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Samurai Sentai Shinkenger (侍戦隊シンケンジャー Samurai Sentai Shinkenjā) translated as Samurai Squadron True Sword Ranger, is the 33rd Super Sentai series,which began airing on February 15, 2009. Using a feudal Japan motif, Shinkenger is a portmanteau of Shinken 真剣 (true sword) and Ranger. It joined Kamen Rider DecadeIcon-crosswiki on February 15, 2009, replacing Engine Sentai Go-Onger. On September 6, 2009 it was joined by Kamen Rider WIcon-crosswiki one week after Decade's finale. On February 14, 2010 it was replaced by Tensou Sentai Goseiger as part of the Super Hero Time block. In 2011, Shinkenger's footage and storyline was adapted in Power Rangers Samurai and its second season, Super Samurai, the 18th and 19th seasons of the Power Rangers franchise.

The average ratings of the series was 5.9%.[1]

Plot[]

For centuries, there has been a war between humanity and the Gedoshu, creatures who emerge from the depths of the underworld and cause fear and terror to those around them. To fight against these creatures, the Emperor of Japan ordained five clans of samurai to fight against the Gedoshu threat three-hundred years in the past, forming the Samurai Sentai Shinkenger. These samurai possess the abilities of "Mojikara", which allow for them to manipulate the kanji (Chinese characters) of the Japanese language to draw upon abilities and ordain themselves with the elements to fight the threats. They likewise utilize "origami" (folding gods) to fight against these creatures "second life", which turns them into giants which rampage through the nation.

For 17 generations, the war between the Shinkenger and Ayakashi continued, with slight reprieve given due to a massive sacrifice of the former leader to temporarily stop the Gedoshu leader, Dokoku Chimatsuri. However many years later, with the Gedoshu beginning their attacks again and Dokoku rerising to flood the world with the water of the Sanzu River of the underworld, Takeru Shiba, the 18th Shiba Clan leader, must gather his retainers again to fight back against the threat and protect the world. However, as this generation faces the toughest threat from the Gedoshu yet, a dark secret may cloud over the Shinkenger as the war rages onwards.

Characters[]

Rangers[]

Shinkengers[]

Shinkenger (Team)

Shinkengers

Shinkengers (Civilian)

Civilian Shinkengers

Main article: Shinkengers
Designation Name Actor
Shinken Red Takeru Shiba ▶◀ Kaoru Shiba Tori Matsuzaka ▶◀ Runa Natsui
Shinken Blue Ryunosuke Ikenami Hiroki Aiba
Shinken Pink Mako Shiraishi Rin Takanashi
Shinken Green Chiaki Tani Shogo Suzuki
Shinken Yellow Kotoha Hanaori Suzuka Morita
Shinken Gold Genta Umemori Keisuke Soma
Other Generations[]
Designation Name Actor
Shinken Red Masataka Shiba (16 previous users) Masaya Matsukaze
Shinken Blue Ryuzaburo Ikenami (16 previous users) Ryo Kamon
Shinken Pink Kyoko Shiraishi (16 previous users) Kazue Itoh
Shinken Green Kurando Tani (16 previous users) Kenichiro Kikuchi
Shinken Yellow 16 previous users

Other Heroes[]

Designation Name Actor
Daigoyou Secret Lantern DaiGoyou Kōichi Tōchika

Wannabe Rangers[]

Designation Name Actor
Shinken Brown Richard Brown (14) John Kaminari

Debatable Evil Rangers[]

Designation Name Actor
Juzo Fuwa Juzo Fuwa Mitsuru Karahashi

Other Rangers[]

Designation Name Actor
Shinken Green Abekonbe (27) Nobuyuki Hiyama (voice)

Kamen Riders[]

Kamen Rider Decade Tsukasa KadoyaIcon-crosswiki
Kamen Rider Diend Daiki KaitoIcon-crosswiki
Kamen Rider Kuuga Yuusuke OnoderaIcon-crosswiki

Allies[]

Shiba Clan[]

Other Allies[]

Shinken Brown Richard Brown
Daigoyou Secret Lantern DaiGoyou

Villains[]

Arsenal[]

Main article: Arsenal (Shinkenger)


Transformation Devices[]

Multi-Use Devices[]

Sidearms and Individual Weapons[]

Team Blaster[]

Mecha[]

Main article: Mecha (Shinkenger)
Legend:◆ piloted mecha, ❖ aux mecha; see Style Guide for rules on icon colors

Additional Formations[]

ShinkenOh[]

DaiGoyou[]

Other[]

Episodes[]

Main article: Samurai Sentai Shinkenger Episodes

The episodes here are referred to as "Acts" ( Maku). Also, they are all completely in kanji, with accompanying furigana. One kanji in particular is bolded in each title, being the emphasis for the episode.

