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DVD Review: Ninja Scroll

Ninja Scroll

Stars: Kôichi Yamadera, Emi Shinohara, Takeshi Aono, Daisuke Gôri, Toshihiko Seki, Shûichirô Moriyama | Written and Directed by Yoshiaki Kawajiri

I’m not a typical anime fan, I’ve not seen that many films and series but what I have seen I love. From Akira to Death Note, when I watch them they make me want to watch more, and to have time to put into what I know could easily become an obsession. This is why when I have the chance to review some I snap it up as quickly as I can. Ninja Scroll turns out to be one of these chances and I was lucky with this one. Written and directed by Yoshiaki Kawajiri, Ninja Scroll is seen (along with Akira and Ghost in the Shell) as being one of the big titles that opened up western eyes to the world of anime, and how lucky
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Ninja Scroll DVD Review

Director: Yoshiaki Kawajiri

Starring: Koichi Yamadera, Emi Shinohara, Takeshi Aono, Daisuke Gori, Toshihiko Seki,

Running Time: 87 minutes

Certificate: 18

Ninja Scroll was one of the first animes to slap me in the face and scream “Never Give Up On Cartoons You Handsome Devil”, and I never did. Fast approaching its 20th anniversary, Ninja Scroll was one of the animes to storm into western culture and mark its territory. With grotesque but not overused gore, sex, and characters undergoing real moral conundrums, this was a cartoon that demanded respect…otherwise it would probably slice your face open.

It all begins with an incredible scene that captures the tone of the film perfectly. A ninja is accosted by a gang, only for them to be shown who’s boss. One of the gang bursts from a suit constructed of wood, which places this film firmly in the realms of imagination. There are simple
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