Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Kunoichi in Bakumatsu

Bakumatsu 幕末, the period of the Late Tokugawa Shogunate followed by Modernized Meiji Era, stimulates various imagination in Japan. This is because it was a romantic period. The conflict between the reform party and the conservative was very severe. They donated their youth, blood and love to the ideal they held. Tenchu 天誅, the plan of assassination against politicians, is a symbol of that period.


Photo posted in Late Tokugawa Shogunate - Wikipedia

Bakumatsu was a boundary between the feudal world and the modern world. It is an interesting topic to examine how the people thought during that period. Female Ninjas, the tools used in the feudal, were thought of being impacted most. Modern women are open, independent, intelligent, free, fairly treated regardless of gender, while Female Ninjas were closed, loyal, slaved, treated without humanity. It has been described in the first article of this blog.

Bakumatsu was therefore the stage where Female Ninjas ceased. They were poor and it was a tragedy. Such tragedy leads some outstanding movies and animes. Here are some examples:


Kage no Gundan IV 影の軍団 IV


Kunoichi: Deadly Mirage - 幻魔殺法帖~新選組秘抄


Kage Shadow 影 Shadow


Kunoichi Bakumatsu Kitan くノ一幕末奇譚

2 comments:

shadowmanuel said...

In the anime :

Kunoichi Bakumatsu Kitan

in the first ova there is fights
kunoichis vs others kunoichis?.

Kunoichi Terminator said...

Yes, that's what you showed in your YouTube.

Yet I think you would love Kage Shadow more because in the video, a female ninja killed two female ninjas.