If you ask me which I prefer, Science fiction or Fantasy, my answer may or may not surprise you. Fantasy. Give me the meadows. The forests. The wonder. The spirit of adventure. With maybe a hint of magic. Ninja scroll has the woods. It has the trees. And it also has a
little lot of magic. To me, that’s the pieces you want to make an immersible, interesting action-adventure. Jubei Kimogami is our lead man, and he is arguably the most dry a hero you could ever want. He’s skilled, of course, but his exterior tends to be more dismissive. In deep, inside his character lies the heart of a true warrior. When his exterior is careless, and even self-centered, his interior is a self-less, passionate individual. His exterior does not seem to worried about the affairs of others. Until someone entrusts him with a special stone. He has a job now, and so we do see his disposition change slightly. His sense of honor and integrity glows within him, and he becomes more pressed to complete the task he is given. After all, the stone was given to him by a dying, half-man, half-beast creature. Things get stranger, when he finally does find what he is seeking. The light maiden? He’s suppose to give the stone to the light maiden. What if she doesn’t know she’s the light maiden? What if the stone (dragon stone) keeps attracting weirdo, creepy, vile ninjas from rival clans looking to obtain the stone themselves? Then what?
It’s not finished until the paint dries…
Well, thirteen episodes doesn’t quite seem like enough time to really make this work. The show has a beautiful, well animated gloss over it. The story contains some interesting “side quests” during the later episodes, but somehow seems rushed after the finale. Maybe it’s the last couple episodes themselves? Maybe I’m just hard to satisfy? One thing I’ve learned watching anime series like this? It’s usually a bit of both.