Shuranosuke Zanmaken: Shikamamon no Otoko

Sword for Truth

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Alternative Titles

English: Sword for Truth
Japanese: 修羅之介斬魔劍 死鎌紋の男


Type: OVA
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Dec 28, 1990
Producers: None found, add some
Licensors: Manga Entertainment
Studios: Production Reed
Source: Novel
Genres: ActionAction, HistoricalHistorical, SupernaturalSupernatural, ThrillerThriller
Duration: 51 min.
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity


Score: 4.731 (scored by 19161,916 users)
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Ranked: #112302
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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, Tessyo


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
Feb 26, 2020
ktulu007 (All reviews)
This OVA film is notorious. It's regarded as one of the worst anime ever made, like Mars of Destruction. It was released in 1990 by Production Reed. That's right, the Nuku Nuku studio. It was based off of a Narumi Takeshi novel. So, let's see why this one is so notorious. 


We open with some soldiers out to hunt clandestine Christians when they find themselves being fed to the lions... I mean a tiger. The tiger is huge, being able to deflect their weapons and gulp up horses. It's only stopped by the arrival of an enigmatic swordsman named Sakaki Shuranosuke. His services are quickly secured read more
Feb 8, 2020
unimportantuser (All reviews)
Sword For Truth is a oh hell do I really have to do this? Sword For Truth is such a low effort OVA that was made in the early 90s that it barely deserves me giving an introduction. This review will be fairly short and low effort, as a dreadful piece of shit such as this doesn't deserve a high-effort review put into it. There may be some mild spoilers in this review, so read at your own risk (like it matters anyway).


The story of this poo poo revolves around our main man Sakaki who's a hired swordsman trying to rescue another clan's princess. That's read more

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