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NINJA HIGH SCHOOL Anime 1st draft script part 1

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Here is the first draft of the script of the proposed NINJA HIGH SCHOOL anime.

INT. KOO’S CLAN TRAINING ROOM – DAY

Scene opens with a close-up of two Katana blades clashing. The scene quickly pans out to show ITCHY dueling with another ninja. The two have their blades locked together, but Itchy does a quickly twist, breaks the lock, and quickly disarms the ninja.

Four other ninjas appear out of nowhere and surround Itchy. She assumes a defense stance and eyes her attackers defiantly. The four ninjas rush at her all at once. She leaps high into the air (well above the other ninjas) and dodges their attack. As gravity pulls her back toward the floor she does a quick roundhouse kick, knocking out of the ninjas and sending his sword flying upward into the air. She catches it with her free hand and lands, swinging both blades at two of the other ninjas. With a couple of quick thrusts, she disables them both.

The fourth and final ninja attacks out of nowhere, leaping at her from behind. She raises her blades just in time to block the attack. The ninja does a backflip that sends him high and away from Itchy and up toward a nearby wall. He hits the wall with is feet, kicking off it and flying back toward Itchy with greater altitude and speed than his last attack. He sails through the air and swings his blade at her. Simultaneously, she ducks low, just barely avoiding his attack, and swings one of her blade upward at him. It’s unclear if she made contact.

The ninja lands on into a crouching position, his back to Itchy. He straightens up and spins in her direction. As he does so, his robes begin to fall off. Itchy had sliced them from his body without touching his skin (he has no signs of injury). This startles the ninja and he stares down at his robes as they fall off. Itchy makes use of this distracts and hits the ninja with a high kick to his face. The ninja flies backward, hits the wall, and then slides down it unconsciously.

Itchy jabs her spare sword into the ground and holds the other one up, assuming a triumphant pose.

ITCHY
Victory, again! Truly this proofs that I am not only ready, but the only one worthy of leading us!

GRANDPA comes out of the shadows and walks slowly over to sparring floor. His head turns as he looks at the disarmed and unconscious ninjas that scattered the floor.

GRANDPA
Hm-hm-hmm… so sure are you, but what do you really know of worthiness? That statement alones shows you are not ready? No, you still have much to learn.

ITCHY
What is their left to learn!?! I have defeated your best men at every turn! What else must I do? Do you want me to defeat more??? Fine! Send them! I will make as quick work of them as I have these others.

GRANDPA
So you see yourself as unbeatable.

ITCHY
Clearly

GRANDPA
Do you think you could defeat me?

ITCHY
Uh?

GRANDPA
Come, let us see.

Itchy grabs the second sword out of the ground and charges toward him full speed. Then she leaps into the air in a truly dramatic fashion with both swords ready to strike.

We cut from a dramatic shot of Itchy flying to Grandpa. Grandpa grits his teeth and starts to Hulk-out (he gets taller, muscles start to bulge and his shirt and jacket rip open). We cut back to Itchy, still hurling through the air with her swords ready to strike, but her facial expression morphs dramatically from determination to utter surprise.

Grandpa swats her out of the air and sends her flying out of control, tumbling through the air. She loses hold of her swords and swings her arms wildly, reaching out to empty air as she tries vainly to grab a hold of anything to stop her flight. She slams against the wall and slides (upside down) to the floor.

With an amused expression, Grandpa hobbles over to where she lies. (Grandpa has returned to his normal size, but we can still see his biceps through the rips on his sleeves).

GRANDPA
Oooh, look at the might Ichi Koo. Tell me, child, how worthy do you feel now?

Itchy pulls herself upright and stands in front of Grandpa, dusting herself off. She is clearly embarrassed but tries to mask her embarrassment with a look of defiance.

ITCHY
That is not fair! You have said yourself that you want me to replace you! Why are you keeping your techniques secret from me?

GRANDPA
I keep no secrets from you, child. I have shown you all my ways, but I have been doing this for generations, long before you were born. Experience and time are my teachers.

ITCHY
So what, I have to wait until I am an old woman before I am ready to lead?

GRANDPA
If necessary, but I have hope that it will not take that long. No, you are not ready, but there is only one thing you truly lack. Gain that, and you can take my place.

ITCHY
What is it? Show me!