  1. Act 1: The Gallant Appearance of the Five Samurai (第一幕:伊達姿五 Dai Ichi-maku: Date Sugata Go Samurai)
  2. Act 2: The Stylish Combination (第二幕:極付粋 Dai Ni-maku: Kiwametsuki Ikina Gattai)
  3. Act 3: An Extermination Skill Contest (第三幕:腕退治 Dai San-maku: Udetaiji Udekurabe)
  4. Act 4: Nightly Tears of Sympathy (第四幕:夜話情 Dai Yon-maku: Yowanasake Namidagawa)
  5. Act 5: The Kabuto Origami (第五幕:折神 Dai Go-maku: Kabuto Origami)
  6. Act 6: The Abusive King (第六幕:悪 Dai Roku-maku: Waruguchiō)
  7. Act 7: Marlin Fishing (第七幕:舵木一本 Dai Nana-maku: Kajiki Ippontsuri)
  8. Act 8: The Brides are Spirited Away (第八幕:花神隠 Dai Hachi-maku: Hanayome Kamikakushi)
  9. Act 9: The Tiger's Rebellion (第九幕:反抗期 Dai Kyū-maku: Tora no Hankōki)
  10. Act 10: The Great Sky Combination (第十幕:大空合体 Dai Jū-maku: Daitenkū Gattai)
  11. Act 11: A Threefold Strife (第十一幕:三大騒動 Dai Jūichi-maku: Mitsudomoe Ōsōdō)
  12. Act 12: The Very First Super Samurai Combination (第十二幕:史上初侍合体 Dai Jūni-Maku: Shijō Hatsu Chō Samurai Gattai)
  13. Act 13: The Heavy Cries (第十三幕:重 Dai Jūsan-maku: Omoi Nakigoe)
  14. Act 14: The Foreign Samurai (第十四幕:国侍 Dai Jūyon-maku: Ikoku no Samurai)
  15. Act 15: The Imposter and Real Deal's Arrest (第十五幕:物本物大捕物 Dai Jūgo-maku: Nisemono Honmono Ōtorimono)
  16. Act 16: The Power of Kuroko (第十六幕:子力 Dai Jūroku-maku: Kuroko no Chikara)
  17. Act 17: The Sushi Samurai (第十七幕:寿司侍 Dai Jūnana-maku: Sushi Samurai)
  18. Act 18: Samurai Promotion (第十八幕:侍 Dai Jūhachi-maku: Samurai Shūmei)
  19. Act 19: Learning the Samurai Disposition (第十九幕:侍手習中 Dai Jūkyū-maku: Samuraigokoro Tenaraichū)
  20. Act 20: The Ebi Origami's Transformation (第二十幕:海老折神 Dai Nijū-maku: Ebi Origami Henge)
  21. Act 21: The Father and Son Bears (第二十一幕:親子 Dai Nijūichi-maku: Oyakoguma)
  22. Act 22: Lord Butler (第二十二幕:殿執事 Dai Nijūni-maku: Tono Shitsuji)
  23. Act 23: The Rampaging Gedoushu (第二十三幕:走外道衆 Dai Nijūsan-maku: Bōsō Gedōshū)
  24. Act 24: The True Samurai Combination (第二十四幕:侍合体 Dai Nijūyon-maki: Shin Samurai Gattai)
  25. Act 25: The Dream World (第二十五幕:世界 Dai Nijūgo-maki: Yume Sekai)
  26. Act 26: Decisive Match Number One (第二十六幕:戦大一番 Dai Nijūroku-maku: Kessen Ōichiban)
  27. Act 27: Switched Lives (第二十七幕:入人生 Dai Nijūnana-maki: Irekae Jinsei)
  28. Act 28: The Lantern Samurai (第二十八幕:提 Dai Nijūhachi-maki: Chōchin Samurai)
  29. Act 29: The Runaway Lantern (第二十九幕:家提灯 Dai Nijūkyū-maki: Iede Chōchin)
  30. Act 30: The Manipulated Academy (第三十幕:学園 Dai Sanjū-maku: Ayatsuri Gakuen)
  31. Act 31: The Kyoryu Origami (第三十一幕:恐折神 Dai Sanjūichi-maku: Kyōryū Origami)
  32. Act 32: The Ushi Origami (第三十二幕:折神 Dai Sanjūni-maku: Ushi Origami)
  33. Act 33: MouGyuuDaiOh (第三十三幕:牛大王 Dai Sanjūsan-maku: Mōgyūdaiō)
  34. Act 34: Fatherly Love, Girlish Innocence (第三十四幕:親心 Dai Sanjūyon-maku: Oyagokoro Musumegokoro)
  35. Act 35: Eleven Origami All Combination (第三十五幕:十一折神合体 Dai Sanjūgo-maku: Jūichi Origami Zen Gattai)
  36. Act 36: The Curry Samurai (第三十六幕:哩侍 Dai Sanjūroku-maku: Karē Samurai)
  37. Act 37: The Epic Glue Battle (第三十七幕:着大作戦 Dai Sanjūnana-maku: Setchaku Daisakusen)
  38. Act 38: The Gunnery Showdown (第三十八幕:対鉄砲隊 Dai Sanjūhachi-maku: Taiketsu Teppōtai)
  39. Act 39: The Very Urgent First Aid Emergency (第三十九幕:救急緊大至急 Dai Sanjūkyū-maku: Kyūkyū Kinkyū Daishikyū)
  40. Act 40: The Honorable Leader Heads to the Front Lines (第四十幕:御大将 Dai Yonjū-maku: Ontaishō Shutsujin)
  41. Act 41: The Sent Words (第四十一幕:言葉 Dai Yonjūichi-maku: Okuru Kotoba)
  42. Act 42: Two Centuries' Ambition (第四十二幕:二百年野 Dai Yonjūni-maku: Nihyakunen no Yabō)
  43. Act 43: One Last Sword (第四十三幕:最後一太 Dai Yonjūsan-maku: Saigo no Hitotachi)
  44. Act 44: The Eighteenth Head of the Shiba House (第四十四幕:志葉家十八代目当 Dai Yonjūyon-maku: Shiba-ke Jūhachidaime Tōshu)
  45. Act 45: The Impersonator (第四十五幕:武者 Dai Yonjūgo-maku: Kagemusha)
  46. Act 46: The Showdown Clash (第四十六幕:突大勝負 Dai Yonjūroku-maku: Gekitotsu Ōshōbu)
  47. Act 47: Bonds (第四十七幕: Dai Yonjūnana-maku: Kizuna)
  48. Act 48: The Final Great Decisive Battle (第四十八幕:最後大決 Dai Yonjūhachi-maku: Saigo no Daikessen)
  49. Closing Act: The Samurai Sentai is Eternal (最終幕:戦隊永遠 Saishū-maku: Samurai Sentai Eien ni)

