Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003)

Season 3 Episode 22

The Real World (1) (4)

Aired Saturday 10:00 AM Mar 26, 2005 on FOX
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The Real World (1) (4)
Leonardo, separated from his brothers, finds himself in a realm, that, in different circumstances, he could see as home.

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Dan Green

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David Zen Mansley

David Zen Mansley

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Bella Hudson

Bella Hudson

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • In the shot where Lord Noriyuki holds Leo's katana up to Lord Hebi's neck, his ears are white, not black like they normally are during the rest of the episode.

    • When Leo and Usagi steal the Neko ninja uniforms to sneak into the fortress, doesn't it seem odd that none of the Nekos notice that neither of them look particularly like cats? Maybe Usagi could pass, given he's about the same size and he's furry, but wouldn't they figure out that a green, three fingered ninja that's a clearly much taller than the others seems a bit out of place?

    • Once again, Usagi's sleeves are tied and gathered, and the mon on his kimono is missing. Tomoe's mon, however, is shown very clearly.

    • The Neko ninja are fairly slim, yet Leonardo fits into one of their costumes (snuggly, if that)

    • When Usagi looks to the river and decides they need to jump, his sleeves are rolled all the way down, but there's still a ribbon crossing under his arms to keep them gathered back. In the next scene, his sleeves are gathered again.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Usagi: There is only one way out, but it's somewhat wet.
      Gen: Wait! You're joking! I hate water!

    • Gen: Who's idea was it to come here anyway?!
      Usagi: Yours! You and your shortcuts!

    • Leonardo: In the past 24 hours, I've been attacked by enemies I thought were long gone and found myself transported to a strange new world with no clue how I got there and no clue to get back and I have no idea what's become of the rest of my family. To top this perfect day off, the only ally I have in this whole mess is about to be executed. Do you think normal people ever have days like this?

  • NOTES (12)

    • At the beginning of the episode, Leo's main focus is on his training. Interesting that he wound up in a world that required more of his ninja fighting skills than any of his brothers, even Donatello.

    • Villains: Drako, Ultimate Ninja, Lord Hebi, Mogura ninjas, Neko ninjas

    • Prologue Narrator: Leonardo

    • The scene where Leonardo meets Tomoe Ame and Lord Noriyuki is based on the beginning of the Usagi Yojimbo comic, when the pair first encounter Miyamoto Usagi. In the comic, Tomoe believes that Usagi is another mercernary trying to kill Lord Noriyuki, but Usagi defeats her and explains that he isn't there to kill anyone. In the show, Leonardo takes Usagi's place, and they are attacked by Mogura ninja, as opposed to various bounty hunters. Both encounter the Neko ninja.

    • The various clan names are the Japanese words for the animal that each clan is composed of. Leo is a "Kame" ninja, and Kame means turtle. The mole ninjas that attack are called "Mogura" ninjas, "Mogura" means mole. The "Neko" warriors are cats, and so forth.

    • The group's escape by jumping off a cliff into the river is similar to that Usagi's and Gen's escape from Neko ninja in "Shades of Green, Part I", of Usagi's comic. (Intrestingly enough, Shades of Green is also the beginning of a three-book series featuring the TMNT!)

    • An overlooked character in this episode is Chizu, the leader of the Neko ninja. Her relationship to Usagi is very similar to that of Leo and Kirai.

    • Two of the three ninjas clans are seen in this episode, the Mogura (moles) and Neko (cats). The Komori Ninja (bats) are not mentioned.

    • Splinter lectures Leonardo on the "Falling Rain" style in the beginning of the episode. Tomoe is the undisputed master of the "Falling Rain Style" of swordsmanship, in the comic.

    • Correction: The name "Tomoe Ame" was borrowed from a popular Japanese candy and thus producing a pun (a common thing done by Stan Sakai, the creator of Usagi Yojimbo). In Usagi Yojimbo, "Tomoe" is her family name and "Ame", meaning "rain," is her "first" name, though Usagi usually calls her just "Tomoe", probably due to formal reasons.

    • The characters in the world Leonardo is sent to are all from the "Usagi Yojimbo" comic book series. Leonardo met with Miyamoto Usagi and Gennosuke before, in the Battle Nexus.

    • Much like the other episodes in this saga, this episode will feature the same moment at the beginning of "Reality Check," except it'll be from Leonardo's Point of View.


    • Edo

      The capital of Usagi's world is Ito, close to the spelling of the Japanese capital during the Tokugawa Shogunate, Edo. However, Edo would be renamed Tokyo during the Meiji Restoration of the 1870s.