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Shinobi 26: It's Summer! Last Ninja Race Intermediate Announcement! (夏だ！ラストニンジャレース中間発表！ Natsu da! Rasuto Ninja Rēsu Chūkan Happyō!) is the twenty-sixth episode of Shuriken Sentai Ninninger.
When the Ninningers come home, Yoshitaka tells them how they've each been faring in the Last Ninja race, but things seem off.
Masakage and Ariakenokata meet whom they believe is Nekomata. However, this is Youkai Mataneko, and Nekomata was the older brother of his second cousin's friend and taught him what it meant to be a Youkai and seeks revenge, using the scent of Nekomata to find the Ninningers' dojo.
The Ninningers come home from a theater to find Yoshitaka, who "reveals" the Last Ninja race results with unexpected outcomes: the placements are Fuuka, Nagi, Kasumi, Kinji, Yakumo and Takaharu respectively. It turns out that this is actually Mataneko in disguise, attempting to break the team apart. However, this fails, so he begins a quiz to change up the results until Kasumi baits him out with catnip.
Giving chase, the Ninningers transform and quickly beat the Youkai back. Panicking, Mataneko finds Kyuemon's mallet with the Yo Shuriken attached to it. Not knowing what it is, he uses it against AkaNinger Chozetsu, causing him to grow huge. Mataneko uses it on himself to battle, but ends up getting defeated when Shinobimaru joins the battle. Observing his defeat, Kyuemon retrieves his mallet.
The Ninningers ask Yoshitaka who would theoretically be in first place, to which he replies all of them are still at the starting line, save one, who hasn't even made it there (implied to be Kinji).
- Takaharu Igasaki (伊賀崎 天晴 Igasaki Takaharu): Shunsuke Nishikawa (西川 俊介 Nishikawa Shunsuke)
- Yakumo Katou (加藤 八雲 Katō Yakumo): Gaku Matsumoto (松本 岳 Matsumoto Gaku)
- Nagi Matsuo (松尾 凪 Matsuo Nagi): Kaito Nakamura (中村 嘉惟人 Nakamura Kaito)
- Fuuka Igasaki (伊賀崎 風花 Igasaki Fūka): Yuuka Yano (矢野 優花 Yano Yuka)
- Kasumi Momochi (百地 霞 Momochi Kasumi): Kasumi Yamaya (山谷 花純 Yamaya Kasumi)
- Kinji Takigawa (キンジ・タキガワ): Hideya Tawada (多和田 秀弥 Tawada Hideya)
- Tsumuji Igasaki (伊賀崎 旋風 Igasaki Tsumuji): Toshihiro Yashiba (矢柴 俊博 Yashiba Toshihiro)
- Yoshitaka Igasaki (伊賀崎 好天 Igasaki Yoshitaka): Takashi Sasano (笹野 高史 Sasano Takashi)
- Kyuemon Izayoi (十六夜 九衛門 Izayoi Kyūemon, Voice): Megumi Han (潘 めぐみ Han Megumi)
- Masakage Tsugomori (晦 正影 Tsugomori Masakage, Voice): Ryūsei Nakao (中尾 隆聖 Nakao Ryūsei)
- Ariake no Kata (有明の方 Ariakenokata, Voice): Kotono Mitsuishi (三石 琴乃 Mitsuishi Kotono)
- Yokai Mataneko (妖怪マタネコ Yōkai Mataneko, Voice): Tomokazu Seki (関 智一 Seki Tomokazu)
- AkaNinger: Kosuke Asai (浅井 宏輔 Asai Kōsuke)
- AoNinger: Yuji Nakata (中田 裕士 Nakata Yuji)
- KiNinger: Yasuhiro Takeuchi (竹内 康博 Takeuchi Yasuhiro)
- ShiroNinger: Ryoko Gomi (五味 涼子 Gomi Ryōko)
- MomoNinger: Mizuho Nogawa (野川 瑞穂 Nogawa Mizuho)
- StarNinger: Masashi Takada (高田 将司 Takada Masashi)
- Shinobimaru: Satoshi Fujita (藤田 慧 Fujita Satoshi)
- Shurikenjin: Hideaki Kusaka (日下 秀昭 Kusaka Hideaki)
- Kyuemon Izayoi: Yuichi Hachisuka (蜂須賀 祐一 Hachisuka Yūichi)
- Masakage Tsugomori: Riichi Seike (清家 利一 Seike Riichi)
- Ariake no Kata: Satoshi Fujita (藤田 慧 Fujita Satoshi)
- Yokai Mataneko: Hiroyuki Muraoka (村岡 弘之 Muraoka Hiroyuki)
- Jukkarage: Various
- AkaNinger - Chozetsu, Shinobimaru
- AoNinger - N/A
- KiNinger - N/A
- ShiroNinger - N/A
- MomoNinger - N/A
- StarNinger - N/A
- to be added
- As part of Super Hero Time, this episode aired alongside Kamen Rider Drive episode 43, When Will the Second Global Freeze Start?.
- Sealing Shuriken purified: 24 out of 48
- In Ninningers' possession: 23
- In Kyuemon's possession: 1
- Most fireworks in closing credits:
- Blue: 3
- Red: 3
- Green: 4
- Yellow: 6
- When Takaharu grows into a giant, he does poses similar to an Ultraman during and upon completing his growth.
- At the start of the episode, the Ninningers mention a movie with a castle. This may be to promote the summer movie, which had dropped out of the top 10 by its second week.
Shuriken Sentai Ninninger Volume 7 features episodes 25-28: Shinobi 25: It's Summer! Beware of Dracula, Shinobi 26: It's Summer! Last Ninja Race Intermediate Announcement!, Shinobi 27: It's Summer! Chozetsu Star is Born! and Shinobi 28: Race to It! The Kibaoni Ninja Squad.
Blu-ray Collection 3 comes with 12 episodes.
- TV Asahi's official preview for 夏だ！ラストニンジャレース中間発表！
- Toei TV's official episode guide for 夏だ！ラストニンジャレース中間発表！