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'''''Ninja Scroll''''' is an award-winning 1993 {{anime}} film set [[JidaiGeki during the Tokugawa period]]. As one of Creator/MangaEntertainment's first major releases during the mid-1990s anime boom, ''Ninja Scroll'' is fondly remembered by those who entered the anime fandom during this period.

The main story begins when a dying peasant girl staggers into the village next to hers and claims a plague has wiped out her village before collapsing. The area is promptly evacuated and quarantined, but the leader of the local lord's ninja force receives reports of a group of strangers seen in the wilderness around the village just before the plague outbreak and asks for permission to investigate.

As the ninja squad make their way towards Shimoda village, they're slaughtered by a giant of a man who can turn his skin into stone. The only survivor of the massacre is Kagero, the sole female ninja in the squad -- and she survives only because the stone man (Tessai) wants to rape her. The empty temple he takes her to isn't quite empty, however, as wandering {{ronin}} Jubei -- the film's protagonist -- has stopped there. Jubei manages to wound Tessai in a brief fight and helps Kagero escape, but the duo parts ways afterward.

Kagero returns to report about the death of her squad, and is promptly sent back to gather more information about the attackers. In the meantime, Jubei is attacked by Tessai and then by another strange member of the group of super ninja that Tessai is a part of: the Eight Devils of Kimon. Jubei is saved from one of these attacks by Dakuan, a crazy old man who works as a government agent tracking the Eight Devils. Dakuan asks Jubei to help him, but Jubei refuses until Dakuan traps him in a PoisonAndCureGambit before revealing a startling piece of information: the leader of the Eight Devils is Himuro Genma, a man Jubei has some history with -- and whom Jubei [[OffWithHisHead insists he killed]] years ago.

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}}''.

A loosely related [[Anime/NinjaScrollTheSeries anime series]] was released years after the film's release. A big-screen sequel was announced in 2005, but it's languished in DevelopmentHell ever since.

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!!Tropes:

* 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.
* AcquiredPoisonImmunity: Kagero is immune to all types of poison, although it's implied she's a poison taster ''because'' of her immunity (instead of being immune because she's a poison taster).
* ActionBomb: Zakuro's MO. She turns [[spoiler:the leader of the Koga ninjas]] into one to attack Kagero and Jubei. [[spoiler:She later becomes this herself, sinking the cargo ship in the process]].
* AnAesop: Delivered by [[JerkassHasAPoint Dakuan]], of all people.
-->'''Dakuan:''' By the way, [[spoiler:I’m very sorry about having lost Kagero. It´s unfortunate, [[PetTheDog but she did have a few moments of living as an ordinary girl and of course]], [[CantHaveSexEver making love with you]], that is good after all.]]\\
'''Jubei:''' Was that your plan as well, old man?\\
'''Dakuan:''' [[ManipulativeBastard Exactly, to read people’s minds and control them; it’s the secret of the ninja’s strategy]]. However, [[ThePowerOfLove only true sincerity can hope to move the human heart. Heartless ninjas like me cannot expect do it]]. [[SympathyForTheHero You’re great and I admire you]].
* AffablyEvil: Utsutsu Mujuro, who saves Jubei and Kagero from Zakuro's death trap so he can have a proper duel with Jubei. Of all the Eight Devils, he comes off as the least sadistic.
* AndIMustScream[=/=]AFateWorseThanDeath: This is [[spoiler:Genma's]] final fate: [[spoiler:encased in a shell of molten gold that sinks into the depths of the ocean]].
* BadassGrandpa: Dakuan. Being old hasn't dulled his effectiveness as a government spy much.
* 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).
* 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.
* BeeAfraid: Mushizo sends a swarm of hornets to attack the PowerTrio. Kagero uses sleeping powder mixed with pollen to hold them off.
* BeeBeeGun: The ugly hunchback Mushizo is a living hornets' nest. He communicates with and controls the insects, using them to gather information and as a weapon. The wasps' deadliness has some basis [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_giant_hornet in reality]].
* BigDamnHeroes:
** Jubei is this to Kagero when he confronts Tessai.
** Kagero returns the favour when Jubei fights Utsuro Mujuro.
* BladeReflection: Utsutsu Mujuro uses this to blind Jubei.
* BloodLust: Tessai drinks the blood from the lead Koga ninja's dismembered arm, [[ForTheEvulz for no apparent reason than to just freak out Kagero]].
* BodyHorror: Good ''God.'' All over the damn place, but noteworthy examples include...
