Ninja... Ninja were... merciless demi-gods, ruling Japan with their karate in the age of ninja tranquillity. But, "some" committed a forbidden form of hara-kiri storing their souls at Kinkaku Temple for future resurrection. Their lost history was falsified and concealed and the truth about these ninja was long forgotten.
Now, in the future where the universalization of cybernetic technology and electronic networks are God, suddenly, sinister ninja souls, resurrected from thousands of years past are unleashed on the dark shadows of Neo-Saitama. Fujikido Kenji, is a salaryman whose wife and child were killed in a ninja turf war. In a brush with his own death, Fujikido is possessed by an enigmatic ninja soul. Fujikido cheats death and becomes Ninja Slayer. A Grim Reaper destined to kill evil ninja, committed to a personal war of vengeance.
Set in the dystopian underworld of Neo-Saitama, Ninja Slayer takes on Soukai Syndicate ninjas in mortal combat.
#01: "Kilmister (キルミスター)" by Boris (ep 1, 26) #02: "Halo Of Sorrow From ANIMATION" by Melt-Banana (ep 2) #03: "Gekijou Shihainin no Theme (劇場支配人のテーマ)" by The Pinballs (ep 3) #04: "SRKEEN" by 8otto (ep 4) #05: "RADIO" by 6EYES (ep 5) #06: "Ninja Slayer" by ELECTRIC EEL SHOCK (ep 6) #07: "Ninja Prayer" by Shinichi Osawa (ep 7) #08: "Suicidal Bunny" by taffy (ep 8) #09: "Hide" by 80KIDZ (ep 9) #10: "Jag Jag" by Sawagi (ep 10)
#11: "Aurashi No Ken" by Boris (ep 11) #12: "NEO CYBER MADNESS" by skillkills (ep 12) #13: "Purple My Ghost" by Drop's (ep 13) #14: "Mondana (NINJA MIX) (もんだな [NINJA MIX]) by Akai Kôen (ep 14) #15: "Fantastic Magic" by TK from Ling Tosite SIGURE (ep 15) #16: "NINJA SOUL" by GEEKS (ep 16) #17: "TEAR OF THE PIERROT" by MINE (ep 17) #18: "Dr.K" by taffy (ep 18) #19: "Alone" by SCAM CIRCLE (ep 19) #20: "Doro no Ame" (泥の雨) by Ningen Isu (ep 20) #21: "Hight Speed" by MOJA (ep 21) #22: "sick hack- ninsatsu ver.-" (sick hack-忍殺 ver.-) by memento mori (ep 22) #23: "Body" by Lillies and Remains (ep 23) #24: "KHAKKHARA" by Sawagi (ep 24) #25: "JETT REASON" by Guitar Wolf (ep 25)
Akira. Spirited Away. Tekkonkinkreet. Redline.
These are some of the most beautiful pieces of animation ever made, and from this day forward, Ninja Slayer will be amended to that list.
Edit: With the inclusion of a spectacular dub by Funimation, this anime is now on its own list, its own transcendent list.
Studio Trigger(aka "the good parts of Gainax") have a storied history of taking risks. They're absolutely fearless in their work, and have brought about some of the most influential series to come from the Eastern Hemisphere. Ninja Slayer is no different, being a dynamic, daring take on the "ninja anime" genre that oozes with style and rarely used animation techniques that show how seasoned the staff is.
Underneath all the flash and glam is a wonderfully, thoroughly crafted world full of culture and characters that I'm sure, like Cowboy Bebop, will be remembered for decades to come. The anime has also established Kenji to be a strong, multifaceted main character: A ninja, who swears to kill all ninja. What lies at the end of this road of vengeance he travels? So many questions and potential conflicts set up, and only 26 10-minute episodes to answer them.
The soundtrack is also something else. Boom boom Satellites do a stunning OP, and the BGM is an eclectic mix of electronic rock and traditional Japanese string stylings from some of the best artists in the business.
I can say one thing for certain: Ninja Slayer will be remembered long after every show from Spring 2015 ends.
You need to understand something about Ninja Slayer, before even WATCHING it, or you WILL get the wrong idea!
A lot of you seems to be very confused, as to why some scenes are animated and some scenes are powerpoint. "Why are they doing this?" I hear you say.
Let me explain.
A couple of Japanese translators said over social media, (this is a while ago) that they were going to translate a "light novel" that a couple of american weeaboos had made. The american weeaboos made THE most stereotypical light novel that they could think off. (Ninjas, Hidden power, revenge) Basically Ninja Slayer in a nutshell. (Or literally)
Now here's the twist. The american weeaboos didn't exist in the first place!
The people who wrote the light novel made it up. They wanted to make a light novel, based on how weeaboos thought anime/manga was back in the 80's and 90's.
So they made Ninja Slayer. Have this in mind when watching this. It makes it SO much better. It's not supposed to be good. Imagine a couple of american weeaboos, sitting together and writing a novel, based on their brief knowledge on japan, (That came from watching anime.) and THIS is what you get.
