Webcomic / No Need for Bushido

Ina: Look samurai boy, I have no need for bushido! Now put me down, go back there, and die with honor!
Yori: Sorry, too busy rescuing you.

A webcomic set in feudal Japan that starts out with an Arranged Marriage, moves to Rebellious Princess and Rescue Romance, then Character-Magnetic Team. By the time they've gotten to the major showdowns, the team consists of:

Yorikiro Wataro (Yori), our Hero, son of the most hated man in Japan. A bit of a ditz sometimes, but his heart is in the right place.

Ina Senshin, our Heroine, a strong-willed and loud-mouthed girl. When she gets her way, it's often because she bullied her teammates into obeying her.

Cho Teko, a blind Taoist priest. Comes off as a Cloud Cuckoo Lander by spouting Ice Cream Koans. Has a bit of a running gag about misreading the gender of any new character who comes near the team.

Kenta Daisuke or Ken, the guy with the huge sword. Enjoys sake and Kabuki plays. The Big Guy who's motivated by revenge for his clan, which got massacred by people apparently working for Yori's father.

Of the above, only Ina can't hold her own in combat, although lately she's proved to be an amazing strategist. But while Cho and Kenta are competent whenever they fight, Yori's plans often get derailed through his own idiocy or forgetfulness (as in "Oh, I totally forgot that I broke my sword last fight"), though he has recently taken out the second member of the Quirky Miniboss Squad.

The strip can be found here. The comic updates every Monday. The comic went on a long hiatus in July 2012, but returned in August 2013.

This webcomic contains examples of:

