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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey (December 26, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345495101
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345495105
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.7 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #447,759 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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62 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Geoff Sant on January 10, 2007
My name is Geoff Sant and I am the translator of this novel.

A previous commenter mistakenly claimed that "The Kouga Ninja Scrolls" is manga; he has confused this novel with the manga "Basilisk: The Kouga Ninja Scrolls." Rather, "The Kouga Ninja Scrolls" is a translation of the novel by Yamada Futaro, which has been the direct basis of endless manga and movies, including "Basilisk," "Shinobi," and "The Ninja Scrolls." The influence of "The Kouga Ninja Scrolls" extends far beyond its immediate derivations, however. "The Kouga Ninja Scrolls" was the forerunner and inspiration for much of modern Japanese fantasy -- Yamada Futaro could be described as the granddaddy of Japanese fantasy.

Briefly, the novel tells the story of two clans of supernatural ninjas forced to fight each other by the ruler of Japan. Meanwhile, a young man and woman from the opposing clans have fallen in love and wish to put an end to the conflict.

Yamada Futaro's writing style is distinct from both Western fantasy authors -- and is even distinct from the novel's manga adaptations. Yamada Futaro based his ninja wars upon Japanese history, and quotes real historical documents about ninjas, warfare, and even poetry. Yamada Futaro -- who had attended medical school -- also uses physics and biology to "explain" the ninjas' supernatural powers. These explanations are fascinating, and go far beyond the simplistic "bitten by a radioactive spider" explanations that one finds in the West.

Yamada Futaro explores complex themes, such as: Does one blindly obey leaders or challenge them? What is the purpose of war? Is homogeneity dangerous? He explores these issues so subtly that the casual reader may miss them, too focused upon supernatural ninja battles.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Vivian on January 26, 2007
I like supernatural novels, and "The Kouga Ninja Scrolls" is the best fantasy novel I have ever read. Frankly, I'm always cautious about reading translated books, because so many of them twist the meaning and style of the original version. Because I can read a little Japanese, I checked this translation against the original as I read it. I was incredibly impressed -- the translation is accurate, while also being smooth, beautifully written, and an authentic description of medieval Japan.

Before reading this book, I watched the movie ("Shinobi") and was touched by the story. Reading the book, however, was an even more powerful experience. By the end, I was hanging onto every word, and my heart was thumping with excitement. This is a great story and a great translation! It is a must-read book for everybody who enjoys fantasy novels or Japanese literature. Those of us who enjoy fantasy are lucky to have a translator like this, and even more lucky to have such an amazing novel available in English. I promise you that this novel will hit you emotionally, and leave you dreaming of ninja battles and lost love.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Buteau on August 31, 2012
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This is a great book.

It is such a great book that it inspired several derivations from the original story.
It is also the influence for anything that makes martial artists into super powered beings.

the first I know is 'Ninja Scroll'
http://www.amazon.com/Ninja-Scroll-K%C3%B4ichi-Yamadera/dp/6305014140

This is a hand drawn anime that is fantastic. The detail and action sequences are very high quality.
I spotted clips of this on MTV back in the days when MTV was new and made 'cool' stuff.

the second I know of is a live action film (with effects) 'Shinobi' I saw on Netflix.
http://www.amazon.com/Shinobi-Heart-Under-Yukie-Nakama/dp/B000HXDWOG/ref=sr_1_1?s=movies-tv&ie=UTF8&qid=1346426330&sr=1-1&keywords=shinobi+movie

This is a very entertaining action movie.
When watching this movie which is like a combination superhero/ninja story, I noticed alot of the super powers and character names were similar to 'Ninja scroll'. The internets eventually led me to this book. I ordered it and it was awesome.
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This book is amazing, just amazing. It isn't just a ninja love story, if I were to give a in depth review I would spoil the readers emotions and Futaro Yamada did a good job in that aspect of the book. I can only say, this novel covers a lot of genres in one story and mostly everyone can find something to relate to.
I apologize for the vague review and hope this or other reviews give the interested a reason to purchase or seek a copy.
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I watched the movie ("Shinobi") before reading this book, and I must say I enjoyed it even better than the movie. This is a great story and a great translation! If you love fantasy novels or Japanese literature. This is the book for you ! I love books like this because they inspire to write my own fantasy novels. Check this book out, you won't be disappointed.
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