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The Oboro Clan (朧流忍者 Oboro-ryuu Ninja) are a legendary ninja clan in the Shinobi franchise. once led by Hotsuma and minor protagonists in the 2002 remake videogame Shinobi. They fought against conflicts and the evil that exploit them. The famed ninja clan organized all the active Ninja in Japan. The heroic Ninja Joe Musashi comes from this group.

Oboro Clan Structures Edit

The Oboro functions via two sections in charge of Shinobi

  • 朧一族 The Oboro Household

The Oboro Household is the found family of the Oboro clan Hotsuma, Moritsune, and Hibana belong to this family. The Oboro family were in charge of organizing all the active Oboro shinobi in Japan. They are also the ones who came across the dreaded demon Akujiki, 72 years before the start of Shinobi (PS2).

In every generation a cruel ritual was held in the family; a test of battle is held between the eldest sons of the family for succession. The winner would be declared the new Master of the Oboro Family, while the loser would be sacrificed to Akujiki . Due to traditional customs of a battle between sons, Hibana was disqualified from succession and sent to live with the Mukuro (躯一族 Mukuro Household) , a cadet branch of the Oboro Household.

However, due to recent events, the Oboro Family was all but demolished, leaving Hibana the sole inheritor.

  • 朧流忍術 Oboro School of Ninjutsu

This is the place from which the majority of the Oboro ninja clan come from. The ninja of the Oboro train here, learning martial arts, Taijutsu, and Ninjutsu techniques. This is the bulk and main body of the Oboro clan, and produced many a fine ninja over the centuries, such as Jiro Musashi and his son Joe.


The oboro ninja

The Oboro-ryu ninja; Shadows of Justice

A ninja sect descended from the legendary Iga Ninja, the centuries-old group of ninja warriors known as the Oboro are skilled in the art of Ninjutsu and have protected the Japanese Empire from within the shadows for many centuries against its enemies and they fought many battles against the evils that exploited them. Praised as the Shinobi of Justice, the clan's heroic yet notorious reputation has earned them renown throughout the shinobi world. This clan has produced many a legendary ninja warrior, such as the famed Shinobi of Legend, Joe Musashi.

Oboro vs ZEED (1900s)Edit

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Oboro Shinobi Extraordinaire; Joe Musashi VS ZEED

In the 20th Century a terrorist group called ZEED had begun kidnapping the children of the Oboro clan, planning to use them to reinitiate the Warring States Era of Japan. Joe Musashi of the Oboro Ninja Clan was sent by the clan's chief to ferret them out and destroy the perpetrators of the crime and rescue the children. Using his superior ninja skill, Joe defeated many foes, including his traitorous senior Nakahara the Masked Ninja , until the foul organization was reduced to rubble. After that the world would know peace. But that peace was short-lived.

While Musashi was coming back from training overseas, ZEED had returned, more powerful than before. NEO ZEED became the mightiest crime empire to ever exist. Seeking revenge, the Oboro was attacked and its chief was killed. The dying chief told his student Joe Musashi that Naoko, his fiancée was taken prisoner to be used as bait. To avenge his teacher and reclaim his future wife, Musashi set out for NEO ZEED. Through the battles and life or death situations he faced, Joe would eventually find his beloved Naoko trapped in a death chamber as he faced off against the Masked Ninja in combat once more. After defeating him, he saves Naoko from the death trap and the two lovers are reunited and able to wed.

Joe is now the new leader of the Oboro clan, and has headed to the mountains to train. But NEO ZEED would not accept defeat gracefully. This time they were lead by the notorious Shadow Master ; a monstrous cyborg that had skill and power mirroring Musashi's own. To stop them, Joe Musashi, now more powerful after completing his training, comes out end them. After a long and valiant struggle, Musashi struck ZEED down once again, and returned to settle down.

The Oboro and the Cursed BladeEdit

Hirukos death

The Oboro strike down Hiruko

72 years ago, the Oboro Clan have fought with a powerful enemy, the heretical Onmyoji named Hiruko Ubusuna and the demonic giant Yatsurao. Hiruko attempted to rule the world through his cursed rituals and the demonic katana known as Akujiki ; the Evil Eater, an ancient eldritch parasite that feeds upon the Yin of the slain or will devour the soul of its host if denied. Together the Oboro destroyed Yatsurao defeated Hiruko, and stole Akujiki from him.
The Akujiki

the eldritch demon parasite Akujiki

They charged the Ubusuna family; a family related to the deceased Hiruko Ubusana, with guarding his body inside the Kumano shrine and prevent anyone who would from trying to release him. The Oboro were guarding the sword Akujiki . They built a tradition that each of the oldest heirs of the clan's bloodline, through a test of battle, will become the wielder of Akujiki and the new leader of the Oboro Clan, while the defeated's Yang would nullify Akujiki and place it back into stasis.

The sealing duel

Hotsuma and Moritsune duel for succession

72 years later, The Oboro Clan held a ritual test of battle to test 2 new candidates for the position of leadership within the clan. The first warrior was the young ninja Hotsuma. The second was his brother Moritsune, who was once scarred by Akujiki when they were children as he saved Ageha's life from the demon blade that would have killed her and claimed her soul. The two brothers fought and Hotsuma won, but at the cost of his brother's life. Heartbroken, Hotsuma closed himself off emotionally.