  • Action Girl: Ina, although it takes her a while to level up.
    • The Izuma Ninja Clan, which is led by an Action Girl (Suzuka) and has at least two more (Ayame and Yumiko) in its ranks, despite being almost 99% male otherwise.
  • The Alcoholic: Ken, very much so. At one point, while the other characters are fighting a major battle, Ken, after kicking metric tons of mook ass, runs out of sake. Solution? He goes and slaughters an enemy camp, and takes all of their sake. Then, when that runs out, he repeats the process. Multiple times. Until he finally passes out. And upon waking up back in camp, he wants more.
  • Anachronism Stew:
  • Animesque: The later chapters.
  • Art Evolution: When the comic started, it was... Not bad, but not great. Probably about as good as the first bits of Sluggy Freelance. These days every panel could be lifted from a high quality cel-animated movie. Not to mention Font Design Evolution, because it was a badly used Comic Sans MS, and now it's an exclusive font.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking: Masuhiro, daimyo of the Senshin clan gets ambushed by an entire ninja clan. He fights back without flinching, reasoning out they intend to capture him. He gets caught from being knocked out by a drug applied to a blade that gave him a shallow cut, but not before announcing his resolve to defeat them all and find out who hired them. He escapes imprisonment from these ninjas repeatedly (and then he gets captured again almost as many times by coming across their Action Girls and getting Distracted by the Sexy, but that's neither here nor there).
    • Hirotomo Wataro turns out to not be half-bad himself - while he just had guards take care of it the first time when Genchu turns against him, he can defend himself when it calls for it and does pretty decently considering his opponent is Genchu returning to kill him. When the Dual Wielding Genchu cuts his sword in half, Hirotomo uses his own left hand to stop the other sword he has no chance of blocking. Hirotomo loses from there, but Yori appears and surprises Genchu by yelling out his confusion at what's going on, giving Hirotomo the opportunity to win by unhesitatingly picking up his cut sword blade and stabbing Genchu in the arm with it.
  • Badass: Ken, very much so, and Yori to a lesser extent. Maru parodies this. He's...somewhat badass, but undercuts it by overusing the word, and insisting his underlings refer to him as badass.
    • Genchu is a Ronin who left the Wataro clan, refusing to serve Hirotomo's paranoid orders to annihilate the Daisuke clan. How can someone like that not be a complete Bad Ass? Any Mooks he's up against never have a snowball's chance in hell, he cuts off just Naraku's pinky finger after the two engage in a Single-Stroke Battle (thoughNaraku managed to inflict a shallow cut on his cheek), and he almost succeeds in killing Hirotomo years later after returning by cutting his way through the front door and any guards in his way (Yori popping in surprises him and gives Hirotomo a chance to turn the fight around.
  • Badass Long Hair: Yori has his moments for the first half, but for the second half, his hair worn down goes past his torso!
  • Bare-Handed Blade Block: Reconstructed version, Hiromoto stops a sword from killing him by grabbing it with one hand. His hand's bleeding and cut from it, but he's not dead.
  • Bedsheet Ladder: Averted, because the Rule of Funny apparently stated that falling on Ina's back with no serious injuries would be better.
  • Berserk Button: Do not call him "Nine Finger Nataku."
  • The Bet: Details still hazy, but Matrix and Lex appear to have a wager going on Yori's success or failure, respectively, with Matrix not above intervening with the plot to help Yori along.
  • BFS: Ken's sword is 12 feet long.
    • The Red Dragon Zanbatou he gains in 599 is somewhat shorter, but still bigger than he is.
  • Bishounen: In the later chapters, Ken and Yori get this treatment, thanks to the aforementioned Art Evolution. Yori's hair probably doesn't help him.
  • Blood from the Mouth: A few times. Including one fake-out when Yori actually just bit his lip during combat.
  • Bound and Gagged: Ina ends up like this in at least one set of comics.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: addressing readers and some other things.
  • Brick Joke: "Ninja lifts Mount Fuji"
  • Buffy Speak: "Don't do the wavy hand thing. I hate the wavy hand thing."
  • Calling Your Attacks: Yori does this a lot early in the comic. Eventually, he realizes it's a bad idea and stops doing it.
  • Captain Ersatz:
  • Catch Phrase:
    • Yori's "Holy Shnikies!" When he saw Ken's zanbatou, it was upgraded to "Holy flipping shnikies of demonic destruction!"
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Cho, in spades.
  • Chekhov's Gun:
    • The trick blade. Subverted twice. It's only a trick blade when it comes to stabbing; for slashing attacks it's entirely functional. And when slamming it hard into somebody's chest...it won't impale them, but it'll still be something akin to getting slugged with brass knuckles.
    • Played straight in the dispatching of Uso.
  • The Chessmaster: Yukizane, Ina's seemingly useless uncle.
  • Color Wash: Pastel colors and green tint indicate that you see things through the poisoned Yori's eyes, and you should not believe anything you see.
  • Combat Pragmatist: Murasaki fights dirty.
    • Hiromoto Wataro would have been killed by Genchu if Yori didn't pop up and surprise Genchu, leaving him open for Hiromoto to stab him in the arm with his blade from his cut-in-half sword.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass:
    • Yori comes across at first glance as an incompetent fighter and a coward but is actually a very competent fighter. Cho is all Ice-Cream Koans and "The Tao is guiding us", but in a recent comic he puts his foot down and causes a mini-earthquake.
    • The other example is Yukizane. See the entry under Obfuscating Stupidity below.
    • Cho's this too; you don't really expect him to be an amazing martial artist, he does kick serious ass sometimes.
  • Determinator: Rule #1 of Ken's Combat Rules: Don't stop not dying.
    • It matters not how many times his escapes are prematurely ended from letting his guard down by his embarrassment of Accidental Pervert moments toward the ninjas' Stripperiffic Action Girls, Masuhiro will keep trying!
