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Nintama Rantaro Anime's 30th Series Previewed in Promo Video

Mar 14, 2022 09:07 AM

NHK revealed a promotional video and theme song information on Monday for the 30th series in the Nintama Rantaro anime franchise. 11-member kids group Johnny's Jr. will perform both the opening theme song "Yūki 100%" (Bravery 100%) and the ending theme song "Kono Aozora wa Wasurenai" (I Won't Forget This Blue Sky).

Nintama Rantaro Anime's 30th Series Previewed in Promo Video

The anime will premiere on NHK Educational on April 4, kicking off a 30th anniversary celebration for the franchise.

Soubee Amako's original Rakudai Ninja Rantarō ninja gag manga centers around Rantarō, a ninja apprentice at an elite ninjutsu academy in historical Japan. As elementary students, Rantarō and his ninja-in-training friends are called "Nintama" — a contraction of the words "ninja" and "tamago" ("egg").

The manga inspired the Nintama Rantaro television anime in 1993, and NHK's E-tele channel is still airing the 10-minute anime every weekday, including the current 29th series. The manga also inspired two anime films and two live-action films. Takashi Miike directed the first live-action film.

Sources: NHK, Comic Natalie