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How ninjas went mainstream

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Ninjas are overrat---just kidding, they’re amazing. But how did they become famous around the world? Check out Vintage Ninja to learn more: http://vintageninja.net/ Subscribe to our channel! http://goo.gl/0bsAjO In this episode of Overrated, Vox’s Phil Edwards gets nunchucked in his heart by ninjas. But why are these secret killers known around the world? The history of ninjas is, fittingly, one with many hidden twists and turns. It starts with the real historical ninjas in feudal Japan, who really did practice what we call ninjutsu. Their mixture of espionage, assassination, and combat was similar to what ninja-fans might imagine, though the reality was more about traveling incognito than looking cool in a black jumpsuit. From there, the ninja quickly became a myth in Japanese culture, entering kabuki theatre as well as manga and novels of the time. Already, the exaggeration of the ninja in Japan had begun, a trend that continued with myth-making Japanese films that vaulted the imaginary ninja into public consciousness. Finally, the ninja traveled to the West from these Japanese films, first showing up in James Bond, and then becoming part of a ninja-sploitation trend. Soon, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles proved the ninja was so famous it could take on postmodern incarnations. But nearly from the beginning, the ninja was as powerful an idea as a reality, a myth in both Japanese and western culture. And, perhaps most importantly, every version of the ninja — real or not — turned out to be awesome. Overrated is a series that takes a look at the things we all know — the books, the trends, and the ideas that have become iconic — and answers the question: “Why is this so famous"? Vox.com is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Check out http://www.vox.com. Watch our full video catalog: http://goo.gl/IZONyE Follow Vox on Facebook: http://goo.gl/U2g06o Or Twitter: http://goo.gl/XFrZ5H
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Text Comments (1324)
JMM Selassie (13 days ago)
Ninja are cool
Makaimura (13 days ago)
Sho Kosugi - GOAT Ninja <3
さぶしなの (16 days ago)
Japanese spy
Iñigo Sible (18 days ago)
I only watched this video so I could hear a Naruto reference. What a disappointment this was.
jahovia82 disdik (20 days ago)
Elizabeth Le (1 month ago)
It's time to... release the ninjas!! Only Aussie kids who grew up watching prank patrol will get that
Knight Wing (1 month ago)
Samurais are better than ninjas, and I will hear no word to the contrary.
Kushal Agrawal (1 month ago)
Wow no mention of Naruto at all.
David Dyer (1 month ago)
I think Ninjas jumped into western culture especially from the novel and film Shogun.
Ajani Atkinson (2 months ago)
Who invented ninjas and where do they come from
Wenceslao Futanaki (2 months ago)
Cmon, they are the coolest thing ever, only surpassed by ninja robots.
Tariq Barnes (2 months ago)
Naruto helped a lot
Harry Hildebrandt (2 months ago)
Hashishin literally translates to 'guy who smokes weed'
Naz19081 (2 months ago)
The Silver Ninja (2 months ago)
I felt an obligation to comment here.
Hunwunsrun Srajwaj (2 months ago)
ninja same crap like kung fu only on the movie
Mr. Songib (2 months ago)
Each of Characters known because their past. if we don't know their history we not gona know them or love them.
ishan gupte (2 months ago)
'they just arent cool' INSTANT DISLIKE and fanboi rage triggered. yea let's see YOU make nin-nin noises and run upside down on the roof. THEN i'll take your word for it. great video btw as always. keep that content coming!
Martin Houlden (2 months ago)
that closing line made me wanted to commit seppuku
Cosmo Coralles (2 months ago)
I love ninja defuse in CSGO I always do it and sometimes I get kicked of the game for it.
RUWO (2 months ago)
same story as medieval knights in EU and to a lesser extent America.
MAV (2 months ago)
Ninjas started as poor farmers creating weapons out of their farm tools. They would dress in dark blues to blend better with the environment at night.
Pat Hurley (2 months ago)
What about Wu Tang!
