Black Lion

Title:Black Lion
Jigen Sengokushi: Kuro no Shishi - Jinnai Hen
時元戦国史 黒の獅士 陣内篇
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Notables: ORIKASA Ai
Original Concept - NAGAI Go
The year is 1580. Using an army of soldiers equipped with sophisticated weaponry, Nobunaga Oda is on the verge of ruling Japan with an iron fist. One of his enforcers is Ginnai Doma - a fallen samurai reborn into an indestructible killing machine. As Ginnai continues his killing spree on ninjas and those who oppose Nobunaga's rule, Shishimaru of the Iga Ninja - going against the Koga Ninja's plans - pursues a one-man vendetta to avenge the deaths of his comrades and kill the immortal warrior. (summary from Animenewsnetwork)

One OVA episode (~45min)
OverallArtAnimationCharacter Design MusicSeries StoryEpisode StoryReviewer
Avoid 5 5 5 3 Kaitou Juliet [series:347#137]

This has got to be the most unintentionally hilarious anime I've ever seen. The mix of history and high-tech is handled with no finesse at all. The violence is so extreme that it ceases to be scary and just becomes silly. This is the kind of show where a hero doesn't even scream when his arm gets chopped off, just switches his sword to the other hand. The characters are all extremely cliched and development is nonexistent.

This might succeed as a mindless action flick for people who like that kind of stuff. It would also be ideal for a home "Mystery Science Theater" heckling session if you can stomach the gore. Otherwise, stay far, far away.

Last updated Monday, February 04 2002. Created Thursday, November 01 2001.

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