I initial was going to create my own animations for my character. But the coding is taking up more of my schedule than I had anticipated. I want my games presentation to still be bright and containing fun caricatures of ancient Japanese Samurai and warriors. So I look to anime aimed at teenagers which contain these elements.
Then I found early console adaptions which featured 2d character models.
Then I located the animation sheets (sprites) I intended to use later on. (Sprites are not embedded due to size)
http://www.narutohq.com/sprites.php (2nd link)