I know, this was supposed to be a v-log, but I have a lot of congestion in my throat that’s coming up, and…let’s just it’s not something I want to broadcast online. The FIRST TIME I try to do this…..anyway, it’s not an option today. So let’s talk ninjas.
Martial arts movies go through a pattern of crazes. Wire Fu, kung fu, ripping off Power Rangers–it changes focus every year. In the 1980s that focus was on the ninja…or at least a very glamorized take on ninjas. For example, the traditional media costume was taken from bunraku theater puppeteers, trying to keep the focus on puppets and props. While it’s possibly a ninja once wore something like it to get close to a victim, they usually dressed like normal people so they could hide in plain sight. That means technically Naruto Uzumaki’s track suit is closer to an actual ninja outfit than your typical Foot Clan soldier.
During the 80s ninjas were everywhere, whether they were fighting turtles, possessing innocent women with their ghosts, or working for a daring, highly trained special missions force. And they’re still with us today, missioning forces, answering questions, and killing people while dancing ninja style. They’re even doctors…although that recently changed. (We miss you, Doctor McNinja.) In this panel conducted by the hosts of YouTube show RetroBlasting we get a look into the media craze that was the 80s ninja.
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