Does “Last Ninja Standing” Cover, Title Imitate an Earlier Koga Ryu Blog Post?

Ashida Kim — who in his own words and through associates has accused others of plagiarizing his work over the years — recently reiterated some of these claims of perfidy in a new self-published book, Last Ninja Standing.  You can imagine our surprise here at The Martialist when we learned that the cover and the title of the book appear to directly imitate Barron Shepherd’s Koga Ryu Ninjutsu Blog.

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Specifically, in October 2012, a posting at the blog about Seiko Fujita includes an image titled “Last Ninja Standing” that depicts a determined looking figure walking toward the viewer.  This image was used with permission on the blog (and Barron does not assert ownership of it).

The image, right down to the outline around the picture and the ideograms in the upper right corner, appears to have been imitated and reproduced by a less skilled artist as the cover of Ashida Kim’s Last Ninja Standing, first published in June of 2013.

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The image from Shepherd’s blog is on the left, while the cover of Ashida Kim’s book is on the right.

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5 thoughts on “Does “Last Ninja Standing” Cover, Title Imitate an Earlier Koga Ryu Blog Post?

  1. I for one am glad that this is getting exposed for what it is. What kind of a person accuses others of plagiarism in a book when it is obvious that he is guilty of it. Hey Ashida, here is an original idea for ya!!!! Come up with your OWN fucking ideas!!!!!! What a schmuck.

  2. Judging from the listing on the DOJO Press website, this book has been altered to remove several sections that could be considered controversial or negative. The title has been changed to, “Ashida Kim: The Man, the Myth, The Legend,” and the title graphic has also been changed.

  3. The first title “The Myth, the Delusion, the Drunken Bar Tale” did not test well with focus groups…

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