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Ninjutsu Gakuen

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    The Main Trio 

Rantarou Inadera

Voiced by: Minami Takayama

The protagonist of the series. Born into a low-ranked ninja family, he currently attends Ninjutsu Gakuen in order to become an Elite Ninja. While responsible and dedicated, he often goofs around or gets dragged by his friends' antics and gets into trouble along them. He is part of the Health Commitee and has inherited their bad luck strike as well. A good runner with swift feet and a talented artist to boot.
  • Affectionate Nickname: While not as often as the other way. Kirimaru calls him Ran-chan.
  • Blind Without 'Em: Played straight in the manga, where it's stated that he suffers from horrible astigmatism. The anime greatly tones that down, as his eyesight changes from poor to almost normal according the episode.
  • Boke and Tsukkomi Routine: Has one with Kirimaru, notable because they can exchange roles. Both are the Boke to Doi-sensei's Tsukkomi. Referenced in the last episode of the first season.
  • Combat Medic: He's training to be both a ninja and a healer.
  • Determinator: Even his favorite word is 'Effort'.
  • Fiery Redhead: Not helped by his manga incarnation.
  • Fragile Speedster: Very fast, 100 mtrs. in 10 seconds, not so durable.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Has a short fuse in the manga and earlier seasons.
  • Image Song: Nintama no Uta and Nintama Go Go Rakudai Song. Both with Kirimaru.
  • Meaningful Name: His name comes from the japanese word for astigmatism, Ranshi.
  • Pungeon Master: Very prone to this.
  • Red Is Heroic: Has auburn hair and is the main character.
  • Sequential Artist: His hobbie is drawing pictures of everything that surrounds him.

Kirimaru Settsuno

Voiced by: Mayumi Tanaka

The coprotagonist and Rantarou's best friend. He is an orphan, lost his parents during a war. Attends Ninjutsu Gakuen but most of the time he prefers to focus on his many part-time jobs. Miser and greedy, he doesn't do anything for nothing, and always is thinking of ways to earn money. He is often searching for dropped coins and goes into a rush if he sees or senses one. Part of the Library Commitee.
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Will drop anything he'd would be doing at the moment if he catches the glimpse or shine of a dropped coin or something similar.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Has black hair in the manga and first episodes of the anime, then it becomes indigo.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Rantarou often calls him Kiri-chan. At first, it was out of exasperation, later fully became this.
  • Boke and Tsukkomi Routine: Has one with Rantarou, he even used the classic paper fan. Both are the Boke to Doi-sensei's Tsukkomi. Referenced in the last episode of the first season.
  • Conveniently an Orphan
  • Cute Little Fangs: Has two of them, almost always appear during his money rushes, but he can also use them for attacking.
  • Fatal Flaw: His greed can be used by the enemies against his friends and allies.
  • Icy Blue Eyes: When drawn in a more realistic style, his eyes are cerulean, contrast with his aloofness.
  • Image Song: Nintama no Uta and Nintama Go Go Rakudai Song. Both with Rantarou.
  • Money Fetish: He likes to collect and count money.
  • New Job as the Plot Demands: Has many jobs and often the plot kicks off when he's performing.
  • Only in It for the Money: He'd do anything for a single coin, even things he stated that he won't do.
  • Parental Abandonment: His parents died in a war long ago.
  • Pungeon Master: Likes adding them to his speech.
  • The Scrooge: He suffers, even cries, at the thought of spending/wasting money.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: Does this to perform certain jobs, his skills are outstanding.
  • Wingding Eyes: His turns into coins, whenever money is mentioned or referenced.

Shinbei Fukutomi

Voiced by: Teiyu Ichiryuusai

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Shouzaemon Kuroki

Voiced by: Mami Matsui (S1-S11); Saori Higashi (S12-current)

Isuke Ninokuruwa

Voiced by: Chie Sato

Danzou Katou

Voiced by: Hiroko Emori

His family runs a carriage service using horses, making him an excellent rider, he shows an especial connection to said animals. Wears in a horse-strolling style, sleeves rolled up and without hakama. Rough, manly and with a very reliable disposition. Often gets into trouble while working in his family business. Part of the Accounting Committee.