It's not taking itself seriously and the animation is supposed to be "bad." How else would you explain it being in 4:3 format like on old TV and the scenes that are actually animated, versus the ones that have Southpark level animation.
Now for the actual review.
I say this without a single gram of sarcasm.
Ninja Slayer is a masterpiece.
This is not a troll review, giving it 10/10, just because "lol". This is my honest opinion about Ninja Slayer that has brought me to give this a 10/10.
There are few times when any type of entertainment, be it games, manga, music or in this case anime, can make me yell "YEEEEAAAAAARRRRRRRTTTHHH" UNIRONICALLY and without feeling shame afterwards. Ninja Slayer is incredibly stupid, incredibly funny and in-fucking-credibly entertaining.
I find it hard to put into words how amazed i am by this show. I sincerely feel sad about the people who dropped it on the first episode, or failed to correct their expectations of this show.
The entire point behind Ninja Slayer is showing what animefans/weeaboos thought anime was back in the late 80th, early 90th. The dialogue is cheesy, the art is flashy and very neon colored. Hacking into things solves everything and every female ninja is skimpily clothed.
There's a certain feeling that i'm sure everyone on earth knows what is. You can't explain it, you don't know how to evoke it but you are 100% sure what it is when you feel it.
THAT'S Ninja Slayer. I get "that" feeling when watching it.
Ninja Slayer isn't just anime. It's art.
I'm not being sarcastic.read more
Absurdity kills reason. This is your power. - Naraku Ninja
I would almost be willing to rate Ninja Slayer a 10/10 based purely on entertainment value. One thing though. The most entertaining part about Ninja Slayer isn't the dub. It's the audience reaction and kids who absolutely don't get the joke. Here's your warning: if your idea of entertainment is purely based on pretty colors and flashy animation, PSST, you're doing it wrong.
Artwork and Animation:
Is a black and white movie inferior to one in color? Is a color movie inferior to 3D movies because OH MY LAWD THEY LITERALLY ADDED ANOTHER DIMENSION!? The answer is no.
So, to anyone who says that Ninja Slayer sucks because of the animation- just because it uses a different visual style than you've come to expect from the typical T&A anime you watch, it's time for something new.
Ninja Slayer is essentially Inferno Cop 2.0- now with a budget!
So, if you saw Inferno Cop: you know what to expect from the style here. It's an Adult Swim-styled in betweener short if you haven't. Lots of iridescence, reds, explosions, and booms, bangs, and fire.
The rest of the cast recites their death haikus appropriately, also with a lot of explosions. These voice actors are great at producing explosions on the mic. It's basically like listening to the collab mixtape I did with Papa Franku.
Sound and Voice Acting: F'real this time
Christopher Sabat does the best cool macho man there's ever been. He's been a suave black dude, a pedophile priest, he's been several violent psychopaths, an enormous muscleman, a lot of various anthropomorphic beasts, and probably most famously Vegeta.
Add kickass badass superpowered ninja slaying monstrosity to the list. Couldn't ask for better.
Too many to count. Ninja Slayer dispatches about 5 ninjas of various thematic origin per episode, plus a thousand clones, meaning at least half a million ninjas eat it by the end of the show's run. However, we do have some standouts: the sexy IRC hacking blonde: Nancy Lee, Ninja Slayer's partner in dispensing sweet, sweet justice to the asshole ninjas that rule Neo Saitama. Her superpower is directly connecting her consciousness to IRC via an ethernet port on her head, where she hacks everyone's life and Ninja Slayer just rekt.exe 's them.
There's also Yukano Dragon, the young amnesiac granddaughter of Ninja Slayer's master, Dragon Sensei, Forest Sawatari, shellshocked leader of the Survival Dojo fresh out the jungles of 'Nam, Koki Yamoto- the ubiquitous schoolgirl that every show must have, Shogo, white boy sporting a rad-ass afro and no shirt, because he's a punk ass, too.
As nonsensical as one would believe Ninja Slayer to be, it does actually follow a plot. Kenji Fujikido's family was ruthlessly torched by ninjas sent by the Soukai Syndicate, run by the 30 foot tall giant Laomoto Khan. On his deathbed, he accepts a ninja soul, Naraku Ninja, and with his newfound power vows to kill all ninjas, ESPECIALLY whoever it was that killed his family.
The first half or so is a set of really disconnected threads featuring a lot of different characters who take over the main spot for a short arc, and then in the second half, it's all brought together by their interactions and various confrontations with Soukai ninjas- kind of like a Tarantino movie, taking a lot of random unassociated people and tying up their motives and actions together, except with a lot more YEEEART. (There is a lot of hilarious and clever dialogue, courtesy of the narrator though.)
Enjoyment and Overall:
It's hard to really nail down what makes Ninja Slayer so much fun. If one is not amused by absurdity and parody of parody, Ninja Slayer is probably not going to be a lot of fun to watch. However, absurdist humor is popular with anime watchers. I know this, because besides the ubiquitous "guy falls on girl and ends up grabbing her boob" joke that's in every boob and butt show now, anime is a medium that lends itself to absurdity and being far removed from realism. Why am I laughing at a cross dressing shark and a bunch of 13 year old girls with superpowers blowing up giant robots covered in tons of food, all while hopping from planet to planet and throwing galaxies like baseballs?
