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Takeru Shiba (志葉 丈瑠 Shiba Takeru) is Shinken Red (シンケンレッド Shinken Reddo) of the Shinkengers. He is a young man descended from feudal lords, referred to by his vassals and servants as Lord (殿 Tono).
He was raised since childhood by Hikoma Kusakabe to act the role of the 18th head of the Shiba line after his father gave him the Shishi Origami. His upbringing made him create a facade to look very arrogant and proud to others, claiming none can match his strength and greatness while keeping his cool in any situation. Though he was reluctant to have the vassals fight by his side, as he wanted no one else to bear the burden, he allowed their involvement after giving them the choice to turn back or become Shinkengers out of want rather than need, as long they are willing to finish their mission to the last detail.
By the time Genta arrives, Takeru's facade is revealed as he now questions himself of how it makes him strong along with learning he shares similar attributes with Juzo before defeating him. While at times it may not seem like it, Takeru cares a lot about his vassals and when Genta arrives, he becomes more open with them. However, in a fight against Juzo, it is revealed that Takeru started to value his life more which, in Juzo's words, makes him weaker and makes Takeru doubt himself. After Takeru is injured and taken down by Ayakashi Yomotsugari's Onibidama, Kaoru Shiba, the true eighteenth head of the Shiba Clan, appears and reveals herself as the real Shinken Red, thus exposing Takeru as a kagemusha.
It is revealed that the previous Shinken Red could not defeat Dokoku and his army, and decided to leave the task to the next generation. In order to hide the previous lord's unborn daughter, Hikoma Kusakabe recruited Takeru, who was never a samurai but had great fighting abilities and possessed enormous Mojikara, to pose as the eighteenth head of the Shiba Clan in order to hold Kaoru's pursuers at bay. After Kaoru's failed attempt to seal away Dokoku with the sealing character, she resigned as the 18th head and adopted Takeru as her son, which made him the 19th head and therefore allowing him to continue as Shinken Red once more.
Goseiger vs. Shinkenger
Takeru arrived to help Alata face an army of Nanashi after listening to the hidden Gedoushuu alarm. Takeru and Alata quickly formed their friendship as both have the same mission to protect Earth. Alata took Takeru to Amachi's residence, only to find Takeru's kuroko making a mess unintentionally by preparing a seat for him. Embarrassed, Takeru told them that he didn't need that. After discussing what's going on, Takeru and Hikoma called for his retainers, with Ryunosuke arrived first. However, Ryunosuke fought with Agri because he thought that Agri had been rude to Takeru, getting further upset after Hyde made the Goseigers cosplay as Sengoku period samurai which made Ryunosuke think that they were mocking them. After Hikoma received a call about another attack Takeru, Ryunosuke and the Goseigers went to the battlefield.
Chiaki later arrived during the middle of the fight. However, things were not so helpful after Brajira as Bloodbath Brajira arrived and baited Takeru as Super Shinken Red to clash against him. The true intention of the commotion was in fact, to kidnap Takeru. Takeru later met his teammates, with the exception of Genta. But Takeru had been brainwashed and transformed into Gedou Shinken Red, wiping out the Goseigers alongside his own team. Before his own team could be killed Alata, as Gosei Red, took the damage instead and received a critical injury by protecting them. Fortunately, Genta and Gosei Knight arrived to stop Takeru with the unintentional combination of Mojikara amd Tensou attacks.
Later, Brajira took Takeru to open the seal of Gosei World so he could send the sea of Sanzu River to destroy Gosei World. But he was held up by the Goseigers (excluding Alata and Gosei Knight, who was blown away during his attempt to stop Brajira as Groundion) and Shinkengers (excluding Genta who was busy taking care of the injured Alata) and permanently freed from Brajira's brainwash thanks to the recovered Alata (later joining before the team was about to be finished) with the fire Mojikara-enhanced Tensou attack that he temporarily obtained from Kaoru. Takeru then joined forces with his team, the Goseigers and Gosei Knight to defeat Brajira.
