Set in Feudal Japan, Ninja Scroll is the tale of a wandering
ninja for hire (Jubei) who happens across Kagero, a ninja
poison-taster for one of the local clans. After saving her
from a sure death, he becomes entangled in a plot with the
Seven Devils of Kimon, who poison one of the nearby towns
to make it look like a plague has overtaken it so they can
sneak a shipment of gold out for the Shogun of the Dark. While
pursuing the Seven Devils, Jubei comes to realize that their
leader is the same man who he had decapitated many years ago
for betraying him.
From start to finish, this movie moves quickly and is packed
with quality action. The art and animation is top notch and
the story is deep and enthralling. The swordfights are a joy
to watch and the characters show a history and personalities
that are more than one-dimensional.
Anyone who loves ninjas or anything about Feudal Japan should
nab this video up quickly. It is probably the best ninja movie
ever to be animated.