Friday, May 27, 2011

Comment Response #6

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Hey guys! It's that time again. Comment Response Time!

Lynelle Poet suggested that I add a character profile page. I've gotten a few suggestions from friends about this, but wasn't quite sure if I should really do it. There's a couple reasons why I've been a little hesitant to do this:
  1. I feel like this information should be obtainable through the story. By adding a character profile page, it might subtract from the imagination of the readers as they would take whatever I said about the character as pure fact.
  2. I didn't really think anyone would start reading from anywhere than the beginning. But maybe they would. I don't know.
But it's definitely something I'm willing to continue to consider.

Also, as for your concern with Following the blog, Lynelle, I actually took the Blogger banner thing off the top of the page because I think it doesn't look very good. However, you can follow the blog by clicking the follow button in the sidebar of the page on the widget. Sorry, I wasn't trying to hide it. Promise!

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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.