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Synonyms: Nambaka, Numbaka, The Numbers
Japanese: ナンバカ
English: Nanbaka
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Type: TV
Episodes: 13
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 5, 2016 to Dec 28, 2016
Premiered: Fall 2016
Broadcast: Wednesdays at 03:00 (JST)
Licensors: Funimation
Studios: Satelight
Source: Web manga
Genres: ActionAction, ComedyComedy, DramaDrama
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.331 (scored by 141208141,208 users)
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Ranked: #24782
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Popularity: #693
Members: 325,407
Favorites: 2,145

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Nanba is the world's most formidable prison, built to incarcerate criminals who are too slippery to stay in ordinary confinement. The four inmates who occupy Cell 13 are particularly cunning on that behalf, having escaped every other prison with a perfect success rate. There is Juugo, a specialist in locks who has spent the majority of his life in prison; Uno, a gambler with great intuition; Nico, an otaku whose body reacts strangely to drugs; and Rock, a bruiser with a love for food. The daily shenanigans of the four prisoners always cause trouble for the building supervisor, Hajime Sugoroku, who desperately tries to prevent them from breaking out of Nanba.

Nanbaka follows the comedic, sparkle-filled exploits of these prisoners and their guards. From three square meals a day to sports festivals, prison life in Nanba isn't actually that bad—and it is the closest these four have to a home.

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Herek, Samantha
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Takamatsu, Shinji


Opening Theme

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"Rin! Rin! Hi! Hi!" by Hashiguchikanaderiya (ハシグチカナデリヤ) hugs The Super Ball

Ending Theme

"Nanbaka Datsugoku Riron♪! (ナンバカ脱獄理論♪!)" by Juugo (Yuto Uemura), Uno (Tetsuya Kakihara), Rock (Ire Shiozaki), Nico (Daiki Kobayashi), Hajime Sugoroku (Tomokazu Seki)


Aug 27, 2022
A description of Nanbaka is probably going to make it sound real dumb. This is likey because it really, really is. But the fact it is dumb does not preclude it from being entertaining, and I assure you that it is nothing if not that. I 100% recommend watching it if you are:
A.) In the mood for something funny.
B.) Unbothered by something being really stupid.
C.) Equally unbothered by anime being weird for weird's sake.

I can best sum up Nanbaka thusly: it is pretty much what would happen if you transformed the Looney Tunes into bishy anime twinks with FABULOUS hair and threw them into a ...
May 19, 2019
Mixed Feelings
This anime, for me, is the epitome of the 'well you had us in the first half' meme.

The tonal shift in the 6th episode gave me whiplash and made me feel like I had all of a sudden started watching a different anime.

At its best Nanbaka is a fun show about a group of lovable morons. The group dynamic was so fun to see and made me love all of the characters. At its worst it casts aside all of that for a much darker and more serious action type anime and in doing so loses all charm from the characters and any ...
Jan 30, 2017
Many have heard the old proverb, "If you chase two rabbits, you will not catch either one". By extension, the more rabbits one chases at once, the harder each is to catch. Nanbaka takes this a step further: it starts going after one rabbit, then gets distracted by a bird and later a fish. It unfortunately fails to catch any of them, but at least it looks cool trying.

At its core, Nanbaka is a zany, colourful gag comedy in a prison setting! ...Or is it an action shonen? No? A character drama? In practice, it frequently switches targets when it may have been wiser to ...

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