, known in Japan
as is a two-part original video animation
directed by Yasunori Urata.
The OVA series is based on Futaro Yamada
's novel Makai Tenshō
. Although based on the same source material, Ninja Resurrection
is not a sequel to the anime film Ninja Scroll
takes place in the Tokugawa
era, at a time when Christians in Japan were being persecuted
. The leader of the Shimabara Rebellion
, Amakusa Shirō
, hoped to resist the government forces attacking Christians like him but is assassinated.
Soon after, Amakusa's restless spirit returns to avenge his fallen comrades and is up to Yagyū Jūbei Mitsuyoshi
to put a stop to the demonic onslaught.
This anime was deceptively marketed in North America to appear as if it were a sequel to the popular anime Ninja Scroll
, although the two titles were made by different studios. It was given a similar English title and logo and took advantage of the fact that the lead character in both stories was named Jūbei. Largely because of the confusion this deception brought, Ninja Resurrection
carries the distinction of enjoying one of the worst reputations in American anime fandom. According to rankings ratings, and consistent negative reviews of many, Ninja Resurrection
is in the handful of titles truly scorned, critically. Its stylistic similarity to Ninja Scroll
and widespread distribution have brought it financial success in the United States.
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