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"The Colorful Star! StarNinger! (いろどりほし!スターニンジャー! Irodori no hoshi! Sutā Ninjā!)"
―StarNinger's roll call.[src]

"We are shinobi, but we party all night! (しのびなれどもパーリナイ! Shinobi nare domo pāri nai!)"
―StarNinger's pre-battle catchphrase.[src]

"'Say cheese! (セイ・チーズ! Sei chīzu!)"
―Taking a selfie.[src]

Kinji Takigawa (キンジ・タキガワ Kinji Takigawa) is StarNinger (スターニンジャー Sutā Ninjā), the Sixth Ranger of the Ninningers.

Kinji is 22 years old at the beginning of the series.[1] He was the oldest member out of the six Ninningers.

Character History

Past

Kinji Takigawa was born in America, to a family of Yokai Hunters, living with his father Junji and older brother Reiji. When he was still young, they were killed by the Western Yokai Wolf Man, and thus he aimed to honor them by becoming a stronger Yokai Hunter. Tvicon.png TV STORY-Shinobi 17: Good Bye, StarNinger!

Sometime before the series, he met Yoshitaka Igasaki and was so impressed with his ninja techniques that Takigawa begged to become the latter's pupil to fulfill his goals. Igasaki refused on the grounds that Takigawa lacked Ninjaity. However, Takigawa was so insistent that Igasaki finally relented, telling him that he would take on Takigawa as an apprentice, but only if the latter could defeat him in battle, in the hopes that Takigawa would give up upon such an impossible task. After Igasaki left for lands unknown, Takigawa began his own training by copying some of Yoshitaka's ninjutsu. Tvicon.png TV STORY-Shinobi 10: Yee-haw! The Gold StarNinger

Arrival in Japan

"Yee-haw! They are the grandchildren of the Last Ninja. It's getting exciting now!"
―StarNinger voices his observation of the Ninningers in his native English[src]

As time goes, based on instructions from Yoshitaka's autobiography "I am The LAST NINJA", Kinji commissioned StarNinger's arsenal and OtomoNin Rodeomaru through contacting Tetsunosuke Saika online and arrived in Japan after finishing his own training.

He first appeared on his OtomoNin when witnessing the Ninningers' battle against Youkai Nekomata. Impressed by the Last Ninja's grandchildren, he decides to withdraw. Tvicon.png TV STORY-Shinobi 8: The Nekomata Who Leapt Through Time! Originally, he tried to search for the End Shuriken in hopes for its power so that he can defeat Yoshitaka. However, to his disappointment, he learns that the Sealing Shuriken-imbued Youkai does not contain such item, evidenced with one Youkai he kills before. Witnessing the Ninningers' effort against Youkai Ittan-momen to claim what appeared to be the End Shuriken from a distance, with it being revealed to be a fake, StarNinger makes himself known to the Ninningers when he aids them in the battle against the enlarged Youkai magician, taking away the magic staff which Ittan-momen used to turn their OtomoNin to stone before destroying the Youkai. Later at night, he attacked Yoshitaka as promised to become his pupil if he won, however, Yoshitaka escaped. Tvicon.png TV STORY-Shinobi 9: Ninjutsu vs. Magic, the Great Battle!

The injured Yoshitaka then appeared at the dojo, leading Takaharu, Yakumo, and Fuuka to lure and fight the culprit, Kinji, only to be defeated easily. As time went, the Ninningers learned that Kinji is not evil, and is in fact just a fan of Yoshitaka, much like Takaharu. After defeating Daidarabotchi, Kinji received a new challenge from Yoshitaka: defeat his grandchildren, and the apprenticeship would be his. Tvicon.png TV STORY-Shinobi 10: Yee-haw! The Gold StarNinger

Kinji met Yoshitaka again as he was revealed with the fact that there was a student of Yoshitaka before him, Kyuemon Izayoi, who defected into the Kibaoni Corps after betraying his former teacher. Also, Yoshitaka even would try to reject Kinji should his heart is easily swayed like Kyuemon. Tvicon.png TV STORY-Shinobi 13: Burning! Ninja Sports Day He was later visited by Kyuemon as he offers Kinji an apprenticeship under his wing if Yoshitaka still rejected Kinji, but nonetheless he rejected Kyuemon's offer. After he failed by missing the deadline by a day due to still being on American time, he sailed away on Surfermaru while the Ninningers bid their goodbyes. Tvicon.png TV STORY-Shinobi 17: Good Bye, StarNinger!

