Ninja Scroll: The Series (2003– )
"Jûbei ninpûchô: Ryuhogyoku-hen" (original title)

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Fourteen years after defeating the immortal warrior Himuro Genma and thwarting the Shogun of the Dark's evil plans, Kibagami Jubei continues to roam all over Japan as a masterless swordsman... See full summary »

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Rikiya Koyama ...
 Jubei Kibagami / ... (13 episodes, 2003)
Kôichi Yamadera ...
 Jubei Kibagami (13 episodes, 2003)
David Rasner ...
 Jubei Kibagami (13 episodes, 2003)
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 Shigure (13 episodes, 2003)
Houko Kuwashima ...
 Shigure / ... (12 episodes, 2003)
Yuzuru Fujimoto ...
 Dakuan (11 episodes, 2003)
Romi Pak ...
 Tsubute (10 episodes, 2003)
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Fourteen years after defeating the immortal warrior Himuro Genma and thwarting the Shogun of the Dark's evil plans, Kibagami Jubei continues to roam all over Japan as a masterless swordsman. During his journey, he meets Shigure, a priestess who has never seen the world outside her village. But when a group of demons destroys the village and kills everyone, Jubei becomes a prime target after acquiring the Dragon Jewel - a stone with an unknown origin. Meanwhile, Shigure - along with the monk Dakuan and a young thief named Tsubute - travels to the village of Yagyu. And with two demon clans now hunting down Shigure, Dakuan must once again acquire the services of Jubei to protect the Priestess of Light. Written by Gavin Nelson

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The TV show visits locations are references to the movie; the sets aren't the same as they were in the movie but are very similar (the "bamboo" scene and the "bridge" scene from the opening to the movie, for instance). See more »

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Featured in Troldspejlet: Episode #35.10 (2006) See more »

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Shigure's Theme
Performed by Kitaro and Peter McEvilley
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Standard Lame Anime
23 April 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Despite a run of extremely good newer anime series (such as Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex and Samurai Champloo), the vast run of anime still seems to be stuck in plot less limbo. Ninja Scroll: the Series is no exception.

Despite being based on a fantastic anime feature film filled with intrigue, fascinating characters, and amazing artwork, Ninja Scroll falls astoundingly flat as a continuing series. Considering the writing and directing are done by entirely different people, this is no surprise; it is, however, vastly disappointing. Jubei devolves from a witty, sarcastic character to a poorly-written shadow of his former self, complete with bad dialogue. Where the Eight Devils of Kimon were fresh, original villains with an interesting theme, the villains in the ongoing series are just an endless list of "I have this power, and I die by the end of the episode" throwaway thugs. The plot (or lack thereof) is not at all engaging, the heroic characters aren't worth watching, and you find yourself wishing the episode was already over five minutes in.

Do yourself a favor and watch the original film, and don't bother with the pale imitation that is this series.


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