Nintama Rantarō

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Nintama Rantarō
Nintama title.jpg
Screenshot of the series' title from the anime
忍たま乱太郎
Genre Comedy, Action, Adventure
Anime television series
Directed by Tsutomu Shibayama
Music by Kouji Makaino
Studio Ajia-do Animation Works
Network NHK
Original run 10 April 1993 – ongoing
Episodes 1,808 (July 2014)[1]
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Nintama Rantarō (忍たま乱太郎?, lit. Rantarō the Ninja Boy) is a Japanese anime series based on Sōbē Amako's manga Rakudai Ninja Rantarō. It was produced by Ajia-do Animation Works and originally broadcast on NHK. It features the adventures of Rantarō and his friends and teachers at Ninja school. The fact that glasses are worn by one of the main characters is intentionally anachronistic. The manga references other Japanese media personalities such as Ken Shimura.

In July 2011, a live action film version directed by Takashi Miike titled Ninja Kids!!! was released.[2] The rights to produce an American version of the film are in negotiations.[3]

Cast[edit]

Ninjutsu Gakuen[edit]

First Year Ha Class[edit]

Taught theory by Doi-sensei, and practical lessons by Yamada-sensei. 'Ha' is the lowest of the classes, with the worst students. This is the class the main character belongs to, and as such is the class which is most focussed on in the series. Their uniform colour is a teal blue with white # and O marks in the anime, and sky blue with the same white markings in the manga.

Inadera Rantarou (猪名寺 乱太郎?)
Voiced by: Minami Takayama
Age 10, Saggitarius, blood type O. Height 136cm, weight 30kg. Member of the Health Committee.
The main character, a bespectacled first grade boy who is aiming to become an excellent ninja. Unfortunately, he often gets distracted and prefers to goof off with his friends Kirimaru and Shinbei.
Settsuno Kirimaru (摂津の きり丸?)
Voiced by: Mayumi Tanaka
Age 10, Aries, blood type B. Height 140cm, weight 34kg. Member of the Library Committee.
One of Rantaro's best friends. He is an orphan who lost his family and home during a war, and now makes a living doing various part-time jobs. When school isn't in session, he lives with Doi. His primary interest is being obsessed with earning money.
Fukutomi Shinbei (福富 しんべヱ?)
Voiced by: Teiyū Ichiryūsai
Age 10, Taurus, blood type A. Height 125cm, weight 67.5kg. Member of the Equipment Committee.
A rich merchant's son, who quickly became friends with Rantaro at the beginning of the series. He is overweight, a bit slower when it comes to thinking, and often has to be corrected by his friends. Nonetheless, he possesses great power and strength.
Kuroki Shouzaemon (黒木 庄左ヱ門?)
Voiced by: Mami (seasons 1-11), Saori Higashi (season 12 - current)
Age 10, Libra, blood type A. Member of the Class Presidents Committee.
First year Hagumi's class president.
Ninokuruwa Isuke (二郭 伊助?)
Voiced by: Chie Satō, Suzuki Tomiko (season 2 episode 46 only)
Age 10, Virgo, blood type AB. Member of the Explosives Committee.
The son of textile dyers, and something of a neat freak. He is often depicted with a broom or mop. Shares a room with Shouzaemon.
Katou Danzou (加藤 団蔵?)
Voiced by: Hiroko Emori, Kaoru Shimamura (season 4 episode 6 only)
Age 10, Leo, blood type B. Member of the Accounting Committee.
His father runs a horse and carriage delivery service. Danzou is very talented with horses because of this. His writing is terribly messy, to the point of illegibility. Shares a room with Torawaka.
Satake Torawaka (佐武 虎若?)
Voiced by: Yūko Kobayashi, Urara Takano (season 2 only), Fuuko Shinomiya (season 3 episode 82 only)
Age 10, Pisces, blood type A. Member of the Biology Committee.
His father is in charge of the Satake Rifle Squad. Because of this he has lots of experience with flintlock rifles, which were rare at the time. He idolizes Shousei, a rifle expert who works for his father. Shares a room with Danzou.
Yumesaki Sanjirou (夢前 三治郎?)
Voiced by: Hiroko Emori, Atsuko Mine (season 2 only)
Age 10, Cancer, blood type A. Member of the Biology Committee.
A deceptively happy and friendly looking child who enjoys setting traps. Shares a room with Heidayuu.
Sasayama Heidayuu (笹山 兵太夫?)
Voiced by: Akiko Muta, Hiroko Emori (season 1 only)
Age 10, Virgo, blood type O. Member of the Etiquette Committee.
Heidayū likes traps and has his entire room rigged with them. He shares his room with Sanjiro, who also enjoys traps.
Minamoto Kingo (皆本 金吾?)
Voiced by: Kumiko Watanabe
Age 10, Gemini, blood type A. Member of the Physical Education Committee.
Joined first year hagumi late. His main weapon is the katana. Shares a room with Kisanta.
Yamamura Kisanta (山村 喜三太?)
Voiced by: Tomiko Suzuki (seasons 1-11), Saori Sugimoto (season 12-current)
Age 10, Aquarius, blood type O. Member of the Equipment Committee.
A transfer student, he joined first year hagumi late. Collects slugs as a hobby. Shares a room with Kingo.

