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.
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.