Months after wiping out the last of the Gedoushu, Takeru fought alongside not only his own team, but every single Sentai ranger in existence, against the Empire of Zangyack when it attacked the Earth in the Great Legend War. Takeru was the one of the first Super Sentai Reds seen engaging a Gormin and Sugormin group. After fighting against hundreds of Gormin and their Sugormin commanders. AkaRenger noticed the fleet moving towards them, he gathered all the Rangers together and gave them the order to sacrifice their powers to wipe out the first invasion's armada.
Farewell Space Pirates
After the Gokaigers defeated the Zangyack invasion, Marvelous released the Ranger Keys/powers back to their original owners, resulting in Takeru and his team getting their powers back.
Super Hero Taisen
Takeru, alongside his team (Shinken Gold and Princess Shinken Red were absent), among the majority of the Super Sentai heroes, was caught up in the "Super Hero Taisen" incident which eventually resulted in the Super Sentai teams and Kamen Riders joining forces to defeat both Dai-Zangyack and Dai-Shocker. Ironically, Takeru and his team were acquainted with the Great Leader of Dai-Shocker, Tsukasa Kadoya, also known as Kamen Rider Decade, having encountered him before when he visited their world. During the final battle, he is seen fighting Gryllus Worm, Sea Fist Demon Rageku, and Deratsueigar.
Super Hero Taisen Z
The five-man Shinkenger team was part of a force of Sentai and Rider reinforcements led by Akarenger and Kamen Rider #1 that came to assist the Sentai and Riders of recent years who were overwhelmed by the revived monster army of the Space Crime Syndicate Madou. The combined forces of superheroes were able to turn the tide against the Madou army. They lined up and used their various finisher attacks to destroy the revived monsters.
After Demon King Psycho was destroyed and the battle was finally over, the Shinkengers appeared standing on a cliff with all the other heroes who appeared to help, to say goodbye to the heroes of recent years before taking their leave.
Zyuohger vs. Ninninger
Shinken Red appeared as part of a conference of the first 38 Reds led by Red Falcon, whom addressed the Ninningers and Zyuohgers as the greater Super Sentai pantheon intervened to save them from defeat at the hands of the titanic Gillmarda. Empowering the Combination Nin Shuriken to form Wild Tousai Shuriken King, the first 38 Super Sentai further imbued their successors with the power to perform the Zyuoh Ninnin Super Sentai Burst, destroying Gillmarda with the combined power of all 40 Super Sentai.
Chou Super Hero Taisen
Super Sentai Strongest Battle
Battle1: Who is the Strongest in History!?
Takeru joined the Super Sentai Strongest Battle as a member of Swordsman Team, where he partnered with DekaMaster in the first round and won their match against Blue Dolphin and Yellow Turbo of Archer Team. His team was eliminated after losing the fourth round against Oddball Team.
- Kaoru Shiba (Adoptive Mother)
Takeru is the least expressive member of the Shinkengers. His dedication to his duties and trained discipline cause him to appear cold and strict, especially towards his teammates. However, much of this is a facade. While he will never attempt to show his kind emotions, Takeru will be the first to act on them should anyone close to him come to harm.
Takeru is also implied to have a secret love of fighting powerful opponents, a trait that attracts the Gedounin Juzo into clashing with him. Unlike Juzo however, Takeru proves much harder to corrupt; his unwillingness to forego his duties for the thrill of combat being the source of their friction.
Appearances in other media
Go-On Red and Shinken Red draw their swords (Road Saber and Rekka Daizantou) and their swords clash, producing a cloud of red smoke. Go-On Red wishes Shinken Red luck, and both Rangers turn their attention toward the viewers. This is the first hand-off where both Reds are not in the "black room" and are interacting in the real world, the second being Lupin vs Patro with Ryusoulger. (In the Magiranger/Boukenger hand-off, only MagiRed was in the real world)
Akibaranger Episode 14
Shinken Red appeared with Go-On Red and Gosei Red in the stage show Akibaranger Episode 14 to grant the Inordinate Power of their teams to the Akibarangers. The Shinkengers' Inordinate Power turned him into a Big Pen.
Ninninger Stage Show, Shinken Red appears!
Shinken Red appeared to help the Ninningers defeat the Kibaoni Army Corps.
