Review of Ninja Nonsense (2004)

A normal girl becomes friends with Shinobu and the other ninja trainees at a secluded mansion in modern Japan. The master of the mansion is a yellow sphere who claims to be a hawk. All other residents are an indeterminate number of masked male trainees, all of whom are apparently called Sasuke. They may be magical copies of the same guy. The series describes a year’s adventures.

Comedy. Anachronisms, metafiction, titillation, all fairly low-brow. The character design is somewhat extreme for the time, combining excessively rounded, childlike facial forms with eternally blushing cheeks. This is very odd, but it contributes to the warm mood. There is little causality and lots of jokes are out of left field, like a gradual zooming in on Australia in the background, which eventually highlights the name of a city, which happens to have a meaning in Japanese, but the simultaneous dialogue is unrelated. It reminds me of board-driven US cartoons, yet its obsessions are Japanese.

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