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Ninja Scroll

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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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Ninja Scroll: The Series TV 2003 Same Franchise
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Yutaka MINOWA Character Design
Yoshiaki KAWAJIRI Director
Kaoru WADA Music
Yoshiaki KAWAJIRI Original Anime Creator
Haruo SAI Producer
Masaki SAWANOBORI Producer
Shigeaki KOMATSU Producer

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Oboro, a naive, love-struck girl, is pledged to Gennosuke, an idealist. Both are successors to opposing ninja clans with a long history of hatred kept barely in check by a covenant of peace. Just as the two vow to reconcile the clans with their marriage, the shogun orders the feud to resume in order to resolve an internal struggle that threatens to tear the Tokugawa shogunate apart. Even worse, Oboro and Gennosuke themselves are forced to lead their clans in battle. Can the star-crossed lovers resist the brutal circumstances and remain true to their love as the death toll rises?

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Both Ninja Scroll and Basilisk are about feuding clans set in the era of the ninja. The line between good and evil is blurry in both series as viewers witness the tactics of each clan. If you like one then you will like the other.


Basilisk is another great ninja series that was based on the same graphic novel as Ninja Scroll, and is about two villages of ninjas. While Basilisk's story is totally different I will admit that some characters are re-used with similar powers. Though it's important to note that Basilisk is totally unrelated to Ninja Scroll.


Basilisk and Ninja Scroll are both serious ninja anime that have plots with depth and a multitude of characters with unbelievable ninja skills.


Both NS and Basilisk feature skilled ninjas, violent one-on-one combat, and fairly straightforward stories. The characters are simple, but the action is awesome.


When its alla bout ninjas and theyre supernatural special abilities like turnin into shawod or something like that.

Ofcourse we need war an good lookin ninjagirls too.


Both are ninja series where sacrifices need to be done because of a war involving the main characters.

In both you will be able to find a lot of action and death, in a fight between ninjas with super powers (or should i say demonic powers? o,O)


Some of the characters in both of these animes, are just plain CREEPY. I find the fighting style for both shows is very similar, usually 1 on 1 "Hi-yah!" Ninja action, with all that beautiful gore and intense animation we all love. If you're into battles of ninja clan, and morally questionable enemies, Ninja Scroll/Basilisk is here to ease your weary head.


If you have seen either Ninja Scroll or Basilisk, odds are you will like the other. Both stories involve a power struggle between opposing forces. Both have unique and interesting characters with a variety of different powers. In both the deaths are quick and brutal.


You will love them both for they are so similarily alike. Not only do both stories evolve around the same time period and context, but they both feature ninjas from the same clans with awesome super powers. The great apparent difference, besides the obvious storyline diversities, remains the fact Ninja Scroll is about a single warrior defying evil, while Basilisk contains a more in depth characterization of a vast amount of personalities.


Both revolve around Samurai fighting against enemies with supernatural powers. All enemies in each have unique abilities and the shows put a lot of emphasis on how they're dispatched. Most importantly both are violent and feature plenty of Gore for the fans.


Bloody violence, ninja's, great fights, strange powers and interesting characters: these are the ingredients for both Ninja Scroll and Basilisk. Basilisk is of course longer and has a bit more drama, but I am certain that if you like one, you will like the other.


Both of these series involve feudal Japan and ninja, and are both full of mature content, and gratuitous gore. 


These are two similar ninja stories, both having good animation and action that targets an older audience.


Both stories revolve around that feudal era of ninjas and stuff. You like one you will like the other, basilsk is more romeo and juliet with its story and rival clan hatred but both are in the same category

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Born beneath the gallows tree from which his dead mother hung, Guts has always existed on the boundary between life and death. After enduring a terrible childhood, he spends his adulthood in brutal combat, pitting his strength against others in order to build his own. Life is simple enough for Guts until he meets Griffith, the inspirational, ambitious, and beautiful leader of the mercenaries, the Band of the Hawks. When Guts loses to Griffith in a duel, he is forced to join the group, and, despite himself, finds a sense of camaraderie and belonging amongst them. However, as Griffith leads his soldiers from victory to victory, the bloody wars and underhanded politics reveal a side to him that nobody quite expected. Can Guts, a simple warrior, defend those who have come to mean the most to him, all the while struggling not to lose to the darkness he has carried with him his entire life?

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Ninja Scroll features many cool fight scenarios with dangerous adversaries, and Berserk is every bit as creative in putting the protagonist in a tough spot. The fans of the well-done violence and compelling plot of Ninja Scroll will enjoy watching Berserk

Ninja Scroll is probably one of the most violent anime movies I've ever seen. It has about the same action level as Berserk, but it's not AS depressing. If you liked one of these anime, give the other a try.

