Thursday, December 20, 2012

A review of Ashida Kim's review (of "In Search of the Ninja")


Today we'll take a moment and talk about Ashida Kim's video review of "In Search of the Ninja" by Antony Cummins.

Here's the video:

There's pretty much nothing to say.

Ashida Kim starts by showing off his new video software (most likely Windows Live Movie Maker)
by making a theatrical entrance of appearing out of nowhere. I was impressed! Weren't you?

Basically, the film is him reading a script hidden behind his copy of Cummins' book. You can tell because the camera zooms in on the book to hide the fact that his face is looking at the back of his book. When it zooms out, he's obviously reading from it. Not that it really matters, it's just more faking that seems consistent with his entire career.

His comments basically boil down to "This book backs up everything I've ever said about ninjutsu!" Which is of course, false. Most of the claims that he makes in the video about what he has said are absolute lies, and the few that aren't are basic knowledge.

As far as the reliability of Antony Cummins book goes, that's another topic completely. I do not own his book, but from what I've heard he's not the most reliable historian out there. The topic of his book is something you should research in your own time if you're interested in that sort of thing.

To conclude the post, I'll just say that Ashida Kim's new video, "In Search of the Ninja review," has less than one thousand views as of this post. It appears that his channel is getting less and less popular. He has also disabled ratings and comments. It appears that he's heading the right direction - to the "land of no attention." As long as people watch his videos, praise his work, and

Monday, April 23, 2012

A quick comparison of Ashida Kim and reality


Just a brief post today - comparing Ashida Kim's concealment tactics with logical concealment tactics. In case you're wondering, there's a big difference.

Check out Part 1 of his "Ninja Sentry Removal Techniques" video to get an idea of how he attempts to conceal himself in a rural environment:

(A lengthly evaluation of this entire video series can be found in older posts).

Next, we'll look at a video series by a YouTube user named GhillieArnhem. The series is called "The art of camouflage," and it has good demonstrations of how to blend in with a woodland environment. It is in 9 seperate parts; here they all are:

The Art of Camouflage

Part 1:
Part 2:
Part 3:
Part 4:
Part 5:
Part 6:
Part 7:
Part 8:
Part 9:

It's simple. Ashida Kim's techniques are foolish, outdated, and are designed to appeal to the 12-year-old boy who thinks ninjas are cool. They're not effective techniques. Anyone trying to employ them would get themselves killed.

Please do not waste time or money with Ashida Kim's products. You'll learn nothing from him that can't be learned better elsewhere.

The Truthful Warrior

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Ashida Kim's Dim Mak - an evaluation


I’ve not posted lately, because I’m focusing on my own martial arts training right now and I don’t want to waste much time doing other things. However, this post will take just a moment and I want to share it with you.

The video I’ll be discussing is located here:

If you’d like, you can open it and watch it while reading this blog entry.

The video is “Dim Mak Finger Test,” a video in which Ashida Kim demonstrates “Dim Mak,” which is a famous old martial arts technique that has never been scientifically proven. The technique involves simply touching a certain area of the body to cause death. I've heard some claims say that the effect is instantaneous, and some others claim that it can take two or three days, refered to as the "delayed death touch". Nevertheless, many do claim that it exists, although skeptics say it is nonsense. I’m neutral in that subject, as I do not practice an art claiming to teach it, and I have no interest in it, as it is unlikely that the technique could be actually used in a real violent conflict, even if it was a legitimate technique.
Anyhow, on to the video.

We start out with the typical-looking Ashida Kim, wearing historically incorrect ninjutsu attire. This includes a black karate dogi and a ski mask. He is standing in front of a table with a hunting trap on it, and as the music (which is very odd music for the mood of the video) starts, Ashida picks up the trap and says, “This… is a no. 4 steel trap!” with a very dramatic tone to his voice. He goes on to explain how it is used for trapping small game, and he then picks up a pencil and shows that the trap can easily slice the pencil in half. He begins to talk about the concept of Dim Mak and how it relates to ninjutsu (which is doesn’t historically), and then, guess what? He starts talking about what is apparently his favorite movie, “Bloodsport.” I’ve seen him mention this film several times in his videos, so he apparently likes it quite a lot. Anyway, he talks about how the movie relates to Dim Mak, and then performs a hilariously obvious camera trick. Right at 1:20, he stops the film and evidently switches the trap with an identical duplicate, except that it has a dull edge on it instead of the normal toothed edge, used for painfully cutting into the limb of an unsuspecting animal.

