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This article is about a/an series entry (the 33rd) in the Super Sentai series.
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Samurai Sentai Shinkenger
Number 33
Number of episodes: 49
First episode: The Gallant Appearance of the Five Samurai
Power Rangers Counterpart: Power Rangers Samurai and Power Rangers Super Samurai
Original airing: February 15, 2009 – February 7, 2010
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Samurai Sentai Shinkenger (侍戦隊シンケンジャー Samurai Sentai Shinkenjā?) is the 33rd Super Sentai series,which began airing on February 15, 2009. Using a feudal Japan motif, Shinkenger is a portmanteau of Shinken (true sword) and Ranger. 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.

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 Doukoku 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

Shinkengers

Shinkencast

Ryunosuke, Mako, Chiaki,Genta, Takeru, and Kotoha.

Rangers Together, Samurai Forever!

The Shinkengers transformed.

Main article: Shinkengers
Shinken Red 16 predecessors ► Masataka Shiba► Takeru ShibaKaoru Shiba / Takeru Shiba
Shinken Blue 16 predecessors ► Ryuzaburo Ikenami  ► Ryunosuke Ikenami
Shinken Pink 16 predecessors ► Kyoko Shiraishi  ►Mako Shiraishi
Shinken Green 16 predecessors ► Kurando Tani ► Chiaki Tani
Shinken Yellow 17 predecessors ► Kotoha Hanaori
Shinken Gold Genta Umemori

Kamen Riders

Kamen Rider Decade Tsukasa Kadoya
Kamen Rider Diend Daiki Kaito
Kamen Rider Kuuga Yuusuke Onodera

Allies

Shiba Clan

Other Allies


Gedoshu

Arsenal

Main article: Arsenal (Shinkenger)

Transformation Devices

Multi-Use Devices

Sidearms and Individual Weapons

Team Blaster


Mecha

Origami System

Legend:◆ piloted mechs, ❖ aux mechs

Alternate Origami System

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See Also

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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 (伊達姿五侍 Date Sugata Go Samurai?)
  2. Act 2: The Stylish Combination (極付粋合体 Kiwametsuki Ikina Gattai?)
  3. Act 3: An Extermination Skill Contest (腕退治腕比 Udetaiji Udekurabe?)
  4. Act 4: Nightly Tears of Sympathy (夜話情涙川 Yowanasake Namidagawa?)
  5. Act 5: The Kabuto Origami (兜折神 Kabuto Origami?)
  6. Act 6: The Abusive King (悪口王 Waruguchiō?)
  7. Act 7: Marlin Fishing (舵木一本釣 Kajiki Ippontsuri?)
  8. Act 8: The Brides are Spirited Away (花嫁神隠 Hanayome Kamikakushi?)
  9. Act 9: The Tiger's Rebellion (虎反抗期 Tora no Hankōki?)
  10. Act 10: The Great Sky Combination (大天空合体 Daitenkū Gattai?)
  11. Act 11: A Threefold Strife (三巴大騒動 Mitsudomoe Ōsōdō?)
  12. Act 12: The Very First Super Samurai Combination (史上初超侍合体 Shijō Hatsu Chō Samurai Gattai?)
  13. Act 13: The Heavy Cries (重泣声 Omoi Nakigoe?)
  14. Act 14: The Foreign Samurai (異国侍 Ikoku no Samurai?)
  15. Act 15: The Imposter and Real Deal's Arrest (偽物本物大捕物 Nisemono Honmono Ōtorimono?)
  16. Act 16: The Power of Kuroko (黒子力 Kuroko no Chikara?)
  17. Act 17: The Sushi Samurai (寿司侍 Sushi Samurai?)
  18. Act 18: Samurai Promotion (侍襲名 Samurai Shūmei?)
  19. Act 19: Learning the Samurai Disposition (侍心手習中 Samuraigokoro Tenaraichū?)
  20. Act 20: The Ebi Origami's Transformation (海老折神変化 Ebi Origami Henge?)
  21. Act 21: The Father and Son Bears (親子熊 Oyakoguma?)
  22. Act 22: Lord Butler (殿執事 Tono Shitsuji?)
  23. Act 23: The Rampaging Gedoushu (暴走外道衆 Bōsō Gedōshū?)
  24. Act 24: The True Samurai Combination (真侍合体 Shin Samurai Gattai?)
  25. Act 25: The Dream World (夢世界 Yume Sekai?)
  26. Act 26: Decisive Match Number One (決戦大一番 Kessen Ōichiban?)
  27. Act 27: Switched Lives (入替人生 Irekae Jinsei?)
  28. Act 28: The Lantern Samurai (提灯侍 Chōchin Samurai?)
  29. Act 29: The Runaway Lantern (家出提灯 Iede Chōchin?)
  30. Act 30: The Manipulated Academy (操学園 Ayatsuri Gakuen?)
  31. Act 31: The Kyoryu Origami (恐竜折神 Kyōryū Origami?)
  32. Act 32: The Ushi Origami (牛折神 Ushi Origami?)
  33. Act 33: The Great Bull King (猛牛大王 Mōgyūdaiō?)
  34. Act 34: Fatherly Love, Girlish Innocence (親心娘心 Oyagokoro Musumegokoro?)
  35. Act 35: The Eleven Origami, The Complete Combination (十一折神全合体 Jūichi Origami Zen Gattai?)
  36. Act 36: The Curry Samurai (加哩侍 Karē Samurai?)
  37. Act 37: The Epic Glue Battle (接着大作戦 Setchaku Daisakusen?)
  38. Act 38: The Gunnery Showdown (対決鉄砲隊 Taiketsu Teppōtai?)
  39. Act 39: The Very Urgent First Aid Emergency (救急緊急大至急 Kyūkyū Kinkyū Daishikyū?)
  40. Act 40: The Honorable Leader Heads to the Front Lines (御大将出陣 Ontaishō Shutsujin?)
  41. Act 41: The Sent Words (贈言葉 Okuro Kotoba?)
  42. Act 42: Two Centuries' Ambition (二百年野望 Nihyakunen no Yabō?)
  43. Act 43: One Last Sword (最後一太刀 Saigo no Hitotachi?)
  44. Act 44: The Eighteenth Head of the Shiba House (志葉家十八代目当主 Shiba Ke Jūhachidaime Tōshu?)
  45. Act 45: The Impersonator (影武者 Kagemusha?)
  46. Act 46: The Showdown Clash (激突大勝負 Gekitotsu Ōshōbu?)
  47. Act 47: Bonds ( Kizuna?)
  48. Act 48: The Final Great Decisive Battle (最後大決戦 Saigo no Daikessen?)
  49. Closing Act: The Samurai Sentai is Eternal (侍戦隊永遠 Samurai Sentai Eien ni?)

