History Manga / NininGaShinobuden

24th Aug '16 3:20:38 AM JRPictures
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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.

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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 Creator/NYAVPost 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.
23rd Jul '16 1:38:20 AM Soufriere
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* 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]]...
* SchmuckBait: The button in the new years episode. It has warnings posted all around it, but of course Shinobu presses it anyway.

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* 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]]...
platonic]]…
** The supplementary art [[{{Fanservice}} plays this up to the hilt]]. Nozomi's DVD box features Shinobu and Kaede standing back-to-back, hands interlocked… and wearing each other's clothes.
* SchmuckBait: The button in the new years New Year's episode. It has warnings posted all around it, but of course Shinobu presses it anyway.
23rd Jul '16 1:30:34 AM Soufriere
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'''''Ninin ga Shinobuden''''' [[note]] (literal translation: the Tale of 2×2=Shinobu)[[/note]], known outside Japan as '''''Ninja Nonsense: The Legend of Shinobu''''', was a manga series by Ryōichi Koga that ran in Dengeki Daioh from 2002 to 2006. Its story, [[WidgetSeries such as it is]], can best be described with that word "Nonsense" in the international title, being one of the purest examples of rapid-fire parody and insanity since ''Anime/ExcelSaga''.

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'''''Ninin ga Shinobuden''''' [[note]] (literal translation: the Tale of 2×2=Shinobu)[[/note]], 2×2=Shinobu Tale)[[/note]], known outside Japan as '''''Ninja Nonsense: The Legend of Shinobu''''', was is a manga series by Ryōichi Koga that ran in Dengeki Daioh from 2002 to 2006. Its story, [[WidgetSeries such as it is]], can best be described with that word "Nonsense" in the international title, being one of the purest examples of rapid-fire parody and insanity since ''Anime/ExcelSaga''.



* PunBasedTitle: Hoo boy. It's a multilevel pun on "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). The English title doesn't even try to translate the pun, going with the much more descriptive "Ninja Nonsense".

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* PunBasedTitle: Hoo boy. It's a multilevel pun on "2×2=4" / "two twos are four", "two people" (the meaning of ''ninin'' if written 二人, though it's that character combination is more commonly read ''futari''), ''futari''… which can have romantic subtext, fitting considering Shinobu's obsession with Kaede), and "to hide" (''shinobu'', which is etymologically related to ''shinobi'', a synonym for ninja). The English title doesn't even try to translate the pun, going with the much more descriptive "Ninja Nonsense".



* SchmuckBait: The button in the new years episode: it has warnings posted all around it, but of course Shinobu presses it anyway.

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* SchmuckBait: The button in the new years episode: it episode. It has warnings posted all around it, but of course Shinobu presses it anyway.



* SickEpisode

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* SickEpisodeSickEpisode: Shinobu gets sick in one episode.



* ThemeTune: Both the opening and ending tunes are hard to get out of your head, dammit!

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* ThemeTune: Both Unusually for a series like this, the anime's opening theme was specially made for it. Both it and the ending tunes theme are [[EarWorm hard to get out of your head, head]], dammit!


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* TwoShorts: Almost every episode of the anime follows this format.
22nd Jul '16 10:18:30 PM Soufriere
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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''''', was a manga series by Ryōichi Koga that ran in Dengeki Daioh from 2002 to 2006. Its story, [[WidgetSeries such as it is]], can best be described with that word "Nonsense" in the international title, being one of the purest examples of rapid-fire parody and insanity since ''Anime/ExcelSaga''.

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'''''Ninin ga Shinobuden''''' [[note]] (literal translation: 2×2=Shinobu-den)[[/note]], the Tale of 2×2=Shinobu)[[/note]], known outside Japan as '''''Ninja Nonsense: The Legend of Shinobu''''', was a manga series by Ryōichi Koga that ran in Dengeki Daioh from 2002 to 2006. Its story, [[WidgetSeries such as it is]], can best be described with that word "Nonsense" in the international title, being one of the purest examples of rapid-fire parody and insanity since ''Anime/ExcelSaga''.



One starts to wonder if the real mystery is how Shinobu remained as innocent as she is, while living in the frat boy atmosphere of the ninja mansion....

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One starts to wonder if the real mystery is how Shinobu remained as innocent as she is, while living in the frat boy atmosphere of the ninja mansion....
mansion…



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.

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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:•]] 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.



* AmbiguouslyGay: Shinobu has a massive crush on Kaede and refers to her as a "more than friend less than lover" friend. Kaede on the other hand is more ambiguous flipping through being freaked about Shinobu's crush to being ''very'' protective and supportive of Shinobu.