Then right after that, he does something very random. He bends his thumb down to make it look like it was cut off, then shows it to the camera. Odd. Then, at 1:29, the moment we’ve all been waiting for! He theatrically slams his hand into the button, causing the duplicate, dulled trap to slam into his fingers. He then picks up the trap, still attached to his fingers, and proudly shows it is on his hand tightly. He then self-importantly and aggressively says, “Let he who says he is a master of Dim Mak take this test!!!” He then releases the trap and pulls his hand out, saying “This power of the hidden hand, the invisible fist,” etc., etc. It’s funny how Mr. Kim even pretends that there is a connection between ninjutsu and Dim Mak, because according to him, “ninjutsu isn’t about combat, it is about invisibility” yet Dim Mak was used in combat, according to those who believe it is authentic. What’s even funnier is how he thinks that just because your hand can withstand a game trap, you’re a master of Dim Mak. Where’s the connection between a tough hand and a very complex martial arts technique presumably involving proper pressure, angle of pressure, accuracy, etc.? What is funnier yet is how Ashida Kim thinks that using a cheap camera trick of stopping the film and switching prop items is actually going to convince people that his hand is capable of withstanding a game trap.

Nevertheless, he seems very proud of himself.

Stay tuned.

The Truthful Warrior

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Something interesting I found on Ashida Kim's forum...


Guess what?! I found something rather amusing on Mr. Kim's forum. He got a little snip from something written by Frank Dux (another ninjer fraud) about the famous martial arts forum, Bullshido. Bullshido is a site where people from all arts gather, but where lots of arguing about whose art is better takes place.

The part from Dux claims that only a "handful of people" operate on Bullshido, pretending to be thousands of different users, and these few people are out for Google money and to attack Dux and other con - err, I mean... martial, artists. Here is the post from Ashida Kim, taken from a writing from Dux:

"From Hanshi Frank Dux:

"For anyone wondering the majority of what is being said on internet that is negative about me stems from a small ring of message boards that are content farms, invent content and controversy to drive traffic to their websites from which they make money off Google Ads. The link below is a recent article that may prove insightful as it exposes the primary culprit bullshido/source for the unreliable source they are.

"To which I would add that this proves there is an active conspiracy in violation of Fair Trade Agreements international.
"But, the law means nothing unless you have an army of lawyers to enforce it."

Interesting, isn't it? I did about 3 minutes of digging (sorry it took so long) and found that (where the article is found) is a site with more than 390,000 authors. The user who wrote the article about Bullshido's name is "Vic Nash". The Bullshido article is his only article, and he has no information about himself, his background, how he verified his "proof" that Bullshido is out to get Dux, or anything else for that matter. I wouldn't be surprised to learn that Dux was the one who wrote the article, under the name "Vic Nash."

So I guess we're supposed to accept something as proof when a random internet user with no information about him says it's true?

But nonetheless, Mr. Kim treats this article as if it's the long-awaited proof that he's not a fraud. I'm sorry, but that is pathetic.

It's rather funny, because he claims that a "handful" of people operate the entire site. However, I myself have a profile, three friends I can think of also do, and about ten other people I know of also have accounts. So there we have fourteen people I know personally who have accounts there. So I guess WE are the handful of people and we didn't even know it! Whoa...

Stay tuned, there is more to come.

The Truthful Warrior

Friday, June 10, 2011

Staying on Ashida Kim's "Official S*** List" is what I do best...


If there's one thing I am good at doing, it's keeping Ashida Kim on his toes. Apparently, he has seen my blog from my link on my YouTube account ( and has been viewing my blog entries furiously, because he's getting angrier and more hateful on his website. This is the new paragraph at the top of his website, changed recently:

"This is the Official Website of the One and Only Ashida Kim. Because the Internet has become so corrupted by trolls and hackers and impersonators, Master Kim does not appear on Facebook, MySpace, Twitter or any other social networking site. Nor does he participate in any blogs, chat rooms or forums than his own Message Board. Any posts or profiles made in his name or with his likeness are a violation of International Copyright Law and subject to prosecution. DOJO Press is the only legal distributor of Ashida Kim books and videos. There are so-called "file sharing" websites that give away and sell his books in flagrant violation of International Copyright Law. There are at least five publishing firms that have made their fortunes marketing his intellectual property for the last thirty years without paying him even the paltry royalties they promised. We ask all loyal fans and friends of Ashida Kim to boycott these vendors, and report them to us for legal action."

