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on 26 February 2004
A lone ninja finds himself involved in a anti-government conspiracy which has a lot more to it than meets the eye. His adversaries are in fact demons.
This film is visually stunning. The artwork has exceptional attention to detail, making many of the backdrops almost indistinguishable to actual landscapes, yet blending in seamlessly with the animation. The animation itself takes a great deal of advantage of the anime format, the demons performing acts of savagery taht woudl never be equalled on celluloid. There are also many more subtle touches that make this film a visual feast. The really great thing about the film is that it does not go overboard as so many animes have the rather irritating habit of doing.
Plot-wise it is fairly basic admittedly. However, I feel that it is culturally justified as many of the demons are actual figures from japanese folk-lore. For those who are not familiar with japanese buddhism, there is a pillar of the elements, which starts with earth, then water, fire, wind and ultimately void, and some of the devils correspond accordingly, for earth the demon has skin as hard as rock, and amazing brute strength. I'll leave the rest for you to decide but I will say that the good ol' blind swordsman makes an impressive appearance.
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