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Jubei-Chan the Ninja Girl: Secret of the Lovely Eyepatch Vol. 1 - A Legend Reborn (2000)

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Studio: Bandai
Genre: Anime, Action Anime
Running Time: 100 min.
Languages: English, Japanese
Subtitles: English
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This title is currently out of print.

Yagyu Jubei was Japan's greatest swordsman. His skill was legendary;

his name was whispered reverently by all the other warriors of Japan.

But the one enemy he couldn't conquer was death...

Before he died, though, he gave his disciple hope. There would be a

Successor, and this deserving person would receive all the power and skill of Yagyu Jubei, along with the Lovely Eyepatch.

After 300 years of searching, the disciple finds Jiyu Nanohana, a rather ordinary girl was has just moved to a new town and started going to a new school. As if going to a new school weren't stressful enough, now Jiyu is told that she is heir to the legendary talents of Yagyu Jubei. And she will have to put those talents to good use and stop the assissins of the rival clan!

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Rurouni Kenshin Lite with cultural snickers by hneline1 February 12, 2003 - 11:20 PM PST
11 out of 11 members found this review helpful
I like this series. On the surface, it's another tale of a cheerful girl-next-door who gets selected to do wondrous things (Miaka from Fushigi Yugi, Miho from Fancy Lala, Sakura from Cardcaptor Sakura, among others). Of course she's cute and well-endowed and the boys fall for her. There are slapstick antics and the requisite swordfights where Jubei-chan transforms into a master swordswoman and kicks a**. The pacing is good and the characters are engaging. It's quite entertaining as an adolescent comedy.

But this is Akitaroh Daichi directing. In both Fruits Basket and Jubei-chan the Ninja Girl, he creates innocent heroines with clear opinions who must face moral dilemmas, which creates surprising depth in a simple comic adventure tale. Jubei-chan only uses the Lovely Eyepatch to transform when her family and friends are threatened, and afterwards she feels remorse. She doesn't want to harm people and she doesn't want the power. Daichi does a masterful job of introducing this dilemma without overkill.

Also, there's a LOT of parodies and sly winks in this show. For example, Bantaro's henchmen have harelips, which is an old manga drawing convention on a comic sidekick. I love the kanji on Bantaro's shirt changing with his moods, which is another old manga convention. Shiro is the designated bishounen and of course he has to be the captain of the kendo team who went to the Nationals. When Jubei-chan's father wants to escort her to school, he overdresses as a Japanese movie star, complete with slicked hair, shades and white scarf tastefully draped over his shoulders. The last frame in each episode is a perfect replica of the "Please enjoy the next episode" message that appears in TV evening dramas, except for the cutout of that doodled samurai head floating about like Monty Python on wasabi.

So yeah, I'm having fun. Think of this as Rurouni Kenshin Lite, and if you don't get the cultural snickers, just enjoy the comedy adventure.

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