Super Hero Taihen
Shinken Red appears as the "Kenger Representative" (ケンジャー代表 Kenjā Daihyō) in the Super Hero Taihen net movie The Grown-ups’ Narumi Detective Agency Ep. 2: What’s a “Kaiger”?, which exposes the shortening on the term "Ranger" in recent Sentai series.
He also appears in the net movie Super Sentai Murder Mystery! You’re the Great Detective!, holding Kamen Rider OOO's Core Medals as one of several Rangers and Riders holding Kamen Rider and Super Sentai merchandise respectively, when the Go-Busters explain to the net movie director and murder culprit Hiroyuki Kato that all of Super Sentai love Riders and vice versa.
Super Sentai Battle: Ranger Cross
Shinken Red appears with his team in Super Sentai Battle: Ranger Cross.
- Takeru Shiba/Shinken Red: to be added
- Takeru Shiba/Super Shinken Red: to be added
- Takeru Shiba/Hyper Shinken Red: to be added
Super Sentai Battle Base
Shinken Red is among the vast pantheon of Rangers which are available in the mobile game Super Sentai Battle Base. In his case, his Super, Hyper, and Gedou forms are available as well.
Super Sentai Legend Wars
Shinken Red appears with his team among all Sentai in the mobile game Super Sentai Legend Wars.
As Shinken Red (シンケンレッド Shinken Reddo), Takeru is the Samurai of Fire (火の侍 Hi no Samurai) and can use the Inromaru by itself to become Super Shinken Red (スーパーシンケンレッド Sūpā Shinken Reddo) or with the Kyoryumaru to become Hyper Shinken Red (ハイパーシンケンレッド Haipā Shinken Reddo).
- Transformation Handheld ShodoPhone
- Secret Disks
- Secret Playback Katana Shinkenmaru
- Secret Analysis Case Inromaru (not in use)
- Blade Blade (wielded in against Chinomanako)
Appearances: Shinkenger Episodes 1-20, Decade Episode 24, Shinkenger 21, Decade 25, Shinkenger 22-24, The Fateful War, Shinkenger 25-35, The Light Samurai's Surprise Transformation, Shinkenger vs. Go-Onger, Shinkenger 36-43, Special Act, Shinkenger 44, 46-49, Goseiger vs. Shinkenger, Gokaiger Episode 1, 199 Hero Great Battle, Gokaiger 40, Super Hero Taisen, Super Hero Taisen Z, Zyuohger vs. Ninninger, Chou Super Hero Taisen
- "Super Disc!"
- ―Transformation announcement[src]
- Transformation Handheld ShodoPhone
- Secret Disks
- Super MouGyuu Bazooka
Appearances: Shinkenger Episodes 24-25, 28, 33, 35, Shinkenger vs. Go-Onger, 38-40, 42-44, 49, Goseiger vs. Shinkenger
Appearances: The Fateful War, Shinkenger Episode 31, Goseiger vs. Shinkenger
This form of Shinken Red appeared in Samurai Sentai Shinkenger Returns: Special Act when the Shinkengers became the "Forest Animal Sentai Shinkenger" during Ryunosuke's revolving lantern illusion.
Shinken Red was once corrupted into becoming Gedou Shinken Red (外道シンケンレッド Gedō Shinken Reddo).
- Transformation Handheld ShodoPhone
- Secret Disks
- Secret Playback Katana Shinkenmaru
- Secret Loading Gun Mougyu Bazooka
This form is exclusive to Tensou Sentai Goseiger vs. Shinkenger: Epic on Ginmaku.
Legend Sentai Devices
The Shinken Red Ranger Key (シンケンレッドレンジャーキー Shinken Reddo Renjā Kī) is Takeru Shiba's personal Ranger Key and what became of his powers after he along with the rest of the 34 Super Sentai sacrificed their powers to end the Great Legend War.
This key along with the majority of the Ranger Keys were collected by the Red Pirates and later used by the Gokaigers. The Shinken Red Ranger Key was mainly used by Captain Marvelous (Gokai Red), who used it to fight as Shinken Red. It was also used by Gai Ikari and Luka Millfy on one occasion each, and by a young unnamed boy who stole the Ranger Key. Marvelous tested the boy, saying he would give him the Ranger Keys if he defeated the Zangyack. He did well against the Gormin, but when the Action Commander beat him, Marvelous reclaimed the Ranger Key and told him to find another way to help.
