head is severed, which interferes with his transformation into a fully immortal being.

Kuro loses consciousness and wakes up centuries later in a post-apocalyptic, dystopian Japan. The surviving citizens have fallen under constant oppression by the Red Army, and Kuro is quickly found and recruited by an underground revolutionary movement called Haniwa. The remaining episodes follow Kuro's fight with the Red Army and its host of elite warriors, who have been enhanced by samples of Kuromitsu's blood, and his quest to find his inexplicably lost love.

The starting plot for the series is probably inspired by Kurozuka, a 1939 Japanese dance-drama, which features a man-eating ogress named Kuromitsu,[2] as well as the life of Minamoto no Yoshitsune.


Manga Edit

The series begins in 12th century Japan and centers on Kuro, a character based loosely on the legendary Japanese swordsman Minamoto no Yoshitsune. Kuro and his servant, Benkei, meet a beautiful and mysterious woman named Kuromitsu while on the run from Kuro's elder brother, who seeks his life. Kuromitsu and Kuro fall in love, but he soon discovers that she harbors a terrible secret: she thrives on human blood. Kuromitsu is afraid that Kuro will despise her, however Kuro isn't afraid. He is more worried about breaking his promise of not looking in the back room.

Following an attack by his pursuers, Kuro and Kuromitsu are badly injured. Kuromitsu's powers of regeneration save her life, but Kuro remains on the brink of death. He asks Kuromitsu to flee and leave him behind. Kuromitsu rejects his proposal and instead asks him if he wanted to go to the end of time. With that, she drinks his blood and then instructs him to drink hers. The mixing of blood will complete the transformation to turn him immortal and save his life. Suddenly, the assassins show up again and attack the already wounded Kuro. Kuromitsu is stabbed in the stomach and is helpless to defend. Thinking they had finally completed their mission, the assassins didn't notice Kuro's transformation still underway. During transition, he regained energy and new strength. He was able to kill the attackers. While tending to Kuromitsu, one of the assassins whom was thought to be defeated reared up and went for a killing blow on Kuro. Benkei rushed to the scene to slay the assassin.

Grateful to be reunited with his companion, Kuro and Kuromitsu talk of escape. Suddenly, Benkei beheads Kuro which interferes with his transformation into a fully immortal being. It is assumed Benkei ran off, leaving Kuromitsu.

Kuro wakes up in a room in modern Tokyo. He is wrapped in bandages, but his body is there. Kuromitsu is beside him, watching over him and tending to his wounds. He has no memory of the past, he simply believes he woke up from a dream. She doesn't reveal much to him, but promises to reveal everything later. For now, She tells him of his important to her, and her to him. She then drinks his blood and while he drinks her, he can feel his past nagging at him. Suddenly Kuromitsu senses their pursuers and they make a run for it. They encounter a man with a gun and during the crossfire an air raid takes place. The moment is rather intense with bombs flying everywhere, but Kuro kills the man and they escape with more pursuers on their tail.

Timeskip. Kuro awakes in the middle of a ruined Tokyo. Hundreds of years have passed. A giant meteor was on a collision course with Earth. Civilization went mad with panic. Out of desperation, nukes were fired at the meteor, breaking it up into smaller bits. Some nukes ended up coming back down to Earth and destroying whatever laid in it's path.

Kuro struggles to remember his past, but the name Kuromitsu and the image of a young girl comes to his mind. She is nowhere in sight so he goes to search for her. She gives him a glass of blood and drinking it helps draw his memories.

To be continued.

Equipment Edit

Kurō's Katana

A close-up of the hilt

Katana: Kurō carries around a katana which he uses as his main weapon. He either has it fastened at his hip or strapped across his back, in order to ensure a quick draw. The hilt has an unusual spiraling form, with several pieces of jewelry embedded in the wood along the way, and joining in a darker tip which also has two small strings attached to it, ending in two plume-like additions and one tiny plate. The sheath of the blade is red, and wrapped up near the guard. This guard is purple colored and has two half-circle inscriptions, which are chipped off at the corners.

Kuro Shakujo

Kurō revealing his hidden weapon

Shakujō: During his first appearance (where he posed as a mountain priest together with Benkei), Kurō was seen carrying around a Shakujō, or monk staff, to fit with his disguise. When he was attacked by members of the Red Army, however, he showed that the staff was actually a sword hidden within a scabbard, similar in principle to a Shikomizue. The staff hasn't been seen again after the aforementioned battle, and it is presumed to be lost, since Kurō threw away the scabbard.[1] In the manga, Kurō didn't possess a Shakujō.


Powers & Abilities Edit

Master Swordsmanship Specialist: Throughout the series, Kurō has proved himself repeatedly to be a swordsmanship master of almost unbeaten level which, in combination with his vampire-hybrid status renders him arguably one of the strongest characters in the series. He could fight hordes of Red Army soldiers, even when ambushed, with seemingly no effort at all, being unable to finish the last one only because of a sever headache.[1] He has shown the ability to finish opponents using guns and other modern weapons alike easily with his sword alone. His swift movements combined with his acrobatics and swordplay render some enemies unable to even register his movements, let alone counteract them.

Enhanced Endurance: Even before gaining vampire blood, Kurō had the ability to fight even after receiving a long gash across his back. After this fight, he could stay alive long enough for Kuromitsu to mix their bloods, even after receiving numerous other wounds, doing various acrobatic stunts and being carried a long distance into the woods.[1]

Vampire Blood Edit

"Awakened" Form: After going through the vampire transformation process with Kuromitsu, Kurō acquired several supernatural traits. However, because Benkei decapitated him before the process could be fully completed, Kurō's vampire powers aren't always accessible, only activating when Kurō is in great danger or experiencing strong emotions.

  • Immense Speed: Kurō's movements become so fast bullets seem to almost stand still from his perspective.
  • Immense Strength: In this state, Kurō has shown the ability to cut through steel without effort.

Trivia Edit

  • Kurō is loosely based on the legendary Japanese swordsman Minamoto no Yoshitsune. Historical references includes his surname, his brother whom is the leader of Kamakura, and the Minamoto clan taking power of the Taira clan.
  • Kurō (クロウ) means "crow" or "raven"' in japanese. This is referenced at the beginning of the first episode, where Kurō crosses a raven in mid-flight before the screen freezes and returns to the actual story.

Quotes Edit

References Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Kurozuka anime; Episode 1

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