Ninjas All The Way Down is a blog that includes reviews, features, essays and interviews by C.J. Lines on ninjas in popular culture.

C.J. Lines is a writer for several pop culture websites including Den of Geek, where he writes a monthly martial arts column. He has also written two books, Filth Kiss (2007) and Cold Mirrors (2011) and more about his fiction can be found at www.cjlines.com

He is still seeking Supreme Ninja Power.

C.J. Lines - The Ultimate Ninja

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“The most amazing blog for all things Ninja! As Sho Kosugi would say – If he didn’t visit Ninjas All The Way Down… He IS NO NINJA!” – Clive Townsend, creator of Saboteur!


What’s with the name?

This comes from the myth about the Earth being flat and resting on the back of a giant World Turtle propped up by a tower of larger and larger turtles. There’s a cosmological conundrum that poses the question of what the final turtle might be standing on. One answer is “Nothing! It’s turtles all the way down!” Studying ninja films is a little like that. You go deeper and deeper and it’s endless. Ninjas all the way down.

17 thoughts on “About

  1. I stumbled on your site after your American Ninja series review on Den of Geek. Allow me to pay my sincerest compliments.

    This may very well be the greatest site on the Internet. Your writing is superb, and your topic of choice — ninjas in pop culture — cannot be topped.

    The greatest school for ninjas in America (run by Stephen Hayes) is about 20 minutes from my house in Ohio, and you have no idea how disappointed I was to learn I cannot do half the things shown in American Ninja by attending the school. No matter.

    Please, for the love of all things ninjutsu, keep up the great work! I will now spend countless hours reading this site.

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    • Heya,

      Thank you so much for taking the time to leave this comment. It really means a lot to read that. Especially from someone who’s been to actual ninja school!

      Hope you keep on enjoying the site! πŸ™‚


    • Thank you! πŸ™‚ I can hold you partially responsible for the existence of the blog in the first place so I’m delighted to hear you’re enjoying it. Words of praise from a bonafide 8-bit ninja master are all I could ask for. Thanks for the heads-up on the new version too! I’m intrigued by “Learn the full Saboteur story” – you mean there’s more to it than just nicking a floppy disk?! Can’t wait. I’m downloading it now!!!


  2. Hello, and congradulations on an absolutely fantastic blog which, after only a few random readings, would appear to be a must for all lovers of ninja movies.

    My discovery of your blog came when, a decade or so after hearing a specific tune, I recalled how it heavily sampled audio and visuals (for the accompanying video) from an unknown 80s low-grade ninja film. By sheer luck I decided to try my blind luck and typed “silver ninja empire” in the search engine, and voilΓ , here I was.

    Thank you so much for your contributions to this universe; I have much to learn now, master. But I am no match for a ninja.


    • Hello! Thanks so much for leaving this comment. I’m happy that your search for the Silver Ninja Empire led you to the blog and even happier that you’ve enjoyed what you’ve read. It can be a thankless task sometimes documenting films that most rational people think are terrible so a kind word here and there does wonders for my morale and ninja strength. Keep studying – supreme ninja power awaits! πŸ™‚


      • It can indeed be thankless and sometimes feels as a fruitless work of labour, but I see it as this way: perhaps your well written and absolutely perfect tone for such releases could indeed be the best, most complete source of reference for the genre in itself. I’ve always wondered whatever happened to that early-mid 80s ninja craze, and more importantly, whatever happened to all those (mostly) long forgotten films. Heck I recall hanging out just a little bit with a couple of “dudes” who were really into all the ninjing to the point of mimicking the sound effects of kicks and punches whenever they practiced! In any case, this is a wonderful blog which I look forward to read a little more about every day.

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  3. Hey!

    Came here because I was searching for reviews of the so-bad-its-awesome Lustbader book ‘The Ninja’.

    If you weren’t across it already, I’d recommend the Way of the Tiger series – gamebooks of the 80s where the protagonist is a ninja with skills like spitting a needle dipped in poison (!!) at his adversaries.


    Disclaimer – In a quest to rediscover my youth, I blogged a playthrough of the entire series :



    • Hey!
      Thanks for the comment – I hope you found what you were looking for. πŸ˜‰

      Thanks for the Way Of The Tiger prompt too. I read a couple of them back in the 80s and they’re on my list for something to revisit for the blog. I’ve, sadly, just not had much time lately for writing ninja stuff but am hoping this will change soon. πŸ™‚ I did play the Avenger! game recently after writing about ninja video games which got me realising I should read the books again.

      Your blog looks like an insane undertaking – exactly the kind of thing that really impresses me! πŸ™‚ I’ve bookmarked and will read as I go through the series! Thanks again for the comment! πŸ™‚



  4. Hi i am a big Ninja Godfrey Ho Fan. Anyway i have a Question, do you have a Contact to Godfey Ho? Because i have some Questions for him

    Thanks for your reply πŸ˜‰


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