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Power Rangers: Ninja Storm is the eleventh season of Power Rangers, based upon the Super Sentai series Ninpu Sentai Hurricaneger. It is the first series in the franchise to be fully produced by Disney following its acquisition of the franchise mid-season into Wild Force, and aired exclusively on ABC Kids from beginning to end.

Production

After acquiring Power Rangers in 2002 as part of their purchase of the Fox Kids franchise, Disney decided to cancel the show at the conclusion of Power Rangers Wild Force, but were convinced to continue with the show when informed they could produce it for a fraction of the previous cost by moving production to New Zealand. As well as this, Disney chose to make the show non-union, which resulted in much of the crew (including long-time producer Jonathan Tzachor) being let go. Ninja Storm was based on the Super Sentai series Ninpū Sentai Hurricanger. A subsidiary of Disney named Buena Vista Entertainment managed the Power Rangers property after Disney took over, and MMPR Productions was dissolved. Doug Sloan, the production manager from the show's inception until the midway mark of Turbo, and Ann Austen (another past production team member) returned to Power Rangers for the first time in years as the head of the show for Disney. A few past writers were also brought back into the fold. Jackie Marchand returned to be the story editor. Koichi Sakamoto (the leader of Alpha Stunts team and producer) remained on the show. Ninja Storm brought a lot of light-heartedness to Power Rangers. This was met with mixed reception from fans. Nevertheless, Ninja Storm aired on ABC and ABC Family like Wild Force before it. Due to union and cost issues, Ninja Storm was the first season to not feature a team-up with the previous year's team since the trend began in Lost Galaxy. Due to the new ownership and its lighthearted story, the series brought new interest to the franchise as ratings and toy sales went up.

Doug Sloan would interact heavily with fans at this point, posting on Rangerboard and the Newsgroup. Sally Martin and Jason Chan (Tori and Cam on Ninja Storm) would also make appearances on Rangerboard. Doug would interact with fans for the rest of his run until the end of Dino Thunder.

An early episode in Ninja Storm's run was cut by the censors. It was later re-edited and shown out of production order. Originally it dealt with a peace conference to avoid a war, however, was held back due to the outbreak of the Iraq War as it was felt an anti-war message would not be appropriate. The episode, 'Snip It, Snip It Good' aired later in the run, with the peace conference substituted with an environmental conference.

Reception and Ratings

While the lighthearted story was polarizing at first, the show was a commercial success. Many fans considered this one of the best Power Rangers seasons and critics praised the lighthearted humor, characters and soundtrack.

Synopsis

"Deep in the mountains, secret ninja academies train our future protectors. Ancient scrolls told of three who would be chosen above the others. Three who would become..."
―Narrator[src]

A skateboarder (Shane Clarke), a surfer (Tori Hanson) and a dirt biker (Dustin Brooks), are students of the Wind Ninja Academy under the tutelage of Sensei Kanoi Watanabe and his son Cam. Although it seems as if they will never be good enough to be a full-fledged ninja, they are the only three left when the evil ninja master, Lothor arrives on Earth and captures all the other students. Their sensei, who was transformed into a guinea pig by Lothor, decides that they must become Wind Power Rangers and gives them Wind Morphers to allow them to transform. As the Wind Rangers, they fight to save the world from Lothor and his space minions, using Zords created by Cam for emergencies.

Over time, they are joined by the Thunder Rangers, Hunter, and Blake as well as Cam, who gains Green Samurai powers in a trip to the past.

The show marks a turning point for the franchise with a willingness to make fun of itself and its history (a theme that would return in "Dino Thunder".) Of special note is that Lothor, instead of being the standard melodramatic evil emperor, has a sense of humor and often had lines that set up the show. After making a monster grow, he seems to turn to the camera and says, "What'd you expect? It wasn't going to get smaller." In the final episode, when piloting a robot against the Zords, he yells, "This is the most fun I've had all season!"

Eventually, the Rangers manage to defeat all of Lothor's minions, unwittingly overloading the Abyss of Evil (to which they were all sent upon their demise.) The Wind Rangers are able to stop evil from spreading across the Earth and seal Lothor away in the Abyss of Evil along with their own powers.

Now powerless, Shane, Tori, and Dustin become teachers at the rebuilt Wind Ninja Academy aided by Cam and a newly human Sensei. Hunter takes a job as the head teacher at the Thunder Ninja Academy while his brother Blake continues his racing career. 

Characters

Rangers

6 Ninja Storm Rangers

Ninja Rangers

Main articles: Ninja Storm Rangers, Wind Rangers, and Thunder Rangers
Color Role Actor
Red Wind Ranger Shane Clarke Pua Magasiva
Blue Wind Ranger Tori Hanson Sally Martin
Yellow Wind Ranger Dustin Brooks Glenn McMillan
Crimson Thunder Ranger Hunter Bradley Adam Tuominen
Navy Thunder Ranger Blake Bradley Jorgito Vargas Jr.
Green Samurai Ranger Cameron Watanabe Jason Chan

Allies

Red Dino Ranger Conner McKnight
Blue Dino Ranger Ethan James
Yellow Dino Ranger Kira Ford
Black Dino Ranger Tommy Oliver
White Dino Ranger Trent Fernandez-Mercer

