Animal Ninja (Kanji: アニマル忍者) is a 1970 anime based on picture books written by Natsuoki Kawakura and illustrated by Ume Katsuya.

The anime, produced by Shinada-sha and aired on NHK, was the studio's first ever TV anime to air in full color. It was later remastered and redubbed into Kokontōzai Animal Ninja (Kanji: 古今東西アニマル忍者) as a tribute to Sadako Yamada, who voiced Kemonogumi, the main trio of the show.

Cast[edit | edit source]

Original[edit | edit source]

  • Sadako Yamada as Kemonogumi:
    • Kitsunemaru, a heroic and fun-loving fox.
    • Tanukimaru, a naive tanuki.
    • Sarumaru, a smart monkey.
  • Kei Tomiyama as Master Kurohyō, Kemonogumi's master.
  • Reiko Mutō as Sakura, Kitsunemaru's love interest.

Kokontōzai[edit | edit source]

  • Kemonogumi:
    • Keiko Toda as Kitsunemaru, a heroic and fun-loving fox.
    • Akiko Yajima as Tanukimaru, a naive tanuki.
    • Kaneta Kimotsuki as Sarumaru, a smart monkey.
  • Toshio Furukawa as Master Kurohyō, Kemonogumi's master.
  • Kotono Mitsuishi as Sakura, Kitsunemaru's love interest.

Theme Songs[edit | edit source]

Lyrics by Natsuoki Kawakura
Composition and Arrangement by Shunya Asano
Additional Arrangement by Waku Hoshino (Kokontōzai version)

Opening[edit | edit source]

  1. "Animal Ninja no Uta (アニマル忍者の唄)" by Sadako Yamada/Keiko Toda

Ending[edit | edit source]

  1. "Ninja no Kataomoi (忍者の片思い)" by Yōko Maekawa/Maho Sōma

See also[edit | edit source]

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