An awesome quote from our local newspaper

October 29, 2012 at 9:56 am (Randomosity) ()

When asked if her children would be dressing as zombies for Halloween, a local mother of three replied: “We don’t allow violence in our home, so they’re going to be a ninja, a Power Ranger and a Skylander.”

Yes, because no one’s ever heard of a violent ninja.

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American Ninja Warrior something something headlines are hard

May 22, 2012 at 10:19 am (Randomosity) (, , , )

So, ever since the Writer’s Strike ended, there’s been an American Gladiators-shaped hole in my life.

*Sniff*
I miss you so much, Hellga and Crush and … the rest of you. … Hercules, maybe?

I mean, everybody was complaining about the Writer’s Strike. “Oh, boo hoo hoo,” they said. “Whatever will happen to our favorite scripted dramas?” they said. “But they’re bringing back American Gladiators!” I said. “So what?” they said. “American Gladiators!” I reiterated, because that was answer enough.

I loved American Gladiators, what with all the ridiculous challenges and the costumes and the superhero-esque names and the way my favorite living pro wrestler was a host!

If he died recently, please don’t tell me. I’m happier this way.

And then: it was gone.

Sure, I managed to get along, but I always felt like something was missing.

(No, Mom, I’m pretty sure it’s not a husband.)

And then: American Ninja Warrior.

Pictured here: Way more ninja than are actually in the program.

My parents saw commercials for it. “You like those,” they said to me.

“Meh,” I said. “Seeing the word ‘American’ before ‘Ninja’ leads me to believe they’ll screw it up somehow.”

Not to mention, after I saw a commercial for American Ninja Warrior, I was all like: “Where’s the warriors? Where’s the ninjary? This is just an obstacle course.

But, barring anything better to do (hey, I’d already done the yard work, made dinner and baked some truffles. Would do you expect me to do, write a Pulitzer-prize winning novel or something?), I sat down to watch it.

And I fell. Hard.

First off, it’s an obstacle course, sure, but it’s an obstacle course for Parkour experts (“What is Parkour?” said my mom. “It’s like being Spiderman, except without the superpowers,” I told her), all of whom had to submit videos of themselves Parkouring along all awesome-like to be considered for the competition. (As a matter of fact, there was one video of a volunteer firefighter jumping over stuff while wearing a suit that leads me to believe he’d be perfect for the new screenplay I’m writing about a guy who wears a suit and jumps over stuff.) (Oh, and a thing that does annoy me about the show is that it’s really set up for guys, even though they allow women competitors. There was this one awesome lady whose audition video showed her balancing on her elbow and doing, like, midair calisthenics, and she didn’t even clear the second obstacle because of her wee little womanly arms, like it’s a requirement you have to be at least six feet tall to play this game.)

PLUS! Plus so hard, you guys! It had! Evan! “The Rocket!” Dollard!, winner of American Gladiators!

There’s tons of pictures of him looking all ripped and stuff, but this one was so contemplative, I had to use it.

And these guys were trying so hard to defeat this crazy obstacle course and it was all like triumph of the spirit and Go America! and whoooooo!

Yeah, wait’ll you see how patriotic I get when the Olympics start airing.

So I guess what I’m saying is thank God for summer television programming. Thank God for American Ninja Warrior.

Um, guys? I don’t think that’s a real ninja.

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The movie I actually saw this weekend

December 6, 2010 at 12:04 pm (The Movie I'm not Seeing this Weekend) (, , , , , , )

The heavens rejoiced and a chorus of angels went “Ahhhhhhhh” because, you guys, I totally finally went to the movies for the first time in over a year this weekend!

And, yes, I saw The Warrior’s Way because what else was I going to see? Tron hasn’t opened yet!

Look how conflicted he is about all the murderin' he's about to commit.

So here’s my impressions, a.k.a. an actual movie review!

First off: I love Dong-Gun Jang a little. Especially when he’s wearing old-fashioned pinstriped pants, a trenchcoat and slaying his enemies with a sword. (Even if my friend I went to the movie with suffers from Asian-man blindness: he thought we were watching a Jackie Chan flick the whole time. “I wondered why he looked so good for his age,” he said.)

