Quote from VariSami »Tetsuko Umezawa, Fugitive sends her regards.
Quote from soramaro »Like all other Ninjas in this set ... cool abilities, but (at the risk of starting to sound like a broken record here) the art just makes me scratch my head. Apparently all artists just phone in a generic medieval European city background unless being specifically told not to do so. Like, I'm OK with seeing Ninjas from a different planes, but why wouldn't you go for a setting that's culturally closer, to ... you know ... the place where the word for the thing you're painting is coming from?
Quote from 5colors »They are infiltrating/spying on a foreign region.
Quote from soramaro »Quote from 5colors »They are infiltrating/spying on a foreign region. Yeah, that's the obvious explanation for patching up the disconnect. It sounds like a pretty lame attempt at defense to me though. I don't mean to say there's no way Ninjas and European architecture couldn't ever be combined in a fantasy setting. But they're making single cards here, without any accompanying story or greater world concept behind them. Heck, the cards don't even have flavor text. Granted, that's because Ninjutsu takes up so much space, but still ... with restrictions like that, why go against what people would (reasonably) expect? All things considered, you'd think they'd go with the classic Ninja trope, which usually includes a) classic (e.g. evocative, however unrealistic it may be) "Ninja attire" and b) an Asian or Asian-inspired setting. Pretty much the only thing that identifies the newly spoiled Ninjas as "Ninjas" at all is the presence of Katanas (or similar bladed weapons, whatever they may be called) somewhere in their art. Remove those and the characters could literally all be random rogues from generic fantasy plane #9324. It just doesn't feel right.
Quote from soramaro » Apparently all artists just phone in a generic medieval European city background unless being specifically told not to do so. Like, I'm OK with seeing Ninjas from a different planes, but why wouldn't you go for a setting that's culturally closer, to ... you know ... the place where the word for the thing you're painting is coming from?
Quote from Chalsis »I personally can't stand these new ninja. It's just grating.
Ninja were a super cool thing that Kamigawa had exclusively going for it, mechanically and flavor-wise. Yuriko was awesome, Sakashima's student was like seeing an old friend. They fit with the Japanese theme and Kamigawa's unique planar identity.
But now, naga ninja? Vedalken ninja? I'm not saying it CAN'T happen. Planeswalkers could have spread knowledge of the ninja arts among the planes. But flavorfully,this is taking one of the big things that made Kamigawa unique and diluting it among foreign planes and creature types
For fans of Kamigawa, who will likely never see a return to one of our favorite planes (even after second visits to Zendikar and Innistrad and three to Ravnica), the most we can look forward to are whatever crumbs they toss us to expand the world. Crumbs like O-Kagachi, Yuriko, and Silent-Blade Oni. And I get it - Kamigawa has its loyal cult following, but it wasn't successful enough of a block to justify a return. It's just the way things are, so crumbs are fine.
So when I heared that we were getting new ninja, I was super psyched for more Kamigawa. Turns out I'm Charlie Brown, and WotC is Lucy with the football.