YMMV / Ninja Scroll

  • Captain Obvious Reveal: Only in the last third or so of the film do we discover Genma was going to use the gold and rule Japan himself. Considering that he was very Obviously Evil (as well as his henchmen), and they were all incredibly powerful, it was somewhat of a stretch to believe he was working for his employers out of genuine political support or such limited personal gain.
  • Complete Monster:
    • Genma Himuro is the leader of the Eight Devils of Kimon, and stands out from his men in his callous disregard for all around him. In the past, Genma betrayed his allies and framed a warrior named Jubei Kibigami, forcing Jubei to kill his friends in self defense. In the present, to cover for the Eight Devils' movements, Genma has a well poisoned to wipe out a village. He organizes multiple massacres and kills his employer, declaring he himself will be the true ruler of Japan in the end. Genma also kills Jubei’s beloved, Kagero, in front of him, solely to hurt him. Genma, in the end, cares for nobody. The deaths of both his lovers in the Eight Devils arouse no emotion in him, and he witnesses every ally he has die without even changing an expression. His only concern is the gold imported to Japan, all to feed his bottomless greed.
    • Tessai is, hands down, the most violent, brutal and nasty of the Eight Devils of Kimon. A hulking brute of a man with skin he can harden into rock, Tessai is introduced butchering a group of shinobi who are investigating the village he and his seven comrades poisoned to manufacture rumors of a plague. The leader, Hanza, is caught by Tessai and killed sadistically as Tessai slowly rips his arms off with his bare hands before drinking the blood from the severed arms. Leaving only the sole woman of the group alive, Tessai takes her to his home and attempts to rape her, informing her not to struggle because he 'wouldn’t mind raping a dead girl’. When Kagerō is rescued by Jūbei, a humiliated Tessai later makes it a point to hunt down Jūbei and attempt to beat him to death in retribution.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: It would take a page unto itself to list that which happens in this film.
  • Funny Moments: Jūbei and Kagerō are hanging off a cliff, just moments after being nearly blown up by a man-bomb.
  • Faux Action Girl: Quite debatable in Kagerō’s case. Although she puts up a front of not needing anyone’s help, she’s never able to stand up toe to toe with any of the film’s villains save for perhaps Benisato (but then again, Jūbei has a hard enough time himself). But more often than not, it’s thanks to her that Jūbei survives his closer encounters, be it directly or by accident.
  • Foe Yay: Yurimaru really seemed to be getting his jollies from stringing up Jūbei and electrocuting him.
  • Gateway Series: No doubt this has been many peoplesō introduction to anime.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: While the movie was critically acclaimed in Japan, it didn't have such an impact among casual viewers as it had in United States.
  • Moment of Awesome:
  • Nightmare Fuel: Highlights include: Tessai’s sickening massacre of the Koga ninja; Benisato using the skin of an old woman filled with serpents so she could lure Jūbei where she wanted to trap him; the death of Mushizo when he falls underwater and is torn apart from the inside out by the hornets trying to escape his body; and of course, Genma’s death scene.
    • If you suffer from trypophobia, try to watch any scene with Mushizo without scratching. You will fail.
  • Squick: Again, far too many moments to list.
  • Superlative Dubbing: Quite well done for an anime film released in 1995 in North America, and seems to rival most of Funimation’s dubs. It trades in some typical stock anime phrases with some typical action movie stock phrases, but considering the subject matter, it just works so well. For example, the ‘Burn in your golden hell!’ line is dub-only, in the Japanese track, it’s a general ‘die!’ quote.
  • Tear Jerker: Kagerō’s death.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?: No, this is not like Naruto, despite being Anime with ninjas (though it and its source material arguably inspired Naruto). Tessai’s gory slaughter of the Koga ninja and attempted rape of Kagerō should be your first clues.
  • The Woobie: Kagerō.