First Year I Class[edit]

The highest of the first year classes with the smartest students. Taught by Andou-sensei, and practical lessons by Atsugi-sensei. Andou-sensei demands perfect marks from his class, which he is constantly bragging is superior to first year hagumi.

Kurokado Denshichi (黒門 伝七?)
Voiced by: Yūko Satō
Age 10, Gemini, blood type B. Member of the Etiquette Committee.
Ningyou Sakichi (任暁 左吉?)
Voiced by: Kikumi Umeda
Age 10, Scorpio, blood type A. Member of the Accounting Committee.
Imafuku Hikoshirou (今福 彦四郎?)
Voiced by: Mitsuki Saiga
Age 10, Aquarius, blood type B. Member of the Class Presidents Committee.
Class President of first year igumi. His marks often suffer when he doesn't have time to study because of his presidential duties.
Kaminoshima Ippei (上ノ島 一平?)
Voiced by: Komatsuna Sakato
Age 10, Cancer, blood type A. Member of the Biology Committee.

First Year Ro Class[edit]

Taught theory by Shado-sensei, and practical lessons by Hinata-sensei. Everyone in this class seems to take after Shado-sensei and have adopted his spooky aura.

Tsurumachi Fushikizou (鶴町 伏木蔵?)
Voiced by: Mayumi Oota (season 11), Touko Aoyama (season 12-16), Komatsuna Sakato (season 16 to current)
Age 10, Leo, blood type A. Member of the Health Committee.
Thrill and suspense.
Ninotsuba Ayakashimaru (二ノ坪 怪士丸?)
Voiced by: Chie Satou
Age 10, Aquarius, blood type O. Member of the Library Committee.
A spooky, gaunt looking boy.
Shimosakabe Heita (下坂部 平太?)
Voiced by: Kumiko Watanabe (season 10-16), Sayuri Yoshida (season 16 to current)
Age 10, Cancer, blood type AB. Member of the Equipment Committee.
Heita is a giant scaredy-cat. Small things often frighten him to the point of making him pee himself.
Hatsushima Magojirou (初島 孫次郎?)
Voiced by: Junko Shimakata
Age 10, Saggitarius, blood type A. Member of the Biology Committee.

Second Year[edit]

Uniform colour is a light blue that is darker than the first years' uniform.

