Return to ninja magic (idea)

"Ninja Magic" is a [myth] that rose out of the clever tricks of the [ninja] being used in the superstitious and ignorant era of [feudal Japan].

From the [samurai]'s point of view, [ninja adversaries] were able to [transform into mist], summon man-eating wild animals to aid them, telepathically unlock doors, [become invisible], hurl balls of fire, and remain completely unharmed after being sliced several times with a [katana]. From the [ninja]'s (and [reality]'s) point of view, however, the [ninja] was simply able to [run like Hell] after throwing a [smoke bomb], sprinkle powdered [animal blood] or [urine] on an [enemy] to draw [vicious animals] toward him, unlock a locked door by reaching over the open roof around it with a pole or weapon, shed clothing while running to reveal an inner layer of clothing that matched their new surrounding, make ball-shaped [bombs] that could explode on impact when thrown, and wear dark clothing that would hide the appearance of blood when wounded. What is important, however, is that the stories that were recorded, retold, and publicized in [feudal Japan] were those of the [samurai], not the secretive [ninja]. Therefore, the story that the [public] got wasn't the [ninja]'s version where the [ninja] used [inventive stealth techniques] to fool his foe, but instead the [samurai]'s version where a [demon] dressed as a [ninja] defeated several [samurai warriors] through the use of [demonic supernatural powers]. Thus, the [myth] of "Ninja Magic" was born.

Today, we live in an [age of relative enlightenment], in which the [secrets of the ninja] have been revealed as a very clever use of [science], ingenuity, and [common sense]. So why does the [myth] of Ninja Magic still persist in our fiction? Well, despite being fairly enlightened, many, many people in several countries around the world have taken to keeping their [myths] alive by including them in their [fiction], either through [movies], [television shows], or [video games]. Because of this, we both know that Ninja Magic is a [myth] and use it to defeat [baddies] as [Ryu Hayabusa] in [Ninja Gaiden] at the same time.

Long live [fun myths], as long as we know the truth behind them.

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