MonsterTalk #030 - Unmasking the Ninja

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MonsterTalk #030 - Unmasking the Ninja

Post by DoctorAtlantis » Wed Jan 26, 2011 8:17 pm
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This week the hosts of MonsterTalk take on the mysterious, mystical, legendary menace of the ninja! Should ninjas be considered monsters? They come out at night, have mysterious powers and use fear and lethality to wreak havoc. But to be sure, we Ask a Ninja. Also, we interview Matt Alt, co-author (with Hiroko Yoda) of Ninja Attack: True Tales of Assassins, Samurai and Outlaws.
In this episode
What are/were ninjas?
What was their purpose?
How did they make the transition to SuperHero?
How were they different than samurai?
What did real ninja look like?
Where did black-suits come from?
What were some of the super-secret ninja equipment? (shuriken, etc.)
What are some of the myths and legends surrounding ninjas, esp. supernatural powers and abilities?
What did it cost to hire a Ninja?
What were “ninja spells?”
Plus much, much more!

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Re: MonsterTalk #030 - Unmasking the Ninja

Post by busterggi » Sun Jan 30, 2011 4:22 pm

An excellent history lesson so I'll allow history to fill in for science on this one.

As to monsterhood being granted to ninjas...I'm not totally convinced.

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Re: MonsterTalk #030 - Unmasking the Ninja

Post by idoubtit » Tue Feb 01, 2011 11:04 pm

I'll admit I was skeptical when I heard you guys were doing a Ninja episode but it was excellent. I learned a lot.

Some comments: Ninjas feature prominently in the Quirk Books Pride and Prejudice and Zombies books (there are two). Can't get much better than ninjas fighting zombies.

I noticed a comment at the end about "UMAs" - unidentified mystery animals. Is this commonly used? I'll admit I don’t think I've heard that before but I like it!!! Know anything about it?

Finally, great quote "Watch where you sit, man."

Very entertaining episode.