Ninja Ryuukenden

Ninja Gaiden

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Alternative Titles

Synonyms: Ninja Ryukenden, Tale of Ninja Ryuuken, Ninja Ryu: The Dragon Sword Story
Japanese: 忍者龍剣伝
English: Ninja Gaiden
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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: 5.641 (scored by 25942,594 users)
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Ranked: #110732
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Popularity: #8380
Members: 5,388
Favorites: 5


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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)

Characters & Voice Actors


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


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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 ...
Mar 19, 2018
Mixed Feelings
"Of course you are excited by battle! We all love violence! We all love getting drunk! We all love sleeping with women! Some of us even enjoy sleeping with men! The point is that we are MANLY men and that is nothing to be ashamed of! Now lets go kill some fucking demons and celebrate with some fucking beer!"- Robert Sturgeon from Ninja Gaiden: The anime


So besides having one of the greatest speeches in anime history, why should you watch Ninja Gaiden? It is a fun, old school, schlock anime that knows exactly who its audience is and what it wants to be. If you ...
Jan 31, 2019
It's just a single episode story, and I just watched it maybe five hours ago.

I read through the story description/synopsis. I recognize some of the names. And that's about it.

In short, this anime was so exceptionally unexceptional, that even though I watched it mere hours ago, it's all a wash. I retained almost nothing from this. Nothing of interest -- at least nothing worth remembering.

At all.

Well, I guess the quality of the artwork and animation were decent enough. But what's the point if the story ...

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