Ninja Nonsense: The Legend of Shinobu

Title: Ninja Nonsense: The Legend of Shinobu
Or: 2×2 Shinobuden
comedy, ninja, yuri
Eps: 12;
Directed by: Hitoyuki Matsui;
Studio: Ufotable;
Year: 2004;
Watched: 2011;
Dubbed: eng;
MAL: 6 (fine);
Manga: Ninin Ga Shinobuden
Ryoichi Koga (2000-6);

Main characters:

  • Shinobu – black hair girl ninja;
  • Kaede Shiranui – yellow hair girl, just a girl;
  • Onsokumaru – flying perverted ball;
  • Miyabi – green hair girl, sister of Shinobu;
  • Sasuke – other ninjas;

Ok now where to start? You know that its hardest to write the first sentence? so but as I already wrote it, lets move to anime ^.^..
The story – basically its short parody anime of all ninja anime out there. Girl ninja named Shinobu meets Kaede, and from that day starts to destroy her life with totally nonsensical adventures. All them include a big bunch of the same looking ninjas named Sasukes, perverted flying ball named Onsokumaru, Miyabi – a strong, overprotecting, spell casting young sister and some more  unimportant  ones..

Well as for parody this is well made anime – it has more or less everything to make fun of ninjas and perverted anime, even without making it vulgar. Ok I take that back.. It is vulgar in some points. And it involves some yuri parts – because Shinobu feels something a bit more than just friendship to Kaede (<–)

Now lets move to the ball (onsokumaru is a bit too long, so I’ll stick with ball for this one).. It actually is a head master of the ninjas, but pretends to be just a perverted flying ball in front of Shinobu (no real reason). Also he gets his ass kicked pretty bad by Miyabi in most of the times. It is overflowing with perverted thoughts and actually puts those thoughts into actions..

and something more:

now some shots of Sasukes:

And something that I liked from anime – it actually says it is anime, it has some references to the viewer (<–) and that this is just fictional, specially the last ep. It looks like they couldn’t decide what kind of ending it should be so they just put all different sorts of possibilities and lets Sasukes to judge it.. and actually no real ending is reached. Well but at least it is unexpected more or less, but also its the most bizarre  and random ep of all of them.. if you can actually imagine that after seeing all of them ^.^ no real deep character development is done, but I don’t think that even would be necessary, just a lot of randomness..

not much more to say. This is one of those anime to relax and just let it go. you dont have to pay a lot of attention and catch every word to understand it. It is fun to watch as a comedy and as long as you don’t take it seriously.. so thats that..




op: “Shinobu Sanjou!” by Kumano Kiyomi

ed: “Kuru Kururin” by kaoru



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