Wednesday, December 8, 2010

The Appearance of Aimoto

Suddenly, the door slid open. Standing in the entrance was an unmistakable figure, Ichiro Aimoto. He was panting as if he had just ran. His hair was a mess and his shirt wasn't tucked in and wrinkled. The Aimoto in front of Taro seemed very different than the one he imagined, but there was no doubt it was him with his slender frame and narrow face.

"Sorry I'm late," said Aimoto, bowing his head slightly.

"Hall detention," the teacher said, not looking up but only pointing towards the door. "Now the way to solve number seven," he continued.

Taro watched as Aimoto stepped over to some buckets, grabbed two of them, and wandered back into the hall shutting the door behind him. This was his chance to observe his target. He would just have to find an excuse to get out of class and then he could use the opportunity to study Aimoto from a distance.

Taro looked over at two boys sitting in desks to his left. They were whispering to each other. Both boys had bowl cuts and wore round glasses. They reminded Taro of wild tanuki raccoons. They would look almost like twins if it wasn't for the fact that one was significantly fatter than the other.

"He's late again," whispered the fat raccoon boy to the other.

"He's always late," confirmed the other.

"Perhaps he'd care more if his family wasn't so wealthy," whispered the fat raccoon boy.

"You take school much more seriously when you can barely afford to go," agreed the other.

"Yamamoto, Chino," the teacher shouted. "Hall detention!"

The boys sighed, got up, and headed out the door with two buckets each. There went his chance, Taro thought. With the other two boys standing out there as well, it might be too risky to try and gather information now. He would have to wait until lunch, it seemed.

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Aimoto has finally arrived! But our young ninja has a problem. Will he get a chance to gather some intelligence on his target? Or is he going to have to report back with nothing to show? 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. Question: When the classroom scene began, wasn't Taro's teacher a man with glasses? How is the teacher now a lady? o.0 It's just something that I noticed.

    Anyway, other than that, it seems that things are getting on really well with this story. I was really entertained by the part where he accidentally kicked the ball over the fence. I was at first kind of disappointed when Taro had to leave the ninja hideout and go on his first mission, because I really liked his master- quite the character that one. I know that we'll see him again, but I miss him already.

    Anyway, this is proving to be a pretty interesting and engaging story. I can't wait to see what happens next!

  2. I like the revision that you made to this chapter. You corrected the mistake about the changing teacher (glasses man teacher for the win!), and made a few paragraphs more detailed but didn't change more than was necessary.
    And actually, I used to make mistakes like you made with my stories when I wasn't careful. Sometimes a character would say they were going to do something and it wouldn't happen, other times they'd change entirely- it's tricky when you haven't worked on something in a while, you always have to go back and read the previous chapters to make sure nothing is being missed/altered.

  3. The descriptions of the teacher reminded me of Snape. I also googled tanuki raccoons---they're supa cute, but I think I like red pandas better. (They look like raccoons, too, but I think it'd be more believable that tanuki raccoons get name-dropped, since the story DOES take place in Japan and all.)

    I think the raccoon boys make good minor characters (cuz they're ALWAYS ugly)---I'm thinking Weevil, from Yu-Gi-Oh


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.