Sunday, July 11, 2010

The First Ninja Mission

Taro sat quietly in his tent. Master Komatsu’s words were still playing over in his head. This was his first ninja mission. However, he didn’t feel like he could properly prepare for this mission. All those years training on his master’s teachings, learning stealth, fighting and observation, but never before had he been prepared for what he must do now.
   
“Your first mission is to gather information,” Master Komatsu had told Taro. “You will be going to Mizua High School. There you will pose as a student and gather information on one of the students. He will be your target.”
   
Ichiro Aimoto. That was a name that Taro wouldn’t forget. That was the name of his target. The type of mission didn’t surprise him much. Taro had been trained to be an information specialist. For years they had taught him the art of invisibility, and above all, how to hide in plain sight. His combat training was fairly standard, but it was always supposed to be a last resort. To be a ninja meant to stay hidden and to keep a low profile. Very rarely would a ninja need to meet his opponent in open combat. So Taro had been trained in this way and taught how to disguise himself amongst common men. He was taught to work his way to his target and to always know his mind was his strongest weapon. However, he never would have imagined he would have to be a common high school student.
   
Who was this kid? What could be so important about a normal high school student that would concern ninja? More importantly, how was this mission life or death?
   
Doubt began to take over Taro’s thoughts. More than doubting his mission, he doubted himself. Although Taro was always comfortable with his skills around other ninja, he began doubting his ability to play the part of a student. Many times before he imagined himself working his way up through the ranks of a powerful lord or stalking his prey from the shadows to gather information. He had even imagined scenarios of fighting battles against rival ninja clans, but he wasn’t prepared for this.
   
Taro laid down, sighed deeply and put his hands behind his head, staring blankly ahead. Hiding in plain sight—the thought chimed over and over in his head like a bell.

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Taro's first ninja mission is to go to a high school? Well, I guess we probably saw that coming due to the title, but what does it mean? Why would his master want him to go to a high school of all places? Let me know what you think in the comment sections and find out on the next exciting chapter of Taro's Ninja Spy High school.

2 comments:

  1. I FEEL LIKE I DON'T LIKE NINJAS ANYMORE! D:

    Not cuz of you----just, I dunno, I don't care for them, no offense. The Michio part, though, reminded me of Darren and Evra, from Cirque Du Freak. (Dunno if you ever read it. Basically, it's a series about a kid who lives with a bunch of vampires, who live in circus tents, and, yeah, Darren's not static---he often leaves the tent scenes, but Evra doesn't. Evra's the circus freak snake-guy.)

    ANYWAY! I also could relate to the "you're not my student anymore" thing. It reminded me of leaving high school, or being let go, in general.

    Is this supposed to be a book or something?

    And do you think about what you're going to write about, ahead of time, or do you kind of just make it up as you go?

    Oh, and p.s., I really liked the linkz up above, how they could send me to the beginning, and I liked the "intermission" sort things in between. Despite having written like a fricken 10 page research paper on ninjas, sophomore year, I guess I've forgotten a lot about ninjas @.@

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  2. Hey, I just wanted to let you know I didn't forget about ya! I've only read through to this chapter so far (it's been a busy week), but so far I really like it! Silly me, I read the above comment before writing my own, so now I'm thinking of Darren and Evra, but I dunno maybe that's a good thing - I like those books a LOT.

    The fight scene in the beginning was actually well done I thought. I actually followed what was going on, which with READING fight scenes, that doesn't always happen. -_-'

    I like the characters a lot, too, I can really tell that they were well thought out. ^^

    I'll comment again when I get another good chunk read!

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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.