I'm still not loving the moustache, but millions of Korean women can't be wrong. Or probably not.

Pictured here: A guy who doesn't look anything like Dong-Gun Jang. At all. Not even a little bit, really.

 Secondly: The action scenes were exactly as awesome as I thought they would be, and some of them were, in fact, quite beautiful. I especially liked the way they would speed up some scenes to emphasize how fast our hero the master warrior was.

Thirdly: Holy cow, the baby in that film is totally the cutest baby ever. (“They probably grew it in a lab,” my friend said.)

So cute, in fact, that I was tempted to give up my warrior's lifestyle for her myself.

Fourthly: I finally remembered who Kate Bosworth (the movie’s romantic interest/token fighter chick) is, and it is best explained via anecdote.

In one scene, they had her defeat one of the super ninja warriors, which was ridiculous and pissed me off.

One day, at work, the telephone rang, and it was Margo Kidder on the line.

“This is Margo Kidder from Livingston,” she said.

“You mean Margo Kidder from Superman,” I corrected her.

Margo Kidder: “Yeah, sure, whatever.”

Me: “You’re Lois Lane! Superman’s girlfriend!”

"And he took you flying that time? Remember?"

Margo Kidder: “Er, yes.”

Me: “You were a much better Lois Lane than Kate Bosworth.” (I didn’t actually say it in bold, though, I just put it in bold so you guys would get that was the point of this anecdote.)

Margo Kidder: “That’s very sweet.”

Me: “And true!”

Margo Kidder: “Anyway, I was calling about this editorial your paper ran…”

Me: “So is it true you’ve gone completely wacko?”

Margo Kidder: “… Can I speak to your supervisor?”

Me: “No.”

(Note: portions of this conversation, mostly that last bit, were probably made up for dramatic purposes. Especially that last bit, ’cause I would never insult Lois Lane on the phone, unless it was the Kate Bosworth one. Then she deserves it, ’cause she sucked.)

Fiftly: There was, I thought, a lot of unnecessary exposition and dialogue. (“Less talkin’ and more stabbin’,” I said to my friend.)

Sixthly: They totally cut the “Ninjas. Damn.” line, so don’t go in expecting to see that part. ‘Cause you won’t.

"Man, that's more ninja than I ever expected to see in the Old West, Tex." "You got that right, Slim."

My overall impression is that it was a good movie, but would’ve been better served by being watched at home so I could fast-forward past the boring, boring talking scenes and repeated the pretty, pretty fight scenes.

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I want to see The Warrior’s Way so damn bad

December 1, 2010 at 12:48 pm (The Movie I'm not Seeing this Weekend) (, , , )

So, right off the bat, you know The Warrior’s Way is gonna be awesome.

I mean, crap! Look at that tagline! This movie KNOWS how awesome it is.

‘Cause it starts with a duel between two men. And one of them is dragging is sword along the ground. He’s dragging it along the ground! The best sword fights always start with one guy dragging his sword along the ground! This will be awesome!

Then the narrator chimes in and says: “He was a legend. Born on the battlefield,” in this deep, meaningful voice, and all of a sudden, your brain is filled with visions of a baby with swords or a toddler swinging a mace.

Despite his propensity for bad hair and a stupid moustache, I think I love international superstar Dong-gun Jang a little bit.

But it gets better! My God, does it get better!

You’ve got ninja leaping out of everything! Water! Snow! The sky! I mean, blink, and you just missed 20 ninja leaping out of stuff! Oh my god so awesome!

And then! And then Dong-gun Jang doesn’t kill an innocent little baby and takes off all Lone Wolf and Cub style … to the West!

Ogami Itto? Ogami Daigoro? Is that you?

And that’s where the cowboys come in.

In a fight between cowboys and ninja, it's always the pretty ninja who wins.

Yeah, you heard me.

Motherloving cowboys.

The best bit is when Geoffrey Rush says: "Ninjas. Damn."

