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  • Audio Rating: B
  • Video Rating: A
  • Packaging Rating: A-
  • Menus Rating: B
  • Extras Rating: N/A
  • Age Rating: 17 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: ADV Films
  • MSRP: 29.99
  • Running time: 100
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Ninja Resurrection

Ninja Resurrection

By Karen Cross     February 16, 2002
Release Date: November 16, 1999

The Review!
(More of an "anime review" than a "disc review" ;p)

Another Ninja movie starring that slashin' and thrashin' ninja boy, Jubei! The same fellow from the incredible Ninja Scroll in a new story (unrelated to his first animated tale)!! How could you go wrong?!..... Well, apparently very easily, but I'll get back to that in a minute.

First the good things about this release: The cover was pretty cool, as it showed off the great character designs by the same guy who did the awe-inspiring Giant Robo designs.... And, well.... Um, did I mention the cover?

You see, the picture may have been pretty sharp with only slight pixilation in one or two areas, and the Japanese audio track may have been nice and clear and had good sounding explosions and such (never mind the English track which sounded like it was recorded in a garbage can with all the accompanying reverberations), but the main reason I buy anime on DVD is for story and animation quality. Sadly, Ninja Resurrection was lacking both.

The plot was everywhere and nonexistent at the same time. The first episode made some sense and seemed to mainly be about bashing those pesky Christians who tried to pollute the Japanese minds with thoughts of peace and love..... and the birth of Satan ^o^. Don't worry, I'm still confused myself, and I actually watched the thing. It was fast and furious, but it left you wondering what the fudge all that gore and violence was about when halfway through we get a new main character with even less background then the first guy we were following (who I believe was supposed to be Christ reborn [who liked to use his heavenly powers to make giant snakes of stone to smite the evil ninja.... Don't remember that one from Sunday school]). Confusing, maybe, but what pushed me over the edge [of not liking it] was the choppy and really kinda crappy animation quality. The production values for this OAV were smaller than most TV shows I've seen in recent years.

After the first episode ended, I gave number 2 a try in the hopes that we'd get some back story and better characterization (like the Lodoss OAV and that release's first and second episodes)..... I almost stopped the disc on several occasions my head was hurting so much. This was the first disc I had bought that actually gave me a migraine from thinking about how much time and money I had wasted on it. The plot got stupider, some more annoying characters were introduced (Urgh! I detest that teenage ninja-in training!). A lot of supposed plot was thrown our way, but none of it stuck to the wall. And then, one fight scene (the only one that stuck out in the second episode) between a sole ninja-guy and a bunch of faceless minions showed me how totally uninspired this show was: When they all faced each other and were about to let the inevitable slaughter begin, a track ripped directly off of my Giant Robo OST 6 started to play. How hard can it be to make some new music?!?! I mean come on! Then an unnecessarily gory sex and birthing scene later (well, the sex may have been before, I was mentally dry-heaving at the thought of never seeing my $23 or the past 80 minutes of my life again by the end, so things are a bit blurry), and it was thankfully over.

The back of the amaray case says a lot: "To kill with sword, and with hunger, and with DEATH!", but it misses "And with boredom, and with stupidity, and with BAD ANIMATION AND PLOT!" @_@

Please do yourself a favor and avoid Ninja Resurrection in the name of good taste and storytelling.

Review Equipment
Sony Trinitron KV-24FV10 24" TV, Sony S530D DVD player, Sony 5.1 Surround Sound receiver/speaker setup R4600W (I luv Sony)


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