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The Morbidly Obese Ninja Paperback – April 14, 2011
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In the future where life is lived in skyscrapers and corporations are governed through the use of ninjas to gain competitive knowledge Basu is at the top of the corporate ninja pyramid. That is until his ninja-master peer and friend, Susumu, turns against him out of jealousy for his position as top ninja.
Transforming himself into man with a Crow's head via cosemtic surgery and taking the same name of Crow Susumu becomes a corporate head and poisons Basu with an affliction requiring him to consume food in inasnely unhealthy proportions. If Basu's calorie intake drops below a certain level Basu will expire. The side-effect to this morbid transformation is Basu becomes far more powerful because of his obesity.
Basu is then hired to retrieved a piggy-bank containing corporate secrets which turns out to be a living child. After escaping with the help of his cosmetically-altered Anime friend Chiya, Basu faces a personal struggle of whether to stay true to his ninja code or to make the humane decision.
Great short novella loaded with strange and thought-provoking concepts. My main issue is the length. I read the entire story in less than an hour. I think te story could have been expanded or in its existing form included as a part of a collection.
Mellick proves entertaining and unique as always though.
Baku is a grunting, iKitana carrying, 45,000 calorie a day eating, 700 pound ninja who finds himself tasked with recovering a piggy bank from his arch nemesis, Crow. This isn't your normal piggy bank. It's actually a metal boy, named Oki. Upon recovering, Oki, Baku visits Chiya, a girl who has transformed herself into an Anime character.
What follows is a bloody thrill ride packed with all the things you would expect from Mr. Mellick as Baku tries to complete his task.
My only complaint is that in the introduction Carlton states that he will never revisit "The Morbidly Obese Ninja". I really wish he would as I would love to see what the future holds for Baku.
Pick this one up. You won't be disappointed!