The year a comet races across the sky, splitting the heavens, from the depths of the Earth the dark god shall arise once again. Then, the dark evil lurking in the shadows shall come out of the depths of Hell and show itself in the present world. The emotions of the blade of the wind shall collect at the source of the blue light. And the three blades shall become one, vanquishing evil.
The year is 1580, and the unholy armies of Lord Nobunaga Oda steadily spread across Japan. Narrowly escaping the slaughter of her clan, a young ninja steals into the shadows. She is Ayame, the last of the Kasumi clan, and the dagger she wields is one of three, mystical blades. She is joined by Sakon and Ryoma, renegade ninja and the possessors of the sacred sword and spear. Now, these shadow warriors must unite their weapons and skills to fulfill `The Prophesy of the Enchanted Swords` or die trying..
A real mess. I have a vague understanding of what the main plot is, and when the story thinks it's ok to throw a twist in at the end without solidifying what the primary conflict is, you know that I'm sitting here going, "I have no idea what's happening."
Characters have unknown connections that are so important that they react adversely to their deaths, decisions are made that don't make a lick of sense in regards to the potential canon (I say potential because I don't know a single law about this world), and things just happen because "oh right, we're at war."
Tropes take place that
have no value other than being tropes. Most notably, whenever someone dies, someone else says something profound in regards to their life, but since we never are shown anything about anyone, or anything related to character development, the whole thing is a ton of schlock.
I will give credit where credit is due. There are some tropes that had potential to be of real interest. A narrative shouldn't be reliant on tropes, but effectively use tropes in ways that haven't been experienced before. This is difficult, and it's the reason not everyone is a writer. To that end, this narrative is one such story written by someone who, quite literally, merely had the resources to produce his poor narrative.
No, I am aware of this film being a condensed version of a 3 part OVA, and that could be the cause of so many events that lack any value, but that doesn't disregard the issues that this film still holds.
Animation is fairly decent, but some scenes are incredibly dark, a few animations are repeated, and for some ungodly reason, instead of showing us the combat in a fluid format, we're treated to a lot of black background/slash animation cuts. They are kind of neat at first, but since they're shown over and over and over and over, it grows tiresome and I wonder if it's used for nothing other than laziness.
Settings all look the same and there's nothing to define one location from the next. Body proportions are a mess in the early section of the film.
Some of the songs are ridiculously dumb, one of the songs were really cool, and the sound effects themselves sounded fine. With monsters, I would have enjoyed hearing unique sound effects, but it would have been neat to hear something humbling or terrifying when the demons were in frame. A missed opportunity, that's for sure.
Oh man, it's just terrible. There's nothing here, nothing makes sense, and people just do stuff because reasons. Only one character has any real resolve in this narrative and even then, the way we learn it is so poorly executed, and the way it's used as the story moves forward is just pure crap. Holy cow.
The animation was kinda neat, the ideas thrown around during the film were so-so, but the execution of the entire product made for one giant mistake. I wasn't bored the entire time, but somewhere along the last quarter I found myself checking out. At that point, things happened that made no sense to me. I didn't really know why anyone was doing anything at that point. I was just confused. A real mess of a film if I've ever seen one.
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a LOT of ppl these days discard anime´s like this one, and i,m SICK of it. Everything in this anime masterpiece is HANDDRAWN, it was 1989 so what, this art belongs to the more historical anime with an good dark story to it and not so commercialized that ppl compare it to ninja scroll or other block busters! I like the oldskool animation as well and soundtracks in their really makes it like and samurai anime respectively, and YEARS before other samurai anime´s could make their entry , there was this ! and i enjoy it!
After watching Ninja Scroll, Ninja Resurrection, Basilisk or even Blood Reign, this is a piece of SH@T !! If you don't compare it to the above animes, it would be bad, but not as bad. Wether it's fair or not, you have to compare it to others that are like it and this maybe one of the worst. Hakkenden was even better. Animation wasn't very good and action was generic and not graphic at all. Ninjas cut people and it needs to be shown. Not fake red gashes and piss-poor blood sprays. Character development was there, but after about 20 minutes, I just didn't care
anymore. Being in the mood for a ninja anime, I put in Ninja Reurrection and was amazed at how much more interesting it was than this one.
I feel compelled to write this review because of the previous dislike review.
--Personal Back story--
As a young girl I grew up watching all the shows my eldest brothers enjoyed and brought home. One day my eldest brother Ira brought this movie home. Ira's favorite movies at that time included Ninja Scroll and many more action packed films. As a female finding a movie that is compelled to have a womanlike lead with sentiments and has influence you could only guess this movie appeal to me most.
--Personal Back story over--
First, the soundtrack to this film is phenomenon! Moving past that
you get a standard film in regards to a female lead with two male acquaintances. Each character shows signs of unpleasant back-story that manifest in various means. Regardless of what the others have stated previously, this film is a classic in its own rights and should be held to delicate regards.
All characters appear to come from strong family tides, which is to be expected in such genre. With all their villages destroyed the three main characters must work together to destroy their enemy. With the falsehood that occurs throughout this film one could only ask, “What will happen next?” Many will be lead astray and some where just plain outright selfish!
Of course with all this tension, one could only guess that sexual tension would transpire too. All three main characters must follow a similar fate, but in the end this movie shows friendship and compassion. I watched this this film when I was ten to eleven years old and I still love it today. I learned the Japanese song, "Not Up To/Red Nails" and used to sing it on my walk to school as a child. In closing, this is one of those older anime movies you enjoy for the story, action and music.
Favorite Character: Ranmaru, Mori
Favorite Track from 1st OST: Track 12: Stirrings of Legend
Favorite Track from 2nd OST- Track 4: Bloody Fight Staying Behind