Kaede is a normal school girl who was studying for her exams for school when suddenly she is interrupted by Shinobu, a girl who is a ninja-in-training, attempting to complete her exam. The problem is, in order for her to successfully complete her exam, she must steal one of Kaede's panties!
In Kaede's attempt to stop Shinobu from stealing her panties, an unexpected friendship is forged between the two. Kaede soon becomes engrossed in Shinobu's world, surrounded by partying ninjas and a yellow pac-man like thing by the name of Onsokumaru, who claims to be the master of all ninjas!
Upon seeing the cover for this series, you may think to yourself: This anime seems like a wacky take on the whole ninja plot. Honestly.....you wouldn't be far off.
Its not perfect, but does have a lot to offer in its short 12 episode run, which come in the form of two 15 minute shorts. This series banks on nothing more than laugh value, and honestly, it doesn't disappoint.
While this series is by no means going anywhere with its story, the comedy bits seem to arrive in the right place at the right time, enough to keep you entertained, yet not too frequent to where
the story relies solely on it alone. All the episode plots conclude at the end, whether it be spring cleaning at the dojo, to watching the gang going mushroom picking. So yeah, you kinda have to take it episode by episode. Sadly none of them will end on any sort of cliffhanger, which doesn't make it the most exciting series out there. To its credit it does do different thing for most of the series, even if some start to feel recycled towards the end.
It should be noted that this series contains a bit of Yuri references, viewers might also find it offensive that the male characters tend to treat the females merely as objects. And I must stress that this "male oriented series" is made only for the laughs, and not the story. So if that isn't your bag, then you probably won't dig this anime.
The animation is sharp and clear, with bright colorful effects. It truly is nice to look at in the eye candy department. Though I found the backgrounds to be a bit on the bland side (this could be because the animators want you to pay more attention to the characters themselves, and not on the backgrounds), and some of the character's attire come off as more plain than anything else. Certainly not the most well detailed series, but it does have a distinct character design and is bright and colorful!
The opening and closing theme are as you would expect, a party style j-pop song with the cast members doing random activities, high up on the laugh meter. The background beat as well, they have this certain style of circus beat that works good for the theme in the background! My only complaint was the lack in variety with it, that one BG track I mentioned is really the only good track you'll hear, as most others are generic style samurai beats. Overall the music it does have are all catchy and memorable for the most part, and should please the ears.
Each member of this series is well animated and has his/her own different personalities, none of which you will find annoying. Its pretty funny to see Sasuke (head ninja) switch to different ninjas on the fly, whether this was done intentionally is left up for debated. Although there is a good number of cast members, overall you will only get to really know the 5 main characters which you see on the above cover, so its not the most varied cast line up you would otherwise see. Which will be a turn off for some.
Bottom Line: 8/10
If you love comedy with fan service in your anime, then this title was made for you! If you don't, then you will most likely find Ninja Nonsense pointless, as its heart is not with any kind of involving story or deep character development, but simply with its laugh value. For my tastes, this is one of the best comedy anime to come around in a while, what it lacks in substance and story, it makes up for with pure humor!
As with most comedies, there really isn't much a story to speak of. Like in a sitcom, whatever is happening pretty much resolves itself within one episode. This series has 12 episodes split into two parts each; so it's kind of like watching an anime with 24 mini episodes.
As far as the comedy comedy goes, all I can say is, you will laugh. And you will laugh hard. (Which is why I gave it the score I did.) Keep in mind however that most of the humour is ecchi in some way and that this show, despite its cute demeanor, is definitely
NOT for kids. :D
I recommend watching this anime with subsitles enabled. When I watched the English dub on Anime on Demand, some of the jokes were presented in the form of captions or other writing, so the jokes were lost on me.
It's not anything amazing, but the characters are drawn cutely in a semi-typical moe style. The animation is fairly smooth and fluid and I didn't notice any obvious blunders, so that's easily forgiven. A lot of stills and exaggerated facial expressions are used for the comedic effect.
The opening and ending theme song are both cute and catchy, though nothing exceptional. I cannot comment on the Japanese dub; however, the English voices sounded pretty natural and were fitting for the characters.
The main character, Shinobu, is lovable - she's cute and clumsy and completely innocent. I happened to like her friend, Kaede, a lot better, considering she exercises reason in healthy amounts and frequently stands up for herself and Shinobu. Onsakamaru, the flying yellow ball, is more annoying than anything, but you often see him get pummeled by Kaede or Shinobu's sister so it's all good.
