Ninja Scroll TV
Title: Jubei Ninpucho, Ninja Scroll TV
number of episodes: 13
Plot = B+
Characters = B-
Music = B-
Overall = B
This is the direct continuation of Ninja Scroll as we know it. Some fans may know about that “resurrection” thing, but as far as this is concerned and you as well, lets pretend it never happened.(seems the creators do that anyway so play along its better that way). Jubei is a wayward ninja, who is content to travel the highways and byways of life. His dark past has been settled and he doesnt wish to fight anymore. However life often has other plans. Jubei finds his restful existance disrupted one night by a fight between two groups of enemy ninjas, both chasing one man who is carrying a sacred jewel. Obligated to intervene, lest he get no sleep, he finds out that despite his best efforts(refusing to work for the man with the jewel and leaving his seperate ways) he cant escape this strange fate surrounding this jewel. On his journey he meets the rightful “owner” of the jewel. A young woman, whom the two organizations call the Priestess of Light. A young woman in charge of a small hidden ninja village, she too finds herself and her fate intertwined with the jewel, and Jubei. Along with some other faces, both new and familar they must make a journey to discover the secret behind this gem and those who are after it.
Well the opening is kinda themed for the period, but not too enticing after a while. I always skipped through it, as i imagine you will too. The ending theme was similar, but i still enjoyed it all the way through. The other music ranges from dramtic overtones, to heavy battles, and varies in between. It is all fitting, but not standoutish in any way.
Character design is excellent. From the assortment of villians and compatriots, to the main characters themselves everything is quality. As a female compatriot added while watching the series “Oooh, They made Jubei hot in this”. The characters on the main side are:
Jubei- Wandering ninja, swordsman. He has lived by his sword and his wits for years and wants nothing more out of life than he has. His skills are often called upon by both enemys and friends alike.
Shigure, Priestess of Light- Young, unknowing of the world and with a fragile veneer of strength over all her fears. She carrys the burden of the journey and what happens as a result with her and ultimately all the fates of those with the jewel rests with her.
Dakuan,Old Man- Dressed like a monk, but clearly not a member of the clergy. This familar face helps out with his advice when he can and his sneaky hands whenever.
Tsubate- A young thief, who finds himself helping the group despite his best interests. Not a great fighter but very adapt at running away, he helps Shigure more often than not but still trys to get his hands on the jewel she has(which he figures must be worth something if others want it so bad)..
The Hiruko Ninja- They want the Priestess to help them for some unknown cause, and often come into conflict with both the main heroes and the enemy ninja group the Kimon Shu.
The Kimon Shu- They also want the jewel and the priestess but there purposes seem much more dark and their aims far more violent. It is they who target the priestess and all those around her, and ulitmately are the real villans of the series.
My Thoughts(and spoilers):
I had originally watched the first 3 episodes of this series, close to 2 years ago when it first aired in japan. I thought it was good then, but i never got a chance to finish it as it was quickly licensed by an american company. Having finally watched it, im glad i did. It is an excellent series. I have had the bad taste of Ressurection in my mouth for years, and finally something came along and took it out. Ninja Scroll TV is everything i could have wanted, just a lil shorter than i could have had. I was easily settled in for a long haul, 26 episodes series, but ended up with 13. It still finishes with a ending that made me happy, but perhaps others would call rushed. Though i feel some of the enemys could have gotten more attention and work thus improving the series as a whole, i feel it was still pretty good for what it was. A nice short lil OVA-ish shot of Ninja Scroll. Lots of action, some interesting characters, good story, and oh yeah action. Just the thing to remind you that NO Ressurection isnt what happened after the movie, and make your day so much better for it.
By Darknight ZP