is a 2003 Japanese animated television series
based on Yoshiaki Kawajiri
's Ninja Scroll
. The series is directed by Tatsuo Sato
and animated by Madhouse Studios
The story takes place in feudal Japan and follows the adventures of Jubei Kibagami, a mercenary ninja who is given a duty to guard the Dragon Stone and to protect the Priestess of Light (Shigure) from the Hiruko Clan and the Kimon Shu. He is aided by the government spy Dakuan and the thief Tsubute.
- Jubei Kibagami
is the protagonist
of the show. He is a wandering vagabond ninja who wants nothing to do but rest until one day, he got himself involved in a battle between the Hiruko and the Kimon Clan. Later, one of the Hiruko Clan members gave him a Dragon Stone in which he must give it to the light maiden, Shigure. Now he is on an adventure to give the Dragon Stone to Shigure and to protect her from both the Hiruko and the Kimon Clan.
All her life, has lived in the mountains until her village was burnt to the ground by the Kimon Clan. Lost and confused, she doesn't know what to do until she meets up with Dakuan and Tsubute and realizes that she must go to the village of Yagyu. Shigure is known as the Light Maiden and is highly treasured by her fellow people.
is a sneaky mountain thief who ends up tagging along with Dakuan and Shigure and he tries to steal the Dragon Stone whenever he can.
One day, bumps into Shigure and Tsubute and decides to help... Read More