Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Comment Response #5

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Alright, guys. It's finally time for Comment Response #5!

It's been a long time since I've had one of these because so few people have been posting comments, but I'm still hopeful that in the future I will have more feedback and responses and am still very appreciative of my readers (especially those of you who have stuck with me this far)!

Kwayzar posted a comment on the first chapter about the repetition in the first chapter of certain words, I think he's absolutely right. It can be difficult starting off a story especially, I think, because you're not always sure what scene to start with, what's going on in that scene, what it even looks like there, and a lot of these things were left pretty vague at first.

I've also gotten a few comments about a lack of description of the scenery and sometimes a lack of description of the characters, and these are definitely helpful and appropriate comments. I didn't even realize that I was lacking a lot of descriptions until someone pointed it out to me so I'll definitely keep that in mind for the revision and hopefully do a much better job on that for the next following chapters of our story.

Until then, I hope you guys continue to make some excellent comments and continue to enjoy reading the story. I love hearing from you guys. Remember that you don't have to sign in or do the captcha thing to post comments so just take a few seconds and write a few things about your reaction to the new posts.

Thanks guys!

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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.