Let’s be honest, if this didn’t have Batman and other DC characters in it, very few people would hesitate to call it a dumpster fire. The story is confusing nonsense, the action scenes are messy, the low framerate is headache-inducing, and the pacing is just a pathetic failure.
On paper, Ninja Batman's plot sounds like a fun time, but this film just skipped the whole storytelling process. To summarize the plot better than the film does: Gorilla Grodd created a time machine and now a dozen iconic DC heroes and villains are transported to feudal Japan. If Batman doesn’t stop the Joker, he will rewrite
history and they’ll all be trapped forever. Most of the screentime is on Batman and a few friends like Catwoman, Robin, and Alfred, all with spiced up character designs to resemble the time period.
With a plot as convoluted as this one, the audience needs to be able to understand what's happening at all times. Typically your average superhero flick would do what's necessary to hold your attention by slowing down the pacing during exposition scenes to clarify the story, of course with some cringy comic relief to ensure no one gets bored. It's not the most impressive form of storytelling, but it's at least functional. Ninja Batman opted to give us all the 'classic' cringy comic relief and very little of the typical formulaic storytelling. Instead, we're dropped into action scenes with the occasional catchphrase at the start and during fight scenes so we can gauge how important
At the beginning of the film, Batman is seen running around the side of a building, then suddenly we're in Japan and he's wearing a Samurai costume. Very little makes sense and the movie expects you to forgive it by tossing in a bunch of familiar characters. A desperate attempt to make you feel nostalgia, that is frankly so transparent it resembles a toy commercial. It's the definition of 'turn off your brain entertainment' but how can I if criticize and appreciate what the film does well if I'm not thinking about it??
This one wouldn’t be a problem if the action looked good, but it’s at best decent and at worst an eyesore. Right away you’ll notice it’s all in CGI, not even faces are drawn. Due to the overabundance of effects, individually animated objects, and a constant explosion of color it is very hard to keep track of what’s even occurring. While I can’t deny it looks good when it focuses on one set piece at a time, it is rarely content with simplicity. It wants very badly for you to be entertained, going so far as to vomit all over your screen to ensure you keep watching. The CGI used here isn’t bad on a whole, but the character models are noticeably on a lower frame rate from the rest of the film, which gives them a headache-inducing inconsistency. Showcasing the franchise's iconic heroes in their feudal costumes and wacky anime hairstyles is what this film cares about the most, but no amount topknots and katanas can distract us from the hideous janky character animation.
What’s worse is the voice acting rarely is synced with the 3D character models. This wouldn't have been such a distracting issue if the characters mouths had been drawn on, sadly chose the easier option. The English voice acting is mediocre at best, I would place it slightly below the modern DC cartoons. Batman sounds fine but nowhere near Kevin Conroy, only able to decently replicate his voice at a certain range and rarely given the opportunity to showcase talent. It’s clear the voice of the Joker was trying his best, and it comes through in his overdone performance, but he still has nothing on Mark Hamill. So if you’re dead set on watching Ninja Batman there’s that to consider, the voices of the many characters aren’t performed by the best actors.
At any chance the film gets it does try and cash in on nostalgia, always throwing random characters at you like Harley Quinn, Two-Face, Bane, Deathstroke, Gorilla Grodd, Poison Ivy, and of course the Joker. It doesn’t care if it makes sense that they’re all teleported to Japan, this movie wasn’t intended to be thought about but to be watched and forgotten.
The dialogue depends way too much on the characters' previous versions, rather than developing the characters it gives us recognizable catchphrases. Which means if you’re not a fan of the series you will be completely lost. No development beyond surface level characterization makes it very hard for us to care about any of them, which is largely the reason why the stakes are not tangible. It should have been exciting to watch but instead, it was just alienating and boring. At least the visuals were somewhat decent.
There were a few interesting ideas thrown into the mix to keep you from falling asleep. Halfway through, the film switches into a style similar to Masaaki Yuasa’s work where the visuals look hand-drawn rather than CGI, and it genuinely grabbed my attention. It wasn’t very visually appealing in its own right, but I appreciated the director trying to give us a reprieve from the CGI action.
There are a few references to past entries in the franchise, not that they made any sense being put where they were. Usually, it was a single catchphrase you've heard millions of times before just to distract you from the clusterfuck of a movie. The most notable reference was the ridiculous use of the giant mecha Voltron fighting against an equally sized mech in the shape of 1970s Batman. Nothing made sense, and it didn't matter really, at 60 minutes in I had given up expecting a well-made film.
