Igano Kabamaru

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Alternative Titles

Synonyms: Iga no Kabamaru, Ninja Boy
Japanese: 伊賀野カバ丸


Type: TV
Episodes: 24
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 20, 1983 to Mar 29, 1984
Premiered: Fall 1983
Broadcast: Thursdays at 19:00 (JST)
Producers: TOHO
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: Group TAC
Source: Manga
Genres: ActionAction, AdventureAdventure, ComedyComedy, RomanceRomance
Theme: SchoolSchool
Demographic: ShoujoShoujo
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.791 (scored by 45194,519 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #10102
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #6078
Members: 11,537
Favorites: 139


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Episodes: /24


After the death of Saizou, Kabamaru's horribly strict grandfather and Iga ninja teacher (sensei), an old lady, Ran Ookubo, claims that she received a letter from him asking her to take care of his grandson. So Kabamaru runs off with Lady Ookubo to the big city Tokyo to gorge on yakisoba, ramen, chow mein, and attend a regular school—which turns out to have weird quirks of its own.

(Source: ANN)

Characters & Voice Actors


Hayakawa, Keiji
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard
Kohanawa, Tameo
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard
Fujiyama, Fusanobu
Sound Director
Shibayama, Tsutomu
Episode Director, Storyboard


Opening Theme

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"CIRCUS GAME" by Sugar

Ending Theme

"Sumimasen My Love (スイマセンMyLove)" by Sugar


May 8, 2010
I am, and thousands of other people I met in my life, a big fan of this series. I might be a little biased since I come from a generation that grew up watching this but the truth is that the story, the characters and the soundtrack are still some of the best in the genre.


Kabamaru's story is a comedy from start to finish with laughs guaranteed at every episode. It is reminiscent of Ranma 1/2 in many ways but it has its own unique flavor. It has it all ninjas, school romance, comedy, impressive fights and did I mention ninjas. Without giving too much ...
Jan 18, 2020
Kabamaru is, to put it lightly, a cultural phenomenon in my home country, Greece. It's referenced in tv shows and the soundtrack get sampled for music, it's actually kind of crazy how popular the show is in comparison to it's original Japanese viewing, which is supposedly kind of not noted at all. In my opinion, this love for Kabamaru is more than nostalgia over a really bad dub, it's honestly one of the grandaddies of 80s anime.

Considering most of my enjoyment for the show came from the twists and funny moments it had, I would like to not talk about the story in detail. ...
Aug 8, 2021
Mixed Feelings
Igano Kabamaru's relatively high score seems to derive from the fact that only a small number of people have seen it and they must have remembered it fondly but what they see in it I just do not get as by all accounts this is a very average show.

Another factor might be like Evangelion people hold it in high regard because it was a trendsetter in tropes because almost all the usual suspects of stupid anime trope's are present in this show.

The Titular character Kabamaru is super annoying they try and play it for comedy that he is a super glutton and all he cares ...

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