Anime and Manga
Ninja Scroll (獣兵衛忍風帖 Jūbei Ninpūchō?) is a Japanese action thriller anime set in feudal Japan, by critically acclaimed director/writer Yoshiaki Kawajiri who was best known for his previous thriller Wicked City (Yōjū Toshi). The character designs were done by Yutaka Minowa. The movie is a homage to the Ninpōchō series, ninja novels by Futaro Yamada. The main character, Kibagami Jubei, is an homage to the famed Japanese samurai folk hero Yagyū Jūbei Mitsuyoshi.
The movie was released on June 5, 1993, and received a Western release on December 6, 1995. The movie was also released in some regions as Jubei Ninpucho: The Wind Ninja Chronicles. It is licensed by Manga Entertainment in North America. Ninja Scroll won the Citizen's Award at the 1993 Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival. Ninja Scroll is among the most popular anime movies outside of Japan, along with such movies as Akira and Ghost in the Shell. It was well-received in its depiction of the ninja and Japanese legendary creatures such as the Stone Golem, and the Blind Assassin.