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  • Mike

    You know, I’ve wondered for a while, what’s the point of a ninja mask you can be seen smirking through?

    • IDPounder

      You may have noticed, but all of their gear conforms well to the various curves of their bodies.

    • KungFuKlobber

      It’s smirk-appropriate apparel.

    • suburban_samurai

      I think it’s more to obscure facial features so you’re not as easy to identify, but in No Need for Bushido, ninja wear masks because it’s what ninja are supposed to wear. You know, according to the NINJA BASICS HANDBOOK.

  • IDPounder

    Jealousy ill becomes you, Masuhiro.

    • suburban_samurai

      Maybe it’s just suspicion. After all, Masuhiro has a beautiful wife waiting at home for him!

      • Sunwu

        Oh look a Sake bottle

  • Hfar

    Right. Her “back.” 😉

    • Eltharrion

      Again, I think there’s not a single straight man who wouldn’t want to look at that “back” in that outfit…

    • Jaibyrd

      “Scratch that back and gimmie more… From the front to the middle to the back to the end… back, back, back, back it up… back it up and do it again!” 😉

    • suburban_samurai

      Are you INSINUATING that Yukizane holds in his head impure thoughts of any sort?? How could you possibly come to such a conclusion looking upon that cherub-like visage?

      • Lady Courage

        Does that 3rd panel look “cherub-like” to you?

        • User Unknown

          It sort of looks like a mischievous monkey to me.

  • Sunwu

    Ooo lets see! out of the 36 stratagems Yukizane has already done “guest becomes the host.” But I think he’s “hiding a knife behind a smile.” With his brother in law.

    • suburban_samurai

      Don’t get sucked into tv tropes! You’ll never escape!

      • anony

        I make it a point to escape from tvtropes daily. Usually by falling asleep, which my computer eventually notices and follows my example…

  • AmberOne

    It’s a little sad when the ninja amazon queen seems to prefer the short tubby strategist over the built and significantly taller warrior. I guess that just goes to show you really do need a brain to get anywhere in life.

    • suburban_samurai

      Make it so!

    • suburban_samurai

      Many of the richest people in the world would not exactly qualify as ‘lookers’!

  • TheMaskedFerret

    This looks like one of those comics begging people to replace the text.

  • Jaibyrd

    SUPER FROWN 9000!

    • John Smith

      It says “Maybe I should just kill ’em all; it’s the only way to be sure.” 😀

  • Scott Henry

    And he gets to hang around with at least 2 ninja hotties… and dude, Samurai did Guerilla warfare of a sort. The idea that Samurai always did honorable up front combat is laughable. They didn’t “assassinate” people but traps, hiding under those grass cloak things in a field and then hopping up and attacking? They did stuff like that. I think Masu has played too much D&D or something…

    • Thiago Kurovski

      Ninja were basically samurai clans that specialized in ungentlemanly warfare. Of couse, a true unglentleman can fight ungentlemanly even with English lords as soldiers, but Yukizane is exactly in the right place for his campaign…

      • Scott Henry

        lol “ungentlemanly”. Please, that’s a stupid train of thought made up by generals to justify war. What’s so gentlemanly about killing a lot of people with swords or guns or anything at all?

        • Thiago Kurovski

          The fact that we are commenting in NN4B and that I made a clumsy pun with the word indicates how much stock I put in the nobility and honor of conventional war :)… In the immortal words of W. T. Sherman:
          “War is cruelty, and you cannot refine it; (…)”

      • Neska

        Ninja were not samurai: they were clever peasants who taught themselves sneaky tactics and developed weapon from farming equipment in order to fight against the samurai when they grew corrupt and oppressive.
        The samurai themselves also started out as peasants who took up swords to fight against the excessive taxes imposed by corrupt and decadent nobility, and were then recruited by the Emperor to become the core of his military to fight the Ainu (an ethnic group that lived throughout Japan before the Yamato, the modern Japanese, arrived).
        Ninja were eventually employed by the powers that be, the Shogun and his Daimyos as well as the Emperor and what few noble families weren’t replaced by samurai, but were never really legitimized the way the samurai were.

        This has been Unnecessary Historical Edification, with your host Neska.

  • KungFuKlobber

    Masuhiro in the last panel has the exact same facial expression as a gray-bearded man on a billboard for a local carpet store. The words “Fancy a good shag?” next to his face are both creepy and hilarious at the same time. Here are some nicer comparisons.

    • suburban_samurai


      • Have a rock

        I support this new meme.

        • John Smith


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  • purplelibraryguy

    Masuhiro: “But, but I thought we had something. I’d escape, you’d recapture me . . . we had real moments together!”

  • Nomad94

    Not Happy

  • Ben Johnston

    Oh, I think she’ll scratch more than your back if you ask her…

    • MoveAlongCitizen

      Like those legs, they’re just SO LONG. It’s just so HARD to get the ankles, you know? Not unless I do really difficult angles like THIS one, for example.


      Masu: “Umm, bro, why’re you staying here again?’
      Yuki: *wink* “Oh, you know why.”
      M: *stare *
      Y: “The FOOD, of course and the intellectual stimulation, for sure.”

  • Frank Royce Harr

    You’d think he’d learn to appreciate his erent brother-in-law by now. Errent. Errant. What, that’s it? Sheesh!

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