Ikeda Saburouji (池田 三郎次?)
Voiced by: Urara Takano (season 1 - season 6 episode 12), Fuuko Shinomiya (season 6 episode 12 - current), Shinobu Adachi (season 1 episode 46 only)
Second year i class. Age 11, Virgo, blood type A. Member of the Explosives Committee. First appeared in volume 3 of the manga, and season 1 of the anime.
Speaks without thinking, and often says too much. Enjoys pranking the first years, especially the main trio.
Kawanishi Sakon (川西 左近?)
Voiced by: Yasuhiro Takato (seasons 3, 5, 6, 12), Urarako Suzuki (seasons 9, 12, 13), Yukiko Amada (season 16 - current), Fujiko Takimoto (season 9 episode 18 only)
Second year i class. Age 11, Libra, blood type O. Member of the Health Committee. First appeared in volume 3 of the manga, and season 3 of the anime.
Looks like Linus from Peanuts.
Nose Kyuusaku (能勢 久作?)
Voiced by: Atsuko Mine (season 1), Ai Satou (season 1 episode 46 - season 8), Jin Domon (season 8 - current)
Second year i class. Age 11, Cancer, blood type A. Member of the Library Committee. First appeared in volume 3 of the manga, and season 1 of the anime.
Has nice eyebrows and reddish orange hair.
Tokitomo Shirobei (時友 四郎兵衛?)
Voiced by: Tomo Adachi
Second year ha class. Age 11, Taurus, blood type B. Member of the Physical Education Committee. First appeared in volume 36 of the manga, and season 16 of the anime.
A boy who looks a little dumb, and unfortunately, is a little dumb.

Third Year[edit]

Uniform colour is a light green.

Igasaki Magohei (伊賀崎 孫兵?)
Voiced by: Hiro Yuuki (season 1-3), Isshin Chiba (season 3 - current)
Third year i class. Age 12, Capricorn, blood type B. Member of the Biology Committee. First appeared in volume 2 of the manga, and season 1 of the anime.
Keeps snakes, scorpions, and bugs as pets. He always keeps his poisonous pet snake, Junko, with him, though she often runs away, leaving Magohei to search frantically for her.
Kanzaki Samon (神崎 左門?)
Voiced by: Kouki Miyata
Third year ro class. Age 12, Leo, blood type B. Member of the Accounting Committee. First appeared in volume 29 of the manga, and season 10 of the anime.
Has literally no sense of direction. Will dramatically declare "it's this way!" and then go in the complete opposite direction.
Tsugiya Sannosuke (次屋 三之助?)
Voiced by: Mari Maruta, Watanabe Kumiko (season 19 episode 15 only)
Third year ro class. Age 12, Leo, blood type AB. Member of the Physical Education Committee. First appeared in volume 36 of the manga, and season 16 of the anime.
Also has no sense of direction, but wanders absent mindedly.
Tomatsu Sakubei (富松 作兵衛?)
Voiced by: Touko Aoyama
Third year ro class. Age 12, Virgo, blood type B. Member of the Equipment Committee. First appeared in volume 36 of the manga, and season 16 of the anime.
Is basically Sannosuke and Samon's babysitter.
Urakaze Tounai (浦風 藤内?)
Voiced by: Sumomo Momomori
Third year ha class. Age 12, Capricorn, blood type A. Member of the Etiquette Committee. First appeared in volume 36 of the manga, and in season 16 of the manga.
Likes to learn things, and practices obsessively.
Santanda Kazuma (三反田 数馬?)
Voiced by: Hiro Shimono
Third year ha class. Age 12, Pisces, blood type A. Member of the Health Committee. First appeared in volume 35 of the manga, and season 16 of the anime.
A boy with little presence, who seems to have inherited the Heath Committee's bad luck.

Fourth Year[edit]

Uniform colour is purple.

