Nintama Rantarou

Nintama Rantarou (忍たま乱太郎, lit. Rantarou the Ninja Boy) is a Japanese anime series produced by Ajia-do Animation Works and broadcast on NHK since 10 April 1993. It is an adaptation of the manga series Rakudai Ninja Rantarō, written and illustrated by Sōbe Amako. Nintama Rantarō centers on the title character and his friends as they attend a school for budding ninja. Like the manga on which it is based, there are a considerable amount of anachronisms for comedic purposes; for example, the title character is bespectacled and katakana is used several times. The anime also references other Japanese media personalities such as Ken Shimura. The series is currently the longest-running anime on NHK and the second longest-running anime series of all time.

Rantarou, Shinbei and Kirimaru are ninja apprentices in the Ninja Gakuen, where first grade ones are called “Nintamas” (contraction of the words ninja+tama (egg)). They must learn everything a ninja must know, but as for our heroes, money, food or playing are more interesting. The series show the everyday adventures of our heroes, segmentated in a cartoon fashion, like 2 small episodes in a 30-min show. The cast also includes the teachers (Doi-sensei and crossdressing Yamada-sensei), nintama kunoichis, evil guys (Dokutake ninjas) and even family members of all the cast…

Opening Theme
#1: “Yuuki 100%” by Hikaru GENJI (eps 1-47)
#2: “Yuuki 100% (1994)” by Hikaru GENJI SUPER5 (eps 48-807)
#3: “Yuuki 100% (2002)” by Ya-Ya-yah (eps 808-1303)
#4: “Yuuki 100% (2009)” by Hey! Say! JUMP (eps 1304-1393)
#5: “Yuuki 100% (2010)” by NYC (eps 1394-1573)
#6: “Yuuki 100% (2012)” by Sexy Zone (eps 1574-1883)
#7: “Yuuki 100% (2016)” by Junior Boys (eps 1884-)

Ending Theme
#01: “Dancing Junk (ダンシング・ジャンク)” by SUPER MONKEYS4 (eps 1-47)
#02: “Don’t Mind Namida (DON’T MIND涙)” by Hikaru GENJI SUPER5
#03: “SHAKING NIGHT” by Hikaru GENJI SUPER5
#04: “Shihou Happou Hijideppou (四方八方肘鉄砲)” by Mayumi (eps 169-199)
#05: “0 Ten Champion (0点チャンピオン)” by Junichi&JJr (eps 200-265)
#06: “Owaranai School Days (終わらない SCHOOL DAYS)” by Junichi&JJr (eps 266-289)
#07: “Kou Shicha Irarenai (こうしちゃいられない)” by Junichi&JJr (eps 290-369)
#08: “Nin Nin Nintama Ondo (にんにん忍たま音頭)” by SAY・S & Nintama Family
#09: “HemuHemu no Ekaki Uta (ヘムヘムのえかき唄)” by Akiko Shimamoto
#10: “Itsudatte YELL (いつだってYELL)” by Emiri Nakayama
#11: “HemuHemu no Waltz (ヘムヘムのワルツ)” by HemuHemu (Ginzou Matsuo)
#12: “Nintama Ekaki Uta – Shinbei no Dan (忍たまえかきうた しんべヱの段)” by Yuuko Warabi
#13: “MEMORY&MELODY” by SPLASH (eps 531-568)
#14: “Ai ga Ichiban (愛がいちばん)” by Sayuri Ishikawa (eps 569-648)
#15: “Shihou Happou Hijideppou (Second Generation) (四方八方肘鉄砲 (2代目))” by Mayumi Funaki (eps 649-808)
#16: “Sekai ga Hitotsu ni Naru Made (世界がひとつになるまで)” by Ya-Ya-yah (eps 809-967)
#17: “Kaze (風)” by Aya Ueto (eps 968-1047)
#18: “Oh!ENKA (桜援歌(Oh! ENKA))” by Kanjani8 (eps 1048-1153)
#19: “Ai ni Mukatte (愛に向かって)” by Kanjani8 (eps 1154-1253)
#20: “Yume Iro (夢色)” by Hey! Say! JUMP (eps 1254-1393)
#21: “Yume no Tane (ゆめのタネ)” by NYC (eps 1394-1573)
#22: “Kaze wo Kitte (風をきって)” by Sexy Zone (eps 1574-1738)
#23: “Matta Nante Nashi! (待ったなんてなしっ!)” by Sexy Zone (eps 1739-1883)
#24: “3 Byou Waratte (3秒笑って)” by Junior Boys (eps 1884-)
[1993.05.13] Hikaru Genji – Yuuki 100%
[2009.06.24] Drama CD 一の段
[2009.12.23] Drama CD 二の段
[2010.04.07] NYC – Yuuki 100%
[2010.09.23] Drama CD 三の段
[2012.11.19] Nintama Rantarou 20th Anniversary Album Opening & Ending Collection
[2013.01.23] Drama CD 六年生の段
[2013.04.24] Drama CD 五年生の段
[2013.08.28] Drama CD 四年生の段
[2013.10.23] Drama CD 『忍たまがラジオにやって来た!の段』あんど『こんなこともあったんだよ、の段』
[2014.05.14] Sexy Zone – King & Queen & Joker (ED Theme)
[2015.06.17] Nintama Rantarou Soundtrack Kino.Kyo.Ashita – From Nintama With Love –

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