Have you ever wanted your own personal Ninja? That is not a question that our heroine Beni Fujiwara has ever pondered, but she is about to find out what it is like! Many, many years ago, a ninja named Kagetora devoted his life to protecting Princess Beni ("Beni-Hime"). Unfortunately they are attacked, and Kagetora is flung into a lake, where he sinks to the bottom.
Beni is a modern high school girl, but her life is not quite normal. The story begins with her being threatened at knife-point. Not only that, but she is standing on the edge of the roof of a skyscraper. A struggle ensues, but things go from bad to worse when a mysterious boy appears out of thin air and lands on Beni, knocking her off the edge!
You guessed it—it's Kagetora. There was a time portal in the middle of that lake, and he has slipped forward in time to modern Japan. I suppose that if you are knocked off the edge of a skyscraper, it's good to have a ninja around, because, Kagetora is able to use some of his super ninja skills to save Beni from becoming a pavement pancake. When Kagetora lays eyes on Beni, he is convinced she is his "Beni-Hime-Sama" and swears to be her protector.
This manga is profoundly different in so many ways. Yet in some way reminiscent. While enjoyable to read it went by far to quickly.
The time travel was one of the best parts about this manga. It made me consistently have to think about where the characters where in time. The quickly established relationships between the characters evolved smoothly, even with the time travel. I enjoyed watching these characters grow.
This manga is far too short, I for one wished there was more!
I highly recommend this for a quick, romantic, action packed read!
I can start to say that I think Shinobi Life (Ninja Life) was a really great manga. After watched a lot of anime I started to feel like some themes and character stereo/archetypes circulated pretty frequently in some genres. So I deiced to give Shinobi Life a try, do to it contained some of my favorite genres (Action, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Martial arts, Romance, Shoujo, Super Natural), but in a new combination. And I wasn't disappointed.
I can for starter begin with the art. Even do it was really pretty characters, they had a unique kind of look. All have there own personal traits, but
the same style is used so you see a clear connection between the characters. Not seen that style before. I really growed to enjoy the visuals.
The story and character is what made me read the whole 13 volumes in just three days due. The combination of Ninjas, Time Travelling and Shoujo works really well. The manaka has done a great job binding the story together with the characters. Shore, we are getting some cliches here and there, but they are right timed and they doesn´t just feel like something out of place. But overall the story's pace and well woven red thread, was more then enough. I liked all characters. Some may start out some stereotypical and annoying, but if you bear with them they develop very nicely. For a Shoujo we have surprisingly much action and gore (the ninja tittle isn´t just there for show), and focus on other characters and their stories. To see how the time travelling and romance/drama themes developed was nothing but awesome as well.
Loved the end and how the story played out. So for me it´s a clear 10. I would have liked at least the double amount of what that come from. I wish that they would adapt this one to 24 epidoeisch anime. The Shinobi Life would had done it self very nicely on screen.
I'll keep this short and simple:
Do not let the first chapters fool you!
I had Shinobi Life on my on hold -list for years. And while it kept popping up as a recommended series, I always thought I'd pick it up later.
Today "later" finally arrived. After reading the first four chapters I started feeling quite fed up. Coincidentally my previous attempt at Shinobi Life ended at chap 4 so I thought I'd skim or crawl through a couple more before giving up indefinitely.
9 hours and 64 chapters later I am SO grateful for my stubborn streak!
The cheesy time-travel setup with overreacting characters eventually gave way
to a story filled with so many intricately performed plot twists and layers upon layers of character development that it had me completely wrapped around its proverbial finger towards the end. If something, Shinobi life reminded me of reading The Time Traveler's Wife: the time jumping plot messes with with your brain but in a very reader friendly way - making it both an emotionally and intellectually pleasing read.
Wow, I just taught it will be just another love/drama manga, but when I really got into it, I was overwhelmed!!! It has the love part, sad parts, action, etc., it has all I ever wanted to see in a manga!!! Really loved it, read it in two days, and now I'm so sad it came to an end. Really the best manga I've read so far :* :')