(英文版) 外国人のための忍者常識マニュアル - Ninja Attack !: True Tales of Assassins, Samurai, and Outlaws (英語) ペーパーバック – イラスト付き, 2010/7/8
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"I wish I'd had this beautiful book back in 1983 when Kevin Eastman and I created the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles -- it would have helped a lot! At the very least, the 'ninja stuff' in our comic book would have been quite a bit more authentic." -- Peter Laird, Co-creator, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
"A must read for ninja fans! And the illustrations are brilliant! I wish there was a Japanese edition of this book." -- Takashi Okazaki, Creator of "Afro Samurai"
HIROKO YODA and MATT ALT are a husband and wife team who run a Tokyo-based translation company that specializes in producing the English versions of Japanese video games, comic books and literature. They are the co-authors of Yokai Attack! , a guidebook to traditional Japanese monsters and demons, also published by Kodansha International. Their ninja experience includes credits as script consultants and translators on several of the “Ninja Gaiden” video games.
YUTAKA KONDO is widely regarded as an expert in jidaigeki (traditional period drama) films and is one of Japan’s top illustrators of ninja and samurai themes. He is the illustrator of the manga “Gojin” (released in English by Antarctic Press) and the bestselling Japanese “Dream Science Guide” series. He also served as the series advisor for Madhouse’s 2003 “Ninja Scroll” anime series.
It is very rare to find a book that can walk the right path, and this one does it wonderfully well.
Never taking itself too seriously, and demonstrating the comic qualities of 'Yokkai Attack', the authors nevertheless present the main myths and known facts about the various worlds of the shinobi (historical, mythological, filmic and modern revisionist) with charm and genuine affection.
The book debunks some of the modern Ninja "myths" and explores both the real, historical Ninja and the romantic ones of literature, explaining how some of the modern misconceptions came into being.
If I have a misgiving, it is some of the little mistakes (guys, please! Alexander the Great from Rome????) The sub-title is a bit more accurate than the main one as a number of the historical characters included are more like outlaws and Samurai than Ninja, but don't let that worry you.