Ninja Ryuukenden

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Synonyms: Ninja Gaiden, Ninja Ryukenden, Tale of Ninja Ryuuken, Ninja Ryu: The Dragon Sword Story
Japanese: 忍者龍剣伝


Type: OVA
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Nov 22, 1991
Producers: None found, add some
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: Studio Junio
Source: Game
Genres: ActionAction, Sci-FiSci-Fi, SupernaturalSupernatural, SuspenseSuspense
Theme: MythologyMythology
Duration: 48 min.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 5.661 (scored by 21702,170 users)
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Ranked: #107202
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Popularity: #8296
Members: 4,773
Favorites: 4


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On a dark, late night in New York City, Ryu is chased and attacked by assassins. After disposing of them, he finds an I.D. card for the Friedman Company. The next day, it is announced that Dr. Ned Friedman has discovered a cure for cancer. But after providing no information at his press conference, a reporter named Sarah decides to investigate with the help of her friends Robert and Jeff. When passing by Dr. Friedman's house one day, Ryu hears the voice of a young girl calling for help. When Sarah and her entourage investigate the house as well, they run into their colleague, Ryu. Upon that, they discover Dr. Friedman has been conducting experiments on live humans using biotechnology, and that it may have something to do with the power of the Evil Gods, whom Ryu had defeated in the past. But when Ryu's friend, Irene, is kidnapped, he must dawn his role as a Dragon Ninja once again to defeat this new enemy and save her.

(Source: ANN)


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Characters & Voice Actors


Kanbe, Mamoru
Oishi, Tatsuya
In-Between Animation
Inoue, Toshiyuki
Key Animation
Matsuda, Katsumi
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Ending Theme

"Call Me Again" by Yoko Kubota


Oct 4, 2019
I just had to watch this OVA after I beat the NES/Famicom trilogy which is famous for how hard it is. So I am biased about this one as a fan.

The OVA is a direct sequel to the first game picking up some time after the final battle against Jaqiuo. Though there are some minor changes like Irene not being a special agent or making Robert an "ex" soldier. They still do their jobs pretty well. Irene being a damsel in distress and Robert being a rad dude. And Robert has a few more buddies to hang out with. That is fair.

The story ...
May 25, 2008
Mixed Feelings
First things first, you have to remember that this anime is now 17 years old. The art style is definitely dated as well as the story line and action sequences. Also, if you could find a good release of this I'm sure it would help out immensely in your enjoyment of this anime. As a result, my review is a little biased since the version I was able to get my hands on looked to be a rip of an old VHS that was watched too many times.

Putting that aside, it is a decent OVA. Unlike most OVA's, at least now, it would appear ...
Jul 20, 2011
The NES Ninja Gaiden games are known for their high quality and challenging gameplay. They also don't have very complex stories, so you'd think a fifty minute adaptation would be able to provide a pretty good experience, if only for fans of the series. You would be wrong.

Let's start with the story. A scientist supposedly develops a cure for cancer, although this entire piece of information turns out to be completely pointless but I'll go into more detail about that later. Some reporters hear rumours that he's been performing unethical human experiments so they break into his house to find out that the rumours ...

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