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[[quoteright:300:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/release_kakure_9709.jpg]] -->''"Hiding from people and slashing evil! Ninja Sentai! Kakuranger, revealed!"'' ''Ninja Sentai Kakuranger'' (Ninja Squadron Stealth Rangers[[hottip:*:Kakuranger is a portmanteau of ''Kakure'', which means "hidden", and Ranger]]) is the eighteenth installment in the ''SuperSentai'' franchise, airing from 1994 to 1995. 400 years ago, a band of Yōkai battled a group of ninjas, led by the legendary Sarutobi Sasuke. He and four other ninjas sealed the Yōkai away behind a magical door. In the present day, the Yōkai are set free when two of those ninjas' descendants, Sasuke and Saizō, are tricked into opening the door. Now, they and the three descendants of the other ninjas must put the Yōkai away as the Kakurangers. This is the first SuperSentai with a Ninja motif; its characters are also compared to the leads of JourneyToTheWest. It was also the first Sentai to feature a female as its leader, and the first to have a non-human ally as a SixthRanger. It was adapted into America as the third season of ''MightyMorphinPowerRangers''. Notably, the suits were used for the Aquitian Rangers, a separate team of Rangers that protected the Earth during the "Alien Rangers" story arc when the Mighty Morphin team were de-aged. !!The Kakurangers are: * Sasuke / '''[[color:red:Ninja Red]]''': The [[HotBlooded hot-blooded]] [[TheHero Hero]] of the story. Parallels to Sun Wukong. * Tsuruhime / '''[[color:silver:Ninja White]]''': TheChick and SmartGuy. She's technically the leader, but Sasuke's the P.O.V.-character. Parallels to Xuanzang. * Saizō / '''[[color:deepskyblue:Ninja Blue]]''': The KidAppealCharacter. [[SmallNameBigEgo He thinks he's all that]] ([[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass maybe]]). Parallels to Sha Wujing. * Seikai / '''[[color:gold:Ninja Yellow]]''': TheBigGuy, BigEater, and HeavySleeper. Parallels to Zhu Bajie. * Jiraiya / '''Ninja Black''': TheLancer. American. Speaks GratuitousEnglish [[SurprisinglyGoodEnglish astoundingly well]]. Debuted as the ReverseMole. Parallels to Yulong. [[hottip:*: Unfortunately, he was written with no counterpart, but Yulong is left over from Journey To The West]] * '''[[color:royalblue:Ninjaman]]''': SixthRanger, a disciple of the Sanshinshō who was imprisoned in a magic bottle after he was tricked into attacking humans. He can enlarge himself to fight giant Yokais and has the ability to transform into '''[[color:royalblue:Samuraiman]]''' when angered. !!The Sanshinshō [[hottip:*: Three Divine Generals]] * Muteki Shōgun [[hottip:*: Invincible General]]: The first and [[MightyGlacier largest of the three]]; he has a [[FlamingSword flaming]] {{BFS}}. Governs "body". * Tsubasamaru: A white bird that [[MechaExpansionPack can give the other two]] [[PowerGivesYouWings more power.]] Governs "mind", * Kakure Daishōgun [[hottip:*: Hidden Great General]]: The third and [[FragileSpeedster swiftest fighter of the three]]. Governs "skill". !!The Yōkai * Daimaō: The BigBad * Gashadokuro: TheDragon, and initial BigBad. * Dr. Yugami: EvilGenius * Hana no Kunoichi Gumi[[hottip:*:The Flower Kunoichi Gang]]: The Yōkai's [[AmazonBrigade All-Female]] [[ThePsychoRangers band of fighters]]; their names are '''[[color:navy:Ayame]]''', '''[[color:fuchsia:Sakura]]''', '''[[color:olive:Suiren]]''', '''[[color:orange:Yuri]]''', and '''[[color:purple:Ran]]'''. They were once ordinary cats until transformed by Gashadokuro. ---- ---- !!'''Recurring''' SuperSentai tropes: * AllYourPowersCombined: One Yōkai, [=DaraDara=], stole the powers of Ninjaman and most of the Rangers for great power. * ByThePowerOfGreyskull: Super Henge [[hottip:*: ''change'']]! Doron Changer!" * CoolBike: The Shark Machines, much like the [[HimitsuSentaiGoranger Goranger Machines]] and the [[KyoryuSentaiZyuranger Zaurer Machines]], consisted of one solo bike for Red (the Shark Bridder) and two [[CoolSidecar sidecar-equipped]] bikes for the rest of the team (Blue's Shark Slider shared with White, and Yellow's Shark Launcher shared with Black). They could be combined to form a FinishingMove called the Shark Driver. * CoolCar: The Nekomaru van, a sentient van with the face of cat. * {{Crossover}}: ''Super Sentai World'', a short [=3D=] film where the Kakuranger team fought alongside the four previous Sentai teams ([[ChikyuuSentaiFiveman Fiveman]], [[ChoujinSentaiJetman Jetman]], [[KyoryuSentaiZyuranger Zyuranger]] and [[GoseiSentaiDairanger Dairanger]]). The main giant robot of each team were also present. This short film served as a predecessor to the annual Versus movies that began the following year. * {{Eyecatch}}: The eyecatch before the break features a Kakuranger by a black background slashing the screen. All 5 Kakurangers are then seen in the open turning to the camera. After the break, the eyecatch features the Three God Generals. * FinishingMove: The Raiko Nami [[hottip:*: Lightning Wave]], an energy blast with the Kakuremaru. * FiveManBand ** TheHero: Sasuke ** [[TheSmartGuy The Smart]] [[TheChick Female]] [[TheLeader Leader]]: Tsuruhime [[hottip:*: She's the brains and quite more skilled in some aspects of leadership than [[DesignatedHero Sasuke.]] ** KidAppealCharacter: Saizō [[hottip:*:A bumbling fool, though on the bright side, he's a FriendToAllChildren. Ironic, since his namesake, Kirigakure Saizō, was TheLancer and TheSmartGuy to SarutobiSasuke. Nor is his Journey To The West counterpart, Sha Wujing, who's TheBigGuy.]] ** TheBigGuy: Seikai ** TheLancer: Jiraiya ** SixthRanger: Ninjaman ** TheMentor: Sandayū Momochi * HomeBase: The Nekomaru, a cat shaped van. * HumongousMecha: The first Sentai series to feature two sets of combining mechas for the main team rather than just one. The team's SixthRanger also functioned as a third humanoid robot. ** AMechByAnyOtherName: The Sanshinshō [[hottip:*:Three Divine Generals]] and their components, the ''Kyodai Jūshō'' [[hottip:*:Giant Beast Generals]] and the ''Chōninjū''[[hottip:*:Super Stealth Beasts]]. Tsubasamaru gets the unique classification of ''Seininjū'' [[hottip:*:Holy Stealth Beast]]. ** AnimalMecha: The Kyodai Jūshō (and by proxy, the Jūshō Fighters) have humanoid forms with anthropomorphic characteristics, while the Chōninjū and Tsubasamaru are all animal-shaped. The name of each Kakuranger's mecha is a pun on the animal it's based on. *** "Saruder" = ''saru'' (ape) *** "Kark" = ''kaku'' (crane) *** "Rogan" = ''garō'' (wolf) *** "Kumard" = ''kuma'' (bear) *** "Gammer" = ''gamagaeru'' (Japanese toad) ** CombiningMecha: The ''Jūshō'' are the components of the Muteki Shōgun, while the ''Chōninjū'' are the ones for the Kakure Daishōgun. *** Red Saruder + White Kark + Blue Rogan + Yellow Kumard + Black Gammer = Muteki Shōgun *** God Saruder + God Kark + God Rogan + God Kumard + God Gammer = Kakure Daishōgun *** Averted with the Jūshō Fighters, which are lightweight versions of the standard Jūshō that make up for their inability to combine with greater speed and flexibility.