Movies

  1. Samurai Sentai Shinkenger the Movie: The Fateful War (侍戦隊シンケンジャー銀幕版 天下分け目の戦 Samurai Sentai Shinkenjā Ginmakuban Tenkawakeme no Tatakai)
  2. Samurai Sentai Shinkenger vs. Go-Onger: GinmakuBang!! (侍戦隊シンケンジャーVSゴーオンジャー銀幕BANG!! Samurai Sentai Shinkenjā Bui Esu Gōonjā Ginmaku BANG!!)
  3. The Return of Samurai Sentai Shinkenger: Special Act (帰ってきた侍戦隊シンケンジャー 特別幕 Kaettekita Samurai Sentai Shinkenjā: Tokubetsu Maku)
  4. Tensou Sentai Goseiger vs. Shinkenger: Epic on Ginmaku (天装戦隊ゴセイジャーVSシンケンジャー エピック on 銀幕 Tensō Sentai Goseijā tai Shinkenjā Epikku on Ginmaku)

Specials

  1. Kamen Rider Decade: World of Shinkenger (Shinkenger Acts 20.5 & 21.5)
    1. Episode 24: The Arrival of the Samurai Sentai (見参侍戦隊 Kenzan Samurai Sentai)
    2. Episode 25: Heretic Rider, Go Forth! (外道ライダー、参る! Gedō Raidā, Mairu!)
  2. Samurai Sentai Shinkenger: The Light Samurai's Surprise Transformation (侍戦隊シンケンジャー光侍驚変身 Samurai Sentai Shinkenjā Hikari no Samurai Odoroki Henshin)

