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Shinobi 43: The Legendary Ninja! Yokai Karuta Tactics (伝説のニンジャ！妖怪かるた大作戦 Densetsu no Ninja! Yōkai Karuta Daisakusen) is the forty-third episode of Shuriken Sentai Ninninger. It features a guest appearance by Shurikenger from Ninpu Sentai Hurricaneger.
The Igasakis are doing New Year's cleaning at the dojo when suddenly Tsumujii attacks Takaharu! It is revealed that it is actually the Sky Ninja of the Hurricanegers, Shurikenger in disguise and he has challenged the Ninningers to a game of karuta to test their Yokai knowledge.
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- 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 Fudagaeshi (妖怪フダガエシ Yōkai Fudagaeshi, Voice): Keiichi Sonobe (園部 啓一 Sonobe Keiichi)
- Shurikenger (シュリケンジャー Shurikenjā, Voice): Taiki Matsuno (松野 太紀 Matsuno Taiki)
- Yokai Yamabiko (妖怪ヤマビコ Yōkai Yamabiko, Voice): ?
- Yokai Otoroshi (妖怪オトロシ Yōkai Otoroshi, Voice): ?
- Yokai Yuki-Onna (妖怪ユキオンナ Yōkai Yuki-onna, Voice): ?
- AkaNinger - Chozetsu, Shuku Shaku Shuku Sho
- AoNinger - AoNinger (Ninja Flash), AoNinger (Ninja Strike)
- KiNinger - KiNinger (Ninja Flash), KiNinger (Claw Transformer Rend)
- ShiroNinger - ShiroNinger (Ninja Flash), ShiroNinger (Bow Transformer Shot)
- MomoNinger - MomoNinger (Ninja Flash), MomoNinger (Sword Transformer Slash)
- StarNinger - Furai (Ninja Slash), StarNinger (in Gekiatsuto)
- As part of Super Hero Time, this episode aired alongside Kamen Rider Ghost episode 12, Heroic! A Man's Resolve!.
- Sealing Shuriken purified: 39 out of 48
- In Ninningers' possession: 38
- In Kyuemon's possession: 1
- Most fireworks in closing credits:
- Blue: 2
- Red: 4
- Green: 4
- Yellow: 5
- Various scenes of the Team Up Movie are shown on opening scene.
- This episode shows Shurikenger's identity to be Asuka Kagura rather than Tenkai, adding further evidence that the events of Ninpu Sentai Hurricaneger: 10 YEARS AFTER took place in a separate continuity to the rest of the Super Sentai universe. (Whether that was the producers' intent or Takashi Hashimoto/Tenkai wasn't available is unknown).
- This episode is a flashback episode that usually appears at the end of the year, a common staple of several Super Sentai series.
- Shurikenger's initial appearance in the form of Tsumuji Igasaki as the Super Ninja before using the Shuriken Ball to transform is a reference to Hurricaneger where his gimmick was to adopt the form of random civilians who were portrayed by past Sentai actors.
- A spoofed version of the Ninningers' roll call sequence featuring Shurikenger as a "MidoNinger" (ミドニンジャー Mido Ninjā) was seen in this episode. This is a reference to Shurikenger's visor modeled after a shuriken, similar to the Ninningers' visors.
- A real MidoNinger would appear in Come Back! Shuriken Sentai Ninninger: Ninnin Girls vs. Boys FINAL WARS.
- The card that is infected by Yokai Fudageshi is the Yokai Wanyūdō card representing the Yokai that appears in Shuriken Sentai Ninninger vs. ToQger The Movie: Ninjas in Wonderland.
- Though the karuta cards are supposed to be a collection of the Yokai the Ninningers had defeated up to this point, the Ninningers are unfamiliar with Wanyūdō, and Fudageshi suggests that they are destined to fight him in the future, placing the movie as taking place after this episode.
- This episode marks the first time Takaharu used Shuku Shuku Shaku Sho Shuriken which was previously only used in Ressha Sentai ToQger vs. Kyoryuger: The Movie.
- A teaser for the next Sentai, Doubutsu Sentai Zyuohger was shown at the end of this episode's initial broadcast.
- The episode's Karuta theme is a reference to one of the traditional activities of New Year's celebrations in Japan as well as the annual karuta tournament competitions nationwide which are televised every January.
- Last in-series appearance of AkaNinger Chozetsu.
Shuriken Sentai Ninninger Volume 11 features episodes 41-44: Shinobi 41: The Five Games of the Kibaoni Party!, Shinobi 42: OtomoNin Wars! Nekomata Strikes Back, Shinobi 43: The Legendary Ninja! Yokai Karuta Tactics and Shinobi 44: The Final Battle! The Ordeals of the Last Ninja.
Blu-ray Collection 4 comes with 11 episodes.
- TV Asahi's official preview for 伝説のニンジャ！妖怪かるた大作戦
- Toei TV's official episode guide for 伝説のニンジャ！妖怪かるた大作戦