[[hottip:*:Their names are just like the others, only they all begin with "Battle" (i.e. Battle Saruder, Battle Kark, ect.).]] ** MotionCaptureMecha: The Kakurangers could literally transform into their individualized Jūshō. ** MechaExpansionPack: Tsubasamaru, a falcon-shaped mecha, served this function to either of the two Shōgun. *** Muteki Shōgun + Tsubasamaru = Super Muteki Shōgun *** Kakure Daishōgun + Tsubasamaru = Super Kakure Daishōgun ** MechanicalLifeform: The Sanshinshō are ancient deities, while Ninjaman is their disciple. ** TransformingMecha: Ninjaman, who can enlarge himself and transform into Samuraiman, counts as one. *** Also, the Muteki Shogun could transform into a castle, but unfortunately the toy version is unable to replicate this feature due to the limited articulation endemic to all Deluxe Sentai robots. * InTheNameOfTheMoon: "Hiding from the people and slashing evil! Ninja Sentai Kakuranger, revealed!" * LawOfChromaticSuperiority: Sasuke is given the [[CoolSword Hikarimaru]] sword by Sandayū that can be used to summon Tsubasamaru. He is also the first to get his Jūshō and Chōninjū. And his JourneyToTheWest counterpart just happens to be the invincible {{Badass}} one. * MakeMyMonsterGrow: The Yōkai absorb lightning made from depression and sadness to grow. * MonstersOfTheWeek: The Yōkai were all based on actual Japanese mythology and folklores. * {{Mook}}s: Dorodoros. * TheMovie * TheNarrator: He actually appears on the screen. * PsychoRangers: The Flower Kunoichi Gang, introduced in Episode 15, is an all-female variant. Notably, they were also the first team of PsychoRangers who weren't simply [[EvilKnockoff Evil Knockoff]]s of the heroic rangers. * TheSmurfettePrinciple: Ninja White, who unlike previous girls, is actually the leader of the team (although Ninja Red is still the lead character). * SupervillainLair: The Skull Castle, a flying ship used by Daimaō. * TransformationTrinket: The Doron Changers, the first ever handheld trinkets. * WeaponOfChoice ** KatanasAreJustBetter: The Kakuremarus, the first use of katanas as sidearms. ** SwissArmyWeapon: The Kakulasers, the other sidearm. [[note]][[{{Handguns}} Gun]] and [[KnifeNut Laser Knife]] modes.[[/note]] ** PowerFist: The Shinobi Knuckles; the Rangers' personal weapons are attachments to them. As the [=JuuShou=], they get better versions of these weapons. ** ImprobableWeaponUser: The Kakurangers later gain the Kakuranger Ball, a mighty football to finish off Yōkai with. [[ShoutOut Now, where have I]] [[HimitsuSentaiGoranger heard that one before?]] ** {{BFS}}: The rangers can later use Muteki Shogun's Blazing Shogun Sword for themselves. ** Sasuke: [[LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe Red]] [[PrecisionGuidedBoomerang Sli]][[FuumaShuriken cer]]. Later, he gains the [[CoolSword Hikarimaru]]. ** Tsuruhime: [[KnifeNut White Beak]] ** Saizō: [[KillItWithWater Blue Shot]]. As Blue Rogan, he gets the [[BladeOnAStick Rogan Shaft]]. ** Seikai: [[WolverineClaws Yellow Claw]] ** Jiraiya: [[TheStraightAndArrowPath Black Bow]] ** Ninjaman: [[KatanasAreJustBetter Ninja Sword]] *** Samuraiman: [[BladeOnAStick Samurai Javelin]] !!Tropes specific to {{Ninja Sentai Kakuranger}}: * AllUpToYou: Sasuke escaped getting his powers siphoned by Daradara; so he saved the day. * TheAtoner: Gali, Jiraiya's master, [[spoiler: murdered his father after being forced to do so by a Yōkai. He then spent the following years training Jiraiya to kill him one day.]] * BerserkButton: Don't call Ninjaman "Blue Squirt" [[hottip:*:It's a pun: "Blue Squirt" is the direct word-by-word translation of "''Aonisai''", which can has varying meanings between "Novice", "Greenhorn" and "Sucker".]], or else you'll meet [[SuperMode Samuraiman]]! --> '''(YOU CALLED ME) BLUE SQUIRT???!!! EXPLOSION OF ANGER!!!''' * BigBadassWolf: The basis for Saizō's HumongousMecha. * BigDamnHeroes: In mecha fights, sometimes Tsubasamaru, and later Muteki Shogun would show up out of nowhere. * BigEater: Seikai. * {{Camp}}: Well for this Sentai, you've got a... [[LargeHam super hammy]] {{Narrator}}, lots of [[HitFlash "WHAM!!" comic effect]] and a FunnyForeigner to the boot. Is it good? [[Series/{{Batman}} Holy Ninja, Batman!]] [[NarmCharm IT IS!]] ** MoodWhiplash: Midway of the series, however, the {{Narrator}} is gone, and the series started getting edgy and dramatic, particularly the episodes to get their final scrolls. * CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: See Saizō's entry in the FiveManBand entry? Well, don't think he'll just end up an annoying moron. When push comes to shove, he's still a very competent ninja. * DancingMookCredits: The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xZATbJR6pxk ending theme]]. * DawsonCasting: Slightly inverted. Satomi Hirose, playing Tsuruhime, was not yet 14 when filming began. When Tsuruhime is shown celebrating her birthday onscreen mid-series, her birthday cake can be seen holding 16 candles. * DistressedDude: Seikai tends to get into trouble and captured first amongst the team. [[hottip:*:In case you didn't notice, that's what also happened to his Journey To The West counterpart]] Sometimes, [[BadassInDistress he COULD turn the table around, to be fair]]. * ElementalPowers ** PlayingWithFire: Sasuke ** BlowYouAway: Tsuruhime ** MakingASplash: Saizō ** GreenThumb: Seikai ** DishingOutDirt: Jiraiya * [[FourTemperamentEnsemble Five Temperament Ensemble]]: ** Sasuke: Phlegmatic (middle of the road variety) ** Tsuruhime: Choleric ** Saizō: Melancholic ** Seikai: Sanguine ** Jiraiya: Supine * FamousAncestor: Every Kakuranger. Three of them are members of the Ten Braves, one of them is a famous female commander, and the other is a folk hero. * FunnyForeigner: Jiraiya combines being this and a {{Badass}} * FrogsAndToads: The basis for Jiraiya's HumongousMecha. * GratuitousEnglish: Averted by Jiraiya, played so straight that it hurts by Kappa and Rokurokubi. -->'''Kappa''': Oru-kay! Hai yew! Rook oba he-yah! * HeroicLineage: The modern Kakurangers are descendents of the originals, some 24 generations down the line (in Tsuruhime's case). The modern ones all get to meet their ancestors when they get their Doron Changers - and we find out that the ancestors aren't exactly thrilled with their descendents' lifestyles. * HeyItsThatGuy ** First of all, Jiraiya is played by Kane Kosugi, a.k.a. the son of the legendary Sho Kosugi... who's playing Jiraiya's master Gali. Kane himself has since appeared in several Hollywood movies. ** Reiko Chiba plays a nature loving female ninja named Reika in Episode 25 who wears an outfit similar to what Mei (Reiko's previous ''Sentai'' character) wore in ''KyoryuSentaiZyuranger''. ** Reiko's former on-screen rival Ami Kawai (Lamie in ''Zyuranger'') plays the human form of the monster Amikiri in Episode 17. ** Masaki Tachi ([[ChoujinSentaiJetman Radiguet]]) plays a man who gets 'cursed' into Mokumokuren in Episodes 5-6. ** Hakumenro (Tsuruhime's father) is played by Godai Takayuki, formerly the second Vul Eagle in ''TaiyouSentaiSunVulcan'' ** As some of the previous show about 'previous heroes cast as villains', this time we had [[ChikyuuSentaiFiveman Remi Hoshikawa]] being one of the Flower Kunoichi Gang. This would have an effect below. ** Tarō, one of the Dog Twins, was played by Keisuke Tsuchiya (Kazu/Kirin Ranger in ''GoseiSentaiDairanger''). The other twin, Jirō, was played by Keisuke's actual twin brother Daisuke, who played Kazu's evil twin in one episode of ''Dairanger'', although he is much better known for being Takuya Kai/Blue Beet in ''{{Juukou B-Fighter}}'' (where Keisuke played his EvilCounterpart Black Beet). ** Episode 35 is a ReunionShow where Satomi Hirose (Tsuruhime) teams up with her co-stars from ''Yugenjikko Sisters Chouchoutrian'': Kei Ishibashi and Noriko Tanaka. ** The reporter on episode 9 - Rika Kishida better known as [[{{ChoujinSentaiJetman}} Kaori Rokumeikan/White Swan.]] ** HeyItsThatVoice: You might find yourself waiting for [[KazukiYao Ninjaman]] to yell '''[[{{Dancougar}} YATTE YARUZE!!!]]''' ** Thanks to the previous two entry, later on, [[HiroshiTsuchida Saizo's voice actor]] would voice various SuperSentai MonsterOfTheWeek in the future. ** And later in the future, Teruaki Ogawa/Sasuke would play as [[SeijuuSentaiGingaman Black Knight Hyuuga]] * HighlyVisibleNinja: The team goes out and fights monsters in BROAD DAYLIGHT, and summons giants to fight giant monsters. They have to be the most visible ninjas ever. * TheHitFlash: Of the Batman "POW!" "WHAM!" type. ([[GratuitousEnglish In English, of course.]]) This is the likely reason why not much Kakuranger footage was used for Power Rangers. ** HilariousInHindsight: Guess what got ''added in'' to the 2010 reversion of ''MightyMorphinPowerRangers''? * HotDad: [[spoiler:Hakumenrou might not be that much of a {{Bishonen}}, but for someone who fathered Tsuruhime, he's rather dashing.]] * HumanityEnsues: The Flower Kunoichi Gang were once cats. They change back later. * IneffectualSympatheticVillain: One Yōkai, Zashiki-warashi, wished to make friends with humans, including Jiraiya, rather than kill them. [[spoiler: [[TearJerker This costs him his life.]]]] * LukeIAmYourFather: [[spoiler: The mysterious masked man Hakamenrou turns out to be Tsuruhime's missing father]]. * MassiveMultiplayerCrossover: "Super Sentai World," which stars the Kakurangers and all-four of the previous Super Sentai. * McNinja: Jiraiya. * MoreDakka: Super Muteki Shogun * MythologyGag: The close-quote of the roll call in NinpuuSentaiHurricaneger is ''very'' reminding of this series'. --> '''Yousuke''': "Unknown to the people." --> '''Nanami''': "Unknown to the world." --> '''Kouta''': "Striking at evil from the midst of shadows!" ---> '''Yousuke''': "''Ninpuu Sentai...''" ---> '''All''': "''Hurricanger!''" ---> '''Yousuke'''[[hottip:*:The line is not limited for him alone though.]]: "... has arrived!" ** At one point Junior performs a ritual to Zashiki-Warashi evil, with the incantation "Daichi no akuryou tachi yo. Ikeru momo no subete no ikari to nikushimi wo atsume, kono zashiki-warashi ni aku no chikara wo atae yo" [[hottip:*: Evil spirits that dwell within the earth, gather the anger and hatred of all living things, and grant evil power unto Zashiki Warashi.]] This is very close to Bandora's MakeMyMonsterGrow incantation in KyoryuSentaiZyuranger, "Daichi ni nemuru akuryou-tachi yo. (monster's name) ni chikara wo atae yo." [[hottip:*: Evil spirits that dwell within the earth, grant power unto (monster's name.)"]] ** Also when the Flower Kunoichi Gang posed as a teacher, they taught the children songs that was taught in the first episode of ChikyuuSentaiFiveman by Five Yellow/Remi Hoshikawa. The 'gag' part? [[HeyItsThatGuy One of the Flower Kunoichi Gang members is played by the actress of Remi (Keiko Hayase)]] * NamesTheSame: Toei used the name "Jiraiya" for [[SekaiNinjaSenJiraiya a previous tokusatsu hero]]. * NiceJobBreakingItHero: If only Sasuke and Saizō weren't such good citizens. * {{Ninja}}: [[NinpuuSentaiHurricaneger They wouldn't be the last.]] * NoFourthWall: Beginning with Episode 25 (following the departure of the narrator), the monsters begin to explain to the audience themselves the mythology behind them. * OnlyOneName: The Kakurangers are never given family names on the show. * {{Portmantitle}}: ''Kakuranger'' is a combination of ''kakure'' (the Japanese word for "hiding") and ''renja'' ("ranger"). * PreAssKickingOneLiner: "Seibai!"