** Benisato [[spoiler:stuffing a nun's corpse full of snakes and using it as a puppet--the sight of the serpents bursting out of the nun's eyes and mouth is disturbing!]]
** Mushizo's hunchbacked for a good reason--he's got a ''goddamn hornet hive'' fused with his back, and we see them emerge from it!! Oh, and [[spoiler: there's no forgetting how they start stinging him from within after he plunges into a pond, and they're trying to escape the water.]]
** Zakuro taking the corpse of [[spoiler:Kagero's former leader]] and stuffing it full of gunpowder as an explosive trap for Jubei and Kagero. The result is a stitched-together mess of a body that's ''still'' missing its arms, with its eyes and [[MouthStitchedShut lips sewn shut]].
** Genma recovering from mortal injuries is rather graphic, from Jubei headbutting the crown of his skull inward to being cut partially in half from the waist up. [[spoiler:And that's not counting what he looks like after being caught in a tidal wave of molten gold...]]
* BrokenBird: Kagero has been pretty much used and abused by ''everyone'' until she meets Jubei.
* TheBrute: Tessai. How he's able to move with the grace and agility of a ninja is up for debate.
* CantHaveSexEver: Kagero's body absorbs poisons instead of processing them. It makes her ideal for her job, and [[spoiler:protects her from the bite of one of Benisato's snakes]], but the numerous toxins have made her bodily fluids so poisonous that even kissing someone else would be deadly. [[spoiler:Tessai finds out the hard way.]]
* CarryingTheAntidote: This trope is subverted; Jubei ''thinks'' Dakuan is doing this, so he attempts to [[CuttingTheKnot Cut The Knot]] by hitting Dakuan with the poison too, but Dakuan had already thrown away the poisoned shuriken and replaced it with an ordinary one.
* ChekhovsGun: The wire attached to Jubei's sword, which he can use to [[SummonToHand pull the sword into his hand when it's been loose]].
* 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]]).
* ConservationOfNinjitsu: {{Justified|Trope}}; Jubei blows through a group of {{mooks}} in the opening scene, but is forced to fight for his life against the Eight Devils of Kimon throughout the rest of the film.
* ConvectionSchmonvection: The climactic fight takes place on a burning ship. The fire is hot enough to melt gold. Gold's melting point is over one thousand degrees Celsius, yet the combatants fight without discomfort or having their clothes burst into flames.
* CorpseLand: Shimoda village is littered with diseased corpses. [[spoiler:Then we find out they were poisoned...]]
* CrapsackWorld: This is a Japan where the ninja aren't just skilled shadow fighters, they're legitimate supernatural monsters that come out of nowhere, resurrect from the dead, betray each other left and right, pop out of the shadows to molest you, disguise themselves as normal people to trap you with venomous snakes, poison whole villages, rape you or your corpse and display barely even practical concern when all their friends, lovers, and family die in one evening because, by then, you've seen and done so much that the darkness of the loss and insanity of it all doesn't even faze you at that point. In this world, you literally have to break the laws of nature just to survive. No thank you.
** Just to drive it home further, there is one, ONE moment in the entire movie that has happiness in it. It's the villager who cheerfully tells his neighbor that the storm made his wife go into labor and now he has a ninth child, and even this moment is cut short because a damn corpse wanders in under control of one of the devils to tell them that a plague has wiped out Shimoda village.
* DeadpanSnarker: Jubei and Dakuan.
* DeathSeeker: Kagero shows signs of this throughout the movie. In the dub, Jubei chastises Kagero several times over her willingness to throw her life away even in situations where she doesn't need to take such risks.
* DepravedBisexual: Genma is said to be sleeping with both Yurimaru and Benisato.
* DepravedHomosexual: Yurimaru only has eyes for Genma, rudely and roughly spurning Zakuro's advances.
* DeusSexMachina:
** What Shijima does to Kagero to take control of her appears to involve molesting her; see RapeAsDrama below.
** Benisato extrudes a snake from her vagina to bite Kagero.
** Subverted when [[spoiler:Jubei chooses not to sleep with Kagero despite knowing her poisonous bodily fluids would counteract Dakuan's poison.]]
* DisabilitySuperpower: Utsutsu Mujuro may be blind but he's a fearsomely skilled swordsman, and it's only a trick of fate that saves Jubei in their fight.
