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Ninja Sentai Kakuranger (忍者戦隊カクレンジャー Ninja Sentai Kakurenjā), translated in English as Ninja Squadron Hidden Ranger, was Toei Company Limited's eighteenth production of the Super Sentai television series.

Certain action footage from this series was used in the third season of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and the brief Mighty Morphin Alien Rangers mini-series. The Core 5 Zyuranger costumes from Kyōryū Sentai Zyuranger and the Kiba Ranger costume from the previous season were mainly used in Season 3 of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers while the core Kakuranger costumes were used in Mighty Morphin Alien Rangers.

The series was released in the United States by Shout! Factory on May 17, 2016.[1] [2]

The average ratings of the series was 5.7%.[3]

Plot

400 years ago, the ninja and the Yokai had a great war. The legendary Sarutobi Sasuke and four other ninja sealed the Yokai Commander Nurarihyon and all his Yokai energies away in a cave protected by the "Seal Door". In the present, the only surviving Yokai, Kappa, tricks Sarutobi Sasuke and Kirigakure Saizo's descendants, Sasuke and Saizou, into releasing the Yokai by opening the "Seal Door". Now these two, joined by three other descendants of the great ninja, become the Kakurangers to fight the Yokai, with the aid of the Three God Generals.

Characters

Kakurangers

Kakurangers and Ninjaman

Main article: Kakurangers

Kakurangers

Kakurangers with Ninjaman

Color Role Actor
NinjaRed Sasuke Teruaki Ogawa
NinjaWhite Tsuruhime Satomi Hirose
NinjaYellow Seikai Shu Kawai
NinjaBlue Saizou Hiroshi Tsuchida
NinjaBlack Jiraiya Kane Kosugi

Allies

Ninjaman

Ninjaman (36-53)

"In the name of Heaven, we will punish you!"

Yukiyo Yamabuki
Tsukiyo Yamabuki
Tsuruhime

The Yokai Army Corps

Blue Iris Flower Ninja Ayame
Pink Cherry Blossom Flower Ninja Sakura
Green Water Lotus Flower Ninja Suiren
Orange Lily Flower Ninja Yuri
Purple Orchid Flower Ninja Ran

Super Sentai World

Arsenal

Main article: Arsenal (Kakuranger)

Transformation Devices

Sidearms

Individual Weapons and Attacks

Vehicles


Mecha

Main article: Mecha (Kakuranger)


History

Kaku-gg-godmap.jpg

2,000 years ago, the Three God Generals (三神将 Sanshinshō) were a trio of human sages who led humanity in a war against Daimaou, infernal king of the Yokai.  After sealing Daimaou and his followers behind the Door of Seals, their souls ascended to Heaven where they became the Three God Generals, while the techniques they invented became the basis for Kakure-Style Ninja Arts.  According to Sandayuu, each of the three God Generals represents one of the three aspects of Kakure-Style Ninja Arts: body (Muteki Shogun), heart (Tsubasamaru), and technique (Kakure Daishogun).

Mecha

3 God Generals - Giant Beast General System

Legend:◆ piloted mecha, ❖ auxiliary mecha

3 God Generals - Super Stealth Beast System

Legend:◆ piloted mecha, ❖ auxiliary mecha

Episodes

Main article: Ninja Sentai Kakuranger Episodes

The episodes of this season have instances of katakana/English wording in their titles.

