History Manga / NininGaShinobuden

22nd Apr '16 12:39:37 AM Soufriere
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'''a.k.a:''' ''2x2 Shinobuden'', ''Ninja Nonsense''

''Ninja Nonsense: The Legend of Shinobu'' was a manga series by Ryōichi Koga that ran in Dengeki Daioh from 2002 to 2006. The TwelveEpisodeAnime ran in 2004, featuring a set of Japan's most popular {{seiyuu}}s. It is licensed in the US by Right Stuf International, and featured a particularly good comedic dub with regulars from New York-based NYAV Post recording studio. Although Right Stuf continues to hold the license and (as of now) its video sets are still in print, they farmed out the broadcast rights, first to ADV's Anime Network, then more recently to Creator/{{FUNimation}}.

Kaede is a normal schoolgirl struggling with her studies at home. The last thing she wanted was an interruption in her studies. However, when that interruption takes the form of Shinobu, a pink-and-purple clad, buxom ninja apprentice trying to pass her own tests, interruption takes on a surreal new meaning.

Despite misgivings, Kaede decides to help the innocent, somewhat [[TheDitz ditzy]] Shinobu to pass her test, and eventually befriends her. Shinobu introduces her to the mysteries of living as a ninja. Mysteries like her classmates, who all resemble the love children of ShoKosugi and a Jawa. Or their leader, Onsokumaru, who appears to be nothing less than the Walmart happy face after moving to Japan and taking up the role of martial arts master / [[DirtyOldMan pervert]].

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'''a.k.a:''' ''2x2 Shinobuden'', ''Ninja Nonsense''

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'''''Ninin ga Shinobuden''''' [[note]] (literal translation: 2×2=Shinobu-den)[[/note]], known outside Japan as '''''Ninja Nonsense: The Legend of Shinobu'' Shinobu''''', was a manga series by Ryōichi Koga that ran in Dengeki Daioh from 2002 to 2006. The TwelveEpisodeAnime ran in 2004, featuring a set of Japan's most popular {{seiyuu}}s. It is licensed Its story, [[WidgetSeries such as it is]], can best be described with that word "Nonsense" in the US by Right Stuf International, international title, being one of the purest examples of rapid-fire parody and featured a particularly good comedic dub with regulars from New York-based NYAV Post recording studio. Although Right Stuf continues to hold the license and (as of now) its video sets are still in print, they farmed out the broadcast rights, first to ADV's Anime Network, then more recently to Creator/{{FUNimation}}.

insanity since ''Anime/ExcelSaga''.

Kaede is a [[OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent normal schoolgirl schoolgirl]] struggling with her studies at home. The last thing she wanted was an interruption in her studies. However, when that interruption takes the form of Shinobu, a pink-and-purple clad, pink-and-purple-clad buxom ninja apprentice trying to pass her own tests, interruption takes on a surreal new meaning.

Despite misgivings, Kaede decides to help the innocent, somewhat [[TheDitz ditzy]] Shinobu to pass her test, and eventually befriends her. Shinobu introduces her to the mysteries of living as a ninja. Mysteries like her classmates, who all resemble the love children of ShoKosugi Sho Kosugi and a Jawa. Or their leader, Onsokumaru, who appears to be nothing less than the Walmart happy face after moving to Japan and taking up the role of martial arts master / [[DirtyOldMan pervert]].



The series got a TwelveEpisodeAnime adaptation in 2004 featuring a cast of some of Japan's most popular voice actors. It was licensed for North America by Creator/NozomiEntertainment[[labelnote:]] (in those days simply the undifferentiated licensing arm of anime vendor The Right Stuf International)[[/labelnote]] and given a high-quality comedic dub courtesy of Creator/MichaelSinterniklaas's NYAV Post studio. Nozomi continues to hold the home video rights to this day, but broadcast rights have shifted over the years, first to Creator/ADVFilms' Anime Network and then to Creator/{{Funimation}} and Hulu. The original manga was briefly licensed and translated into English but cancelled partway through and is long out-of-print.



* TwelveEpisodeAnime



* BaitAndSwitchCredits: Lampshaded. The opening theme features what looks like Shinobu fighting a dark version of herself, which never happens in the show itself, much to the surprise and consternation of the characters. WordOfGod says that the battle with "Dark Shinobu" was actually storyboarded, but they ran out of episodes and budget to do it. Of course, these are the same people who wanted the opening credits sequence to have ''three thousand'' frames (for those who do the math, it's impossible to fit that many animation frames into 90 seconds).