Tairano Takiyashamaru (平 滝夜叉丸?)
Voiced by: Wataru Takagi
Fourth year i class. Age 13, Aquarius, blood type B. Member of the Physical Education Committee. First appeared in volume 2 of the manga, season 1 of the anime.
The ultimate narcissist. Considers himself 'Ninjutsu Gakuen's Number One Idol'. Is very talented with his throwing ring, which he has lovingly named 'Rinko'.
Ayabe Kihachirou (綾部 喜八郎?)
Voiced by: Akira Ishida
Fourth year i class. Age 13, Taurus, blood type AB. Member of the Etiquette Committee. First appeared in volume 26 of the manga, and season 13 of the anime.
Really loves digging holes. That is all. It is hard to keep him interested in anything else. He names all the holes that he digs.
Tamura Mikiemon (田村 三木ヱ門?)
Voiced by: Shinobu Adachi
Fourth year ro class. Age 13, Aries, blood type A. Member of the Accounting Committee. First appeared in volume 2 of the manga, and season 1 of the anime.
The other self-proclaimed "Number One Idol of Ninjutsu Gakuen". Mikiemon likes guns, cannons, and rifles, and names his and takes them for walks. He also idolizes Shousei, but not to the extent that Torawaka does.
Saitou Takamaru (斉藤 タカ丸?)
Voiced by: Daisuke Namikawa
Fourth year ha class. Age 15, Libra, blood type A. Member of the Explosives Committee. First appeared in volume 38 of the manga, and season 15 of the anime.
Raised as a hairdresser, his father was an undercover ninja. Eventually joins Ninjutsu Gakuen, and is allowed into fourth year despite having no previous training, because of his skills with his 'split second hairdressing'.

Fifth Year[edit]

The fifth grade in the ninjutsu academy. Like other grades, the students are classed into three different classes: Igumi, Rogumi, and Hagumi, from higher performing students to lower performing students respectively. The fifth grade students are also given the position as a chairman of their given committee provided that there are higher grade seniors in them. Their uniforms are ultramarine.

Kukuchi Heisuke (久々知 兵助?)
Voiced by: Toshimitsu Oda
Fifth year i class. Age 14, Pisces, blood type A. Stand-in President of the Explosives Committee. First appeared in volume 36 of the anime, and season 16 of the manga.
Long eyelashes and black hair are his defining characteristics. Though his grades are superb and he’s earnest and cool, his spontaneous nature was somewhat revealed when he’d failed to realize that the costs of amazake were included in the Explosives Committee’s appropriation. Since he had to carry tofu in the Sport’s Day relay, he is known as the ‘Tofu Kid’. Truthfully he hates this nickname, and in the manga at times he denies liking tofu; however, in actuality he is abundant in tofu knowledge and he seems to like tofu cooking. In the anime he will openly declare his love for tofu and treat others to tofu he has prepared himself. He carries freeze-dried tofu around for a mid-afternoon snack. He is the stand-in committee president for the Explosives Committee and rounds up the underclassmen; even though he is Takamaru’s senpai he adds “san” to his name since he is older. In the musical his weapon of choice is the suntetsu. In the survival orienteering he was paired in a group with Isuke. His surname comes from Kukuchi in Amagasaki.
Ohama Kanemon (尾浜 勘右衛門?)
Voiced by: Shigeru Shibuya
Fifth year i class. Age 14, Libra, blood type O. Member of the Class Presidents Committee. First appeared in the manga in volume 13 with no name, properly in volume 46, and in season 18 of the anime.
Though his first appearance was injuring the napping Rantarou, Kirimaru, and Shinbei while practicing his jinba technique, his existence was forgotten for a period of 16 years, until he reappeared in the mixed double survival orienteering in a pair with Torawaka, where his name was finally revealed. In the second occasion he appeared in he did not belong to any committee and was encouraged in vol. 47 by the Headmaster to decide which committee to join while each one ran their food stand at their culture festival. It was revealed then he was actually a class president and he ended up joining the class president committee. His specialty weapon is the manrikigusari. He’s the airhead type who tends to get wrapped up in things. In the original work he has black hair, however; in the anime his hair is a deep reddish brown. In first person he uses “ore”; to his superiors he uses “boku” or “watashi”. His surname comes from Ohama-cho in Amagasaki, and his name comes from the Kouga ninja Ukai Kanemon.
Fuwa Raizou (不破 雷蔵?)
Voiced by: Junichi Kanemaru
Fifth year ro class. Age 14, Pisces, blood type O. Member of the Library Committee. First appeared in volume 18 of the manga, and in season 3 of the anime. First appears together with Saburou in volume 38.
Gentle and full of kindness; he is a senpai that lovingly takes care of his underclassmen. Though his grades are excellent, his bad habit is that he’s always meandering and hesitating with a broad indecisiveness. After thinking too much, he’ll get tired and sleep right then and there. Of the “three illness of the ninja”, he is the “type who lacks thought”. Also, if he goes near a dry river bed, the moisture will expand his hair. Hachiya Saburou from the same class is often seen borrowing his face, lending them the relation of “fifth-year rogumi’s specialty combination”. Yamada-sensei often says ”his honesty is his weakness”; however, in the 18th volume he passed the survival orienteering while retaining his playfulness. In that survival orienteering he was paired in a group with Ayakashimaru. In the original work Raizou’s hair is black; however, in the anime it is a bright brown. His namesake is from a proverb meaning 'to follow others blindly' (付和雷同 fuwaraido?).
Hachiya Saburou (鉢屋 三郎?)
Voiced by: Takumi Yamazaki
Fifth year ro class. Age 14, Gemini, blood type B. Member of the Class Presidents Committee. First appeared in volume 2 of the manga, and season 3 of the anime.
A student with a thousand face, to the point that no one, including the school staff, knows his true face. Saburo is a mischievous, calm and cool student who enjoys wearing disguises of just about anyone, and sometimes alternates faces in-between scenes. Saburo most of the time disguises as Raizo considering the two are quite close friends.
Takeya Hachizaemon (竹谷 八左ヱ門?)
Voiced by: Ryuichi Azuma
Fifth year ro class. Age 14, Saggitarius, blood type B. Stand-in President of the Biology Committee. First appeared in the manga in volume 26, and in the anime in season 16.
A student with cheerful, optimistic, energetic and also serious attitude. Hachizaemon features long unkempt dull grey-brown hair. As the head of Biological Committee, he holds responsibility in protecting wildlife from being harmed or hunted, which gains respect from his fellow junior committee members (which is dominated with first years). Attempts of hunting wildlife with his presence will only enrage him.

