Ninja Scroll Reviews
Entertaining Japanese animated action-drama. Some good action scenes, well animated with reasonable amount of intrigue. Broad plot is fairly interesting.
The plot is also the weakest part of the movie. Not always coherent, with many random twists and turns, things not making sense and badly badly-drawn (in the figurative sense) characters.
Entertaining enough though, just don't try to make complete sense of the story line.
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.