Everything to be expected from Kawajiri; the smirking sadism & leering scenes of sexual violence (rarely elevated above a level of basic sensationalism), offset by a tremendous visual imagination & approach to craft that is truly extraordinary. While not exactly teeming with complexity, this is a work of high-fantasy that satisfies on a level of pure spectacle; a grotesque phantasmagoria of action & adventure.
I acknowledge the importance of NINJA SCROLL's role in the Japanese animation world, but even as a kid I was not very impressed with this "anime classic". Most of it is creepy "fan service" the Japanese can't seem to get enough of, and it's overuse of rape and genital demons overshadows the otherwise brilliant story.
This was a film that will forever be tied to my youth. Anytime I would discuss anime with someone, it would always end with "Have you ever seen ninja scroll?". I haven't seen it in years though so I wonder how well it's held up...
Being a teenage boy and seeing this movie is something else, it's like a dream, it's everything you ever wanted out of a movie at that age. It's violent to the point of absurdity, it's full of bizarre sex and nudity, and it's bursting with monsters and adventure. However, the teenage boy is the only audience for this film, to anyone older it looks like the juvenile garbage that it is.
I was pleased with the story and the amount of action but the fact that fantasy ends up being more dominant than reality makes it another teenager anime story about guts and blood and a lot of senseless violence over storyline.
Character development isn't really needed here and because we don't get much of it, the movie has a kind of blunt darkness to it that made it a very new experience for me as a kid. An old favorite that doesn't get old.
At first I was a little apprehensive but this is a great film/series It is hard hitting and a lot of moments that I have yet to see be matched by other films in this genre a really great plot and the action great. I will say the main character does have some weird cliches I could of done without but overall I would definitely recommend whats also cool is this project precedes a lot of ninja movie we know today.
This animation is so inspiring for me, the amount of work you see thrills you, use of color is enchanting and the music use keeps the atmosphere flowing. Nudity in this makes this movie exclusive for me, storywise i've felt disconnected in some parts but this is great work