Sixth Year[edit]

The sixth year is the last grade in the academy. Similar to other grades, the students are divided into three classes: Igumi, Rogumi, Hagumi. The sixth years uniforms are in dark green colour, and their students are mostly (but not necessarily limited to) aged 15 years old.

Shioe Monjirou (潮江 文次郎?)
Voiced by: Ken Narita
Sixth year i class. Age 15, Leo, blood type B. President of the Accounting Committee. First appeared in volume 29 of the manga, and season 6 of the anime.
Is often portrayed as a leader among the 6th year seniors. Monjiro is a strict, serious senior that focuses on training mentally as much as physically, and his committee members often gets forced into his bizarre trainings such as using 10 kg abacus, sleeping in cold lake at midnight, making weapons out of food, etc. Despite his serious commitments into trainings, he is easily approached outside of training and has good relationship as a caring senior towards his juniors. He has a favourite word - gin gin - that who only used when he gets excited, angry, or emotional. On occasional episodes, he together with Choji and Koheta tagged along with Kirimaru in his part-time job.
Tachibana Senzou (立花 仙蔵?)
Voiced by: Soichiro Hoshi
Sixth year i class. Age 15, Capricorn, blood type AB. President of the Etiquette Committee. First appeared in volume 23 of the manga, and season 6 of the anime.
A pale-skinned and often regarded as a handsome senior with long straight and silky hair. He leads the Saho committee along with Heidayu as his favorite junior. He has natural talents for explosive, bombs, grenades, often carrying dozens of them with him for convenient purpose. Being as normally a calm, rationally thinking senior, he is often described as an excellent student among the seniors. When carrying out solo missions, he often gets tagged along with Kisanta and Shinbei, who both look up to him, but instead of giving a good help, burdens him instead and gets him caught, bomb explodes in his face, trees fall down on him, etc. He has shorter temper for Kisanta and Shinbei harassing him in his missions.
Nakazaike Chouji (中在家 長次?)
Voiced by: Shigeru Shibuya
Sixth year ro class. Age 15, Scorpio, blood type AB. President of the Library Committee. First appeared in volume 26 of the manga, and season 6 of the anime.
A student who spoke with few words and with few facial expressions. Choji who speak slowly, that made his words hard to be conveyed at times, is also the head of librarian. Usually, someone who stands besides him (such as Raizo or Kirimaru who are also librarians) had to be the 'translator' especially to those who don't meet Choji quite often. His expressions can get eerie with one big creepy smile, though his true emotions often contrast his face (such as he will smile creepily when he is hurt, and vice versa). Ironically, Shinbei's little sister Kameko found his smile to be attractive, and even had a crush on him at times.
Nanamatsu Koheita (七松 小平太?)
Voiced by: Nobutoshi Canna
Sixth year ro class. Age 15, Leo, blood type O. President of the Physical Education Committee. First appeared in volume 24 of the manga, and season 6 of the anime.
Koheita, a 6th year student with lots of energy and happy-go-lucky, cheerful, exciting and reckless personality. He made a hobby of digging trenches on soil, sometimes using only a pair of kunai, and sometimes with his bare hands. Apart from that, he also have the tendency to spike just about anything that flies towards him to the ground, like a volleyball spike (which occasionally causes problems to others, and even broke his arm). He is easily approachable by others and treats his juniors that come forward for his help with respect, though sometimes, with reckless running. His favorite word: "Ike Ike Don Don"
Kema Tomesaburou (食満 留三郎?)