* DividedWeFall: This is in play among the bad guys. Yurimaru is upset over the fact that Benisato is sleeping with Genma, so when Kagero gets the drop on Benisato he takes the chance to [[YouHaveFailedMe kill her for her failure]], despite the fact that she still could have been a major threat to Jubei at least with minimal effort. Later when Zakuro is upset with the way Yurimaru has coldly rebuffed her, she uses one of her {{Action Bomb}}s with the intent of blowing both him and Jubei up. Yurimaru had been on the edge of torturing and electrocuting Jubei to death, but the distraction lets Jubei get away and only results in Yurimaru's death. The infighting among these villains saved the good guys a lot of trouble.
* EffeminateMisogynisticGuy: Yurimaru sleeps with Genma, treats Zakuro like garbage, and murders Benisato for failing twice in a row. Since Benisato was ''also'' sleeping with Genma, jealousy may also have been a factor.
* EverythingIsBetterWithExplosions: Zakuro's special ability is [[ActionBomb infecting corpses with gunpowder]].
* ExoticWeaponSupremacy: Shijima--his prosthetic arm can shoot its claw-tipped fingers out on the end of a long chain.
* EyeScream: [[spoiler:Tessai is not hard as rock all over.]]
* FanDisservice: Lots of it, although given the tone of the film, it's difficult to say whether it was intended that way...
* {{Fanservice}}:
** Benisato and Kagero, though the circumstances in both cases makes it rather disturbing.
** Zakuro's swimsuit-esque outfit also qualifies.
** There's also Jubei's appearance at the {{hot spring|sEpisode}}.
* GoOutWithASmile: [[spoiler:Kagero's heartbreaking farewell to Jubei.]]
* {{Gorn}}: Quite a bit, especially in the first half of the move and ''especially'' any scene with Tessai in it.
* HeWhoFightsMonsters
-->'''Dakuan:''' When you fight demons, be a demon yourself, or you can't win!
* HighPressureBlood: It ''rains'' blood during the Koga massacre.
* HistoricalFantasy
* HonorBeforeReason:
** Jubei refuses to sleep with Kagero [[spoiler:despite knowing the act would cure him]]. They eventually do kiss [[spoiler:just before she dies]].
** In a flashback, we see that when Shinjuro's clan [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness has outlived its usefulness]] Genma played a BatmanGambit on them ordering to kill Jubei. Jubei lampshades this while begging for ''their'' lives. [[LastStand They don't hear him, attack him and end all dead]].
---> '''Shinjuro:''' [[FamousLastWords I'm sorry Jubei, but his [Genma's] word is the law.]]
* HotSpringsEpisode: Jubei drops by a hot spring after fighting Tessai.
* IfICantHaveYou: [[spoiler:Zakuro doesn't take Yurimaru's rejection very well, especially since he treated her poorly.]]
* InterplayOfSexAndViolence: Benisato and Kagero both have powers that revolve around this.
* IntimateHealing: [[spoiler:Dakuan tells Kagero she has to sleep with Jubei to cure his poison. Their kiss is implied to be enough to cure him.]]
* {{Irony}}: The death of [[spoiler:Utsutsu Mujuro]] is rather ironic: [[spoiler:after saying Jubei's sight was a weakness, Mujuro is killed because he couldn't see a knife stuck in a bamboo tree (which deflected his attack and gave Jubei the chance to deliver the killing blow).]]
* {{Jerkass}}: The chamberlain and Dakuan fall under this trope. [[spoiler:The chamberlain, especially, seeing as he's Genma in disguise.]]
* JuggleFu: In Jubei's introduction ''and'' EstablishingCharacterMoment, he simply ''had'' to take care of three disgruntled assailants before he could finish eating his rice-ball. So, he tosses said rice-ball ''straight'' into the air as two of his would-be murderers leap into him, blocks the first with his ''sheathed sword'' and [[UseYourHead knocks him silly with a headbutt]], takes his spear and smashes the second incoming idiot unconscious with it, then cuts the pistol of the third in half ''and'' sheathes his sword in one fast motion so fast the ''audience'' couldn't see it, and '''then''' opens his hand and catches the rice ball, nonchalantly finishing his lunch afterwards. It's as {{Badass}} as it sounds.
* LastKiss: {{In a world}} where lust, violence, and greed have cheapened sex as an expression of love, [[spoiler:Kagero's simple kiss for Jubei]] was an expression of love stronger than any other.
* MadBomber: Zakuro. And because [[ThrowDownTheBomblet just throwing simple explosives]] would be too dull, she combines this with ''controlling corpses'' that she's ''sewn gunpowder'' into.
* MadeOfIron: Jubei takes absurd amounts of punishment throughout the film and walks away.
* MakeSureHesDead: Yurimaru electrocutes an entire river trying to kill Jubei and his friends -- [[GenreSavvy then makes sure to comb it for dead bodies]].