Plenty of old jokes are dug up to be milked a bit more before they send them back to whichever better DC film they came from. The action is still a little bit exciting in all its visual disjointedness, but it’s leagues below any previous Batman movies it steals its jokes from. Even the latest DC dumpster fires looked better than this. There’s still fun to be had with it, just like you could have fun watching the equally terrible Suicide Squad, if you can forgive the horrible writing and messy directing.
Unless if you’re a big fan of the DC universe, avoid it.
Fantastic movie! This is my 1st review btw, SPOILER WARNING ALSO!
There were references and easter eggs from JoJos Bizarre Adventure, Gurren Laggan, Code Geass, Naruto, Black Lagoon, Cowboy Bebop, and even the 1988 Batman movie from what I gathered!
Very well done, although I wanted more then just 1 movie, here's hoping for a sequel!
Animation was great, it reminded me of what Borderlands 3 may look like whenever it gets revealed.
Effects were on fleek
There's quite a bit to say about the characters, There's most of all your favorite heroes and villains all in 1 85 minute movie with some unique changes. Bane was hilarious in
the brief scene he was in and 2 face was a total badass! And the Joker was a great villain as usual along with Grodd who was surprisingly played in big role in this movie. Never thought Catwoman would make such a great Waifu. The fights at the end could have gone on longer, but they had to fit it all into 85 minutes.
I came into this movie not expecting much and ended up getting a fantastic action packed joy ride with a great story and character development!
If you like action movies and or anime at all I highly recomment checking this one out and or buying the physical copy, TOTALLY WORTH IT!
Nothing atypical from the realms of DC when they are not actively implementing a propagandistic agenda (Endless resurrections, extraterrestrial invasions, the very conception of duela dent. Nothing too outlandish). In other words, a sentient gorilla sends all profitable DC characters back in time to Feudal Japan. Colonization ensues. All villainous characters transported back in time are now actively ruling sectioned states as feudal lords. Batman, meanwhile, has conveniently obtained back his batmobile, batfamily, and an entire "batclan" during this Feudal Farce. Nightwing dons Final Fantasy Cloud's hair for complimentary purposes while Red Hood's costume equivalent is a red basket which could cause the
wearer to become prone to imbalance, blindness, and uneven tan lines (strangely, this is the most efficient means when trying to conceal your identity). Over the course of this Feudal Fiasco, the villains thoroughly industrialize Japan with Batman successfully reverting this damage using jutsus. Yes, Batman used ninjutsu naruto style to create a batsengan and restore order. Diplomacy at its finest. The End.
Anyone here really a fan of the amalgamation between CG + japanese animation? I thought so.
They used their main score for the trailer. Kind of telling.
The character's hairstyles were the most compelling part of their personality.
Sometimes terrible art is so ridiculous it transcends all normative standards and thus inclines the individual suffering under such circumstances to ponder upon the metaphysical and begin to enjoy the absurd in proper Kierkegaardian virtue.
It is not one of the better animated projects from DC (Batman: the Animated Series, Under the Red Hood) and not as ironically entertaining as some other bizarre DC works (Batman: All Star).
Two months ago, Pop Team Team epic did their Batman vs. Joker crossover. One month ago, Dethklok animated music video series was continued with 'Batmetal Forever'. And today, Batman Ninja was released. Christopher Nolan was first bitch slapped in the face, then kicked in the nuts and now not even a 5-dimensional bookshelf can save him from the power of the new Batman Trilogy, and neither can it save you.
Batman is a manly man. This makes many people angry, so they decide to travel to Japan and kick his ass. Unfortunately for them, Batman is also a pretty bro person, so he calls his buddies
Lobin, Alveleddo and Naito Wingu (Robin, Alfred and Nightwing if you weebs don't speak Japanese) and ask "yo, wanna kick some ass" and they be like "cool" and then they do. That's pretty much the entirety of the storyboard. It's simply an amazing action packet. I can unironically say I love the idea above everything else Batman related.