    • After Ricardo loses almost all of his stock of guns from his ship sinking, he rebounds with greedy hope, reasoning the remainder are extra rare and valuable now.
      • And then, soon after being upset because all of his guns have been lost to him, he resolutely realizes he can just buy a bunch of junk from Japan and sell it back home for a ridiculous markup.
  • Disability Superpower:
    • Cho lacks sight and has to rely on Tao's guidance to attack. He is the best fighter in the group.
    • There's also Ryoku, one of the four Demons of Sorrow, who is also blind. He appears to have Daredevil-esque echolocation.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: as a Running Gag, Ina's father keeps making escape attempts from the sexy ninjas who captured him, but ultimately ends up knocked unconscious following an Accidental Pervert moment.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: Ken, while Training the Peaceful Villagers.
  • Every Japanese Sword Is a Katana: Averted. Has introduced more than one type of sword; introduces the name of the sword as well at times.
  • Eyeless Face: Cho always wears a hat that covers his eyes. It doesn't always cover the place where his eyes must be. He actually lacks eyes. Creepy.
  • Eyepatch of Power: lampshaded by Word of God in the comments here:
    It's highly probably a lot of impaired vision fighters pop out an eye just to gain the intimidation factor, why not!
  • Four Is Death: the Four Demons of Sorrow, Hirotomo Wataro's elite soldiers. They're more like the Two Demons of Sorrow now, though.
  • Four-Star Badass: Nataku, whose such a Bad Ass that... you know that enormous thing Ken swings around? Nataku clashes with it head-on with his fairly normal sword, and from that position overpowers Ken causing his BFS fly out of his hands. The visual effects make it clear that Nataku has some sort of Super Strength.
  • From Bad to Worse: The village battle. Fujio died, the villagers were massacred, Purple Samurai was mortally wounded, Ina was breaking down, and Cho was beaten by the two Demons of Sorrow who only just appeared. As it turns out, most, if not all of this was seen by Yori, who at that point was under the influence of a hallucinogenic drug. Later comics confirmed that Ina, Cho and Murasaki at least, were all fine and kicking ass. Fujio was also fine, but not kicking any ass. Of the three Demons of Sorrow, only one was actually there, and Yori killed him.
  • Funny Background Event: The protagonists' group are rearming after being in custody for a spell...and Yori hugs his sword.
  • Genre Savvy: Yori. Right from the outset he seems to instinctively know he's in an Affectionate Parody of shonen manga, but it's highlighted very much during Ina's planned defense of the strategic choke point, where he demonstrates genuine fear at Ina's ability to destroy an army. By this point, he's Genre Savvy enough to fear that running in terror like he should will shift her from a Tsundere to a Yandere.
  • Handicapped Badass: Cho is an extremely skilled martial artist, able to defeat (most) of his adversaries without breaking a sweat. Badass enough on its own; more badass when you consider his handicap.
    Ken: Wait a sec, so you're, like, as blind as a...uh...blind...guy.
    Cho: Indeed, I lack that particular sense.
    • Ryoku is also blind, and just as badass.
  • Hello, Nurse!: Matrix, the mysterious watcher who actually dresses like a nurse at one point.
  • High-Pressure Blood: Usually accompanied by the Unsound Effect: SPEWING!!
  • Highly Visible Ninja: Besides the regular, sneaky ninja, there are some that really stick out.
  • Hostage Situation: A few here and there, with Ino being taken to get Yori into a duel in one case.
  • Ice-Cream Koan:
    • Cho loves these, though they do occasionally seem to actually mean something. Occasionally.
    • Lampshaded in the post-hiatus recap, where Ina asks whether he's just making them all up on the spot. Cho claims they're words of wisdom that he picked up from reading his deceased master's ancient scrolls. When Ina points out that he's blind, Cho says that was "A minor setback."
  • Ignored Epiphany: Ken goes to watch a Kabuki Play in 127, next we see him, this happens:
    "I feel like that play exposed the true shape of the human condition that we only glimpse as shadows upon the walls of our lives. It's almost enough to make one question the morality of bashing random strangers for drink'n money....Nah"
  • Improbable Weapon User: One ninjette uses fans.
  • Improvised Weapon: Yori has to do this often. Broken sword, sheath, trick sword... Now that Matrix has given him one of her swords, he's back to being properly armed, but he still uses the trick sword.
  • Insulted Awake: Played for Laughs. If Ken is passed out (because of sake, combat, or both) when he's needed, Fumio will surely make an off-hand insult while saying how much they need him. He doesn't take it very well. (See I Resemble That Remark!)
  • Intrepid Merchant: Ricardo.
  • I Resemble That Remark!:
  • Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique: Ken's preferred interrogation technique.
  • Jidai Geki: Feudal Japan...mostly.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: Yori's gotten rather Bishōnen with Art Evolution, and his hair worn down goes past his torso!
  • Long-Lost Relative: Yumiko to Ken; she is (as far as she knows) the only other surviving member of the Daisuke Clan.
  • Master of Illusion: Uso induces illusions through hitting his enemies with a poison creating the affected's worst fears...until the poison gets worse and makes them see a platoon of Usos attacking them.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • "Shounen" is boy in Japanese, which he is. Also, Uso's name means lie, and he uses illusions.
    • It doesn't matter how much he insists, Murasaki's name means purple, not indigo.
    • General Nataku's warmongering might have been an inevitable reaction to him being named after the Japanese god of war.
  • Moment Killer:
  • Mook Chivalry: Played straight and subverted by the Demons of Sorrow. Ryoku attacks first, in a (mostly) fair duel. Then Uso announces that he's going to try next, so you expect another one-on-one. But when they finally confront Yori, all three of them attack at once. Subverted again when it turns out that the other two Demons are just hallucinations, and Uso is the only real one.
  • Ninja
