Episode #034 - Night of the Ninja
Original Airdate - October 26th, 1992
Wayne Enterprises' various companies are robbed by a mysterious figure
known as the Ninja. Batman and Robin discover that the Ninja is actually Kyodai Ken, the only man who could beat Bruce Wayne when they
studied martial arts together as boys in Japan. Bruce exposed
Kyodai's attempt to rob the dojo, which got Kyodai expelled and now
Kyodai is back for revenge.
Media by Borg4of3
Review by Robin III
Written by Steve Perry
Directed by Kevin Altieri
Music Composed by Mark Koval
Animation by Dong Yang Animation Co., LTD.
Kevin Conroy as Batman
Bob Hastings as Commissioner Gordon
Efrem Zimbalist Jr. as Alfred
Chao-Li Chi as Yoru
Mari Devon as Summer Gleeson
Bob Ito as The Ninja
Buster Jones as Night Manager
Loren Lester as Robin
DICK: That's the sixth robbery in two weeks!
DICK MAKES A FACE AT BRUCE BEHIND HIS BACK.
KYODAI: Not bad for a rich man's son.
THE SENSAI LEAPS ACROSS THE ROOM AND THROWS KYODAI KEN TO THE FLOOR.
SENSAI: There's always someone better.
SENSAI: You practice as a man obsessed!
BRUCE IS STARTLED, HE BOWS TO HIS MASTER.
BRUCE: I'm not good enough, Yoru Sensai! I lost!
SENSAI: Everyone loses now and again.
BRUCE: I have to be the best there is, no matter what it takes!
SENSAI: Defeat can be more instructive than victory.
ROBIN: Listen, dipstick! Batman's my pal! He can be a major jerk, but
you gotta love him, and no tries to fillet him when I'm around!
KYODAI: Another time then.
ROBIN: You okay?
BATMAN: I'm fine. Come on, there's nothing more to do here.
BATMAN TURNS AND WALKS AWAY.
ROBIN (like Batman): Thanks for saving my bacon, Robin.
ROBIN (as himself): Hey! No problemo, Batman!
BATMAN: His name is Kyodai Ken. He was good.
ROBIN: Yeah? How good?
BATMAN (quickly): Good.
ROBIN: I see. . .
DICK: I think Bruce is worried he can't take this ninja. He won't admit
it, of course.
ALFRED: He never admits fear, Master Dick. Haven't you learned that by
THEY TURN TO SEE BRUCE STANDING SILENTLY IN THE DOORWAY. DICK AND ALFRED
GASP IN ASTONISHMENT.
ALFRED: Ah, Master Bruce! I-- eh-- uh-- I--
BRUCE: I'll be at the museum. I should be back by midnight.
DICK: Do you think he heard us?
ALFRED: Who could tell?
KYODAI: I was forced to become a thief after I was cast out of the dojo.
BRUCE: As I remember it, being a thief was what got you thrown out in
the first place.
ROBIN: Let's just see who's going sleep-bye in the next couple of
KYODAI: This isn't the movies, boy!
KYODAI: Gotten a second wind, have you? Good! This will make your defeat
all the more satisfying.
BRUCE: Shut up and fight.
Review: This was a great
episode in that it dealt both with Bruce's past, and also his fear of
defeat. It was interesting to see him so uptight and quiet when it came
to admitting he could have been defeated. Robin also was quite a nice
touch to the episode with his added humor, especially when he mimics
Batman for not thanking him. Summer Gleeson seemed tacked on at first,
but her appearance in the finale made for a more interesting climax.
The animation was good, but Robin looked a little strange. He did look
good during the Batman mimic scene though. There were some great facial
expressions such as when Kyodai Ken was fed up of 'beating' Bruce.
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