Stage shows

  1. Shinkenger Stage Show at Double Hero Nagoya Dome
  2. Samurai Sentai Shinkenger Final Live Tour 2010

Songs[]

Main article: Samurai Sentai Shinkenger Soundtracks
Opening theme
Ending themes
  • "Shirokuji Muchuu Shinkenger ~Ginmakuban~" (四六時夢中 シンケンジャー~銀幕版~ Shirokujimuchū Shinkenjā ~Ginmakuban~, "Dreaming 24/7, Shinkenger (Movie Version)")
    • Artists: Shinkengers (Tori Matsuzaka, Hiroki Aiba, Rin Takanashi, Shogo Suzuki, Suzuka Morita, Keisuke Sohma) & Hideaki Takatori
    • Lyrics: Shoko Fujibayashi
    • Composition: Hideaki Takatori
    • Arrangement: Project.R (Hiroaki Kagoshima)
      • Episodes: 21-28
  • Samurai First Lap -GinmakuBANG!!- (侍ファーストラップ ~銀幕BANG!!~ Samurai Fāsuto Rappu Ginmaku Ban)
    • Artists: Project.R (Hideaki Takatori, YOFFY, Sister MAYO)
    • Lyrics: Shoko Fujibayashi, Mike Sugiyama
    • Composition: Kenichiro Ōishi, YOFFY, Hideaki Takatori
    • Arrangement: Project.R

The opening and ending themes of Shinkenger are performed by Psychic Lover and Hideaki Takatori as part of Project.R, respectively. The opening is also featured as a playable song in Taiko no Tatsujin Wii: Do Don to 2 Daime. Its opening theme song single ranked highly on the Oricon charts, reaching #4 on the Daily Ranking Charts on its day of release. and peaked at #6 on the weekly charts selling 20,130 copies within its first week of release and stayed in the top 30 ranks for 4 weeks straight.

Mecha themes
  • "Samurai Gattai! ShinkenOh" (侍合体!シンケンオー "Samurai Gattai! Shinken'ō")
    • Artist Akira Kushida (串田 アキラ)
    • Lyrics: Kuwahara Nagae (桑原 永江)
    • Composition: Hiroshi Takagi (高 木洋)
    • Arrangement: Project.R (Kenichiro Ōishi)
      • Episodes: 4-6, 14, 19 & 42
Insert themes
  • "Ikkan Kenjō! Shinken Gold" (一貫献上!シンケンゴールド "Ikkan Kenjō! Shinken Gōrudo")
    • Artist & Lyrics: YOFFY
    • Composition: Hiroshi Takagi (高 木洋)
    • Arrangement: Project.R (Hiroshi Takagi, Kenichiro Ōishi)
      • Episode: 17,
Character themes

Cast[]

Suit Actors[]

Toyline[]

Main article: Shinkenger (Toyline)

Notes[]

  • The show's narrator is Hironori Miyata, the same narrator that appears in Dairanger and Hurricaneger.
  • This is the first Super Sentai series that features a team-up with Super Sentai's sister franchise, Kamen Rider.
  • This is the first season to feature a female Red Ranger in a Super Sentai Series.
  • Like Hurricanger, Shinkenger was not dubbed in South Korea. A Korean dub of Gaoranger called Power Rangers Jungle Force was shown in its place. However, Shinkenger still appeared in South Korea in the Korean dub of Kamen Rider Decade, due to the crossover between the two series, where they were known as Power Rangers Samurai Force. In Gokaiger dubbed in South Korea, Power Rangers Captain Force, Shinkenger is called Power Rangers Blade Force.
  • This is the first season in which a suit undergoes a gender change, as a skirt is added onto the Shinken Red suit when Kaoru replaces Takeru. This would become commonplace later in Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger, in which skirts are added to the suits of male Sentai warriors when a female Gokaiger changes into them, and vice versa.
  • This is the first season to have an alliterative Sentai title.
  • This is the first Super Sentai series to have its footage be used completely for two seasons of Power Rangers; while the Zyuranger suits were used for all three seasons of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, the zords and monsters after season 1 came from its two successor shows, while Samurai and Super Samurai both used Shinkenger footage exclusively.
  • This is the first series to come before Gokaiger to get a Blu-Ray release.
  • Shinkenger is the last season to have aired in the 2000's, with the following season, Tensou Sentai Goseiger, airing fully in the 2010's.

See Also[]

External Links[]

References[]

Footnotes[]


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