Shuranosuke Zanmaken: Shikamamon no Otoko

Sword for Truth

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Alternative Titles

Japanese: 修羅之介斬魔劍 死鎌紋の男
English: Sword for Truth
French: L'Epée de Vérité
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Type: OVA
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Dec 28, 1990
Producers: None found, add some
Licensors: Manga Entertainment
Studios: None found, add some
Source: Novel
Genres: ActionAction, SupernaturalSupernatural, SuspenseSuspense
Theme: HistoricalHistorical
Duration: 51 min.
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity


Score: 4.701 (scored by 20892,089 users)
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Ranked: #124682
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Popularity: #7984
Members: 4,180
Favorites: 2

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Shurannosuke Sakaki is a masterless samurai with a razor-sharp katana and a cold-hearted personality. Whenever you see the mark of two crossed scythes on his back, death is sure to follow. Because of his exceptional swordsmanship, Shurannosuke is hired by the Nakura Clan to rescue Princess Mayu from the Seki Ninja. In this mission, he must use his full potential to survive the Seki Ninja's notorious henchmen.

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Characters & Voice Actors

Shuranosuke, Sakaki

Inoue, Kazuhiko

Princess Mayu

Sakuma, Rei

Imura, Daizen

Kishino, Kazuhiko


Sasaki, Run


Kobayashi, Kiyoshi


Fujita, Toshiko


Mizutani, Yuuko

Gunbei, Tashiro

Sugawara, Masashi

Utsuki, Kazuma



Genda, Tesshou


Takahashi, Naoko
Dezaki, Osamu
Director, Storyboard
Urakami, Yasuo
Sound Director
Wolskel, John


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Ending Theme

"Koibito to Yobasete: Let Me Call Your Sweet Heart (恋人と呼ばせて-Let me call your sweet heart-)" by Chikako Sawada

Nov 10, 2014
literaturenerd (All reviews)

Sword for Truth was widely considered by otaku during the 1990s to be one of the worst anime of all time! The infamy has died down and now it is simply unknown. It was released in the US under the title: Ninja Scroll 2. This is despite the fact that it was made before Ninja Scroll and has absolutely nothing to do with Ninja Scroll. A far more appropriate title would be: WHAT!? It is very appropriate that this was made during the 1990s, because you are going to say WHAT!? when viewing this pile of shit more often than Stone Cold Steve read more
Jan 17, 2009
animegorey (All reviews)
Cheap ass version of Ninja Scroll. That's all I could think of as I watched this and thought about the trailer I seen for this. How dare they compare this to NInja Scroll. Dub was boring and poorly cast, story is familiar at best, action and violence is cheap and generic. Don't let the trailer fool you. However, If your a fan of cheesy dubs and the horribly over-acted OVAs, this one's for you. Weak blood sprays and cheap character design really make for a low-budget looking title. Yet, as a fan of these types, I have this dvd in my collection. It's right there read more
Jul 27, 2010
Foolness (All reviews)
Contrary to animegorey's review, I actually found this to be better than Ninja Scroll but not so much because of the quality but because it's less fantasy and therefore comes much closer to the appeal of such shows as Fist of the North Star.

The biggest disappointment is that the ending disappoints when it could have been easily continued. Certainly the protagonists while not necessarily being special aren't very annoying compared to most other samurai films.

Not annoying might be underselling the characters though. The professional assassin feel of the characters carry this movie. That is, while normally the lack of character development is a detriment read more
Jul 30, 2014
vigorousjammer (All reviews)
Well, let me start off by saying that even though I went into this with really low expectations, this wasn't as bad as I was expecting it to be. There's some pretty decent moments here & there, but for the most part, it's still just kind of poorly made.

First off, the writing is terrible and sounds like something I would have came up with if I was 13, and was into nothing but pointless violence and pointless sex. That's all that happens in this movie. There's a very generic story that they have in there as well, but it ends up being less of a read more

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