Villains

Main article: Lothor's Army

Arsenal

Main article: Arsenal (Ninja Storm)

Morphers

Multi-Use Devices

Sidearms

Individual Weapons and Team Blasters

Special Weapons

Power-up

Vehicles

Zords

Main article: Zords (Ninja Storm)
Legend:◆ piloted zord, ❖ aux zord, ➲ carrier zord, ◇ combo-assist zord

Ninja Zord System

Main article: Power Spheres

Alternate Combinations

Alternate Megazords
Storm Megazord
Thunder Megazord
Samurai Star Megazord
Thunderstorm Megazord


Episodes

  1. Prelude to a Storm
  2. There's No “I” In Team
  3. Beauty and the Beach
  4. Looming Thunder
  5. Thunder Strangers, Part I
  6. Thunder Strangers, Part II
  7. Thunder Strangers, Part III
  8. Nowhere to Grow
  9. Snip It, Snip It Good
  10. Return of Thunder, Part I
  11. Return of Thunder, Part II
  12. Return of Thunder, Part III
  13. Return of Thunder, Part IV
  14. Boxing Bopp-a-Roo
  15. Pork Chopped
  16. The Samurai's Journey, Part I
  17. The Samurai's Journey, Part II
  18. The Samurai's Journey, Part III
  19. Scent of a Ranger
  20. I Love Lothor
  21. Good Will Hunter
  22. All About Beevil
  23. Sensei Switcheroo
  24. Tongue and Cheek
  25. Brothers In Arms
  26. Shane's Karma, Part I
  27. Shane's Karma, Part II
  28. Shimazu Returns, Part I
  29. Shimazu Returns, Part II
  30. The Wild Wipeout
  31. Double-Edged Blake
  32. Eye of the Storm
  33. General Deception, Part I
  34. General Deception, Part II
  35. A Gem of a Day
  36. Down and Dirty
  37. Storm Before the Calm, Part I
  38. Storm Before the Calm, Part II

Comics

VHS/DVD Releases

DVD

  • Power Rangers Ninja Storm (Complete Season) [RC2]
  • Volume 1 (Episodes 1-3)
  • Volume 2 (Episodes 4-7)
  • Volume 3 (Episodes 10-13)
  • Volume 4 (Episodes 15-18)
  • Volume 5 (Episodes 19-22)
  • Power Rangers Ninja Storm: Nowhere To Grow
  • Power Rangers Seasons 8-12 (Lightspeed Rescue to Dino Thunder)
  • Power Rangers Ninja Storm: The Complete Series (Shout! Factory)

Notes

  • This is the first Power Rangers series to neither feature a Pink Ranger nor a White Ranger. All prior incarnations have either included a Pink Ranger or a White Ranger.
  • Ninja Storm is the first season that does not have any interaction with Rangers or characters from a previous incarnation.
  • This is the first time that a series starts with only three Rangers (although the standard six are in place by the series finale).
  • This is the first series to be aired on Jetix and Toon Disney. Thus, it is considered by many fans to be the official start of the "Disney Era" of Power Rangers.
  • This is the first team to be assembled from three different factions of Rangers (Wind Rangers, Thunder Rangers, and Samurai Ranger) rather than one group from the same power source. However, there are noticeable similarities in their suits.
  • It is the first and currently only season to have exactly three morphing calls.
  • Early in Ninja Storm, it is suggested that all previous series were just comic books thereby retconning them out of the series canon and making Ninja Storm the first "real" Power Rangers series; however, this proved highly controversial and the concept was abandoned.
  • One of the reasons there was no team up between Ninja Storm and Wild Force is because of the transition in filming location for Power Rangers from Los Angeles, California to Auckland, New Zealand, thus Disney's unwillingness to pay the Wild Force cast to fly to New Zealand to produce such a special.
  • An early concept for adapting Ninpu Sentai Hurricaneger, called Hexagon, was drafted by Forever Red writer Amit Bhaumik. It would keep the core three Rangers but would deviate heavily from Hurricanger. Bhaumik's plot involved the return of Tommy Oliver joining forces with different previous Rangers to form a larger organization called the Hexagon. However, the Beetle Rangers (Thunder Rangers) would oppose this, starting a civil war between the two Ranger factions. This idea was discarded in production due to the unforeseen complications and expenses of using the American actors as well as producing all new non-Sentai footage.[1]
  • This is the first Power Rangers series to feature a female Blue Ranger.
  • This is the first season in which every Ranger had a special power.
  • This is the only season to have both a second Red Ranger (crimson) and a second Blue Ranger (navy) on the same team.

See Also

External links

References

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Mighty Morphin (s01)Mighty Morphin (s02)Mighty Morphin (s03)Alien Rangers (mini-series)ZeoTurbo
In SpaceLost GalaxyLightspeed RescueTime ForceWild ForceNinja StormDino ThunderS.P.D.
Mystic ForceOperation OverdriveJungle FuryRPMSamuraiSuper SamuraiMegaforceSuper MegaforceDino ChargeDino Super ChargeNinja SteelSuper Ninja SteelBeast MorphersDino Fury

Power Rangers: The Movie (alternate continuity)Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie2017 movie (alternate continuity)

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