I am really into that bro and manly stuff, but I occasionally also like that manly and bro stuff. This is a bit of both. Batman is pretty cool guy eh isn't afraid of any villain, and has abandont some of this moral faggotry which he is most famous for. Definitely a good call. This version of Joker is not exactly as talented in crossdressing as Jared Leto nor can clap his hands like Heath Ledger, but he damn cool alright, and shares the same smile with Heath for sure. Pretty much everyone is awe-inspiringly manly or sexy beyond belief. Especially Alfred who falls under both. Also, whenever he is on the screen I am afraid I will get murdered by him.
"This is my Work, you and me, we're nothing alike."
-Mizusaki Junpei to Christopher Nolan
When I am watching Baatoman Ninju I really feel like I am in a city which ownership is clear to all of its citizens. I am at the 16th story window looking how bunch of assholes beat each others with shurikens, swordos and all sort of ninjitsu arts. Pretty neat. The audiovisual execution is superb. Pretty much anyone can see that only right decisions were made during the making of Batman Ninja. The target audience was very clear from the start, and not even the PG-13 logo is enough to make this look lame or restrained. By that I mean there was no holding back and the available-for-all-ages has not limited the work.
Holy production values. I never knew an anime could look like a comicbook. The details are insane, yet never too much. Almost remind me of 'Katanagatari' where simplicity and complexity live in harmony. The characters design can be referred to with just about any praising adjective, and if CGI looked this good every time, I wouldn't have to call it nu-anime anymore.
Lead composer is Yugo Kanno. Expect Hollywood tier action wobs and declamatory drops. The voice acting is what makes this so badass and manly. Everyone is mature and no typical loli tsunderes are there. High pitched vocal range is banned.
Ever since I saw the Japanese dubbed version of airplane scene ("It would be extremely painful" - "You're a big guy" - ".... 4 u", I have been wanting to see something exactly as entertaining, and damn if Japan didn't deliver. I can recommend this to anyone who ever hyped it.
About as hot garbage as the DC movies in general lately, but for completely different reasons, because "Japan" - that means giant mechs and all the typical Japanese trope stuff.
Now that wouldn't be bad in and of itself. I'm even on board with the premise of going to feudal Japan with Batman. Good idea, could get crazy! But the way it was executed?! I can't write spoilers however, so I'll say this: the ending is so hilariously bad that I just can't help but laugh as I literally tear my hair out. It's so bad it's almost good, but then takes an additional load of
crap onto itself and makes it terrible again.
Artstyle? Good. Music? Awesome. Characters? ehhh, the Joker kinda saved the day. Story? "Oh, no!"
I've talked about some Marvel related anime before with Blade & X-men. It seemed about time I looked at something DC related. This film came out in April & June of this year with a screenplay by Nakashima Kazuki and relative newcomer studio, Kamikaze Douga, handling the animation. So, how well does it portray the Dark Knight? Will it surpass Mask of the Phantasm as the best Batman animated film?
We open with Bats headed for Arkham Asylum where the villainous Gorilla Grodd is conducting an experiment. Now, you may wonder why they would poach a villain from the Flash for this when Bats has such a
stellar rogue's gallery of his own. I don't know, because no one cares about the Flash since they de-powered Wally West. The result of the experiment is Batman, Catwoman, the Arkham inmates and some other people who were nearby being sent to feudal Japan where The Joker, Penguin, Two Face, Poison Ivy & Deathstroke become warlords. You may wonder why Deathstroke is in this when he's primarily a Titans villain and not insane so he should never have been in Arkham. Well, they poached him because no one cares about the Titans since the reboot gave it to one of the worst comic writers in history, Scott Lobdell. Yes, the same writer who portrayed Starfire as an emotionless sex robot. You may also wonder how his villains all learned to speak Japanese but don't worry about it. Grodd's time machine has a universal translator function like the TARDIS. And now Bruce has to reunite with his allies and stop his villains before they can change history.
The big issue with this film is that it tries to throw in random, out of place, stupid shit because it's popular in action anime. For example, the Gotham criminals all build giant robot bases that can combine into one massive giant robot base. Fortunately, the monkeys and bats are able to coalesce into a massive humanoid form to combat it. It is, no exaggeration, one of the dumbest action sequences you will ever see. There's also this ancient bat prophecy that the bat ninja clan follows which leads them and their massively conspicuous bat adorned vehicles to Batman. Because ninja were definitely known for their ostentatious displays.
Honestly, the final showdown in this doesn't make much sense either. They basically set it up as a duel with Batman, master martial artist and hand to hand combatant, against the Joker, a man who's dangerous because he's unpredictable but who has very little skill in hand to hand fights. Yeah, this film had literally three characters who could reasonably match Batman in hand to hand combat; Deathstroke, Bane & Grodd. They only used the Joker because he's the most famous Batman villain. Which isn't good form for a narrative.