Probably the only other series I can think of which rivals the amount of violence and gore. Both Ninja Scroll and Berserk are full of violence, though, in very different settings. Ninja Scroll revolves around samurai, while Berserk is feudal mercenaries. Both get a bit weird, and suck you in. Berserk definitely gets you a bit emotionally (perhaps because of the full series length, instead of simply one movie), but Ninja Scroll is still quite entertaining.

Both Berserk and Ninja Scroll are blood fests with a plot; you very rarely see the two combined so well. Generally blood can easily take the place of a good story. Jubei and Gatts have very different attitudes toward the whole thing but that's what makes the connection all the better, it's like watching how two different people would handle a similar scenario.


Both Ninja Scroll & Basilisk would appeal to the type of viewer who enjoys anime with violent, highly skilled, non-typical protagonists who fight more for pleasure than duty. Equally great looking anime, full of action and attitude but a certain something which makes them top of the action list.


Both Ninja Scroll and Berserk feel quite similar with their gritty 90s interpretation of medieval life, mixed with mysticism, demons, and lots and lots of swordplay. Gory, action-packed, and yet full of very good characterisation, they will give you that similar sense of being excited and yet satisfied on a deeper level. Definitley try one if you liked the other.


The rogue ninja theme is prevalent in both of these anime. Both are fairly gory, and are geared for the adult crowd. Berserk has more longevity to it, as it is a series, but Ninja Scroll does an excellent job of moving through the story.


Ninja Scroll may lack the epic qualities of Berserk, but in terms of action sequences and visual design they go hand in hand. Both feature plenty of battles enhanced with buckets of blood and severed limbs. Both can be occasionally crude in the form of sudden sexuality and somewhat explicit rape. But more than anything they are both classics in the world of Anime that deserve to be seen. If you like one of these, don't forget to watch the other. If you do, you shall perish in Lolicon hell!

Rurouni Kenshin: Tsuiokuhen

Rurouni Kenshin: Tsuiokuhen

Himura Kenshin was a boy orphaned by the murder of his parents. Now he is the Hitokiri Battousai, the most feared and skilled killer in 19th century Japan. In the midst of a blood bath, he meets the love of his life, Tomoe. Will he continue to fight his enemies in a killing rage or will she sheath his bloodstained sword?

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Similar kind of samurai/ninja setting. More interesting plot and some very beautiful visuals and music.
if you did like Ninja Scroll the you should like Rurouni Kenshin - Samurai X (Trust and betrail). both got this very neet fighting sceens and alot of blood, but also a cute love storie. both is plaied in old Japan. Kenshin is more real than Ninja Scroll because the "evil" guys in Ninja Scroll have lots of veird powers, while in Kenshin there is most swordfighting.
The Kenshin OVA and Ninja Scroll share more than just a ton of violence. A lead male character, who is determined to win the battles with his enemies dominates both of these features. Kenshin OVA definitely is a lot more emotional and beautiful, while Ninja Scroll appears grittier because of its age. Ninja Scroll also is a bit cheesier, with wacky monsters and random things that make you groan in a bad way (like the often shown bouts of random sex). I do think each of these would be loved by you, if you liked the other.
Both are violent and emotional animes, set in somewhat similar settings. Though Kenshin is a bit more emotional you cna't help but get the same feel from these two.
Great ninja movie for fans of the Kenshin OVA. Violent and dark story. Very historical aspect to both.

Katanas aside, these anime are to be viewed by someone who can appreciate well choreographed fighting sequences then feel the need for reason behind the blood-shed, never getting a straight answer but enjoying the ride there. Both are a pleasurable watch with a historically appeasing storyline (Kenshin more so) and a romantic sub-plot. And although Ninja Scrolls is by far the more violent and less realistic of the two it is compelling never the less.


Both of these anime involve violence, whores, and more violence. Rurouni Kenshin is much better in terms of plot and character whereas Ninja Scroll does a good job of creative goryness, but both are enjoyable anime. Ninja Scroll should definitely not be watched by kids though!


These are both epic war stories set in the samurai period. These splendidly animated masterpieces are sure to delight fans of the genre.


Afro Samurai

Afro Samurai

In a futuristic and wild west-inspired Japan, there are only two rules: the Number 1 rules the world and only the Number 2 can challenge him; these ranks are worn with pride in the manner of headbands. In these harsh times, Afro is a samurai who is on a mission for revenge – an evil gunman killed his father to become the Number 1, and it’s up to Afro to take him down in a shower of blood and entrails. He has mastered the art of the sword and become Number 2, but many others want to hold his title and the title of Number 1 for themselves. With competition and sword fights at every turn, can Afro finally exact his revenge?

