A young Bruce Wayne is in his third year of trying to establish himself as Batman, protector of Gotham City. Living in Gotham, a metropolis where shadows run long and deep, beneath elevated... See full summary »
Lots Of Great Visuals, Interesting Info & Action In This Episode
In an animated series that features great colors, this episode ranks among the most colorful. Of course, the setting is Japan you are going to get a lot of brilliant yellows, oranges and reds. The half hour is drawn beautifully.
The story winds up being a "ninja versus samurai" one with Batman being the good guy (samurai) and old foe Kyodai Ken being the bad one (ninja). The latter went back to Japan after Bruce Wayne beat the crap out of him in an earlier episode. Now Ken is still seeking revenge and he lures Bruce/Batman to Japan by kidnapping a star pupil of Wayne's old teacher and good friend.
This episode was chock-full of goodies, from information on the differences between being a ninja and samurai warrior, to some excellent action scenes to fantastic, brilliant colors. The setting is Japan, so it's no surprise this is filled with great visuals and lots of orange, yellows and reds.
The climactic scenes pits a fight between Bruce Wayne/Batman and an old foe and it's held under an erupting volcano. Not only is that different, but since opponent knows Batman's identity, the latter takes off his mask and fights as Wayne in the Batman costume. The fear is that Ken has discovered an ancient martial arts secret: a killing blow. Can Wayne defend against it?
Earlier we discover the difference between a ninja and samurai; what "giri" means; the history of the two foes in this episode and lots more. It's one of the better episodes.
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