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Ninja Resurrection (Essential Anime Collection)

2.7 out of 5 stars 127 customer reviews

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Ninja Resurrection, known in Japan as Makai Tenshō: Jigoku-hen (trans. Demonic Resurrection: Portrait of Hell) is a two-part original video animation directed by Yasunori Urata. The OVA series is based on Futaro Yamada's novel Makai Tenshō. Although based on the same source material and of a similar style, Ninja Resurrection is not a sequel to the anime film Ninja Scroll.

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  • Actors: Tesshô Genda, Ryôtarô Okiayu, Arisa Andô, Takeshi Aono, Kinryû Arimoto
  • Directors: Yasunori Urata
  • Writers: Fûtarô Yamada
  • Producers: John Ledford
  • Format: Animated, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • 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: A.D.V. Films
  • DVD Release Date: March 16, 2004
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (127 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001DCXS8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #217,318 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Ninja Resurrection (Essential Anime Collection)" on IMDb

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By A Customer on February 24, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I work in an anime rental shop so i get this all the time. Everyone and their mom loves "Ninja Scroll" but nobody, and i mean nobody likes this one. Here is why: everbody starts this movie up expecting N. Scroll pt2...when it is NOT the same artist, author, or creator of ninja scroll. The only two things that mislead are in the title 2.the main character has the same first name. I am telling you now, THIS IS NOT NINJA SCROLL 2! If you are like me and you just want more samurai action with a cleaner art style than ninja scroll, then this is for you. The story hits a cool aspect of christianity in japanese culture and its abolishment and what it leads to. Definately just as gory, fast paced, and samurai as ninja scroll, but in my eyes...better than.
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... Here is my review. Please this is only my opinion so read others before making a final decision.
Animation - The animation is okay I guess. I'm not an aficianado of Anime, so I cant really judge. I'd say its slightly better than a Saturday morning cartoon.
Plot - There are too many holes in Ninja Resurrection to actually call it a story. Its more like a couple of action sequences tied together by an overall plot. A plot that ends in a cliffhanger! Jubei doesn't save the girl, doesnt win the day, all is not right in the world. Just as things get ugly, END of DVD. This is where I feel cheated. I can handle a bad movie, but this is unfinished, and I think thats total crap. Nothing is resolved at the end of this DVD.
Characters - Jubei seems pretty cool, though he hardly fights anyone other than a bunch of 'red shirts'. But lets face it, you can hardly call those fights. Typical sequence, Jubei gets jumped by 15 'red shirt' ninja's, he flashes his sword in a wide arc, 15 ninja's are dead. The main fight in this DVD actually is in the beginning and it is very comical. I wont go into details, but it is sad.
There are other charcters that get introduced, only to vanish 5 minutes later, never to be heard from again. Jubei's Ninja friends in the beginning are a pretty interesting bunch, but you never hear from them after the said above main fight. It happens again later on when you are introduced to two female fighters. They are there, then gone 5 minutes later. Flip to the back of the DVD box and you will see Jubei flanked by two women and a bunch of Ninjas. Those are the two above mentioned women, and nowhere in the DVD you will find this scene.
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Early 17th Century Japan was a particularly grim period. It is marked by the rise of the Tokugawa Shogunate, several abortive efforts to open Japan up to the world and a bloody rebellion by the small Christian minority that led to the exclusion of foreigners from Japan for over 200 years. The Christian rebellion and its suppression at Shimbara was a struggle with few heroes and all too many villains on both sides. 'Ninja Resurrection' tells a part of the story of those events, combining both history and legend in its telling.
Jubei Yagyu, a historical figure, was sword instructor to the Tokugowa regime, as well as in regular use as a spy and assassin. Therefore, it is no surprise that Jubei was sent to invade the Christian stronghold at Shimbara to weaken the fortification and, if possible, assassinate the leaders of the rebellion. Tokisada Shiro Amakusa, whose followers thought he was the new Christ, was killed, and the rebellion collapsed. The result was a massacre - 37,000 Christians dead at the cost of less than 2,000 samurai.
The prophecy that declared Shiro to be the returned Christ also -redicts that, if frustrated, he will return as Satan. The first part of this DVD tells about Shimbara, and sets the scene for the second part, the incarnation of Satan. Here we have a little pastiche about Yagyu clan home life followed by a demonic sex scene and the rebirth from a woman's corpse of the slain Shiro. Somehow, Shiro's reanimation includes the return of 4 of Japan's most legendary swordmen as demons.
And now comes this DVD's greatest flaw. There is no resolution or conclusion, just an abrupt end. Nor is there any sign of an anime follow up, although there have been several other films (not anime) that deal with Jubei's further adventures.
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Well okay, I agree NINJA SCROLL is a superior product to this, but let's face it, these two products have absolutely nothing in common except that Yagyu Jubei is the central protagonist. Misguidedly titled NINJA RESURRECTION is yet another adaptation of Yamada Futaro's MAKEI TENSHO, filmed umpteenth times already, most recently as REBORN FROM HELL. I personally am tired of this series and I wish Japanese animators could just move on to some other interpretations of the ninja mythology. It was once refreshing to combine the elements of horror/fantasy and jidaigeki action, but the novelty has gone out of it. And why should the Yagyu clan, the OFFICIAL fencing teachers of the shogunate, be promoted to the heroic status all the time? Their ninja activities were basically those of secret police who go off and assassinate those who dare to resist Tokugawa rule. WRAITH OF NINJA has its heart in the right place...
Despite pretentious but informative introduction to historical background, this OAV series plays really fast and loose with Japanese history and culture, even within its improbable fantasy context. The filmmakers appear to harbor hilariously strange notions of Christianity, even more so than the most dunderheaded Hollywood action film's stereotypes of Middle Easterners. And yes, as a reviewer noted below, it was completely against the faith of Tokugawa-era Japanese Christians to commit suicide, as Shiro in the first episode proposes.
Technically, the animation is totally skewered toward style over substance. Character animation suffers a lot compared to the detailed background cels and fluid movement. DVD production is, however, top-notch quality, with easy-to-read yellow subtitles and excellent stereo sound. A.D.
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