GRANDPA
You will not find it here. If you wish to lead our clan, you will need to go far, to the United States of America to a city called Quagmire!

OPENING CREDITS

EXT. RNC TOWER – NIGHT

Open with a shot of the RNC skyscraper somewhere in downtown Tokyo.

INT. RNC TOWER, JAPANESE GARDEN – NIGHT

Cut to the inside. LENDO is sitting in a large, indoor Japanese style garden. He is flipping through a series of photographs. He has a confident smile as he looks at each one. The camera moves in and reveals the photos are pictures of Itchy in various combat poses fighting different ninjas.

LENDO
Ah, you are a marvel, my dear, a truly magnificent warrior – almost as good as I. With you by my side, I, Lendo Rivalsan, will become the most powerful man in Japan.

Close to where Lendo is sitting a tree can be seen bobbing its way through the garden and towards him at a quick pace. As the tree gets closer two feet can be seen at its root, making it obvious that the true is fake and in fact some sort of odd surprise. The tree comes up alongside Lendo, though he doesn’t pay it much mind as he looks at his photos of Itchy. There is a hole in the side of the tree and suddenly the face of a ninja pops up.

TREE NINJA
Sir!

LENDO
What is it? I had given orders I was not to be disturbed!

TREE NINJA
I am sorry, sir, but I knew you would want to hear this right away. I have just returned from the home of the Koo Clan!

LENDO
Out with it, spy! What have you learned?

TREE NINJA
Grandfather Koo has given Ichi a test to see if she is ready to lead the clan.

LENDO
The old man is wasting his time. I will lead both our clans myself once Ichi and I are married.

TREE NINJA
But sir, you don’t understand. That’s the problem! It’s part of the test!

LENDO
Huh???

TREE NINJA
Grandfather Koo has sent Ichi America to take a husband, a young man with ties to their clan.

LENDO
What!?!

TREE NINJA
It is true. The test is that she cannot propose to him. She must persuade him to propose to her without revealing her intention. Then upon marrying this man she is to assume full control over the Koo Clan.

LENDO
This is an outrage! That old fool knows I have plans to marry Ichi myself! What does he think he is doing! I have already received approval from her parents! This will not stand! I will not let this happen! She is mine.

TREE NINJA
It would seem not, sir.

LENDO
I must know who this man is! Find out! Send the others! I must know!

LENDO
Whoever he is, he will die by my hands!!!

EXT. QUAHMIRE HIGH, SOCCER FIELD – DAY

Cut to a close up of JEREMY. He has a blank, pondering stare, as if lost in day dreaming.

FELLOW STUDENT
Hey, Jeremy! Heads up!!!

Jeremy snaps out of his day dream. His face goes from slightly confused then to surprise as the camera zooms out and he is shown to be on a soccer field. The soccer ball comes skidding toward him. He stops the ball with his foot and starts running it down field.

SFX
(Whistle blowing)

Jeremy turns his head to see who blew the whistle and who is now yelling at him.

COACH (O.S.)
Yeah, Feeples!

The Camera pulls to an angle where we can see it is his COACH yelling at him, holding a whistle in one hand and a pad in the other.

COACH
Feeples, get over here!

Jeremy rushes up to the coach, toweling the sweat off himself as he does so. The coach stands there holding a clipboard. In the background we can see the soccer ball flying forward with cannon-ball like force and knocking over the crowd of opposing soccer players like they were bowling pens.

JEREMY
What’s up, coach?

COACH
The office wants to see you, now! Hop to it!

Jeremy rushes toward the main school building.

INT. QUAHMIRE HIGH, HALLWAYS – DAY

JEREMY jogs down the main corridor of the school building toward a door marked Main Office. He looks slightly worried, but also very curious.

NARR (JEREMY’S THOUGHTS)
I wonder what they want. I can’t be in trouble, can I? What could I have done? I’m a solid C+ student! What more could they want?

INT. QUAHMIRE HIGH, PRINCIPLE’S OFFICE – DAY

Jeremy opens the door to the office. MR. WEASEL is sitting behind a desk. He looks very formal, but nonetheless gives Jeremy a slightly smile.

MR. WEASEL
Ah, come in, Jeremy. I want you to meet someone.

Jeremy pushes the office door open all the way, revealing ICHI KOO standing on the other side of the principle’s desk. She is wearing her classic Sailor Moon style school uniform. She has both hands folded in front of her and gives Jeremy a warm, shy smile.

