For as long as people can remember, humans have struggled to find answers to several issues. These questions reins from everything to the meaning of life, what comes after death and what would happen if Batman was an anime character. Luckily, we have finally got the answer to one of them. Now, in Batman Ninja, we follow Batman/Bruce Wayne to ancient Japan when an experiment from Gorilla Grodd goes wrong. Now Batman has to stop the villains that came with him during the accident as well as find a way back home.

When I first heard about this movie, I first thought it was a joke. Then I saw who the director and writer was. Junpei Mizusaki from Jojo Bizarre Adventure fame, and Kazuki Nakashima from Kill a Kill and Afro Samurai fame. When those names where revealed, it went from disbelief to “it all makes sense now.”

The positive
This movie is just a pure delight for someone like me who is both a huge Batman fan and also a huge anime/manga fan. It had the tone and elements of a Batman flick while having the insanity Japanese animation often brings to the table. The voice acting (in this cause the dub) is superb. All actors do a great job to make the characters coming to life. My favorite of them is Arrested Development's own Tony Hale as the Joker.

Some of you might remember in my Superman Unbound review, is that I mentioned how animation studios often like to blend 2D and 3D. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. Here is a perfect study of a movie doing it right. It is a gorgeous movie with its artistic choice of artwork and animation.

The Negative.
You might remember me pointing out that I’m an anime/manga fan earlier in this review? Well, there is a reason for that. While I think that this is a good movie, I can’t see me recommend this movie to anyone unless you are an anime/manga fan. Another negative is that the art style changes for a brief few minutes or so during the middle of the movie. While the sudden change was gorgeous, it was still a bit distracting. The best example I can give is that you put on an Episode of Justice League Unlimited, that changes to the look of Avengers Assemble for just a small portion of the episode before it changes back.

The conclusion
If you are an anime fan, you will most likely like it. If you are a fan of both Batman and anime, then Ninja Batman is something you have to see.

I give this movie 8/10 Ninja stars.

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