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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 (1419)
Dominic Kashani (6 hours ago)
This one was bad
Ghostboi (11 hours ago)
Justin y?
Aidan (14 hours ago)
I only watched this video to hear vox mention Naruto, I am incredibly disappointed.
The Opposite guy (20 hours ago)
“Why are ninja cool?” Me: because he kill every people and fortnite and get every victory Royale
Sadi 24/7 (21 hours ago)
how have they not mentioned naruto
claichan (1 day ago)
NARUTOOOO
Kevin Luo (1 day ago)
I guess the truth of ninjas will forever be hidden...
Kevin Luo (1 day 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 day ago)
Ohmaeweo y shindeu, NONI!!
O.G_ KINGPIN (2 days ago)
nani?!!
Andre Shuvalov (2 days 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 days ago)
Real ninjas wear flack jackets and headbands
Hissing Thoughts (2 days ago)
Shinobi no mono.
Anurag Gupta (2 days 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 days ago)
.....Teenage mutant ninja turtles?
Nashwan Murad (2 days ago)
Probably because of ninja the Fortnite player lol.
czzted99 (2 days ago)
next on vox: "WHY NINJAS ARE RACIST"
Alec Narkizian (3 days ago)
Anyone else misread the title and think it was Ninja from Fortnite
Klinsen Soh (3 days ago)
Why do you sound like Garyx Wormuloid
Keith Gaughan (3 days ago)
Frankly, it's more surprising that we hear about cowboys than ninjas, if you think about it.
Corey Louie (3 days ago)
U mean Tyler Blevins?
KingSkyLord (3 days ago)
Don't forget about the coolest ninja of all: Justin Y!
BIG TOBACCO (3 days ago)
Ninjas kills liberals tho...
TJ Echols (3 days ago)
“Ninja” is used for pleural uses too.
Cabby Cabby (3 days ago)
We don’t hear about assassins because they are doing their job well.
Fedir Kriviy (3 days ago)
We constantly hear about Assassins... Ubisoft makes sure we do
Hafizh Satria (3 days ago)
Why? Because being popular is 'my ninja way!!'
Ajit Nagarkar (3 days ago)
"Now neither of us can unsee this clip" Well then, I'll just go to my Samsung Self-hypnosis site and... .... .... What were we talking about, again?
He's not here (3 days ago)
You won't be seeing him here
ehipasiko visakha (3 days ago)
flashy flash, sonic, gale wind, hell flame?
friendly person (3 days ago)
Y'all know Samurai Jack ?
Chem Hung (3 days ago)
Ninja's Creed
Rhidian D (3 days ago)
Surf Ninja? Woah! Gnarly dude!
palmweaver (4 days ago)
1:30 "Shadow Dancer: The Secret of Shinobi, 1990, is not a realistic portrayal of Japanese history" <--- That was good enough for a spit take.
Alt Fritz (4 days ago)
Because of the rule of cool.
Zony Metaphorz (4 days ago)
Ninja Please!
al-Zughal Ch. (4 days ago)
Duh....because KAWASAKI !!!
Akshay Grover (4 days ago)
Who the hell is this naruto??????
Tim Fisher (4 days ago)
2:52 Blue eyes white dragon
Julio Sica (4 days ago)
Who here remembers Ninjago😂
coldburn909 (4 days ago)
4:37-4:48 Genius editing...
Edgar S (4 days ago)
You said a whole lot of nothing
MrGilsteiner (4 days ago)
Wearing white helps ninja hide Apple Airpods
Ødin Øctaviano (4 days ago)
ninja sucks pirate rules!
岡部知則 (4 days ago)
As for the Ninja(忍者), I learned a lot today. Thanks!
Shane Whitaker (4 days ago)
light Phil's face for the love of God
Griffin (4 days ago)
Wow, how dare you use a *yellow* background when talking about something from Asia? So insensitive. I’m unsubbing.
937anme (4 days ago)
Then naruto changed the whole game again
Wesley Gonzales (4 days ago)
I am forever grateful that my childhood included 'Revenge of the Ninja' (1983).
