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Jubei-Chan the Ninja Girl - Vol. 1: The Secret of the Lovely Eyepatch - A Legend Reborn

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  • Format: Animated, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), Japanese (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Bandai Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 1, 2000
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004U5S9
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #385,464 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Jiyu "Jubei" Nanohana and her ineffectual father recently moved to the country from Tokyo, so she's a new student at Hontsuru Junior High. She immediately wins the hearts of the proudly "unrefined" Bantaro and the elegant kendo champion, Shiro. Every male she encounters takes one look at her breasts and is instantly smitten. Although she's unaware of it, Jubei is the reincarnation of master swordsman Yagyu Jubei. His loyal retainer Koinusuke has spent the last 300 years looking for the person destined to inherit the "lovely eye patch" that transforms the wearer into an unbeatable warrior. In addition to Yagyu's soul, Jubei has inherited a 300-year-old vendetta: the Ryujoji clan wants to eliminate her so they can rule Japan by the sword.

Jubei-chanisn't the first anime series to mix off-the-wall sexual comedy and samurai drama, but the characters are too silly to support that drama. Jubei's blithe inability to grasp the situation--or react to her transformations into a warrior--negates the bizarre threat posed by the Ryujoji. The premise may work if the filmmakers manage to give the characters some depth in the later episodes, but Jubei makes Usagi from Sailor Moon sound like Descartes.

Unrated: Suitable for ages 13 and up; sexual humor, violence; parents may object to leering humor about an adolescent girl's breasts. --Charles Solomon

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Yagyu Jubei was Japan's greatest swordsman. His skill was legendary but the one enemy he couldn't conquer was death. Before he died, though, he gave his disciple hope. There would be a successor, and this deserving person would receive all the power and skill of Yagyu Jubei, along with the Lovely Eyepatch. After 300 years of searching, the disciple finds Jiyu Nanohana, a rather ordinary girl who has just moved to a new town and started going to a new school. As if going to a new school weren't stressful enough, now Jiyu is told that she is heir to the legendary talents of Yagyu Jubei. And she will have to put those talents to good use and stop the assassins of the rival clan!

