History Anime / NinjaScroll

16th Aug '16 6:05:14 PM Cieloazul
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The movie was inspired by Futaro Yamada's 1958 HistoricalFantasy novel ''The Kouga Ninja Scrolls'' though, contrarily to popular belief, is '''not''' an adaptation of the work. An actual adaptation can be found in the manga and anime ''Manga/{{Basilisk}}''.

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The movie ''Ninja Scroll'' was inspired by Futaro Yamada's 1958 HistoricalFantasy novel ''The Kouga Ninja Scrolls'' though, contrarily to popular belief, is '''not''' an adaptation of the work. An work (an actual adaptation can be found in the manga and anime ''Manga/{{Basilisk}}''.
''Manga/{{Basilisk}}''). The movie also takes abundant material from other novels by Yamada, so it arguably counts as a large {{Homage}} to the author's work in general.
16th Aug '16 6:02:54 PM Cieloazul
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* CoitusUninterruptus: Kagero reports the massacre to her chamberlain, who is...preoccupied, much to Kagero's disgust ([[FridgeBrilliance and possible jealousy, depending on how you interpret the face she makes]]).

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* CoitusUninterruptus: Kagero reports the massacre to her chamberlain, who is... preoccupied, much to Kagero's disgust ([[FridgeBrilliance and possible jealousy, depending on how you interpret the face she makes]]).



* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: Jubei's iaido technique is never cleared as either a regular but very fast attack or an actual supernatural skill. His battle against Tessai suggests the first explanation (he has a wire attached to the sword which might serve to [[ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks throw and recover the sword]] fastly), but his battle with Mushizo points the another (he somehow manages to cut the root in which the demon is standing despite Jubei being several feet underwater, making it appear a RazorWind SwordBeam).



* RazorWind: This is Jubei's only supernatural power (other than his ability to survive getting the crap beaten out of him by Tessai and Genma).
** The supernatural part being the skill, durability, and muscle necessary to use it. [[spoiler: It involves a wire. ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks, right?]]
** Not necessarily. Jubei is shown specifically holding his sword when launching this attack a couple of times, so it may be a straight-up RazorWind SwordBeam.
13th Aug '16 10:00:47 AM Cieloazul
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Jubei's only chance of survival lies in defeating the Eight Devils of Kimon and retrieving the antidote he needs, and working together with Dakuan and Kagero (after they encounter each other again) appears to give him a greater chance of staying alive. Even for a MasterSwordsman, though, taking on the rest of the Eight Devils and their schemes is a formidable challenge as the Devils turn all of their considerable power to wiping out the three protagonists. The Eight Devils are:

* Tessai, a giant who can [[NighInvulnerable turn his skin to stone at will]] and wields a {{BFS}} that doubles as a boomerang.
* Benisato, who has tattoos of snakes that she can animate, can summon swarms of poisonous snakes, and can shed her skin to escape.
* Yurimaru, an [[PsychoElectro electrokinetic]] {{Bishonen}}. He can also send long-distance messages through nearly-invisible wires. [[TheDragon Second-In-Command]] to [[BigBad Genma]] (and implied to be [[HoYay his lover).]]
* Shijima, an assassin who can disappear into shadows and wields a crazy spring-loaded claw/crossbow contraption. He also has a sort of mind control/puppet master ability that he uses to temporarily turn Kagero against Jubei.
* Utsutsu Mujuro, a [[BlindWeaponmaster blind swordsman]].
* Mushizo, an ugly hunchback who is a living hornets' nest.
* Zakuro, the [[MadBomber explosive specialist]] whose body appears to be stitched together like Frankenstein's monster and who also gives the same treatment to the {{Action Bomb}}s she creates.
* Himuro Genma, who [[CompleteImmortality cannot die]]. The leader of the group and BigBad of the story, and the NotQuiteDead ArchEnemy of Jubei.

There is also a minor subplot of the strange love rectangle between Yurimaru, Zakuro, Genma, and Benisato. Zakuro is hot for Yurimaru (who is gay and sleeping with Genma), while Genma is also sleeping with Benisato, much to Yurimaru's chagrin. For these characters, LoveHurts.

The movie was inspired by Futaro Yamada's 1958 HistoricalFantasy novel ''The Kouga Ninja Scrolls'' (which also served as the basis for ''Manga/{{Basilisk}}'') though, contrarily to popular belief, is not an adaptation of the work.

