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Series cast summary:
Takumi Tsutsui ...
 Jiraiya / ... (7 episodes, 1988-1989)
Megumi Sekiguti ...
 Kei Yamaji (7 episodes, 1988-1989)
Takumi Hashimoto ...
 Manabu Yamashi (7 episodes, 1988-1989)
Masaaki Hatsumi ...
 Tetsuzan Yamaji (7 episodes, 1988-1989)
Issei Hirota ...
 Ryu Asuka (7 episodes, 1988-1989)
Hiromi Nohara ...
 Benikiba (7 episodes, 1988-1989)
Tomoko Taya ...
 Reiha Yagyu (5 episodes, 1988)


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Release Date:

24 January 1988 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Jiraiya, O Incrível Ninja  »

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Followed by Tokusô Robo Janpâson (1993) See more »


Ending theme
Performed by Akira Kushida
Lyrics by Keisuke Yamakawa
Music by Kisaburô Suzuki
Arrangement by Osamu Totsuka
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Japan Makes Cool Shows
5 March 2016 | by (Allentown, PA) – See all my reviews

It seems apparent that many Americans do not know about this show. Maybe Americans who have lived in Brazil, especially like 25-years ago when this TV show aired. Or, Americans who lived in Japan when this TV show was on T.V. Also, Americans who are studying Japanese TV shows, as this falls under the Metal Heroes category. I'm not too familiar with many other Metal Heroes shows besides this one. Watching this T.V. show will remind lots of Americans of a T.V. show we are more familiar with, which is the Power Rangers. While Power Rangers has an American cast, the action scenes were Japanese. So, we see similar action.

You can watch this TV show from 1988, and seriously not believe that it is almost 30-years old. It will take us back to a simpler time in the late 1980s. This show is different than live action TV shows we'd watch in America from that same era. Jiraiya takes us back to late '80s Japan, so we will see '80s clothes, hear '80s music, along with '80s lifestyle in Japan. Despite how the fashion has changed, it most likely will not look that old because while this show is before the internet era, it will still show technology that is impressive today nearly 30-years later, and an entertaining action plot that is timeless with sword fighting, martial arts, and ninja action.

What also makes this show entertaining, is how it is a family friendly TV show. The show involves a united family, the Yamajis. The main character: Toha/Jiraiya, the father Tetzuzan, the teenage sister Kei/Emiha, and the kid Manabu. A family of ninjas and Martial Artists who protect the treasured map leading to Pako from the evil Sorcerers Clan. There are also many other ninjas and characters who appear on the show. It's very cool to see an '80s Japanese family lifestyle along with how they work together to solve problems, and lessons we can learn from the TV show with ninja action.

While this TV show is Japanese, it most likely is better known in Brazil. If you look up this show on YouTube, the music you hear will be Japanese but most, if not all the footage from the show will be dubbed into Portuguese, and most of the comments will be from Brazilians who talk about missing the time when they were kids and this show aired. I'm not Brazilian, but I have a Brazilian friend who showed me episodes from this show back in 2008. I don't understand everything in Portuguese, but from the day I saw this show I was flabbergasted at the action and interesting story of Japanese ninjas in Modern Day Japan.

Another cool thing about this show, which happens in a lot of Japanese TV shows including Dragon Ball Z. I'm sure you'll like the music in the TV show. Rather than just background music, it has songs written just for the show you hear during certain scenes. So good action, with good music. Most American shows won't have songs written just for scenes that aren't openings.

Anyway, even if you don't understand Portuguese or Japanese, I'm sure if you look at this show online, you will be amazed at how entertaining a Japanese TV show from the '80s is!! I feel like Japan has the best ideas for action shows, more than any other country, and has more relatable plots. I wish this show came out in the U.S. like it did in Brazil, or had DVDs released with English subtitles like they did with Zyuranger. It most likely never will, but I feel lucky to be one of the few Americans that knows about this show!!

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