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The least likely ways I will escape all this

April 22, 2010 at 2:09 pm (Top Ten) (, , , , , )

I’ve always dreamed of making the big time. Or at least, being fabulously, fabulously wealthy. Like my hero Dorothy Parker said, “I hate rich people. But I think I’d be darling at it.” She was a wise woman, she was.

Anyway, here’s a list of the ways I won’t being making the big time whatsoever.

1. Selling my screenplay about ninja who are also zombies (or vice versa). For one thing, I’d have to write my screenplay about ninja who are also zombies (or vice versa) and I just don’t see that happening.

It's just that I suck at writing stage directions, you know?

2. Eccentric millionaire falls for me. “Hey, baby, I love comic books and the flat-chested, tattooed chicks who love them too.”

If any of you reading this post happen to fit this description, CALL ME!

3. Getting bitten by a radioactive spider and going into pro wrestling. I’d probably just die of cancer. Or not trip a robber or something, and then he’d go and shoot my Uncle Ben. Not Uncle Ben! NOOOOOOOOO!

Peter Parker has really let himself go. Yes, I went with the obvious joke. Sometimes it's just easier that way.

4. Getting “discovered.” I’m getting a little old for it now, and I think if I had any talents that were “discovered”-worthy, they would have shown up at this point.

5. Winning the lottery. My dream is to someday be that person who’s like, “I never bought a lottery ticket before. I can’t believe I won the $100 million jackpot!” And then not get murdered by my coworkers who buy tickets weekly.

HA HA HA HA HA SUCKERS!

6. Through perseverance and hard work. Sometimes I laugh hysterically at myself for even thinking that’s a possibility.

7. My acting career taking off. Once, I was in a play in college and somebody flubbed a line, so I ad-libbed in response. That is the best acting thing I have ever, or will ever, do. Done. Crap.

8. A wealthy relative suddenly dying and inexplicably leaving everything to me. Actually, I do have some wealthy relatives, but they’ve all got kids of their own. Plus they like my brother better.

9. Becoming a high-paid assassin. First, I’d have to get in shape. Then, I’d have to train. Then, I’d have to get past the whole empathy thing. Plus the “I hate blood” thing. Maybe I’ll just be that assassin who quietly poisons people and runs away.

It's especially unlikely that I'll become a Ninja Assassin.

10. Inventing something awesome. I just thought of this great invention: the “phone signal.” It would be like the bat signal, except the spotlight would shine on my hand in a fist with the thumb and the pinky sticking out. “You have a call!”

NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA PHONE CALL!

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My most adored Say Hi (To Your Mom) Songs, a list

March 12, 2010 at 12:56 pm (Top Ten) (, , , )

It’s been a while since I’ve done a Top Ten list. I chalk that up to many things. Most of which include the word “laziness,” so whatever.

This list honors my undying love of Eric Elbogen and his music. At least it’s undying for now. In high school, I wanted to marry the Smashing Pumpkins (yes, all of them), so I might change my mind. But currently, I plan to become a ninja, marry Mssr. Elbogen and train him in the way of the ninja, and then we will commit a series of daring daylight heists. Call me, Eric Elbogen! We could make this work!

See, you're already like a ninja, the way you always hide in photographs.

By the way, this list of songs by Say Hi that I really love is in no particular order because don’t make me choose.

1. These Fangs from Impeccable Blahs. There’s a definite drum machine vibe to this song, but I don’t mind, because Eric Elbogen is awesome and I love him. I also love the line “I don’t mind if you wanna hide your fangs too.” This is from the album that’s all about vampires, back before they sparkled.

So let's have him pose with a miniature skeleton, why not.

2. Laundry from Discosadness. It would turn me off a little that Eric Elbogen waits until his laundry is dirty enough to give him high-fives before he heads down to the laundromat, but he is Eric Elbogen, and thus, awesome in every way, so it doesn’t bother me. Favorite line: “I put it off, but they were alive. When I’d walk by, they’d give me five.”

Of course, when he goes out, he inevitably has to pose with creepy mannequins, so maybe it's best to invest in a washer and dryer.

