Nintama Rantaro Gets New Anime Film Next March
posted on by Egan Loo
A feature-length film version of the ninja comedy television anime Nintama Rantaro has been green-lit for a March 2011 opening in Japan. Gekijō-ban Anime Nintama Rantaro Ninjutsu Gakuen Zenin Shutsudō! no Dan will open before next summer's live-action film remake that Takashi Miike (Yatterman, Crows Zero) is directing. The new anime film will retain the same voice cast as the original anime, and Masaya Fujimori, the character designer of the original anime, is directing the new effort. Tsutomu Shibayama, the director of 22 Doraemon films, is supervising the production.
The anime is based on Soubee Amako's Rakudai Ninja Rantarō ninja gag manga (Asahi Comics) about the adventures of Rantarō and other ninja apprentices at an elite ninjutsu academy. The story is set in Japan during the tumultuous Sengoku Jidai (Era of the Warring States). As first-graders, Rantarō and his ninja-in-training friends are called "Nintama" — a contraction of the words "ninja" and "tamago" ("egg").
The television anime adaptation premiered in 1993, and there was already an animated film made in 1996.