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In the year 1580, Nobunaga Oda is on a warpath to obtain rulership of Japan at any cost, and ninja and samurai alike are banding together to try to put a stop to his tirade. But when the invincible warrior Ginnai Doma – also known as the Ninja Killer – enters the picture, more than just a little blood will be shed. It's up to Shishimaru of the Iga Ninja and other powerful fighters to take down Ginnai once and for all, but little do they know that aliens, cyborgs, and even strange technology are somehow involved!

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Name Role
Hideyuki MOTOHASHI Character Design
Takashi WATANABE Director
Yoshitaka ANZAI Music
Go NAGAI Original Manga Creator

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Black Lion sothis 8/10 Aug 19, 2007

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Bakumatsu Gijinden Roman

Bakumatsu Gijinden Roman

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While they have different plots and overall tone, both anime take place in historical Japan (albiet in different time periods) but have technology/elements that don't fit into the eras they are based on.  Bakumatsu Gijinden Roman isn't quite as in your face about it as Black Lion is.... until the last two episodes.  It's in the last two episodes that BGR really starts to resemble Black Lion (especially since there is a revelation about the admiral in BGR that is similar to that of the bad guy in Black Lion).  Both anime have flaws, but they are also quite entertaining.  BGR is more comical and lighthearted than Black Lion, and I concider BGR to be the better of the two since it has decent character development.  Still, if you liked one, you may get some enjoyment from the other.   

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Baoh

Baoh
  • Movie (1 ep x 48 min)
  • 1989

Ikurou is a young man with problems: after a terrible car accident, he was captured by a seedy organization and implanted with a parasite known as Baoh -- a creature which bestows superhuman powers on its host, especially when mortally wounded. While being transported by train, he is accidentally set free by Sumire, young a psychic girl, and the two make their escape. With more of his humanity slipping away by the minute, and the organization hot on their tracks, will the two escape with their lives, or simply cause a bloodbath along the way?

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Baoh and Black Lion are two of my favorite "so bad they are good" anime. Each has a laughable amount of gore, a ridiculous story, and overall makes you laugh out loud at how bad it is. If you liked one because of its ridiculousness, you MUST watch the other.

Crystal Triangle

Crystal Triangle
  • OVA (1 ep x 90 min)
  • 1987

In times of olde, God gave mankind the ten commandments, and a message that has been lost to the centuries. In the present, Koichiro Kamishiro is a modern day Indiana Jones who scours (and often destroys) ruins for hints of the past, until one day he runs across a box filled with two crystal triangles. Having inadvertently run across the key to God's lost message, Kamishiro suddenly has a lot to deal with including assassination attempts by the KGB and the CIA, aliens hell-bent on destroying the Earth and the love of several women!

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sothis

Crystal Triangle and Black Lion are so hilariously bad that they are awesome. Though, Crystal Triangle isn't nearly as PURE AWESOME or laugh-inducing as Black Lion by any means. Both have a combination of historical events and utter nonsense (such as aliens, demons, technology) that have absolutely no place in the story. Just don't take either of these seriously and you'll be in for a wild ride.

Ninja Scroll

Ninja Scroll
  • Movie (1 ep x 92 min)
  • 1993

Jubei Kibagami is just a wandering swordsman minding his own business... until fate lands him in the middle of a battle with the terrifying Devils of Kimon! Now the fate of all of Japan lies in the hands of a vagabond samurai, a deadly female ninja and a perverted old monk as they take on an enemy who is, literally, immortal.

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JAhU

Just watched, Black Lion and your disappointed?

Yes? Then you should watch Ninja Scroll, since stories of those two movies seam quite similar, but NS has much better animation and instead of aliens and cyborgs has demons based on japanese mythology.

No? Well, if you liked Black Lion, you'll love Ninja Scroll anyway ^^

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Psychic Wars

Psychic Wars
  • OVA (1 ep x 50 min)
  • 1991

Ukyo Retsu is a skilled doctor who wants nothing more than to be happy with his girlfriend and save lives. Yet after saving an elderly patient, Ukyo finds himself in a delicate situation -- he's been given psychic supernatural powers for use in destroying the King of Darkness and an evil demon army itself! Now, after being thrown 5,000 years in the past during the time when the legendary demon army once prospered, Ukyo must use his newfound abilities to stop the invaders from annihilating mankind's ancestors before the evil consumes not only the ancient tribes, but himself as well!

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sothis

Psychic Wars and Black Lion are two of my favorite "so bad they are good" anime. Each has a laughable amount of gore, a ridiculous story, and overall makes you laugh out loud at how bad it is. If you liked one because of its ridiculousness, you MUST watch the other.