[[hottip:*:"Judgement!"]] Accompanied with a thumbs down. ** Another bit of HilariousInHindsight here: "Seibai!" is also pronounced by the [[SamuraiSentaiShinkenger Shinkengers]] when using their [=IkaTenkuu=] Buster. * PropRecycling: One of the various background Yōkai in #3 is in fact the [[FusionDance Combined Four Deva Kings]] from ''GoseiSentaiDairanger'' in a different outfit and given a red wash. * RealLifeRelative: Jiraiya, played by Kane Kosugi, was the pupil of [[spoiler: his father's killer]], Gali. In real life, Gali was played by Kosugi's ''father,'' Shou. * RedOniBlueOni: The Shuten Douji Brothers. * SealedEvilInACan: Or, more precisely, Sealed Evil Behind the Door. This was where most of the Yōkai were when the show started, [[spoiler: and where Daimaou ended up.]] * ShoutOut: When the Kappa is brought back to life as a cyborg he has [[MobileSuitGundam the legs of a Zaku and the right arm of a Zakrello]]. ** Reika's participation in battle alongside Sasuke gives tribute to ''KyoryuSentaiZyuranger'' battles. Reika herself is an homage to Mei (who was played by her actress), her twin daggers are a nod to Boi (that team's Yellow), and unlike the Kakurangers' attacks, her blows strike SwordSparks off the Dorodoros. What may be another Zyuranger nod are the non-urban shots of the Super Stealth Beasts running together. ** Episode 35, the one with the Punishment Sailor Sisters, is a shout-out to SailorMoon. The villains' plot is Sailor Moon-esque compared to the other episodes, the girls' Sailor costumes (Tsuruhime also gets to wear one) are a blatant visual reference, Tsuruhime and the Sisters confront the episode's Yōkai with an InTheNameOfTheMoon speech worded quite similarly to the TropeNamer's, and it's Tsuruhime (the female leader of the team and who is a colour match for Usagi more or less) who finishes off the Yōkai single-handedly. * StockSuperpowers: The Kakurangers each have a special Ninja Arts technique. ** DoppelgangerAttack: Sasuke ** VoluntaryShapeshifter: Tsuruhime ** WalkOnWater: Saizō ** {{Sizeshifter}}: Seikai ** FastTunnelling: Jiraiya * StockNinjaWeaponry: Shuriken show up, wielded by all of the rangers. Most are of them are small. Each ranger has unique shuriken which resemble their ranger symbol. [=NinjaRed=] also has a FuumaShuriken, with his first HumongousMecha wielding a bigger version that it rolls at enemies to kill them. The rangers also use {{Caltrops}} on a few occasions. Each of them has a wakizashi in Ranger form, and finally [=NinjaRed=]'s third Humongous Mecha wields a pair of ninja-to. * TheStoic: Jiraiya doesn't talk much since [[SurprisinglyGoodEnglish "He can't speak Japanese!"]] (he gets better later). * SurprisinglyGoodEnglish: Jiraiya is played by American-born Kane Kosugi, so his English is free of the usual Japanese accent. This is most jarring in the roll call, where he pronounces "Ninja Black" in an American accent (specifically he has a Californian accent). ** In episode 3, his introduction, he says a buttload of things in perfect English. *** Most of his dialogue in that episode is in flawless English, and even later episodes have him slipping into it. * {{Synchronization}}: If Daradara is injured, Ninjaman is injured instead. He can only be injured instead if [=Daimaou=] is injured. * TeamPet: Nekomaru, their... bus. He even has its own theme song. * ThemeNaming: Each Kakuranger is named after a ninja from actual Japanese folklore. Justified - they're all descended from said ninjas, and their names are taken from their ancestors. ** Sasuke: Named after Sarutobi Sasuke. ** Jiraiya: Named after the hero of the folktale Jiraiya Goketsu Monogatari. ** Saizō: Named after Kirigakure Saizō. ** Seikai: Named after Miyoshi Seikai. ** Tsuruhime: Named after Ōhōri Tsuruhime. (referred to as Shodai Tsuruhime) *** Also applies to the Flower Kunoichi Gang, where every one of them has a flower name (Ayame = iris, Sakura = cherry flower, Suiren = water lily, Yuri = lily - the regular kind - , Ran = orchid) * {{Tuckerization}}: The one-shot character Reika is played by Reiko Chiba ([[KyoryuSentaiZyuranger who played a Sentai warrior two years ago]]). * {{Youkai}}: The villains are all these. Every major one of them, sans Yugami and the Flower Kunoichi Gang, refers to a creature of Japanese myth. ---- <<|JapaneseSeries|>>
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[[quoteright:300:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/release_kakure_9709.jpg]] -->''"Hiding from people and slashing evil! Ninja Sentai! Kakuranger, revealed!"'' ''Ninja Sentai Kakuranger'' (Ninja Squadron Stealth Rangers[[hottip:*:Kakuranger is a portmanteau of ''Kakure'', which means "hidden", and Ranger]]) is the eighteenth installment in the ''SuperSentai'' franchise, airing from 1994 to 1995. 400 years ago, a band of Yōkai battled a group of ninjas, led by the legendary Sarutobi Sasuke. He and four other ninjas sealed the Yōkai away behind a magical door. In the present day, the Yōkai are set free when two of those ninjas' descendants, Sasuke and Saizō, are tricked into opening the door. Now, they and the three descendants of the other ninjas must put the Yōkai away as the Kakurangers. This is the first SuperSentai with a Ninja motif; its characters are also compared to the leads of JourneyToTheWest. It was also the first Sentai to feature a female as its leader, and the first to have a non-human ally as a SixthRanger. It was adapted into America as the third season of ''MightyMorphinPowerRangers''. Notably, the suits were used for the Aquitian Rangers, a separate team of Rangers that protected the Earth during the "Alien Rangers" story arc when the Mighty Morphin team were de-aged. !!The Kakurangers are: * Sasuke / '''[[color:red:Ninja Red]]''': The [[HotBlooded hot-blooded]] [[TheHero Hero]] of the story. Parallels to Sun Wukong. * Tsuruhime / '''[[color:silver:Ninja White]]''': TheChick and SmartGuy. She's technically the leader, but Sasuke's the P.O.V.