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Samurai Sentai Shinkenger Title Card
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.

PlotEdit

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.

CharactersEdit

ShinkengersEdit

Shinkencast

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

Rangers Together, Samurai Forever!

The Shinkengers transformed.

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

Kamen RidersEdit

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

AlliesEdit

Shiba ClanEdit

Other AlliesEdit

GedoshuEdit

ArsenalEdit

Main article: Arsenal (Shinkenger)Category:Arsenal (Shinkenger)

MechaEdit

Category:Mecha (Shinkenger)

EpisodesEdit

Samurai Sentai Shinkenger Episodes

SongsEdit

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.

CastEdit

Suit actorsEdit

Stage ShowsEdit

NotesEdit

  • 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.

Official websitesEdit

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