Thursday, January 7, 2016

Ninja Slayer From Animation Review


Ninja Slayer works just because it's straight up ridiculous. Ninja Slayer isn't just anime. It's art.

In the future where the universalization of cybernetic technology and electronic networks are God, suddenly, sinister ninja souls, resurrected from thousands of years past are unleashed on the dark shadows of Neo-Saitama. Fujikido Kenji, is a salaryman whose wife and child were killed in a ninja turf war. In a brush with his own death, Fujikido is possessed by an enigmatic ninja soul. Fujikido cheats death and becomes Ninja Slayer. A Grim Reaper destined to kill evil ninja, committed to a personal war of vengeance. Set in the dystopian underworld of Neo-Saitama, Ninja Slayer takes on Soukai Syndicate ninjas in mortal combat. (Source: Animanga wikia)

Plot? What plot? Just kidding. There is a plot, but a very non-linear plot, jumping randomly to different perspective from time to time. What matter most is not the overall story however, rather than the satirical view that the anime itself try to convey to the viewer. One important note that has to be taken about this anime itself: It is a parody of a parody. This is not an anime that could be understand by comprehensible logic alone. It is an acquired taste. It's like a mysterious piece of art. Some people may find it unsettling, while other may regard it as a masterpiece. 

The is TONS of characters/ ninjas in this anime. They introduced about 2-5 ninjas each episode. The ninjas design are outstanding. They possess unique superhuman power, from super strength to the ability to control explosions and many more.  Most of them however, along with thousands of clones yakuza thugs got killed in one episode. The main character is Fujikido aka Ninja Slayer, a plain looking ninja with super speed and strength, along with the ability to spam unlimited shurikens. You know the bad guys will get their butt kicked the moment he showed up, no matter how though they might be. Other important side character include a loli ninja with origami controlling power that is just there to add in the plot, a useless amnesiac girl who is the granddaughter of Ninja Slayer master, and Nancy; useful but most of the time just there for fanservice purpose. 

One most striking feature about this anime is the ART. It's beautiful. The shading, high contrast colour and visual effects are just outright perfection. The visual representation of Neo-Saitama is just spot on, littered with neon light, dirty urban feels and tall dark skyscrapers. The animation however, is something else. Before you complain that the animation is awful, let me remind you that this is a parody anime. It is done on purpose. The fake looking explosion, the paper cut and paste character and repetitive fight scene are there because it is ridiculous, and fun. The soundtrack consist of techno and eastern music mash up, which is just perfect for the setting. The OP is good and they include different ED music for every single episode (which is impressive considering this is a very short anime). The voice acting consists of shouting and punch line, which I find really amusing.

Overall, I really enjoyed this anime. It is hard to actually watch it if you don't understand that it is a parody. This whole show is basically a piece of art. It just works because it is honest and plain ridiculous. Absurdity kills reason. This is this anime power.
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