NINJA SCROLL
MOVIE COMPANY: Manga Entertainment
DVD reviewed by Dennis A. Amith
RATING: Not rated, for mature audiences, contains strong violence, strong language, brief nudity and adult situations. Parental discretion is advised.
DURATION: 94 minutes 

 
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Anime Synopsis:

Feudal Japan –A time of danger, intrigue and deception….Jubei is a masterless ninja who travels the land alone, hiring his services to those with gold…or a worthy cause. His fearsome abilities have served him well, but a hideous plot to overthrow the government threatens to end his wandering ways and possibly his life.

When a small village succumbs to a terrible plague, a team of ninjas are sent to investigate and realize that all is not as it seems. Ambushed, they are wiped out by a fearsome man-monster with incredible powers, leaving only one alive –Kagero, a beautiful female Ninja whose touch can bring instant death. Jubei saves her from a fate worse than death and unwittingly becomes drawn into a web of treachery. He is soon faced with his greatest challenge, an enemy for whom death holds no fear with the power to destroy Jubei's world. It's an all-out bloodbath when ninja warriors come face to face in this action-packed tribal war. Ninja Scroll features a wicked cast of characters, extraordinary fight scenes and stunning animation form Yoshiaki Kawajiri and MadHouse Studios!


DVD EXTRAS:

- Interactive menus English language in Dolby Digital
- 5.1 English language in Dolby Surround / Japanese language
- English subtitles
- Closed captioned in English
- Production notes
- Instant scene access
- Complete Movie Synopsis Key Character Art and Text Files

KNOWN DVD SECRET(S): None that I know of.


DVD REVIEW:

If there is one anime movie that many of my friends say is a must-buy, many of them would say "Ninja Scroll".

"Ninja Scroll" follows the adventures of a masterless Ninja named Jubei who teams up with a female ninja named Kagero and sometimes with a lying old man named Dakuan and in their journey they go against an evil team of murderers with their own style of killing and in the end Jubei must battle an enemy from his past who he thought was dead. The movie combines the Feudal Japan with the supernatural.

For one thing, it's not the typical nonsense anime which includes violence, blood, sex, etc. There's actually a deep storyline to this series. Very involving, very bloody but the way it is presented, makes it very good.

Again, the anime is violent. So, if you are faint at heart and can't stand anime like this, stay away from "Ninja Scroll".

It's been several years now since I first saw this movie and to see it on DVD is really great. Of course, the Digital 5.1 Surround Sound mix is awesome but for a non-dub fan like myself, I was hoping the Japanese version may have been remastered but it's OK. Manga Entertainment is one of the few companies which puts voice acting as a priority, so I'm proud to say that the English dub + the 5.1 sounds great!

As for the DVD itself, since it's an older anime and an older DVD release, you're not going to find that much in terms of special features. There is a little character info section but that's mainly it (unless you count trailers).

If you like anime series based in the Feudal Japan era and the supernatural, "Ninja Scroll" ranks up at the top along with "Hakkenden" and "Rurouni Kenshin".

THE ANIME:  A
THE DVD EXTRAS:  D+
THE DVD OVERALL:  A-

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