For many years the Gods of Evil and Dragon Gods fought many battles - until the day that those with the blood of the Dragon Gods sealed away the power of the Gods of Evil. In the present, Ryu is a dragon ninja who, one night, is attacked by a group of assassins. He finds an I.D. card on one of the assassins which belongs to the Friedman Company, which is owned by Dr. Ned Friedman, a man claiming to have cured cancer. On top of that, upon walking by a house Ryu hears a young girl asking for help. What do these mysterious events mean, and does it have anything to do with the power of the Gods of Evil?
Stoic OVA heroes always bring things down, but thankfully (surprisingly) the script’s split between boring Ryu and his three detective(?) friends basically staring in their own adventure. The 2 times these threads cross feels like an after thought. A villain even comments on how these guys can handle themselves which if I were a NG diehard would be up in arms over; there’s as much gunfire as swordplay! Who cares! It’s all very slick looking, bar a few odd moments in the editing, and while it’s no Ninja Scroll this one you could show to just about anyone. Closest it comes to Kawajiri is how they did Sara dirty!
This OVA left something to be desired in terms of plot and character development. The rushed pacing made it difficult to fully engage with the story, and the shallow characterization made it hard to invest in the characters. The animation quality was also subpar. That being said, if you are a devoted fan of the Ninja Gaiden series, you may still find something to enjoy in this OVA. However, for most viewers, it is likely to be a forgettable viewing experience.
Slow paced ninja episode, where the 80s music is even clashing/ interfering with the character audio. Not as action packed as I would have liked and the dialogue topics they keep bringing up becoming annoying "cure for cancer" leading me to think it may be a miscommunication between English world and theirs or it is plain been scripted by a amateur scriptwriter, a child etc.
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