Makai Tenshou

Ninja Resurrection

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Synonyms: Ninja Resurrection: The Revenge of Jubei, Makai Tensho
Japanese: 魔界転生
English: Ninja Resurrection
German: Ninja Resurrection
French: Ninja Resurrection
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Type: OVA
Episodes: 2
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Feb 27, 1998 to Mar 27, 1998
Producers: None found, add some
Licensors: ADV Films
Source: Novel
Genres: ActionAction, SupernaturalSupernatural
Themes: HistoricalHistorical, SamuraiSamurai
Duration: 40 min. per ep.
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity


Score: 5.451 (scored by 37193,719 users)
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Ranked: #119242
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Popularity: #7170
Members: 7,636
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Get ready for a nightmarish journey through faith and betrayal as the infamous Jubei Yagyu wields his deadly blades against the forces of good and evil alike. In an orgy of unbelievable savagery, the armies of the Shogun give no quarter as they ruthlessly slaughter their enemies. Trapped on the rocky isthmus of Amakusa, the faithful await divine aid as the demon stirs in their midst. Desperate for vengeance, a Child of Heaven becomes the emissary of Hell.

Tortured by visions of Amakusa's final hour, legendary swordsman Jubei Yagyu returns to his ancestral home seeking respite from the bloody duties of a feudal retainer. Life in the village of Yagyu possesses a serenity ill-befitting days of armed rebellion and unholy alliance. For Jubei the tranquility is far too transparent, and soon, chilling rumors reach him. Four dead heroes renew their claim to life, feeding on the fear and violence of the age. Forced to take up the sword once more, Jubei returns to the path of vengeance and damnation in Ninja Resurrection!

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Greenfield, Matt
Date, Kensei
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Ishikawa, Ken
Original Creator
Satou, Keiichi
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Aug 28, 2020
Ninja resurrection is based on Futaro Yamada's novel Makai Tenshō (魔界転生, 1967) Yagyū Jūbei Trilogy #2 - adapted to film in 1981, 1996 and 2003, to anime in 1997 and to various manga.(Wikipedia)

A lot of people has been lucky or unlucky to be exposed to Ninja Scroll before Ninja Resurrection, for the later ones, it drives them to root for Jubei's character on those series.

From my background the only precedent I had to Jubei was Samurai Shodown, where SNK does not land an absolute story to the character, and as a video game, everyone will have more flexibily adopt the character.

Ninja resurrection in my ...
Jan 18, 2018
Mixed Feelings
I knew nothing about Makai Tenshou except that a lot of people who had seen it were either disappointed because they thought it was a sequel to Ninja Scroll, or disturbed by the amount of violence and gore they had to endure in just two 35 minute episodes. Given that it only comprises of two episodes, I was expecting a short, straightforward and rushed story, like Curse of the Yoma or something, and that would have been perfect if that had been the case. Seems to me like they had more episodes planned but the reception was just so bad that they didn't ...
Jan 31, 2023
I'm going to say it right off the bat, Makai Tenshou or Ninja Resurrection is by far the worst anime I have ever seen. Sure there might be objectively worse anime out there from a visual or technical standpoint, but in terms of sheer repulsiveness Makai Tenshou by far the last anime I ever want to see again.

First things first this anime is NOT a sequel to Ninja Scroll, another gory 90s ninja anime that came out a few years before, despite the fact that the makers of Makai Tenshou intentionally styled the cover art the same way and named the main character Jubei ...

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