* MasterOfDisguise: It turns out that [[spoiler:Genma can do this. Being able to control every atom of his flesh and bone allows him to not only [[GoodThingYouCanHeal recover from any wound]], but alter his body to look like the chamberlain that's sponsoring Kagero's ninja clan.]]
* MasterOfYourDomain: The BigBad has an extreme example of this trope.
* MeaningfulName: Tessai means "MadeOfIron." Fitting, as he can turn his skin to stone.
* MenDontCry: Played with in Jubei's case; he tries to be this even when faced with the death of friends and loved ones, with the emphasis on the word ''tries.''
* MiniatureSeniorCitizens: Dakuan is barely waist-high to Jubei.
* NiceHat: Jubei's kasa hat. He's slightly upset when Tessai damages it (not to mention it's completely unsalvageable by round two).
* {{Ninja}}: ''Every named character'' in the film is a ninja.
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: The final fight between Genma and Jubei is easily one of these, with Jubei on the bad end of it. [[spoiler:He survives by sheer determination, a well-timed collapse of support timbers as the burning ship begins to break apart, and a wave of molten gold engulfing Genma.]]
* NotDistractedByTheSexy: Pay special attention to Benisato's introduction. While Jubei is making small talk, he's also readying his sword for the draw.
** It might double as GenreSavvy--a tattooed, attractive woman that Jubei's never met before, slipping into a hot spring with him and saying in an alluring voice that he reminds her of someone she's looking for? [[SarcasmMode She couldn't be up to ''anything'' suspicious.]]
* OffWithHisHead: Jubei initially doesn't believe that Genma is behind the plot because he clearly recalls slicing off his head.
* OhCrap
** [[spoiler:Yurimaru, while electrocuting Jubei, sees a rat wander into the room and collapse, displaying sutures on its belly. He connects the dots (floor covered with black powder + Zakuro's remote bomb = BOOM) when it's far too late]].
** [[spoiler:Zakuro has her own when confronting Dakuan in the hold of Genma's ship. She hacks open his sake gourd when he throws it at her and asks if that's all he's got. [[BigDamnHeroes "Not at all," Jubei replies and drops a lit candle into the pool of flammable alcohol at her feet]]]].
** [[spoiler:There's one a split-second before this; Dakuan is about to light the fuse to blow up Zakuro when a thrown knife slices the wick on his candle.]]
* OneManArmy: The best way to describe Jubei's fight with Genma's ninja minions--specifically, the {{Mooks}}--would be ''Lawnmower versus Grass.''
* PeoplePuppets: Three of the Eight Devils of Kimon have mastered this art, in different ways:
** Shijima can use some unspecified technique to control people's bodies--he manipulates the body of a girl from Shimoda village to spread the rumors about a plague. Later on, he hypnotizes Kagero with the same technique and sends her after Jubei.
** Benisato slips snakes into the body of a dead nun and uses her as a mouthpiece before setting the snakes loose on Jubei.
** Zakuro can fill corpses with gunpowder, turning them into stitched-together, [[OurZombiesAreDifferent zombified]] {{Action Bomb}}s.
* PillarsOfMoralCharacter: Kagero qualifies as On (恩), due to her desire to repay her debt to Jubei for saving her from Tessai.
* PoisonousPerson: Kagero. As a result, she's the perfect person to taste-test for poisons, or assassinate an enemy by sleeping with them.
* PsychoElectro: Yurimaru, who channels the lightning through the slender steel wires that he throws to snare and strangle his victims.
* RapeAsDrama:
** When Kagero resists Tessai's attempts to rape her, he flat-out tells her he wouldn't mind raping her corpse instead.
** Shijima molests Kagero, but whether it's part of establishing his mind control over her, for his own twisted kicks, or both is never made clear.
* 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.
* RubberMan: Dakuan has a subdued version of this--as he infiltrates the ship of the Toyotomi retainer, he's seen stretching his arm to incredible lengths to hang onto the railing.
* {{Sexposition}}: The film contains an important strategy meeting which the authority figure coldly attends while in the middle of a CoitusUninterruptus.
* ShoutOut:
** Well, sort of. Some of the film's character designers also worked on ''VideoGame/SamuraiShodown'' and its sequels, and several characters' designs are based on characters from ''Ninja Scroll'': Caffeine Nicotine (Dakuan); Tachibana Ukyo (Mujuro); Shiki (Benisato); Amakusa (Yurimaru); Basara (Shijima); Sieger (Genma).
