The Kouga Ninja Scrolls

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The Kouga Ninja Scrolls
Author Futaro Yamada
Original title Kōga Ninpōchō
Translator Geoff Sant
Cover artist Masaki Segawa
Country Japan
Language Japanese
Genre Historical fantasy
Publisher Kodansha
Del Ray
Publication date
December 2006
Media type Print
Pages 311
ISBN 978-0-345-49510-5
OCLC 70408092
895.6/35 22
LC Class PL865.A49 K6513 2006

The Kouga Ninja Scrolls (甲賀忍法帖 Kōga Ninpōchō?) is a historical fantasy novel written in 1958-1959 by the Japanese author Futaro Yamada. The novel was adapted into several comics, a live-action film and an animated series. It has been translated into English by Geoff Sant, and was published by Del Rey in December 2006.

Plot[edit]

This story is quite similar to Romeo and Juliet. The story centers around two rival ninja clans; the Iga and the Koga; whose no-hostilities treaty is lifted by retired shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu to settle a succession dispute within the government concerning which of Ieyasu's grandsons is destined to become the third Tokugawa Shogun. Due to years of selective breeding, the members of Koga and Iga have all developed inhuman abilities at the cost of several of them being born physically disfigured or otherwise abnormally mutated.

At the center of the conflict is Koga and Iga's two young heirs; Gennosuke and Oboro respectively; who had fallen in love in the hopes of not only bringing their clans together in peace but also to mix the bloodlines of their families so as to undo the genetic damage endured by both. The novel traces the course of the conflict as both clans endure heavy losses and ultimately bringing Gennosuke and Oboro to face each other on the field of battle.

Adaptations[edit]

  • Kōga Ninpōchō (甲賀忍法帖?, 1963), a manga by Haruo Koyama.
  • Kōga Ninpōchō: Aratame (甲賀忍法帖・改?, 2003), a manga by Torao Asada.
  • Basilisk: The Kouga Ninja Scrolls (バジリスク 甲賀忍法帖 Bajirisuku Kōga Ninpōchō?, 2003), a manga by Masaki Segawa.
  • Basilisk (バジリスク 甲賀忍法帖 Bajirisuku Kōga Ninpōchō?, 2005), an anime TV series produced by GONZO based on Masaki Segawa's manga.
  • Shinobi: Heart Under Blade ( Shinobi?, 2005), a movie directed by Ten Shimoyama.