One of the best Animes Ever!
Susan Shams | West Des Moines, IA | 12/05/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I love Anime. I bought this DVD version for one reason and one reason alone. So that I would not have to watch or listen to the dubbed version. I cannot stand the English dubbing. My advise to anyone watching a foriegn film; watch it in its original language, no one else can do the characters justice. That is my opinion. Anyways, that matter aside, let's talk about the movie.
Yes, it has extremely graphic violence, but it states that on the DVD. (Contains brief nudity and Graphic Violence, Parental Discretion Advised). Gore is not what this anime is about. There is actually a great historical storyline interwoven within all its action and suspense. 3 Ninjas from different clans unite to ward off Evil. Each Ninja with their own special sword, come together as one. Evil is rampant, Lord Nobunaga Oda with his evil intentions sends out all his evil artillery to smash the Ninjas and thier allies. His goal, to spread evil and demons throughout the land.Ayame, is a young girl who sees her life and family shattered before her innocent eyes, yet she is helpless to do anything. Vengeance becomes her lifelong obsession. Ryoma, a Ninja from a neighboring clan, kindhearted and sweet is her companion and ally. And of course, Sakon (my favorite guy) is the Ninja who can feel the treachery of those around him, and sees the battles and evil as never ending. I will not say anymore, but I seriously recommend this movie. Take my advise and watch this great animated movie. I has everything, including Love."
Yotoden - An Golden Classic from 1987 of Fantasy, History &
Peter Tilton | New York, USA | 07/25/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"For the first time ever on dvd we get the complete version of 'Yotoden: Chronicle of the Warlord Period' which originally only made it on to VHS.
Orginally made in 1987, Yotoden boasts a strong budget of detailed and fluid animation with a complex and thought provoking story but it doesn't lack action either. It's set in 1580 and embarks on a very accurate historical timeline.
I must say i really love the character designs and diverse colour palletes used. There is some absolutly stunning scenes which just sparkle on screen visually. I literally freeze frame on some occasions to take in all the detail in the forest scenery. It really does make me miss the era of cel animation.
Alot of fans may be familiar of this title through the name 'Wrath of the Ninja' which is the 90 minute theoretical version of Yotoden which was originally released on dvd in 1999. Unfortunately this had 45 minutes of plot cut out of it.
Why Central Park Media in 1999 originally chose to release the edited version over the uncut version is beyond me. But all is forgiven and forgotten now we have all 3 episodes which amount to the complete 135 minutes.
Those videophiles will be pleased to know CPM have given fans a brand new and digitally remastered transfer which is crystal clear with no visible signs of artefacts or grain. I only wish CPM had put this much effort into their other releases.
CONCLUSION - Fans owe it to themselves to see the original Yotoden in all it's unedited glory. This title certainly has impressive writing. Infact i was so suprised by the quality of the story that i didn't realise that i could enjoy and be so engaged in a story revolving around a group of Ninjas."
Was This Version Directed by Kafka?
bishamon01 | Minato-ku, Tokyo Japan | 03/14/2000
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Aarghh! What did U.S. Manga do to this movie! In its original 3-part form, Yotoden is a wonderful, fast-paced anime with a gripping and involving storyline that keeps you hooked to the very end. In this version, however, over 30 minutes of fantastic (and necessary) footage has been inexplicably cut, resulting in a movie that is totally disjointed and difficult to follow. Major plot and character developments have been removed in a careless and seemingly desultory fashion and scenes have been rearranged in a futile attempt to tie together the now-jumbled storyline. Couple this with a horrible dubbing job and subtitles done by someone who is obviously painfully unfamiliar with the linguistic nuances of Japanese in reference to historical events and you have a nearly unwatchable anime. Thank you very much, US Manga, for taking the finest in Japanimation and mutilating it for Western consumption."
Where the #%@$ is the vodka? | saugatuck, michigan USA | 05/28/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Wrath of the ninja is a good movie purely for the action scenes. The story is average the characters are OK the animation is good I suppose.. BUT THE ACTION IS SWEET!!!! Tons of people complain about the lack of an indepth story. Well it's true. There isn't a "princess mononoke plot". but who cares? If you can sit back watch this movie and appreciate it for what it is - not an indepth brain teaser - but a non-stop hack and slash anime you will most likely enjoy it."