2×2 Shinobuden

Ninja Nonsense / 2×2 Shinobuden / Ninin ga Shinobuden / 2 X 2 = The Legend of Shinobu / 2X2=SHINOBUDEN, Ninin ga Shinobuden ~ The Nonsense Kunoichi Fiction, Nin x Nin = Shinobuden / ニニンがシノブ伝
Ninja Nonsense: The Legend of Shinobu (ニニンがシノブ伝 Ninin ga Shinobuden?, 2×2 = Shinobuden) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Ryoichi Koga. The series subtitle is “The Nonsense Kunoichi Fiction”. The manga was serialized in MediaWorks’ Dengeki Daioh magazine between August 2000 and March 2006; the chapters were later compiled into four tankōbon volumes. The manga was released in English in North America by Infinity Studios under the title Ninin Ga Shinobuden. A 12-episode anime adaptation produced by Ufotable aired in Japan between July and September 2004. The anime has been released in North America by The Right Stuf International under the title Ninja Nonsense: The Legend of Shinobu.

Ninja Nonsense is an absurdist comedy series which follows Shinobu as she trains to become a ninja. However, the series does not only focus on ninja training, but also focuses on Shinobu’s lifestyle and friends through a series of disjointed comedic plot lines. The series uses character designs that favor a soft and rounded look rather than the slender bishōjo style. The original title of the series is based on a pun. In the Japanese numerical system, ni is two, and shi is four. Ni (2) × ni (2) = shi (4), therefore Ni-ni-n ga Shi-nobuden.

While this series is by no means going anywhere with its story, the comedy bits seem to arrive in the right place at the right time, enough to keep you entertained, yet not too frequent to where the story relies solely on it alone. All the episode plots conclude at the end, whether it be spring cleaning at the dojo, to watching the gang going mushroom picking. So yeah, you kinda have to take it episode by episode. Sadly none of them will end on any sort of cliffhanger, which doesn’t make it the most exciting series out there. To its credit it does do different thing for most of the series, even if some start to feel recycled towards the end. It should be noted that this series contains a bit of Yuri references, viewers might also find it offensive that the male characters tend to treat the females merely as objects. And I must stress that this “male oriented series” is made only for the laughs, and not the story. So if that isn’t your bag, then you probably won’t dig this anime.
[Aug 25, 2004] Shinobu Sanjou! / Kurukururin
[Sep 24, 2004] 2×2 Shinobuden OST

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