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* BaitAndSwitchCredits: Lampshaded. The opening theme features what looks like Shinobu fighting a dark version of herself, which never happens in the show itself, much to the surprise and consternation of the characters. WordOfGod says that the battle with "Dark Shinobu" was actually storyboarded, but they ran out of episodes and budget to do it. Of course, these are the same people who wanted the opening credits sequence to have ''three thousand'' frames (for those who do the math, it's frames. [[note]] It is literally impossible to fit that many 3,000 frames of TV animation frames into 90 seconds).seconds assuming the opening was animated at 24 frames per second, the most it could have had was 2,160 frames. Note that an ''entire episode'' rarely if ever has three thousand unique frames.[[/note]]



* BlatantLies: Onsokumaru's claims that he's a hawk, or anything remotely competent.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: quite frequently.
* CerebusSyndrome: The last episode is an epic LampShade of this.

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* BlatantLies: Onsokumaru's claims that he's a hawk, or anything remotely competent.
competent. Shinobu buys it.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: quite frequently.
Frequently. It's rare that this show ''has'' a fourth wall, at least whenever Onsokumaru and the Sasukes are around.
* CerebusSyndrome: The last episode is an epic LampShade LampshadeHanging of this.



** The second-to-last episode parodies this to a certain extent, with an episode focusing on Sasuke aka one of the random ninjas (albeit the one Onsakumaru addresses by name the most)

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** The second-to-last episode parodies this to a certain extent, extent with an episode focusing on Sasuke aka Sasuke, one of the random ninjas (albeit the one Onsakumaru addresses by name the most)



* {{Ecchi}}: It's hard to tell if it's doing this straight, subverting it, or both.

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* {{Ecchi}}: It's hard to tell if it's this show's doing this straight, subverting it, or both.



* EyeCatch



* FestivalEpisode

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* FestivalEpisodeFestivalEpisode: Complete with a (long) Ondo number at the end.



* GlowingEyesOfDoom

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* GlowingEyesOfDoomGlowingEyesOfDoom: Nearly every character has these at least once over the course of the series.



* HiddenEyes



* HotSpringsEpisode

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* HotSpringsEpisodeHotSpringsEpisode: And the show takes every opportunity to parody the concept to oblivion.



* MarshmallowHell: Onsokumaru gets this treatment from Shinobu after he turns out to not be dead in "Onsokumaru Goes To Hell." Unfortunately, he can't enjoy it as she accidentally suffocates him.
* MeaningfulName

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* MarshmallowHell: Onsokumaru gets this treatment from Shinobu after he turns out to not be dead in "Onsokumaru Goes To Hell." Hell". Unfortunately, he can't enjoy it as she accidentally suffocates him.
* MeaningfulName
him.



* {{Nosebleed}}

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* {{Nosebleed}}{{Nosebleed}}: Every male character has one at least once. Shinobu gets one sometimes around Kaede.



* PunBasedTitle: It's a pun on "2x2=4" / "two twos are four", "two people" (the meaning of ''ninin'' if written 二人, though it's more commonly read ''futari''), and "to hide" (''shinobu'', which is etymologically related to ''shinobi'', a synonym for ninja).
* PuniPlush: Shinobu has been described by fans as fairly chubby and having a big butt, partly from the art style. This gets a little toned down in fanservicey shots...

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* PunBasedTitle: Hoo boy. It's a pun on "2x2=4" "2×2=4" / "two twos are four", "two people" (the meaning of ''ninin'' if written 二人, though it's more commonly read ''futari''), and "to hide" (''shinobu'', which is etymologically related to ''shinobi'', a synonym for ninja).
ninja). The English version doesn't even try to translate the pun, going with the much more descriptive "Ninja Nonsense".
* PuniPlush: This series's art style is all about this. It results in Shinobu has been described by fans as appearing fairly chubby (for a Japanese girl) and having a big butt, partly from the art style. This gets a little butt. It's toned down a little in fanservicey shots...shots.



* RomanticTwoGirlFriendship: Shinobu explicitly introduces Kaede at one point as "more than a friend but less than a lover".
** Although the manner in which Shinobu consistently lusts over Kaede makes it clear that her feelings towards Kaede are [[SchoolgirlLesbians more than platonic]]...

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* RomanticTwoGirlFriendship: Shinobu explicitly introduces Kaede at one point as "more than a friend but less than a lover".
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lover". Although the manner in which Shinobu consistently lusts over Kaede makes it clear that her feelings towards Kaede are [[SchoolgirlLesbians more than platonic]]...



* SchoolgirlLesbians: Shinobu most certainly qualifies as this. If her overt infatuation with Kaede (and her Mother in one episode) doesn't make things clear, in the manga she [[spoiler: is completely serious about wanting to marry Kaede.]]