They screw up quite a bit with the characters in this. First off, neither Deathstroke nor Bane should be here since they aren't the types of insane villains who would go to Arkham. They'd go to a regular prison. Neither one gets used well either. They have very brief appearances and do basically nothing. The same could be said for Two Face, Ivy and Penguin. None of them serve much point. The film could have been much cleaner and less cluttered sticking with Grodd, Joker & Harley. But let's talk about the various Robins for a moment. Honestly, there's no reason for any of these guys to be here. They do basically nothing but go off to have ten second confrontations with the villains who do nothing. And it seems really counter to Damian Wayne's character to have him befriend a little monkey.
Even the more major characters are off. The Joker doesn't come across as particularly crazy in this. Then we've got Bruce. There's this scene I actually kind of like where Bruce expresses uncertainty over how he's going to manage trapped in the past without any of his usual resources. And I'm all for Batman being more humanised and less of a Mary Sue who can beat anyone in the galaxy with a week to prepare. The problem is that his "solution" is that he needs to learn to move and fight like a ninja. This is freaking Batman. He already knows how to move in the shadows, how to use gadgets to obscure his presence and how to fight as a world class master in any martial art. Batman doesn't need to learn ninjutsu, he's already an expert. I like the idea of showing his vulnerable, human side but that execution is rubbish.
The film does look pretty good. Some of the action scenes are kind of bad, especially the giant robots versus combined animals one. It also does suffer from some dumb art decisions like giving Bruce a monk's hairstyle with a fucking bat cut into the middle. Even the goofy Adam West version would consider that too embarrassing. Still, the art style is pretty good, the film does have a nice visual aesthetic to it and when it has a strong action sequence, it does have a good spectacle to it.
The acting is pretty decent. Even without a strong script to work off of they did get some strong actors like Kugimiya Rie, Kakuma Ai, Ono Daisuke & Yamadera Kouichi. The music from Kanno Yugo is all right as well. It's not his best.
There isn't any. Don't expect the canon Harley Ivy relationship that they've had going in the comics for a while. Which is fine because this film probably wouldn't have done a good job with it, like they don't with most things.
Ninja Batman is a pretty pitiful attempt at showcasing the Dark Knight. It doesn't know how to use a lot of the interesting characters it has in its cast. It doesn't know how to tell a compelling narrative. Bottom line, it's a bad film that has some decent spectacle moments. My final rating is going to be a 3/10. Next week, Garo: Honoo no Kokuin.
Good Ol' Kazuki Nakashima. This is the madman that wrote Gurren Lagann and Kill La Kill. Now he has returned to tackle the DC comics universe and have his own run on Batman. Have you ever wondered what it would be like if Batman were as gloriously stupid and over the top as TTGL? Your wish has been granted!
Gorilla Grodd has invented a time machine and ends up sending the Batman Family and several of the Dark Knight's rogues' gallery back to feudal Japan. Why Nakashima went with Grodd when he is supposed to be a Flash villain, I honestly have no idea. Batman
and Grodd are the last to tumble through the time portal, so when they arrive the others have already been there for 2 years. The Batman villains have each created their own fiefdoms and are fighting each other for domination of Japan. Each of the Batman villains is using a giant, transforming robot castle to aid in their conquest. It is later explained that Grodd built these robots for them , but this makes no sense because Grodd arrived at the same time as Batman and they already had the robots when Batman arrived. Nakashima gives no fucks. Batman is aided by Alfred and 4 of the Robins: Dick Grayson, Jason Todd, Tim Drake, and Damian Wayne. Oh and Catwoman is also there. Together they must ally with a Ninja clan called the Bat Clan and defeat The Joker, Two-Face, Poison Ivy, The Penguin, and Deathstroke. So far this sounds like the kind of plot that would happen all the time in the goofy Silver Age of comics, but Nakashima soon adds his own unique touch. We soon get scenes like Damian Wayne summoning all the monkeys in Japan and having them randomly fuse into a giant Bio-mech monkey. The Bio-mech monkey then fuses with all the bats in Japan to form a giant Adam West Batman. Sadly they don't end up throwing galaxies at each other, but I'm glad Nakashima still has his old genius. Batman defeats the bad guys, everyone goes back to the present, and this will NEVER be referenced again. The End.
