Mikey (neomikey) wrote,

Everything's coming up ninjas

Professor Dobberstein is one of the most feared and disliked of the professors at Purdue University Calumet. I remember mentioning to Jade that I had him for my English class this summer, and she gave me a pained look. Thankfully, though...I got to have fun with him ;) While people were doing "normal" reports, I went on about anime and Chuck Norris, then I got to top all that off when I saw his expression when I mentioned what I wanted to do for my final report. "I'd like to do it about ninjas!" "Ninjas..." he repeated back to me.

I'm still quite happy that I got to get out of that class with an A...which, from what I understand, is pretty hard to do in his class. Overall, my grades for the summer semester went pretty well. However, delving into research for these warriors of the night rekindled my fascination with them. Sure, I've always been a fan of Metal Gear Solid, Splinter Cell, and a myriad of other sneaking games, but for some reason I never paid attention to the actual history of ninjas...and I found it quite fascinating, really!

Jade from school convinced me to start running a game this upcoming semester. I've never GM'ed before...heck, I haven't even been tabletop roleplaying for an entire year! No games out there really piqued my interest, so I thought I'd try creating my own universe...and lucky me, she asked me during my research ;) And so "Rising Sun" was born, where players take on the role of a ninja from a hidden village in feudal Japan. My first session was the other night, and it went surprisingly well! Most the players had been brought up on stuff like "American Ninja," so they were expecting Crouching Tiger jumping from roof to roof, high-flying Matrix-esque combat, and maybe even rooftop guitar-wailing action. They were quite pleased with what they got instead, and I have high hopes for the future :)

The world was partly inspired by my viewing of "Samurai Champloo" with Comcast On-Demand. It's thus far been a fun series. It's actually kind of nice seeing Christianity displayed (...somewhat) accurately in an anime. The episode with the fugitive believer hiding from the authorities was pretty cool :) About last week, episode 25 was released. I held off on watching 24, because it said that it was just "Part 1." So finally I sat down and watched these two episodes back-to-back. Fuu, Jin, and Mugen had finally made it to this island where the Samurai Who Smells of Sunflowers was said to be. The group got seperated, each with their own confrontation, and after a long interlude, Fuu finally found the shack where her father was supposed to be. Then--

"To Be Continued." I sat gawking bug-eyed at the screen. No, no, not even! I should have expected there would be a third episode! >_< So I frantically got to the comp and downloaded a fansubbed episode from the Soulseek file-sharing network...which just finished today! "Finally, I'll see the end...!!" I opened the file, it started, and...the subtitles are in Portuguese. I twitched.

Also, it came to pass that the other night I found out something quite unexpected. A close friend of mine actually has ancestors who were pirates! I, on the other hand, consider myself a ninja at heart. And, according to Confucius, pirates and ninjas are enemies as dictated by nature. Yes, he did say that, shut up >_> Thus we are fated to be enemies, yet we defy destiny with our friendship, yarr.... Wait, did I just say "yarr"?! o_O ...erm, umm...distraction video!

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