After being introduced to Japanese animation largely through Cartoon Network's Toonami block of programming in the late 90's - Dragonball Z, Mobile Suit Gundam Wing, Robotech - Ninja Scroll was one of the first titles I tricked my parents into letting me rent because "it's a cartoon!" (I was 10 or so.) Whereas Akira and Ghost in the Shell - which I also watched around that time - have improved for me as I've gotten older and more able to…
Just an insanely dynamic action caper. Though he didn’t originate the material, Miyazaki makes his presence felt in the sweeping landscapes and the quietly observant way he depicts a corrupt human kingdom gone to rot co-existing uneasily with natural spepndor.