If Shinnosuke were a normal five-year-old boy living with his parents, sister, and dog, he could live the peaceful life of a preschool kid. As any little child, he can get naughty sometimes – though his way of doing that is quite specific. Allegedly, Shinnosuke is a changeling and the bearer of the secret ninja art of Mononoke meant to save the world. This is exactly why he is kidnapped and taken to a secret ninja village. He gets used to his ‘saviour’ role very quickly, and his typical undisciplined ways drive all the ninjas and the greedy patriarch of the village crazy. The boy’s parents, however, are ready to go to great lengths in order to get their naughty yet dearly loved son back. Never underestimate the stubborn dedication of parents or the fantasy of children. Together, they can save the world and experience a great adventure in the process.
Shinnosuke Nohara is a legendary five-year-old rascal who has been entertaining children and their parents in books and on TV screens since the early 1990s. Featured in more than 1,000 episodes and 30 full-length films, his stories have been seen across the globe. The fact that his humour is laced with Japanese puns does not diminish his global popularity. His somewhat childishly vulgar humour is inseparable from the Shinchan character – and maybe this is the reason why he is so popular with adult viewers too.
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