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This article is about a/an villain in Shuriken Sentai Ninninger.
"You may have fooled Gabi, but not me. There is no page named Izayoi in our army. I will not query your origin nor your ultimate goal. But if you attempt anything, you're dead."
―Masakage's warning to Kyuemon if he ever betrayed the Kibaoni Army Corps.[src]

Masakage Tsugomori (晦 正影 Tsugomori Masakage?, lit. "Dark Pure Shadow") is the Chief retainer of the Kibaoni Army Corps.

Character History

Masakage was among the three generals in the past that work under the leadership of Gengetsu Kibaoni. After his death, what remains from him was an eye cover, which was saved.

Masakage is the second general revived sometime after the event of Shinobi 12 by Kyuemon Izayoi, using the fear energies he gathered so far. His first act as commander was to create a competition for ninjas to lure in the Ninninger. He used it as a trap, capturing Yakumo, Fuuka, and Kasumi and used his newly created Youkai to challenge the remaining Ninninger with their companions as the prize. After the Youkai was defeated by the mecha, he confronted Kyuemon, revealing that he was aware that there was no page in their ranks by that name. He allowed him to live, warning him that should he try to work against the Kibaoni Army, he will destroy him.

Masakage oversaw Kyuemon's plot to use his third Izayoi Way Ninja, Puppet Ninja Kuroari, to recruit children into the Kibaoni Army Corps. Having Kuroari use his Parasite Technique to control the ninja master, Kiroku Ise, the manipulated Kiroku then set up a ninja school to find potential ninja initiates. However, Kiroku's apprentice instructor, Kikyo Kousaka, turned out to be an acquaintance of AkaNinger, introducing him to the school where he noticed suspicious behavior from Kiroku and his students, leading Ao, Momo and StarNinger to investigate Kiroku who convened with Masakage, who intended to use Kikyo's conflicting feelings against Takaharu. Engaging the three Ninningers to prevent them from getting through to Takaharu, Masakage was forced to retreat when StarNinger escaped. Ultimately, the plot was foiled when Kikyo's faith in Takaharu led to the truth being revealed as Kiroku was freed from the manipulation of Kuroari, who was subsequently defeated by the Ninningers. While observing that Kuroari had fallen, Kyuemon proclaimed that he had served his purpose as he gathered his first three ninja's Core Gears. Shinobi 30: Targeted Ninja School!

After seeing Kyuemon summon Karakuri Kyuubi, which is powered by the four ninja Core Gears, Masakage confronts him for this, but Kyuemon enters the battle inside his mech. Shinobi 31: The Runaway Ninja! Masakage then confronts Kyuemon for usurping the Personal Ninja Guards for his own personal gain after Mujina reveals being alive. Shinobi 32: Extremely Hot Ninja! Acha! After Kyuemon's apparent death at the hands of Gekiatsu Dai-Oh, Masakage takes his Yo Mallet and then summons the last of the Guards, Poison Arrow Ninja SuzumebachiShinobi 33: The Kunoichi That Loved Yakumo Then, Masakage asks his master's permission for incessant access to creating more Advanced Yokai. Gengetsu grants his request and tells his wife not to give Masakage too much trouble. Shinobi 34: Enter Jiraiya, Legendary World Ninja!