ITCHY
Hi, Jeremy. My name is Itchy Koo. You probably don’t remember me, but our parents were good friends back in Japan.

MR. WEASEL
She specifically asked for you. I think it’s a good idea for you to show her around, help her get familiar with the school. Wouldn’t you agree?

JEREMY
Yes – err – I mean, you want me to? I – I suppose…

MR. WEASEL
Good, you can start now.

INT. QUAHMIRE HIGH, HALLWAY – DAY

Itchy and Jeremy step out into the hallway. Jeremy looks very nervous. Itchy is calm and cool, and gives Jeremy a subtle smile. This seems to make Jeremy even more nervous.

JEREMY
Uhm, could you give me a minute? I just got off the soccer practice. I should probably hit the showers first.

ICHTY
That’s fine.

Jeremy rushes toward a door market “Boy’s Shower”.

JEREMY
Be back in a few minutes.

Itchy watches him go and smirks to herself.

ITCHY
This is going to be easier than I thought. If Grandpa thought this would be hard, that old is in for a surprise. He doesn’t think I can get this boy to propose to me??? I’ll have Jeremy eating out of my hand in one time.

INT. QUAHMIRE HIGH, MEN’s SHOWER – DAY

The scene cuts ahead a few minutes. JEREMY is in the shower, lathering up with soap. The water is very hot so there is lots of steam (thus keeping the scene modest).

JEREMY
She is very beautiful. I wonder who she is. She her parents knew mine. I wonder if that means she knows my father. I still don’t know what happened to him. It’s been so many years now…

INT. LOCATION UNKNOWN – NIGHT

The image of Scene Four transitions into a flashback. MR. FEEPLES (Jeremy’s father) is standing in a dark room (no visible background) dressed in a pest control uniform. Mr. Feeple’s stands tall with a hand out, as if giving an urgent lecture. As he speaks, the camera zooms out so that we can see he’s looming over a four year old version of YOUNGER JEREMY.

MR. FEEPLES
It’s true, son. There are an awful lot of rats out there. It’s a real epidemic! Someone’s got to do something, and if not me, then who???

YOUNGER JEREMY
Uhhh???

MR. FEEPLES
I’m sorry, son. I have to do this. Don’t try and stop me!

YOUNGER JEREMY
Uh?

MR. FEEPLE
It’ll be hard for you, I know, being the man of the house and all, but we all have to grow up sometime.

MR. FEEPLE
One day, when you’re older, you’ll understand. You’ll hear them seeing songs about me at R.E. Local – the man who killed the largest rats – and you will be able to say with pride, “That’s my dad.”

INT. QUAHMIRE HIGH, MEN’S SHOWER – DAY

The scene melts back to him in the shower. He has finished showering and is now wrapping himself in towels as he dries off and steps toward the men’s locker room. As Jeremy rounds the corner between the shower and the locker room, he finds ITCHY standing right there in front of him. His train of thought is broken and his face goes white with alarm as he yelps in surprised. His hair stands on end as he grabs the towels that are barely keeping him modesty and clutches them close.

JEREMY
-IIMM!!! Ahh!!!

He jumps back into the shower, keeping his body hidden behind the tile wall, leaning out only with his head to look back at Itchy. His face stills shows massive shock and embarrassment.

JEREMY
What are you doing!?! This is the boys shower!!!

ITCHY
I came to see what was taking you so long. Why are you so embarrassed? In Japan, it is common for men and women to share the same shower…

ITCHY
…Unless you have something to hide.

Jeremy jumps out from behind the shower and points a defiant finger at Itchy. His expression is now one of outrage and defiance. The towel is wrapped around his waist, but his spare hand balls into a fist and releases its grip on the towel.

JEREMY
I’ve got nothing to hide!

The angel of the scene shifts so that we are now looking primarily at Itchy, and we only see Jeremy’s leg. The towel falls to the floor and although the audience can only see his bare leg, it’s clear he let the towel drop by accident. Itchy gives him a subtle smile

ITCHY
Are you sure?

JEREMY grabs the towel off the floor and quickly covers his waist. He lets his head drop as he expression fumes with embarrassment.