Johnathan Henning (2 months ago)
Frank Miller is why ninjas are so cool. That's it. Elektra, Wolverine and The Hand. Marvel Ninjas were the driving force behind 80's ninja pop culture.
endarasman (2 months ago)
one word : Naruto.
bonbons (2 months ago)
Kuh-boo-khee though😂😂
mihaiio C. (3 months ago)
sharingan is red rasengan is blue go watch naruto or i will chidori you do this or Omae wa mou shindeiru
mihaiio C. (3 months ago)
well i am disapointed , where is Naruto , like ... you talked about ninjas with supranatural powers and manga , but forgot to mension that autistic kid that can clone and punch you with blue balls
TheDeathmail (3 months ago)
The "writing ninja" thing doesn't literally mean they are ninja though... like saying "writing wizard"..
TheDeathmail (3 months ago)
Actually.. assassin's are just as big as ninjas... every bit as big... but it just seems less mystical..
Cristian Sepúlveda (3 months ago)
Nice...if you notice, the movies of "shinobi no mono" was advised and choreographed for MASAAKI HATSUMI...and are part of the BOOM NINJA, with all his mistakes...
Raphael Mecattaf (3 months ago)
There is a mistake in the video. It isn't Roald Dahl who got the idea to include ninjas in the film You only live twice - Ninjas were already in the 1964 Ian Fleming novel "You Only Live Twice" which the film was adapted from.
SSB (3 months ago)
I wonder where Naruto went?
The King Slayer (3 months ago)
vice: ...ninjas just aren't cool me: *dislike*
John Waterworth (3 months ago)
Libertards Beware (3 months ago)
Ali-A is better.
You tried (3 months ago)
Sorry, disliking this because of the lack of Naruto references which is 0. Do better Vox.
anwar morse (3 months ago)
What about Javascript ninjas? I hear about those often.
Joren Bosmans (3 months ago)
Wait, People have ninja in their Linkedin profile name? Weird
meloD30 (3 months ago)
LET THE RECORD SHOW that I was present for the video about Ninjas.
Rozan Ghimire (3 months ago)
So you're not talking abt Ninja Hattori !!?????
heypachuco1991 (3 months ago)
1:00 Somebody hasn't played Assassin's Creed. :P
Aayushi Awasthy (3 months ago)
"It takes a lot of work to hide so well, so that the whole world finds you" Deep.
kurts girl (3 months ago)
Havent watched the video but I'm positive y'all are blaming it on racism
Jotabelle Kujo (3 months ago)
*What about that english named ninja?*
Chas Horton (3 months ago)
Unpopular opinion: Ninjas are an urban legend, extremely over exaggerated. Similar to how we see Hitmen vs how they really were
Noland Ryan (3 months ago)
We're not gonna hurt you... We're just gonna KIDNAP YOU!
Ben BJ (3 months ago)
What Tyler wasn’t even mentioned? Couldn’t clutch a #victory royale
LadyMidnight (3 months ago)
Wrong. we love ninjas cuz of Naruto.
Michael Wu (3 months ago)
Kavi Amalakumar (3 months ago)
my website is damn shinra.ninja
dolan brighter (3 months ago)
do you know the ninja wae?
Kawaiiramencup (3 months ago)
*me waiting for a naruto reference*
History Guy (3 months ago)
Wow I didn't know about any of this. I just thought that ninjas were just like criminals in 15th century Japan. (Also for ur overrated series, can you guys do Africa by Toto. Like seriously though this song, in my opinion, is very overrated.)
Ella Komiya (3 months ago)
I don’t think Ninjas are overrated. Looking back I Ninjas were always just there; Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Power Rangers with their overly bright outfits. Ninja Gaiden series (and the cross over to DOA series). Mortal Kombat characters. Yuffie in FFVII. Tenchu game series. Sasuke show (aka Ninja Warrior in the West). Naruto manga then anime. I grew up with all that as a kid around me. Surely the meaning of overrated is when something suddenly has lots of attention it doesn’t deserve? I don’t feel Ninjas fall in this category.