- When the Gokaigers became the Shinkengers in their fight with Action Commander Shikabanen and his Zangyack force.
- An unnamed boy became Shinken Red when he was determined to defeat Zangyack after stealing the key from Marvelous.
- As part of an all-red Gokai Change in the Gokaigers' fight with Action Commander Bongan.
- When the Gokaigers became the Shinkengers in their fight with Deratsueigar of the Imperial Guard.
- When the Gokaigers became the Shinkengers to take down Action Commander Osogain's Zugormin.
- Gai uses this key alongside all other Red keys after being merged with Captain Marvelous by Insarn.
- Alongside Ahim (Princess Shinken Red) while fighting against Zatsurig of the Imperial Guard.
- Marvelous became Hyper Shinken Red in a Super Rangers Gokai Change in the final battle with Ackdos Gill.
- While fighting against Kamen Rider Diend.
- While rescuing Gorisaki Banana during a trip to the past.
- Luka became Shinken Red in the first of two successive all-red Gokai Changes against Bangray's Dokoku Chimatsuri and Z Shin.
After Zangyack were finally defeated, the Gokaigers gave the Ranger Keys back to their rightful owners. It is presumed that Takeru received his key and became Shinken Red once more.
The Super Sentai Zyudenchi (スーパー戦隊獣電池 Sūpā Sentai, Super Squadron Beast Batteries), alternatively named Legend Sentai Zyudenchi (レジェンド戦隊獣電池 Rejendo Sentai Jūdenchi, Legend Squadron Beast Batteries) in the toyline, are a special line of Zyudenchi that contain the likeness of the Sentai teams before Kyoryuger (represented by the main Reds). These Zyudenchi are in the same fashion as the "Legend Rider" lines of Collectible Devices in the Kamen Rider Series.
The Legend Sentai Ressha (レジェンド戦隊レッシャー Rejendo Sentai Ressha) are Ressha based on the mecha, specifically those belonging to the Red heroes, of the ToQgers' predeceeding Super Sentai teams. They can form a unique combination of ToQ-Oh reminiscent of past Sentai Robos by switching with Red Ressha. The ToQ Changer toy is shown to have sounds for Legend Ressha of all 37 previous Sentai.
The Shinkenger Ressha (シンケンジャーレッシャー Shinkenjā Ressha) - The Ressha associated with the Shinkengers, based off of Shinken Red's Shishi Origami; when replacing Red Ressha in ToQ-Oh, it forms ToQ-Oh ShinkenOh.
Behind the scenes
Takeru Shiba is portrayed by Tori Matsuzaka (松坂 桃李 Matsuzaka Tōri). As a child, he was portrayed by Masaki Takaiwa (高岩 雅輝 Takaiwa Masaki). As Shinken Red, his suit actor was Hirofumi Fukuzawa (福沢 博文 Fukuzawa Hirofumi), his sub was Riichi Seike (清家 利一 Seike Riichi).
In the Korean dub of Shinkenger in Kamen Rider Decade entitled Power Rangers Samurai Force, which aired in South Korea, while his Ranger designation is Samurai Red and in Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger (Power Rangers Captain Force) entitled Power Rangers Blade Force, while his Ranger designation is Blade Red.
- Act 31 is the only episode where Takeru didn't start the roll call. It was started by Mako instead.
- Takeru shares attributes with two other Sentai Reds:
- He shares the same name with the Red Ranger from the 1987 Series Hikari Sentai Maskman, Takeru, and is the only Red Ranger to share the same name with a predecessor.
- Likewise similar to Geki of Zyuranger, he was the adopted leader of a clan, not born into leadership but instead becoming the leader due to other circumstances.
- Jayden Shiba - Power Rangers counterpart in Samurai. See comparison page. (and Super Samurai)
- Unnamed boy - A boy who used Takeru's Shinken Red powers after he stole the Ranger Key from Captain Marvelous in Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger two seasons later.
- Shinken Red at the Super Sentai Battle: Dice-O official website
- Shinken Red at the Dice-O Wiki