-character. Parallels to Xuanzang. * Saizō / '''[[color:deepskyblue:Ninja Blue]]''': The KidAppealCharacter. [[SmallNameBigEgo He thinks he's all that]] ([[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass maybe]]). Parallels to Sha Wujing. * Seikai / '''[[color:gold:Ninja Yellow]]''': TheBigGuy, BigEater, and HeavySleeper. Parallels to Zhu Bajie. * Jiraiya / '''Ninja Black''': TheLancer. American. Speaks GratuitousEnglish [[SurprisinglyGoodEnglish astoundingly well]]. Debuted as the ReverseMole. Parallels to Yulong. [[hottip:*: Unfortunately, he was written with no counterpart, but Yulong is left over from Journey To The West]] * '''[[color:royalblue:Ninjaman]]''': SixthRanger, a disciple of the Sanshinshō who was imprisoned in a magic bottle after he was tricked into attacking humans. He can enlarge himself to fight giant Yokais and has the ability to transform into '''[[color:royalblue:Samuraiman]]''' when angered. !!The Sanshinshō [[hottip:*: Three Divine Generals]] * Muteki Shōgun [[hottip:*: Invincible General]]: The first and [[MightyGlacier largest of the three]]; he has a [[FlamingSword flaming]] {{BFS}}. Governs "body". * Tsubasamaru: A white bird that [[MechaExpansionPack can give the other two]] [[PowerGivesYouWings more power.]] Governs "mind", * Kakure Daishōgun [[hottip:*: Hidden Great General]]: The third and [[FragileSpeedster swiftest fighter of the three]]. Governs "skill". !!The Yōkai * Daimaō: The BigBad * Gashadokuro: TheDragon, and initial BigBad. * Dr. Yugami: EvilGenius * Hana no Kunoichi Gumi[[hottip:*:The Flower Kunoichi Gang]]: The Yōkai's [[AmazonBrigade All-Female]] [[ThePsychoRangers band of fighters]]; their names are '''[[color:navy:Ayame]]''', '''[[color:fuchsia:Sakura]]''', '''[[color:olive:Suiren]]''', '''[[color:orange:Yuri]]''', and '''[[color:purple:Ran]]'''. They were once ordinary cats until transformed by Gashadokuro. ---- ---- !!'''Recurring''' SuperSentai tropes: * AllYourPowersCombined: One Yōkai, [=DaraDara=], stole the powers of Ninjaman and most of the Rangers for great power. * ByThePowerOfGreyskull: Super Henge [[hottip:*: ''change'']]! Doron Changer!" * CoolBike: The Shark Machines, much like the [[HimitsuSentaiGoranger Goranger Machines]] and the [[KyoryuSentaiZyuranger Zaurer Machines]], consisted of one solo bike for Red (the Shark Bridder) and two [[CoolSidecar sidecar-equipped]] bikes for the rest of the team (Blue's Shark Slider shared with White, and Yellow's Shark Launcher shared with Black). They could be combined to form a FinishingMove called the Shark Driver. * CoolCar: The Nekomaru van, a sentient van with the face of cat. * {{Crossover}}: ''Super Sentai World'', a short [=3D=] film where the Kakuranger team fought alongside the four previous Sentai teams ([[ChikyuuSentaiFiveman Fiveman]], [[ChoujinSentaiJetman Jetman]], [[KyoryuSentaiZyuranger Zyuranger]] and [[GoseiSentaiDairanger Dairanger]]). The main giant robot of each team were also present. This short film served as a predecessor to the annual Versus movies that began the following year. * {{Eyecatch}}: The eyecatch before the break features a Kakuranger by a black background slashing the screen. All 5 Kakurangers are then seen in the open turning to the camera. After the break, the eyecatch features the Three God Generals. * FinishingMove: The Raiko Nami [[hottip:*: Lightning Wave]], an energy blast with the Kakuremaru. * FiveManBand ** TheHero: Sasuke ** [[TheSmartGuy The Smart]] [[TheChick Female]] [[TheLeader Leader]]: Tsuruhime [[hottip:*: She's the brains and quite more skilled in some aspects of leadership than [[DesignatedHero Sasuke.]] ** KidAppealCharacter: Saizō [[hottip:*:A bumbling fool, though on the bright side, he's a FriendToAllChildren. Ironic, since his namesake, Kirigakure Saizō, was TheLancer and TheSmartGuy to SarutobiSasuke. Nor is his Journey To The West counterpart, Sha Wujing, who's TheBigGuy.]] ** TheBigGuy: Seikai ** TheLancer: Jiraiya ** SixthRanger: Ninjaman ** TheMentor: Sandayū Momochi * HomeBase: The Nekomaru, a cat shaped van. * HumongousMecha: The first Sentai series to feature two sets of combining mechas for the main team rather than just one. The team's SixthRanger also functioned as a third humanoid robot. ** AMechByAnyOtherName: The Sanshinshō [[hottip:*:Three Divine Generals]] and their components, the ''Kyodai Jūshō'' [[hottip:*:Giant Beast Generals]] and the ''Chōninjū''[[hottip:*:Super Stealth Beasts]]. Tsubasamaru gets the unique classification of ''Seininjū'' [[hottip:*:Holy Stealth Beast]]. ** AnimalMecha: The Kyodai Jūshō (and by proxy, the Jūshō Fighters) have humanoid forms with anthropomorphic characteristics, while the Chōninjū and Tsubasamaru are all animal-shaped. The name of each Kakuranger's mecha is a pun on the animal it's based on. *** "Saruder" = ''saru'' (ape) *** "Kark" = ''kaku'' (crane) *** "Rogan" = ''garō'' (wolf) *** "Kumard" = ''kuma'' (bear) *** "Gammer" = ''gamagaeru'' (Japanese toad) ** CombiningMecha: The ''Jūshō'' are the components of the Muteki Shōgun, while the ''Chōninjū'' are the ones for the Kakure Daishōgun. *** Red Saruder + White Kark + Blue Rogan + Yellow Kumard + Black Gammer = Muteki Shōgun *** God Saruder + God Kark + God Rogan + God Kumard + God Gammer = Kakure Daishōgun *** Averted with the Jūshō Fighters, which are lightweight versions of the standard Jūshō that make up for their inability to combine with greater speed and flexibility.[[hottip:*:Their names are just like the others, only they all begin with "Battle" (i.e. Battle Saruder, Battle Kark, ect.).]] ** MotionCaptureMecha: The Kakurangers could literally transform into their individualized Jūshō. ** MechaExpansionPack: Tsubasamaru, a falcon-shaped mecha, served this function to either of the two Shōgun. *** Muteki Shōgun + Tsubasamaru = Super Muteki Shōgun *** Kakure Daishōgun + Tsubasamaru = Super Kakure Daishōgun ** MechanicalLifeform: The Sanshinshō are ancient deities, while Ninjaman is their disciple. ** TransformingMecha: Ninjaman, who can enlarge himself and transform into Samuraiman, counts as one. *** Also, the Muteki Shogun could transform into a castle, but unfortunately the toy version is unable to replicate this feature due to the limited articulation endemic to all Deluxe Sentai robots. * InTheNameOfTheMoon: "Hiding from the people and slashing evil! Ninja Sentai Kakuranger, revealed!" * LawOfChromaticSuperiority: Sasuke is given the [[CoolSword Hikarimaru]] sword by Sandayū that can be used to summon Tsubasamaru. He is also the first to get his Jūshō and Chōninjū. And his JourneyToTheWest counterpart just happens to be the invincible {{Badass}} one. * MakeMyMonsterGrow: The Yōkai absorb lightning made from depression and sadness to grow. * MonstersOfTheWeek: The Yōkai were all based on actual Japanese mythology and folklores. * {{Mook}}s: Dorodoros. * TheMovie * TheNarrator: He actually appears on the screen. * PsychoRangers: The Flower Kunoichi Gang, introduced in Episode 15, is an all-female variant. Notably, they were also the first team of PsychoRangers who weren't simply [[EvilKnockoff Evil Knockoff]]s of the heroic rangers. * TheSmurfettePrinciple: Ninja White, who unlike previous girls, is actually the leader of the team (although Ninja Red is still the lead character). * SupervillainLair: The Skull Castle, a flying ship used by Daimaō. * TransformationTrinket: The Doron Changers, the first ever handheld trinkets. * WeaponOfChoice ** KatanasAreJustBetter: The Kakuremarus, the first use of katanas as sidearms. ** SwissArmyWeapon: The Kakulasers, the other sidearm. [[note]][[{{Handguns}} Gun]] and [[KnifeNut Laser Knife]] modes.