Ninja Scroll – Classic Anime

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Trapped into a mission not of his choosing, Jubei finds a powerful reason to fight.

Ninja Scroll (The original 1993 movie) … another classic anime available again on Blu-ray – WARNING: This anime movie has some very violent scenes and some sexually explicit content that may not be suitable for younger viewers

I saw Ninja Scroll (Movie) many years ago and was at first a little shocked at the violence and sexual content … and now that I compare it to some more recent anime, it seems a little tame … or dose it. This is an anime movie well worth watching again, if you haven’t watched it lately and well worth buying and adding to your classic anime collection.

Note: Make sure you get the Ninja Scroll MOVIE (1993). There is a more recent Ninja Scroll TV series, which I found to be a little silly at times and is definitely not as good as the original 1993 movie.

I have included a Ninja Scroll Movie Trailer video, an interesting AMV and the Ninja Scroll FULL MOVIE (1.27.33).

The following article excerpt is an introduction to the recent release of Ninja Scroll – Movie on Blu-ray, by Chris Beveridge of The Fandom Post

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. How do demonic possessions, an annihilated village, and a man Jubei thought safely buried in his past all connect? 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!

Originally released in 1993, the transfer for this feature is presented in its original full frame aspect ratio in 1080p using the AVC codec. The show has seen many, many releases over the years and it feels like I’ve seen this numerous times across many formats. It’s also been a visual treat, one that does stand up to the test of time so far as we past its 20th anniversary and what we get here is the best that it’s ever looked. While there are bits of dust and dirt that creep in from time to time, it’s filled with solid backgrounds that have a good natural film grain to it that gives it a rough and appealing look. Colors are rich, the animation looks far better than I remember it ever looking before and there’s a fluidity that really does shine to it. The lack of cross coloration and noticeable line noise only adds to it, giving it a great look. While some of this may not be quite as noticeable on smaller displays, if you’re a fan of the show and have a big screen HDTV, this is definitely the way to experience it.

Content portions of this review may contain spoilers:
Ninja Scroll is a feature which has dominated the anime landscape in English speaking countries for over twenty years since its original release. One of the early titles brought over, it’s blend of sex and violence definitely attracted a lot of attention but also because of the team behind it. With animation by Madhouse and pretty much everything else under the supervision of Yoshiaki Kawajiri, Ninja Scroll defines the classic nature of a ninja movie with its blood, sex and violence. With familiar name characters that go back centuries in Japan, it’s easily accessible and fits the bill of what people think a ninja movie should be like. With it being released in numerous forms, getting some TV time as well and a full season TV series at one point, it’s a feature that has defined a genre. And rightly so.

The basic premise of the film is all about revenge and acquiring gold, but it’s of little consequence in the end. With a brief prologue here, we see events set five years prior that shows traitors, bloodshed and the crushing of people that has lead to our lead character, Jubei, getting out into the world on his own. In the present, the Eight Devils of Kimon have been gathered under the man behind events from all those years ago, Gemma, as he was able to resurrect himself after being killed. What he’s managed to do is draw together an incredible force of supernaturally powered shinobi in order to seek out what he’s been after all this time. Unfortunately for him and his group, Jubei has come across them in the present as well and ends up saving a ninja woman named Kagero in the midst of being raped by Tessai, one of the ugliest of shinobi who can turn his body rock hard.

And so begins the journey through which Jubei starts to go against the rest of the Eight Devils, all of which are quite varied and have their own quirks and abilities. The initial takedown of Tessai is brutal but there’s a thing of beauty to it as well. The violence is strong and swift with a cleaving tot he head that settles things. As we see with some of the others, sexuality is a big part of their attacks as well, such as Benisato who has a full body series of snake tattoos that she can draw to life. The sexuality of the show is a big part of the appeal for many back when it came out, but it still holds up well and even feels like it’s done better after all this time since there’s less overt sexuality in a lot of anime features theses. But one by one, Jubei ends up coming against the the Eight Devils and finds himself in tight situations where he gets hurt quite a lot himself … read more at: The Fandom Post


Original article and image source: The Fandom Post




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  1. I haven’t seen this for many years, but it’s still great

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