Due to the scarcity of anime in the 1990s, fans would take whatever they could get their hands on. For this reason, Ninja Scroll has a special place in the hearts of a large number of fans.
Ninja Scroll, a 1993 film (with a 2003 television sequel), is a 94-minute feature following Jubei, a wandering swordsman who saves a young female ninja from demonic humans being raped. After a while, their paths recross, and they’re tasked with investigating the murder of an entire village to find out whodunit and the truth about the demons that are living among us.
You may have enjoyed Ninja Scroll and want to see more games like it, or you may have detested Ninja Scroll and want to see more games like it that aren’t quite as bloody. Whatever the case may be, here are six other ways to satisfy your anime ninja cravings!
There are a total of 24 episodes.
From April to September 2005, the show was on the air.
If you enjoyed Ninja Scroll’s blood and gore and want more of the same, this should be your first port of call. The year is 1614 AD, and two ninja clans are engaged in a bloody battle for control of a scroll. There will be a thousand years of Tokugawa government support for the last remaining clan in addition to seeing their enemies destroyed forever.
Basilisk could be seen as a spiritual successor to Ninja Scroll in many ways (but not all). As previously stated, the series is chock-full of gore, violence, and murder, but it also tells a compelling story that has endured in the minds and hearts of fans for more than a decade since it was first released.
There are a total of 12 episodes.
The show aired from January 2010 until December 2010.
The 2010 series Katanagatari was created by the same man who brought you the Monogatari series if you’re not as into blood and violence as Ninja Scroll but still want to see impressive action sequences. The series is set in Edo-era Japan, and the protagonist is Yasuri Shichika, a martial arts master in exile. General Togame, a master strategist and strategist by trade, sends him on a mission to track down the legendary Shikizaki Kiki’s twelve treasured swords.
Amazing action sequences in Katanagatari, as in Ninja Scroll, keep you on the edge of your seat and leave you wanting more. A lot more. For good measure, Katanagatari also includes a great story full of twists and turns to keep things interesting in between the action-packed episodes.
3.Yotoden: Chronicle of the Warlord Period (Sengoku Kitan Youtouden)
There are three episodes in this season.
Dates of broadcast: May 1987 to November 1988
Even though Ninja Scroll has a six year head start on it, Yotoden is an OVA series with samurais and ninjas, as well as plenty of action scenes driven by vengeance! During Lord Nobunaga’s destruction of her village, a young female ninja manages to flee. The only weapon she has is an enchanted short sword, and she swears to avenge herself on Nobunaga. As soon as two other ninjas arrive with magical weapons, she and the other two form a team and head off to finish the job at hand.
In martial arts anime, vengeance-seeking ninjas are a fairly common theme, and this release is completely no different in that respect. If you enjoyed Ninja Scroll’s atmosphere and want to see more of it on your screen, this is a good place to start.
4. Sword For Truth (Shuranosuke Zanmaken: Shikamamon no Otoko)
Episode 1 of a total of 1
Originally broadcast in December of 1990.
This is another entry that pits samurai against ninja, but it was published a couple of years before the article’s focus. Shurannosuke Sakiki, a masterless samurai with unmatched sword skills, is the film’s hero (if you want to call him that). The Nakura Clan hires him one day to save a princess from the Seki Ninja.
Ninja Scroll has ninjas as heroes, but in this film, they’re the bad guys, so it’s a little different from the rest of the list. However, the fundamental threads that bind the games together, such as nonstop action, remain intact.
5. Rurouni Kenshin (Samurai X)
There are 94 episodes available for viewing.
Broadcast from January 1996 to September 1998
Instead of talking about ninjas, how about samurai? In the history of anime, Rurouni Kenshin is one of the most famous samurai series, and for good reason. In the years following its initial airing in 1996, Rurouni Kenshin gained fans all over the world as anime grew in popularity among fans all over the world.
Kenshin, a former assassin turned wanderer in the Meiji period, is the focus of this manga series. His former name is mistakenly associated with bandits in a small town, which leads him to enroll in a dojo and make new friends under a new identity. In the second season (also known as the Kyoto Arc), ninjas and samurais go toe-to-toe, often to the death, in a fierce struggle for control of the land.
When Kenshin and the Oniwaban ninja clan face an old enemy from the war, they must work together to defeat him. To defeat the evil villain who is wreaking havoc all over the place, our brave hero will have to channel his inner demons and resurrect the man he once was.
There are a total of 12 episodes.
aired between July and October 2007
At this point the cycle has completed itself and we’re back to violence. This 2007 series, which debuted to critical acclaim, is one of the bloodiest in recent memory and will make even the most ardent fans of gore queasy at times. Lord Tokugawa Tadanaga hosts a tournament in the Edo period of the story. There will be real swords used in this particular tournament, and one of the matches will feature a blind and one-armed fighter. Both fighters hail from the same branch of the martial arts and are eager to establish themselves as a worthy successor.
This isn’t a ninja series in the traditional sense, but rather one that features warriors who are skilled in a variety of martial arts. Although it’s often helpful to appreciate one while also appreciating the other, Shigurui will enable you to do just that for you.
Fans will always have access to ninja anime on their televisions. Ninja and samurai are as much a part of Japanese history as cowboys are in the United States. Now, young warrior, go forth and read the titles that we have in store for you! Anime with a Katana Fighting Style