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* AmbiguouslyGay: Shinobu is not ambiguous in the least; she has a massive crush on Kaede and occasionally refers to her as a her "more than friend but less than lover" friend. Kaede lover". Kaede, on the other hand hand, is more ambiguous ambiguous, flipping through being freaked about Shinobu's crush to being ''very'' protective and supportive of Shinobu.



* AttentionDeficitOohShiny: Kitty!
* 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. [[note]] It is literally impossible to fit 3,000 frames of TV animation into 90 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]]
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Kaede, the only person in the series who never had any sort of fighting training (regardless of competence), delivers one '''hell''' of an asskicking to Onsokumaru in Episode 3 when she thinks he kicked Shinobu out of the ninja school.

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* AttentionDeficitOohShiny: Kitty!
Kitty! [-Shinobu's being distracted by a cat during her exam actually sets the story in motion.-]
* BaitAndSwitchCredits: Lampshaded. The opening theme features what looks like Shinobu fighting a dark version of herself, which never happens in the show itself, proper, 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. thousand cels''. [[note]] It is literally impossible to fit 3,000 frames cels into 90 seconds of TV animation into 90 seconds – assuming the opening was animated at 24 frames per second, the most it could have had was 2,160 frames. cels. Note that an ''entire episode'' rarely if ever has three thousand unique frames.cels.[[/note]]
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Kaede, the only person in the series who never had any sort of fighting training (regardless of competence), delivers one '''hell''' ''hell'' of an asskicking to Onsokumaru in Episode 3 when she thinks he kicked Shinobu out of the ninja school.



** Kaede gets one early on after the ninja clan decide not to kill her:
--->''"That's good. It's only the first episode; I'd hate to die so soon."''
** The opening credits feature Kaede chucking Onsokumaru into the camera.



* CovertPervert: Shinobu, who barely conceals the less-than-innocent thoughts she has about Kaede. Onsokumaru, on the other hand, is a very [[CovertPervert UN-Covert Pervert]]
* TheDitz: Shinobu, who might even be considered a GeniusDitz at ninjitsu... at least compared to the ''rest'' of her clan.
** On the other hand, the rest of them are all aware that Onsokumaru is the Headmaster (to the extent that they think his "secret" is something else), whereas Shinobu is unable to see through his PaperThinDisguise, even when he finally does tell her he's the headmaster

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* CovertPervert: Shinobu, who barely conceals the less-than-innocent thoughts she has about Kaede. Onsokumaru, on the other hand, is a very [[CovertPervert UN-Covert Pervert]]
[[AvertedTrope OVERT pervert]].
* TheDitz: Shinobu, who might even be considered a GeniusDitz at ninjitsu... ninjitsu… at least compared to the ''rest'' of her clan.
** On the other hand, the rest of them are all aware that Onsokumaru is the Headmaster (to the extent that they think his "secret" is something else), whereas Shinobu is unable to see through his PaperThinDisguise, even when he finally does tell her he's the headmasterheadmaster.



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

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



* EvilWeapon: Parodied to the hilt in an episode where Shinobu opens a box of supposedly cursed objects; the first object is a samurai sword that possesses its holder and makes them attack people, but the blade turns out to be made of jelly. Further [[ArtifactOfDoom evil objects]] emerge, getting steadily more ridiculous (a steering wheel that causes its holder to pretend they are a car, an afro wig that causes its wearer to disco dance, etc.), until the characters realize they misread the label on the box and the curses were all in their minds.

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* EvilWeapon: Parodied to the hilt in an episode where Shinobu opens a box of supposedly cursed objects; objects – the first object is a samurai sword that possesses its holder and makes them attack people, but the blade turns out to be made of jelly. Further [[ArtifactOfDoom evil objects]] emerge, getting steadily more ridiculous (a steering wheel that causes its holder to pretend they are a car, an afro wig that causes its wearer to disco dance, etc.), until the characters realize they misread the label on the box and the curses were all in their minds.



** Not to mention when the Ninja start taking their clothes off...
* {{Fanservice}}: Usually in the context of a parody or LampshadeHanging, but still...

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** Not to mention when the Ninja Sasukes start taking their clothes off...
off…
* {{Fanservice}}: Usually in Shinobu and Kaede are both very curvy and the context of a parody or LampshadeHanging, but still...anime loves to draw attention to it. Of course, it's also {{Lampshaded}} to the hilt.



* GratuitousEnglish: In the sub, Onsokumaru is fond of phrases like these.

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* GratuitousEnglish: In the sub, Japanese dub, Onsokumaru is fond of phrases like these.these [[Creator/NorioWakamoto (as is his voice actor)]].