After his leave, Kinji went on a vacation in Hawaii. However, this was cut short due to him being accidentally brought back to Japan while onboard Surfermaru during Shurikenjin's battle against Youkai Otoroshi. After the battle, he was about to leave again, but the Ninningers manage to convince him to stay while helping him to convince Yoshitaka to take him in as a disciple. Tvicon.png TV STORY-Shinobi 18: The Youkai That Yakumo Loved They eventually succeeded, after obtaining Lion Ha-Oh convinced Yoshitaka to give himself a second chance to have a disciple. Tvicon.png TV STORY-Shinobi 20: The Chozetsu! Lion Ha-Oh

During the hottest point in summer, the boys decided to play a prank on the girls after Nagi overheard Kasumi confide in Fuuka that she was afraid of ghosts. Luring the two to an abandoned building which they claimed to be haunted possibly due to a Yokai, they proceeded to put on spooky costumes, with Kinji dressing as a zombie. Pulling their prank, they were confused to see only a spooked Fuuka run out, especially due to her claiming to see a 'lady ghost' which they did not account for. Takaharu headed back for Kasumi, followed by Yakumo and Kinji. With no word, Nagi and Fuuka found they had been frozen by the Yokai Yuki-Onna, with Fuuka soon following suit. Left alone, Nagi managed to conjure some heat as Kasumi revealed herself having used a decoy, luring the Yokai into a trap. Kinji and the others were thawed by a Fire technique as the Ninningers proceeded to defeat Yuki-Onna. Tvicon.png TV STORY-Shinobi 23: It's Summer! Ninja Courage Test

After bonding with Yakumo Katou/AoNinger, Kinji's partnership with the magic ninja, who learned the art of magic at a school in England, is jokingly referred to by the other Ninningers as the Western Combo (欧米コンビ Ōbei Konbi, Western Combi), coined by Kasumi, referring to the special relationship between the United States of America and the United Kingdom. Tvicon.png TV STORY-Shinobi 11: Shinobimaru, Come Back!

The Western Combo.

Kinji finds that he has come 4th in the mid-point Last Ninja race.

When Yoshitaka announced the mid-point results of the Last Ninja race, Kinji was disappointed to learn that he had only made third-from-last at 4th. In reality, however, "Last Ninja" was actually Nekomata's doppelganger Yokai Mataneko in disguise, who intended to get revenge against the Ninningers by breaking them up, hosting a lightning quiz round when the initial results failed. After the Ninningers noticed signs that something was amiss, Kasumi fetched a second Yoshitaka, exposing the first as a fake via catnip. The Ninningers then transformed to fight him, with Takaharu as AkaNininger Chozetsu defeating Mataneko with Shinobimaru after being accidentally enlarged alongside the Yokai. Afterward, at the request of his grandchildren, Yoshitaka gave his true mid-point results, stating that they were all still at the starting line. As the Ninningers left to train with their strengthened resolve, Yoshitaka noted that one still remained who wasn't even at the starting point, alluding to Kinji as he remained at the dojo, sensing that the last of the Western Yokai, Wolf Man, was coming. Tvicon.png TV STORY-Shinobi 26: It's Summer! Last Ninja Race Intermediate Announcement!

A Youkai's power in Kinji

Sure enough, the Wolf Youkai arrived in Japan and the Ninningers proceeded to fight him but were unable to kill him due to human weapons not being effective. After being knocked out cold and being brought back to the base, Yoshitaka banned him from being a ninja upon learning his drive was revenge. He left sometime the next morning to contemplate things, before encountering Kyuemon again. He told him to defeat the Wolf Youkai, proceeding to use the Goton Yo Shuriken to give him a Youkai's power. He left before the process could be finished and joined up with the other Ninningers to fight off the Wolf Youkai. Kinji managed to win while in StarNinger Chozetsu form, however during the battle, a look at his eyes seems to imply some of the energy Kyuemon put on him remained in his body. The Ninningers defeat the Wolf Youkai in Ha-Oh Shurikenjin and upon returning home, Yoshitaka states that starting the next morning, Kinji will officially be his pupil. Tvicon.png TV STORY-Shinobi 27: It's Summer! Chozetsu Star is Born!