Voiced by: Chihiro Suzuki

Sixth year ha class. Age 15, Aries, blood type A. President of the Equipment Committee. First appeared in volume 22 of the manga, and season 16 of the anime.
A student Hagumi that has strong fighting spirit, aggressive and hot tempered, but still cares for his juniors with good tolerant. Tomesaburo and Monjiro are however, tends to argue which then leads them to brawl and fight each other over 'who is better' or 'who is right' matters. His appearance resembles another character in the series, Yoshiro Suzukoya, which was pointed out by Kihachiro. Tomesaburo and Isaku are classmates, and also roommates, and appears to be close.
Zenpouji Isaku (善法寺 伊作?)
Voiced by: Ryotaro Okiayu
Sixth year ha class. Age 15, Aries, blood type O. President of the Health Committee. First appeared in the manga in volume 26, and in the anime in season 10.
A nice, friendly and caring student of 6th year Hagumi that has a personality akin to a gentle big brother to his juniors, though is cursed with bad luck to himself, and anyone that gets tagged along with him. Also dubbed by others and his own members - 'bad luck chairman' - and his own committee as 'bad luck committee'. As a Health Committee chairman, he takes on his job giving aid to injured or sick person responsibly and unbiased, that he also treated a Tasogaredoki ninja Zatto Konnamon, who was supposing to be an intruder. He and his committee members often gets greeted by Konnamon uninformed, sometimes with presence of other Tasogaredoki ninjas.

Kunoichi Class[edit]

  • Yuki (ユキ?)
Voiced by: Sakura Tange (season 2~8), Mariko Kōda (season 1, 9 - current)
She's the leader of the kunoichi trio.
Tomomi (トモミ?)
Voiced by: Hiroko Emori
Tomomi is the class president and part of the kunoichi trio.
Shige (シゲ?)
Voiced by: Akiko Muta
Shige is the grand daughter of the principal and part of the kunoichi trio. She's in love with Shinbe. She is an anime-only character.

Staff[edit]

