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Jubei-Chan the Ninja Girl: Secret of the Lovely Eyepatch Vol. 2 - Basic Ninja Training (2000)

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Studio: Bandai
Genre: Anime, Action Anime
Running Time: 75 min.
Languages: English, Japanese
Subtitles: English
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Jiyu Nanohana is a high school girl turned hero in this 13-episode anime TV series. She is approached by a disciple of Yagyu Jubei, the greatest swordsman in Japan who died 300 years ago, but instructed that his successor be given the birthright of his incredible skills and his heart-shaped eye patch. Jiyu has just moved to a new town and already has her hands full before she finds out that she'll be fending off assassins from a rival clan. ~ Cammila Albertson, All Movie Guide

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I'm an Akitaroh Daichi fangirl by hneline1 March 16, 2003 - 4:27 PM PST
4 out of 4 members found this review helpful
Ok, maybe I'm just seeing stuff that other viewers aren't, but I **LIKE** this series. I like swordplay and the samurai/ninja genres, and I like the light romantic comedies that are typical of the shoujo genre, and this series is a well-made mixture of the two. On top of that, Director Akitaroh Daichi continues to spoof old manga conventions and explores deeper ethical issues, such as non-violence and the pain in holding onto personal convictions against family and peers. The cast of Jubei-chan are a bunch of oddballs and, unlike in other less-thoughtful anime, these characters know they are oddballs and are still able to find their place in Japanese society. For example, in the last episode on this disk, Koinosuke does something to Jiyu that would make anyone be the butt of ridicule if she went out in public, and Jiyu must decide whether to hide or go to school. Daichi may be too obvious in his resolution but his message is a heartful one.

For a serious take on Daichi's stance on non-violence, see his later series, Now and Then, Here and There. For another look at societal isolation and how characters deal with being marked as "weird" in the stereotypically conformist Japanese society, see Fruits Basket. Although I don't agree completely with his ethics or philosophy on life, I admire Akitaroh Daichi for clearly and gently presenting his messages in a medium that too often doesn't face global issues.

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