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Shuriken School
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From left to right: Okuni, Eizan, Jimmy.
Created by Emilio Gallego
Jesùs Gallego
Developed by Pascal Morelli
Directed by Pascal Morelli
Starring Kimberly Brooks
Charlie Adler
Nathan Kress
Jessica DiCicco
Maurice LaMarche
Music by Hervé Lavandier
Country of origin Spain
France
Original language(s) Spanish
French
English
No. of episodes 26 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Marc du Pontavice
Producer(s) Marc du Pontavice
José Maria Castillejo
Running time 23 minutes
Production company(s) Xilam
Zinkia Entertainment
Release
Original network France 3 (France)
Jetix (Europe)
Original release August 20, 2006 (2006-08-20) – December 22, 2007 (2007-12-22)

Shuriken School is a French-Spanish animated series that first aired on August 20, 2006. It was produced by Xilam Animation and Zinkia Entertainment in association with France 3 and Jetix Europe.

Characters

  • Eizan Kaburagi is an only child, 10 years old, raised in an working-class family from Tokirohama. Eizan is intelligent, hardworking, and eager to learn. His sole aim since childhood has been to become a ninja and to avoid selling rice balls. His signature weapon is a green plastic ruler. He is clumsy, as shown in the episode "Phantom of the Kabuki".
  • Jimmy B. comes from a comfortable New York family, but pretends to be much more streetwise than his true origins. He spent all his time with his rap gang, developing a real talent for break-dancing. His parents, perplexed and fed up with their neighbors' comments, sent him to Tokirohama to stay with his aunt and uncle. Before coming to Shuriken, he went to Katana school, Shuriken's rival school, but was kicked out after a week. His weapon is a skateboard.
  • Okuni Dohan is the sole female member of the main group, and the most well-studied of them. She frequently cites examples from important lessons, and possesses great deductive skills and origami talent. There is also hinted rivalry between Okuni and Ami. Her primary weapon of choice is a jumprope.

Voice cast

  • Nathan Kress - Eizan, Jacques, Choki, Marcos
  • Charlie Adler - Vladimir, Principal of Shuriken, Tetsuo, Principal of Katana, Cleaning Lady
  • Jessica DiCicco - Okuni, Ami, Kita, Kimura Twins, Yota
  • Maurice LaMarche - Daisuke, Naginata, Kubo, Zumichito
  • Kimberly Brooks - Jimmy, Nobunaga, Bruce Chang

Episodes

# Episode Title Air Date Plot
1 The Winning Ninja August 20, 2006
2 Catnap Burglar August 28, 2006
3 Eizan's Shadow September 3, 2006
4 Vlad's Past September 10, 2006
5 Flip Flop of Fury September 17, 2006
6 Lousy Labyrinth September 24, 2006
7 An XXL Lie October 1, 2006
8 Kubo's Mystery October 8, 2006
9 The Demon and Mrs. Clean October 15, 2006
10 Cherry on the Cake October 22, 2006
11 Super Ninja October 29, 2006
12 Old School Ninjitsu November 5, 2006
13 Class Photo November 12, 2006
14 The Old Master November 19, 2006
15 Okuni for President November 26, 2006
16 Funny Chick March 14, 2007
17 The Lost Treasure March 21, 2007
18 Phantom of the Kabuki March 28, 2007
19 The Saber and Its Shadow April 4, 2007
20 Shuriken School Secrets April 11, 2007
21 The Big Illusion April 18, 2007
22 Pop Star for a Day April 25, 2007
23 The Master of Darkness May 2, 2007
24 Detective Mania May 9, 2007
25 Eyes Wide Shut May 23, 2007
26 Dirty Rice Balls May 30, 2007

Home video

In the United States, the entire series was released onto DVD on August 12, 2014 from Cinedigm.

Movie

An animated film, entitled Shuriken School: The Ninja's Secret (also known as The Ninja's Secret: A Shuriken School Adventure), has been produced by Xilam. It aired 22 December 2007 on Disney Channel Asia. In the US, it was released onto DVD on April 15, 2014 from Cinedigm.

Plot

"The plot of Shuriken: the Movie follows lead protagonists Eizan, Jimmy and Okuni during the summer holidays. The three friends soon engage an interesting albeit dangerous struggle for reputation, family, and a whole lot more when Eizan's dad is kidnapped by professional ninjas. Upon setting out to find and rescue Eizan's father, the kids must employ the skills and techniques they studied so fervently during their first year of ninja training. Things are difficult however, when they learn that the Jade Shuriken, an ancient symbol of extreme ninja power, threatens Eizan's dreams and potential to become a true ninja. A series of events unravel as Eizan strives to clear his name, realize his dreams and secure his place at Shuriken School."

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