Doi Hansuke (土井半助?)
Voiced by: Toshihiko Seki
Rantaro's main classroom teacher. He often loses patience with Rantaro and his classmates due to their inability to pay attention. His personality resembles Iruka Umino, another ninja teacher who is voiced by the same voice actor.
Yamada Denzou (山田伝蔵?)
Voiced by: Chikao Ohtsuka
Another teacher of Rantaro. He serves to teach the actual techniques and trains the lazy first graders. Denzo tends to lose his patience faster than Doi. He also shows unnatural fondness in disguising himself as a woman, usually with disastrous results. When he's dressed as a woman, his personality transforms completely too, and he refuses to answer to anything besides 'Denko'. He is Yamada Rikichi's father.
Headmaster (学園長 Gakuenchou?)
Voiced by: Mahito Tsujimura
Hemu-Hemu (ヘムヘム?)
Voiced by: Ginzō MatsuoBin Shimada
A dog skilled in ninjutsu, he is the longtime companion of the head master. Also in charge of ringing the school bell
Yamamoto Shina (山本シナ?)
Voiced by: Yūko Kobayashi, Masako Katsuki (movie)
The teacher of the female nintamas, she alternates between the form of a young woman and an old lady. No one is sure which is her true form.
Mess Hall Lady (食堂のおばちゃん Shakudou no Oba-chan?)
Voiced by: Seiko Tomoe
Tobe Shinzaemon (戸部新左エ門?)
Voiced by: Hirohiko Kakegawa
Shinzaemon Tobe is another teacher at the school, who occasionally appears from time to time. He's a sword instructor who is skilled, but if he doesn't have his daily meals, he loses the strength to even pick up the sword.
Andou Natsunojou (安藤夏之丞?)
Voiced by: Kan Tokumaru (Season 1~Season 18 Ep. 69), Mitsuru Ogata (from Season 18 Ep. 83)
Andou is the first grade teacher for another class. He often calls Rantaro's class lazy and unproductive, comparing them to his class which seem to do nothing but study all day, thus getting good marks on their tests.

Tasogaredoki Castle[edit]

Zatto Konnamon (雑渡 昆奈門?)
Voiced by: Masashi Hirose(season 14, 16, drama CD) Shoutarou Morikubo (season 18 - current)
Age 36, Aquarius, blood type O. The best burned face ninja there is.
Moroizumi Sonnamon (諸泉 尊奈門?)
Voiced by: Bin Shimada (season 16), Tsubasa Yonaga (season 18 - current, drama CD)
Age 19, Libra, blood type A. Thinks Doi is his rival because Doi beat him by using chalk. How cute.
Yamamoto Jinnai (山本 陣内?)
Voiced by: Bin Shimada (season 18), Motoki Takagi (season 19 episodes 34 & 36), Takuo Kawamura (season 19 - current)
Age 44, Cancer, blood type O.
Kousaka Jinnaizaemon (高坂 陣内左衛門?)
Voiced by: Takumi Yamazaki (season 18), Hiroshi Shirokuma (season 19 episodes 31-33 & 36), Hiroaki Miura (season 19 - current)
Age 24, Scorpio, blood type B. Is probably jealous that he got named after Jinnai and not after Zatto like Sonnamon got.

Dokutake Castle[edit]

Hieta Happousai (稗田 八方斎?)
Voiced by: Shōzō Iizuka
Ōkinakuri-no-Kinoshita Anata (大黄奈栗野木下 穴太?)
Voiced by: Masaharu Satō
Captain Tatsumaki (キャプテン達魔鬼 Kyaputen Tatsumaki?)
Voiced by: Jūrōta Kosugi

Other characters[edit]

Rantarō's Mother
Voiced by: Ako Mayama
Fukutomi Kameko (福富 カメ子?)
Voiced by: Wasabi Mizuta
Shinbei's younger sister.
Yamada Rikichi (山田 利吉?)
Voiced by: Hiro Yūki (Season 1, 2), Kōsuke Okano (from Season 3)
Yamada-sensei's 18-year-old son, a free agent ninja. Unlike his father, he is rather handsome. His nickname is Ricky.
Hyōgo Dai-San-Kyōeimaru (兵庫 第三協栄丸?)
Voiced by: Kōzō Shioya
A bumbling and forgetful pirate captain.
Hanabusa Makinosuke (花房 牧之介?)
Voiced by: Kappei Yamaguchi
Tobe-sensei's self-proclaimed rival.