** In a more direct fashion: Kibagami Jubei's name comes from Kibagami Genjuro and YagyuJubei.
** Mujuro is a blind swordsman in the vein of {{Zatoichi}}.
* SignificantHairCut: Kagero cuts off her topknot to show she's not going to StayInTheKitchen while her fellow ninjas are out risking their lives.
* SingleTear: Jubei may be a man amongst men, but when his manly heart is overwhelmed with grief for the deaths of [[spoiler:his friends at his own hands and Kagero at Genma's]], even he cannot help but shed these.
* SissyVillain: Yurimaru. He wears the most complex outfit of the Eight Devils, and often indulges in such artful activities as calligraphy or pausing to smell the flowers.
* 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.
* AStormIsComing: Jubei says this as he runs off at the end of the film's opening scene.
* SwordSparks: Most visible in Jubei's duel with Mujuro, when their swords cross.
* SuckOutThePoison: Jubei attempts to do this to Kagero's thigh after she's bitten by a snake, but he earns a swift kick for the effort (as she was trying to protect Jubei).
* SummonToHand: Jubei does this with his sword via a barely-visible string.
* TakingYouWithMe:
** 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.)
** Mushizo also attempts this by using a LastDitchMove... twice in a row. He tries to spear Jubei after he falls into the water, and when Jubei blocks that attack with his sword, the wasp-user spits out a poison needle from his mouth (which Jubei manages to block with his sword's handle).
* TheLoad: Despite traveling with talented comrades in the movie and TV show, Jubei pretty much ends up doing all the work and killing most everyone. It seems pretty pointless in the movie, when he's fighting Utsutsu, that he calls out "This one's mine!" when they've pretty much all been his. He kills six of the Eight Devils of Kimon, with the other two lost to betrayal from their own brethren.
** Subverted, however, in that his comrades in the movie have their own contributions. Dakuan's RubberMan and camoflauge abilities make him good at infiltration. Kagero ends up making all the difference in three of Jubei's confrontations with the Eight Devils--her status as a PoisonousPerson has a delayed effect on Tessai that weakens his stone skin; she ambushed Benisato when her snakes had Jubei at her mercy; and her kodachi getting stuck in a bamboo tree blocked Mujuro's sword and gave Jubei the opening to land the killing blow.
* TragicKeepsake: Jubei ties [[spoiler:Kagero's headband]] on his sword's scabbard.
* TryingNotToCry: Yeah, MenDontCry in medieval Japan, but it still took ''all'' that Jubei had to do so until [[spoiler:Kagero passed on in his arms]], and even then a SingleTear that honored his manly heart was shed.
* {{Tsundere}}: Kagero is a rare ''tragic'' example of this trope; she didn't learn to express her feelings until it was too late.
* TwinkleToesSamurai: Utsutsu Mujuro.
* UseYourHead: During the climax, Jubei manages to knock Genma to the ground -- despite having a broken arm -- and repeatedly headbutts Genma hard enough to ''cave his face in''. Genma gets back up seconds later, [[{{Badass}} but still...]]
* VillainousRescue: Yurimaru has strung up Jubei with his wires and is torturing him by via electrocution -- then [[WomanScorned Zakuro]] uses one of her "living bombs" to kill Yurimaru (Jubei manages to escape, although he is severely hurt).
* WalkingTheEarth: Jubei starts the movie doing this. [[spoiler:He ends the movie in the same way.]]
* WhatMeasureIsAMook: The Koga ninja clan is regarded as expendable; their lord regards their slaughter with irritation, since they didn't do their job properly.
* WhenSheSmiles: Kagero blushing like a normal girl for the first time as Jubei tenderly held her was simply ''adorable.''
* WomanScorned: Zakuro doesn't take Yurimaru rejecting her well at all. Of course, Yurimaru's poor treatment of her probably didn't help much...
* WorldOfBadass: There's Jubei, Kagero, Dakuan, the Eight Devils of Kimon...
* WorthyOpponent: Mujuro has this opinion of Jubei, saving him and Kagero from a fatal plunge down a cliff so he can duel Jubei personally.
* {{Yandere}}: Zakuro
* YaoiGuys: This trope is alluded to with Genma and Yurimaru.
* YouHaveFailedMe / YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: [[spoiler:Yurimaru kills Benisato for failing twice to kill Jubei in one evening; [[MurderTheHypotenuse the fact she was sleeping with Genma, his lover, was an added bonus.]]]]
* YouNeedToGetLaid: Apparently Dakuan's second objective in [[spoiler:hiring Jubei and Kagero in the same team.]]

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