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Synonyms: Nitaboh: Tsugaru Shamisen Shiso Gaibun
Japanese: NITABOH 仁太坊―津軽三味線始祖外聞


Type: Movie
Episodes: 1
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Feb 21, 2004
Producers: WAO World
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: None found, add some
Source: Unknown
Themes: HistoricalHistorical, MusicMusic
Duration: 1 hr. 39 min.
Rating: PG - Children


Score: 7.321 (scored by 31573,157 users)
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Ranked: #23542
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Popularity: #5874
Members: 8,800
Favorites: 19

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At a young age, Nitaroh is stricken with an illness that leaves him blind. He inherits the shamisen once used by his mother and is taught its basics by a blind traveling shamisen player. In time, with the help of friends old and new, he walks the paths that leads to his ultimate fate—that of founder of the Tsugaru style of shamisen playing.

(Source: ANN)


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Characters & Voice Actors


Hino, Satoshi




Katsuki, Masako


Hirata, Hiroaki


Hanamura, Sayaka


Nishizawa, Akio
Director, Screenplay
Kobayashi, Toshimitsu
Animation Director
Murakami, Masahiro
Executive Producer


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Ending Theme

"Shinsei (新生)" by Yae

Jul 23, 2008
Beatnik (All reviews)
Nitaboh gives a unique twist on the popular theme of depicting the changes that swept through Japan towards the end of the 19th century. What we're usually accustomed to in media are the lives of the samurai being impacted by the Meiji Restoration; the end of the shogunate and the influx of western influence. Instead of that, here we see the opening up of Japan enabling a son of a waterman achieve his dream of playing the shamisen.

It’s not a simple tale of a boy wanting something and setting out to do it. The film begins with Nitaroh and his widowed father read more
May 2, 2009
feeq (All reviews)
"Don't just follow the path of others, play your own Music!"

Well, the story is set at 1868 which is the beginning of the Meiji period & end of the Edo period. So you might expect the story to be about political troubles or Samurai conflicts, but that’s not the case. You get to experience that time from a different angle, an angle of music!

It begins with a boy who's playing the flute as a hobby, until tragedy befalls him and he's blinded, to compensate he dives deeper into the world of music.
He hears a Samurai monk performing and he decides to be just like read more
Sep 8, 2011
Jolon (All reviews)

Nitaboh is not an anime that will appeal to a general audience. Its fanbase is, indeed, about as narrow as that of the Shamisen music the film revolves around.

Casting itself as a biopic, Nitaboh could have chosen to focus entirely on the life of Nitaroh and his attempts to play the Shamisen, and indeed it tells that story as well as a movie could, but the film does not confine itself to the theme of blind musicians.

Set in a time of great social change for Japan, in a rural area where that change is slow to take read more
Mar 13, 2016
Nervin (All reviews)
It is the 19th century of Japan, an age where the gap between the poor and the rich were as day and night, and thus having a fully functional body was required to survive. However, when a young boy is afflicted by a sudden illness that leaves him blind, he is left to cope with the struggle on being a drag to his father, and with that, his future. Ridden with insecurity, the 8-year-old child by the name of Nitaro found solace in music, specifically the shamisen, a traditional thee-stringed instrument. Nitaboh ultimately narrates the tale of a blind man and his journey to mastering read more

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Poll: Nitaboh Episode 1 Discussion
jacobpaige - Apr 4, 2012
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Jan 20, 7:42 PM
If only the soundtrack was released!
jaded_watcher - Apr 11, 2020
1 replies by ohml »»
Apr 15, 2020 7:49 AM