Monday, May 2, 2011

The Conclusive Blow: Ninja Versus Kung Fu Fighter Finale

As Taro stared at the warrior who stood opposite him, his eyes kept a close watch on the warrior's every movement, while at the same time his mind was filled with unanswered questions. Taro felt a deep connection with this warrior, both in combat and in Aimoto being his target. He felt almost brotherhood but quickly pushed those feelings aside afraid it might jeopardize his mission. No, he thought. I must maintain keen concentration at all times and never let my feelings dictate action. The life of a ninja was cold and lonely.

It was as this very thought passed through Taro's mind that he saw Aimoto quickly shift his wait to his back leg and kick forward in a blazing assault aimed at Taro. Suddenly, with a flurry of kicks and punches, all carefully aimed and fully completed, Aimoto came on Taro with amazing prowess.

Though Taro was thrown off guard, his instincts could not be fooled, and years of training paid off quite handsomely as his mind caught up with his body, effortlessly blocking and dodging blow after blow, neither warrior giving an inch of the battle to the other.

Aimoto arced back signaling quite plainly to Taro's trained eyes that a strong attack was coming, inevitably one which took much longer. To a handful of onlookers who had come to witness the battle, the difference was unnoticeable, but in the heat of the battle, the two warriors were frozen in time, gauging every move and every blow, constantly planning their next block or their next attack; an infinite number of things went through the minds of these two warriors in this brief moment; an infinite number of outcomes; an infinite number of practiced moves; and infinite number of irrelevant thoughts. And just as soon as the moment began, it was over, though it seemed akin to a lifetime for these two warriors.

In an instant, as Taro had seen the attack coming and Aimoto thought he had gained the upper hand, Taro moved effortlessly by the young warrior's deadly fist, redirecting the blow with one arm and preparing the counter with the other. Aimoto had no time to react having been thrown off guard due to a moment of arrogance, as Taro's fist made full contact with the side of Aimoto's cheek, sending him to the ground, draining from him in that instant his mighty battle prowess as though all the energy in his body was absorbed through Taro's strike.

Aimoto collapsed to the ground, falling like a rag-doll and skidding briefly against the smooth polished wooden floors of the dojo.

Aimoto instantly clambered to his feet and regained his stance though showing obvious effects from the blow. Then, just as it appeared he would continue, a voice rang out.

"Enough!" shouted Master Tao Zing.

The two stopped immediately.

Master Tao Zing, again in his usually casual manner, stroked his long chin whiskers and then gave out an enormous chuckle.

Then he finally said, "You boys have more fighting spirit in ye than we've seen in this dojo for many years. I think I've seen enough for today, and so has your fellow classmates."

Looking around him, it was clear to Taro that some of the students had been watching for some time and were clearly amazed at what they had seen. Taro's mind began to take off again, deeply concerned about his mission, wondering if this would jeopardize what he was sent here to do. This whole thing was foolish of me, he thought, though deep down he knew it could hardly be helped. He clenched his fist and started trying to think of how this would be explained to Master Komatsu.

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So what do you think of that outcome? Did you think that Taro could pull through, or did you think Aimoto was going to come out on top. To be honest, even as the author, even having a clear direction of where I want to go with the story, I sometimes have absolutely no idea what these characters are going to do. It almost seems to me as though they're real people and that their lives are on pause until I enable them with my diligent fingers to take their next breath and continue their story. Well, tell me what you think down below. Do you think its going good? Bad? Did I ruin ninjas for you forever? Are you bummed that there's no ninja jutsu magic? Go ahead. Let me know how you feel. Tell me if you love it, hate it, what. Let me here your voice on the matter, and then head on over to the next chapter of Taro's Ninja Spy High School!

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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.