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Ninja Scroll

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3.763 out of 5 from 11,307 votes
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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
Name Role
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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Ninja Scroll VivisQueen 7.5/10 Jan 15, 2008

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Ninja Scroll eyepatchryomou 9/10 Jul 27, 2011
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Blood Reign: Curse of the Yoma

Blood Reign: Curse of the Yoma
  • OVA (2 eps x 40 min)
  • 1989

Hikage and Marou were childhood friends, and fellow ninjas -- that is, until Marou betrayed Hikage, and vanished into the night. Now, in the midst of his quest to find Marou, Hikage must defeat many yoma (monsters) and stop the Kikuga no Miko, the source of all evil monsters' power, from being revived. But is he willing to risk his life for friendship?

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Masterfully done and beautifully executed, Ninja Scroll and Curse of the Undead Yoma follow the stories of swordsmen against impossible odds fighting for what they believe in. Full of graphic violence and amazing imagery.
Ninja Scroll and Curse of the Undead Yoma are both short, violent, and bloody pieces about a badass with a sword. Demons and crazy monsters dominate both series, and in general, have a very similar visual and all-around feel.

After schoolboys and girls samurais and ninjas are the most common characters in anime. Their life sometimes became really hard. They have to chase different type of strange creatures and of course kill them in a very strange way. Both these films tell us about a drab existence of doughty Japanese warriors. Destroying everything on their way they find by the way their true love and reason for being.

Put it in a nutshell there are two equal stories about main hero defeating everybody clamoured against them. You also could enjoy love stories in Yoma and Ninja Scroll resembled me Kenshin OVA. There are no any superfluous words and emotions. Artwork is a one more reason to put these films together. Pictures in dark shades, bloody and realistic sank you into special emotional state as well uniting these stories.


Both series are dark and gritty, lots of gore, and some awesome action as well. I found Ninja Scroll to be highly more entertaining story/character wise but Blood Reign is super similar to Ninja Scroll because of everything else. Check one out if you liked the other.


Ninja Scroll and Blood Reign are both definitely dark, bloody, and filled with explicit action and strange characters. The atmosphere of both series certainly feels the same and the main characters are somewhat familiar, so if you watched one and want more, give the other a try. 

Vampire Hunter D

Vampire Hunter D
  • Movie (1 ep x 77 min)
  • 1985

Thousands of years in the future, the world is overrun by demons and vampire lords. Doris, a young girl, has become the target of the great vampire lord Count Magnus Lee, who wants her as his plaything. After being bitten by the Count, she seeks the help of D, an elite vampire hunter, who decides he must venture out to slay the Count and his demon underlings to save this girl in despair.

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Definitely not the same subject matter (vampires vs. samurai), but both have the same kind of visual feel, as well as random monsters and a large amount of violence. Both also happen to be movies, which means a quick watch in either case. I definitely think if you like either VHD or Ninja Scroll, that you will like the other.
Both Ninja Scroll and Vampire Hunter D take place in a semi-fantasy world. The fight scenes in both are pretty cool, and the main characters are just "badasses". Both are good shows. If you liked how D was such a rad character, you'll like Kibagami, he's pretty sweet too.

Vampire Hunter D and Ninja Scroll share a large amount of rather unhinged characters. Also they both have some amazing fight scenes and a love story (of sorts) in common.


If your after action packed katana filled films then these are for you! Both use 2D animation to great effect and involve fast paced pursuit themes interspurced with supernatural encounters.


On the surface Vampire Hunter D and Ninja Scroll may seem very different because of the setting and the theme, but they also have a lot in common. They both feature anti-heroes fighting a variety of monsters. They also feature fast paced action scenes that are very energetic and satisfying.


  • Movie (1 ep x 91 min)
  • 1998

In a research outpost in Turkey, an ancient relic known as Noah’s Ark has been discovered, and ARCAM, the world’s most secret organization in charge of keeping world order, must protect the ark from the deranged forces of the US Machine Corps. Yu Ominae, ARCAM’S #1 Spriggan, is an elite secret operative with one mission: Stop the key to NOAH’S ARK from being used by Colonel Mac Dougall, a cybernetically enhanced child with psychokinetic powers. Noah will be your grave!

