I admit it. I’m obsessed.
I think I’ve made it abundantly clear that I LOVE NINJAGO WITH A FLAMING BURNING PASSION THAT WILL NEVER END. I wish I could hop into their realm and hug EVERYBODY and never let them go and adopt Lloyd so I can protect him from all danger grrr. But this begs the question: why? Why exactly is a show about plastic ninja entertaining, and why has it managed to hold me in its soul-crushing grasp for two and a half years? Will I EVER stop loving this show?? or will i forever be trapped in the fandom???
In the spirit of this endless vortex of a fandom, I teamed up with Cat @ A Little Bit of Runion to talk about our favorite fandoms… and why you who are uncultured in them should open up a little and try them out! That’s right, my friends, we’re going to break down all the reasons why Ninjago is amazing. Prepare for gifs and fangirling.
If I could only say one thing about the show, I’d talk about the characters! No matter how many baddies try to destroy the world or how cool the gadgets and cars turn out, characters are the heart of Ninjago. From Morro to Nya to the infamous mailman, every resident of Ninjago has a distinctive personality that is just so charming. The six ninja have such great chemistry in their ultimate goal to do what’s right and it’s so magical to see played out onscreen.
Even though I love my lightning ninja with all my heart (and we’re both incredibly annoying, over-emotional dorks), I have the closest connection to and most appreciation for Lloyd. The poor boy’s been through so much, but he has such a sweet spirit and endless drive. He’s as Hufflepuff as you can get with his loyal personality and gentle leadership. His sophisticated character makes him my favorite little green bean.
the voice actors
- vincent tong (kai) — ninjago’s resident sassy fire boi and self-proclaimed hottest of the cast.kelly metzger (nya) — sO pReTtY and has the cutest baby girl named Snake Jaguar. seriously.micheal adamthwaite (jay) — he’s such a sweetheart, total DAD FRIEND, and he’s in twilight and planet of the apes so yeah that’s neat.kirby morrow (cole) — i’ve watched his hallmark movie thrice and cried every time. looks gruff and tough like his character,brent miller (zane) — everyone’s favorite person, period. literally couldn’t be more different than zane if he tried.sam vincent (lloyd) — the newest member of the gang and my favorite voice don’t tell anyoneee.
Unlike a lot of shows, the cast for Ninjago is the most dedicated, involved one out there. Every single one of them interacts with fans, does great things for the community, and gives their all for the show. Brent Miller, the voice of Zane himself, has a youtube channel with cast interviews, Q&A, and literally everything a fan could ever want. If that’s not loyalty, I don’t know what is.
WHERE DO I EVEN START AHAHHH. First of all, the ninja team is the best family ever. They’re all little siblings that annoy the heck out of each other. But they also love each other. They’d die for each other.
i mean three of them already have sooo There’s not another show with this many close friendships and I’m just. in awe 😍
There are actual families, too — Kai and Nya, who are the poster children for every sibling-but-also-best-friend relationship ever, Jay’s freaking ADORABLE parents, and, most importantly, the overly problematic Garmadon clan.THERE’RE ALSO THE SHIPS WHICH ARE AN ENTIRELY DIFFERENT MATTER. You’ve got all the classics: Jaya, Kailor, and Pixane. There’s the triangle between Cole, Jay, and Nya, which is half hysterical and… well, makes you half hysterical yourself. There’s Greenjade, the unstoppable rollercoaster of emotions (IM STILL DYING HELP). And then there’s the true power couple of the show — Cole and his longtime lover, cake. You read that right. The man loves his cake.
The first thing you probably notice when you watch the series for the first time is the element of adventure.* AND YOU SHOULD. BECAUSE THERE’S A LOT OF IT. These little plastic ninja have quite the time exploring their ever-expanding universe, and even outside of it. Ever heard of ninja in space? Or ninja destroying all logic to realm-hop? WELL NOW YOU HAVE.
I think I’ve made it pretty clear over the past year that I’m not much of mammal of action. It’s a pain to sit through fight scenes and chase sequences, and even more of a pain to write them. Ninjago, however, has the exact blend of action and heart to keep me on the edge of my seat.*ooh, ooh, did you get it?? element?? hahaa cheeky
Ninjago has been a constant in my life since its beginning in 2011 — which means this obsession has been going on for a grand total of eight years. I remember the day we first watched the show, when it was only on its second episode. Even now, the series has the same kind of feel as it did then: a bit of odd comfort in this terribly animated, heartwarming show.
Let’s talk! Have you ever seen Ninjago? How’d you like it??? In fact, tell me everything. Who’s your favorite character, what element would you like to have most, and WHAT’S YOUR OTP? All very important questions. And a small side question, too — how do you feel about the new WordPress formatting? This post is my first experience with it and I have to admit: it’s kind of trippy, and my images are having a hard time adjusting 🤷♀️ Comment below!