So, as you can see, he's getting a bit irritated at all of us pushing his buttons. "The One and Only Ashida Kim," huh? Well, thank goodness there's only one!

So anyway, right now I'm awaiting a staff member of his forums to give me access to his forums. If he sees this message, he might just deny all of the current users waiting activation to avoid me getting in, but I'll just start over with a different account. This way, unless he wants to cancel his forum (which would be wonderful - I'd be honored to have caused that) completely, he can't stop me.

Once I get in (again - I've been blocked from previous accounts), I will keep this blog updated with all of the lies he is spreading. The last I saw (before I got blocked) was a fake news article saying that websites exposing him like Bullshido were part of a "conspiracy" out to get him. This is a common tactic used by many martial arts frauds throughout history - it's nothing new to fraud-busters like myself.

Until I get in and share the new nonsense, here's a funny ninja-related video from YouTube, originally from Enjoy:

Stay tuned! More to come!

The Truthful Warrior

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Evaluation of Ashida Kim's video, "Ninja Sentry Removal Techniques - 5 of 5"


This is it! The final chapter of our evaluations of Ashida Kim’s “Sentry removal Techniques” series.

This review is of Ashida Kim’s “Ninja Sentry Removal Techniques 5 of 5”.

Here is the video:

Without further delay, here we go.

The film starts by repeating a clip seen in part 4 from a different angle. This angle makes it harder to see what happened, so I advise you to go back to part 4 to see it better. Basically, Ashida Kim is seen hiding behind a telephone pole, approaching a sentry who has his back turned to Ashida. Ashida, being then ninja master he is, apparently makes a noise and the sentry spins around and points his rifle at Ashida, motioning with his hand for Ashida to come closer. Ashida then takes the gun and flings the sentry to the ground, then knocks out the sentry with the rifle butt.

Let’s break down this technique and find out how practical it is. First of all, the reason Ashida has to get so close to attack the sentry is because Ashida insists on ignoring ninjutsu’s principle of adaptation. Ashida refuses to carry modern weaponry, so he’s stuck in 17th century Japan, carrying nothing but shuriken, cheap Hollywood ninjato, and flour (metsubushi - or as the narrator says in part 1, “Mitsubishi-Ko!” Yep, like the car!). So, Ashida could have avoided the confrontation with the sentry if he’d just brought a silenced rifle with him. Heck, he could even stay in the 17th century and use a fukiya (3-foot blowgun) and avoid the confrontation that way too!
So anyhow, Ashida is seen by the sentry as he tries to approach from behind. The sentry spins around and, instead of calling for back-up immediately like an good sentry would, he actually motions Ashida to come closer. “Hey ninjer, come here so you can reach my gun and take it from me!” Any real sentry would immediately back up to make sure his gun was out of reach. That’s how guns work, you know? You pull the trigger, they go “boom,” and the bullet will fly quite far. I guess the sentry missed that day of firearms training.
The sentry lets go of the gun with one hand so he can motion for Ashida to come closer. Ashida quickly steps forward and grabs the gun, and takes it (unrealistically easily) and knocks the sentry out. Mr. Kim then promptly adjusts his mask. We don’t want any sentries to see my face! That would be baaaaad. For some reason, all through this video, a loud noise keeps cutting in and out. It sounds like a helicopter or something. Anyway, next we see Ashida slipping along the horizontal supports of a fence. I’m not sure why one would risk this. Of course it’s useful if there is a railway with no ground beside it, but Ashida has a very welcoming-looking ground just below him, yet he thinks it is necessary to risk making a heck of a noise should a support break with his weight, by climbing onto a fence. To be fair, if it were a dirt floor that might be an okay thing to do to avoid footprints. But Ashida wouldn’t have to avoid footprints if he used a disguise to get into camp, but that’s covered in an earlier post.