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* SchoolgirlLesbians: Shinobu most certainly qualifies as this. If her overt infatuation with Kaede (and her Mother in one episode) doesn't make things clear, in the manga she [[spoiler: is [[spoiler:is completely serious about wanting to marry Kaede.]]
13th Sep '15 2:04:19 PM nombretomado
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** In episode 12, Onsokumaru randomly spouts the line "[[Anime/LegendOfGalacticHeroes Iserlohn is diversion; the main unit is headed to Fezzan]]". Bonus points for the [[NorioWakamoto voice actor]] of Onsokumaru [[ActorAllusion voicing the character]] that led the aforementioned diversion.

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** In episode 12, Onsokumaru randomly spouts the line "[[Anime/LegendOfGalacticHeroes Iserlohn is diversion; the main unit is headed to Fezzan]]". Bonus points for the [[NorioWakamoto [[Creator/NorioWakamoto voice actor]] of Onsokumaru [[ActorAllusion voicing the character]] that led the aforementioned diversion.
16th Aug '15 1:02:32 AM memetics
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''Ninja Nonsense: The Legend of Shinobu'' was a manga series by Ryōichi Koga that ran in Dengeki Daioh from 2002 to 2006. The TwelveEpisodeAnime ran in 2004, featuring a set of Japan's most popular seiyuus. It is licensed in the US by Right Stuf International, and featured a particularly good comedic dub with regulars from New York-based NYAV Post recording studio. Although Right Stuf continues to hold the license and (as of now) its video sets are still in print, they farmed out the broadcast rights, first to ADV's Anime Network, then more recently to Creator/{{FUNimation}}.

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''Ninja Nonsense: The Legend of Shinobu'' was a manga series by Ryōichi Koga that ran in Dengeki Daioh from 2002 to 2006. The TwelveEpisodeAnime ran in 2004, featuring a set of Japan's most popular seiyuus.{{seiyuu}}s. It is licensed in the US by Right Stuf International, and featured a particularly good comedic dub with regulars from New York-based NYAV Post recording studio. Although Right Stuf continues to hold the license and (as of now) its video sets are still in print, they farmed out the broadcast rights, first to ADV's Anime Network, then more recently to Creator/{{FUNimation}}.
11th Aug '15 1:43:46 AM Ziodyne
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* EvenTheGirlsWantHer: After Shinobu gives Kaede Valentine's Day chocolates, she wonders why she's so popular with other girls. (She also received a ton of other chocolates from her female classmates.)
10th Aug '15 7:45:04 PM Ziodyne
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Added DiffLines:

* SchoolgirlLesbians: Shinobu most certainly qualifies as this. If her overt infatuation with Kaede (and her Mother in one episode) doesn't make things clear, in the manga she [[spoiler: is completely serious about wanting to marry Kaede.]]
9th Aug '15 10:14:05 PM Ziodyne
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* AmbiguouslyGay: Shinobu has a massive crush on Kaede and refers to her as "More than a friend not quite a lover". Kaede on the other hand is even more ambiguous flipping through being very protective of Shinobu to being a little freaked about Shinobu's crush.

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* AmbiguouslyGay: Shinobu has a massive crush on Kaede and refers to her as "More than a friend not quite a lover". Kaede on the other hand is even more ambiguous flipping through being very protective of Shinobu to being a little freaked about Shinobu's crush.
9th Aug '15 3:02:30 PM Ziodyne
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** Although the manner in which Shinobu lusts over Kaede at times makes her come close to being a [[SchoolgirlLesbians Schoolgirl Lesbian]].

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** Although the manner in which Shinobu consistently lusts over Kaede at times makes it clear that her come close to being a feelings towards Kaede are [[SchoolgirlLesbians Schoolgirl Lesbian]].more than platonic]]...
4th Jul '15 3:13:50 PM nombretomado
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** In episode 12, Onsokumaru randomly spouts the line "[[LegendOfGalacticHeroes Iserlohn is diversion; the main unit is headed to Fezzan]]". Bonus points for the [[NorioWakamoto voice actor]] of Onsokumaru [[ActorAllusion voicing the character]] that led the aforementioned diversion.

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** In episode 12, Onsokumaru randomly spouts the line "[[LegendOfGalacticHeroes "[[Anime/LegendOfGalacticHeroes Iserlohn is diversion; the main unit is headed to Fezzan]]". Bonus points for the [[NorioWakamoto voice actor]] of Onsokumaru [[ActorAllusion voicing the character]] that led the aforementioned diversion.
23rd Jun '15 11:01:09 AM nombretomado
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* ShoutOut: Shinobu's attire is based off [[LaBlueGirl Miko Mido's]] along with [[KingOfFighters Mai Shiranui's]] hair style and her strange ball ornament at the end of a long ponytail.

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* ShoutOut: Shinobu's attire is based off [[LaBlueGirl Miko Mido's]] along with [[KingOfFighters [[VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters Mai Shiranui's]] hair style and her strange ball ornament at the end of a long ponytail.
19th Feb '15 10:39:52 PM TheLaughingFist
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