Finding Takaharu bringing a girl to the house, Kinji along with Nagi, Yakumo, and Kasumi, discussed this new development while eavesdropping on the two, wondering what Fuuka would make of her brother having a girlfriend. Inadvertently revealing themselves when Fuuka arrived, it turned out that Takaharu's 'girlfriend', Kikyo Kousaka, was an old friend of his from his days traveling while training as a ninja, having returned due to the opening of a new ninja school by the ninja master Kiroku Ise, where she was to instruct new students. This intrigued the Ninningers, with Kinji sneaking into the school with Yakumo and Kasumi, they learned that Kiroku was involved with the Kibaoni Army following a skirmish with Masakage Tsugomori, warning Takaharu who came to confront him personally. Kinji and the others later helped the students escape from the school before saving Takaharu, Kikyo, and Kiroku from Puppet Ninja Kuroari who had been manipulating Kiroku, with the Ninningers proceeding to defeat the dark ninja. After Takaharu said goodbye to Kikyo, the Ninningers were amused that he misunderstood what Kikyo meant by wondering what they would be when they next met, assuring him that he didn't have to worry about it yet. Tvicon.png TV STORY-Shinobi 30: Targeted Ninja School!

Beyond StarNinger, Kinji fought through the Yokai horde alongside Kasumi before reuniting with the others as they backed-up Takaharu against Sakuya Kyuemon. With their unwavering resolve, all six Ninningers were able to restore their Nintality, transforming together and overcoming Sakuya Kyuemon, managing to get through to him before he was absorbed by Gengetsu who, as a giant, would be finally destroyed by the Ninningers in Gekiatsu Dai-Oh with help from Kyuemon, who left behind the End Shuriken before passing away. With the End Shuriken in their grasp, the Ninningers used it to wish for a world without the End Shuriken, finally wiping out the Yokai and restoring the damage that had been done to the world. With the title of Last Ninja passed onto them, the six Ninningers elected to go their separate ways and meet back in two years to recollect what they have each done.

Naming himself the Last Worldwide Ninja, Kinji returned to America where, inheriting Yoshitaka's business, he opened an oden stand. Tvicon.png TV STORY-Shinobi Final Chapter: To a Future Without Hiding, Wasshoi!

Zyuohger vs. Ninninger

Tvicon.png TV STORY-Doubutsu Sentai Zyuohger vs. Ninninger: Message from the Future from Super Sentai

As a memento of their team-up, Misao Mondou made a set of Zyuohger vs. Ninninger menko cards bearing the heroes' likenesses. Tvicon.png TV STORY-Ep. 44: Monarch of the Humans

Personality

As mentioned by Fuuka (and presumably other Ninningers), Kinji bears a likeness to Takaharu, since both are fans of Yoshitaka Igasaki and wishes to follow his path as the Last Ninja. Due to this, he labels himself with the title of Youkai Hunter, hunting Youkai to become stronger. Ever since he learned of Yoshitaka being a Ninja, Kinji displays fanaticism over things related to ninjas and Youkai, even likes to take pictures and footprints of any Youkai he comes across with.

Kinji himself is naive, having following others' orders and quickly apologizes should he had made a mistake. He even tends to leave his opponents alone if they were busy with their situations.

At the end of the Last Ninja Race, Yoshitaka notes how Kinji had started with a weak heart but had surpassed it over the course of his tutelage, enabling him to dazzle others on a global scale.

Powers and Abilities

Ninjutsu Expertise
Being trained to be a ninja for many years, he is skilled in ninjutsu and Shuriken Ninja Arts.
Shuriken Ninja Art (シュリケン忍法 Shuriken Ninpō)
Thanks to his Nintality, Kinji can perform a wide variety of abilities through ninja techniques in addition to those accessed using the Ninninger arsenal.

