It has been a while since Rated-M has showcased anything via Rated-M Recommends. In fact, it was our story on Broken Lizard if I remember correctly. However, there is something I would like to bring to everyone's attention today. By chance, I came across an independant anime called "Ninjai: The Little Ninja". At first glace, I thought "meh, just another internet cartoon..." Then I watched it...
Ninjai simply blew me away! Ninjai is the story of a young Ninja boy with extraordinary skill. He doesn't quite know who he is, but he must be important somehow, as "demons" are after him. His companion, a disney-esque bird, is absolutely great as the light hearted comic relief. However, as the story turns darker, the bird shows a range of emotions that really make you understand what friendship is all about.
Ninjai doesn't shy away from gore and other adult themed things, but does try to stay somewhat civil with younger viewers in mind. That being said, you will see beheadings, severed limbs, and other such great ninja gore. They have even gone as far as releasing multiple versions of certain episodes, each suited for a different age range.
So why Ninjai, when there are plenty other anime delights to be seen? Well when watching the episodes, you get this feeling of progression and growth, both in the main character and in the animation itself. When you first begin the series, you notice the episodes are rather short and to the point. However, as the plot begins to open up, you begin to realize the scope of Ninjai's mission. And that is another thing I love about this series. The story itself seems to grow.
There is a lot I want to tell you all about the series, but perhaps it is best for you to just watch it yourself. All 12 current chapters can be seen for free on their website, or on G4TV's Late Night Peep Show. We are trying to score an interview with the guys behind the series, so check back for that!
Until then, we give our highest recommendation to the Ninjai gang, and their wonderful anime project, "Ninjai: The Little Ninja".
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