Doubutsu Sentai Zyuohger vs. Ninninger: Message from the Future from Super Sentai (劇場版 動物戦隊ジュウオウジャーVSニンニンジャー未来からのメッセージfromスーパー戦隊,Gekijō-ban Dōbutsu Sentai Jūōjā tai Ninninjā Mirai kara no Messēji Furomu Sūpā Sentai) is the title for the VS team-up movie between Doubutsu Sentai Zyuohger and Shuriken Sentai Ninninger. The film premiered in Japanese theaters on January 14, 2017.
As it has been standard for the past seven VS movies, the protagonists of Uchu Sentai Kyuranger make their debut in this movie. The film was released on DVD and Blu-Ray on March 22, 2017
The chronology of Super Sentai may, at last, be at an end. A boy has arrived from the future to save the Earth from catastrophe. Yamato and his team are not aware that they are part of the enemy's plans. The Ninningers, who once protected Earth, have returned! And this time, they believe the Zyuohger are Yokai monsters! This battle will be the end of both teams. Will the message of the future boy get to Yamato in time? An unbelievable roll call that brings together all the Rangers of the Super Sentai! In 2017 the battle of all battles begins!"
The film opens on a crimson lens filtered scene of a boy running and seeing the dead bodies of the Zyuohgers and the Ninningers on a burning battlefield. The boy laments he is too late and that the history of Super Sentai will end.
Jumping back to the present time of the film, the Zyuohgers are enjoying some camping as the Zyuman members of the team play while Yamato is flustered that no one will help him set up the camp site. An observer is watching them from the shadows and Yamato tries to call Misao, but oddly finds that his cell phone isn't working despite being in range of a signal earlier. Misao is carrying homemade food and is going to meet up with his friends until he suddenly gets knocked over by a young boy wearing ninja garb, whom after apologizing to Misao, races off. Misao gets depressed the food he worked so hard on preparing is now ruined and lying on the ground.
The others are preparing to cook on a campfire, but then sense the presence of and are then attacked by the Ninningers. The Zyuman are confused as they do not know why they are being attacked or even what a ninja is. The Ninningers think the Zyuohgers are evil Youkai and must be destroyed and get ready to fight them. Yamato tries to deescalate the situation by telling his teammates to assume their human guises, thinking this is all a misunderstanding, but this fails as the Ninningers believe the Zyuohgers are trying to deceive them and transform. The Zyuohgers recognize them as a Super Sentai team and are still confused as to why they are attacking them, but transform to defend themselves.
AkaNinger and Zyuoh Eagle engage in an aerial battle, while the other Sentai team members clash with each other on the ground using their various abilities. Yamato changes into Zyuoh Whale when the other Zyuohgers get pushed back and fires the Whale Change Gun, though he makes it a point not to hit the Ninningers directly. The blast knocks the Ninningers back and the Zyuohgers use this opportunity to retreat. This does not help their case of being innocent however, as the Ninningers are more determined to stop them and summon Shurikenjin to block their escape. The Zyuohgers summon Zyuoh King and Zyuoh Wild to fight Shurikenjin, but the Ninninger's experience in combat and various tactics overwhelm the two robots, such as using Shinobimaru's agility and Shurikenjin UFO. After the Zyuohgers finish combining the Zyuoh Cubes into Wild Zyuoh King, the two teams end up in a beam attack duel when the two robot's finishers collide. The resulting explosion from the colliding energy attacks critically damages both robots and both teams get knocked out of the cockpits and un-transform.
Takaharu, being stubborn, continues to try to attack Yamato despite the latter wanting to talk things over. Yamato tries to run away when Takaharu won't listen, only to be pursued by the teleporting ninja. Meanwhile, Misao is wandering around depressed about the destroyed boxed lunches and finds the campsite abandoned upon arriving. The other Ninningers are returning home and Fuuka cannot contact Takaharu on her cell phone and Nagi can't seem to call Kinji. A creature called Runrun emerges from hiding and asks if the team has slain the Zyuohgers, to which they say no. Runrun cries as it is afraid of the Zyuohgers as he claims they had wiped out his entire race. Kasumi and Yakumo are skeptical as the Zyuohgers didn't seem like the kind of hostile savages he speaks of. RunRun says that is their way of tricking them and the Zyuohgers are a "fake Super Sentai" and cries even more. Yakumo thinks they need a strategy as there are six Rangers on the Zyuohger team and they only have five at the moment.