Video game appearances

Super Sentai Battle Base

StarNinger is among the vast pantheon of Rangers which are available in the mobile game Super Sentai Battle Base, with his Chozetsu and Super forms also being available.

Shuriken Sentai Ninninger: Game de Wasshoi!!

StarNinger appears with his team in Shuriken Sentai Ninninger: Game de Wasshoi!!, where they are controlled by the player to fight the Yokai as on the show.

Super Sentai Legend Wars

Ninninger as seen in Super Sentai Legend Wars.

StarNinger appears with his team among all Sentai in the mobile game Super Sentai Legend Wars.

Forms

StarNinger

"StarNinger! Wow!"
―Transformation announcement[src]

Arsenal

Mecha (OtomoNin)


StarNinger Clothes Change

StarNinger Clothes Change (スターニンジャー衣装一新 Sutā Ninjā Ishō Isshin) is a special form assumed by StarNinger using the Koromogae Shuriken alongside AkaNinger.

In this Clothes Change form, StarNinger dons a cowboy outfit which as he notes sparks his Western spirit. Upon transformation, StarNinger is granted use of a special StarNinger Clothes Change Nin Shuriken which allows him to perform the Dynamic Western Rock Star (ダイナミックウエスタンロックスター Dainamikku Uesutan Rokku Sutā) finisher attack. StarNinger displays incredible power in this form, which is demonstrated while fighting alongside AkaNinger as the two accomplish the feat of destroying a Giant Yokai Gashadokuro without having to summon the OtomoNin.

Arsenal

This form is exclusive to Shuriken Sentai Ninninger: AkaNinger vs. StarNinger Hundred Nin Battle!.


StarNinger Chozetsu

"The Chozetsu! Chozetsu Ninja!"
―Transformation announcement[src]

StarNinger Chozetsu (スターニンジャー超絶 Sutā Ninjā Chōzetsu) is StarNinger's power-up form accessed through the Chozetsu Shuriken and Chozetsu Shoubu Changer with Shishi-Oh's blessing, allowing him to fight with the power of the lion OtomoNin.

Arsenal

Mecha

This form is exclusive to Episode 27


Super StarNinger

Super StarNinger (スーパスターニンジャー Sūpa Sutā Ninjā) The cursed blade of the Murasame turns the user into a Youkai, however, during the second use of the blade, Kinji was able to overcome his fear and doubt and transformed it into the Gekiatsuto and evolved his StarNinger form into Super StarNinger.

Arsenal


Appearances: Ninninger Episodes 36, 37, 40, 43, 44


OtomoNin Magoimaru (オトモ忍マゴイマル lit. "Companion Ninja Black Carp Circle") is a black carp-based OtomoNin designed by Kinji. It forms the left arm of Gekiatsu Dai-Oh.
Appearances: Ninninger Episodes 32-39, 41, 42, 45, 47, Ninnin Girls vs. Boys FINAL WARS



biceps muscle injuries Youkai's Claw

Western Yokai Wolf Man

Kinji Takigawa's transformation Western Yokai Wolf Man

During the events of Shinobi 27, Kyuemon used the power of the Goton Yo Shuriken to infuse Kinji with the power of a Yokai (Yo-Power) so he could stop Wolf Man. While Kinji left before the process was finished, some of the Yo-Power still remained in this body. After being scratched by Wolf Man, more Yo-Power was added due to the Yokai's ability. This began to turn Kinji into another Wolf Man during Shinobi 35, and this power was amplified through demon sword Murasame's ability.

Appearances: Ninninger Episodes 35, 36


Transformation and Roll Call

Ranger Key

StarNinger Ranger Key

The StarNinger Ranger Key (スターニンジャーレンジャーキー Sutā Ninjā Renjā Kī) is a Ranger Key released as part of the Ranger Key Set: 2000th Edition.

Behind the Scenes

Portrayal

Kinji Takigawa is portrayed by Hideya Tawada (多和田 秀弥 Tawada Hideya), who will later play as Rentaro KamikuraIcon-crosswiki.png/Kamen Rider Shinobi/Another Shinobi in Kamen Rider Zi-OIcon-crosswiki.png. As a child, Kinji is portrayed by Shion Ishizuka (石塚 獅桜 Ishizuka Shion). As StarNinger, his suit actor is Masashi Takada (高田 将司 Takada Masashi).

