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The movie's story revolves around a conspiracy and a struggle for power in Japan but the specifics aren't very important here, or at least the director didn't think so. One of the movie's flaws is that it didn't concentrate enough on its story which could have been better in my opinion. Basically an organisation wants some money to wage a rebellion and one guy wants to take it all for himself, the main character happens to know that guy and remembers killing him and because of something the bad guy does at the end he wants to have it out with him.
The battles! Yes the action was quite good but that's because the movie focused mainly on it rather than the story or the characters. Though I must give praise where it's deserving and the action was indeed deserving of praise. Throughout the movie you'll be subjected to various and numerous fights against various opponents who have themselves rather unique and original powers. If you enjoy violence, battles and heavy action then this movie is certainly there to please you.
The characters felt a little weak unfortunatly. Jubei, the main character, was alright and Kagero was a good character as well. But the weakness comes as the director sacrificed character interactions and relationships for the benifit of more battles. This was a mistake if you ask me; the characters had been established and nicely too so having a stronger focus on Jubei and Kagero's relationship and exploring the characters a little more would have made all the difference. The remaining characters were your average villains and some side kick old man which, while retaining some level of originallity, weren't that interesting. The villains provided good battles, the old man gave answers and provided the quest and that's pretty much it.
In the end Ninja Scroll is there for those who enjoy violence and sexuality in their movies since we get plenty of both here. Amidst it's weaknesses, the show had good moments and managed to keep my interest during it's run. The mix of some good action plus what few moments we had with what were good characters made this movie good but not a notch higher.