Interpreting Kyuemon to still be alive, Masakage tasks Advanced Yokai Oumukade to chase after him and take down the ninjas. He then believes Kyuemon to conspire against them after seeing him with Kinji. As Kinji left Kyuemon to catch up with his teammates, Masakage then confronts him. Charging at Kyuemon about his actions, he tells Masakage that he helped Kinji gain the Demon Sword so he would become a Yokai, and as that happens, he retreats. Maskage takes advantage of the opportunity by creating Advanced Yokai Oboroguruma on the Ninningers. While Oboroguruma proves to be powerful to handle at the ninjas, as he was chasing them, Masakage then gets caught in the chase as well. Ordering him to shrink to normal size, Maskage scolds Oboroguruma for nearly trying to accidentally crush him. Masakage then deals with the Ninnningers himself, and as AkaNinger Chozetsu tries to slay him, Masakage was able to withstand it and dominate the attack. But as Kinji broke free from his Yokai curse, granting him as Super StarNinger, Masakage was soon overpowered by him and the rest of the team. Kinji then finishes Masakage off with a lightning strike. Humiliated by his defeat, he enlarges Oboroguruma and enters/pilots him to crush the Ninningers. However, the Ninningers use Ha-Oh Gekiatsu Dai-Oh to take down Oboroguruma, and with Masakage still inside him trying to escape, he hilariously flies out of the explosion, yelling at his master to forgive him. Shinobi 35: Kinji Enters the Yokai Labyrinth!Shinobi 36: Kinji, the Glorious Super Star In the aftermath of the defeat, Kyuemon finds Masakage under a pile of junk and gets him out. Masakage refuses to trust Kyuemon aftereverything he's done, so Kyuemon tells him that he can keep is stuff until he could trust him again. Shinobi 37: Shuriken Legend ~The Road to Last Ninja~

Noticing Ariake's pregnancy with what's soon to be Mangetsu, Masakage is in dire straits to relieve her of this issue and summons Yokai Amikiri to deal with the Ninningers. Shinobi 38: The Witch Girl Loves Yakumo? After Mangetsu's birth, Maskage and Ariake go with him to encounter the Ninningers. As a giant Mangetsu was about to finish the Ninningers, two Gashadokuros were summoned to stop them instead. Masakage tells Mangetsu that he's far too important to lose, causing him to regretfully leave. Shinobi 39: Kibaoni's Son, Mangetsu Appears! As Mangetsu stomps on his mom for ruining his fun against the Ninningers, Masakage tells him to stop, but Ariake tells him that it's alright as he's just being wild as his father, to his intensity. Later, he seems impressed with Advanced Yokai Binbogami's scheme with Mangetsu. Shinobi 40: Look Out For Santa Claus!

As Mangetsu decides to do a ceremony to be able to unleash his father, Masakage observes from them with Ariake to indulge for the release of their master. As Mangetsu and Super Advanced Yokai Shuten-douji take down the Ninningers and seize their OtomoNin, Masakage tells Ariake about the prophecy, including Mangetsu being the chosen son that'll unleash his dad. Shinobi 41: The Five Games of the Kibaoni Party! Later, the place for the ceremony is taken down by other OtomoNin, to where Masakage and Ariake casually leave. Shinobi 42: OtomoNin Wars! Nekomata Strikes Back

As Ariake tries to find Mangetsu, Masakage hesitates to tell her that Mangetsu was destroyed by the Ninningers. Later, after Ariake cries from the news told by Kyuemon and he gathers the massive amount of grief, Masakage notices it all going down to their base with Gengetsu being able to reawaken. Shinobi 43: The Legendary Ninja! Yokai Karuta Tactics As Kyuemon told Masakage that he informed Ariake about the news, he gets furious at him for his tactics, but Gengetsu tells him to stand down. Gengetsu informs the two that Kyuemon was the chosen son born froma concubine. As they rise to the surface, Masakage apologizes to Kyuemon for insulting and discharging him. Kyuemon tells him it could be helped, and minutes later, he deploys Masakage to start causing mayhem. Masakage then alters the minds of the open public to where he was the reason of their accomplishments and dreams. He even gets through to Nagi, Kasumi, and Kinji. This caused them all to chase after Yakumo and Fuuka as they doubt their common belief of Masakage being their inspiration. Later, Masakage then casts the two to his realm. As he molds their minds and tells them that he replaces an inspiring person in their lives within their memories, especially in their case Takaharu, Yakumo and Fuuka reassure him that despite how an inspirational leader Takaharu is, he is still the annoying goofball they have to put up with. They then envision memories of Takaharu's bad moments with Masakage edited in there, to where Masakage tells them to stop the edit. They then break free of his spell. The Ninningers then fight him and as Yakumo was about to slay him, the attack reversed and Masakage was still fine from the finisher. Telling them that he'll just still edit their memories, Yakumo uses one of his spells to mess with his mind. As it reveals, Masakage is actually really tiny, piloting a normal-sized version of himself as a karakuri. They then openly reveal him to his exposure. Vexed with being humiliated for the final time, Masakage exits his exposed body and as a last resort, turns giant. The Ninninger use Ha-Oh Shurikenjin to take him down, with Yakumo leading the final strike. As he is destroyed, Masakage assures them that even though he's now dead, Gengetsu will not be deterred from ruling the world with fear. Shinobi 44: The Final Battle! The Ordeals of the Last Ninja