INT. QUAHMIRE HIGH, HALLWAY – DAY

Cut to a new scene. The scene in the outer hallway of Quagmire High focused and centered on a classroom door labeled room number ‘Room 210 Science Lab’.

TITLE CARD
Meanwhile, upstairs.

PROFESSOR STEAM (O.S.)
All right, everyone. Pay close attention!

INT. QUAHMIRE HIGH, PROF. STEAM’S CLASSROOM – DAY

The classroom looks like a common ordinary school classroom from the 1980s. The students sit in chairs attached to small wooden writing tables all facing the front. PROF STEAM stands behind a large wooden desk at the front of the classroom leaning forward, his expression full of excitement. There are two lightning rods on his desk, one at each end. Behind him is a chalkboard with the words “Today’s discussion, how we can save the world through steam.” Several of the students can be seen goofing off. One is drawing a picture. Another is playing video games on something that looks like an old school Nintendo Game Boy.

PROFESSOR STEAM
Today we will make artificial lightning! As you can see by these two electrodes we will pass through them enough current to generate enough ions to create a discharge! Are you ready!?!

PROFESSOR STEAM
To begin we just press this button, and –

Lightning shots out between the two lightning rods and catches Professor Steam in the middle, electrocuting him in a comical fashion.

PROFESSOR STEAM
AAAAAHH!!!!

The students have a mixed reaction to him being shocked. A few of them seem to find it amusing, but most of the students are stunned or alarmed.

MALE STUDENT
Professor Steam, are you all right!?!

PROFESSOR STEAM
AAAAAHH!!! Y-y-yes! That was — invigorating!!!

A sudden beeping sound snaps the professor out of his haze. He looks quickly around the room with an excited look, but then turns back and sees his concerned students staring at him

PROFESSOR STEAM
That will do for now! The class is dismissed.

The students all make for a mad dash to the door and disappear out into the hallway in a dash. The professor runs over to a set of drawers along one wall near his desk and pulls out one drawer at waist height. There is a strange, rectangular device in it with a large blinking light.

PROFESSOR STEAM
Is it possible???

The professor opens another drawer higher up and pulls out a telescope. He rushes over to the window, quickly sets it up and stares through the lenses.

PROFESSOR STEAM
It is!!! My wait is over!

The scene cuts to show us the perspective of what he is seeing through the telescope lens. It stares deep out into space. Amongst the stares and passing near Saturn is a Salusian ship (Princess Asrial’s ship). A small shuttle disembarks from the larger spaceship and flies in the direction of Earth (i.e., toward the telescope lens).

PROFESSOR STEAM
At last, they’ve come!

INT. QUAHMIRE HIGH, HALLWAY – DAY

Scene opens with ITCHY and JEREMY walking down the hallway of the school. Jeremy is now dressed in his regular school attire. Itchy has her hands folded behind her back as she feigns shyness. Jeremy walks awkwardly, trying to hide his discomfort at speaking with such an attractive and forward girl. He gives her a nervous smile as he makes small talk.

JEREMY
So Itchy Koo, how long will you be here?

ITCHY
Until I graduate.

JEREMY
That’s – great. I’m sure you’ll like it here.

The scene is abruptly interrupted by a sudden load noise that shakes the building and throws both Itchy and Jeremy off of their feet in an overly dramatic, comical manner.

WHAM!!!

Itchy and Jeremy lay on the ground, propping themselves up from having been knocked over. Jeremy rubs his head, but doesn’t seem to mind the wound. He is more curious than anything else. Itchy shakes her head and looks confused. The three friends lay on the ground in a daze, not seeming to know what hit them.

ITCHY
What was that!?!

JEREMY
I dunno, but it came from just outside the school.

JEREMY
Come on! Let’s go see!

EXT. QUAHMIRE HIGH, MAIN ENTRANCE – DAY

Scene cuts to the front of the school. A small space shuttle (same one seen at the end of scene) has crashed into the school’s front lawn. It’s partly embedded in the ground at an awkward angle. Steam of smoke bellow off of it as it cools down from re-entry. A hatch on the top opens and ASRIAL starts to crawl out. She is in her human form, dressed in a plan shirt and cutoff jeans, but she still has her alien ears nested in her air.

ASRIAL
Uugh! I thought this thing was set on auto-pilot! No one told me I had to land this thing manually!