Technically, you could say that this anime has a lot of side characters. There are hundreds of faceless ninja present in every episode. They act less like individuals and more like one character, and are incredibly hilarious all by themselves.
I had lots of fun watching Ninja Nonsense. I mean - it's ninjas. It's gags galore. It's a cute main character! "Wheee!~" Yeah. The key is not to take it too seriously, as the anime isn't trying to be serious in the very least.
If you don't like ecchi humour, you should just give this one a pass. If you do/don't mind, give it a go. Just sit back; laugh; enjoy.
Ninja Nonsense: The Legend of Shinobu
T.V Series: 12 Episodes
Original run: July 7/04 – Sept 25/04
Original Author: Royichi Koga
Anime Director: Hitoyuki Matsui
In the world of ninjas, danger is imminent and lives are always at stake, but that’s not the case in this series, instead of focusing on the essence of a ninja, the show strays on a more comedic path. Despite this minor alteration, the series remains one of the best of its genre. The series focuses on the world of Shinobu, which is done through comedic snippets revolving around the protagonist. Despite not having an actual plot, the series does well to please its
viewers through facetious plot lines. In the world of Shinobu, mysteries events unfold and our heroin is faced with physically and morally questionable tasks that are concocted by her devious and lechers instructor, Onsokumaru. Absolutely absurd Assignments such as stealing underwear, abolishing taxes, pinching a marchman and making him cry, stum wrestling a bear, drying a river of tears, hitting a home run while holding the bat between your legs, to crossing the Pacific Ocean on a rubber raft. The comedic aspect of this show is incredible, and viewers are sure to get kick out of this series.
Shinobu is the focal star of the series. She is affectionate, and painstakingly devoted to her work. But her credulous behaviors sometimes conflict with her duty, making the simplest of tasks appear complicated. Despite these minor defects in her design, she is able to maintain an honest and caring relationship with Kaede through out the entire series, albeit sometimes their relationship escalates to a level that far exceeds the normalcy of companionship, which makes it insurmountable for the viewer to correctly assume the nature of their relationship. Shinobu’s state of simplicity is her strongest charm, which is wonderfully depicted through out the entire series.
Voiced by: Ayako Kawasumi (Japanese), Zoe Martin (English)
Normally one would associate blonde with deaden, but Kaede is the opposite image of that notion. She’s intuitive, more self-aware (despite being the same age as our heroin), and the most rational character in the series. However, her lack of knowledge of the zany world of ninjas is the reason why she is the most victimized in the series, but this certainly doesn’t diminish any of her established merits, as she remains astute through the series.
Voiced by: Nario Wakamoto (Japanese), Sean Schemmel (English)
Onsokumaru’s an enigmatic figure, and a very distinguished character in the series. He’s portrayed as a yellow spherical creature with a face, which is capable of metamorphism, and can freely change the shape of his physical being. One of his most notable transfigures is the muscular human body he takes when he reaches the emotional precipice. Onsokumaru is pervert that transcends the normal level of perversion. He constantly fantasizes about sexual situations to satisfy his sexual urges. He’s also the leader of the Sasuke army. Despite these foul exterior traits, Onsokumaru does have a decent side to him.
For the die hard fans of the comedic art, this series will definitely shed a new perspective on comedy as a whole. Ninja Nonsense immerses the viewer into the world of the ninjas and Shinobu, through a series of incredible sketches filled with witty humor. The standard of comedy depicted in this series is above precision, and the zany world of shinobu reinforces this point beautifully. With a dash of comedy, and perversion, this series is sure to appeal to the mass audience of the craft.
Ninja Nonsense as a comedic anime and manga solely intended for mature audiences is filled with sarcasm used to blemish other anime works. The standpoint of the series focuses more on the sex-related aspects of the show. These range from Onsokumaru’s perversion, which is at times illustrated with incredible measures, to Shinobu’s innocent care for Kaede, which is often misinterpreted by Onsokumaru as something sinister and sexually appetizing. The use of the fourth wall is a crucial element in the show, as it’s used as a mean to keep the viewer’s appetite riveted. The series heavily relies on this to invoke laughter from its audience.
The character design used in this series is more soft and playful, which is certainly favored in comedic animes. This is surely to appeal to the viewers, and is definitely and excellent way to present the atmospheric nature of the show. The Voice acting was superb, both the subbed and dubbed version were terrific. The audio quality and animation are wonderful and are an immense asset to the show.
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