Ninja Scroll

Movie review by Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 17+

Extreme violence and graphic sex in anime classic.

NR 1993 94 minutes

Parents say

age 15+

Based on 7 reviews

Kids say

age 18+

Based on 3 reviews

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age 15+

Classic that helped popularize anime in the west

As a 37 year old dad I'll give my own account of the first time I saw Ninja Scroll. It was during the late 90s roughly around the time I was 15. As others have mentioned the movie does contain graphic violence, gore, nudity, sexual situations including one rape scene, and strong language. I set the appropriate age range to 15 with a disclaimer. I think it should be pointed out that kids and teens from the 80s and 90s were exposed to more mature and graphic content than today's standards. Examples to illustrate this include movies like Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Gremlins which were considered appropriate for young children at the time. I would say the most important factor in determining whether your teen should see Ninja Scroll should be based off of their own maturity level. I think for a movie from the 90s Ninja Scroll doesn't try to glorify the rape scene and makes a direct point in punishing the monster that assaulted the woman by brutality killing him because of his actions. The male protagonist and the afformentioned female protagonist also share a mainly plutonic relationship in stark contrast to how other male characters in the movie view and treat the female protagonist. I thought the lead characters relationship with each other was rather endearing and by the end of the movie the female protagonist grows to love and respect the lead male because he viewed her as an equal and a valued ally instead of objectifying her. If your teen is capable of reading between the lines to grasp the morals presented then they're ready to watch the film. It should eventually be watched simply out of appreciation as a landmark anime that helped solidify anime's popularity in the west. Ninja Scroll ranks as an influential classic alongside other anime like Ghost in the Shell and Akira.
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