[[/note]] ** PowerFist: The Shinobi Knuckles; the Rangers' personal weapons are attachments to them. As the [=JuuShou=], they get better versions of these weapons. ** ImprobableWeaponUser: The Kakurangers later gain the Kakuranger Ball, a mighty football to finish off Yōkai with. [[ShoutOut Now, where have I]] [[HimitsuSentaiGoranger heard that one before?]] ** {{BFS}}: The rangers can later use Muteki Shogun's Blazing Shogun Sword for themselves. ** Sasuke: [[LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe Red]] [[PrecisionGuidedBoomerang Sli]][[FuumaShuriken cer]]. Later, he gains the [[CoolSword Hikarimaru]]. ** Tsuruhime: [[KnifeNut White Beak]] ** Saizō: [[KillItWithWater Blue Shot]]. As Blue Rogan, he gets the [[BladeOnAStick Rogan Shaft]]. ** Seikai: [[WolverineClaws Yellow Claw]] ** Jiraiya: [[TheStraightAndArrowPath Black Bow]] ** Ninjaman: [[KatanasAreJustBetter Ninja Sword]] *** Samuraiman: [[BladeOnAStick Samurai Javelin]] !!Tropes specific to {{Ninja Sentai Kakuranger}}: * AllUpToYou: Sasuke escaped getting his powers siphoned by Daradara; so he saved the day. * TheAtoner: Gali, Jiraiya's master, [[spoiler: murdered his father after being forced to do so by a Yōkai. He then spent the following years training Jiraiya to kill him one day.]] * BerserkButton: Don't call Ninjaman "Blue Squirt" [[hottip:*:It's a pun: "Blue Squirt" is the direct word-by-word translation of "''Aonisai''", which can has varying meanings between "Novice", "Greenhorn" and "Sucker".]], or else you'll meet [[SuperMode Samuraiman]]! --> '''(YOU CALLED ME) BLUE SQUIRT???!!! EXPLOSION OF ANGER!!!''' * BigBadassWolf: The basis for Saizō's HumongousMecha. * BigDamnHeroes: In mecha fights, sometimes Tsubasamaru, and later Muteki Shogun would show up out of nowhere. * BigEater: Seikai. * {{Camp}}: Well for this Sentai, you've got a... [[LargeHam super hammy]] {{Narrator}}, lots of [[HitFlash "WHAM!!" comic effect]] and a FunnyForeigner to the boot. Is it good? [[Series/{{Batman}} Holy Ninja, Batman!]] [[NarmCharm IT IS!]] ** MoodWhiplash: Midway of the series, however, the {{Narrator}} is gone, and the series started getting edgy and dramatic, particularly the episodes to get their final scrolls. * CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: See Saizō's entry in the FiveManBand entry? Well, don't think he'll just end up an annoying moron. When push comes to shove, he's still a very competent ninja. * DancingMookCredits: The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xZATbJR6pxk ending theme]]. * DawsonCasting: Slightly inverted. Satomi Hirose, playing Tsuruhime, was not yet 14 when filming began. When Tsuruhime is shown celebrating her birthday onscreen mid-series, her birthday cake can be seen holding 16 candles. * DistressedDude: Seikai tends to get into trouble and captured first amongst the team. [[hottip:*:In case you didn't notice, that's what also happened to his Journey To The West counterpart]] Sometimes, [[BadassInDistress he COULD turn the table around, to be fair]]. * ElementalPowers ** PlayingWithFire: Sasuke ** BlowYouAway: Tsuruhime ** MakingASplash: Saizō ** GreenThumb: Seikai ** DishingOutDirt: Jiraiya * [[FourTemperamentEnsemble Five Temperament Ensemble]]: ** Sasuke: Phlegmatic (middle of the road variety) ** Tsuruhime: Choleric ** Saizō: Melancholic ** Seikai: Sanguine ** Jiraiya: Supine * FamousAncestor: Every Kakuranger. Three of them are members of the Ten Braves, one of them is a famous female commander, and the other is a folk hero. * FunnyForeigner: Jiraiya combines being this and a {{Badass}} * FrogsAndToads: The basis for Jiraiya's HumongousMecha. * GratuitousEnglish: Averted by Jiraiya, played so straight that it hurts by Kappa and Rokurokubi. -->'''Kappa''': Oru-kay! Hai yew! Rook oba he-yah! * HeroicLineage: The modern Kakurangers are descendents of the originals, some 24 generations down the line (in Tsuruhime's case). The modern ones all get to meet their ancestors when they get their Doron Changers - and we find out that the ancestors aren't exactly thrilled with their descendents' lifestyles. * HeyItsThatGuy ** First of all, Jiraiya is played by Kane Kosugi, a.k.a. the son of the legendary Sho Kosugi... who's playing Jiraiya's master Gali. Kane himself has since appeared in several Hollywood movies. ** Reiko Chiba plays a nature loving female ninja named Reika in Episode 25 who wears an outfit similar to what Mei (Reiko's previous ''Sentai'' character) wore in ''KyoryuSentaiZyuranger''. ** Reiko's former on-screen rival Ami Kawai (Lamie in ''Zyuranger'') plays the human form of the monster Amikiri in Episode 17. ** Masaki Tachi ([[ChoujinSentaiJetman Radiguet]]) plays a man who gets 'cursed' into Mokumokuren in Episodes 5-6. ** Hakumenro (Tsuruhime's father) is played by Godai Takayuki, formerly the second Vul Eagle in ''TaiyouSentaiSunVulcan'' ** As some of the previous show about 'previous heroes cast as villains', this time we had [[ChikyuuSentaiFiveman Remi Hoshikawa]] being one of the Flower Kunoichi Gang. This would have an effect below. ** Tarō, one of the Dog Twins, was played by Keisuke Tsuchiya (Kazu/Kirin Ranger in ''GoseiSentaiDairanger''). The other twin, Jirō, was played by Keisuke's actual twin brother Daisuke, who played Kazu's evil twin in one episode of ''Dairanger'', although he is much better known for being Takuya Kai/Blue Beet in ''{{Juukou B-Fighter}}'' (where Keisuke played his EvilCounterpart Black Beet). ** Episode 35 is a ReunionShow where Satomi Hirose (Tsuruhime) teams up with her co-stars from ''Yugenjikko Sisters Chouchoutrian'': Kei Ishibashi and Noriko Tanaka. ** The reporter on episode 9 - Rika Kishida better known as [[{{ChoujinSentaiJetman}} Kaori Rokumeikan/White Swan.]] ** HeyItsThatVoice: You might find yourself waiting for [[KazukiYao