  1. Ep. 1: We Are Ninja (忍者でござる Ninja-de gozaru)
  2. Ep. 2: A Dangerous Lady (危ないオバサン Abunai Obasan)
  3. Ep. 3: American Ninja (アメリカン忍者 Amerikan Ninja)
  4. Ep. 4: The Youkai Policeman (妖怪ポリスマン Yōkai Porisuman)
  5. Ep. 5: The Uneven Strange Games (凸凹珍ゲーマー Dekoboko Chin Gēmā)
  6. Ep. 6: The Eyeball Prince! (目玉の王子様! Medama no Ōji-sama!)
  7. Ep. 7: The Huge One (こいつぁデカい Koitsa Dekai)
  8. Ep. 8: The Bakeneko's Shop!! (化猫ショップ!! Bakeneko Shoppu!!)
  9. Ep. 9: Hidden Camera Live (ドッキリ生中継 Dokkiri Namachūkei)
  10. Ep. 10: Konakijiji: A Cry-Baby Goblin (子泣き爺いぢゃ Ko-naki Jijī ja)
  11. Ep. 11: Rags are the Best! (ボロこそ最高!! Boro Koso Saikō!)
  12. Ep. 12: They Came Forth!! New Beast Generals (出たァ!! 新獣将 Detā!! Shin Jūshō)
  13. Ep. 13: Fight Off The Bad Luck (ブッとばせ不幸 Buttobase Funō)
  14. Ep. 14: I'm the Young Noble!! (俺は貴公子だ!! Ore wa Kikōshi da!!)
  15. Ep. 15: Argh! Awesome Guys (げえッ!! 凄い奴 Geē!! Sugoi Yatsu)
  16. Ep. 16: The Red Monkey's Oni Extermination (赤猿の鬼退治 Aka Saru no Oni Taiji)
  17. Ep. 17: The Demon Sword and Underwear!! (魔剣とパンツ!! Maken to Pantsu!!)
  18. Ep. 18: Hello, Mushroom-kun (ハローきのこ君 Harō Kinoko-kun)
  19. Ep. 19: The Hellish Trap in Darkness!! (暗闇の地獄罠!! Kurayami no Jigoku Wana!!)
  20. Ep. 20: The Flowery Kunoichi-Gumi!! (花のくノ一組!! Hana no Kunoichi Gumi)
  21. Ep. 21: Monkey See, Monkey Does Finishing Move (サルマネ必殺技 Saru Mane Hissatsu-waza)
  22. Ep. 22: I'll Make You Laugh (笑って頂きます Waratte Itadakimasu)
  23. Ep. 23: Blitzkrieg!! The Strange White Bird (電撃!! 白い怪鳥 Dengeki!! Shiroi Kai Tori)
  24. Ep. 24: Ah, It's All Over (あァ一巻の終り Ā Ikkan no Owari)
  25. Ep. 25: A New Departure! (新たなる出発!! Aratanaru Shuppatsu!!)
  26. Ep. 26: The Tsuruhime Family's Super Secret (鶴姫家の超秘密 Tsuruhime-ka no Chō Himitsu)
  27. Ep. 27: The End Of The Muteki Shogun (無敵将軍の最期 Muteki Shōgun no Saigo)
  28. Ep. 28: A Super Big Figure Coming to Japan!! (超大物・来日!! Chō Dai Mono - Rainichi!!)
  29. Ep. 29: History's First Super Battle (史上初の超対決 (スーパーバトル) Shijō Hatsu no Sūpā Batoru)
  30. Ep. 30: Reunion With a Traitorous Father (再会 裏切りの父 Saikai Uragiri no Chichi)
  31. Ep. 31: Behold!! A New Shogun (見たか!! 新将軍 Mita ka!! Shin Shōgun)
  32. Ep. 32: Don't Lick Me, Face Thief (ナメんな顔泥棒 Namen na Kao Dorobō)
  33. Ep. 33: The Village of Amanojaku (あまのじゃく村 Amanojaku Mura)
  34. Ep. 34: The Bride's Sandy Hell!! (花嫁砂地獄!! Hanayome Suna Jigoku!!)
  35. Ep. 35: The Three Punishment Sisters (おしおき三姉妹 (シスターズ) Oshioki San Shisutāzu)
  36. Ep. 36: The Hooligan Ninja!! (暴れん坊忍者!! Abarenbō Ninja!!)
  37. Ep. 37: Karakasa Dance Queen (唐傘ダンス女王 Karakasa Dansu Joō)
  38. Ep. 38: Moo... A Repulsive Cow (モオ~ッ嫌な牛 Mō~ Iya na Ushi)
  39. Ep. 39: It's a Special Compilation!! (特別編だよっ!! Tokubetsu-hen dayō!!)
  40. Ep. 40: The Heisei Fox Battle (平成キツネ合戦 Heisei Kitsune Kassen)
  41. Ep. 41: The Stray Ghost (はぐれゴースト Hagure Gōsuto)
  42. Ep. 42: The Plundered Ninja Power (強奪忍者パワー Gōdatsu Ninja Pawā)
  43. Ep. 43: The Last Day of the Three God Generals (三神将最期の日 Sanshinshō Saigo no Hi)
  44. Ep. 44: The Wound-Filled Great Reversal (傷だらけ大逆転 Kizudarake Dai Gyakuten)
  45. Ep. 45: The Hasty Santa (慌てん坊サンタ Awatenbō Santa)
  46. Ep. 46: The New Year's Manga Hell (新春まんが地獄 Shinshun Manga Jigoku)
  47. Ep. 47: The 100-Burst Human Fireworks (人間花火百連発 Ningen Hanabi Hyaku Renpatsu)
  48. Ep. 48: The Great Snow Woman's Snowball Fight (大雪女の雪合戦 Ōyuki-Onna no Yukigassen)
  49. Ep. 49: Suddenly!! Poor (突然!! ビンボー Totsuzen!! Binbō)
  50. Ep. 50: Special Selection!! The Youkai Inn (特選!! 妖怪の宿, Tokusen!! Yōkai no Yado)
  51. Ep. 51: Hero Elimination (英・雄 (ヒーロー)・失・格 Hīrō Shikkaku)
  52. Ep. 52: Finale!! Father and Daughter (大団円!! 父と娘 Daidan'en!! Chichi to Musume)
  53. Final Ep.: Sealing!! (封印!! Fūin!!)

