Makai Tensho (Ninja Resurrection)

Rating: 3½ Rampages cover for the video

Join a nightmarish journey through faith and betrayal as the infamous warrior Jubei returns to confront the ultimate evil! Japan, 1614, the Tokugawa Shogunate bans the practice of Christianity and ruthlessly slaughters its adherents. The scattered survivors place their faith in a prophecy of salvation: a Child of Heaven will be born to deliver the faithful from their enemies. Yet, hidden within the same prophecy is a dark omen. For it is written that, should the promised savior falter, he will be reborn as Satan. Now, a new leader, Shiro Amakusa, has arisen to challenge the Shogun's power. The followers of Christ believe their savior has appeared. However, unspeakable treachery lurks within the Christian stronghold, as the blood-soaked horror of the prophecy is unleashed. From the team who brought us Giant Robo.

This show is not for the faint of heart. The violence is pretty constant and very brutal (a realistic depiction of a violent period..aside from the funky ninjas with mecha...) but beautifully animated. The voice acting is great, and it's nice to finally see another anime with Jubei Hyuga hit the shelves - although this one REALLY needs to get continued. The music is fantastic, the art is fantastic, and the characters are very dark and enticing. Unfortunately, this first (and only, it seems) episode is a prologue to the story of Jubei and the reborn Amakusa, and as such it doesn't get very far and leaves you waiting for more..lets hope this isn't another Dragon Half/Fairy Princess Ren. If they make more episodes, I'm gonna be snatching them up very fast, as the buildup for this one is pretty amazing. Note: this was marketed as the sequel to Ninja's not. It has nothing to do with Ninja Scroll other than the fact that they both center around the historic and legendary figure of Jubei Hyuga. ^_^

Available subtitled or dubbed through AdVision.