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Jubei's only chance of survival lies in defeating the Eight Devils of Kimon and retrieving the antidote he needs, and working together with Dakuan and Kagero (after they encounter each other again) appears to give him a greater chance of staying alive. Even for a MasterSwordsman, though, taking on the rest of the Eight Devils and their schemes is a formidable challenge as the Devils turn all of their considerable power to wiping out the three protagonists. The Eight Devils are:

* Tessai, a giant who can [[NighInvulnerable turn his skin to stone at will]] and wields a {{BFS}} that doubles as a boomerang.
* Benisato, who has tattoos of snakes that she can animate, can summon swarms of poisonous snakes, and can shed her skin to escape.
* Yurimaru, an [[PsychoElectro electrokinetic]] {{Bishonen}}. He can also send long-distance messages through nearly-invisible wires. [[TheDragon Second-In-Command]] to [[BigBad Genma]] (and implied to be [[HoYay his lover).]]
* Shijima, an assassin who can disappear into shadows and wields a crazy spring-loaded claw/crossbow contraption. He also has a sort of mind control/puppet master ability that he uses to temporarily turn Kagero against Jubei.
* Utsutsu Mujuro, a [[BlindWeaponmaster blind swordsman]].
* Mushizo, an ugly hunchback who is a living hornets' nest.
* Zakuro, the [[MadBomber explosive specialist]] whose body appears to be stitched together like Frankenstein's monster and who also gives the same treatment to the {{Action Bomb}}s she creates.
* Himuro Genma, who [[CompleteImmortality cannot die]]. The leader of the group and BigBad of the story, and the NotQuiteDead ArchEnemy of Jubei.

There is also a minor subplot of the strange love rectangle between Yurimaru, Zakuro, Genma, and Benisato. Zakuro is hot for Yurimaru (who is gay and sleeping with Genma), while Genma is also sleeping with Benisato, much to Yurimaru's chagrin. For these characters, LoveHurts.

protagonists.

The movie was inspired by Futaro Yamada's 1958 HistoricalFantasy novel ''The Kouga Ninja Scrolls'' (which also served as the basis for ''Manga/{{Basilisk}}'') though, contrarily to popular belief, is not '''not''' an adaptation of the work.
work. An actual adaptation can be found in the manga and anime ''Manga/{{Basilisk}}''.



* LoveDodecahedron: There is a minor subplot of the strange love rectangle between Yurimaru, Zakuro, Genma, and Benisato. Zakuro is hot for Yurimaru (who is gay and sleeping with Genma), while Genma is also sleeping with Benisato, much to Yurimaru's chagrin. For these characters, LoveHurts.



* MeaningfulName: Many characters.
** "Kibagami" means "Fang God," which could be a poetic way to descrie Jubei's sword skill.
** "Dakuan" means "Impure Monk," refering to his monk disguise.
** "Tessai" means "MadeOfIron." Fitting, as he can turn his skin to stone.
** "Benisato" means literlly "Lipstick House," which aludes to her seductive nature and the fact that she, well, houses snakes on her body.
** "Zakuro" means literally "pomegranate," which might or might not be a multi-language pun; the Spanish word for pomegranate is the homophone of "hand grenade", which would echo her usage of gunpowder and explosive techniques.
** "Mushizo" means "Insect Cellar," relating to the beehive he has grafted in his hump.
20th Jul '16 2:04:33 AM Schitzo
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*LetMeGetThisStraight: Jubei's tone of voice when offered a job by Dakuan.
--> ''A Tokugawa government spy'' wants to hire ''me''??
12th Jun '16 5:08:51 PM TheWanderer
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* AccidentalHero: Utsuru Mujuro has Jubei dead to rights in their fight before Kagero tries to save Jubei by backstabbing Mujuro; the attack fails and leaves Kagero's blade stuck in a bamboo tree. When Mujuro later attempts a killing blow on Jubei, his sword hits against Kagero's blade (which he can no longer track by his hearing). Jubei doesn't waste the opportunity, and Mujuro dies wondering how Jubei blocked his sword and stabbed him simultaneously.

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* AccidentalHero: Utsuru Mujuro has Jubei dead to rights in their fight before Kagero tries to save Jubei by backstabbing Mujuro; the attack fails and leaves Kagero's blade stuck in a bamboo tree. When Mujuro later attempts a killing blow on Jubei, his sword hits against Kagero's blade (which he can no longer track by his hearing). Jubei doesn't waste the opportunity, and Mujuro dies wondering how how, as far as he can tell, Jubei blocked his sword and stabbed him simultaneously.
12th Jun '16 4:46:51 PM SvartiKotturinn
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* BittersweetEnding: By the end, the bad guys are defeated and Kagero experienced a few moments of happiness. However, she is still dead along with an entire village and many others, and Jubei is no better off then at the start by still being an outlaw and not a single coin richer, as well as having somewhat of a heartache.

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* BittersweetEnding: By the end, the [[spoiler:the bad guys are defeated defeated]] and Kagero [[spoiler:Kagero experienced a few moments of happiness. happiness]]. However, she [[spoiler:she is still dead along with an entire village and many others, others]], and Jubei [[spoiler:Jubei is no better off then at the start by still being an outlaw outlaw]] and not [[spoiler:not a single coin richer, richer]], as well as having [[spoiler:having somewhat of a heartache.heartache]].
31st May '16 8:08:05 AM Cieloazul
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The movie was inspired by Futaro Yamada's 1958 HistoricalFantasy novel ''The Kouga Ninja Scrolls'', which also served as the basis for ''Manga/{{Basilisk}}''.

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The movie was inspired by Futaro Yamada's 1958 HistoricalFantasy novel ''The Kouga Ninja Scrolls'', which Scrolls'' (which also served as the basis for ''Manga/{{Basilisk}}''.
''Manga/{{Basilisk}}'') though, contrarily to popular belief, is not an adaptation of the work.