  • Now or Never Kiss: A variation here, because death isn't entirely imminent for the two, but the situation is seems nonetheless rather dire.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Yukizane, at the beginning of his negotiations with Ayane. Lampshaded with Ayane's realization: "And another thing! You're—... you're... not nearly as dumb as you look".
  • Only Sane Man: Ina
    Ina: I said it was a bad idea, but no one listened. Nobody listens to the voice of reason!
  • Perfectly Arranged Marriage: Twisted all over. Ina was supposed to marry the eldest Wataro son, Yori, but he abandoned his clan due to his father's warlike policies, and his brother took his place. Ina, hearing she was being set up for an arranged marriage, ran away. Yori and Ina met, neither of them aware of who the other was, and fell in love. Unfortunately, by the time anyone realizes all this, the Wataro clan isn't interested in peace—if they ever were.
  • Perpetual Frowner: The Ambassador. The man doesn't drop it at all, even when his life is threatened.
  • Quirky Miniboss Squad: The Four Demons Of Sorrow
  • Runaway FiancÚ: Both Ina and Yori.
  • Running Gag:
    • Cho seems to be less than competent at guessing the gender of people he's never met. The humorous nature of this is what makes his accurate assessment of Matrix's gender a shock which adds to the current Mood Whiplash. This may point to Cho Obfuscating Stupidity.
    • And all people who find out that he's blind tend to do that wavey-hand thingy to test. He doesn't like it when people do that.
    • Also, Ina has pushed over Yori a lot, though one of creators said he never even realized that and it wasn't intentional.
    • Ina's father is constantly distracted by Boobs of Steel and captured with knock-out drugs. Lampshaded in a flashback.
    • Cho is a part of prophecy about a blind Taoist, a Hindu and a cleric entering a bar and ending the world. And he keeps trying to walk into bars. As of page 490, the Hindu and the cleric appeared in the comic.
    • Ken regularly threatens merchants that whatever they're selling better be the best he's ever had, or he'll kick their ass. He has yet to kick a merchant's ass yet.
    • As a meta example, Made-up sound effects are used often.
  • Samurai: Quite a few.
  • Samurai Ponytail: Second type worn by Genchu, a Ronin who left his clan due his daimyo's ruthlessness.
  • Say My Name: HIROTOMO!, as Genchu cuts through his guards to kill the spoken-of.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Show Some Leg: Courtesy of Suzuka, resulting in Masuhiro's failure...multiple times.
  • Slipknot Ponytail: Yori, during the first half of the battle with Ryoku.
  • Sociopathic Hero: Ken, as seen here.
  • Spell My Name with a "The": The Ennosuke Nakamura, famous kabuki actor and playwright. Ken is his biggest fan.
  • Straight for the Commander: Part of Yukizane's backstory involves ending a war by engaging the enemy commander in a one-on-one battle... in a game of chess
  • Strawman Has a Point: Ricardo points out there's not much point in selling weapons to a pacifist. He has a point, but Genchu points out a pacifist is far less likely to shoot you after the deal is done, which Ricardo acknowledges is a good point as well.
  • Stripperiffic: All female ninjas. Justified in that they dress like that to distract their enemies. This is why Suzuka beats the otherwise ultra-competent Masuhiro every time.
  • There Are No Rules: Sorta.
    Ken: Here's Ken's rules to fightin': First, in battle, yer either killin' or dyin'. So whatever you do, don't ever stop not dyin'. Second, we don't have time for stupid rules, so stop standing around there like a bunch of idiots, and start beating the crap out of each other!
  • Those Two Guys: Fumio and Fujio.
  • Title Drop: At least twice, most notably so far at the beginning:
    Ina: It looks more like you're running away to me.
    Yori: The code of bushido, the way of the warrior, would never allow me to just run away!
    Ina: Look samurai boy, I have no need for bushido!
  • Tsundere: Ina's a bit swingy.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Yori does, right around the time the Art Evolution really kicks in. Turns out he was always skilled, but Rule of Funny-induced bad luck concealed it before.
    • Ina during the defense of Lord Maru's village. She drew up the battle plans and commanded the defenders, buying time for the Senshin reinforcements to arrive. Then she turned right around and led a (somewhat) successful rescue of her father. In the end, however, Yukizane really saved the day.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Ken tends win most of his fights with brute strength and ferocity, with no regard for strategy. This trips him up when he comes up against opponents who are not only just as strong, if not stronger, but are also skilled.
  • Unsound Effect: All the time.
    • Among notable others are the commonly-used DOOM! and the once-used DRRAAAAMMMMAAAAA, as well as the ever popular HEAD... BUTT!
    • Not to mention SHOCKWAVE! and OH? NO! HE DIDN'!! (sic).
    • And, of course, ITSATRAP!!, immediately followed by NICE!
    • DA FACE!!!
    • CHILDHUG!, Which is probably supposed to be an incredibly cute sound.
    • FLAMEWAR!!!
    • Lampshaded by "insert your sound effect here".
    • And don't forget the best one of all "IMPLAUSIBLE!"
  • Wall Bang Her: Yori and Ina, in one piece of filler art.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Masuhiro's flashback reveals that Ina has at least two sisters... but they're never mentioned outside of that flashback and there's no explanation for why one of them couldn't have taken Ina's place in the Arranged Marriage like Eijiro took Yori's.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Ina gets called out because she's more concerned about her own problems when Ken and Yori have lost their clan and Cho is far more hurt than he lets out and she's still the rebellious princess who ran away because she only cared how it affected her.
  • We Used to Be Friends: Long before Genchu renounced his ties to Hirotomo, they were basically best buds.
  • The Worf Barrage: Ken's ludicrously big sword rarely hits anyone important. Not only that, but the taoist monks and Nataku managed to block it outright. Nataku later ups the ante from that, and just overpowers Ken while clashing with his BFS head-on.
  • Yandere: Yori fears Ina is moving this way. Or maybe she's just a fantastic strategist?

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