Heidayuu Sasayama

Voiced by: Akiko Muta

Comes from a martial arts family, He joined Ninjutsu Gakuen to develop more intuition. Loves developing contraptions and setting traps, has an entire room filled with them under his bedroom, which is also full of them. Mischievous and stubborn, a bit cynical. Wants to become a teacher in Ninjutsu Gakuen. Belongs to the Etiquette Committee.

Sanjirou Yumesaki

Voiced by: Hiroko Emori

Kingo Minamoto

Voiced by: Kumiko Watanabe

Born into a samurai family, he enrolls late in Ninjutsu Gakuen following his father's advice. He is training to become a first-class swordsman, often obsessed over his training routine despite having notable skills. Straightforward and honest with a firm voice, can be very literal-minded sometimes. Part of the Physical Education Committee.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: In the manga, his bangs were blonde. The anime turned them brownish.
  • Disappeared Dad: Played with. His father faked his death in order to allow him become stronger.
  • Heroic RRoD: Is prone to this when he overdoes his training.
  • Kid Samurai: Comes from a samurai family.
  • The Klutz: In his debut episode. He had cornered the whole class and their teacher in the furo, ready to strike with his sword, then he steps on a soap bar and gets knocked out after slipping and clashing with a wall.
  • Literal-Minded: Not so often, but has his moments.
  • Meaningful Name: He's named after Minamoto no Yoriie's posthumous name.
  • Odd Friendship: With Ibuki, from the Dokutama.
  • Only Sane Man: Tries to play this role among his committee's members.
  • Samurai in Ninja Town: Due to his heritage and studying in a Ninja Academy.
  • Weapon of Choice: A bokken. In his debut he had a real katana.
  • You Killed My Father: His debut episode revolves about him searching for his father's murderer.

Kisanta Yamamura

Voiced by: Tomiko Suzuki (S1-S11); Saori Sugimoto (S12-current)

Torawaka Satake

Voiced by: Yuko Kobayashi

     Other First Year Classes 

Denshichi Kurokado

Voiced by: Yuko Sato

Sakichi Ningyou

Voiced by: Kikumi Umeda

Hikoshirou Imafuku

Voiced by: Mitsuki Saiga

Ippei Kaminoshima

Voiced by: Komatsuna Sakato

Fushikizou Tsurumachi

Voiced by: Mayumi Oota (S11); Touko Aoyama (S12-S16); Komatsuna Sakato (S16-current)

Heita Shimosakabe

Voiced by: Kumiko Watanabe (S10-S16); Sayuri Yoshida (S16-current)

Magojirou Hatsushima

Voiced by: Junko Shimakata

Ayakashimaru Ninotsubo

Voiced by: Chie Sato

     Second Years 

Saburouji Ikeda

Voiced by: Urara Takano (S1-S6); Fuuko Shinomiya (S6-current)

A Second Year from I-Class. Born into a fishermen family, making him excellent at swimming and water combat techniques. Likes to tease and prank the First Years, often going so far, which has made them to dislike and consider him the worst senpai. Despite that he can be kind and supportive to them, sometimes. Part of the Explosives Commitee.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Has brown hair in the manga, olive in the anime.
  • Brutal Honesty: He often speaks without filter and says too much.
  • The Gadfly: His pranks are often found funny, by others than the victim.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Sometimes he tries to be a good senpai and help his juniors, not without picking on them.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: He loses his cool quickly when ignored.
  • I Just Want to Be Loved: Gaining his juniors appreciation is a main goal of his.
  • Innocently Insensitive: A few times he doesn't realize that he's hurting others.
  • It Amused Me: Most of his pranks are for his own fun.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite his pranks towards the main trio. He's fond of them.
  • Nice Guy: Strangely when he's not pulling pranks on the first years, he's this.
  • Practical Jokes: Has many in his arsenal.
  • The Prankster: It's the resident one in this campus.
  • Troll: What his victims think he is.
  • Troubled, but Cute: He often hides his worries about his juniors disliking him beneath his trolling attitude.
  • We Want Our Jerk Back: The main trio prefer him teasing them than being downright nice.
  • When He Smiles: He claims not knowing how to smile and sometimes tries to practise how to fake one, looking weird in the process. But when it comes naturally, it makes him look adorable and others like him better.
  • Yellow Eyes of Sneakiness: When drawn in a more realistic style, his eyes are shown to be golden. Adding his pranking tendencies.