Four years later since Hotsuma left his clan, a huge earthquake struck Oboro Clan and a mysterious fortress called the Golden Palace appeared in the center of the capital city. In the midst of the chaos present were legions of demons known as the Hellspawn rampaging through the city streets and killing people. They soon attacked the village of the Oboro Clan as part of the plan of a self-proclaimed sorcerer who revealed himself to the Oboro's long dead sworn enemy Hiruko. Hiruko would soon revive them and control them as puppets and made them turn against their leader, Hotsuma. Hotsuma arrived in Tokyo to battle the Hellspawn creatures and avenge the deaths of his clan. Hotsuma soon confronts and defeats the 4 powerful Hellspawn Lords who slew all the members of the Oboro Clan. He later saved Kagari Ubusuna, a young shrine maiden whose family was related to Hiruko and she was about to be sacrificed in order to unwillingly revive her ancestor's ultimate weapon, Yatsurao.

After he defeated both the tragic traitor Ageha and her possessed lover Moritsune, Hotsuma made his way to the Golden Palace and finally fights in the final battle with the newly empowered Hiruko who was transformed from an old man into a teenage boy with his magic powers increased dramatically after absorbing the Yin of the defeated Yatsurao. Hiruko was beaten by Hotsuma and his soul with all that tremedous power was absorbed into Akujiki before
Hotsumas demise

A shinobi's sacrifice

Hotsuma sacrificed himself to destroy Akujiki at the destroyed Golden Palace. The massacre of the Oboro Clan was avenged by Hotsuma and the world was safe from the growing onslaught of the Hellspawn, and Kagari was thankful of her savior who stopped her evil ancestor once and for all.

Hotsuma's LegacyEdit

Kagari sets the seal

Kagari Ubusuna's ritual

Kagari performs a ceremony called the "Ariake Seal" and breaks the cursed blade Akujiki and thus scattered its pieces to create a Yang powered barrier to ward off the Hellspawn menace. The pieces would be sought after by the Nakatomi Conglomerate, a Japanese hi-tech company who were manipulated by Hiruko into rebuilding Yatsurao, but they were soon recovered and the
Hibana marches on

Hibana; Akujiki's new and True Master

sword  reformed  in the end by Hibana, a Japanese government agent and a skilled kunoichi who descends from the Main Household Oboro Clan of ninja warriors.

A Paradox in Time; the Shinobi who Traversed TimeEdit

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Jiro Musashi, the Shinobi that Transcended Eras.

Oboro crest 3DS2

3DS version of the Oboro-ryu Ninja crest appears during load screens.

In the Eight year of Keicho (1256 AD) in Kamakura Period Japan, Jiro Musashi; the young prodigious leader of the Oboro clan would battle the ancient ZEED Ninja Forces for defying his emperor. But when his village and clan are attacked, Jiro is suddenly hurled through time and space, 800 years into the future, where ZEED's evil has become law. After battling the villainous organization on ZEED Island, their base of operations, Jiro, assisted by Col. Sarah Krieger, topples ZEED, and comes face to face with the ancient alien lifeform Orn, who planned to use the ninja of the Oboro as his template for the ultimate Space Army. Jiro defeats Orn and plummets back to earth, protected by a Ninjutsu to prevent burning up upon reentry to Earth's atmosphere.

Noted to be the father of Joe Musashi, in this era the Oboro of the past erased, and so Joe Musashi didn't exist in the 20th Century, altering the Oboro's history.


As with all traditional ninja clans, the Oboro Clan is divided into three ranks, which follow under the Senpei (Clan Leader). The three ranks are Genin, Chunin, and Jonin.

When a ninja becomes a Toushu (頭首;meaning Clan Leader, Clan Elder, Master, or even Grandmaster, depending on the clan itself), they are the ones who give orders, assign missions, host rituals, and even organize clan traditions for the other ranks to follow. Clan leaders also often recruit and mentor other ninja.

Jōnin (上忍 meaning upper-level ninja) is a highest rank of ninja, swerving under the Senpei. Those giving this rank are the ones who represent the clan by often providing assistance to the leaders, instructing the lower ranks, and carrying out missions.

The second rank is the Chūnin (中忍" middle-level ninja"). The rank of the chunin is to provide close assistance to the jōnin, act as field agents and spies, carry out missions, and relay messages to the lower rank.

At the bottom of the ranks are the Genin (下忍 "lower-level ninja"). This is the beginning rank given to those who join the clan. The role of the genin mainly consists of being field agents, spies, carrying out actual missions, and enduring harsh training assigned by the jonin and senpei.



  • Joe Musashi belonged to the Oboro School of Ninjutsu which belonged to the Oboro Clan.
  • Jiro Musashi is the clan leader of the Oboro Ninja during the Kencho period before he's thrown through time.
  • In the official Japanese version of the Shadow Dancer, Joe Musashi is called an Iga Ninja, meaning the Oboro are descended from the Iga Ninja. 
  • Hotsuma , Moritsune , and Hibana are members of the founding Oboro Family.
  • In the original Shinobi games from Revenge of Shinobi/The Super Shinobi onward, the Japanese version of the clan is called 朧流忍者Oboro-ryu Ninja; referencing the traditional ninja clan structures, while in the PS2 remakes it is called 朧一族 (Oboro Household).


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