Nakashima's take on Batman and the Joker isn't too bad honestly. The only characters that felt really off to me were Damian Wayne and Deathstroke. Then again, US Comics change writers so often that no characters are honestly that consistent. Scott Snyder Batman is not the same character as Frank Miller's Batman, who is entirely different from Tim Burton's Batman. All of them are named Bruce Wayne and have the same basic background, but their personalities, relationships, the way they talk, etc is all completely different. Nakashima clearly had fun writing these characters and his fun is actually infectious. It seems he does have a decent familarity with the DC Universe. This actually makes sense. Have you noticed that TTLG is basically just a comedy version of the 80s comic Crisis on Infinite Earth's? In that comic, a super powerful being called The Monitor is willing to use any means necessary to save the Universe from a powerful being called the Anti-Monitor. The Anti-Monitor comes from a universe of all anti-matter and wishes to destroy the positive matter universes. In TTLG, the Spiral King wishes to use any means to stop the Anti-Spiral from destroying the universe. The Anti-Spiral comes from an alternate universe that produces anti-spiral energy whereas life in our universe produces spiral energy. Yeah...I think Nakashima might be a DC fan.
The art is honestly the weak point of the movie. This is that same shit CG as Berserk 2016 and this was produced by the Studio that brought us Pop Team Epic. Yeah...it's pretty bad.
This is a classic Nakashima anime. It's fucking stupid as all hell, but it's fun. Also this time he doesn't have a massive budget or his pal Hiroyuki Imaishi to help him out. While I still consider Kill la Kill and TTLG to be obscenely overrated, I've gained a new respect and affection for Nakashima. It takes a certain kind of genius to make stories THAT stupid and ludicrous. His writing is honestly quite unique and I look forward to his next work.
I'll preface this by saying a) I watched the English version, which apparently has an entirely different script than the Japanese and b) I haven't seen much of other Batman Animated movies so I don't know if they are all supposed to be like this.
That being said:
TL;DR - This is worse than Suicide Squad.
Maybe this is supposed to be a fun, gimmicky popcorn flick with quirky anime-batman hybrid redesigns and moments, but this was just too much.
Story: absolutely nutty - problems arise and are solved at complete whims and deus ex. Here's an example (spoilers). The batman villian's combine their mecha castles to
convert into a mega amalgamation a la Super Sentai. Damian Wayne as monkey robin summons an army of monkeys to fight it. They, too, combine into a mega monkey mecha, but it's not enough. The bat clan arrive, and actual bats reinforce the monkey mecha into a Bat mecha. Now the villians' mecha can be defeated. What the fuck?
Everything is either rushed or a complete waste of time. At one point, Joker and Harley """""die""""", then pretend to be normal for about 5 minutes, and then, surprise, come back last minute into the final battle. Why even bother with the middle part? It offered no suspense, it wasn't a real twist at the end, and didn't prop up the Joker as a bigger antagonist than before.
The story is filled with stupid decisions like this. Basically every smaller narrative arc is a waste of time, and ultimately makes the whole story a waste.
Art: Slightly better than RWBY, and definitely not as bad as Berserk 2016. Also, there is a section where they switch animation styles which is mostly well-done. There's some bad rotoscoping at that section, but overall it was a nice change of pace. Setting and character designs were also good. Overall, if you wanted to watch something because it looked good, I wouldn't recommend this movie, but it can be interesting at times.
Sound: Sound design is relatively poor and sometimes the film is just completely silent (and not in the introspective or subtle kind of Mushi-shi way, it just seems they didn't have anything to put there).
Characters: It's a rehash of the archetypal batman vs joker dynamic, except worse. Batman tries to grow as a character and what he does is completely overshadowed by how the problems are resolved. Also, we don't spend anytime trying to ease our way into character development. Rushed as poorly as the whole story.
Enjoyment: At times, it's stupid fun, other times, it's just stupid.
Overall: Hard pass. Watch if you are want to see "samurai" batman and friends. Otherwise, it's a waste of time.
I overall liked this movie. Characters and story are fun and interesting, art is beautiful and it refrences feudal Japan and Batman comics quite well and music is good fit for this series as well (for similar reasons as artstyle). But where this series looses points in my eyes are pretty much all action scenes.
