In the war, a group of warriors called Ninku fought against the Imperial Army and almost annihilated it. But in the end, the Ninku lost and got shattered. After the war, the imperial army established themselves as the defender of the people with the help of propaganda. They also managed to get the people to think the Ninku were the villains and had started the war. Fusuke looks like a child but he is the former captain of the first Ninku division. His mother was taken during the war and after the Ninku were defeated, he goes on a journey to find her. On his journey he meets Aicho and Touji, both also former Ninku captains, and together they fight against the imperial army that tries to kill the last remaining Ninkus.
The ninku is a clan of extinct ninjas who command esoteric and powerful techniques, hence a lot of other groups are constantly trying to steal their techniques to take over the country. Their primary target is Fusuke, a weird looking kid but one of the most powerful Ninku ninja. Fusuke, together with other Ninku ninja with different specialties must fight those threat that caused the downfall of the Ninku clan.
In the glorious 90s, when Disney Afternoon and Cartoon Network were enjoying the peak of their existence, anime viewing was few and far between. However, when the newly launched AXN channel decided to put an hour block exclusively for anime, I couldn't help but take a peek.
As a result, Ninku came into my life. I'd venture so far as to say that Ninku (along with DBZ) introduced me to the world of anime. The story was never the show's strong suit. It's your average Hero's journey story.
The art and sound are fairly well done for their time. In particular the slightly western themed
battle music which I found to be pretty epic. The characters are mostly unidimensional, you have your headstrong brawler, the idiot kid who's actually the most powerful of the lot and the somewhat balanced and intelligent fighter who keeps the team together. Add an annoying woman with a heart of gold and a flatulent penguin with superhuman strength, and you've got yourself the team of Ninku.
The depiction of the fighting prowess of a Ninku fighter (especially the captains) is well executed. My only complaint would be that not all the Ninku captains are revealed. Even if they were killed, some background as to their whereabouts and their ultimate fate would have been appreciated. The side characters and villains are well balanced and keep the fighting and plot interesting (for the most part).
Given that this anime was shown in the mid-90s. It came at a time when shows like Flame of Recca and Yu Yu Hakusho dominated the fighting anime genre. But still the lovable characters and well-executed fight scenes helps this show hold its own against the heavyweights of it's time.
In case you didn't know, Ninku was one of my first anime ever seen on TV as a child and is not that bad to be honest, the Male protagonist, Fusuke does look like a kid but he has skill, enemies tremble when they realize he is the captain of the first division, also known as Ninku No. 1
By heart Fusuke is very kind and sweet and always fights to protect his friends and for the right cause, so you grow fond of Fusuke and the other characters very easily.
the fights are quite good, comedy is well timed and overall the anime wont be a
let down if seen.