Video Game appearances

Super Sentai Battle Base

Masakage Tsugomori is among the vast pantheon of villains which appear in the mobile game Super Sentai Battle Base.

Personality

Masakage is loyal to his master's wish and would comply to his command to gather the fear energy. While he seems to be playful (such as teasing Kyuemon with nicknames like Hachiemon), this is just a cover for his inner darkness and he is wise enough to discover that Kyuemon is just a new member of the team since in the past, only three generals were present and threatens to kill him if he tries to plot something that is against his master's will. Like Gabi, he disregards Kyuemon's suggestion to gather fear, instead focusing on destroying the Ninningers.

Unlike Gabi, he does not confront them directly, choosing to use deception and trickery. Most of his schemes involve weakening the team in some capacity before delivering a fatal blow, such as destroying their weapons or disabling or manipulating their OtomoNins. However, despite his cunning and calculative methods, he fails in his schemes due to either the incompetence of his subordinates or underestimating the Ninningers' growing level of skill, strategy and power.

Powers and Abilities

Dark Magic Knowledge
Masakage seems to demonstrate several dark magic abilities in the series. Among them are:
Joutan Kaiyou Kenjuri Inpuu, Giikishi Genji Genja (ジョウタンカイヨウケンジュリインプ, ウギイキシゲンジゲンジャ?)
By corrupting a Sealing Shuriken, Masakage can create a Youkai after it come in contact with an object.
Energy Dome
Masakage can create a dome that allow him to create a Youkai without having its signal detected by the Ninningers' Gama Gama Guns.
Teleportation
Masakage can teleport by engulfing himself with purple flames.

Arsenal

Khakkhara
In corresponding with his motif of a Buddhist priest, Masakage is armed with a khakkhara. The Khakkhara allows him to perform numerous tricks, including:
Illusion Creation
Creating illusions of a figure, first used to create fake Ao, Shiro and MomoNinger to attack Aka, Ki and StarNinger.
Spirit Projection
Linking a portal that can contact Gengetsu Kibaoni's spirit.
Telekinesis
Lifting an object with his own will.
Plant Manipulation
Generating plant vines to capture targets.
Bomb Generation
Creates bomb on a target's spot.
Object Creation
Creates an object out of nothing for the infected Sealing Shuriken to infect with, resulting with the birth of the corresponding Youkai.

Behind the Scenes

  • Height: 8.0 cm (200 cm: Karakuri Body) (48 m: giant)
  • Weight: 0.94 kg (223 kg: Karakuri Body) (535.2 t: giant)

Portrayal

Masakage is voiced by Ryūsei Nakao (中尾 隆聖 Nakao Ryūsei?) and his suit actor is Riichi Seike (清家 利一 Seike Riichi?).

Notes

  • Masakage's head design incorporates a incomplete Okina (old man) mask from Noh theatre, which also happens to be the oldest style of Noh mask.
  • While Masakage did have his spell similar to Raizo, but he added Giikishi Genji Genja (ウギイキシゲンジゲンジャ?) in his spell, which was the one Raizo used to evolve Hitokarages into Jukkarages. It is possible that his reason of doing this is to have a strong Youkai born from it.
  • Masakage share some similarity with the villains from Hurricanger as he is actually small and pilots mechanical suit like Sargain. Furthermore, with combination of Yakumo's magic, his truth self was revealed toward destroying suit's mask, and later on grows big without any assistance is similar to when Satarakura's mask was destroyed in that revealed his true face and grows big without any assistance, but toward frustration and anger.
  • Masakage's design and his ability to grow giant from his tiny size may be a reference to the Koromodako.

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