The “Spider Climb” is demonstrated next. Although this climb looks impressive to the untrained eye, it is one of the most useless techniques ever devised by Mr. Kim. The technique is used to climb a wall, but if you look at the film footage, Ashida Kim has two two-by-fours to hold onto and to grip with his feet. These boards are just the right distance from each other for Ashida to hold onto and climb with. So, unless Ashida Kim plans on infiltrating a location and is hoping that there just happens to be a few boards at exactly the right distance from each other, and at exactly where he wants to climb, then he’s out of luck. I would bet that Ashida even had to buy a few boards and nail them to the wall, just for that climb.
Kim even speaks of this climb in a book of his like it is magical or something. He claims that by practicing “climbing” on a horizontal floor for three years, then practicing climbing a wall with bricks protruding for three years, that someone can develop the ability to climb completely flat surfaces. I hope with all of my might that no one has ever been gullible enough to waste six years trying that.

We then go back to the “Wall-Walking Technique,” and the narrator lies by saying that it takes great finger strength to accomplish. It doesn’t - I’ve tried it.

Next, Ashida is seen climbing around the upper supports of a barn. He then finds a nice little hole and stays there. Just like the Spider Climb, this technique looks cool but isn’t useful. It is too high a distance to leap onto someone without injuring yourself, it would be difficult to shoot at someone from up there (the hands are mostly busy balancing the body and the aim would be off), and espionage should be done with disguises, not with hiding in a barn.

Next, we cut back to a clip seen in part 1. Ashida descends from a roof onto the top of an open door, and leaps onto a sentry, knocking him out.

This technique isn’t useless, but the way Ashida does it is. First of all, Ashida is on a tin roof. A roof like that will make far too much noise for a sentry directly below not to hear you. Also, instead of leaping directly from the rooftop, he descends first to the top of an open door. This move is risky. If someone were to close the door, Ashida would take a hilarious fall. Also, the door’s hinge may swing with Ashida’s weight, also causing a fall.

Ashida then demonstrates some ukemi. His ukemi has improved since previous parts, but he’s still no better than a beginning parkour student. His rolls are fit for sport, but are not tactical for ninjutsu. See my youtube channel here: and find a video called “Bujinkan Ukemi: Zigzag rolls demo” for ninjutsu rolling. The head should never touch the ground (Ashida’s head most definitely does touch), and the eyes should remain forward throughout the entire roll (see my video).
While the ukemi is being performed, the narrator mentions that a kneeling stance is useful for distorting the human silhouette. This doesn’t make any sense - the kneeling stance is just as distinctive as the standing silhouette. Trying rolling up into a tight ball if you want to distort your silhouette, not kneeling - especially not like how Ashida kneels.

More footage from part 1 is played again, and video quality is horrible. It’s as if Ashida played a scratched VHS (remember those!?) and filmed his TV as it played.
And of all clips, it’s the clip of Ashida stealthily moving in front of, instead of behind like a good ninjer should, a nice-looking patch of woods. He clumsily rolls back into the woods and branches can be seen shaking noisily from it. As I mentioned in an earlier post, Ashida wouldn’t need to roll back there if he was already back there. I guess he was two wrapped up in his mystic mumbo-jumbo.

Next, another scene from part 4 is shown again. Ashida is seen crawling underneath an elevated porch. Those elevated porches are hard to come by first of all, and also, he is evidently fleeing after having bowed to the sleeping fat man and stolen some bottles (see my earlier posts if that doesn’t make any sense). So why would he flee so slowly? The man inside is asleep, so RUN!!! And take your mask off - you look like a terrorist!

Next, Ashida ascends to the rooftop. In this situation, it is more practical because the roof appears to be a shingle roof, which is quiet enough to ascend without arousing suspicion through noise. But if you look to the bottom left corner of the film from 3:29 to 3:30, you can see a car driving down the road. Since Ashida is in a populated neighborhood, someone who sees a masked figure on a rooftop is likely to call the police. This is where hensojutsu comes in handy (see an earlier post).

Ashida then descends the roof via a wireless antenna, and leaves fingerprints on it. Also, look at the zoom-in at 3:50 until 3:53. At the left of Ashida’s head, a bright security light that Ashida set off shines in his face. Did he really think his viewers wouldn’t notice it?

Next, some footage from part 2 is shown again. Ashida ducks underneath two windows with the blinds closed, then rises his body high as he passes by the window with the blinds up. He then pretends to pick a lock, and gets his nasty fingerprints all over it.

And finally, the painful series reaches an abrupt end.

Whew! That was a long series. I would give part 5 of his series a 4 out of 10, his highest rating yet. The ranking of 4 out of 10 is described as “Horrible. Not completely useless though, as it is good for laughs.”

