Ninja Resurrection (Essential Anime Collection)
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It was pretty good in the beginning but turned out just to be part of the series not all of it.Published 11 months ago by gamwar
THIS ITEM WAS RETURNED, ALSO IT WAS LATE.THIS WAS NOT A GOOD MOVIEPublished 14 months ago by William V. Greene
Ninja Resurrection is an anime that is blatantly trying to leech of the success of Ninja Scroll. Ninja Scroll was one of the great animes that reached the US during late 90's/... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Dent K.
Louie is a care free live by the moment character,loyal friend to his adventurer companions.I really enjoyed this Anime. Read morePublished 18 months ago by TEKZ1
A great story about Jubei Yagyu. Some have said it was a sequel to Ninja Scroll, but it is not, don't judge it by that. This a great anime in its own right. Read morePublished on August 31, 2013 by Kindle Customer
This is classic anime done right and with a lot of action! If you haven't heard of Ninja Resurrection you should!Published on August 4, 2013 by Cash A. Echevarria
I see the majority of these comments aren't for this product. This manga is really funny to read. You have four people who are on an adventure. Read morePublished on July 18, 2013 by M. Zacky
i just had to watch it twice. that is a very good movie, with action and excitement. and the color is very good.Published on July 10, 2013 by L. Buckner
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