Ninjaman]] to yell '''[[{{Dancougar}} YATTE YARUZE!!!]]''' ** Thanks to the previous two entry, later on, [[HiroshiTsuchida Saizo's voice actor]] would voice various SuperSentai MonsterOfTheWeek in the future. ** And later in the future, Teruaki Ogawa/Sasuke would play as [[SeijuuSentaiGingaman Black Knight Hyuuga]] * HighlyVisibleNinja: The team goes out and fights monsters in BROAD DAYLIGHT, and summons giants to fight giant monsters. They have to be the most visible ninjas ever. * TheHitFlash: Of the Batman "POW!" "WHAM!" type. ([[GratuitousEnglish In English, of course.]]) This is the likely reason why not much Kakuranger footage was used for Power Rangers. ** HilariousInHindsight: Guess what got ''added in'' to the 2010 reversion of ''MightyMorphinPowerRangers''? * HotDad: [[spoiler:Hakumenrou might not be that much of a {{Bishonen}}, but for someone who fathered Tsuruhime, he's rather dashing.]] * HumanityEnsues: The Flower Kunoichi Gang were once cats. They change back later. * IneffectualSympatheticVillain: One Yōkai, Zashiki-warashi, wished to make friends with humans, including Jiraiya, rather than kill them. [[spoiler: [[TearJerker This costs him his life.]]]] * LukeIAmYourFather: [[spoiler: The mysterious masked man Hakamenrou turns out to be Tsuruhime's missing father]]. * MassiveMultiplayerCrossover: "Super Sentai World," which stars the Kakurangers and all-four of the previous Super Sentai. * McNinja: Jiraiya. * MoreDakka: Super Muteki Shogun * MythologyGag: The close-quote of the roll call in NinpuuSentaiHurricaneger is ''very'' reminding of this series'. --> '''Yousuke''': "Unknown to the people." --> '''Nanami''': "Unknown to the world." --> '''Kouta''': "Striking at evil from the midst of shadows!" ---> '''Yousuke''': "''Ninpuu Sentai...''" ---> '''All''': "''Hurricanger!''" ---> '''Yousuke'''[[hottip:*:The line is not limited for him alone though.]]: "... has arrived!" ** At one point Junior performs a ritual to Zashiki-Warashi evil, with the incantation "Daichi no akuryou tachi yo. Ikeru momo no subete no ikari to nikushimi wo atsume, kono zashiki-warashi ni aku no chikara wo atae yo" [[hottip:*: Evil spirits that dwell within the earth, gather the anger and hatred of all living things, and grant evil power unto Zashiki Warashi.]] This is very close to Bandora's MakeMyMonsterGrow incantation in KyoryuSentaiZyuranger, "Daichi ni nemuru akuryou-tachi yo. (monster's name) ni chikara wo atae yo." [[hottip:*: Evil spirits that dwell within the earth, grant power unto (monster's name.)"]] ** Also when the Flower Kunoichi Gang posed as a teacher, they taught the children songs that was taught in the first episode of ChikyuuSentaiFiveman by Five Yellow/Remi Hoshikawa. The 'gag' part? [[HeyItsThatGuy One of the Flower Kunoichi Gang members is played by the actress of Remi (Keiko Hayase)]] * NamesTheSame: Toei used the name "Jiraiya" for [[SekaiNinjaSenJiraiya a previous tokusatsu hero]]. * NiceJobBreakingItHero: If only Sasuke and Saizō weren't such good citizens. * {{Ninja}}: [[NinpuuSentaiHurricaneger They wouldn't be the last.]] * NoFourthWall: Beginning with Episode 25 (following the departure of the narrator), the monsters begin to explain to the audience themselves the mythology behind them. * OnlyOneName: The Kakurangers are never given family names on the show. * {{Portmantitle}}: ''Kakuranger'' is a combination of ''kakure'' (the Japanese word for "hiding") and ''renja'' ("ranger"). * PreAssKickingOneLiner: "Seibai!"[[hottip:*:"Judgement!"]] Accompanied with a thumbs down. ** Another bit of HilariousInHindsight here: "Seibai!" is also pronounced by the [[SamuraiSentaiShinkenger Shinkengers]] when using their [=IkaTenkuu=] Buster. * PropRecycling: One of the various background Yōkai in #3 is in fact the [[FusionDance Combined Four Deva Kings]] from ''GoseiSentaiDairanger'' in a different outfit and given a red wash. * RealLifeRelative: Jiraiya, played by Kane Kosugi, was the pupil of [[spoiler: his father's killer]], Gali. In real life, Gali was played by Kosugi's ''father,'' Shou. * RedOniBlueOni: The Shuten Douji Brothers. * SealedEvilInACan: Or, more precisely, Sealed Evil Behind the Door. This was where most of the Yōkai were when the show started, [[spoiler: and where Daimaou ended up.]] * ShoutOut: When the Kappa is brought back to life as a cyborg he has [[MobileSuitGundam the legs of a Zaku and the right arm of a Zakrello]]. ** Reika's participation in battle alongside Sasuke gives tribute to ''KyoryuSentaiZyuranger'' battles. Reika herself is an homage to Mei (who was played by her actress), her twin daggers are a nod to Boi (that team's Yellow), and unlike the Kakurangers' attacks, her blows strike SwordSparks off the Dorodoros. What may be another Zyuranger nod are the non-urban shots of the Super Stealth Beasts running together. ** Episode 35, the one with the Punishment Sailor Sisters, is a shout-out to SailorMoon. The villains' plot is Sailor Moon-esque compared to the other episodes, the girls' Sailor costumes (Tsuruhime also gets to wear one) are a blatant visual reference, Tsuruhime and the Sisters confront the episode's Yōkai with an InTheNameOfTheMoon speech worded quite similarly to the TropeNamer's, and it's Tsuruhime (the female leader of the team and who is a colour match for Usagi more or less) who finishes off the Yōkai single-handedly. * StockSuperpowers: The Kakurangers each have a special Ninja Arts technique. ** DoppelgangerAttack: Sasuke ** VoluntaryShapeshifter: Tsuruhime ** WalkOnWater: Saizō ** {{Sizeshifter}}: Seikai ** FastTunnelling: Jiraiya * StockNinjaWeaponry: Shuriken show up, wielded by all of the rangers. Most are of them are small. Each ranger has unique shuriken which resemble their ranger symbol. [=NinjaRed=] also has a FuumaShuriken, with his first HumongousMecha wielding a bigger version that it rolls at enemies to kill them. The rangers also use {{Caltrops}} on a few occasions. Each of them has a wakizashi in Ranger form, and finally [=NinjaRed=]'s third Humongous Mecha wields a pair of ninja-to. * TheStoic: Jiraiya doesn't talk much since [[SurprisinglyGoodEnglish "He can't speak Japanese!"]] (he gets better later). * SurprisinglyGoodEnglish: Jiraiya is played by American-born Kane Kosugi, so his English is free of the usual Japanese accent. This is most jarring in the roll