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Both Afro Samurai and Ninja Scroll are action-packed anime with lots of katanas and blood. Both also have a little ecchi side in the shape of deadly beauties. The character design is also a bit similar; there are three main characters:  the unbeatable samurai, the pervy grandpa, and the sexy ninja.


Afro Samurai and Ninja Scroll have very solid and fluid fight scenes and don't hold back on the gore. They have the same concept of having multiple warriors, each with their own special ability, in the hero's way, and an ultimate villain that's very hard to kill. There's even a love interest that's more than she appears to be in both, and a requisite sex scene.


Whenever I watch a show that consists of a badass with a sword, I expect awesome action and lots of fighting. Both of these shows deliver in this regard. The motivation of the protagonists are different, but both Jubei from Ninja Scroll and Afro from (you guessed it) Afro Samurai provide fight sequences that are long remembered. Any fan of action and sword fighting should watch both Ninja Scroll and Afro Samurai.


As well as a shared Samurai theme, Ninja Scroll and Afro Samurai boast a magnitude of bad attitude, skilled fighting sequences with inhuman bouts of skill and distractions of the female persuasion...


Both afro samurai and ninja scroll are action packed, katana filled blodbaths. They contain fluid fight seens with similar styled characters and plots involving the ultimate samurai warriors.


Both Afro Samurai and Ninja Scroll incoporate lots of samurai and ninja action at every turn, highly entertaining stunts and battles, and a variety of unique antagonists to be defeated. Being older, Ninja Scroll is not as stylistically accomplished as Afro Samurai, and I must say Afro Samurai is also grittier and gorier, but if you liked one, you won't go wrong with the other.


These are both well animated entries in the samurai genre that rate poorly.  Mature storylines and elaborate action scenes are sure to please fans of the genre.

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Sword of the Stranger

Sword of the Stranger
  • Movie (1 ep x 98 min)
  • 2007

Kotarou is a brash young orphan in war-torn Japan, on the run from mysterious pursuers with Tobimaru, his faithful canine companion. Clueless as to why anyone would want him, much less imperial warriors from mainland China, a chance encounter with a strange wandering swordsman could not be more unwelcome in Kotarou's skeptical eyes – especially when the stranger has a secret past that has caused him to seal his blade. Forced by circumstance to work together for survival, the unlikely duo forge a tenuous friendship that is threatened all too soon when Kotarou's pursuers thrust the two into a dizzying whorl of clashing ambitions between men both big and small. Will the stranger manage to overcome his past and save them both from peril with his blade?

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Both seires have exellent art work and same type of anime story; samurai on a mission, bloody and very well done overall. Ninja Scroll is classis samurai/ninja anime.


Ninja Scroll and Stranger contain a lot of gory action sequences, good animation (with very good frame rate) and a ronin. If you enjoyed one of those two the you'll enjoy the other as well. Though unlike Stranger, Ninja Scroll does contain some erotic content and it has much more fantasy elements in the story.


Both movies have a very similar idea to them, that the best sword fighter survives and through a long journey, the protagonist in both series (for different reasons) helps out someone who needs it... in order to .... well you'll just have to watch


These movies have VERY LITTLE in common, do not be fooled by other comparisons. Jubie and the "Stranger" share only their talent with a blade, and the stories only intertwine at the "Despondent Anti-Hero, becomes Respondent Hero" by the end. "Ninja Scroll" is a story of Japanese horror, action, and true fiction, seemlessly interwoven to make a blood soaked braid of awesomeness... A non stop thrill ride.

While "Sword of the Stranger" is really just a fresher take on the classic "Ronin who finds a purpose in a new person to protect" story. It is ultimately a story of "honor, wisdom, skill, and loyalty". Hell, you even start to like the "Strangers" mirror antagonist by the end.

Similar, in that if you like one, you will like the other... Dissimilar in that, they appeal to two very different mood sets. 


Both very "lone ninja" type movies with the main character as a solemn, tortured individuals with a shady past. But with a bright ending.


These are both epic war stories set in the samurai period. These splendidly animated masterpieces are sure to delight fans of the genre.


Bones' Sword of the Stranger and MADHOUSE's Ninja Scroll are both classics.  Fans of one should find a lot to like about the other.  Both movies center around a lone swordman in feudal Japan and feature a number of memorable action sequences. The tone of the films differs primarily because of the companions the lone swordsmen encounter in their respective travels.

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