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Thirteen episode anime series that can be considered either a SpiritualSuccessor or a direct sequel to the ''Anime/NinjaScroll'' movie. It revolves around Jubei needing to transport a mystical artifact called the Dragon Stone to a "Priestess of Light", and then to protect both of them from the machinations of the Hiruko Clan and the Kimon Shu. Dakuan re-emerges as one of Jubei's allies, and each episode features no fewer than three ninjas (from one or both rival ninja clans) with a wide variety of bizarre superpowers that match the wide variety of powers displayed by the Eight Devils of Kimon in the original movie (which Jubei tends to cut down rather handily, when they aren't busy killing each other).

From a pure action standpoint it's generally a worthy sequel to the original movie, though there's not quite as much character development, and its tone shifts from historical fantasy to a more [[DungeonPunk futuristic]] feel. Also, it leans on Futaro Yamada's ''The Kouga Ninja Scrolls'' even more than the movie.

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* AdaptationalBadass: Jubei's sword skills are implied to be MaybeMagicMaybeMundane at the best in the film, but now in the series he has really supernatural powers and can emit wind slashes from his sword. In general, while he used to run away and save himself by sheer luck against the Eight Demons, he is now the biggest force on the setting.
* AdaptationalHeroism:
** In contrast with the openly treacherous old bastard from the film, Dakuan is here a surprisingly selfless character, going on his own will to help Shigure and company and working to keep the reason and unity on the main group. Only in the last episodes he regains some of his old personality.
** Jubei himself is arguably more heroic and , as in the film he was more of a WildCard and only got involved in the Kimon plot because he had been blackmailed by Dakuan.
* AdaptationalWimp: Conversely to Jubei, who gains superpowers in this series as opposite to the movie, Dakuan seems to be here a common old man, without any of the ninjutsu powers he showed in the film like his RubberMan and ChameleonCamouflage abilities.
* AppendageAssimilation: One of the recurring enemy ninjas from the Kimon Shu is a bald woman with Frankenstein-like stiches all over her body and multiple arms. She's able to attach limbs to herself from anyone she cuts down using surgical tools that emerge from her torso.
* ArmCannon: In the place of Aizen's right arm.
* AttemptedRape: Whenever Azami appears, this is to be expected.
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:Both the Kimon and Hiruko clans are gone for good, while Shigure and her friends are alive and with the chance to start a new live. However, they believe Jubei to be dead, as he is following his journey without telling them (for whatever reason).]]
* BloodierAndGorier: Hoo, boy...
* BodyHorror: Every single one of the villains, but especially Nenmu, who is really just an eyeball and sentient slime.
* BodySurf: Nenmu takes over bodies of others to fight.
* BondOneLiner: Jubei lets out some.
-->"He had guts. Lots and lots of guts."
* BroadStrokes: The series is indecisive about his status as a sequel to the movie or a completely new continuity. On one hand, Jubei vaguely seems to remember Dakuan and to know the Kimon guys, and his hat has [[ContinuityNod a cut in it]] just as he received it in the film. On the other hand, the events on the film are never ever mentioned, even whenever it would be weird not to; Jubei still uses plain string to tie his katana scabbard instead of the [[TragicKeepsake headband Kagero gave him]]; and, finally, there is the detail that in the original film there was ''no Kimon clan'', but simply eight ninja who called themselves the Eight Demons of Kimon.
* BrokenBird: Subverted. By all rights, Shigure ''should'' be this and a pile of insanity to boot, given all she's gone through by the end. Instead, she kicks ass and looks awesome while doing so.
* BoringInvincibleHero: While the movie was notable for avoiding this trope, the series totally embraces it. In the series, Jubei plows through all his opposition with minimal effort.
* BrotherSisterIncest: Rengoku is {{yandere}} for her brother Jyashi and is driven to madness once he is killed.
* ButForMeItWasTuesday / BumpIntoConfrontation: The widow of a samurai has spent years WalkingTheEarth with her son, trying to find the man who killed her husband so she can avenge him. She confronts Jubei, who says he's killed so many people it's difficult to remember specific ones. He does eventually remember when she gives him some details, and vaguely recalls having killed a samurai over a petty dispute (he'd bumped into the man, who had taken offense) just like often happened in RealLife back in the feudal Japan. The woman is naturally shocked that her life was destroyed over something so meaningless.
* CatGirl: Nekome, who has furry arms and legs, [[BladeBelowTheShoulder claws to the sides of her hands]] and is followed around by a cat.
* CoolVersusAwesome: Whenever the two ninja clans have a battle, it's often between one member with bizarre superpowers versus another.