Music[edit]

  • Opening Themes
  1. "Yūki 100%" by Hikaru Genji (eps. 1-55)
  2. "Yūki 100%" by Hikaru Genji Super 5 (eps. 56-807)
  3. "Yūki 100% (2002)" by Ya-Ya-Yah (eps. 809-1,253)
  4. "Yūki 100% (2009)" by Hey! Say! JUMP (eps. 1,254-)
  5. "Yūki 100% (2010)" by NYC
  6. "Yūki 100% (2012)" by Sexy Zone
  • Ending Themes
  1. "Dancing Junk (ダンシング ジャンク)" by Super Monkey's (eps. 1-47)
  2. "Don't Mind Namida (DON'T MIND 涙 Don't Mind the Tears)" by Hikaru Genji Super 5 (eps. 48-60)
  3. "Shaking Night" by Hikaru Genji Super 5 (eps. 61-168)
  4. "四方八方肘鉄砲(The First)" (eps. 169-199)
  5. "0-Ten Champion (0点チャンピオン 0 Grade Champion)" by Junich&JJr (eps. 200-265)
  6. "Owara Nai School Days (終わらない SCHOOL DAYS The School Days Never End)" by Junich&JJr (eps. 266-289)
  7. "Kō Shichai Rare Nai (こうしちゃいられない)" by Junich&JJr (eps. 290-369)
  8. "Nin-Nin Nintama Ondo (にんにん忍たま音頭)" by SAY S (eps. 370-409)
  9. "Itsu Datte (いつだってYELL Always Yell)" by Emiri Nakayama (eps. 410-499, 501-504, 506-509, 512-517, 519-522, 524-527, 529-530)
  10. "Hemu-Hemu Waltz (ヘムヘムのワルツ)" by Hemu-Hemu (episode 500, 505)
  11. "Tamae Kaki Uta Shinbe We no dan (たまえかきうた しんべヱの段)" by Yuko Bracken (episodes 510, 518, 523, and 528)
  12. "Memory and Melody" by SPLASH (eps. 531-568)
  13. ""Ai ga Ichiban (愛がいちばん Love's Best)" by Sayuri Ishikawa (eps. 569-648)
  14. "四方八方肘鉄砲(Second Generation)" by Mayumi Hunaki (eps. 649-808)
  15. ""Sekai ga Hitotsu ni Naru Made (世界がひとつになるまで Until the World is One)" by Ya-Ya-Yah (eps. 809-967)
  16. "Kaze (風 The Wind)" by Aya Ueto (eps. 968-1,047)
  17. "Oh!ENKA (桜援歌 (OH!ENKA)" by Kanjani8 (eps. 1,048-1,153)
  18. "Ai ni Mukatte (愛に向かって)" by Kanjani8 (eps. 1,154-1,253)
  19. "Yume Iro (夢色 Dream Color)" by Hey! Say! JUMP (eps. 1,254-)
  20. "Yume no Tane (ゆめのタネ)" by NYC
  21. "Kaze o Kitte (風をきって)" by Sexy Zone
  22. "Matta Nante na Shi! (待ったなんてなしっ!) by Sexy Zone

Episodes[edit]

As of August 2013, a total of 21 series have been broadcast with each season containing a different number of episodes (ranging from 47 in series one to 120 in series two, three and four). Every episode title ends with the phrase no dan (の段 The step of).[1] In 2012, special episodes were broadcast to mark the show's 20th anniversary as well as the 15th anniversary of Ojarumaru, the show broadcast in the slot before Nintama Rantarō.[4] Currently, a total of 1,808 episodes have been broadcast as of July 2014 (excluding specials).

Video games[edit]

Various video games were released, starting in 1995. Most of them were published by Culture Brain.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b 忍たま乱太郎 これまでのおはなし [Nintama Rantarō, the story up to now] (in Japanese). NHK. Retrieved August 11, 2013. There are 21 "series" which are part of the overall series. This page lists all the episode titles.
  2. ^ Elley, Derek (August 8, 2011). "Ninja Kids!!!". Film Business Asia. Retrieved August 9, 2011. 
  3. ^ Bettinger, Brendan (August 30, 2011). "Hollywood Wants to Remake Takashi Miike’s NINJA KIDS!!!". Collider.com. Archived from the original on August 31, 2011. Retrieved August 31, 2011. 
  4. ^ "おじゃる丸15th 忍たま乱太郎20th 記念企画" [Ojarumaru 15th, Nintama Rantarō 20th Commemorative Project] (in Japanese). Retrieved 2013-08-11. 

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