Big news, people: Hiroko and I have been working with Kodansha International on a top-secret sequel to Yokai Attack! This time we took a detour from fantasy into history, and the result is "Ninja Attack! True Tales of Assassins, Samurai, and Outlaws." It is on sale now at bookstores all over the world! Ninja Attack chronicles the totally real-life adventures of the bad-asses who made ninja a household name -- and how they changed pop culture around the world.
The idea behind Ninja Attack started from a simple question: Japan didn't invent the concept of assassins or espionage. So why are ninja the poster children for clandestine behavior around the world today? We uncovered a wealth of stories and vintage art that helps explain why. It's a collection of true tales of the men and women "behind the mask."
Featuring all-new illustrations by the talented manga artist Yutaka Kondo, who was a consultant on the Ninja Scroll anime series, it covers more than a thousand years of Japanese history. Although it's anchored firmly in fact, fans of ninja in fiction will find it a tantalizing guide to the true stories behind some of their favorite characters, from Hattori Hanzo to Ishikawa Goemon to Yagyu Jubei and more.
It also delves deep into the history of ninja in pop culture, such as Jiraiya, Sarutobi Sasuke, and Kirigakure Saizo -- all of whom live on today in modern fare such as "Naruto." And a book-within-a-book explores their tools, weapons, tactics, places they lived, and more. It is a one-stop guide to ninja legend and lore.