|This article is about a/an episode in Samurai Sentai Shinkenger.|
The Gallant Appearance of the Five Samurai (伊達姿五侍 Date Sugata Go Samurai) is the first episode of Samurai Sentai Shinkenger.
When the Gedoshu are revived and begin to attack the mortal realm, Takeru Shiba of the Shiba House takes arms to fight them as Shinken Red. After defeating a company of Nanashi, Takeru becomes annoyed when his retainer, Hikoma Kusakabe, affectionately called "Jii", implores him to find his four vassals to fight alongside him, instead of fighting on his own.
Meanwhile, on the Sanzu River, Dokoku finally awakens, and upon learning that the Shinkengers still exist, becomes enraged and sends the Akayashi Kagekamuro to attack the humans with an army of Nanashi. Against Takeru's wishes, Jii summons the vassals: kabuki actor Ryunosuke Ikenami, kindergarten teacher Mako Shiraishi, carefree Chiaki Tani, and kind Kotoha Hanaori. Upon meeting the four, Takeru gives each one a chance to back out of his service, and when all four of them decline, he gives each one a ShodoPhone. Takeru, Ryunosuke, Chiaki, Mako, and Kotoha then take on Kagekamuro and his numerous Nanashi. Shinken Red slays Kagekamuro, but in spite of that, he tells his vassals to remain on their guard. Sure enough, the Ayakashi is reborn as a giant, so the Shinkengers enlarge their Origami to confront and destroy him. After the battle, Jii arrives to bring everyone to the Shiba House.
- Takeru Shiba (志葉 丈瑠 Shiba Takeru): Tori Matsuzaka (松坂 桃李 Matsuzaka Tōri)
- Ryunosuke Ikenami (池波 流ノ介 Ikenami Ryūnosuke): Hiroki Aiba (相葉 裕樹 Aiba Hiroki)
- Mako Shiraishi (白石 茉子 Shiraishi Mako): Rin Takanashi (高梨 臨 Takanashi Rin)
- Chiaki Tani (谷 千明 Tani Chiaki): Shogo Suzuki (鈴木 勝吾 Suzuki Shōgo)
- Kotoha Hanaori (花織 ことは Hanaori Kotoha): Suzuka Morita (森田 涼花 Morita Suzuka)
- Hikoma Kusakabe (日下部 彦馬 Kusakabe Hikoma): Gorou Ibuki (伊吹 吾郎 Ibuki Gorō)
- Dokoku Chimatsuri (血祭 ドウコク Chimatsuri Dōkoku, Voice): Rintarō Nishi (西 凛太朗 Nishi Rintarō)
- Dayu Usukawa (薄皮 太夫 Usukawa Dayū, Voice): Romi Park (朴 璐美 Paku Romi)
- Shitari of the Bones (骨のシタリ Hone no Shitari, Voice): Chō (チョー)
- Kagekamuro (カゲカムロ Voice): Nobuo Tobita (飛田展男 Tobita Nobuo)
- Takeru's father: Kanji Tsuda (津田 寛治 Tsuda Kanji)
- Ryuzaburo Ikenami (池波 流三郎 Ikenami Ryūzaburō): Ryo Kamon (加門 良 Kamon Ryō)
- Boy: Seigo Agatsuma (上妻成吾 Agatsuma Seigo)
- Kabuki: Kai Hananomoto (花ノ本 海 Hananomoto Kai)
- Shinken Red - Shishi (Shinkenmaru), Kyoutsuu (Rekka Daizantou), Shishi (Rekka Daizantou), Hidden Shield (Shishi Origami)
- Shinken Blue - Kyoutsuu (Water Arrow), Ryuu (Water Arrow), Hidden Shield (Ryuu Origami)
- Shinken Pink - Kyoutsuu (Heaven Fan), Kame (Heaven Fan), Hidden Shield (Kame Origami)
- Shinken Green - Kyoutsuu (Wood Spear), Kuma (Wood Spear), Hidden Shield (Kuma Origami)
- Shinken Yellow - Kyoutsuu (Land Slicer), Saru (Land Slicer), Hidden Shield (Saru Origami)
- As part of Super Hero Time, this episode aired alongside Kamen Rider Decade episode 4, Second Movement ♬ Prince Kiva.
- Viewership: 5.6%
- Key Title Kanji: 侍 (Samurai)
- Ryunosuke's misassumption that the head of the Shiba Clan was female when first attempting to meet Takeru (in actuality Mako) might be foreshadowing a certain person.
- On August 6, 2010, TV Asahi aired special editions of episodes 1 and 2 of Shinkenger with some previously unseen footage cut from the original airing of the two episodes, referring to these two episodes as "Special Versions" (特別版 Tokubetsuban).
- Similarly, "Special Versions" of the last two episodes of Kamen Rider Decade previously aired on May 2nd and May 9th.
- A catch-up of the first twelve episodes of Samurai Sentai Shinkenger was aired as part of the Super Hero Max 2012 special event on TV Asahi. 
Home video releases
- The first volume of the Samurai Sentai Shinkenger Blu-Ray Box Set comes with the show's first 16 episodes, as well as the director's cut of the first two episodes, and was released on February 7th 2014 at a cost of 20,790 yen.
Samurai Sentai Shinkenger DVD Volume 1 features episodes 1-4: Act 1: The Gallant Appearance of the Five Samurai, Act 2: The Stylish Combination, Act 3: An Extermination Skill Contest and Act 4: Nightly Tears of Sympathy.
- ↑ 侍戦隊シンケンジャー 第一・二幕 特別版｜東映［テレビ］. Retrieved on 2010-07-04.
- ↑ http://www.jefusion.com/2012/07/super-hero-max-2012-to-air-this-august.html