* InexplicablyAwesome: Onsokumaru, except for the "awesome" part. No explanation is given for what he is, how he became the head of a ninja clan, or how he can shapeshift. This doesn't make him any less of an incompetent screw-up, however
* InstantExpert: Parodied. When Miyabi is cornered by her own paper wards in Episode 2, all the ninja immediately throw '''lots''' of shuriken to stop them. They don't miss '''a single one'''. As Miyabi thinks that maybe that ninja clan isn't as half-assed as she thinks... cut to the ninjas tearfully celebrating the fact that ''it was the first time they threw shuriken'' (one of them even calls his mom to tell her about it!).
* {{Jerkass}}: Onsokumaru
* LethalChef: Miyabi, although in her defense she'd never cooked before. That doesn't really excuse her for mixing up [[spoiler: gunpowder]] for pepper, however.

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* InexplicablyAwesome: Onsokumaru, except for the "awesome" part. No explanation is given for what he is, how he became the head of a ninja clan, or how he can shapeshift. This doesn't make him any less of an incompetent screw-up, however
however.
* InstantExpert: Parodied. When Miyabi is cornered by her own paper wards in Episode 2, all the ninja immediately throw '''lots''' ''lots'' of shuriken to stop them. They don't miss '''a single one'''. As Miyabi thinks that maybe that ninja clan isn't as half-assed as she thinks... thinks… cut to the ninjas tearfully celebrating the fact that ''it was the first time they threw shuriken'' (one of them even calls his mom to tell her about it!).
* {{Jerkass}}: Onsokumaru
Onsokumaru.
* LethalChef: Miyabi, although in her defense she'd never cooked before. That doesn't really excuse her for mixing up [[spoiler: gunpowder]] [[spoiler:gunpowder]] for pepper, however.



* {{Mukokuseki}}: Being blonde and blue-eyed, Kaede would fit the Gaijin PhenotypeStereotype like a glove, but she is apparently Japanese, albeit this isn't exactly surprising, taking into account [[Creator/AyakoKawasumi Kaede's VA]] has a [[PigeonholedVoiceActor very long story voicing blondies]].

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* {{Mukokuseki}}: Being blonde and blue-eyed, Kaede would fit the Gaijin PhenotypeStereotype like a glove, but she is apparently Japanese, albeit this Japanese. This isn't exactly surprising, taking into account considering [[Creator/AyakoKawasumi Kaede's VA]] has a [[PigeonholedVoiceActor very long story voicing blondies]].



* {{Ninja}}: It's even in the ''title''

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* {{Ninja}}: What do you expect? It's even in the ''title''''title''.



* PunBasedTitle: Hoo boy. It's a pun on "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). The English version doesn't even try to translate the pun, going with the much more descriptive "Ninja Nonsense".

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* PunBasedTitle: Hoo boy. It's a multilevel pun on "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). The English version title doesn't even try to translate the pun, going with the much more descriptive "Ninja Nonsense".



* ShoutOut: Shinobu's attire is based off [[LaBlueGirl Miko Mido's]] along with [[VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters 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 [[Anime/LaBlueGirl Miko Mido's]] along with [[VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters Mai Shiranui's]] hair style and her strange ball ornament at the end of a long ponytail.



* VisibleSigh

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* VisibleSighVisibleSigh: Pretty much everyone does this at least once.
10th Jul '16 10:11:48 AM BleuStar365
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** Speaking of which, [[NamesTheSame Kaede's last name is Shiranui]].
10th Jul '16 10:06:34 AM BleuStar365
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* GoneHorriblyWrong: According to Miyabi, this is what happens when Onsokumaru makes the scene in a normal setting.
5th Jul '16 11:32:40 PM BleuStar365
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* AmbiguouslyGay: Shinobu has a massive crush on Kaede and refers to her as "more than a friend less than lover". Kaede on the other hand is more ambiguous flipping through being a little freaked about Shinobu's crush to being ''very'' protective and supportive of Shinobu.

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* AmbiguouslyGay: Shinobu has a massive crush on Kaede and refers to her as a "more than a friend less than lover". lover" friend. Kaede on the other hand is more ambiguous flipping through being a little freaked about Shinobu's crush to being ''very'' protective and supportive of Shinobu.
3rd Jul '16 1:46:59 AM BleuStar365
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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 more ambiguous flipping through being a little freaked about Shinobu's crush to being very protective of Shinobu.

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* AmbiguouslyGay: Shinobu has a massive crush on Kaede and refers to her as "More "more than a friend not quite a less than lover". Kaede on the other hand is more ambiguous flipping through being a little freaked about Shinobu's crush to being very ''very'' protective and supportive of Shinobu.
3rd Jul '16 1:44:29 AM BleuStar365
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3rd Jul '16 1:44:28 AM BleuStar365
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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 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 more ambiguous flipping through being very protective of Shinobu to being a little freaked about Shinobu's crush.crush to being very protective of Shinobu.
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