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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
I suppose you could call me a loyal fan of the first film but this series is absolutely not worth the time. I only sat through the first episode before I came to the conclusion that my love for Ninja Scroll had suffered enough from whoever made this.
Okay, so in the film, Jubei is basically your anime answer to Yojimbo, a mysterious "samurai" who helps out poor people from oppressed masses for the reward of rice meals. This is perfect for a series. You could go anywhere with this. In the series however, they only got the drifter part right. He only ever fights twice throughout the entire run of the episode (and this is adapted from a film by YOSHIAKI KAWAJIRI, The anime violence king!) and besides that, he rests in the sun. Oh my god, I am not even kidding. The voice acting is the only thing they got right considering that it was the same guy who did it. The entire tone of this character, however, is gone!
Even if you look at it outside of the context of the film, the premise of this show still falls flat. There is literally one sequence in this episode where Jubei gets attacked by someone who uses umbrellas for weapons. In 16th century Japan. If you think "okay thats not too bad" how about monster truck tires! I swear to God, that is true! The height of suspension of disbelief for the film was all you'd have to for the suspension of disbelief for a fantasy film. It had Rock men, a blind ninja, a man who could generate a beehive from his back, a woman who could make her tattoos come to life and a woman who generated snakes from her vagina. While all that is actually pretty out there, it was the height of weirdness for the movie. The show has monster truck tires and umbrella bikes and none of the fantasy aspect of the original movie.
The plot is as recycled as hell (ANOTHER Seven Samurai ripoff, really?), the only thing I thought was okay was the animation but even that can get a bit flaky at times. Especially when you consider the animation of the film.
Overall, I might be a bit harsh, judging the entire series on one episode but considering everything I told you - a guy rests in the sun, fighting umbrellas and monster truck tires (I'm not letting that go!), Does it even sound interesting? If it does, to each is his own, go ahead and watch it. If that sounds like one of the most insane things ever said, avoid.
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