At a park near a noodle cart, Tusk tries to call Yamato but his Zyuoh Changer is also unable to send calls. The Zyumen are again confused as to why "ninjas" would attack them and wonder again what a ninja even is. The owner of the noodle cart is revealed to be none other than Kinji, who enthusiastically wants to explain about ninjas to them after showing off his skills, much to the surprise of the four.
Yamato is fleeing from Takaharu near a playground, when the latter finally manages to capture his prey and try to "unmask" the Youkai he believes Yamato is. The boy from earlier calls out for Takaharu to stop, calling him "Dad". This confuses and shocks Takaharu, with Yamato baffled as well.
Back at Mr. Mori's house, Mario is cosplaying as a frog while making a frog wood sculpture. KiNinger and ShiroNinger sneak in to spy on him to see if the "Youkai" are there, but Mario seemingly detects their presence and throws whittling knives like shuriken at them. The two Ninningers vanish before they are spotted and Mario thinks what he thought were robbers was just his imagination. KiNinger and ShiroNinger then see Misao return and abduct him upon learning he was headed for the campsite where the Zyuohgers were during their battle. Once outside and meeting up with AoNinger and MomoNinger, Misao recognizes them as a Super Sentai team based on their colors. ShiroNinger accidentally puts Misao in a depressed state again by saying they are the "real" Super Sentai. Kasumi deals with this by knocking him out and suggesting they take him back to the dojo for questioning. Runrun comes by and uses vines to bind the unconscious Misao and gag him to prevent him from screaming for help when he wakes up.
Back at the park, Yamato learns the boy's name is Yoshiharu Igasaki and he is from the future. Takaharu readily accepts this but Yamato is skeptical, Yoshiharu explains he used Igasaki Ninpou: Time Warp no Jitsu to arrive in 2017. This causes Yamato to nearly faint as he is dumbfounded by how little sense that makes. Takaharu asks his son what he is like in the future, but Yoshiharu depressingly says Takaharu died and will die tomorrow along with the Zyuohgers and the rest of the Ninningers if he doesn't change the past.
As dusk falls, Kinji finishes explaining what ninjas are to the Zyumen: spies that work to fight for justice. Cube Rhino races toward them carrying a letter and a photo of Misao captured from the Ninningers issuing a demand they come to a gym to fight. Sela is fed up with the Ninningers as they are the ones acting like villains, which confuses Kinji as he is a Ninninger. Kinji transforms into StarNinger to try and explain things but gets tackled and captured by the paranoid foursome who think he is trying to attack them.
Back at Mr. Mori's home, Yoshiharu explains that the Ninningers were tricked by an evil being into destroying the Zyuohgers and the resulting conflict killed both teams and ended the legacy of Super Sentai. This means that 12 years into the future, Earth has no Super Sentai teams left as they were wiped out one by one by this evil force. Yoshiharu says that he wishes to be the next AkaNinger to protect his world like his father and grandfather did, so he came to the past so Super Sentai can exist into his time. Realizing Runrun tricked him, Takaharu apologizes to Yamato and pleads for his forgiveness in earnest, going so far as to bow on his hands and knees on the floor. Yamato is fine with his apology and the two make up. Yamato is mistakenly called "AkaOhger" by Takaharu but Yamato corrects him and introduces himself.
On the Sagittari Ark, Runrun is revealed to be a Player hired by Nalia unofficially, as Genis does not know of this. Runrun specializes in eliminating the champions and heroes of countless planets through deception and using special pollen clouds to block communications to perpetuate suspicion, confusion and fear.