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious and absurd September 8, 2000
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Jubei-chan is about as absurd as anything you would want to see. It's also undeniably funny, but certainly not for everyone. Poor 13 year-old Jiyu, as the unwilling heir to the greatest swordsman of all time, is threatened by the grudge of that swordsman's enemies. Poor Koinusuke, the swordsman's servant who has wandered the earth for 300 years looking for Jiyu, only to find she keeps throwing away the heart-shaped eyepatch which grants her skill with the sword. But note: that's the least of the silliness. Basically every guy who sees Jiyu, from the other students to her teachers, takes one look at her chest and falls in love with her. This is even more peculiar, because that chest is always safely hidden away beneath a school uniform shirt and sweater, and--at least by anime conventions--it's not especially out of proportion. There's no nudity worries here, at least in this first disc. Jubei-chan is certainly much less lewd than the average American sitcom (basically, the boys think about Jiyu and picture her still-in-sweater chest).
This show is NOT a drama, at least not in this first disc: it is a comedy which has some very nicely done fighting sequences in it. While some conventional elements of a drama are present, they are deliberately absurd--you aren't supposed to take Jiyu's predicament seriously. The characters, not any sense of drama, make this work: some of the best scenes are between Koinusuke and Jiyu's father, who repeatedly tries and fails to understand why a samurai is now living in his house as his daughter's servant. If you can deal with the frequent references to Jiyu's chest, you will laugh a lot while watching this disc.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Adorable! February 6, 2002
**screams like a little girl**
i love it. It's hilarious. Most silly animation I've seen. Voices (subbed version) are exellent! This anime goes from humor to drama to action and back again in 5 minutes, it's amazing.
Content wise there's nothing wrong with this anime aside from a couple boob jokes. No nudity, profanity, or blood.
the storyline is relatively compelling, but not super. The episodes seem to center more on entertaining the viewer than progressing the storyline.
The dubbed version is even good with the exception of Jubei's voice. She's supposed to be like 14 or 15 years old and her English dub over voice make her seem like she's 25 or so.
On a final note, the DVD menu for scene selection is the most organized I've seen, some dvd's put a very poor effort into this aspect of their product, resulting it it being hard to figure out where you need to start playing at. Say if you stopped at episode 2, then the next day went back to watch the rest, it was very easy to find your place. If anyone has ever tried to use scene selection on the DVD of Angel Sanctuary, you know what I mean.
Report Card
Animation: A
Characters: A+
Storyline: B+
Voices(sub): A+
Voices(dub): B
Overall: A
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jubei-Chan - Secret of the Lovely Eyepatch June 21, 2000
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I've seen the first episode of this show at an anime club screening in the Boston area, and it is HILARIOUS! Helmed by the same director as "Kodomo no Omocha," this show will delight and entertain with its over-the-top spastic nature. The breast jokes do get a bit repetitive after a while, but this would be only quibble I have with the show. Art is clean and crisp, and character designs are attractive. For non-stop laughs and also thrilling sword fight action scenes, this is the DVD for you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute and Entertaining October 18, 2002
I first saw the trailer for Jubei-chan on one of the vollumes of Outlaw Star, and in my head it clicked and said that I should see this little mini seris. I am glad I did. The 13 episode seris all starts with this volume. If you don't watch this one you will have no Earthly idea what is happening in the rest of the seris.
300 years ago the great swordsmen Yagu Jubei lost his life in the desprate fight against the Ryojoji Shinkagario. Before he died Jubei told his trusted friend Koinosuke Odago to find his succesor. When Koinosuke asks Lord Jubei how he will know the individual that will carry out his sword, he answers "A big pair of bouncy bon-bons" (sub version).Just prior to Jubei dieing he hands Koinosuke an eye patch, in the shape of a heart. He said that the pupil who wears the Lovely Eyepatch would aqurire his skills.Then Jubei dies. For the next 300 years, surviving on his spirit alone, Koinosuke Odago takes up the quest to find the succsesor of Yagu Jubei.
Then you meet Jiyu "Jubei" Nanohana, a 14 (?) year old 8th student who just moved to a new town. Along with the struggles of being a new student in a middle school, Jiyu has attracted the attention of 2 middle school boys, Shiro, and Bantaro (AKA Ban.
When Jiyu gets lost on her way home from school, she runs into Koinosuke. Koinosuke dose his best to convice Jiyu to behold the Lovely Eye Patch. Jiyu, being a normal teenager refuses to listen to Koinosuke. But when a new evil force appears and attacks Sai Nanohana (jiyu's dad), as if on cue Koinosuke appears, and puts the Lovely Eyepatch on Jiyu. Then Jiyu transforms into the great warrior Yagu Jebei The Second. After defeateing her first new enemy, Jiyu refuses to yeild the eyepatch.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Not So Good Anime....
It's cheap....but you really get what you pay for. It's rather amusing, and the action scenes are done fairly well, but there's a lot of holes. Read more
Published on April 19, 2005 by Valerie Trautman
5.0 out of 5 stars A Ninja Girl Kick!
In this anime seven pretty Japanese girls are invited into the Magic Mirror Bus, the go-anywhere anime studio operated by Jubei, and kick the crotch area of Japanese anime... Read more
Published on February 9, 2003 by Johnny Dark
5.0 out of 5 stars good ghab
this is a good anime and it is funny
Published on June 13, 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome action packed humor!!
Man this title threw me off. I thought it was going to be a bit like Shadow skills, but it was way better than that. Read more
Published on July 27, 2001 by Amazon Thrall
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny and satisfying
As soon I saw the trailer for this on one of my Escaflowne DVDs, I had decided that I was going to get the first DVD and see how this series was. Read more
Published on July 19, 2001 by Satsuki
5.0 out of 5 stars Jubei-chan
I luv this dvd its so funny. =^o^= I am usually a comedy type person so as soon as I saw my first ep. Read more
Published on June 12, 2001 by Jamie
5.0 out of 5 stars Not for the Novice Anime watcher!
If you are not used to the general oddness and hilarity with the comic relief of the basics of anime (Fushigi Yuugi, Cowboy BeBop and Princess Mononoke), then you may not... Read more
Published on May 9, 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny
Oh my god, this is the funniest anime that I have ever seen! I laughed so hard that my stomach hurt, and I almost wet myself. Read more
Published on April 15, 2001 by
Anyways, there's this guy who happens to look at Ash in Pokemon, (dont get carry away and buy this because you like Ash). Read more
Published on April 9, 2001
3.0 out of 5 stars Magical Ninja!
From seeing this for the first time, you wouldn't think this was one of those 'magical girl' shows. A closer look, though, reveals just about every element a 'magical girl' show... Read more
Published on March 12, 2001 by C. W. Fitch
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