Movies

  1. Ninja Sentai Kakuranger: The Movie
  2. Chouriki Sentai Ohranger: Ole vs. Kakuranger

Specials

  1. Ninja Sentai Kakuranger Super Video: The Hidden Scroll
  2. Super Sentai World

Songs

Main article: Ninja Sentai Kakuranger Soundtracks
Opening theme
  • "Secret Kakuranger" (シークレット カクレンジャー Shīkuretto Kakurenjā)
    • Artist: Tu Chi Chen (トゥー・チー・チェン Tū Chī Chen)
Ending theme
  • "Ninja! Matenrou Kids" (ニンジャ!摩天楼キッズ Ninja! Matenrō Kizzu, "Ninja Skyscraper Kids")
    • Artist: Tu Chi Chen (トゥー・チー・チェン Tū Chī Chen)
Mecha themes
Insert themes

Cast

Suit actors

Stage Show

Toyline

Main article: Kakuranger (Toyline)

Notes

  • The name Kakuranger is derived from "kakure" (隠れ) which translates as "to hide."
  • One of the concepts of Kakuranger was to modernize the ancient Japanese Yokai into a more modern model. For example, Oboroguruma was originally an oxen cart themed Yokai but was changed to be themed around an American-style taxi and Azukiarai was originally a river themed Yokai whereas Kakuranger has him as a policeman and designed around a bin.
  • This is the only post-Bioman series where the full name of the team is not announced with the title. Instead, the opening title is contained in the opening lyrics of the theme, where they are only called the "Kakuranger" (more akin to pre-Bioman series Goggle V and Dynaman). This would not be done again until Go-Busters.
  • The decision to make Kakuranger a Japanese/ninja themed season was intentional, acting as a counter point for the Chinese themes of the previous series Dairanger.
  • Kakuranger is the only Sentai to stagger the introduction of the main team. Unlike other seasons, which introduce all of the main members of a team in the very first episode even if they do not gain or use powers for the first time (such as Jetman and Go-Onger), only three of the five Kakuranger physically appear in the very first episode, with the fourth appearing in the second and the fifth in the third. Thus the entire team only comes together in the third episode.
  • This series was originally called Ninja Sentai GoNinja.
  • In the Indonesian dub, Kakuranger was renamed to "Ninja Ranger".
  • The initial airing of this series marked the last time that Battle Fever J was recognized as the first Super Sentai series, as Gorenger and JAKQ would retroactively be included in the franchise the following year.
  • Kakuranger is the third-longest Sentai season in the franchise After Gorenger and Changeman. The reason it was made longer was to set up for the right date for the anniversary season, Ohranger.

USA cover Ninja Sentai Kakuranger: The Complete Series


See Also

References

External links

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