Adventures of Shintaro the Samurai travelling 18th century Japan with his trusted companion Tombei, battling the enemies of the Shogun and the dreaded Koga Ninjas.
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 Shintaro Akikusa (91 episodes, 1962-1965)
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Adventures of Shintaro the Samurai travelling 18th century Japan with his trusted companion Tombei, battling the enemies of the Shogun and the dreaded Koga Ninjas.

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7 October 1962 (Japan)  »

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In Shintaro's live performances in Sydney and Melbourne, the show featured a typical Samurai storyline. Done on a central stage, Shintaro had to escort a Princess to Edo (Tokyo) running the gauntlet of the evil Koga Ninjas. They would leap on stage assisted by discreetly placed trampolines offstage which permitted their entrance to emulate the ninja skill of leaping from high vantage points into the fray. As Shintaro despatched them, they'd roll offstage to fight again. See more »

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Referenced in Shintaro! The Samurai Sensation That Swept a Nation (2009) See more »

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Adventure and action in different scenario.
3 January 2005 | by (Canberra, Australia) – See all my reviews

I quickly grew to like this series because of its unfamiliar story lines, unusual fighting style and background settings. In particular, the outdoor scenery set it apart from children's shows of the period imported from Western sources which often relied on cardboard backscenes. Just have a look at the first two seasons of Dr Who, for example, which were made in 1963-65.

The serialised presentation of the stories raised my enthusiasm to view each successive episode, wondering how the cliff-hangers would work themselves out, bearing in mind the cultural differences. It was quite surprising to see how the problems were solved! As it was screened in my years of transition between secondary school, entry into the workforce and marriage, I could not view every episode when originally shown four decades ago. So, as I embark upon watching the DVDs, I feel a strong sense of nostalgia. I'm sure that many others who, like me, grew up in Sydney during the 1960s, would feel the same way.


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