Yotoden - Chronicle of the Warlord Period


Rating: 3 Rampages

The year is 1580, and the unholy armies of Lord Nobunaga Oda steadily spread across Japan. Narrowly escaping the slaughter of her clan, a young ninja steals into the shadows. She is Ayame, the last of the Kasumi Clan, and the dagger she wields is one of three mystical blades. She is joined by Sakon and Ryoma -- renegade ninja and the possessors of the sacred sword and spear. Now, these shadow warriors must unite their weapons and skills to fulfill The Prophecy of the Enchanted Swords -- or die trying....

Yet another classic example of the Mystical Ninja story, this one is certainly for fans of Ninja Scroll. While still well behind the true master of the genre, this is still a good example of the style. Monstrous villians, mystical blades, tragic heroines, and mysterious, loner heros, this one has it all. Though the animation isn't fantastic, and does shows its age, it is still nicely done, and will not dissapoint those looking for sword-slashing drama. Textbook characters, realistic animation, and fitting music make it a worthy package. Just be prepared (as with nearly all stories in this genre) to be depressed at the end...these tales rarely end well. Note that Nobunaga is a real figure in Japanese history and tried to unite Japan under himself. He was the first to use Western weapons as opposed to the more 'honorable' weapons.

Available subbed or dubbed from US Manga Corps