Shinobi Life

Vol: 13; Ch: 64
2006 - 2012
3.887 out of 5 from 1,105 votes
Rank #7,691
Shinobi Life

Beni doesn't care whether she lives or dies until one day a hero appears before her very eyes. And this hero, who swears his undying loyalty to her turns out to be none other than...a ninja from the past?!

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Beni Fujiwara is your average high school student with a bit of a tendency to get kidnapped. One day she gets rescued by a man in a strange ninja costume. And he suddenly declares his eternal loyalty to her? Turns out her savior, a shinobi by the name of Kagetora, fell into a lake and travelled all the way from Feudal Japan to the present. It seems that Beni is a descendant and the spitting image of the princess he was serving. The two even have the same name! What will happen when he finds out she’s not the Beni-hime he’s looking for? Story Shinobi Life tries to balance a lot of things; it has the bodyguard theme going on, there’s time travelling, a good bit of action and some slapstick comedy. The first few chapters have a totally different feel from the rest of the story (it’s clear that the author wanted to take another approach in the beginning) and some of the events and character relations are a bit too convenient. Having said that, writing something that includes time travel is difficult and yet the author manages to tie up everything in a logical way. The plot twists are kind of predictable, but I still enjoyed them. Unlike many other titles in this genre, the romance itself wasn’t really the end goal, but instead more of a driving force behind everything that happens. Which is good, because not only do they avoid the dreadful will-they-won’t-they dance this way, the manga also offers other, more interesting sources of drama. The only complaint I have about it, is that it gets too melodramatic at times. Eternal, undying love is great and all, but I don’t want it to get smacked in my face all the damn time. Art While very pretty (albeit a bit uninspired), the character design can be quite inconsistent. The biggest offenders are definitely Kagetora and Iwatsuru who can look like completely different people, even within the same chapter. The author also seems really fond of screen tones, so you get a lot of pages covered in bubbles and bishie sparkles. Approximately 73% of the manga Backgrounds aren’t very prominent, most chapters look like a compilation of character reactions and close-ups. Characters The characters change a lot over the course of the series and I think a lot has to do with the shift in tone I mentioned earlier. Beni starts out as a strong, independent woman who don’t need nobody to tell her what to do and turns into… Well, someone a lot less badass. Don’t get me wrong, I still think she was strong in her own way and she definitely didn’t sit around doing nothing, but the sass she had in the earlier chapters just kind of disappears the more you read. She’s not the only who suffers a bit from this. Rihito Iwatsuru has a really weird case of villain decay, turning him from intimidating douchebag into a rather meek guy. Other than those two, the characters were quite fun. Kagetora is the perfect love interest and Hitaki is an antagonist you can sympathize with. It helps that there’s a lot of focus on their background story. Even the more minor characters turn out to play a big role in the overall plot, so nobody feels irrelevant. Overall Shinobi Life has its plot points intricately woven together. I can’t help but admire it for that fact. And it even has a decent amount of violence and fight scenes! You don’t find that very often in shoujo series. BUT! It still is a shoujo title, so all the usual tropes apply. Don’t let that deter you from reading it though. Romance, action and time travel is always a good combination, no matter what kind of demographic it’s aimed at.


So, since this page doesn't have a synopsis I'll give that first, then my review. Due to her family’s wealthy background, Beni Fujiwara is used to being kidnapped, held ransom and having her life threatened on a daily basis. In fact, she welcomes any chance to make her father feel miserable for the decisions he has made in the past concerning Beni and her late mother. However, Beni’s plans to get back at her father are ruined when Kagetora comes falling into her life…literally. Claiming that he has devoted his life to protecting the Red Princess, Kagetora becomes Beni’s new ninja body guard and she starts to have feelings for him. But, will Kagetora stay with her once he realizes that she is not the Red Princess and that he has actually traveled into the future?! Review time! So, pretty interesting story. It’s a good mix of cool ninjas and silly lovey dovey stuff. A bit of a SPOILER, Kagetora falls into the future via a wormhole of some kind that is found in the middle of a lake in the past and off the side of a building in the future (present day). The whole traveling to and from the past is sort of confusing at first and a little unbelievable since they typically fall back into the exact time that they need to even though it’s mentioned a few times that they can’t control the “when” they land in. But whatever, it makes the story interesting and allows for some cool ninja action in the present world.  I liked the relationship between Kagetora and Beni; it’s sweet even if it’s a little predictable. The story gets a little more complicated when Beni gets stuck in the past and meets a younger Kagetora and some of his friends, but for the most part it’s a pretty straight forward love story filled with misunderstandings, battles for the person you love and epic make up sex…okay maybe not that last part. Another time, another review.


The series is about a Ninja going into the future and finding a girl that looks like she's the exact same as the princess he was supposed to protect. Believing her to be the same person whilst simultaneously ignoring the fact that he isn't in the edo period anymore. He continues trying to protect her in this time instead while the female lead hides the truth that she isn't the princess that he's protecting since she is now in love with him because she is the female lead of this manga and he's the male lead of this manga so naturally that was gonna happen. With that being said. The series actually sort of kinda just finishes this plot immediately. He realizes very early on that she isn't the princess, the internal conflict switches to whether or not the MMC is using the FMC as a replacement to the princess he was protecting because he too starts gaining feeling for the FMC. Why you ask? Well, like i said these are both attractive leads in a manga so yeah.... Its kind of weird how the original plot is just forgotten. Though Resolved might be a better word. The series shifts to the MMC's rival who has come to the future as well in hopes to exact revenge or whatever to the male lead. While the male lead is getting accoumsted to the modern life and getting jiggy with the FMC. Honestly I think this series did a poor job of making the characters have feelings for each other. I understand that both are teenager so having crushes are normal. But it still felt a bit ridiculous (Funny thing to say in a manga where time traveling is a mechanic.). One of the conflicts of the series is between the FMC and her father who acts like an asshole. He's totally not being an asshole to play the tough asshole father role. That is 100% not what he is doing yup. So with the Male lead she escapes to the past but something goes wrong and she ends up in the wrong time. So the male lead is constantly going to the future and past trying to find where she is. While the female lead tries to understand more about where she is and how she can be more of use to the people around here. As i mentioned one of the conflicts is The rival of the Male lead trying to kill the male lead. I liked this part. How they resolved it and the dialogue and backstory of those 2 characters were well done. Arguably thats the only thing that really stood out in the manga. I think it was dramatic and evoked the necessary emotion that the author was looking for. The characters are... They exist. Honestly i can't really remember. I was told that the male lead is the nicest of all shoujo male leads but thats not true. He is pretty nice though. It's always nice to see another male lead that doesn't try to immediately rape the female lead in the beginning of the manga. But yeah incredibly blanket personalities. I guess they did the job. At least i don't really have any negative feelings about the characters except maybe the father who totally played the asshole and nothing else totally. There is no deeper to meaning except that he's an asshole totally. I think some of the issue regards how the series gets a bit weird towards the end with magic hair. The fact that the time travel works almost perfectly now that the manga is almost over. When the series does end. There is some unresolved shit like how come no one else found the time traveling portal? Or how they will handle the future. It just kinda gets thrown under the rug. In the end I feel like Shinobi Life did the bare minimum in regards to entertainment. Like this is the bare minimum any author aiming to acheive. Though yes there were some stand out moments I don't think they are enough for me to recommend this series. Its enough for a time killer but your not missing if you don't read it. TLDR: So much potential but really just came out ok. 5/10

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