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Ninja Scroll Movie Review
Ninja Scroll
獣兵衛忍風帖 (Jūbē Ninpūchō)

Synopsis

Ninja Scroll takes place in feudal Japan and follows Jubei Kibagami, a mercenary swordsman who battles the Eight Devils of Kimon, a team of ninjas with supernatural powers who are intent on overthrowing the Tokugawa shogunate. During his quest, he is aided by Dakuan, an elderly but crafty government spy, and Kagero, a Koga kunoichi whose body is infused with poisonous toxins.

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Animation

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Story

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Overview

Ninja Scroll (獣兵衛忍風帖 Jūbē Ninpūchō, lit. “Jubei’s Ninja Chronicle”) is a 1993 Japanese animated jidaigeki-chanbara film written and directed by Yoshiaki Kawajiri, starring the voices of Kōichi Yamadera, Emi Shinohara, Takeshi Aono, Daisuke Gōri, Toshihiko Seki and Shūichirō Moriyama. Ninja Scroll was theatrically released in Japan on June 5, 1993. Ninja Scroll’s story and style were influenced by the works of novelist Futaro Yamada and Western spy fiction, with Jubei’s character being loosely inspired by the historical figure Yagyū Jūbei Mitsuyoshi.

Alternative title

– Jubei the Wind Ninja
– Ninja Scroll
– Wind Ninja Chronicles
– Манускрипт ниндзя
– Ninja manuskript
– Ninja Scroll: O Mercenário
– 獣兵衛忍風帖
– Jūbei Ninpūchō
– 獸兵衛忍風帖
– 수병위인풍첩
– Свитъкът на Нинджата
– Cronicile lui Jubei
– Ninja-ul rătăcitor
– Nindzės Manuskriptas

TL;DR Review

Ninja Scroll is one of those anime films that you show to your friend in order to induct them into being an anime weebo.

The animation is beautifully haunting and still hold up to today standard. Yoshiaki Kawajiri, previously worked on Wicked City and Demon City Shinjuku, have a similar art style and dark tone.

The ending theme “Dare mo ga Tooku de Ballad o Kiite iru” (誰もが遠くでバラードを聴いている) by Ryouhei Yamanashi is a beautiful haunting melody that best encapsulates the ending of this great anime.

Widely praised for its animation and action scenes, Ninja Scroll is frequently regarded as one of the most influential anime films ever made; alongside Akira and Ghost in the Shell, it was responsible for increasing the popularity of adult-oriented anime outside of Japan.

I absolutely love this movie and have lost count how many times I have re-watched it. This film demonstrated anime isn’t just a medium for children.

I highly recommend Ninja Scroll movie to everyone. However, this is a mature anime so viewer discretion is advised. If you have never seen this, you need to stop whatever anime you are watching and track this film down. Ninja Scroll contains sexual content, graphic violence, and partial nudities. Intended for mature audiences.

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Ninja Scroll
Playlist

A collection of notable music and song from this series.

Music

Opening Theme

TV Series

  1. “Jubei’s Theme” by Kitaro and Peter McEvilley

Closing Theme

Movie

  1. “Dare mo ga Tooku de Ballad o Kiite iru” (誰もが遠くでバラードを聴いている) by Ryouhei Yamanashi

TV Series

  1. “Shigure’s Theme” by Kitaro and Peter McEvilley
Jubei
"Who was he, that devil back there? Never mind, I don't really want to meet him again."
Dakuan
"To understand people's minds and control them is the secret of the ninja strategy. But only true sympathy can move the human heart. A pompous old ninja like me can't hope to do it."
Zakuro
"It looks as if Yurimaru carelessly stepped into my trap; an unfortunate accident, but his own fault. Now he's the Queen of the Devils!"
Jubei
"Your dream? Of becoming the only true Shogun of the Dark? That's a laugh. If you became a Shogun, there'd be nothing but devils in this world. If you so want the company of devils... you'd better hurry back to hell, Gemma!"
Dakuan
"Aha - so, you beat me. I thought I would shut your mouth in Edo, but on second thought, you probably wouldn't live that long as you so love risking your life. Everything ends exactly as I have written it!"
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