* ConvenientDecoyCat: When a group of ninja fail to kill their target (who turns out to be an undead monster), the team leader uses a cat as a NinjaLog to avoid some projectiles and escape.
* CreepyCentipedes: After slicing one giant mook open, Jubei finds out that there was one hiding inside.
* DoesNotLikeShoes: An impressive number of characters go barefoot. Some of them for practical reasons given their abilities (like Azami) or weird bodies (Mozuku and Nekome), and others just because (Dakatsu, Rokai and Ubume). Also, Yayoi is case of BarefootPoverty.
* DoomedHometown: The series begins with this; unlike most Doomed Hometowns, though, the townspeople don't go down without a fight as ''absolutely everyone'' in the village is secretly a ninja dedicated to protecting one woman. Unfortunately, the ones attacking them are a ''giant robot'' of death and a woman who spawns man-eating demons from her skin, so they're still screwed.
* {{Expy}}[=/=]ShoutOut: Several characters are very similar to some from ''The Kouga Ninja Scrolls'', if not in looks and role, in abilities.
** Mozuku is one to Shougen Kazamachi.
** Rokai is an overall one (if significantly less competent) to Jousuke Udono.
** Ubume and her son to Tenzen Yakushiji and his brother.
** Kitsunebi to Hotarubi in their skill controlling butterflies.
** Tobizaru to Nenki Mino.
* EscortMission: Jubei's primary job in this series is protecting Shugure on their journey.
* EyeRemember: Jyashi can take eyes out of corpses and insert them into a device on his eye socket to watch the deceased's last moments and learn from their failure. He can then trap his enemies inside an illusory world and set the memories he has collected to attack them.
* FanDisservice: Basically all of the villains are a form of this. A very disturbing form. Naked women? Check. Naked women with varying levels of insanity and BodyHorror? Also check.
* FauxActionGirl: Shigure hits hard. She is established in the very first episode as a very competent fighter, but she is fastly outperformed by her own retainers and becomes a DamselInDistress for the rest of the series. Every time she draws her knife, you know she is going down without throwing a slash.
* FullFrontalAssault: Downplayed with Ubume and Azami. The former wears some kind of plate mail in her crotch and belly and covers her breats with GodivaHair, while the latter's genitalia and nipples are covered by a wood-like substance.
* GenreShift: The movie had a dark, gritty historical fantasy setting in which supernatural elements were very rare and wicked. The series, on the other hand, is set a lighter and more adventurous world (even visually colored with much lighter tones) where everybody is superhuman and all sorts of futuristic technologies exist.
* GivingThemTheStrip: Both Ubume and Azami are forced to fight in the nude after losing her clothes. The latter keeps a nightgown under her dress, but she loses it too.
* GodivaHair: Ubume's nipples are covered only by her hair after she ditches her clothes.
* GroinAttack: The vampire Kawahori humiliates a trapped Azami by sucking her blood through her vagina with his sucker tongue.
* HighlyVisibleNinja: Most of the cast are shinobi only in name, as they have usually zero ninja attributes aside from supernatural skills. You could switch the word "ninja" for "wizard" in the dialogues and you wouldn't note the difference.
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: Rengoku backstabs Nubatama through her [[BreastAttack left breast]]. Nubatama survives this only to later get impaled by several blades [[NoKillLikeOverkill through her entire chest]] until she's [[HighPressureBlood completely drained of blood]].
* LooksLikeOrlok: Mozuku.
* MeleeATrois: During the series, there's the Hiruko vs the Kimon vs Jubei's group.
** In the final battle, [[spoiler:Jubei's group allies with the Hiruko and the Yaguya Clan, fighting for the shogunate, act as the third side.]]
* MobileSuitHuman: [[spoiler:Leaders of Hiruko and Kimon clan]] are revealed to be the trope.
* NinjaLog: Dakuan takes it a step further: his ninja log is stuffed full of lit sticks of dynamite!
* NotDistractedByTheSexy: Nubatama tries to seduce Jyashi once she finds him analyzing Nekome's corpse, but he just swings his blade at her in response.
* PrehensileHair: Nubatama can manipulate her long hair to constrict her enemies.
* RedshirtArmy: The AntiVillain Hiruko clan. While not extremely weaker in comparison, they are typically less capable than their Kimon counterparts and tend to go down in every encounter between the two clans.
* ShockAndAwe: Yamidoro, leader of the Kimon clan, generates electricity through his gauntlet.
* WorldOfBadass: It's not a matter of normal guys versus badass guys so much as BadassNormal guys versus Superhumanly Badass guys versus {{Physical God}}s. Even the comedy relief thief has an improbable ability -- He can fling rocks with incredible accuracy.
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