Megan Kuss (4 days ago)
Ninja Go
Phillguy (4 days ago)
Forget about ninjas.... see a doctor about that jaundice you're sporting
Zerg Abstracto (4 days ago)
Total war shogun 2?
nik Bahtin (4 days ago)
2:27 aint that some fine peace of a kickin' kabuki caboose
Gabriella Lopes (4 days ago)
Great video!
unmaskRYAN (4 days ago)
Disappointed that the "Ask A Ninja", ninja, did not make an appearance in this video. :/
Bullshido (4 days ago)
Stolen from ThePinkMan: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rY2VOKZoWAA
Johnny Flores (4 days ago)
Don't forget the role Stormshadow played in popularizing ninjas for kids of the 80s.
Sunny Wu (4 days ago)
Fortnite.
Luis Gonzalez (4 days ago)
The emperor sent his ninja spies to our house.
Hammie Li (4 days ago)
Ninja ruined ninjas
Felicio Moreira (4 days ago)
Fruit Ninja!!
SPHEX 1 (4 days ago)
ninjas are cool killing people man to man eye to eye with hand to hand weapons!
Zukat0 (4 days ago)
*yolt*
Matheus Mauro (4 days ago)
Omae wa mou shindeiru?
sssjjjttt (4 days ago)
Even the Shadow Dancer wasn't enough to stop 9/11. He was right there defending the 2 towers right there in the title screen @1:28!!
krich451 (4 days ago)
The hashishan/assassin story is just a myth.
ECJ Television (4 days ago)
Sleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep
Xavier Godbout (4 days ago)
Why so yellow?
Just Bleed (4 days ago)
Ninjas love pizza, fact.
Aavo Yansenn (4 days ago)
This is how shogun world appeared in westworld 2nd s
Very Depressed Muffin (4 days ago)
I want to see a Ninja movie about real ninjas.
Nabiha Nasir (4 days ago)
Is no one else uncomfortable looking at the cover of The Ninja...?
Giovanni Sanfilippo (4 days ago)
when I was a kid, I didn't want to be an architect or a designer, I wanted to be a ninja
*INCOMING NARUTO FANS*
Mark Arandjus (4 days ago)
So the mainstream has a totally wrong perception of what a ninja is and real ninjas look and operate very differently? Well played, actual ninjas, well played.
Sam Mac (4 days ago)
THAT’S JUST THE TUTORIAL LEVEL!
Westerners have always been obsessed with Japanese culture.. Western culture is still new and does not have much history. Ninjas have been a big hit for young kids in the 90's.. sold a lot of movies, action figures, and video games.
Redfoot Gaming (4 days ago)
The Pink Man sends his regards. Expect a Severen-ce package.
Amos Steven (4 days ago)
Ninjas often dressed as gardeners, and would stake out the properties of their enemies. check those 25 weird facts http://quick.sytes.net/2
JetWing (4 days ago)
Ninja made ninjas look so gay
Kenneth Bolanio (4 days ago)
Fact: Chuck Norris’ blackheads grow to become ninjas! 💯🔥
Lukewarm Beverage (4 days ago)
He plays Fortnite doesn't he or is that mario
Simon Bird (4 days ago)
American Ninja 2 is the best film of all time.
MJ OConnor (4 days ago)
No mention of Surf Ninjas?!!!
felicia cooke (4 days ago)
Ninjas dressed like farmers. No media has yet to accurately portray ninja.
ShAdOwMaN (4 days ago)
Ligma
david a (4 days ago)
I don't feel like watching this video but it better mention Real Ultimate Power.
PiXel Pixel (4 days ago)
Ligma
Oliver Sky (4 days ago)
Nani!?
FM From Subeg (4 days ago)
Ninjas became mainstream through "Ninja Hattori"
Minato .Namikaze (4 days ago)
Hikō raijin!
Tyler Wallace (4 days ago)
Couldn't it also be a coincidence that stage hands also wear black? If they had all that special gear, it makes sense to have special clothing too
Crimson Halo (4 days ago)
Arr, me hearties. Ninjas, we be deep-sixin' ye. WALK THE PLANK!
ROTO SCOPIC (4 days ago)
There needs to be a Space Ninja and or a Roboninja.
bedroom rockstar (4 days ago)
Ninja training school? from James bond 😂😂
Tiham Md (4 days ago)
Ding ding ding!
schindlerteejay94 (4 days ago)
the only ninja on youtube is NINJA.
171QA (4 days ago)
No, clips from Naruto? I am disappointed.
souper (4 days ago)
They went mainstream because they love to play fortnite

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