* BoringInvincibleHero: Subverted with Jubei. The ActionPrologue and his first encounter with Tessai seem to point toward Jubei being this, and while he kills ninja mooks by the truckload, when he battles the Eight Devils of Kimon he only ''barely'' manages to defeat them and tends to get beat up pretty bad in the process. A few he manages to kill only by sheer luck.

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* BoringInvincibleHero: Subverted with Jubei. The ActionPrologue and his first encounter with Tessai seem to point toward Jubei being this, and while he kills regular ninja mooks by the truckload, when he is clearly overwhelmed by the presence of more exotic enemies. When he battles the Eight Devils of Kimon he only ''barely'' manages to defeat them them, in many cases by external help or sheer luck, and tends to get beat up pretty bad in the process. A few he manages to kill only by sheer luck.process.



** What Shijima does to Kagero to take control of her appears to involve molesting her; see RapeAsDrama below.

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** What Shijima does to Kagero to take control of her appears to involve specifically molesting her; see RapeAsDrama below.



* HatDamage: Jubei turns a bit more serious after Tessai cuts a slice in his straw hat.



* HyperspaceArsenal: Where did Kagero carried so many flower petals, anyway?



* SmugSnake: [[JustForPun Benisato.]] The best example of this would be when she gets chewed out by Yurimaru (and has to block one of his steel wires), but has the nerve to taunt him about her relationship with Genma despite her superior's own relationship with their master.

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* SmugSnake: [[JustForPun [[StealthPun Benisato.]] The best example of this would be when she gets chewed out by Yurimaru (and has to block one of his steel wires), but has the nerve to taunt him about her relationship with Genma despite her superior's own relationship with their master.



** Tessai attempted this with Jubei, but failed. (Tessai left an impression of Jubei's face in stone so his comrades could [[AvengingTheVillain avenge him]], though.)

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** Tessai attempted this with Jubei, but failed. (Tessai (He left an impression of Jubei's face in stone so his comrades could [[AvengingTheVillain avenge him]], though.)



* WhenSheSmiles: Kagero blushing like a normal girl for the first time as Jubei tenderly held her was simply ''adorable.''

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* WhenSheSmiles: Kagero blushing like a normal girl schoolgirl for the first time as Jubei tenderly held her was is simply ''adorable.''
28th May '16 5:48:21 PM Cieloazul
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* BadassNormal: Unlike the Devils, Jubei doesn't have any special powers, which means he must rely on his basic skills and his wits to come out ahead. That said, Jubei has the ability to perform an ''iaijutsu'' draw which can strike an enemy or object that is beyond the actual range of his blade. The visual effects used to convey this are fairly understated in the movie (and much less so in the series).

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* BadassNormal: Unlike the Devils, Jubei doesn't have any special powers, which means he must rely on his basic skills and his wits to come out ahead. That said, Jubei has the ability to perform an ''iaijutsu'' draw which can apparently strike an enemy or object that is beyond the actual range of his blade. The visual effects used to convey this are fairly understated in the movie (and much less so in the series).blade, though it might be just a really fast hit-and-run attack and not a straight supernatural technique.



* BittersweetEnding: By the end, the bad guys are defeated and Kagero experienced a few moments of happiness. But she is still dead along with an entire village and many others. Jubei is no better off then at the start by still being an outlaw and not a single coin richer.

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* BittersweetEnding: By the end, the bad guys are defeated and Kagero experienced a few moments of happiness. But However, she is still dead along with an entire village and many others. others, and Jubei is no better off then at the start by still being an outlaw and not a single coin richer.richer, as well as having somewhat of a heartache.



* MeaningfulName: Tessai means "MadeOfIron." Fitting, as he can turn his skin to stone.

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* MeaningfulName: Tessai Many characters.
** "Kibagami" means "Fang God," which could be a poetic way to descrie Jubei's sword skill.
** "Dakuan" means "Impure Monk," refering to his monk disguise.
** "Tessai"
means "MadeOfIron." Fitting, as he can turn his skin to stone.stone.
** "Benisato" means literlly "Lipstick House," which aludes to her seductive nature and the fact that she, well, houses snakes on her body.
** "Zakuro" means literally "pomegranate," which might or might not be a multi-language pun; the Spanish word for pomegranate is the homophone of "hand grenade", which would echo her usage of gunpowder and explosive techniques.
** "Mushizo" means "Insect Cellar," relating to the beehive he has grafted in his hump.
13th May '16 7:59:42 AM Cieloazul
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* ChameleonCamouflage: Dakuan shows the skill to turn his body into a vegetal-like state to blend with a tree when hiding from Shijima.
27th Apr '16 9:55:14 AM Cieloazul
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* BadHabits: Dakuan carries a shakujo staff, a tool vinculated to the Buddhist cult, which along with his hat and his advanced age would make him pass in the setting as a monk or a pilgrim, instead of the ninja spy he is actually.



* {{Ninja}}: ''Every named character'' in the film is a ninja.

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* {{Ninja}}: ''Every named character'' in the film is a ninja.ninja, or at least uses the supernatural skills established in the setting as ninjutsu.
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