© 1993 Yoshiaki Kawajiri / Mad House / JVC / Toho Co. Ltd. / Movic Inc.
Feudal Japan - A time of danger, intrigue and deception. Jubei is a masterless ninja who travels the land alone, hiring his services to those with gold...or a worthy cause. His fearsome abilities have served him well, but a hideous plot to overthrow the government threatens to end his wandering ways and possibly his life.
Average Ratings: 77
Number of Review Sites: 14
Number of Review Links: 14
"...the quintessential animated gory ninja movie."
Akemi's Anime World (Marc Marshall) - 4 (out of 5)
"Ninja Scroll has risen to a cult status well beyond the realm of anime, and deservedly so."
Anime Jump! (Mike Toole) - 3 1/2 stars (out of 5)
"...worth a watch for anyone who enjoys this genre."
Anime Meta-Review (Andrew Shelton) - worthy
"There's some charm left in Ninja Scroll, but as a famous archeologist once said of another infamous relic, “It belongs in a museum.” "
Anime News Network (Zac Bertschy) - B
"Nothing too original storywise, but this movie makes up for it with wonderful visuals, pretty decent dialogue for this genre, and great animation."
Anime on DVD (Chris Beveridge) - A-
"Ninja Scroll is widely viewed as a classic among classics--but does this flick really deserve such high praise? In a word: yes!"
Animefringe (Adam Arnold) - 80%
"...remains the undisputed ultimate ninja anime experience..."
Animetric (Rowena Lim Lei) - 4 1/2 stars (out of 5)
"Great heroes, nasty adversaries, eye-popping visuals, imaginative action, decent story, it is a mark above the rest and still holds up after all these years."
DVD Talk (John Wallis) - 3 1/2 stars (out of 5)
"Ninja Scroll has modest ambitions: it does not aspire to epic status, but it does not dumb down its material either."
DVD Verdict (Mike Pinsky) - 85 (out of 100)
"As uniquely debauched and messy as it was a decade ago, Ninja Scroll is no longer on the cutting edge of anime design, but it still stands out as further over the top than most of its successors."
Science Fiction Weekly (Tasha Robinson) - B
"...an amazing anime that should definitely not be overlooked."
T.H.E.M. Anime Reviews (Raphael See) - 5 stars (out of 5)
"While Ninja Scroll certainly has more than its share of violence, it still has a noteworthy story."
The Anime Cafe (George Spirou) - 4 stars (out of 5)
"For great martial arts action, Ninja Scroll is probably the best of its genre."
The Anime Critic (Pete Harcoff) - 4 1/2 stars (out of 5)
"Although the plot has no real continuity...it is enjoyable for what it is, a well-animated, freewheeling slashfest."
The Anime Review (Jason Huff) - B