Company in Japan now hiring for the position of Ninja Master

NJ 4

RocketNews 24:

One company in Japan has put out an honest-to-goodness help-wanted ad for a ninja master.

Twitter user Hojinga recently shared the job posting he came across on a government-run employment website. While it’s likely most visitors to the site are searching for office work, or perhaps positions in the service or industrial sectors, one lucky candidate can walk away with gainful employment as a ninja dojo instructor.

 

View image on Twitter

The employer is listed as Koka Kanko Kaihatsu Kabushikigaisha, and while we’re not 100-percent convinced it’s not a cover for a clan of shadow warriors, the organization’s name translates out to Koka Tourism Development, Inc. According to the posting, the selected candidate will be working in Shiga Prefecture’s Koka City, the same town where last week some civil servants performed their duties dressed as shinobi, in honor of the local area’s ninja heritage.

Specifically, the professional ninja will be plying his or her trade at the Koka Ninjutsu Village, which houses a ninja-themed museum, ninja house equipped with trap doors and other contrivances, and a ninja training center where visitors can receive instruction in one of nine different shadow arts.

▼ If, for some strange reason, guests don’t already own their own ninja uniforms, rentals are available.

NJ 6

It will be up to the newly hired ninja master to get these new recruits up to speed so that they can start carrying out acts of subterfuge for their samurai lords as soon as possible…or perhaps show just off their certificates of completion to their non-ninja-trained friends. As is often the case in Japanese employment listings, details are vague on exact responsibilities, but the successful applicant will be expected to participate in performances for visitors, and climbing stone walls is specifically mentioned as one of the employee work duties.

▼ Just another day at the office.

NJ 3

The initial contract is for three months, with the possibility of an extension once the period is completed, with shifts lasting from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The ninja master’s skills will only be necessary on Saturdays and Sundays, leaving the successful candidate free to live weekdays under their secret identity.

Hourly pay is to be determined during the interview, but will be in the range of 750 to 1,000 yen (US $6.35 to $8.50). While that’s not a particularly high wage, this job still remains a rare and excellent opportunity to get your foot in the door of the shinobi industry, and may just be the first step to someday becoming Chief Operating Ninja of your own enterprise.

The top 10 manga Japanese people want to see turned into anime

MangaStoreJapan

RocketNews 24:

Every season there’s a wave of new anime shows, many of them based on some other form of media such as a manga or light novel series. Most reasonably popular manga titles seem to make it onto the screen in animated form at some point or other, so it can be galling when your favorite series is passed over by the animation studios time and again in favor of yet more giant robots and impossibly large and buoyant chests.

Read on to see which manga series Japanese readers most want to see animated, and let us know what your own picks would be.

Japanese website Anime Anime! conducted a survey to discover the manga series their readers most want to see turned into anime. They first asked for suggestions on Twitter then put together two lists of 20 titles, one of manga series which had come to an end and one which was made up of continuing comics. Each respondent could choose up to three manga series from each list. In total they received 1,800 responses.

Here is the ranking for the as-yet incomplete manga series readers really hope to see on their TV screens soon. Some of these have been licensed and published in English while others have not. The majority of them are seinen titles, but there’s also a few shonen and shoujo in there, too, and the themes vary from slice-of-life to superheroes and fantasy battles.

1. Haven’t You Heard? I’m Sakamoto by Nami Sano

f307a2c4

This slice of life seinen manga first made its appearance in 2011 and has been consistently popular. It got over 25% of the votes to secure first place in this survey!

2. One Punch-Man by One and Yusuke Murata

Main

One Punch-Man is a webcomic that has been running since 2009. It follows the story of the super-powerful hero Saitama on his journey to defeat evil monsters and gain recognition.

3. Yotsuba&! by Kiyohiko Azuma

27997-ytbt

Yotsuba and has been going since 2003 and it’s surprising it hasn’t been animated yet after the success of Azuma’s previous series, Azumanga Daioh, both in Japan and overseas.