Ashida Kim is, well, a con artist. His entire series of “ninja sentry removal techniques” consists of nothing more than low-budget camera tricks, terrible actors performing impractical techniques, and the occasional technique that isn’t completely useless, but still is nothing more than common sense.

As of now I have next to no subscribers to this blog, but the point of this blog isn’t to become popular, it is to get out as much information about Ashida Kim is possible. People need all of the facts, so they can stay away from frauds like this man. So as long as an occasional Ashida-worshipper finds this blog and it opens his/her eyes, I’m doing my job.

I hope you’ve enjoyed the series of my blog, “Evaluations of Ashida Kim’s ‘Ninja Sentry Removal Techniques.’” Have a great day.

Stay tuned, more to come.

The Truthful Warrior

Friday, May 27, 2011

Evaluation of Ashida Kim's video, "Ninja Sentry Removal Techniques - 4 of 5"


Today we’re going to look at Ashida Kim’s Sentry Removal Techniques 4 of 5.

The first bit of the video shows Ashida Kim exiting the house he’s been infiltrating for the last two parts of his videos. He is employing a technique for exiting through a doorway as seen in his “Secrets of the Ninja” book. The technique involves placing your hand on the door’s high-frame as you walk through the crack of the door, making a barrier out of your arm so less light can get through the doorway. Ashida is doing his own technique incorrectly; he gets his footwork mixed up and lots of light gets through the doorway because of it. Because he’s such a short little guy, he can’t even reach the top of the door either - adding to the fail-factor of his technique.
Also, recall that he “picked” the lock upon entering the house a few videos ago without wearing gloves, leaving fingerprints on the doorknob.

Next, he places his hands on the railing by the door (leaving fingerprints again) and hops over it. He then begins to sneak around the house into the garden, for whatever reason. All this happens while a scene from Part 1 of the series with the sentry shooting the pond keeps cutting in and out. I’m not sure who was put in charge of the sound-effects for this video, but they should be fired. The sentry by the pond keeps shouting “HWA!!!” (sounding identical every time, obviously a sound-effect) and his gun is evidently being fired before he is finished aiming it (a poorly-timed sound effect). Also, at 0:21, as Ashida Kim leaps over the railing, the sound-effect of glass breaking can be heard. I’m sorry, Mr. Kim - it appears you broke an invisible sheet of glass while leaping over the fence. Either that, or the sound-effects unit is having a bad day. At 0:53, the actor portraying the sentry by the pond is seen making hand gestures and nodding his head at the camera, apparently asking questions about what he should do to portray the sentry better or something. Poor editing and trimming, I must say.

Next, we see Ashida amusingly trying to hide behind a telephone pole. The sentry opposite of him spins around to see him, and shouts the exact same “HWA!!!” sound effect heard by the other sentry, while motioning for Ashida to step closer. I guess “HWA!!!” is sentry-jargon for “come here, ninjer!”. This new sentry, wearing some kind of camouflage that looks like a leopard skin, decides that it is a good idea to take one hand off his rifle, then step close enough so that Ashida Kim can touch it. Ashida Kim heroically knocks out the foolish sentry, something that no one but a highly-trained ninja could do - I mean, how tactical was the sentry’s strategy? Impressive.

Next we see Mr. Kim performing some horrible ukemi. He tries to do a back-roll but ends up smashing his head on the ground first. Luckily, he was in the grass - if he was on pavement he’d have a concussion. He then does a horrible front break-fall and then starts rolling around the grass like he’s having a seizure. He gets up by doing a Kung-Fu style leg-spring, and demonstrates it from different angles - apparently, he’s quite proud of himself. This is probably his famous “ninja bullet-evading techniques”, since there are a lot of fake-sounding gunshot sound-effects playing while he’s flailing around. Next, while continually cutting in and out of the scene with the sentry by the pond, Ashida begins to strike very ninja-like postures. From 2:00 to 2:07, one of the worst editing jobs I’ve ever seen takes place. Ashida Kim poses in front of that tool shed seen in Part 1, and apparently tries to make you think he vanished into thin air. The film was stopped, Ashida got out of the frame, and the film was rolled again. It would have looked kind of cool, except the cameraman decided it would be funny to change the angle of the tool shed in between shots, so it just looks like two totally different filming sessions instead of a smooth transition. Oh well - sorry Ashida, did you think that we were that gullible?

