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Shin Ponpoko 4-Kyoudai (Kanji: 新ポンポコ4兄弟) is a TV anime aired from March 6th through May 22, 2020 on NHK.

The show is a sequel to the original Ponpoko 4-Kyoudai TV anime series.

SynopsisEdit

The series takes place 3 years after the original series, focusing on a 15 year old Maruo Moriyama, who is now in his final year of junior high school... without forgetting about his now 7 year old little brothers, of course!

CastEdit

  • Natsuki Hanae as Maruo Moriyama, the oldest of the brothers.
  • StylipS as Maruo's 3 little brothers:
    • Moe Toyota as Hiroshi Moriyama.
    • Arisa Noto as Fukuya Moriyama, a self-proclaimed "tough boy" who won't ever turn down a fight.
    • Miku Itō as Mitsuru Moriyama, the most naive of the brothers.
  • Kenta Miyake as the overweight father of the brothers.
  • Nako Eguchi as Nanako, a sweet female hamster and Maruo's love interest.
  • Toshihiko Seki as Kontaro, a fox who is Maruo's best friend at the school he attends.
  • Hisayo Mochizuki as Yuka Kanemitsu, a spoiled rich fox girl and classmate to Maruo.

Theme SongsEdit

OpeningEdit

  1. "Ponpoko Dance! (ポンポコダンス!)" by StylipS (eps. 1-4)
    Lyrics, Composition and Arrangement by Masaaki Tsurugi
  2. "CANDY CANDY" by Kyarypamyupamyu (ep. 5)
    Lyrics, Composition and Arrangement by Yasutaka Nakata
  3. "Oto no Kuni (音ノ国)" by Kyarypamyupamyu (eps. 6-11)
    Lyrics, Composition and Arrangement by Yasutaka Nakata

EndingEdit

  1. "Tanuki Synergy (たぬきシナジー)" by YMCK (eps. 1-4)
    Lyrics by Keisuke Nakashio
    Composition and Arrangement by Takeshi Yokemura
  2. "Girigiri Safe (ぎりぎりセーフ)" by Kyarypamyupamyu (ep. 5)
    Lyrics, Composition and Arrangement by Yasutaka Nakata
  3. "STAR" by MEG (eps. 6-11)
    Lyrics by MEG
    Composition and Arrangement by Yasutaka Nakata
  4. "Sayōnara Ichigo-chan (さようならいちごちゃん)" by Tokyo Heidi (ep. 12)
    Lyrics, Composition and Arrangement by Tomoko Sasaki

TriviaEdit

  • Shin Ponpoko 4-Kyoudai is Keiji Ishii's last ever work as an animation director, as he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer not long before production on the series started.
  • Unlike its predecessor, this series airs on NHK instead of Nippon Television. Producer Makihiko Tsuchiya explained that this is because after the original series ended in 2009, it had reruns on NHK Educational Television.
  • This series breaks the tradition of Studio XYZ's NHK anime having its key animation done by the Roboteam, instead being done by ETOGALS as their TV debut work.

See alsoEdit

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