- Listed under "L": Nil Admirari no Tenbin, aka. Libra of Nil Admirari
- Listed under "S": Nanatsu no Taizai: Imashime no Fukkatsu, aka. The Seven Deadly Sins: Revival of The Commandments
- Listed under "S": Nanatsu no Bitoku, aka. The Seven Heavenly Virtues
- It's a movie: Natsume Yuujinchou Movie: Utsusemi ni Musubu
- It's a movie: Ninja Batman
- It's a movie: Non Non Biyori: Vacation
- Neko Neko Nihonshi
- Meow Meow Japanese History
- Season 2
- Episode 57 (chosen pretty much at random)
- 9 minutes
- Keep watching: no
- One-line summary: Japanese history where everyone's a cat (or occasionally a monkey)
I've never been a fan of this show, to be honest. There's nothing wrong with it, but it's just a light-hearted retelling of Japanese history with everyone as an animal. Right before the battle of Sekigahara, for instance, someone's going to get taken hostage... but this fails because everyone's frightened of some bottled water. Apparently this is because they're cats. I don't get it, but I also don't care enough to be bothered.
Some Christians show up, singing "Jingle Bells" and wearing Christmas hats. This is light and amusing, although as it happens I already knew that they're about to have lots of anti-fun over the next few decades. (Torture, crucifixion, etc.)
I think enjoying this show would demand a closer familiarity than I have with Japanese history. Having grown up and gone to school in Japan would help. The show also doesn't really have a plot, instead just skipping semi-randomly from joke to joke. (I'm using a generous definition of "joke", of course.) It's sort of okay. I don't mind watching the odd episode every now and then, but even nine minutes of this show is pushing it.
- Ninja Girl & Samurai Master: Anegawa and Ishiyama Arc
- Nobunaga no Shinobi: Anegawa Ishiyama-hen
- Season 3
- Episodes: 26 x 4 minutes
- Keep watching: yes
- One-line summary: comedy historical
- I've since finished it and... it's better than it looks. Funny, educational and even not a bad historical epic.
The episode's nothing particularly special, but:
(a) It's directed by Akitaro Daichi
(b) I enjoyed the first two seasons
This week, Chidori and Nobunaga want to attack a castle. The tone is light and the characters are amusing, but this is all preparation for a battle and lots of samurai are going to die. Well, they're only samurai. If I knew the historical period better, the jokes would probably be funnier... but it was still okay.
- Nintama Rantarou
- Ninjaboy Rantaro
- Ninja Kids!!!
- Episode 2000-ish (every week since it started in 1993)
- Keep watching: no
- One-line summary: small children at ninja school
It's NHK E-Tele's longest-running TV series and a kiddie show. If you're an adult, it's sort of okay.
This episode had a badass (ahem) bandit getting scared of his own reflection in a river. He's the leader of a very small bandit gang based in a house so tumbledown that if it were a castle, you'd call it "ruined". Rantarou's friends follow them home, hide in the roof and see them making some stew for dinner, so the fat friend (Fukutomi) drools through a hole in the ceiling and the bandits think they're under attack from bandit-eating demons.
Natsuki enjoys it and we have some episodes on DVD. He watches them. The show's pretty good at what it does and obviously a long-running mega-hit, but it doesn't work as well as Ojarumaru if you're a parent rather than a small child. (That might explain a few things about the bad Takashi Miike film, actually. I simply wasn't the target audience.) I don't mind it, but I wouldn't go out of my way to watch it either.