3. Northwestern Girls from The Wishes and The Glitch. Eric Elbogen had moved from NYC to Seattle for the making of this album, and he thought all the northwestern girls were really nice and wrote this song about them. Technically speaking, I am also from the northwest, even if I’m a few states over, so this song is also about me. The line I love the most is “It must be in the air here.”

4. November Was White, December Was Grey from Oohs & Aahs. Eric Elbogen hates winter as much as I do! Eric Elbogen hates winter as much as I do! Between this and the geekiness, I sense that we are soul mates. Bestest line? “For these three months, I’ve been inside the house. My pacing’s worn all of the carpet out” would win, but for these words: “I’ll feel better when the winter’s gone.” Gods, it’s so true, Eric Elbogen. It’s so true.

Let's hate things together, Eric Elbogen! It would be so awesome!

5. Blah Blah Blah from Impeccable Blahs. I believe I have written of my love for this song before. In fact, I’m certain of it. It’s not only about vampires, it also quotes the Borg. Y’all can see why I love this guy, right? Plus, after I listen to it, I run around singing, “I am going to drink your blood. And I just wanna drink your blood.” But my favorite line is (of course): “The trains stop for you and so do the boys when you run your fingers through your hair. But … Resistance Is Futile.”

6. Let’s Talk About Spaceships from Numbers & Mumbles. Eric Elbogen also hates talking about relationships! We are so meant to be!!! The whole song is about him trying to avoid talking to his girlfriend about his relationship, saying things like, “I should’ve paid attention in algebra.” and “Don’t look now, but there’s a spider on the wall behind you.” Actually, those are in the same stanza, and in exactly the opposite order I listed them in. But my favoritest bit is “Let’s talk about spaceships or anything except you and me, OK?”

7. Toil and Trouble from The Wishes and The Glitch. In this song, Eric Elbogen is making a love potion to woo some chick. It’s just because he hasn’t met me yet. “She’s gonna love me, oh yes she will.” Oh, Eric Elbogen, you don’t need a love potion. If your awesome isn’t enough to win her over, she doesn’t deserve you. My favorite line is actually when he says “Oh yeah” repeatedly, not due so much to any clever use of lyrics there, but more for the tone of his voice, which makes me happy.

Man, it's like nobody wants to take a normal photo of this guy.

8. Back Before We Were Brittle from The Wishes and The Glitch. The Wishes and The Glitch might be my favorite Say Hi album. Or Impeccable Blahs. It’s so hard to choose! This song seems to be about superheroes who are a little less powerful these days. Best bit: “Remember when we could save kittens from trees? Or have lunch on skyscrapers. Bring the villains to their knees.” Man, those were great days!

9. Sweet Sweet Heartkiller from Impeccable Blahs. This song makes me think of that episode of Homicide where Kyle Secor’s character hooked up with some chick and I think they had sex in a coffin. Which seems uncomfortable to me, especially since he’s 6’5″. Maybe she just slept in the coffin. I don’t know. Anyway, the chick in this song is actually a vampire, so it makes sense that she sleeps in a coffin, because that is totally a thing that vampires do. Best line? Any time he refers to Ginsu knives: “Her winks cut through me like a Ginsu.” “She bites through necks like a Ginsu.”

10. Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh from Oohs & Aahs. I always lose count of the number of “ohs” in the title of this song. Also, it was apparently on an episode of Gossip Girl. Good for it! Lovely line? “If the devil was a girl and she wore a yellow tee, it would be the spitting image, but that’s all right with me.” Although I also appreciate the way “it’s the sound of her verbs,” because I can totally relate to that. Please marry me.

You don't have to marry me, Eric Elbogen. Some sort of groupie fling thing is OK by me.

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I really want to see Ninja Assassin this weekend

November 25, 2009 at 12:22 pm (The Movie I'm not Seeing this Weekend) (, , , )

Sighhhhh….

Oh, Ninja Assassin. Could someone have made a movie more awesome than thou? (Thee?) You have ninja! And also assassins! You have Korean pop stars! (Who also spurned the hell out of Megan Fox, by the way, which makes them the most awesome pop stars ever. I really should have gone to the singular by this point. Whatever.)

Plus, his name is Rain and you have him standing in the rain! You know my love of a good pun/coincidence/whatever the hell that would be, Ninja Assassin!

