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We're Ninja (忍者でござる Ninja-de gozaru) is the first episode of Ninja Sentai Kakuranger. It took an unusual approach among Sentai in introducing only three members of the five-man team, Sasuke (NinjaRed), Saizou (NinjaBlue), Tsuruhime (NinjaWhite). The remaining two members, Seikai (NinjaYellow) and Jiraiya (NinjaBlack), would be introduced in the next two episodes respectively.
The episode opens with The Announcer (appearing via explosion) telling the story of how the Youkai were originally sealed: Long ago, during the Warring States period, Sasuke Sarutobi, Saizou Kirigakure, Seikai Miyoshi, Jiraiya, and Tsuruhime fought together to seal Nurarihyon and the Yokais power behind the Door of Seals.
The story moves to the present day where Sasuke and Saizou, descendants of Sasuke Sarutobi and Saizou Kirigakure, are bickering over what to eat and the lack of funds to actually do so. They witness a Bespectacled Man being attacked by a group of thugs who take his bag. They fight the attackers off with a well-aimed boot and return the man’s bag. The odd looking man demands that they take the bag to the “Kappa Inari Shrine” on a certain island and gives them a map before apparently dying. Saizou opens up the bags and discovers that it’s filled with money! The Bespectacled Man wakes up briefly to inform them that they can keep a reward for themselves as long as the take it to the shrine, and dies once more.
Arriving on the island, Sasuke and Saizou come across a group of children, led by a young girl. Sasuke and Saizou ask them for help, but the kids run off, leading the two men on a meandering chase through the woods, all while taunting them with a song. Unbeknownst to either of them, the whole chase is observed by a mysterious creature in a nearby pond. Just as they are about to give up and go home, the kids reappear, transforming into armed ninjas! The ninjas proceed to chase Sasuke and Saizou, forcing them into deadly traps from which they narrowly escape. They stumble upon an ancient, ornate door, guarded by a statue that scares the pursuing ninjas.
The little girl reappears, tricking Saizou into stepping on a switch that opens the door by hooking the bag carrying the money on a fishing pole. The girl reveals herself to be the Bespectacled Man in a magical disguise, who thanks them for their help and reveals that the money in the bag was disguised cucumbers the entire time. An old man appears riding a magic cloud, whom the Bespectacled Man calls Sandayuu. Sandayuu warns Sasuke and Saizou that the door had sealed away the power of the Youkai, but he’s too late to stop it. The energy and Youkai sealed behind the door escape, the Bespectacled Men reveals himself to have been a Youkai himself, a Kappa, the entire time. Sandayuu flees, telling Sasuke and Saizou to embrace their destiny.
The Kappa sends Sasuke and Saizou back to the city in the subway, where they encounter numerous Youkai, including dorodoros, Azukiarai, Nurikabe, and Mokumokuren. Making it to the surface, they see strange castle appear in the middle of the city. Sandayuu appears once again, who sends them to a quarry-like area, where they come across five swords stuck in the ground. The castle appears once again, and a white female ninja flies out of it in the form of a paper crane. She identifies herself as Tsuruhime the 24th, and Saizou almost immediately starts flirting with her. She chastises them for opening the door and instructs them to pull out two of the swords while she pulls out a third, stating that they can only be removed by the heir of a ninja bloodline. They pull out the swords, releasing a massive amount of energy. This causes the castle to turn into a giant robot, the Muteki Shogun, out of whom comes the spirits of Sasuke Sarutobi, Saizou Kirigakure, Seikai Miyoshi, Jiraiya, and Tsuruhime. Although Sasuke Sarutobi and Saizou Kirigakure express skepticism of their descendants, they alongside the ancient Tsuruhime, give their descendants devices called Doron Changers (alongside a small lecture on personal hygiene from Sasuke Sarutobi and Saizou Kirigakure) and instruct them to go forth and protect the world from Youkai.
Before Sasuke and Saizou can recover from what just happened, the Kappa and a band of dorodoros attack! Tsuruhime, Sasuke and Saizou activate the Doron Changers and become NinjaWhite, NinjaRed, and NinjaBlue, the first three members of Ninja Sentai Kakuranger! Using their newly granted magical ninja abilities, they fight of dorodoros. The Kappa gives them a hard time, and stands on the verge of winning, but is fended off by an attack by the Muteki Shogun. Suddenly, another Youkai appears: a pink octopus that calls the Kappa “darling”…
The Announcer appears once again to sign off the episode, And then he explodes.
- Sasuke (サスケ Sasuke): Teruaki Ogawa (小川 輝晃 Ogawa Teruaki)
- Tsuruhime (鶴姫 Tsuruhime): Satomi Hirose (広瀬 仁美 Hirose Satomi)
- Saizou (サイゾウ Saizō): Hiroshi Tsuchida (土田 大 Tsuchida Hiroshi)
- Sandayuu Momochi (百地三太夫 Momochi Sandayu): Akira Sakamoto (坂本あきら Akira Sakamoto)
- The Announcer: Enjou Sanyuutei (三遊亭 圓丈 San'yūtei Enjō)
- Nurarihyon (ヌラリヒョン Nurarihyon, Voice): Yoshimasa Chida (千田義正 Chida Yoshimasa)
- Kappa (カッパ Kappa): Shoichiro Akaboshi (赤星昇一郎 Akaboshi Shoichiro)
- Girl: Chiyomi Takahashi (高橋千代美 Takahashi Chiyomi)
- Boat Man: Tadashi Takatsuki (高月忠 Takatsuki Tadashi)
- Kakuranger's Ancestors: Tetsu Masuda (益田てつ Masuda Tetsu), Kiyokazu Inoue (井上清和 Inoue Kiyokazu), Daigaku Sekine (関根大学 Sekine Daigaku), Yoshinori Okamoto (岡本美登 Okamoto Yoshinori)
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- First appearance of Sasuke, Saizou, Tsuruhime, Sandayuu, the Dorodoros, The Announcer, and Muteki Shogun.
- While J.A.K.Q. Dengekitai, Battle Fever J, Dengeki Sentai Changeman, and Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger are the only Sentai acknowledged as not having a Yellow Ranger, this episode also counts since, as previously noted, Seikai doesn't appear (although he is credited, seen in the opening, and is introduced in the next episode).
- The first song the children sing is a very old Japanese folk song called Touryanse (とおりゃんせ). It is associated with a childrens game, and is used in modern day Japan to let children know when to cross the street.
- The second song the children sing is another traditional Japanese childrens song called Hana Ichi Monme (花一匁). It is sung as part of a game similar to the western game Red Rover.
- This episode shares the same translated title as the first episode of a later ninja season.
- This is the only opening episode of a ninja season to have "ninja" written in kanji in the first episode title.
- Ninja Sentai Kakuranger Volume 1 features episodes 1-11.
- The complete Kakuranger series was released in America by Shout! Factory in 2016.
- Changing of the Zords - Power Rangers counterpart in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (Season 3). See comparison page.
- Alien Rangers of Aquitar - Power Rangers counterpart in Mighty Morphin Alien Rangers. See comparison page.