Ninja Reflex

Ninja Reflex (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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.

Watch more RetroBlasting on their YouTube channel.


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3 responses »

  1. Sean says:

    I actually watched this Retroblasting video earlier this month (or maybe it was in January). It did give a fascinating history of ninjas in American entertainment. The video brought back lots of 80s memories for me. Remember when we were in middle school, how popular those “Chinese throwing stars” were? Kids would actually bring those into our middle school to show off. Keep in mind that this was before the “zero tolerance” laws were implemented in American schools during the 1990s. In fact, our middle school history teacher got in trouble because he took a kid’s throwing star, and he himself threw it and broke a window in the classroom! (I think he lost a day of pay or something like that). Do you remember that, ShadowWing?

    Also, David J. had a “ninja school” at his home. I remembered taking a lesson there. He showed how to disappear like a ninja. Basically, he blew onto a hand mirror, and said “Look, I’ve disappeared because now you can’t see me in the mirror! I’m a ninja!”. It’s a good thing that David J. wasn’t charging money for his ninja school. Then again David J’s credibility was totally off anyhow becaus, he was the same kid who claimed that Jesse James slept at his house when it was a stagecoach stop (he said he found Jesse James’s guns in his basement along with graffitti left behing that said “JJ”) and also stated that the Leatherman ate spaghetti and meatballs at his home with is family. (Goggle the Leatherman, and you will see that this famous hobo passed away in the late 1800s. There’s no way he was eating Ragu with David J”s family in 1987!)

    Oh, the 80s!


    • I actually don’t remember that window incident. And Dave was….Dave.


      • Sean says:

        I also have another Ninja story from around 1984 and 1985 when I was in boy scouts. My boy scout troop was at a jamboree, a camping event with boy scout troops from other towns. We were walking around in woods near the camping field, when all of a sudden, this kid jumps out in full ninja outfit and nunchucks. He had a friend with him who was like his “hype man”. The friend said stuff like “Beware of Toby the Ninja!” Then they disappeared. They told what town they were from, so we went back to our scout leader, told him about this. He told the scout leader from that town, and Toby and his buddy were sent home early.

        I tell you, Ninjas were very popular in our particular area of our state back in the 80s. Those 3 particular stories I shared illustrate this.


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