Black Eye Graal (4 months ago)
2018 a ninjas are virgins that play video games for 10 year olds
jbaysik (4 months ago)
"the sheer volume of crap that had ninjas slapped on the cover in 80s and 90s" -> shows a Surf Ninja image. How dare you attack my childhood! Lol
P1X3L D3L74 (4 months ago)
TLDR: We are all weebs inside
Xyon (4 months ago)
*🎶Chicken Attack!🎶*
cpm (4 months ago)
Diffusion. Human geo Ap.
Sean Brown (4 months ago)
You didn’t answer the question
Nick Slouka (4 months ago)
Malcolm Leonard (4 months ago)
I clicked on this, expecting to see at least a clip of Naruto... disappointed...
Alexis Dominguez (4 months ago)
ThePinkman is watching.
Menth - (4 months ago)
Ero sennin
Luke Bubar (4 months ago)
You're that ninja....
Mojos Bigstick (4 months ago)
Only a ninja can sneak up on another ninja.
Jason Decker (4 months ago)
Dude. Ninjas were never real, they're a creation of a writer
eustagoesout (4 months ago)
Mein-ga? Mon-ga.
BDF Gamer950 (4 months ago)
One Thing Come To my when you say ninja *JUSTIN Y* *INSERT AVENGERS INTRO*
KING RUHUL (4 months ago)
The only real assassin are the Assassin Creed
yubraj gurung (4 months ago)
Taiju kage bunshin no jutsu
Xavier Yozwiak (4 months ago)
I'm going to become hokage
Pyron2899 (4 months ago)
Blue Dude (4 months ago)
I like ninja because they're stealthy weapon masters
Anshul Winyaas (4 months ago)
Can you make a video on"why anime is so underrated"?
ulan raslovsky (15 days ago)
u mean overrated. 98% of them are total crap
Paul Ambry (4 months ago)
Not sure if it ever reached American shores, but the television series The Samurai (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Samurai_(TV_series) ) brought ninjas to Australia. As kids, we would cut star darts out of tin lids and have ninja fights.... not exactly sure how we made it to adulthood really - they were hideously dangerous.
Declan Kirby (4 months ago)
R.I.P. Ninja. Ligma is such a deadly disease. :(
TheSuperfluousMan (4 months ago)
What a pointless video. They became popular like how the Spartans did - badass historical warriors capable of doing things most can't
Mr blu Eagle (4 months ago)
Becasue People like playing as the dark brotherhood
Marcel Fernández Romero (4 months ago)
Awful, missed Naruto
Tyler Haines (4 months ago)
This and Borders are my two favorite Vox series :) !
Dominic Kashani (4 months ago)
This one was bad
Ghostboi (4 months ago)
Justin y?
Aidan (4 months ago)
I only watched this video to hear vox mention Naruto, I am incredibly disappointed.
The Opposite guy (4 months ago)
“Why are ninja cool?” Me: because he kill every people and fortnite and get every victory Royale
Sadi 24/7 (4 months ago)
how have they not mentioned naruto
claichan (4 months ago)
Kevin Luo (4 months ago)
I guess the truth of ninjas will forever be hidden...
Kevin Luo (4 months ago)
Don't expect to see Justin Y. here any time soon...
Wet Noodle65 (4 months ago)
0:17 He's not jumping over a waterfall, he's falling down alongside one.
Glory to Arstotzka (4 months ago)
Ohmaeweo y shindeu, NONI!!
O.G_ KINGPIN (4 months ago)
Andre Shuvalov (4 months ago)
Ima just goahead and be honest here, ninjas are freaking sucks. Whenever there is a pirate around a ninja poops its pants and cowardly escape in fart clouds and that is a fact.
Cucked by Satan (4 months ago)
Real ninjas wear flack jackets and headbands
Hissing Thoughts (4 months ago)
Shinobi no mono.
Anurag Gupta (4 months ago)
60,000 people having ninja mentioned in their LinkedIn profile is not a big number.. just by saying it in a particular way doesn't make the number bigger..
Tray Percy (4 months ago)
.....Teenage mutant ninja turtles?
Nashwan Murad (4 months ago)
Probably because of ninja the Fortnite player lol.
czzted99 (4 months ago)
next on vox: "WHY NINJAS ARE RACIST"

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