Tokyo: A city full of dreams and desires. Even today, there's a band of ninja passing down the old techniques and carrying out missions, hidden from the eyes of the public. Blending into the darkness of the city, slaying inhuman darkness... People call them the Tokeshu.
I can't put in negative numbers, but should be -5. Maybe I would only rate it zero if the poster wasn't such so purposely misleading. The poster is a flat lie. Watch 5 seconds and you'll see (literally) why such bad ratings. I have no idea how this even was made. The art style is deliberately done but so overwhelmingly bad. Nonsense story with nothing interesting going on. Hard pass and throw it in the trash.
Ninja Collection is a spin-off of the Yamishibai franchise, and is similar in almost every way except the story endings. It has short form, episodic horror stories, like spooky urban legends or campfire stories. It falls short of being actually scary, or even suspenful in many cases, however I don't feel like it deserves the hate it, and the rest of the Yamishibai franchise, gets. Animation First things first, we need to talk about the animation. Its always the first thing people react to, and always negatively. To explain, its an old form of street story-telling in Japan, where images are pulled out of a wooden display device. So, basically an image to go along with the story. They re-create this in anime form by using narration, and limited movement. Entire frames are moved, or occassionally a piece of something in a scene, but it still moves like a piece of paper. If you don't like this kind of animation DO NOT WATCH THIS. It drives some people up the wall. If you go in knowing about the animation/history, its much easier to appreciate the style, but its not for everyone. You're basically in for narration over creepy images. Stories Like in the original franchise, these are all stand-alone "spooky" tales, but with a small twist. Instead of creepy endings, most of these end with a ninja dropping by to save the day (killing demon, ghost, etc.). This makes them less spooky than before because the main character is often saved, and the bad thing vanquished. Before it was an open ending and often you assume someone ends up dead. They also have less of an 'urban folk tale' vibe and more of a modern demon killing vibe, which hurts the suspense of the stories.The stories themselves are okay, but not amazing. Might be fine around a campfire or something, but not super suspenseful as an anime. While I assume they're not designed for a young audience, it might work best for kids because its spooky like Goosebumps (as an adult, not much, but scary to kids). Characters Not much to say, they're usually pretty generic people just used to tell the story. We don't really get a chance to care much about them in the short episodes, and many don't even get names. The only re-occuring characters are the ninjas, one per episode for a few seconds. We don't know anything about them, and they are not really interesting in any way. Overall Its not a total waste of time if you like spooky/suspenseful things, the episodes are only 4 minutes each. I'd still recommend it to peole who like this kind of stuff, though the Yamishibai stuff is better. However, if you can't get over the simplistic animation, you will HATE this, hands down. I think these types of shows have potential, but after 7+ seasons they are getting a bit predictable and I'm losing more interest every year.
Do you hate yourself? Are you one of these people, who enjoy torturing themselves and it gives you utter pleasure that you cannot describe? Well, at least, you have a friend, who long time ago got a recommendation from you to watch Boku no Pico, but this joke will no longer work, because… WHAT ANIME FAN DOES NOT KNOW ABOUT THE BOKU NO PICO JOKE, DUH?!Anyways, think of the two shows that you hate the most. Now imagine them having a kid and this will be Ninja Collection. Story wise, set in modern-day Tokyo, a group of ninjas called "Toukeshuu" is to stop a mysterious dark smoke from tainting human hearts and destroying the humanity.And that is pretty much it. Do not be baited that it is a spin-off of Yami Shibai and that the anime’s poster looks pretty good. It is not like that. My guess is that the anime’s poster took all the anime’s budget.All in all, this is one of these anime that are just so bad that they are good; it is just so bad that it makes you laugh. Only watch it if you like pain, or you might use this anime as a troll recommendation for your friends.
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