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Series / Inai Inai Baa!

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Wan-Wan, U-tan and the 2015-2019 onee-san Yuki.

Inai Inai Baa! is a Japanese children's show. It premiered on the NHK on April 1, 1996, and has been running since. In North America, the show airs on NHK's international feed, TV Japan. It's also available on Netflix.

Inai Inai Baa! is an educational series starring Wanwan the anthropomorphic dog and a female child host known as Onee-san, or "big sister". A character named U-tan was introduced later on in the series. The show is a children's sing-along show in the same vein as Barney & Friends.

If you're wondering, the show's title basically means "peek-a-boo" in Japanese. In fact, the aforementioned Netflix release, as well as the TV Japan website, both rename the show Peek-a-Boo.

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Inai Inai Baa! provides examples of:

  • Amazing Technicolor Wildlife: The otherwise white-furred Wanwan has green fur on his ears, arms, feet, and tail. Not really that common of a color scheme for dogs.
  • Animate Inanimate Object: Some of U-tan's friends are a toy box, a superhero toothbrush, a pink blanket, a tissue box girl, a potty chair and a toilet king.
  • Excited Show Title!
  • Fake Interactivity: One of the recurring segments on the show featured an animated caterpillar named Mushimushi-kun who often "interacted" with the children watching. For example, in one segment, he offered the viewers a drink by holding his opened can of juice up to the screen for them to drink out of, and in another segment he played catch with the viewers using a balloon.
  • Funny Animal: Wanwan is an anthropomorphic dog.
  • Long Runner: It premiered in 1996 and is still going.
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  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: U-tan is a cute little humanoid... something with a big head, big eyes, and little rattles on his head.


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