You have glorious action sequences! I’m pretty sure something exploded! There’s more ninja! There’s more ninja.

I know the tagline says "Fear not the weapon but the hand that wields it," but a modified kusarigama is pretty scary.

What could possibly keep me from seeing this movie, other than wild horses and other catastrophes? (Like a tornado and there are wild horses in the tornado and also a house lands on me.)

What?

Oh, you brought in J. Michael Stracyzinski on the script and he finished revisions in 53 hours? Is that what he was doing instead of finishing some of the comic book series he keeps starting? Stop tempting me to boycott you, Ninja Assassin. You seem perfect in every respect otherwise!

What?

Oh, you’re produced by the Whatever their names are brothers? Who also produced Speed Racer? And, for some reason, cast Keanu Reeves as the lead in a trilogy of movies, leading millions of moviegoers to confuse his dead-eyed stare for the character’s dead-eyed stare and think he was actually acting or something? Those brothers?

For Christ's sake, people, that's NOT acting.

Damn you, Ninja Assassin. Stop telling me these things. I want to love you! I want to love you so much. I mean, you even have a character named “pretty ninja”! That’s my name! I mean, you know, when I cosplay or whatever. Or dream. Whatever.

Is there anything else you want to disappoint me with?

No?

Very well, then. Try to win my love back, why don’t you. Try to —

Oh, right. The action sequences.

Ahhh, the bare-handed sword catch. Always nice to see it in action.

I love you, Ninja Assassin. I want to be with you forever.

Love. It's always a surprise when it hits you like this. I forgive you your faults, Ninja Assassin. Please keep your shirt off.

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Why didn’t I like White Collar?

November 24, 2009 at 12:21 pm (Randomosity) (, , , , )

I haven’t been watching much TV lately. Reruns of Leverage on occasion, the occasional Biggest Loser episode. (I’m an addict! I can’t stop myself! I feel so unclean!) Mostly, I’m just biding my time until Chuck returns (NBC didn’t bring it back early and no one told me, right? RIGHT?).

But I’d heard about this show, White Collar, right? And it’s got Bryce Larkin from Chuck, right? And he’s playing this con man who works for the FBI. I’m like, hey! Con man, FBI? The explosions are practically guaranteed.

And then someone would throw themselves through the air seconds before things burst into flames.

Sadly, after watching two episodes, I saw there was only one explosion and it was really lame. Also, it was telegraphed from 20 miles away. As. Was. Everything. Else.

I went into the show expecting some fun times. A little con here, a little gunplay there, a little Bryce Larkin doing cool spy stuff.

You know, like bleeding all over a computer.

Wrong. Damn. Show.

There was no conning. Well, hardly any conning. No interesting conning, anyway. No gunplay. I mean, it is called “White Collar,” which is like, what, business crimes? But still, guns!! And did Bryce Larkin do anything interesting??! No! He moped about his girlfriend who is a trapped in a really boring season-long side arc/his lameass motivation and smirked a bit.

Not that there's anything wrong with his smirk, it's just not as entertaining as watching him jump over stuff and shoot people.

And, to add insult to injury, the pilot featured that guy. That guy has been in episodes of my favorite shows (Battlestar Galactica, Burn Notice, Leverage) and I didn’t like him then! What made White Collar think I would like him in a much, much weaker show? Look, I know you Fireflyers/Whedonites have a soft spot for that guy, but he always plays the same smarmy guy, which is fine and hooray for finding a niche, but stop being on every show, Jesus.

Seriously, I am sick of seeing you on my television screen.

Plus (and this was really annoying), White Collar cast Tiffani Thiessen as the boring FBI guy’s boring perfect wife, and so the whole time, I kept going, “Hey, when did she drop the -Amber?”

And the suspenders! What happened to the suspenders?!

I was considering watching a third episode to see if things picked up, but then I decided no, because if a television show can’t do a fashion week episode and make me care, then what could they possibly do to improve it? Zombies and ninjas can’t save everything, you know.

