Nabari no Ou ( 隠の王, lit. “King of Nabari”) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Yuhki Kamatani. The series premiered in Japan in Monthly GFantasy in 2004 and ended serialization in 2010. J.C.Staff created a twenty-six episode anime adaptation of the Nabari no Ou manga series. Directed by Kunihisa Sugishima, the series premiered in Japan on TV Tokyo on April 6, 2008.
Nabari no Ou decided to take the ninja theme and put a little twist on it – the ninjas exist in modern times. I’m not saying this hasn’t been done before, but it’s definitely a change of pace from most ninja anime where ninjas are completely different from our contemporary culture. Nabari no Ou is about a boy named Miharu who has a powerful forbidden art called the Shinrabanshou inside him, a skill that can give infinite knowledge to the user, thus giving them the ability to grant wishes. Once his schoolteacher recognizes him, things pick up from there and he is dragged into the underground ninja world so they can seal the Shinrabanshou in his body (you didn’t think using it wouldn’t have a consequence, right?). Nabari no Ou is an anime about the art of the ninjas, and although not action-filled, it has a consistent plot and interesting characters that just might surprise you. If you want to get a break from the “other” ninja anime, or if you just want to watch a good ninja anime, then you should give this a try.
“Crawl” by VELTPUNCH
1. “Hikari” by ELISA
2. “Aru ga Mama” by Anamu & Maki
Nabari no Ou Original Soundtrack 1
Nabari no Ou Original Soundtrack 2