Yakumo interrogates Misao about Runrun's people, but the vines on Misao's mouth distort his words and control it to seem like a confession of his "evil murderous deeds" when Misao is trying to prove his is innocent. Inside his head, Misao is horrified he cannot speak what he actually wants to say. The Wolf, Alligator and Rhino Zyuman all try to help him figure out a way to convey his actual feelings to the Ninningers even though his speech is being controlled. Misao tries to squirm and struggles to get the vines off of him so he can communicate with the Ninningers. The two Reds get ready to head out to stop Runrun and Takaharu reassures his son that he'll protect his dream of being the next AkaNinger.
At the gym, the four Ninningers are shocked to see Kinji as a hostage. The Zyuohgers request that Misao be exchanged for Kinji, but this act escalates the hostile tension between the two teams and they transform and fight each other. Takaharu and Yamato arrive and try to plead for both teams to stop fighting but they cannot hear them. The two rescue Kinji and Misao, but their remembrance of their abductions causes further misunderstanding as the two Gold rangers attack the opposing teams. Runrun observes this from a distance and laughs as all is going according to plan. Takaharu decides to knock some sense into their teams by fighting them, but Yamato knows that will only make things worse. Yamato tries to remain calm and think as if he loses his temper or gives into the bloodlust that is affecting both teams, they are all doomed. Yoshiharu leaves Mr. Mori's house to help his father.
Despite Yamato and Takaharu's efforts, niether team will listen with ShiroNinger shooting her brother and knocking him out of his transformation. The two teams prepare to execute a team finisher blast and both Yamato and Takaharu jump directy in the line of fire to try to stop them. The teams ignore them and fire a Zyuoh Shoot and a Shocking Explosive Slash attack. As the projectiles come at the two Reds, they dodge the incoming fire and the resulting explosion seemingly kills all of the Rangers. The scene from the opening of the film replays, this time without the filter, as Yoshiharu looks in horror at the deaths of the Zyuohgers and Ninningers. Runrun gloats, but it is revealed the dead bodies are illusion clones.The real Rangers come out of hiding and prepare to fight Runrun. Kasumi explains that they knew of Runrun's plan due to Misao, in desperation, using the movements of his butt to write a message to take off his mask. Once removed, Misao explained everything and Kasumi and the others used the clones to trick Runrun into thinking everything was still going to his plan. Once they were not suspected, they went and made an apology to the Zyuohgers, which the Zyumen only accepted after a lesson on ninja skills to them so they could help with the charade. They intentionally kept Takaharu and Yamato out of the plan to make it convincing enough to trick Runrun. Yamato is a little upset his team lied to him, but they reassure him it was only to keep up the ruse, which depresses Yamato.
Enraged at being tricked, Runrun reveals its true form: Girumaada, the top assassin of heroes in the galaxy. Yoshiharu is told to run by his father and he disappears. Girumaada faces the Rangers outside and resurrects the generals of the Kibaoni Army, Kibaoni Gengetsu, Bangray and Jagged as his personal army. The Rangers transform and fight, each using their combined skills in unique ways. Aoninger uses his magic alongside Zyuoh Elephant's brute strength to overwhelm Jagged, then changes Tusk into a smaller version of Paonmaru to finish him off. Leo and Nagi use their intelligence and impulsiveness to overwhelm Gabi Raizo with Wild Instincts mode and the Kakuranger Shuriken. The female Rangers collaborate to fight Bangray, with ShiroNinger and MomoNinger changing into their Gekiatsu mecha forms to attack him followed by a team-up finisher to destroy him. StarNinger and Zyuoh TheWorld use the Zyuoh The GunRod to "fish" away Masakage Tsugomori's staff and then take a selfie together. Having StarNinger be such fast friends with him fires up Zyuoh TheWorld and he goes into Great Wild Instincts form and StarNinger tag team attacks with him to finish Masakage off.
However, Kibaoni Gengetsu proves to be a difficult foe for AkaNinger and Zyuoh Eagle. Yoshiharu tries to help, but is unsuccessful as Kibaoni deflects his Lightning jutsu attack back at him and the Red Rangers. The Sealing Shuriken mysteriously appears and attacks Kibaoni while Zyuoh Eagle changes into Zyuoh Gorilla. The Sealing Shuriken lands in Yoshiharu's hand and changes into an AkaNinger Shuriken, meaning history has changed and a future version of himself has become the new AkaNinger. Thus, Super Sentai now still exists in the future. Tsumuji appears and is panicked because the Sealing Shuriken flew out of the Igasaki residence on its own, demanding to know what is going on. Takaharu simply points at the fight going on and Tsumuji decides to help. He is shocked that he has a grandson but then it turns into pride and joy as he sees Yoshiharu's NinShuriken. He gives his future grandson a Ninja Ichibantou and they transform into a three-generation trio of AkaNingers. The three AkaNingers battle Kibaoni and use teamwork to quickly defeat him.
