Saturday, June 19, 2010

Taro's Mysterious Attacker

Taro quickly spun around, throwing the kunai with the momentum of his spin. For just a brief moment, he could see the departing image of his opponent as he made his way out of the path of the kunai, which instead of striking its intended target struck the rock wall behind and ricocheted to the ground.

Taro leaped forward into a roll, dodging two kunai headed straight for him. He reached out his arm and picked up his fallen kunai as he rolled right side up, sending it flying directly for the origin of his opponent’s last attack. Again, he could see a brief glimpse of the fleeing opponent. Lunging forward and grabbing at the other two fallen kunai, he then sent one flying, and then the other, at his fleeing opponent. Both hit with a clink against the cold stone.

His attacker was quick to respond, sending another barrage of attacks that were little more successful. Then, from Taro’s right flank, his attacker came out of the shadows with a kunai in hand. Taro lunged again, this time into a roll, and making some considerable distance away from his attacker, he leaped out of the roll to his feet. His attacker was on him again in an instance, but this time, Taro was close to the kunai he threw earlier.

He picked one up and threw it at his charging opponent, who swiped it away without slowing a bit. Taro grabbed the other kunai and lunged forward, blade out, and made full contact with his opponent’s blade, deflecting his oncoming attack. With frightening speed, the attacker turned his blade for another attack. Taro quickly moved and struck out with his foot, trying to sweep his opponent off his feet, but the attacker had already seen it coming and moved out of the way.

The attacker’s blade came in fast, nearly catching Taro’s abdomen as he moved out of the way and countered with his own strike. Back and forth, the two struck at each other with near-misses. Neither of them seemed to be able to get the upper hand.

Another fierce strike came within inches of Taro’s cheek. Stepping in to the blow rather than away, Taro struck at the attacker’s chest, forcing him back. “Perfect,” Taro thought. He let his blade fly through the air at the attacker, sending him off balance and sent him to the ground with a powerful round-house kick.

Crashing to the ground hard, the attacker was at a disadvantage. But then he did something that through Taro completely off guard.

The attacker began howling with tremendous laughter.

“Very good, Taro,” he said. “You have learned a lot.”

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Who is this mysterious ninja? Does Taro who him, or is he bluffing? What will happen next for our young ninja? Let me know what you think in the comment section below and find out in the next exciting chapter of Taro's Ninja Spy High School!

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What is a Ninja?

There is a lot of misconception about what a ninja is.

A ninja is a weapon. A ninja is a warrior.

First appearing in writing as early as 4th century according to some history, though it is hard to place the beginning of the ninja, and most scholars agree that they emerged around the 7th-10th century. According to most Asian historians, the ninja first developed in opposition to the elite samurai during the Heian Dynasty (794-1185).

By the 15th century, the role of the ninja was primarily hired mercenary or espionage. By this time, there was already boundless myths about ninjas, calling them demons and giving them mystical powers which were widely believed to be true, but in all reality, ninjas were very trained in silence and stealth and could easily hide or slip away quickly and unnoticed in a way that would lead others to believe they were magical.

Our story presupposes a modern Japanese society where ninjas have managed to survive and continue traditional methods of teaching and hired by clients and used as weapons and tools of espionage and mercenary. Taro is one such ninja, growing up in a civilization of ninjas long-thought to be extinct. But when Taro begins his first ninja mission, his whole world gets turned upside down.