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Just a few of the awesomely killtastic weapons of the ninja

November 12, 2009 at 4:17 pm (Top Ten) (, , )

It’s the feudel Japan era. You’re a feudal Japanese farmer. The pay’s not good, but at least you’re not that guy who collects poop, right?

One day, as you’re farming (probably in a rice paddy or something), the daimyo approaches you.

“Look,” he says. “I know farming’s your thing, but have you ever given thought to becoming a killing machine?”

Like any redblooded person, yes. Yes, you have. A lot of thought, in fact. You rush to show the daimyo your drawings (you know, like fan fiction, only without the internets) of yourself as a killing machine, soaked in the blood of your enemies.

“That’s all right,” he says. “I’m looking for a new breed of warrior. Like the samurai, but without all that bushido crap. Someone who will fight from the shadows. Someone who gets the job done without the hassle of honor.”

Yes, you nod enthusiastically. That description fits you to a tee.

“I’m thinking of calling them shinobi, which will be called ninja by Western countries, because it’s easier to pronounce or something. Are you in?”

“Oh, Mr. Daimyo, sir, I am in like Flynn,” you say. Except you say it in Japanese, because in this story, you are a Japanese farmer.

So now you’re a shinobi (or ninja, because that’s the one you’ve heard of). All you have is your wits; your intense drive to crush your enemies, see them driven before you and hear the lamentation of their women; and your farming implements. So … what kinda weapons you gonna use?

1. Katana. Yes, you will use the traditional sword. Why? Because they’re readily available. However, you aren’t down with that bushido crap. (Go to hell, samurai, you say, except in Japanese.) So do you respect your sword and honor it as your soul? Hell, no! A sword is a tool. A tool for killing, a tool for climbing on, a tool for scratching that itch on your back if you have steady hands. Yeah, you’ll use a katana. And your enemies will pay.

katana

Sometimes I use it for roasting marshmallows too.

2. Kama. Now this is more like it. The sickle. You used a sickle for reaping your crops. Now you will use it for reaping your enemies’ lives! This is a great weapon, and you couldn’t possibly make it more perfect. Or could you? (Like, maybe by putting a chain on it or something….)

kama

Really? These could be improved upon?

3. Kusarigama. Ohhhh, yeah. That improves the sickle. A chain with a sickle at the end? The only downside is you might cut yourself. But not to worry.

kusarigama

The chain makes it better!

4. Manriki-gusari. Because for the less dextrous ninja, there’s the weighted chain. All the benefits of chain, none of the deadly deadly effects of the sickle. Plus you can hide it in your ninja utility belt (dah-dah-dah-dah-dah-dah-dah-NIN-JA!) and whip it out at your enemies at a moment’s notice. Sure, it doesn’t cut quite as good as the kusarigama, but you know what? Once your enemy has been knocked unconscious by your weighted chain, you can take all the time you like.

manrikigusari

It looks like a jump rope. OF DEATH.

5. Neko-te. This one’s for all you kunoichi (Female ninja)! What’s better than using your own fingernails for scratching out an opponent/target/braying jerk’s eyes? Using iron fingernails.

nekote

Incidentally, "neko" is the Japanese word for "cat."

6. Ono. No relation to Yoko (ha, ha, ha … ahhhhhh), this battle axe is roughly the size of two samurai. But seriously, folks, you’re using this four-foot-long axe for knocking down castle gates, smashing skulls and, according to the definition I linked to earlier, “totally destroy anyone attempting to fight with a lesser weapon.” Awesome.

lennon-ono-dec-8-1980

Ugh. Seriously, Google, did enough people call Yoko Ono a battle axe that this should be a problem?

7. Shuriken. Throwing stars? Sweet! Although, as a ninja, you know that all shuriken aren’t actually throwing stars. Some of them are actually throwing knives. All of them, however, can be dipped in poison.

shuriken

Shuriken: Sending you to hell 10 seconds before you know you're dead since 1432.

8. Tessen. You know what’s more awesome than unplugging your portable fan and beating someone to death with it? Beating someone to death with one of those little folding fans. Especially if it’s made of iron.

tessen

Less than optimal for keeping you cool in summer's heat, though.

