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Batman Ninja is directed by Jojo's Bizarre Adventure's Jumpei Mizusaki and features character designs by Afro Samurai creator Takashi Okazaki. Batman and a cast of villains including The Joker are transported back in time to medieval Japan in this ground-breaking anime feature. Special Features: East/West Batman, Batman: Made in Japan, New York Comic Con Presents Batman Ninja.
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I've seen a handful of Batman Animated films-- the best one of those was probably WORLD'S FINEST done by Bruce TImm and company. The recent Gotham By Gaslight was mediocre both in the animation and the storyline which was was based on a really good graphic novel. I tell you all of this so you know going in where I stand on Batman as he's been portrayed on film.
I'm not a fan of anime either-- although I love the work of Miyazaki.
This film blew me away. It's not just the best Batman Feature Cartoon I've seen in a long time, it might be the best Batman movie of all time. The animation is stunning and beautifully fluid. So much better than American animation. I got this despite the poor reviews here on Amazon because things like Gotham By Gaslight and Son of Batman got great reviews and I found both mediocre at best.
I don't know if the complaints are based on the dubbed version, but I didn't watch that. I would never watch a dubbed film anymore than I'd watch a pan and scan film-- I watched it in the original Japanese with subtitles and it was wild. Amazing character designs, incredible fight scenes, and a STORY that actually was well thought out and didn't just assume the audience was ignorant (see Gotham by Gaslight and if you don't know who the killer is 10 minutes in you weren't paying attention).
The Joker and Batman's rogues gallery are suitably creepy and given the feudal era Japan treatment. Yup, there are giant robots too-- because this is Batman as a Japanese character and that pop culture is very much giant robot and kaiju influenced.
This was fast paced, beautifully animated, well acted, nicely written and absolutely entertaining all the way through. I am so glad to finally have a Batman film that's worthy of the character.
My only real issue with this movie is with Batman himself and how some aspects of his personality are portrayed (I will NOT elaborate) in this movie. Other than that, I loved the Joker and I loved the animation, and I'm happy I bought this movie.