Next, Ashida Kim descends from a rooftop via some sort of wireless antenna (leaving more fingerprints). His strategy wouldn’t be all that bad, if only there wasn’t a bright security light shining in his face , attached to the wall of the house. Look just a few inches to the left of Ashida while he’s on the antenna and you will see it. In the daylight he’s totally visible, but his strategy of using rooftops would be ruined even after dark if he didn’t account for the motion-detecting security light. He then flees the house by crawling underneath the house’s porch. Not a bad idea, except you leave obviously flattened grass where you crawled. And don’t set off that pesky light next time, got it?

Next, we get to see him crawl through very tall grass again. Have you ever tried crawling through tall grass? If not, go try it right now - or not, but I recommend it sometime. Notice how flattened the grass is after you crawl on it? It’s not advisable to do that because it leaves such an obvious trail. Especially watch from 4:48 to 4:56, there is a huge clump of grass that he bends down, leaving an amusingly visible trail of evidence. But I guess since Ashida Kim is a ninja master and we’re not, we’re not suppose to know that. Oops. Sorry Ashida, I’ll shut up.

Ashida starts crawling closer to the pond, and the narrator talks about using water for stealth, calling it kitsune-gakure-no-jutsu incorrectly (suiton-no-jutsu is correct). Ashida is shown putting the edges of his tabi in the water, then the scene ends - maybe the water was too cold for Ashida’s taste. Next we get to watch him rub his hands together from where they have dirt on them. I guess you’ll have to deal with it, Princess Kim - you’re going to get a bit dirty crawling around in a field.

After wiping his hands, he begins to exit the field. Of course it is foolish to wear a black dogi and a ski mask in the middle of a field in broad daylight on enemy territory, but should you be caught in such a situation, it is advisable to get out of the field as quickly as possible. Ashida, being the ninja master he is, takes a few steps, then stops to kneel down and look around. Then he takes a few more steps, and repeats. I’m sorry, but if a sentry wearing camouflage is watching you from the woods surrounding the field, you’re not going to see him from the center of the field. Ashida is wasting his time looking around so much - he should briefly observe his options from where he is, then run as fast as he can to get out of the field. I can just picture a sentry with binoculars watching Ashida prance around the field, laughing so hard it takes him a moment before he’s able to call for back-up.

At 6:20, we get to see Ashida do his version of a military ambush tactic. Ashida has covered himself with a tan blanket in the middle of the field, and is ready to leap up for an ambush attack. This technique can prove to be effective (after all, it originates with the military), but the way he does it is a bit flawed. The original tactic involves several team members covering one person (the ambusher) with natural foliage - leaves, sticks, dirt, etc until he looks like a clump of natural vegetation. The team members then leave for their own plans and the ambusher is ready to strike. Ashida Kim’s method involves using a thick tan blanket for cover. For one thing, doing that in the middle of a field in the hot sun can give someone heat exhaustion, and the blanket is also an extra thing to carry. Ashida’s location is also not strategic - sentries patrol on trails (well, real ones, at least), while Ashida is just in the middle of a field. Since he’s using a Hollywood ninjato for a weapon, the sentry would have to pass within a foot or so for Ashida to be able to attack him. Ashida should have done this right beside a trail used by sentries so he is more likely to succeed and not lay out in a hot field all day covered in a thick blanket. Also, if you pay attention to Ashida’s body movement as he leaps up, it looks like he was just crouched. This would mean that he would have had to dig a hole for himself before the technique could be used. However, this is probably the coolest-looking technique used by Mr. Kim so far, so I guess I have to give him credit for that.

Finally, to end Part 4 of Ashida Kim’s Ninja Sentry Removal Techniques 4 of 5, we see Ashida Kim climb up and sit on a wall while the narrator is blabbering gibberish. Ashida then sits cross-legged and pretends to meditate, and, using another poor editing technique, another fake ninja appears out of nowhere to sit beside of Ashida Kim. At the last second as the film is fading out, Ashida can be seen dropping is head quickly, as if showing frustration or exhaustion (from climbing up that little hill to get to the wall, maybe?). For Ashida’s own sake, I wish they had edited that part out.

This concludes part 4 of 5.

Stay tuned! An evaluation of part 5 is on the way.

The Truthful Warrior