Because anime in the 1990s was not as readily available as it is today due to simulcasting, fans would take whatever they could get their hands on. For this reason, Ninja Scroll is cherished by many fans.
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Ninja Scroll is a 94-minute feature film from 1993 that follows Jubei, a wandering swordsman who saves a young female ninja from being raped by demonic humans (a TV sequel was released in 2003). Finally, their paths recross and the duo is tasked with investigating the murder of an entire village and uncovering the truth about demons lurking among the world’s humans.
No matter your feelings on Ninja Scroll, we hope you enjoy our selection of similar games that aren’t quite as graphically violent. Whatever the case may be, here are six other ways to satisfy your anime ninja cravings!
There is a Basilisk, for example.
From April to September 2005, the show was on the air.
It’s the first game you should look for if you liked Ninja Scroll’s blood and violence and want something similar. The year is 1614 AD, and two ninja clans are engaged in a bloody battle for control of a scroll. Aside from getting to see their enemies annihilated, the last clan standing will also be granted protection from the Tokugawa government for the next 1,000 years.
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.
When it aired: January 2010 through 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. This young man is sent on a quest to find twelve priceless swords made by master swordsmith Shikizaki Kiki at the behest of a general and strategist named Togame.
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.
There have been three episodes so far.
From May 1987 to November 1988, it was on television.
Yotoden, a three-episode OVA series that debuted six years before Ninja Scroll, is filled with samurais, ninjas, and plenty of action scenes motivated by vengeance! During Lord Nobunaga’s destruction of her village, a young female ninja manages to flee. She is armed only with a phantasmagorical short sword and vows to exact vengeance on Nobunaga. As soon as two more ninjas arrive with magical weapons, she and the other two begin their mission.
In martial arts anime, vengeance-seeking ninjas are a fairly common theme, and this release is completely no different in that respect. Ninja Scroll fans who want more action in the same dark vein need only look to this title. It’s worth checking out.
4. Sword For Truth
Episode 1 of a series
Originally broadcast in December of 1990.
This is another entry that pits samurai against ninja and is a couple of years older than the topic of this article. Shurannosuke Sakiki, a masterless samurai with unmatched sword skills, is the movie’s hero (if you want to call him that). He is hired by the Nakura Clan to rescue a princess from the Seki Ninja one day, of course.
Unlike many of the other films on this list, Ninja Scroll does not have ninjas as the heroes but rather the antagonists. However, the fundamental threads that bind the games together, such as nonstop action, remain intact.
5. Rurouni Kenshin
There are 94 episodes available for viewing.
From January 1996 to September 1998, it was on the air.
Instead of talking about ninjas, how about samurai? Rurouni Kenshin is one of the most well-known samurai anime series ever, and for good reason. Rurouni Kenshin, which premiered in 1996 and ran for 94 episodes, gained a global audience as anime grew in popularity amongst viewers 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, leading him to enroll in a dojo and meet new people. 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.
An old foe from the war returns to exact revenge on Kenshin and the Oniwaban ninjas in this story arc. 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
We’ve now completed the circle and returned to the violence. Originally broadcast in 2007, this is one of the decade’s most violent series, and will make even the most jaded of gore fans queasy at times. Lord Tokugawa Tadanaga hosts a tournament in the story, which takes place in Edo during the Edo period. When it comes to this tournament, only real swords will be used, and one of the matches will feature a blind fighter named Irako Seigen taking on a one-armed fighter named Fujiki Gennosuke. Having trained in the same system for most of their lives, both of these fighters are eager to prove themselves worthy of taking their place as the next great.
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. To truly appreciate one, you must first truly appreciate the other, and Shigurui is here to assist you in this process.
Fans will always have access to ninja anime on their televisions. In the same way that cowboys and settlers are part of American history, samurai and ninja are part of Japanese history. Do as we say and peruse the titles that we have set before you, brave young warrior!