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The Samurai Sentai is Eternal (侍戦隊永遠 Samurai Sentai Eien ni) is the forty-ninth and final episode of Samurai Sentai Shinkenger. It is the conclusion to Shinkenger's five-part endgame.
With the Sanzu River overflowing and Gedoshu rampaging through the human world, Takeru, his five retainers and allies must work together and use everything to finally put a stop to Dokoku and restore peace once again.
As the Shinkengers battle thousands of Nanashi Companymen, Dokoku decides to break the Shinkengers' fighting spirit. While Shinken Gold and the vassals hold off the Gedoshu forces, Shinken Red attempts to use the Shiba House Disk on Dokoku. But Dokoku resists and becomes enraged that they refuse to show weakness to him. He then leaves the battle to attack and kill Kaoru directly.
Jii arrives to hold off the Nanashi Company, allowing the Shinkengers to recover and defeat them. Leaving DaiGoyou with Jii, the Shinkengers chase after Dokoku. They encounter Tanba, who gives them another Shiba House Disk, which Kaoru risked her well being to create, along with his own Twin Disk. Shinken Red uses the Twin Disk to summon a second Rekka Daizantou, and the Shinkengers manage to overpower Dokoku as Shinken Blue uses the Shiba House Disk to deliver the deathblow.
Assuming his second life, an enlarged Dokoku overpowers the Shinkengers in Samuraihaoh. Under Takeru's guidance, Samuraihaoh charges Doukoku head-on, as he breaks off the Origami combinations until only Shinkenoh remains. Takeru takes the opportunity to tell the others that, no matter what happens, he is glad that he got to fight alongside them (a sentiment the vassals return). With a last grand push, the Shinkengers use all their Mojikara in one final attack, successfully destroying Dokoku for good. With Dokoku's demise, the Sanzu River withdraws from the mortal realm as Shitari goes down with the Rokumon Junk, ending the Ayakashi threat to Earth.
Later, after Kaoru leaves him with the task of continuing the Shiba House's fight against the Gedoshuu, Takeru bids farewell to his friends: Genta heads to Paris with DaiGoyou to make a name for himself in the cooking world; Kotoha returns home to Kyoto to take care of her sister; Chiaki leaves for college; Mako goes to live with her parents in Hawaii; and Ryunosuke resumes his kabuki career. As Ryunosuke gives his lord a parting dance, each of the Shinkengers exchange final words with Takeru before departing.
After the vassals have left, Takeru and Jii find the Shiba house feels a lot emptier than it did before. Takeru asks Jii if he is going to visit his granddaughter, but Jii tells Takeru he has something else in mind... he intends to help Takeru find a hobby outside of being a Samurai and suggests cooking classes, learning English or trying to play the guitar. Takeru isn't interested at the moment and heads outside the Shiba house thinking of his friends, as the narrator states that the Shinkengers will meet again...
- 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)
- Genta Umemori (梅盛 源太 Umemori Genta): Keisuke Sohma (相馬 圭祐 Sōma Keisuke)
- Kaoru Shiba (志葉 薫 Shiba Kaoru): Runa Natsui (夏居 瑠奈 Natsui Runa)
- Hikoma Kusakabe (日下部 彦馬 Kusakabe Hikoma): Gorou Ibuki (伊吹 吾郎 Ibuki Gorō)
- Toshizo Tanba (丹波歳三 Tanba Toshizō): Kazuyuki Matsuzawa (松澤 一之 Matsuzawa Kazuyuki)
- Secret Lantern Daigoyou (秘伝提灯ダイゴヨウ Hiden Chōchin Daigoyō, Voice): Kōichi Tōchika (遠近 孝一 Tōchika Kōichi)
- Dokoku Chimatsuri (血祭 ドウコク Chimatsuri Dōkoku, Voice): Rintarō Nishi (西 凛太朗 Nishi Rintarō)
- Shitari of the Bones (骨のシタリ Hone no Shitari, Voice): Chō (チョー)
- Shinken Red - Super, House of Shiba, Kyoutsuu (Rekka Daizantou), Double (Rekka Daizantou), Zen Samurai Gattai, Tora (Tora Origami), Hidden Shield
- Princess Shinken Red - N/A
- Shinken Blue - House of Shiba, Kajiki (Kajiki Origami), Hidden Shield
- Shinken Pink - Hidden Shield
- Shinken Green - Kabuto (Kabuto Origami), Hidden Shield
- Shinken Yellow - Hidden Shield
- Shinken Gold - Sushi (Sushi Changer), Ebi (Ebi Origami)
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- As part of Super Hero Time, this episode aired alongside Kamen Rider W episode 21, The T Returns/A Melody Not Intended for Women; starting the next week, Shinkenger was replaced in the block by Tensou Sentai Goseiger.
- Viewership: 5.5%
- Key Title Kanji: 侍 (Samurai; the same kanji as the first episode and the main theme of the series, this brings the story full circle to its conclusion).
- Promos for the next series, Tensou Sentai Goseiger, and the teamup movie, Samurai Sentai Shinkenger vs. Go-Onger: GinmakuBang!!, were shown at the end of the episode's original broadcast.
- Also, as is recent Sentai tradition of a "passing the torch" segment after the ending credits of the series finale: the red warrior of the series that has just ended (Shinken Red) interacts with the red warrior (Gosei Red) of the upcoming series.
- This is the first ending since the end of Flashman where the final scene is closing credits with a BGM instead of a song; however the credits here likewise had dialogue and not merely music.
Home video releases
- The third volume of the Samurai Sentai Shinkenger Blu-Ray Box Set comes with episodes 34-49, and will be released on June 13th 2014 at a cost of 20,790 yen.