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This is another violent action-packed movie. Both Spriggan and Ninja Scroll add in a bit of a plot, but action takes up plenty of the screentime. Should appeal the same audience.
If you enjoy action with just the slightest hint of a clever plot, Spriggan or Ninja Scroll should satisfy you. Both are very violent, with some impressive visual moments, but have rather different settings.
Another violence and action packed anime movie. One of the best action anime movies I've seen. With a similar amount of deception.

Clandistine orginsations and lots of long combat scenes with the winner not always being the good guy. If you like this style of anime then you will like these titles.

Highlander: The Search for Vengeance

Highlander: The Search for Vengeance
  • Movie (1 ep x 90 min)
  • 2007

Colin Macleod is dead; or at least, he was for a time. For Colin is an immortal who cannot die and holds a heavy burden: the love of his life, Moya, was crucified in the ancient times of Rome by the conquering Marcus Octavius, and for that he will not rest until he gets his vengeance. Throughout the centuries, Colin dies and is reborn with one wish alone: to kill Marcus where he stands for destroying his reason to live. Now, in a post-apocalyptic present where the world is flooded and monsters roam the streets, Colin has managed to track down Marcus yet again; and with the help of an unlikely prostitute, he might finally have the power to exact his revenge...

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Both Highlander and Ninja Scroll are from the veteran theatrical director Yoshiaki Kawajiri. They have classic animation at its finest! Both movies also boast plenty of sex and violence (Kawajiri's specialty) and a great plot.


Both Highlander and Ninja Scroll share blood, lost-loves, and stories of revenge. Both are created and directed by Yoshiaki Kawajiri and Studio Madhouse, and have the same style of animation. Also they both kick ass, so watch them.


Though the setting is different the story is extreamly similar and so are the characters. Both movies were made by Madhouse and both have the same style of animation. On top of that they both have lots of gore and some adult themes. If you liked one of those, you'll love the other ona as well.



Naruto Uzumaki is a young ninja who bears a great power hidden inside him, a power that has isolated him from the rest of his village. As such, his only dream is to become the Hokage - the most powerful ninja, and leader of the village; but first he needs to graduate! With his inability to perform even the most basic ninja techniques, it seems that all Naruto has going for him is his determination to succeed no matter what. Teamed up with the genius Sasuke, book-smart Sakura, and their team leader Kakashi, Naruto embarks on his quest to become the Hokage. But with outside forces posing a threat to the entire Hidden Leaf village, Naruto discovers that he must become much stronger if he ever wants to realize his dream and protect the friendships he's forged.


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Didn't get enough action in Ninja Scroll? Well have you ever seen a dude with 2 knives in each arm slitting peoples throats with a knife in his mouth while getting swords stabbed throgh him. No shit really? ok well thats in Naruto too. Anyhow Naruto provides lots of ninjas with special abilitys alot like those found in Ninja Scroll. There is even a snake man Orimachu like that snake lady in Ninja Scroll, but he is more badass than her but not as hot. Though the main character Jubei is more of a samari and Naruto fights more often with a knife you will find the battles just as fufilling and interesting. If you liked Ninja Scroll then Naruto is a must for you.

Naruto and Ninja Scroll are both about ninjas. Ninja Scroll is a bit more serious than Naruto but if you are the kind of person who loves ninja fight scenes, these are great anime for you.


I should start off by saying.. Ninja Scroll & Naruto have very different feels to them. Ninja Scroll being a seinen movie, with adult content and a simple storyline and universe (it's a movie afterall), while Naruto is a shounen series, with a lighter feel to it, but a somehow complex storyline and universe (being around 400+ episodes this day if you add Naruto Shippuden).

Anyways, let's get to the reccomendation! xD. If you don't mind the feel to the anime (basically if you're willing to watch both seinen and shounen), and enjoy the action of either of these animes (strong ninjas, with individual overnatural powers, fighting against eachother), you should make sure to check the other one out. There's even some similarities in the individual powers of the characters. You can't help to think, that the writer of Naruto got some inspiration from Ninja Scroll.

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