While Girumaada faces off against Zyuoh Gorilla, Naria, Quval and Azald try to do a sneak attack on Zyuoh Gorilla only for Bud to arrive to stop them. Bud tries to change into Zyuoh Bird. But when a red lion-themed hero calling himself Shishi Red comes crashing in from the sky, four more heroes drop in to help, and then the last four heroes drop in to face the three Deathgalien generals in order to prevent them from interfering. Once the generals are defeated, they ask the heroes where they came from and they introduce themselves as Uchu Sentai Kyuranger before they leave. Bud sees this as a sign that history was successfully altered, allowing the legacy of Super Sentai to continue.
With the clones destroyed, the Ninningers and Zyuohgers join forces to defeat Gilmarda, who enlarges himself with some Continue Medals and decides to destroy the whole planet. The two sentai then form Wild Tousai Dodeka King and King Shurikenzin to fight Gilmarda, but the enemy easily overpowers them. Just as the heroes are about to be killed, they have a vision of the previous 38 Red Sentai, who bestow upon them the power to form Wild Tousai Shuriken King, that, infused with the power of all the Super Sentai, finally destroys Gilmarda once and for all. Having prevented his father's death, Yoshiharu bids farewell to him and his friends before returning to the future. As the others wonder how Yoshiharu came to exist since his father originalliy died in the current day, Takaharu deduces that his new wife must be already pregnant, revealing that he has just married, a fact that astonishes even his own family, who was unaware of it.
Uchu Sentai Kyuranger: As the show confirmed in its 18th episode, the Kyurangers do not exist in the mainstream Sentai universe. Therefore, it's impossible to place their appearance in this movie between some of the show's episodes, unless there is cross-dimensional travel involved (similar to Ex-Aid's appearance in episode 7 or Shishi Red's appearance in the 24th episode of Ex-Aid / Kyurangers' appearance in Chou Super Hero Taisen).
Unlike most references to past mecha in sentai history, the final attack invokes the Final Form of the series' Giant robot instead of the original (for example, Kanzen Gokai-oh instead of Gokai-oh, Gigant Kyoryujin instead of Kyoryujin, ToQ Rainbow instead of ToQ-oh, Haoh Shurikenjin instead of Shurikenjin, Engine-O G12 instead of Engine-O, and Samurai HaOh instead of ShinkenOh). There are, however, exceptions (for example, Super Dekaranger Robo instead of DekaWing Robo, Hyper Gosei Great instead of Gosei Ultimate, and Max Victory Robo instead of Victory Mars).
One interpretation is that the invoked robots are meant to be a combination of as many Rangers' power as possible. For example, DekaWing Robo and Gosei Ultimate were possibly excluded because they do not use mecha owned by DekaBreak and GoseiKnight, respectively.
This is the first time that Daisuke Shima and Joji Nakata appear in the same production since Choujuu Sentai Liveman.
This also mirrors a previous production involving Gokaiger: Joji Nakata's last appearance in Super Sentai before Zyuohger was in episode 30 of Gokaiger, Just a Lone Friend's Soul. That episode also had him in a voice-over role alongside a former Liveman actor reprising his role (in Gokaiger, it was Kazuhiko Nishimura as Joh Ohara/Yellow Lion).
Yakumo performing magic to make flowers appear in Jagged’s cannon, could be a reference to the famous quote “Put flowers in your guns”.
This movie marks the only appearances of ZyuohKing 1*2*4 and ZyuohWild 6*5*3.
KiNinger using Cloning Ninjutsu in his fight with Zyuoh Lion is possibly a reference to HurricaneYellow's Lion Dance technique.