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