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Product Details

  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Studio: Palm Pictures/Manga Video
  • DVD Release Date: July 25, 2000
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004X0YK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,119,998 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Customer Reviews

This is a weak and trashy anime.
Bippy the Beardless
As our hero escapes with the princess, the bad guy (sneaky ninja leader) is attacked by a group of ninja dressed in red.
Kimberly Huebner
Just stay away, I didn't listen, don't make the same mistake... Its BAD!
Nero da Tres Six

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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Josh Leman on July 25, 2000
Format: DVD
I'm afraid this review is mostly about how Sword for Truth compares to the classic anime Ninja Scroll, but that makes sense because this little movie is obviously a very cheap rip-off, and because Manga Video is clearly trying to sell it to fans of that older, infinitely better work of animation. The packaging actually says, "The best sword fightig action since Ninja Scroll." But Sword for Truth only succeeds in making us appreciate Ninja Scroll for how good it really was, like how all those lame Jaws rip-off aquatic horror movies made us appreciate Steven Spielberg's classic even more. Ninja Scroll's violence, though extreme, always served some purpose in storytelling or characterization; in Sword for Truth, hundreds of stock ninja images (images, not characters) are decapitated, vivisected, disemboweled, and butchered in dozens of other ways, spraying their vital fluids all over everything, and none of it means anything. The sexual content in Ninja Scroll was fairly unnecessary, but again it made sense within the logic of the storyline; in Sword for Truth, women are empty images (again, images, not characters) who only exist to have their shirts cut open and have sex with the samurai badass hero. It's the kind of movie that a bunch of twelve-year-old boys would get together and make, dripping their raging hormones all over every page of the screenplay. The production values are terrible as well, with static animation and low-budget voice acting. I can't recommend Sword for Truth in any way. Not when there's another movie out there that does most of the same stuff this one does, except with infinitely more taste and artistic skill.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Blacksilver2501 on August 7, 2001
Format: DVD
My first thought when the end credits started to role was: What the h--- was that? I wish I had read the reviews of this movie before I purchased it so I could have saved my [money] and bought a movie with a story. Granted this has everything every hard core anime fan wants; decapitations, dismembering and gratuitious sex, but there was just no point to the movie. Just as an interesting story starts to form, the movie's over. You never know anything about the main character except that he did something horrible in his past.... Then there's the ridiculously pointless assassin who shows up in the middle of the film.... Nothing explained, nothing concluded. Add the confounding pointlessness of this movie to the fact that it's not even 50 minutes long, and all you get is a big waste of money and bigger dissapointment. Two stars for creative deaths, zero stars for story and point. Bottom line: Don't bother....
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By Margaret Jones on May 13, 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This movie is great and I really wished that they would have made a second one too. This one just leaves you hanging and wanting more.
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By K.A. on April 4, 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I like ninja animes so I may favor this more than the typical viewer. I have in my collection. If you like the 80s anime than get this one
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By J.L. Moore Jr. on March 10, 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Classic Japanese animation at its best. A must have for Japanese anime fans everywhere. This is the cartoon that got me into anime.
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Format: DVD
I purchased this particular anime on eBay for only a couple of dollars without ever "checking it out first". BIG HONKING mistake. This is, without a doubt, the WORST anime I have ever seen & I have watched A LOT of anime. Worst of all, the plot was such a confusing mess that I actually watched it TWICE to see if I had missed something important. Yeah, I didn't. It was every bit the train wreck the second time around as it was the first.

First of all, stated on the cover art work, is a claim that this is "The best sword fighting action since Ninja Scroll." I would like to point out that pretty much all the "sword fighting" consists of is: sword being drawn, charging towards the opponent, gushing blood & body parts of opponent falling away (or vice versa- body part falling, then blood gush). Lame.
Not failing to mention that this is NOTHING like Ninja Scroll at all. In fact, I think the creators of Ninja Scroll should sue the creator of this for even mentioning Ninja Scroll. It was shameless attempt to trick fans of Ninja Scroll into buying this.

Well, anyway, onto the actual story itself.

**Spoiler alert** (If you can call it that. I don't think you can spoil something that's already rotten.)

The "movie" starts out with a giant white tiger attacking a group of soldiers. The soldiers are pretty bad at their job too, because despite having guns & cannons, they can't manage to hit the thing even once. So they end up being killed. The guys with the swords & spears fare no better. Out of no where appears our "hero" & effortlessly cuts down the tiger. He walks on, the thanks of the surviving soldiers & requests for his name ignored.
Cut to our "hero" walking through town & being targeted by a lady pick-pocket.
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By Anonimus on January 9, 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
i first caught this on sci-fi cut and editied to hell the dvd clears up a lot and leaves you wanting more only complaint to short
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By Nero da Tres Six on April 8, 2012
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This is nothing close to ninja scroll. There's no fluidity in the whole film. Just stay away, I didn't listen, don't make the same mistake... Its BAD!
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