Demon ninjas with terrible powers, each unique. I'll also mention that this is one of the only animes that I can watch in either English of Japanese. Plot Summary: Jubei is wandering noble sword for hire, but when a chance meeting leads him to save young ninja woman from rape he makes enemies with a group of demonic humans. Unfortunately, both past and political intrigue collide when he meets and saves a female ninja named Kagero from a man with the ability to make his body as hard as stone. If you enjoy Ninja Scroll, which I can only hope you do, you should definitely check out Wicked City, which is from the same director and in many respects is practically the same film. They're not just sneaky guys with throwing knives, they turn to stone and have steerable mystic claws on endless chains and can hold off their own deaths until they deliver that one vital message.
All of these are visually stunning and amazing movies. All the characters are also gratingly simplistic. There's nothing deep about it, there's no meaning to it. It's a fun show, but much lighter in tone and set in the modern era. Art: The art completely and perfectly suits the feel of the anime. But what is action alone without great characters, interesting storyline, fitting music and heavy atmosphere? Those are just movies, there's tons of series well worth watching as well out there. No-one is remotely credible as a character.
There's also a really hilarious sex-scene. It's not as good as the movie and I don't recall that it ties into it directly, but you'll probably like it if you enjoyed the movie. Full movie Jubei Kibagami has always been the master dealer of death, but in rescuing a ninja woman from a monster he sets loose a chain of events that puts death in his own veins and sends them on a nightmarish odyssey through a surreal and devil infested ancient Japan. The point is, this is a genre piece, and if you're not enamoured of the stereotype of ninjas, well, this'll not do anything to persuade you. Essentially the entire plot can be seen as a device to switch setting and to move to the next fight scene.
Jubei and the woman part ways, but later a government spy forces Jubei to join up with her again and investigate the mysterious death of an entire village. About the only noteworthy character is Kagero. There's a hero, a heroine who is not allowed to be strong enough to look after herself in order that our hero Jubei can save her from a nasty fate, assorted sneaky buggers and of course all those supernatural ninjas. If you want something kind of goofy that's based very loosely on the same character, check out Jubei-chan: The Ninja Girl. It's a show but not terribly long. There is no sequel to Ninja Scroll unless you're thinking of the series, but to be honest I never found something that managed to recapture the awesomeness that that film is. During his journey, he meets Shigure, a priestess who has never seen the world outside her village.
To make matters worse, a government spy poisons Jubei, promising him an antidote if he can unravel the true intentions of the Devils of Kimon and their connection to the plague. Synopsis Jubei Kibagami wanders feudal Japan as an itinerant swordsman-for-hire. Overall 10 Story 9 Animation 9 Sound 8 Character 10 Enjoyment 10 This was the very first anime film I ever saw. The art isn't good, it isn't bright or colourful. Some of the ideas, if you can get past the basic ridiculousness to suspend your disbelief, are inventive and unexpected. I await the day when I can see a ninja character that I can even begin to believe in. But that's my only qualm about the art.
It's much tamer as it was broadcast on television, but decent. Then again, if Magikal Ninjery is your line, I'm sure you'll think I should rate this way higher. But the forte of the anime is the action scenes. The film is about action and fighting so, for me at least, it's understandable that the characters are pretty flat. As they get closer to the truth the demons close in on them and pretty soon Jubei finds himself in a deadly fight with many super strong inhuman opponents. I'm not going to pretend to be objective or anything, this is what I think, and I think Ninja Scroll is terrible.
This, on the other hand, went a long way towards making me realise that, as with anything else I now realise - I was young and had no sense , not all anime is superb. To top it all of, both, heroes and villains are really well written. However, I was unable to make it that far. But when a group of demons destroys the village and kills everyone, Jubei becomes a prime target after acquiring the Dragon Jewel — a stone with an unknown origin. To make matters worse, a government spy poisons Jubei, promising him an antidote if he can unravel the true intentions of the Devils of Kimon and their connection to the plague.
After a past betrayal left him masterless, he has no more patience for warring political factions and their schemes. For me, action is never a key ingredient into great movie, and too often movies rely only on fighting, jumping and ass kicking. Not in a silly cat-jumps-out-to-scare-the-shit-out-of-you way, but in that dark, creepy and let me repeat myself - suspenseful way. Overall 10 Story 8 Animation 9 Sound 9 Character 9 Enjoyment 10 Ninja Scroll was the first anime I have ever seen. Story: Ninja Scroll in a very realistic sense is an anime B-movie. If Jubei can't piece the blood-soaked clues together, his only consolation will be that he won't live to regret it for very long! Do yourself a favor and watch this movie.