JEREMY runs out to the front of the school and down the front steps. ITCHY KOO trails behind him, trying to keep up and reaching out for him, almost as if trying to stop him from going outside.At the base of the steps is the school GROUNDS KEEPER. He stares over at the smoldering shuttle. Asrial has climbed out and stares at the shuttle in frustration.

JEREMY
What’s going on?

GROUNDS KEEPER
Oh, not much, just a space ship crashing on the lawn.

ASRIAL
Come on! Dissolve! You’re supposed to dissolve!

ITCHY
Wait! Jeremy, slow down!!!

Cut to a mid-close-up of Asrial. At hearing Jeremy’s name she perks up. All sign of frustration has vanished and her eyes are wide with revelation.

ASRIAL
Uh?

Asrial rushes over toward Jeremy. Jeremy stands there stunned by the sight of the shuttle. Itchy catches up to him and puts her arm through his, standing affectionately next to him.

ASRIAL
Jeremy? Did she your name is Jeremy?

JEREMY
Yeah.

ASRIAL
Jeremy Feeples?

JEREMY
Yeah, that’s me.

Arial grabs Jeremy suddenly and almost violently, pulling him away from Itchy and latching both her hands onto his shoulder.

ASRIAL
Marry me!!!

JEREMY
WHAT!?!

ITCHY
Listen, Sister! He’s going to marry me! You got that? Just you do you think you are, anyway!

ASRIAL
I am Princess Asrial of the Royal Conglomerate! By royal degree, I order you to release him! He is to marry me and unite our two worlds! The future of your planet rests on his shoulders!

ITCHY
What a load of garbage! You’re no space princess, and even if you were, it wouldn’t matter. I met him first and he is going to marry me. The future of my clan depends on it! He’s mine!

Itchy rushes up besides Jeremy, grabs him by the right arm and pulls him away from Asrial.

ASRIAL
No! He’s mine!

ITCHY
No! Mine! He’s going to marry me! Aren’t you, darling!?!

JEREMY
Aah!!! Help!

Asrial grabs Jeremy by one of his legs. Itchy remains latched onto Jeremy. The two women get into a rather comedic, over-the-top contact of tug-of-war pulling Jeremy back and forth between them. Jeremy looks utterly shocked and confused, both at being pulled apart and by the two sudden proposals.

PROFESSOR STEAM comes barreling through the front door of the school and down the steps toward the two women as they continue to pull at Jeremy. He waves his arms as if to get their attention.

STEAM
Ladies, ladies, please!

Steam comes up alongside the girls and rescues Jeremy from their grip.

STEAM
There’s no need to tear poor Jeremy in half. I am sure we can resolve this another way.

ASRIAL
And how is that?

Cut to a close-up of Professor Steam. He smiles and is face lights up with exaggerated, excited motions and expressions.

STEAM
This is an interesting predicament. I can only see one solution.

JEREMY
Huh?

ITCHY
I’m listening.

STEAM
This was must be settled by a contest!

ASRIAL
A contest?

ITCHY
You mean like a duel to the death?

STEAM
I don’t think it will need to be as dramatic as that.

Itchy’s excitement melts into disappointed as the professor shots down her idea of a death match. The professor continues unabated.

STEAM
This will be a contest of wit and skill unlike anyone has ever seen! It is the only fair way to determine who will marry this boy.

JEREMY
Wait a minute-!

STEAM
Quite, Jeremy, or you’ll ruin my plans!

ASRIAL
A contest? Hmm!!!

Itchy and Asrial stare intensely at each other, their eyes narrowing with a hardened, defiant look. They then simultaneously turn to face the professor.

ITCHY
We’ll do it!

ASRIAL
Agreed!

STEAM
Excellent!

EXT. RNC HEAQUARTERS, ROOFTOP – NIGHT

The scene opens with an exterior shot of RNC’s headquarters. The scene cuts in to a closer look at the top of the tower. LENDO stands at the top looking out over the Tokyo night. He has a somber and hardened expression on his face as he glowers out across the city. One of his ninja’s appears from behind.

NINJA
Sir, we have a report.

LENDO
Have you found him?

Cut into a mid-close-up of the ninja as he responds.

NINJA
Yes, sir. Here is everything we found.

LENDO
So this boy, this “Jeremy” thinks he can steal my bride from me, does he? Ready the jets and assemble my armies! We’re leaving for Quigmire at once!!!

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