Genre: Adventure / Comedy
Parental Guidance Recommended
2004 Ryoichi Koga, Haruo Sotozaki, ufotable zippers, CBC, Chiba TV, TV Kanagawa, TV Saitama
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Shinobu-chan, fight on! Follow the adventures of the cute, bubbly, ninja trainee Shinobu as she studies to become the world's best ninja. Guided by the mysterious and lecherous Onsokamaru, Shinobu encounters one madcap adventure after another. How will this transform the life of normal everyday girl, Kaede? For that matter, how will the viewers react to all the madness?
Ninjas are totally sweet! >>> by MarkPoa
2X2 Shinobuden (pronounced "Nin-nin Shinobuden") is an anime in the vein of Excel Saga and Galaxy Angels: neck-deep in wackiness.
Plot? What plot? This series knows not this word "plot" you speak of. Instead, the series follows a year in the life of Shinobu and her new friend, Kaede. The episodes feature situational comedy focusing on a particular aspect of Shinobu's ninja training... or one of Onsokamaru's schemes. I found the humor to be hit-or-miss at times. The humor delves a lot into the realm of the weird and out-there... and it's actually surprising that there are quite a few original jokes that were incorporated into the series.
However, some of the gags were too corny or tried too hard. There are even some snarky commentaries on anime stereotypes... but again, it felt like the writers were trying too hard to be humorous.
Artwise, the series on cute characters. The female characters' character designs are so pinkishly adorable, you're liable to wonder if they're constantly blushing. Everything is quite brightly colored... it's almost a literal eye candy.
Sound-wise and song-wise, the series is nothing to write home about. In fact, other humor series (Galaxy Angel comes to mind quickly) have far better music than this. The ending song is catchy, though.
Before I end this, I should also point out one thing... there's a surprising amount of yuri overtones in this show. For those of you who are not familiar with the term... yuri would be girls love or "lesbian". It didn't bother me and there was nothing overtly sexual shown, but it might weird some people out.
Overall, 2X2 Shinobuden is worth a look-see. It's a short series that can entertain you for a while, but don't expect anything deep or profound from this anime.
Individual Rating: Art/Animation 7; Story 5; Characters 8; Sounds 6