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½ October 15, 2016
Yoshiaki Kawajiri writes and directs the animated feature Ninja Scroll. The story opens with a young and skilled ninja known as Jubei that is traversing the country side looking for work as a cheap swordsman for hire. He is in the wrong place at the wrong time when he comes across a demonic like ninja that is having his way with a female ninja Kagero. He nobly decides to step in and save the girl. He eventually is forced to kill the assaulter who has unique properties of being able to solidify his body like a rock and therefore cannot be cut. This is only the beginning as he has now killed one of the clan members of the eight devils of Kimon. The rest of the clan are out to get him and Jubei, Kagero and a government spy Dakun must fend them off while uncovering a mystery that has towns dying from a mysterious plague.

Jubei is extremely skilled swordsman and is experienced. Kagero is quick and cunning, and is immune to poison. Dakun is wise and able to use stealth. Between the three of them they become a perfect trio to deal with each of the devils of Kimon that have unique abilities themselves. The devils of Kimon include a man who can turn his skin rock, a woman who can control snakes, and a blind swordsman. This leads for some interesting action scenes, some of which get cut short as the Devils of Kimon are quick to turn on each other.

Ninja Scroll is an excellent introduction to anime. It features action, interesting characters and an entertaining story. Jubei is a great character and his humility is endearing. Kagero is endearing as she craves to find her place as a female in a culture and profession that is dominated by men. Dakun is sly and provides most of the comedic relief in the film. The action is fast paced each of the unique abilities from the Devils of Kimon has you craving to meet the next one. I was actually disappointed that many of them turn on each other, as this meant more action sequences would be removed from the film. Despite this, each of the battles was great to watch and it was nice that Jubei was not strong enough to simply handle every clan member on his own. The film's violence and sexual content caters well to older audiences, and this is one of the films strengths. Despite doing poorly in Japan, the film was successful in America, which helped expose and bring anime more to the West. Liking or disliking Ninja Scroll should not warrant people assuming all anime is like Ninja Scroll. It is well above average film in the ninja genre due to excellent animation, character design and direction.

-10.15.2016
August 29, 2016
An almost perfect blend of sex&violece.Still manages to be a thinking mans action film and shows that true strength is found by living by one's moral code.
August 8, 2016
One of the best cinematic animes of the 90's!
August 1, 2016
One of the best Manga films.
July 15, 2016
Solidly paced, gory and action packed; although not perfect the movie's elements remind me of what exploitation films deliver with repulsive imagery in entertaining ways.
½ February 17, 2016
Ninja Scroll has some very interesting scenes, the world building is great, the score is pretty good and the action is very well executed and mostly fantastic, but the characters aren't that well developed, the film is rushed at times, it is always a style over substance and the film is too violent and incredibly sexist which was really annoying leading to a solid, but disappointing film.
November 25, 2015
This was much better when I was 12. Watching it now and it looks atrocious.
April 13, 2015
Not recommended for people who get upset when anime isn't nice to them.
December 19, 2014
Classic action packed anime set in feudal Japan.
½ December 13, 2014
Its unbridled surreal/supernatural elements play off in a setting that takes itself all too seriously. This makes for an intriguing, well animated piece that is worth looking at.
November 19, 2014
Full of graphic violence, gratuitous sex and nudity, and badass animation, Ninja Scroll is Anime escapism at its finest.
November 5, 2014
Awesome Japanese manga!! Very bloody
October 7, 2014
Excellent film I love the fast action and direction of how it went!!!!
July 29, 2014
A masterpiece between Japan animation movies!!
½ July 7, 2014
Good plot and decent action; entertaining.
June 15, 2014
A beautifully drawn Japanese animated (amime) film that well written and action packed set in fantasy feudal Japan. A masterpiece among Japanese anime films.
May 9, 2014
hands down, the best anime movie of all times. 1 of my top 5 faves.
April 2, 2014
Great artwork! Great action!
March 10, 2014
Exceptional anime with great action & story. Is an anime all other samurai anime are compared to. Worth owning.
½ January 26, 2014
Depraved, violent, awesome. Rewatching it made me realize how unique and well-developed the characters were, esp. the villains. Quite touching in a cheesy way too.
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