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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 (1305)
Harry Hildebrandt (5 days ago)
Hashishin literally translates to 'guy who smokes weed'
Naz19081 (7 days ago)
The Silver Ninja (9 days ago)
I felt an obligation to comment here.
Hunwunsrun Srajwaj (13 days ago)
ninja same crap like kung fu only on the movie
Mr. Songib (13 days 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 (15 days 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 (17 days ago)
that closing line made me wanted to commit seppuku
Cosmo Coralles (17 days ago)
I love ninja defuse in CSGO I always do it and sometimes I get kicked of the game for it.
RUWO (18 days ago)
same story as medieval knights in EU and to a lesser extent America.
MAV (18 days 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 (19 days ago)
What about Wu Tang!
Johnathan Henning (20 days 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 (21 days ago)
one word : Naruto.
bonbons (22 days ago)
Kuh-boo-khee though😂😂
mihaiio C. (23 days ago)
sharingan is red rasengan is blue go watch naruto or i will chidori you do this or Omae wa mou shindeiru
mihaiio C. (23 days 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 (25 days ago)
The "writing ninja" thing doesn't literally mean they are ninja though... like saying "writing wizard"..
TheDeathmail (25 days ago)
Actually.. assassin's are just as big as ninjas... every bit as big... but it just seems less mystical..
Cristian Sepúlveda (27 days 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 (28 days 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 (1 month ago)
I wonder where Naruto went?
The King Slayer (1 month ago)
vice: ...ninjas just aren't cool me: *dislike*
John Waterworth (1 month ago)
Taqi Mollah (1 month ago)
Simple: They look cool.
Libertards Beware (1 month ago)
Ali-A is better.
You tried (1 month ago)
Sorry, disliking this because of the lack of Naruto references which is 0. Do better Vox.
anwar morse (1 month ago)
What about Javascript ninjas? I hear about those often.
Joren Bosmans (1 month ago)
Wait, People have ninja in their Linkedin profile name? Weird
meloD30 (1 month ago)
LET THE RECORD SHOW that I was present for the video about Ninjas.
Rozan Ghimire (1 month ago)
So you're not talking abt Ninja Hattori !!?????
heypachuco1991 (1 month ago)
1:00 Somebody hasn't played Assassin's Creed. :P
Aayushi Awasthy (1 month ago)
"It takes a lot of work to hide so well, so that the whole world finds you" Deep.
kurts girl (1 month ago)
Havent watched the video but I'm positive y'all are blaming it on racism
Jordan Kaloskova (1 month ago)
*What about that english named ninja?*
Chas Horton (1 month ago)
Unpopular opinion: Ninjas are an urban legend, extremely over exaggerated. Similar to how we see Hitmen vs how they really were
Noland Ryan (1 month ago)
We're not gonna hurt you... We're just gonna KIDNAP YOU!
Ben BJ (1 month ago)
What Tyler wasn’t even mentioned? Couldn’t clutch a #victory royale
LadyMidnight (1 month ago)
Wrong. we love ninjas cuz of Naruto.
Michael Wu (1 month ago)
Kavi Amalakumar (1 month ago)
my website is damn shinra.ninja
dolan brighter (1 month ago)
do you know the ninja wae?
Kawaiiramencup (1 month ago)
*me waiting for a naruto reference*
History Guy (1 month 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 (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
2018 a ninjas are virgins that play video games for 10 year olds
jbaysik (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
TLDR: We are all weebs inside
Dextruider (1 month ago)
*🎶Chicken Attack!🎶*
cpm (1 month ago)
Diffusion. Human geo Ap.
Sean Brown (1 month ago)
You didn’t answer the question
Nick Slouka (1 month ago)
Malcolm Leonard (1 month ago)
I clicked on this, expecting to see at least a clip of Naruto... disappointed...
Alexis Dominguez (1 month ago)
ThePinkman is watching.
Next2Cross E (1 month ago)
Ero sennin
Luke Bubar (1 month ago)
You're that ninja....
Mojos Bigstick (1 month ago)
Only a ninja can sneak up on another ninja.
Jason Decker (1 month ago)
Dude. Ninjas were never real, they're a creation of a writer
eustagoesout (1 month ago)
Mein-ga? Mon-ga.
BDF Gamer950 (1 month ago)
One Thing Come To my when you say ninja *JUSTIN Y* *INSERT AVENGERS INTRO*
KING RUHUL (1 month ago)
The only real assassin are the Assassin Creed
yubraj gurung (1 month ago)
Taiju kage bunshin no jutsu
Xavier Yozwiak (1 month ago)
I'm going to become hokage
Pyron2899 (1 month ago)
Blue Dude (1 month ago)
I like ninja because they're stealthy weapon masters
Anshul Winyaas (1 month ago)
Can you make a video on"why anime is so underrated"?
Paul Ambry (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
R.I.P. Ninja. Ligma is such a deadly disease. :(
TheSuperfluousMan (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
Becasue People like playing as the dark brotherhood
Awful, missed Naruto
Tyler Haines (1 month ago)
This and Borders are my two favorite Vox series :) !
Dominic Kashani (1 month ago)
This one was bad
Ghostboi (1 month ago)
Justin y?
Aidan (1 month ago)
I only watched this video to hear vox mention Naruto, I am incredibly disappointed.
The Opposite guy (1 month ago)
“Why are ninja cool?” Me: because he kill every people and fortnite and get every victory Royale
Sadi 24/7 (1 month ago)
how have they not mentioned naruto
claichan (1 month ago)
Kevin Luo (1 month ago)
I guess the truth of ninjas will forever be hidden...
Kevin Luo (1 month ago)
Don't expect to see Justin Y. here any time soon...
0:17 He's not jumping over a waterfall, he's falling down alongside one.
Glory to Arstotzka (1 month ago)
Ohmaeweo y shindeu, NONI!!
O.G_ KINGPIN (2 months ago)
Andre Shuvalov (2 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.
KendraLloyd174 (2 months ago)
Real ninjas wear flack jackets and headbands
Hissing Thoughts (2 months ago)
Shinobi no mono.
Anurag Gupta (2 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 (2 months ago)
.....Teenage mutant ninja turtles?
Nashwan Murad (2 months ago)
Probably because of ninja the Fortnite player lol.
czzted99 (2 months ago)
next on vox: "WHY NINJAS ARE RACIST"
Klinsen Soh (2 months ago)
Why do you sound like Garyx Wormuloid
Keith Gaughan (2 months ago)
Frankly, it's more surprising that we hear about cowboys than ninjas, if you think about it.
Corey Louie (2 months ago)
U mean Tyler Blevins?
KingSkyLord (2 months ago)
Don't forget about the coolest ninja of all: Justin Y!
TJ Echols (2 months ago)
“Ninja” is used for pleural uses too.
Cabby Cabby (2 months ago)
We don’t hear about assassins because they are doing their job well.
Fedir Kriviy (2 months ago)
We constantly hear about Assassins... Ubisoft makes sure we do
Hafizh Satria (2 months ago)
Why? Because being popular is 'my ninja way!!'
He's not here (2 months ago)
You won't be seeing him here
Lord Do.No. (2 months ago)
flashy flash, sonic, gale wind, hell flame?
friendly person (2 months ago)
Y'all know Samurai Jack ?

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