Wednesday, November 3, 2010

The Classroom Assignments Meet Ninja Assignments!

Glancing from side to side, he quickly realized finding his target was not going to be easy. He tried picturing Ichiro Aimoto in his mind, but certain aspects were fuzzy. He knew that in order to have any fair chance of success he would have to focus on the aspects of his appearance that he could recall more vividly.

The image that developed in his mind's eye was of a slender young man who was unusually tall. He had short well-managed hair and wide (but slender) shoulders. The overall depiction, to Taro, appeared to be the personification of a scarecrow constructed out of bamboo.

He looked carefully at all of the students around but couldn't identify his target. There appeared to be something amiss as he looked over several rows of tidy hair-cuts and uniforms. Surely enough, there was an empty seat. Perhaps his target was out sick. There was only one way to know for sure and that was to use his knowledge about him to extract the information. It was a risky move considering that he might compromise his low profile; however, it was always stressed than when gathering information it must be done so in a timely and efficient manner.

He shrugged his shoulders and hunched over the desk, working out his plan. He had no idea of the fatal consequences his master spoke of in the case of failure (perhaps Master Komatsu himself would be the fatal consequence!), but his years of training gave him confidence in his ability to manipulate information.

According to Aimoto's bio that Taro received in the briefing of his assignment, Aimoto's father Toji Aimoto was the head of a very powerful media outlet. By simply inquiring into this fact, he might be able to get the information needed, he thought. He inched his hand off of his desk and into the air, bowing his head down and erecting his arm straight up. In theory this sort of practice was commonplace; however, he had yet to see it in practice.

Taro hadn't been paying attention to the dynamics of the classroom at that point. He was overcome with an anxious feeling in his stomach. "Nagesaki," said the instructor, referring to Taro by the family name he was registered under (family was an almost foreign concept in his clan). "What's the answer to number 3 on the board?"

He suddenly realized his mistake. Not only had he never had a formal education before, but he hadn't even been paying close enough attention to the lecture to figure out the answer to the question he had just accidentally volunteered for!

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Taro is on the hot seat now. How will he deal with this situation? Do you think his ninja training will help him get the right answer, or do you think he can answer the question at all? Let me know what you think in the comment sections and find out more on the next exciting chapter of Taro's Ninja Spy High school.

1 comment:

  1. I think it's interesting that Taro pictured his target as being tall/slender like a scarecrow made of bamboo. I think it'd be ironic if the SCARECROW guy chose Taro---it'd be like a skinny guy randomly having a fight/grudge on a bigger guy. (I'm imagining the scarecrow guy to be automatically "smaller" than everyone else---by that I mean, maybe as tall, but definitely skinnier.) Or it'd be funny if there were a fight triangle (similar to a love triangle), where one character's all, "Rawr! You're my rival!" Then another's like, "Nuh-uh, cuz he's MY rival!" And them all battle it out xD


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.