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...
#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-)
This would be my second anime review on MAL. Nintama Rantarou was an anime that I have watched many times on my local-cable cartoons with lots of random episodes played on afternoon marathons. The cast of the trio consist of Rantarou, a regular ninja kid, Kirimaru, the pernicioust one, reacts to the sound of money being dropped and Shinbe, the fat kid. The story revolves around the trio doing mischief and sometimes being dragged into it. The artstyle of the show is pretty basic with being shounen show that kids watch on a Saturday morning. The sound quality is fair. I enjoyed it as a
kid and pretty much now as it is very nostalgic and is kinda how I got into Japanese culture in the first place. Overall this is an okay anime that you would watch in your free time.
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