With a previous release behind us way back when Discotek Media almost a year ago did a license rescue on the Ninja Scroll TV series. The twelve-episode series is getting some new distribution now as they’re bringing the series out to Crunchyroll for streaming. The show has gone live in its original Japanese language with English subtitles and is open to viewers in the US and Canada where Discotek Media has the rights to it.
Originally airing in 2003, it was directed by Tatsuo Sato based on the series composition by Toshiki Inoue. Takahiro Yoshimatsu worked on adapting Yoshiaki Kawajiri’s original character designs and Madhouse worked on the production for it.
The Japanese cast includes Houko Kuwashima as Shigure/Hikari no Miko, Rikiya Koyama as Jubei Kibagami, Romi Park as Tsubute, and Yuzuru Fujimoto as Dakuan.
The English dub, which saw release through Urban Vision, was directed by Jack Fletcher and had a cast that includes Daisy Torme as Shigure / Priestess of the Light, David Rasner as Jubei Kibagami, and Dwight Schultz as Dakuan.
Plot Concept: In feudal Japan, the Edo period brought a time of delicate peace bought with blood. This is a chronicle of the life of Jubei Kibagami as he wanders the countryside as a ninja for hire. At this time, ninja clans are everywhere. One clan, known as the Hiruko Clan, doomed to live and die in darkness, protects a sacred treasure called the Dragon Stone.
The Kimon Clan, however, bent on reviving the power of the Toyotomi, wants the Dragon Stone and the treasure it hides. Jubei Kibagami is the best the man for the job of protecting both the Dragon Stone and the only one whom can use it – The Light Maiden!