Specials

  1. Kamen Rider Decade: World of Shinkenger (Shinkenger Act 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 Movie: The Fateful War (侍戦隊シンケンジャー 銀幕版 Samurai Sentai Shinkenjā Ginmakuban Tenkawakeme no Sen?)
  3. 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!!?)
  4. 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?)
  5. 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?)

Songs

Opening theme
  • "Samurai Sentai Shinkenger" (侍戦隊シンケンジャー Samurai Sentai Shinkenjā?)
    • Lyrics: Shoko Fujibayashi
    • Composition: YOFFY
    • Arrangement: Project.R (Kenichiro Ōishi & Psychic Lover)
    • Artist: Psychic Lover (Project.R)
Ending theme
  • "Shirokujimuchū Shinkenger" (四六時夢中 シンケンジャー Shirokujimuchū Shinkenjā?, "Dreaming 24/7, Shinkenger")
    • Lyrics: Shoko Fujibayashi
    • Composition: Hideaki Takatori
    • Arrangement: Project.R (Hiroaki Kagoshima)
    • Artist: Hideaki Takatori (Project.R)
    • Instruments: Zetki (Z旗 Zettoki?)
    • Episodes: 1-20, 29-48
  • "Shirokujimuchū 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)")
    • Lyrics: Shoko Fujibayashi
    • Composition: Hideaki Takatori
    • Arrangement: Project.R (Hiroaki Kagoshima)
    • Artist: Shinkengers (Tori Matsuzaka, Hiroki Aiba, Rin Takanashi, Shogo Suzuki, Suzuka Morita, Keisuke Sohma) & Hideaki Takatori
    • Episodes: 21-28
Insert theme
  • "Example! Shinkenger" (斗え! シンケンジャー "To e! Shinkenjā"?)
    • Lyrics: Hideaki Takatori
    • Composition: IMAJO
    • Arrangement: Project.R
    • Artist: Hideaki Takatori
    • Episodes: 06, 27, 37
  • "Samurai Union Shinken-Oh" (侍合体! シンケンオー "Samurai Gattai! Shinken'ō"?)
    • Lyrics: Kuwahara Nagae
    • Composition: Hiroshi Takagi
    • Arrangement: Project.R
    • Artist Akira Kushida
    • Episodes: 04-06, 14, 19, 42
  • "Consistently Dedicate! Shinken Gold" (一貫献上! シンケンゴールド "Ikkan Kenjō! Shinkengōrudo"?)
    • Lyrics: Yoffy
    • Composition: Hiroshi Takagi
    • Arrangement: Project.R
    • Artist: Yoffy
    • Episode: 19
  • "Samurai Deformation! Daikai-Oh" (侍変形! ダイカイオー "Samurai Henkei! Daikaiō"?)
    • Lyrics: Kuwahara Nagae
    • Composition & Arrangement: Chuumei Watanabe
    • Artist: Takayuki Miyauchi
    • Episodes: 20, 22
  • "The Six Samurai" (六人の侍 "Rokuri no Samurai"?)
    • Lyrics: Fujibayashi Seiko
    • Composition: Shunsuke Kikuchi
    • Arrangement: Project.R
    • Artist: Takashi Matsubara (Project.R
    • Episode: 29
  • "Ultimate Samuraihaoh Advent!" (究極 サムライハオー 降臨! "Kyūkyoku Samuraihaō Kōrin!"?)
    • Lyrics: Sato Hoshi
    • Composition & Arrangement: Tatsumi Yano
    • Artist: MoJo
    • Episodes: 35-37

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.

Cast

Suit actors

Stage Shows

Notes

  • The show's narrator is Hironori Miyata, the same narrator that appears in 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.
  • During the time Kaoru replaced Takeru, it became the first time the amount of same-gender Sentai Rangers on a team equal (3 male, 3 female). While Dekaranger did have overall an equal amount of same-gender Rangers on the team, they did not all appear together at once.
  • 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 all alliterative Sentai title.
  • This is the first series since Timeranger that had a power transfer occur in Sentai.
    • Although here, it wasn't permanent, and the original Red got his position back in the span of a few episodes.
  • Kayoko Shibata, also known as Matsuri Tatsumi (GoPink) of Kyukyu Sentai GoGo-V, made an appearance in episode twelve as a preschool teacher.
  • This series was almost the first since Choujin Sentai Jetman to not get adapted into Power Rangers, between RPM's end and the announcement of Power Ranger Samurai, a period of a few months.
  • This is the first Super Sentai series ever to 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.
  • The Shinkengers are the first team to have black leggings.

Official websites

References


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