Jubei-Chan 2 - Resurrection (Vol. 1) + Series Box
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The three-way sword fights are complicated by the presence of kendo champion Shiro, Mikage the ninja, Jiyu's writer-father, and "unrefined" Bantaro, all of whom remember "the first series." The visual style varies from broad cartoon action to photographs to computer graphics to live action. Resurrection is entertaining, but it doesn't make much sense. (Rated 13 and older: violence, risqué humor, alcohol use)--Charles Solomon
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A lot of reviewers for this set said that this series was more serious than first one & comedic moments felt out of place. This may be if one rushed through the series as I did. However, at the second viewing, I found the comedic moments wonderful especially if your cup of tea is japanese anime comedy style.
But the most wonderful thing about this series is the level of detail & work in the animation. Certainly the extra detail was the result of more money to spend vs the 1999 introduction & it was helped by the improvements in action sequences after MATRIX in 1999 as the action is more HK style cool. A lot of reviewers said the action in first series was very good.
That may be in 1999 but it looks very generic & very short to be considered good. This they improved on.
In terms of story, there is more improvement & more dramatic impact. I felt the first one was very redundant in Jubei-chan refusing the Yagyu Jubei persona & mantle but here it was more subtle.
I would say this is the series you want to get if you have to choose ONE. If you enjoyed it, it would not ruin your enjoyment of the first one.
In case you're really unfamilliar with Jubei-Chan, let me say right off that there are NO ninjas among the main characters who are best described as "swordsmen/swordswomen" or samuari. Any ninjas, such as there are, serve mainly as a sort of background comic relief. ( The original subtitle "The Ninja Girl" seems to exist only in the English version and to have been used for its "catchy-ness". ) Schoolgirl Jiyu Nanohana is the VERY reluctant reincarnation of legendary swordsman Yagyu Jubei. Unfortunately for her, Jubei created veritable legions of enemies and rival swordsmen while he lived, and now some 300 years later they're still looking to get even.Read more ›
The story is not the problem: Jiyu is confronted by yet another group clinging to a 300 year old grudge (this group is a side branch of the Yagyu who were exiled) and by a girl with her own eyepatch (a spade to match Jiyu's heart-shaped eyepatch) who claims to be the real Yagyu Jubei II. In other words, no great literary feat, but not unexpected for a sequel.
The problem lies in the butchering of the returning cast. Shiro, the heart of the original series, with his sword skill and his earnest feelings for Jiyu, becomes nothing but a useless buffoon. Bantaro suffers a similar fate, being reduced to merely stupid, without any real humor. It feels like this series was written by a group of people who didn't like or didn't care about the characters in the original. Oddly, the writers seem to acknowledge this--several times, characters point out that things seem to have really changed since the original series. They're right, and none have changed for the better.
If you liked the original series, I can't recommend this at all. It will only disappoint. If you didn't, this show is worse in every conceivable way, so it's hard to imagine you would like it better. The original Jubei-chan, while enormously silly, had both heart and a spark of magic; this is just a grind of stupidity highlighted by one or two laughs an episode.