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  • 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: #766,317 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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This is a weak and trashy anime.
Bippy the Beardless
End of so called spoiler.** Yeah, that's it.
Kimberly Huebner
This movie is for true fans of anime.
woodman

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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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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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Format: DVD
I am not really big on anime, let me say first of all. But watching this at a friend's I really did get into the story of it, and though it did leave a lot of unanswered questions, I was told it was a first in a series, but that the series was never finished, at least not that we see on US storeshelves.
The animation and art work is excellent.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 1, 2001
Format: DVD
I recently bought this DVD and I'm very disapointed. The movie has no story line and lacks any charature devolopment. It is a nonstop blood bath from the first scene. The ending is terrible and only leaves more questions than answered. Send your money else where.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By woodman on March 13, 2006
Format: DVD
This is one of my favorite anime's, even though the series was never finished... Comparing this to Ninja Scroll is like comparing apples to oranges... You should not compare one movie to another.... It's like comparing Scarface to Godfather... How many times can you watch Ninja Scroll anyway? This movie is for true fans of anime. Yes, Sword for Truth does have a semi-complicated plot, but I was never bored. There is lots of bloody swordplay and nudity, so this movie is Not for kids...

Warning: If you could not follow Pulp Fiction, then you will probably not be able to follow this movie. Also, this movie was the first part of a series that was never finished...

Again, if you are a true fan of anime, get this movie.
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