Etymology

  • Kinji's name had the word "Kin" ( lit. "Gold"), signifying his Ninninger color.
  • Kinji shares a portion of his given name ンジ ( nji) with his father Junji and the ( ji) ending with both his father and his older brother Reiji.

Notes

  • StarNinger is the first Sentai Ranger to be based on a cowboy.
  • Kinji currently is tied with Shou Ronpo and Zox Goldtweaker for the earliest debut of any Sixth Ranger, beating the previous record-holder Utsusemimaru by one episode.
  • Despite coming from America, Kinji speaks fluent Japanese and broken English instead of the other way around.
  • Unlike other fully-named Japanese Rangers, Kinji's name, when rendered in Japanese, neither follows the normal surname-given name structure (instead following the Western given name-surname order), nor is it written in kanji, but in katakana. Both of these choices are made to highlight Kinji's foreign influences; in Japanese, his surname would likely be written as 滝川 (Takigawa).

Appearances


See Also

References

Icon-ninninger.png Shuriken Sentai Ninninger
Ninningers
AkaNinger - AoNinger - KiNinger - ShiroNinger - MomoNinger - StarNinger - MidoNinger
Igasaki Clan
Takaharu Igasaki - Yakumo Katou - Nagi Matsuo - Fuuka Igasaki - Kasumi Momochi

Apprentice/s: Kyuemon Izayoi (defected) - Kinji Takigawa - Luna Kokonoe


Other family members: Tsumuji Igasaki - Harukaze Katou - Sakurako Igasaki - Yoshiharu Igasaki


Last Ninja: Yoshitaka Igasaki

Gear:
Transformation Ninja Sword Ninja Ichibantou - Transformation Device Ninja StarBurger - Chozetsu Shoubu Changer - Strongest Ninja Sword Ninja Gekiatsuto - Nin Shuriken - Midan Ningeki Karakuri Hengen - Gama Gama Gun - Star Sword-Gun
Allies:
Shishi-Oh - Tetsunosuke Saika XXII - Tatsunosuke Hakkaku - Kikyo Kousaka - Drive DriverIcon-crosswiki.png - Kiriko ShijimaIcon-crosswiki.png - Jun HonganjiIcon-crosswiki.png - Rinna SawagamiIcon-crosswiki.png - Kyu SaijoIcon-crosswiki.png - Genpachiro OttaIcon-crosswiki.png
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Gengetsu Kibaoni
Generals: Kyuemon Izayoi - Raizo Gabi - Masakage Tsugomori - Ariake no Kata - Mangetsu Kibaoni - Juza Yumihari
Yokai: Yokai Kamaitachi - Yokai Kappa - Yokai Kasha - Yokai Tsuchigumo - Yokai Ungaikyo - Yokai Buruburu - Yokai Tengu - Yokai Nekomata - Yokai Oogumo - Yokai Ittan-momen - Yokai Daidarabotchi - Yokai Enraenra - Yokai Yamawarawa - Yokai Yamabiko - Yokai Futakuchi-onna - Yokai Kasabake - Yokai Umibozu - Yokai Otoroshi - Yokai Baku - Yokai Nurikabe - Yokai Yuki-Onna - Western Yokai Franken - Western Yokai Dracula - Yokai Mataneko - Western Yokai Wolf Man - Yokai Mokumokuren - Yokai Amikiri - Yokai Fudagaeshi - Yokai Wanyūdō
Advanced Yokai: Advanced Yokai Nue - Advanced Yokai Konakijiji - Advanced Yokai Oumukade - Advanced Yokai Oboroguruma - Advanced Yokai Binbogami - Super Advanced Yokai Shuten-douji
Ninjas: Speed Ninja Hayabusa - Sugoroku Ninja Ikkakusai - Puppet Ninja Kuroari - Substitution Ninja Mujina - Poison Arrow Ninja Suzumebachi
Footsoldiers: Hitokarage - Jukkarage - Hyakkarage - Giant Yokai Gashadokuro - Genin Supparage
Mecha: Karakuri Kyuubi - Red Kyuubi
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