Because it's ridiculous, that's why.
And that's why Ninja Slayer works. It's ridiculous.
The whole idea of Ninja Slayer (and I left this out because my review was crap already) is that it was written by two Japanese dudes posing as American weebs writing a parody of 80s ninja action schlock in the schlockiest way possible.
That is, it's a parody of a parody, parodied in a parody style of animation with double layer parody dialogue and, well, actually a fairly decent plot. I don't want to call it Tarantino-esque, but... Tarantino-esque. You have a bunch of disconnected random characters who all end up tied together in the overarching plot. It's not The Usual Suspects or anything, but it gets the job done well. Revenge tales historically have been fairly easy to write (because there's a specific goal) with a lot of wiggle room for inversion, subversion, and likewise. It's a very flexible narrative.
Whacking Ninja Slayer for the story is a bad point to pick, at any rate. (not that I would). I mean, I know not everyone liked the animation style, that's personal preferences. I know that it seems like there's basically no character progression (there's not much), but the fun isn't in analyzing it for its literary depth, because that's not its bag, baby, yeah.
I read some of the translated part of the novels, and the show is basically a 1:1 visual and auditory recreation of the dialogue and scene setting. Whoever wrote it had to have given Trigger permission to animate it like that, and probably thought it was hilarious that something that's a parody of a parody looked as bad as it read.
You just gotta see Ninja Slayer for what it is, and that's up to the individual to make of it- but to me, it's just plain laughable ludicrosity.read more
Remember that everything that is written here is part of my opinion and should not be taken as truth. You can draw your own conclusions about this series by watching it.
This review is free from spoilers.
First of all Ninja Slayer From Animation is one of those anime that makes a critic about the current anime industry, using - if anything - poor animation techniques, strange music and a really basic plot to bring the potential of a series not by the anime itself, but by how it was conceived... And once you get graps of it, everything makes sense.
This anime is based upon a novel made by some people that doesn't exist. I'll explain it better... This anime was fruited from some rumors made by a group of japanese translators who said that they would translate a project made by some americans (that did not existed in the first place) who created a stereotypical story with ninjas, karate, very tall buildings, etc.
The translators faked the original authors. They made the novel themselves, writting about a Japan twisted like some hollywood-like movies represented it on the 80's and 90's.
Having that in mind, let me tell you the ratings I gave to this anime.
Story 9; It is passed on a twisted Japan where mafia and revolutionary groups exists, in the city of Neo-Saitama. It's a very simple story about a man who wants revenge from the killers of his family and the basic plot follows his acts while pursuing that revenge. The one thing that is great about this anime is how this "revenge-like" steps are being executed. You can feel the difficulties the protagonist have while following his path of hatred.
Sound 10; The OST for this anime is a mix of some classical japanese sounds with some technobeat. It really changes the atmosphere of the anime in some parts. Also, the Ending Theme for this anime changes every single episode (with some exceptions).
It is the perfect match for an anime passed on a future-like Japan, with the clash of past-present references.
Character 9; The characters are all stereotypical of the movie/anime industry of 80's and 90's. The thing is we can find these characters very enjoyable! Really, almost every character have a personal - and very common - drama of himself/herself and it is explained in a very simple way, so we - the audience - can understand them and so get inside the plot and their reasons to do what they are doing.
Enjoyment 10; Having said what I did in the begining of this review I will explain why I enjoyed this anime so much.
If anything, TRIGGER should be the first responsible for this overexcitement. From the way this anime is executed - Short episodes of 10-15 mins, released in the web, with "strange" animations, following a very simple plot - it had everything to be a fail... If it wasn't by the information on how the "original novel" was conceived.
When I got that information, I could get grasp on what TRIGGER was trying to do. And the answer is simple, an anime of 80-90's in these days is complete madness! We are on the pinacle of animation techniques, with 3DGCI all over the place and the quality of textures being outstanding, TRIGGER choose to make an anime with poor animation sequences, with a really simple plot and with some basic soundtracks mixing old and new type of music. But everything, EVERYTHING makes sense on how great this anime is if you understand that they are making a critic about how the West had seen the East in the two final decades of the twentieth century.
With that in mind, I enjoyed this anime so much. I could just enjoy this anime, expecting nothing but a great anime, not creating any hype on how great could be it's story, but just expecting to enjoy an anime where everything I got to see from the 80's and 90's could be conceived.
Overall 10; My overall note represents mostly my enjoyment with this piece of work. You must understand that this anime is a critic, made upon a novel that did not existed in the first place with a poor plot, released in some awful animation quality over the web, with some strange composed music remixing classical japan instruments and modern beat.
It is very like the "Kung Fury" movie. It is an anime that blends every single trait of a 80's and 90's work and put together to create a great anime!
Ninja Slayer From Animation will be remembered as one of the greatest anime ever made by the people who watched it. It really is a masterpiece!
Hope you like the anime so much as I did. Have a good day.read more
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