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The Kouga Ninja Scrolls

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To resolve a clash over succession, the shogun Ieyasu Tokugawa has devised the ultimate contest. Two rival ninja clans, the Kouga and the Iga, will meet in a battle to the death. The victor will rule Japan for the next thousand years. But in the midst of this bloody war, an unlikely romance blooms b
Paperback, 311 pages
Published December 26th 2006 by Del Rey
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When I first picked up The Kouga Ninja Scrolls (and read the blurb), I was like "Romeo & Juliet written in ninja style?" Oh...

My reaction Dis Bettahz be Badazz :

But then in the blink of an eye, I checked it out from the library.
Expectation level: Quite High.

You can't blame me; after all, the cover claims:
"For the first time in English, the classic
bestselling novel that inspired the manga Basilisk
and the film Shinobi: Heart Under Blad "

First off, the translation is not bad. Readable.

@ -Be
Written in the 50s by an ex-medical student, the pulpy Kouga Ninpou Chou novel is the grandfather of Naruto and the modern image of ninja fighting each other with special powers.

The novel was made into a manga by Segawa Masaki, and that was turned into an anime by Gonzo. Yamada Futaro went on to write a whole series of Ninpou Chou novels.

The story itself is full of tension and reversals; there are odd moments where Yamada's medical background comes to the fore. I prefer the anime version for bri
My reason for reading this was that The Kouga Ninja Scrolls is a classic and I've always been into ninjas and Japan. Everything started with this book and in this case I mean the movies and the manga Basilisk for example. It was also fascinating that this was written already in 1958 and we got the English translation way much later in 2006. Sadly so I must say that the years have eaten most of this book's value in many ways.

There's hardly any plot, well, it's just Kouga and Iga ninjas killing on
Made DNA
Written first in 1959, this Romeo and Juliet tale of forbidden love is set in feudal Japan when Ieyasu Tokugawa was making his last steps toward unifying the country.

The Iga and Kouga ninja clans have been at war for 400 years. Only a truce brokered by the famed Hanzo Hattori has kept the two clans from engaging in a bloody battle that would destroy one or both. Instead, they have been mixing the bloodlines of their most accomplished ninja for countless generations. The results are more mutant m
I got this through Interlibrary Loan because I've read that two of my favorite anime----Ninja Scroll and Basilisk----are both influenced by this book. I went in expecting a Romeo & Juliet style conflict with a lot of courtly intrique and politics. While it certainly has all of that, this book is a lot more Ninja-riffic than I expected. While I wouldn't say each every idea of the anime comes from the book, a lot of it does, including the crazy ninja magic. Considering this was written back in ...more
Nathalie Andrews
The Japanese version of Romeo and Juliet, this book delights in the strangeness and originality of the powers the author gives the ninja protagonists. He goes to some lengths to explain these powers with examples from nature, though each is uniquely grotesque. Ten ninja from Kouga are pitted against ten from Iga to decide the outcome of the shogunate succession. The book is essentially the story of how these two groups slaughter one another, but each of the characters is well-developed and compe ...more
Imee Alfonso
My love for anything ancient, mythological, star-cross'd themes and Japanese made me read this. Nevertheless, I liked how engaging the storyline is and how everything will turn out in the end.
Set in feudal Japan, two lovers from rival clans find their hopes of peace and unity vanishing, as their families resume a bloody 400 year old feud.

Written in 1958, this novel shows no signs of age. It's riveting, at times gruesome, but a heart-wrenching tale akin to Romeo and Juliet. This story provides a unqiue behind-the-scenes look at how these 2 lovers decided the fate of history.

Recommended for any who enjoy Japanese literature, have an interest in ninja and well-written action, or have se
I really liked that this was like the Asian version of Romeo and Juliet - although it probably came before them. The world painted here is such a vivid and magical but also a dangerous one - there's a lot of violence but also beauty in nature. Life is tough for the characters, they are at war with each other and can hurt one another in the most gruesome and unimaginable ways possible, but at the heart of it, it's a love story; it's a story about choosing family and tradition and honor over your ...more
Desco D'amycko
Feb 23, 2014 Desco D'amycko marked it as to-read
this is the novel that was the foundation for the anime basilisk. it is a good old fashioned bloody good time. the premise of the novel is that ieyasu tokugawa pits two ninja clans, the iga and the kouga, against each other in a battle of ninja powers. within the story is a romeo and juliet story as the heir of each clan falls in love with the other and plan to get married in order to help unite the two clans. it is a good read.
Brandon Smith- Scolaro
I love this book! I am a big fan of the anime and the weird film adaptation so I fell right into this book. only problem I had where some of the strange translation passages and the strange need to continuously repeat facts. For example every time Okoi was seen it had to be mentioned that she is Saemons sister. other than that its a great read
I wanted to like it more, but I suspect that the prose's problems were not all caused by the bad translation.

And the climax is very much of the "anti" variety.

As an outline for film/anime/manga, though, it deserves at least four stars.
a wonderful ninja story!but with very sad ending.
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Futaro Yamada (山田 風太郎 Yamada Fūtarō?, January 4, 1922 – July 28, 2001) was the pen name of Seiya Yamada (山田 誠也 Yamada Seiya?), a Japanese novel writer, famous for his ninja stories and mystery fiction based on japanese legends. He worked in genre of historical fiction, popularizing legendary characters, ninjas and supernatural abilities in his works. Thanks to him many historical characters weren' ...more
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