call, where he pronounces "Ninja Black" in an American accent (specifically he has a Californian accent). ** In episode 3, his introduction, he says a buttload of things in perfect English. *** Most of his dialogue in that episode is in flawless English, and even later episodes have him slipping into it. * {{Synchronization}}: If Daradara is injured, Ninjaman is injured instead. He can only be injured instead if [=Daimaou=] is injured. * TeamPet: Nekomaru, their... bus. He even has its own theme song. * ThemeNaming: Each Kakuranger is named after a ninja from actual Japanese folklore. Justified - they're all descended from said ninjas, and their names are taken from their ancestors. ** Sasuke: Named after Sarutobi Sasuke. ** Jiraiya: Named after the hero of the folktale Jiraiya Goketsu Monogatari. ** Saizō: Named after Kirigakure Saizō. ** Seikai: Named after Miyoshi Seikai. ** Tsuruhime: Named after Ōhōri Tsuruhime. (referred to as Shodai Tsuruhime) *** Also applies to the Flower Kunoichi Gang, where every one of them has a flower name (Ayame = iris, Sakura = cherry flower, Suiren = water lily, Yuri = lily - the regular kind - , Ran = orchid) * {{Tuckerization}}: The one-shot character Reika is played by Reiko Chiba ([[KyoryuSentaiZyuranger who played a Sentai warrior two years ago]]). * {{Youkai}}: The villains are all these. Every major one of them, sans Yugami and the Flower Kunoichi Gang, refers to a creature of Japanese myth. ---- <<|JapaneseSeries|>>[[redirect:Series/NinjaSentaiKakuranger]]
2nd May '13 6:15:45 PM ZeroWizard
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** [[TheSmartGuy The Smart]] [[TheChick Chick]]/[[TheLeader Leader]]: Tsuruhime [[hottip:*: She's the brains and quite more skilled in some aspects of leadership than [[DesignatedHero Sasuke.]]
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** [[TheSmartGuy The Smart]] [[TheChick Chick]]/[[TheLeader Female]] [[TheLeader Leader]]: Tsuruhime [[hottip:*: She's the brains and quite more skilled in some aspects of leadership than [[DesignatedHero Sasuke.]]
13th Mar '13 1:26:29 AM LanceOmikron
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* PsychoRangers: The Flower Kunoichi Gang, introduced in Episode 15, is an all-female variant.
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* PsychoRangers: The Flower Kunoichi Gang, introduced in Episode 15, is an all-female variant. Notably, they were also the first team of PsychoRangers who weren't simply [[EvilKnockoff Evil Knockoff]]s of the heroic rangers.
22nd Jan '13 3:19:06 PM Kanjilearner
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** Jiraiya: Black Bow
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** Jiraiya: [[TheStraightAndArrowPath Black BowBow]]
22nd Jan '13 9:38:21 AM AndyLA
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''Ninja Sentai Kakuranger'' (Ninja Squadron Stealth Rangers[[hottip:*:Kakuranger is a portmanteau of ''Kakure'', which means "hidden", and Ranger]]) is the eighteenth installment in the ''SuperSentai'' franchise, airing from 1994 to 1995.
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''Ninja Sentai Kakuranger'' (Ninja Squadron Stealth Rangers[[hottip:*:Kakuranger is a portmanteau of ''Kakure'', which means "hidden", and Ranger]]) is the eighteenth installment in the ''SuperSentai'' franchise, airing from 1994 to 1995. 1995.

* {{Tuckerization}}: The one-shot character Reika is played by Reiko Chiba ( [[KyoryuSentaiZyuranger who played a Sentai warrior two years ago]]).
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*** Also applies to the Flower Kunoichi Gang, where every one of them has a flower name (Ayame = iris, Sakura = cherry flower, Suiren = water lily, Yuri = lily - the regular kind - , Ran = orchid) * {{Tuckerization}}: The one-shot character Reika is played by Reiko Chiba ( [[KyoryuSentaiZyuranger ([[KyoryuSentaiZyuranger who played a Sentai warrior two years ago]]).
6th Jan '13 11:19:39 AM Kanjilearner
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** [[TheSmartGuy The Smart]] [[TheChick Chick]]: Tsuruhime [[hottip:*: She's the brains and quite more skilled in some aspects of leadership than [[DesignatedHero Sasuke.]]
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** [[TheSmartGuy The Smart]] [[TheChick Chick]]: Chick]]/[[TheLeader Leader]]: Tsuruhime [[hottip:*: She's the brains and quite more skilled in some aspects of leadership than [[DesignatedHero Sasuke.]]
6th Jan '13 5:21:14 AM SeptimusHeap
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The Archer was renamed to Archer Archetype; wicks only saying "they use a bow" are being deleted.
** Jiraiya: [[TheArcher Black Bow]]
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** Jiraiya: [[TheArcher Black Bow]]Bow
2nd Jan '13 6:53:12 PM Saurubiker
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''Ninja Sentai Kakuranger'' (Ninja Squadron Kakuranger [[hottip:*:Kakuranger is a portmanteau of ''Kakure'', which means "hidden", and Ranger]]) is the eighteenth installment in the ''SuperSentai'' franchise, airing from 1994 to 1995.
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''Ninja Sentai Kakuranger'' (Ninja Squadron Kakuranger [[hottip:*:Kakuranger Stealth Rangers[[hottip:*:Kakuranger is a portmanteau of ''Kakure'', which means "hidden", and Ranger]]) is the eighteenth installment in the ''SuperSentai'' franchise, airing from 1994 to 1995.
27th Jun '12 12:52:25 PM TheBagel
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* FamousAncestor: Every Kakuranger. Three of them are members of the Ten Braves, one of them is a famous female commander, and the other is a folk hero.
3rd Jun '12 5:22:24 PM NeoLightning
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** KatanasAreJustBetter: The Kakuremaru, the first use of katanas as sidearms. ** SwissArmyWeapon: The Kakulaser, the other sidearm, which have [[{{Handguns}} gun]] and [[KnifeNut laser knife]] modes.
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** KatanasAreJustBetter: The Kakuremaru, Kakuremarus, the first use of katanas as sidearms. ** SwissArmyWeapon: The Kakulaser, Kakulasers, the other sidearm, which have [[{{Handguns}} gun]] sidearm. [[note]][[{{Handguns}} Gun]] and [[KnifeNut laser knife]] modes. Laser Knife]] modes.[[/note]]
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