9. Tekagi. Being a regular old ninja’s not bad-ass enough for you? You want to be more like that Marvel killing machine Wolverine? Well, then, you, sir (I assume you’re a man, or else you’d want to be like Lady Deathstryke), are in dire need of the tekagi. The four sharp spikes of this weapon are described as being “clawlike.” Snikt. The tekagi could be used for climbing trees, but dear God, why?

tekagi

Climb a tree or yank out someone's intestines ... the eternal battle rages.

10. Mizugumo. Not actually a weapon, these water walkers allowed you to, as the name suggests, walk on water, like Jesus before you. An episode of Mythbusters supposedly “busted” this ability (along with arrow catching and naked-hand blade catching), but we can only assume that is because the Mythbusters guys aren’t actually ninja and therefore are just not that awesome.

ninja_mizugumo1

Looks kind of silly, though.

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You couldn’t BE more lucky!

November 5, 2009 at 4:43 pm (Top Ten) (, , , , , , , , , )

Because you are getting two Top Ten lists in a day! Possibly more, if you went to some other blog and read one of their top 10 lists, but why would you do that?

Now, Hollywood might hate me (and does, as evidenced by consistently putting Keanu Reeves in films that might not have otherwise sucked), but Japan is still my friend.

I know this because of Alien vs. Ninja. God bless you, Japan. God bless your tentacle-loving hearts.

AlienVsNinja

Squeeeeeeeeee!!!

The basic plot of Alien vs. Ninja is that aliens land and are fought by Iga Ninja, the best ninja of all (go to hell, Kouga ninja!). Why, yes, I am a shinobi otaku and have several books on the subject, why do you … ? Oh, you were asking sarcastically. I get it. I do! I get it.

At any rate, what could be better than ninja (especially Iga ninja) fighting aliens?

Only about ten things, that’s what! (But, really, only marginally better, because, damn! Alien vs. Ninja!)

1. Zombies vs. Ninja. Yes, I had to. You knew it was coming, so isn’t it best I got it out of the way right off the bat?

2. Androids vs. Ninja. Y’all do know a picture of the hot cylon Samuel Anders will be used to illustrate this point, don’t you?

anders

Yeah, y'all totally knew.

3. Zombies vs. Ninja androids. I’m just sayin’, someone needs to build a ninja android. They could call it “The Stealthbot.” Or perhaps something less lame, I don’t know.

4. Kouga Ninja vs. Iga Ninja. Oops, they already did that. It was called “Basilisk.” (Or the Kouga Ninja Scrolls, if you’re talking the novel.)

shinobiDVD

Or "Shinobi," if you include the inferior film. (Yes, even DESPITE the presence of Tak Sakaguchi.)

5. Vampires vs. Ninja. Especially if it’s those pussy Twilight vampires, and we get to spend two hours watching ninja whale on them utterly.

edward cullen

Why can't the sparkling save me?! Whyyyy??

6. The cast of Cowboy Bebop vs. Ninja. I don’t remember a ninja episode. There was a crazy samurai episode. There should’ve been a ninja episode.

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Yeah, sorry guys. You probably won't get fed in that episode either.

7. Ninja Assassin vs. Ninja. Went rogue, did ya? Face your former ninja teammates in some sort of, I don’t know, death battle! Actually, this is probably the plot of Ninja Assassin. (No, I don’t know what the plot of Ninja Assassin will be. I want to see it because it is called Ninja Assassin. I don’t care what it’s about. It has a ninja who is also an assassin.)

8. Samurai vs. Ninja. There’s probably tons of movies about this, but you know what? There could be more.

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We ninja scoff at your samurai ideals of "honor" and "loyalty." Right before we stab you through the head. (From behind.)

9. Jet Li vs. Jackie Chan, and one of them is a ninja. Wouldn’t the just be the bestest movie ever?

10. Gunslinging android priests vs. Ninja zombies. O.M.G. Guys! What could possibly be cooler than zombies, androids and ninja in one movie? Nothing! Nothing could possibly be cooler! Best movie ever.

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I would say the word "Braaaaains," but that goes against my Ninja code. I'll just snack silently, thanks.

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