During action scenes there was too much noise on the screen and thus it was hard to follow what was happening during action scenes. After pretty much every action scene I was like: "Yep.. some things happened during that scene. Although I don't know what excactly". Also what made those
action scenes bad where nonsensicle reveals during them. Okay.. Now we have robots. Okay they had managed to build a submarine. Okay. Instead of reveals like that I would have liked to see more strategy during fights (f.e using different fighting styles or techniques during fights, more ambushes and backstabbing during fights etc.). Currently it felt like most reveals came out of the arse. Now everyone is immune to influence of Grogg, and suddenly everyone who is evil is not. Such reveals seriously dampered suspense. Because this ova was quite action heavy, low quality of action scenes seriously lowered my overall score of this series.
That is why I give this series 6/10. Eventhough this series (especially outside
the action scenes) was quite well made.
Superheroes are inherently silly. Every serious superhero is just twisting the idea
of an actual classic heroic figure.
Batman is literally a guy that dresses up like a bat to fight criminals, uses bat-themed weapons, driving a bat-themed car, motorcycle and flying a bat-themed plane. Does that seem realistic to you?
Batman is silly, so why can't there be a silly movie about Batman? If more people were to accept that idea, this movie wouldn't be this overhated. It's not your ordinary Batman film but it's not trying to be. Who the hell expected a serious story from the guy that created Kill la Kill and wrote Gurren
Lagann? Anime was made to be fun, the same goes for comics, so why does everyone think both mediums should be realistic, deep and dark? There's nothing wrong with these kinds of stories, but there should be room for all different kinds of them.
"But it doesn't make any sense", is probably something that a lot of people will think here, and they're all right. To pretend that Ninja Batman has a sensical and coherent plot is simply wrong. But the script directly enables the movie to be as awesome as it is. Its lack of serious tension is what allows it to create mindless fun. But unlike TTGL and KLK, which are both series, it's nigh impossible to create both mindless fun and a coherent plot simultaneously without having to reduce the strength of one of the elements.
The character designs alone would make this a really good-looking movie. But combine that with the stunning combination of CGI and handdrawn animation and you get a outstanding visual presentation. From amazing CG mechs to beautifully crafted handdrawn character acting, NB uses pretty much every style imaginable and excels at all of them.
Nothing special, does its job well enough but isn't memorable at all. Jokers VA was awesome though, probably the biggest reason as to why I enjoyed his character.
Basically no one acts like they're supposed to. Most characters have been changed to allow for the most potential fun, which, like I have already stated, is what makes this movie so great.
Turn off your brain and you'll have an amazing time, I promise!
This movie is amazing, I loved it. I'm a huge fan of both the Batman characters and Japanese culture and this movie is a beautiful explosion of both. With lots of actual beautiful explosions. The art is fantastic, and the music is gorgeous. Now that I've got that out of the way I can say why other people might not love it as much.
The main idea is that the main characters in Batman get sent to feudal Japan. The characters that get focused on are Batman, Catwoman, Joker, Harley Quinn and Gorilla Grood. I'm certain that the only reason other characters are there
is because the people who made this movie liked them.
The writers assume that you already know who the characters are. Now that I think of it, there is no mention whatsoever of any character's backstory. So if you don't know who the comic book characters are like Red Hood, Nightwing, and Red Robin you might be confused (I don't know how many times I've tried to explain that there's multiple Robins to my parents).
I don't know what to say about the story. It's barely there. Anything that happens is just an excuse for more crazy fight scenes and such. They try to connect everything at least, and there's a reason for things happening. Sure the reasons might be stupid but at least they're reasons.
So in conclusion I loved it mainly because I'm the exact type of person this movie was made for. If you are also that type of person I absolutely recommend it. If you aren't well then you might still enjoy it if you can accept the mindless beauty.
The art and the animations are great. It seems really odd at the beginning, but the amount of details is incredible. The characters look amazing and the whole film has that ancient Japan look to it.
The story is a bit trash, to be honest though, but what do you expect from the "Batman and all the others time-travel to feudal Japan to become ninjas" anime? Very light spoiler ahead! My main issue with the story was that Power Rangers stuff in the middle of the film. You know when you'll see it.
Still, everything else was very good. I think the creators did a really good
job bringing Batman to anime. It's really hard to review this without spoilers, but I think you should definitely check out the Ninja Batman movie.
