Originally posted by Caracal@Jul 25 2005, 05:56 PM
Personally I fail to see why Ninjas are so popular. Yeah, they're cool but they have no honour and I don't think they follow the Code of Bushido. And as for fighting skills, to me they're no different from people who do TaeKwonDo or Karate. But that's just my opinion.
Ok, I have a lot of books about the historical stuff about ninja and samurai…and here is what I know....
I personally think they are popular because of the mystery surrounding them. Some people say they didn't even exist (although, that could be because of their secrecy). They were kind of like the super secret agents of their day.
Some people believe that many samurai were actually also ninja, but it was usually just kept secret. Hattori Hanzo was surely trained as a samurai, although he is most famous for being a ninja.
It is true that they were used to do the dirty work that a samurai could not do in public. Ninja were also somewhat looked down upon because of this. They were also thought to have supernatural powers...and even though they did not (just simple illusion and trickery), they encouraged people to think this, so they would be more feared.
But their training seemed to be even more rigorous than that of a samurai. They had to learn to climb, swim, balance, hide, stand still, etc. It's said that some were trained to dislocate their limbs and stuff. They also trained with many weapons and tools - and most weapons actually doubled as tools.
However, this is just what my books say. Don't blame me if it's not correct...nobody will ever know for sure. I am a firm believer that ninja did exist though...in some form or fashion (I mean...come on, at least spies and assassins existed...so I don't see why so many people doubt the existance of the ninja).
Sorry for being off topic...just wanted to point out some stuff about why many people (myself included) find them so intriguing.
I do have to say that I like the historical image of the ninja more than the Naruto style ninja though...but that could be because ninjas seem so "normal" in Naruto, because there are so many (since that is the focus of the series). I usually like it better when there is a series with only a few ninja characters...it makes them stand out more.