4. March Comes in Like a Lion by Chica Umino

story

Begun in 2007, this slice-of-life manga from the creator of the award-winning Honey and Clover, follows a lonely 17-year-old professional shogi player.

5. Drifters by Kouta Hirano

a53b6a35-s

This fantasy manga from 2009 brings historical figures together to fight to save a mysterious world.

6. Nijiiro Days by Minami Mizuno

77a9a3fc-s

The first shoujo title to make the list is one of the more recent entries, having begun in 2012, and is a lighthearted story that gives us a peek into the lives of four high school boys.

7. Oresama Teacher by Izumi Tsubaki

11029801

This shoujo romantic comedy began in 2007 and follows a delinquent girl’s efforts to clean up her act and her new school.

8. Yandere Kanojo by Shinobi

pic-main

Yandere characters are always popular so it’s surprising that this manga, which came out in 2009, has yet to be animated.

9. Amaama to Inazuma by Gido Amagakure

3647d8279a472f18260e693542167f03e9367e4f

This seinen-oriented slice-of-life manga is a relatively new title, begun in 2013.

10. Soul Catcher(s) by Shinkai Hideo

top

A boy with special abilities and a troubled heart joins a high school band – how does this shonen series not have an anime yet?

Some of these series above are sure to make it onto the screen at some point, probably after they’re finished, but others will remain static forever. And maybe that’s for the best, since unfortunately the animated versions don’t always do justice to their source material

February 22 is Ninja Day, as these cosplaying civil servants at Koka City Hall just reminded us

ND 4

Are you feeling bummed out that February’s two most high-profile holidays, namely Twin Tail Day and Valentine’s Day, are both already over and done with? Cheer up! While it may not necessarily tug at the heartstrings like February 2 and 14, what’s arguably the coolest holiday of the month is coming up this weekend.

That’s because February 22 is officially Ninja Day, and one town in Japan is helping people get into the spirit with a bit of shinobi-style cosplay at its city hall.

The kanji for Shiga Prefecture’s Koka City can also be read as “Koga,” which is a name Japanese history buffs might be familiar with. The Koga Ninja who were based in the area were one of the most formidable shadow warrior forces of Japan’s feudal era, and present-day Koka wholeheartedly embraces this part of its history.

▼ Even the floor of this Koka train station is decorated in a throwing-star pattern.

ND 1

Japan loves its puns, and someone noticed that ni, the Japanese word for “two,” is pronounced just like the first of the three syllables in “ninja” (yes, in Japanese, “n” is a syllable all of its own). Before long, support grew for February 22 (2-22) to be known Ninja Day, a designation now officially recognized by the Japan Anniversary Association (the same group which has given its nod of approval to the aforementioned Twintail Day).

In celebration, the five-employee team at the Koka City Tourism Promotion Office has spent the week commuting and working in attire that reflects their city’s claim to fame.

Just to be clear, their workspace isn’t located in the middle of an amusement park or museum. These civil servants go about their duties right smack in the middle of Koka City Hall, just a shuriken’s throw away from the sections of the municipal government responsible for registering marriages and official residence addresses.

Speaking of shuriken, this week the members of the Tourism Promotion Office have also been handing out origami throwing stars to visitors who’ve come in to ask for information about local attractions. On Ninja Day itself, they’ll also be onboard trains on the local Shigaraki Kohgen Railway, once again making paper versions of the tossable tools of the ninja trade.

▼ The mysterious shinobi keep their masks on at all times, even when doing desk work or talking on the phone.

View image on Twitter

Obviously, the Tourism Promotion Office staff would be happiest if you celebrated Ninja Day by taking a trip to their lovely town, maybe to see Koka’s Minakuchi Castle. If you absolutely can’t make it to the home of the Koga Ninja, though, you’ll be happy to know that other organizations across Japan are also doing something special to mark the occasion, with specific details available here on the English-language version of the official Ninja Day website.

ND 2