What a surprise at how well Japan is able to do Western Batman. Being able to juggle all the Batman mythos is an incredible feat. You can see the love put into making this movie, this isn't some multi-movie deal hoping for a billion dollars that has to lower the bar to appeal to the least common denominator and appeal to the widest audience. This is a movie made by fans for fans.
The designs of the characters are all top notch, blending ancient Japan and Gotham seamlessly. The characterization is also perfect! Every character acts exactly how the biggest comic book reader should expect them
to. Can't say enough about how well this was put together, truly a memorable hit.
Fantastic movie! Never expected such a movie. When I first saw the titel I couldn't believe. And thought by my self its going to be a boring movie. But at the end it was very enjoying too watch. SPOILER WARNING AHEAD!
From what I gathered! There were some references from JoJos Bizarre Adventure, Gurren Laggan, Code Geass, Naruto, Black Lagoon, Cowboy Bebop, and even the 1988 Batman movie.
Very well done, it was your typical batman animation.
Animation was great to watch. Very smooth, and the art style at 'Jokers memory loss' scene. Was very impressive.
The soundtrack was beautiful, very enjoying, Even during the battle scenes,
the soundtrack perfectly matches the moment.
There's quite a bit to say about the characters, There's most of all your favorite heroes and villains all in 1 85 minute movie with some unique changes. Bane was hilarious in the brief scene he was in and 2 face was a total badass! And the Joker was a great villain as usual along with Grodd who was surprisingly played in big role in this movie. Never thought Catwoman would make such a great Waifu. The fights at the end could have gone on longer, but they had to fit it all into 85 minutes.
And I even think that each character played a roll as each of the Feudal Lords at the time of Oda Nobunaga.
I came into this movie not expecting much and ended up getting a fantastic action packed joy ride with a great story.
A combination of a great superhero in a great medium, Batman Ninja made for an entertaining romp, giving something for both fans of the character and anime to enjoy.
The story is pretty straightforward, focusing mostly on the Batman vs Joker part. Everything is fast paced and seems to be fuelled by the Rule of Cool (as expected from the writer of Gurren Lagann and Kill la Kill), making for some truly awesome stuff going on. Rarely does the story waste time or stretch things out, keeping me entertained from beginning to end.
Speaking of entertained, while some might be sceptical about the CGI, the
blend between this and the drawn art is stunning. The action is well-directed and fluidly animated and since most of what’s happening is action, I feel blessed.
Now, as for the characters, the people behind the scene stayed true to the source material, letting them keep their quirky personalities. Although most of the side characters don’t get a lot of time to shine, this doesn’t take away from the overall story.
To top it off, the music does a fine job of underscoring scenes, making the dramatic scenes more dramatic and creating more hype during the fights. As for voice actors (in the dub, maybe I’ll edit this when I’ve seen the sub), they deliver pretty good performances. I have to give a special mention to the Joker, whose voice seems more hammy than I’ve heard before.
Well, I most certainly had a fun time with this one. Definitively, I’d recommend it. If you’re a fan of Batman like me, watching Batman Ninja is a must.
First attempt at a review here so bear with me. Also spoiler alert for the movie.
Ninja Batman is essentially what would happen if Batman was an anime instead of a comic. So with all the hype and famous names from the anime industry how does it end up doing?
The story starts of fine with a somewhat grounded approach.It starts off at Arkham Asylum with Batman and all the villains there. Grodd having built a sort of time machine ends up sending everyone back in time into Feudal Japan. So now Batman with all his sidekicks has to fight a good chunk of his rogues gallery
in Japan without any of his tech except the Batmobile (which gets destroyed pretty early on) and some other stuff like the Grapple Hook.
Batman eventually ends up leading his own army versus Joker and the rogues gallery. There is also this clan in Japan which has awaited the prophecy that foretold the coming of Batman at the time of destruction and so they end up joining Batman and his sidekicks.
The final part is where the movie ends up falling apart. It transitions from a somewhat grounded approach to a mecha anime. Batman ends up getting his own mecha where a bunch of monkeys and bats end up combining with each other to make a Batman mecha which looks like the classic Batman(a pretty cool reference but it looks so out of place that it ends up being stupid). Meanwhile all the side villains Harvey,Grodd,Two face,Deathstroke,Penguin and Deathstroke end up getting their own mechas which eventually fuse into one giant mecha leading to the final battle.It's like the production team gave up at this point and just did whatever they felt like without thinking much about the overall narrative of the movie.
