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ニヘイ Nihei
Nihei in the anime
Gender Male
Hometown Ninja Village
Region Kalos
Relatives Ippei and Sanpei (brothers)
Trainer class Trainer
Anime debut A Rush of Ninja Wisdom!
English voice actor David Errigo
Japanese voice actor Yuka Nishigaki

Nihei (Japanese: ニヘイ Nihei) is a recurring character in the Pokémon anime. He is the younger brother of Ippei and the older brother of Sanpei and hails from Ninja Village. Nihei is the second strongest of the village, only behind Ippei.


Nihei and his brothers

Nihei was first mentioned by Sanpei in A Rush of Ninja Wisdom!, and was seen only in a fantasy.

Nihei physically debuted in The Legend of the Ninja Hero!, where he was making preparations for the festival. He then welcomed Sanpei, when he returned to the village, accompanied by Ash and his his friends. He then had Pokémon battle with Sanpei and managed to win rather easily.

Later, he and Ippei met Sanpei, Ash, and his friends in the temple dedicated to the village's heroes, where Ippei told them about the legend of the Pokémon that had protected the village once, when a battle between ninjas took place, and showed them the leader of the heroes, a Greninja.

When the village was attacked by a ninja army, Nihei and Ippei sent Sanpei, went to face them. After discovering that Hanzo, the village's chief, had been captured, Nihei joined the others to hear Saizo tell about Kagetomo. After discovering Hanzo's location, Otori Mountain, everyone decide to head there and save him.

Upon arriving at Otori Mountain, the group got attacked by Heidayu and the ninja army. Nihei used his Venusaur to battle the ninja army, alongside Serena, Clemont and Shinobu. They eventually managed beat them, while Ippei defeated Kagetomo and saved Hanzo.

The day after the village's festival, Nihei said goodbye to Ash and his friends. After their departure he informed Ippei and Hanzo about the mysterious power of Ash's Greninja he had witnessed.


This is listing of Nihei's Pokémon in anime.

Nihei's Venusaur
Venusaur is Nihei's only known Pokémon. Together, they are the second-strongest team from Ninja Village.

Venusaur first appeared in A Rush of Ninja Wisdom!, albeit only in a fantasy. He made his first physical appearance in The Legend of the Ninja Hero!, where he was used in a battle against Sanpei's Greninja. Using his vines to block incoming attacks and his ninja techniques, Venusaur was able to best Greninja and ultimately defeat it with a super-effective Solar Beam. Later, he was sent out again to face the ninja army's Skarmory. In the next episode, Venusaur was used to battle the ninja army's Pokémon and defeated a Gengar with Solar Beam.

Venusaur's known moves are Double Team*, Vine Whip, Razor Leaf, Petal Blizzard, and Solar Beam.

Debut A Rush of Ninja Wisdom!
Voice actors
Japanese Kenta Miyake
English Justin Anselmi

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 西墻由香 Yuka Nishigaki
English David Errigo
Finnish Ilkka Villi
Brazilian Portuguese Eduardo Drummond
Spanish Latin America Dalí González
Spain Javier Balas


  • The names of Ippei, Nihei and Sanpei are a play on the Japanese words for one, two, and three: "ichi" (一), "ni" (二) and "san" (三).

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