Kyuusaku Nose

Voiced by: Atsuko Mine (S1); Ai Sato (S2-S8); Jin Domon (S8-current)

Sakon Kawanishi

Voiced by: Yasuhiro Takato (S3,5,6,12); Urarako Suzuki (S9,13); Yukiko Amada (S16-current)

Shirobei Tokitomo

Voiced by: Kokoro Kikuchi

     Third Years 

Magohei Igasaki

Voiced by: Hiro Yuki (S1-S3); Isshin Chiba (S3-current)

Samon Kanzaki

Voiced by: Kouki Miyata

Sakubei Tomatsu

Voiced by: Touko Aoyama

Sannosuke Tsugiya

Voiced by: Mari Maruta

Tounai Urakaze

Voiced by: Sumomo Momomori

Kazuma Santanda

Voiced by: Hiro Shimono

     Fourth Years 

Takiyashamaru Tairano

Voiced by: Wataru Takagi

Mikiemon Tamura

Voiced by: Shinobu Adachi

Kihachirou Ayabe

Voiced by: Akira Ishida

Takamaru Saitou

Voiced by: Daisuke Namikawa

Shuichirou Hama

Voiced by: Yuuki Kaji

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     Fifth Years 

Raizou Fuwa

Voiced by: Junichi Kanemaru

Saburou Hachiya

Voiced by: Takumi Yamazaki

Heisuke Kukuchi

Voiced by: Toshimitsu Oda

Hachizaemon Takeya

Voiced by: Ryuichi Azuma

Kanemon Ohama

Voiced by: Shigeru Shibuya

     Sixth Years 

Monjirou Shioe

Voiced by: Ken Narita

Senzou Tachibana

Voiced by: Soichiro Hoshi

Chouji Nakazaike

Voiced by: Shigeru Shibuya

Koheita Nanamatsu

Voiced by: Nobutoshi Canna

Isaku Zenpouji

Voiced by: Ryotaro Okiayu

Tomesaburou Kema

Voiced by: Chihiro Suzuki

     Kunoichi Class 

Yuki

Voiced by: Mariko Kouda (S1,S9-current); Sakura Tange (S2-S8)

Tomomi

Voiced by: Hiroko Emori

Shige

Voiced by: Akiko Muta

     Teachers 

Hansuke Doi

Voiced by: Toshihiko Seki

Denzou Yamada

Voiced by: Chikao Ohtsuka (S1-S23); Akio Ohtsuka (S23-current)

Natsunojou Andou

Voiced by: Kan Tokumaru (S1-S18); Mitsuru Ogata (S18-current)

Taitsu Atsugi

Voiced by: Hiroshi Naka (S1); Toshihiko Nakajima (S7-current)

Kagemaro Shadou

Voiced by: Kiyonobu Suzuki

Bokuo Hinata

Voiced by: Toshihiko Nakajima

Yuuzou Nomura

Voiced by: Keiji Fujiwara

Yorozu Matsuchiyo

Voiced by: Taro Arakawa (S7-S20); Masashi Hirose (S21-current)

Tetsumaru Kinoshita

Voiced by: Kouji Ishii

Shina Yamamoto

Voiced by: Yuko Kobayashi; Masako Katsuki (First Movie)

Shinzaemon Tobe

Voiced by: Hirohiko Kakegawa

     Staff 

Gakuenchou

Voiced by: Mahito Tsujimura (S1-S20); Jin Urayama (S21-current)

Hemu Hemu

Voiced by: Ginzou Matsuo (S1-S9); Bin Shimada (S10-current)

Shuusaku Komatsuda

Voiced by: Takumi Yamazaki

Shokudou no Obachan

Voiced by: Seiko Tomoe

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Supporting Cast

Rikichi Yamada

Voiced by: Kousuke Okano

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