-Art and Animation
Ninja Batman decides to go for a CGI approach rather than a traditional approach. However it looks surprisingly great for the most part. The action sequences are great and the characters, the Joker especially look brilliant. Batman himself looks great as well. All in all animation and art stays consistently great throughout the anime. Although halfway through there is a point in the anime where they completely switch the art style for a small section. Even though it looks great even at that point this change ends up being jarring because of how sudden it is and how different it looks compared to the CGI. Other than that though it's great.
This is one of the better parts of the movie with some mixed bags. Some of the characters are really well executed here. It is clear that the studio clearly understood what the core of these characters were. The Joker especially is done really great here. He's just as insane as he should be. He has the same charm that the Joker has in the original comics and he remains consistently great throughout.
Harley Quinn and Catwoman are also done justice. The side cast however hardly gets any screentime which is a shame when you think about the potential characters like Deathstroke and Harvey have. Most of the rogues gallery don't get any kind of screen time let alone any development. They're just there to move the plot forward.Batman's sidekicks are treated much the same. Even though they are important characters to the story unlike the rest of rogues gallery, they're not given much attention either.
Batman on the other hand is a mixed bag. At times he's done really well. Particularly towrads the end of the film where his fight with Joker concludes and he throws Joker down into a pit of flames but ends up saving him before Joker lands. But at times Batman can be a bit dumb and bland here. He ends up getting fooled twice and I find it hard to believe Batman would get deceived by Grodd as easily as he did. All in all the side characters are mostly ignored but the movie gets some characters particularly Joker right.
This is where I think Batman Ninja ends up being successful. As a fan of Batman I ended up having a lot of fun and found myself entertained throughout. Even with the story being a complete mess it was enjoyable to watch Batman in Japan fighting Joker and the rest of the cast being there added to the experience as well. If you go in expecting a dark gritty tale you probably won't enjoy much about Batman Ninja. But if you want a fun time with some crazy over the top good looking action Batman Ninja will more or less serve that purpose
In conclusion Batman Ninja ends up being a fun ride despite all it's problems. It definitely wasn't what I expected it to be. Batman Ninja is a fun concept that was failed in execution. If you want a well made Batman movie this isn't going to deliver that but if you just want a Batman story to kill some time this is definitely worth checking out.
I can't believe anyone green-lit this, it takes all the tropes of a JUMP anime and smashes it into one convenient unintentionally hilarious package.
The voice acting is overboard. The cuts are abrupt. The hairstyles are hilarious. Everyone makes alliances of convenience you wouldn't normally see in universe. The plot is so contrived, and doesn't really make a whole lot of sense- but that's nothing abnormal for an OVA DC movie. There are lots of explosions which pad the area you would normally expect to see any plot or character development. It seems to
somehow have both a tenuous grasp of both the European and Japanese cannon.
Batman Ninja is a popcorn movie that tries to do a lot of things with a lot of characters. While there are a plethora of ideas for characters, conflicts, and theming, none of them really get developed into anything more than mere story beats. What you're left with is several extremely entertaining set-pieces that are laughably absurd, but without any real meat to them.
If your goal is to spend 90 minutes in fun anime and cartoon clichés, mustache-twirling villains and all, you've come to the right place. If you are looking for something that's not as shallow as a puddle, you should look elsewhere.
tent and light a bonfire, because we've got some serious camp here.
The movie itself, the story and the characters are not great or outstanding. But in my opinion who makes the movie so damn good, is of course that Batman is in it and also Catwoman, Robin, Red Robin, Nightwing and others this give it a plus. Also the 3D animation is the best I have seen so far, it is extremely well finished, the sound effects makes it even greater and the art itself of the movie is a great union between Japanese manga and an American comic.
In the other hand, the plot is not more than an
old mecha anime oversaturated of silly mecha fights and a little bit of jutsus (at the very end).
To finish for me was a little bit stupid when some monkeys and some bats they build a giant old costume Batman, that was definitely weird.
For those of you looking for a deep story this is not the film for you. This is more like a short comic book story turned into film.
As an anime and and DC fan It was exactly what I expected from the trailer. The film takes place in warring states japan era, but takes the technology known from the other characters to create a wild and wacky buildings.
The film understands its a DC film but also that its an anime giving references to others.
The joker in the film is done very well and is exactly what you would expect.
Best advice is
watch a little bit of the trailer and see whether its for you.