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-->''"Hiding from people and slashing evil! Ninja Sentai! Kakuranger, revealed!"''

''Ninja Sentai Kakuranger'' (Ninja Squadron Stealth Rangers[[note]]Kakuranger is a portmanteau of ''Kakure'', which means "hidden", and Ranger[[/note]]) is the eighteenth installment in the ''Franchise/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 Super Sentai 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. Part of its charm is the distinct PostModernism feel it has - TheNarrator, and later the Youkai themselves, make a point of introducing their past selves directly to the audience, whilst being characters in the show, for example.

It was adapted into America as the third season of ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers''. Notably, the suits were used for the Aquitian Rangers, who protected the Earth during the "Alien Rangers" story arc when the Mighty Morphin team were de-aged.

!!The Kakurangers are:
* Sasuke/'''Ninja Red''': The [[HotBlooded hot-blooded]] [[TheHero Hero]] of the story. Parallels to Sun Wukong.
* Tsuruhime/'''Ninja White''': TheChick and SmartGuy. She's technically the leader, but Sasuke's the P.O.V.-character. Parallels to Xuanzang.
* Saizō/'''Ninja Blue''': The KidAppealCharacter. [[SmallNameBigEgo He thinks he's all that]] ([[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass maybe]]). Parallels to Sha Wujing.
* Seikai/'''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.[[note]]Unfortunately, he was written with no counterpart, but Yulong is left over from Journey To The West[[/note]]
* '''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 '''Samuraiman''' when angered.

!!The Sanshinshō[[note]]Three Divine Generals[[/note]]
* Muteki Shōgun[[note]]Invincible General[[/note]]: 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[[note]]Hidden Great General[[/note]]: 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[[note]]The Flower Kunoichi Gang[[/note]]: 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.

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!!'''Recurring''' Super Sentai tropes:

* AllYourPowersCombined: One Yōkai, [=DaraDara=], stole the powers of Ninjaman and most of the Rangers for great power.
* ByThePowerOfGreyskull: Super Henge[[note]]''change''[[/note]]! Doron Changer!"
* CoolBike: The Shark Machines, much like the [[Series/HimitsuSentaiGoranger Goranger Machines]] and the [[Series/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 ([[Series/ChikyuuSentaiFiveman Fiveman]], [[Series/ChoujinSentaiJetman Jetman]], [[Series/KyoryuSentaiZyuranger Zyuranger]] and [[Series/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 Kyodai Jūshō (the Three God Generals and Ninjaman from eps. 36 onwards).
* FinishingMove: The Raiko Nami[[note]]Lightning Wave[[/note]], an energy blast with the Kakuremaru.
* FiveManBand
** TheHero: Sasuke
** [[TheSmartGuy The Smart]] [[TheChick Female]] [[TheLeader Leader]]: Tsuruhime[[note]]She's the brains and quite more skilled in some aspects of leadership than [[DesignatedHero Sasuke[[/note]]
** KidAppealCharacter: Saizō[[note]]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[[/note]]
** TheBigGuy: Seikai
** TheLancer: Jiraiya
** SixthRanger: Ninjaman
** {{Mentors}}: 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[[note]]Three Divine Generals[[/note]] and their components, the ''Kyodai Jūshō''[[note]]Giant Beast Generals[[/note]] and the ''Chōninjū''[[note]]Super Stealth Beasts[[/note]]. Tsubasamaru gets the unique classification of ''Seininjū''[[note]]Holy Stealth Beast[[/note]].
** 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[[note]]Their names are just like the others, only they all begin with "Battle" (i.e. Battle Saruder, Battle Kark, ect.)[[/note]].
** 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]] [[Series/HimitsuSentaiGoranger heard that one before?]]
** {{BFS}}: Muteki Shogun allows Sasuke to use the Blazing Shogun Sword in eps. 20, when he was outnumbered and at a significant disadvantage besides.
** 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.
* AnimalMotifs: The wolf is the basis for Saizō's HumongousMecha.
* 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"[[note]]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"[[/note]], or else you'll meet [[SuperMode Samuraiman]]!
--> '''(YOU CALLED ME) BLUE SQUIRT???!!! EXPLOSION OF ANGER!!!'''
* BicepPolishingGesture: Saizō and Seikai both do this in episode 13, one after the other, in the space of a couple of seconds - thing is, Saizō does it to the fleeing Kanedama ('up yours!'), and Seikai does it to everyone else ('alright!').
* BigDamnHeroes: In mecha fights, sometimes Tsubasamaru, and later Muteki Shogun would show up out of nowhere.
* BigEater: Seikai.
* BilingualBonus: Jiraiya's English dialogue often contains hidden jokes and snarkery.
* {{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.
* CreditsGag: If the Youkai has a human form, the actor is credited under that role instead. For example, the (voice) actors for Kappa and Rokurokubi are in the credits as "Glasses Man" and "Sunglasses Woman".[[note]]Also examples of HeyItsThatGuy, as they were ''ridiculously'' prolific actors at the time[[/note]]
* 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]]. Notable in that the sequence was filmed ''first'', and the song written to match it afterwards.
* DistressedDude: Seikai tends to get into trouble and captured first amongst the team[[note]]In case you didn't notice, that's what also happened to his Journey To The West counterpart[[/note]]. Sometimes, [[BadassInDistress he COULD turn the table around, to be fair]].
* DocumentaryEpisode: Led by The Narrator, and taking the form of him and a camera crew appearing on camera. (Surprisingly, he and the camera crew actually ''get into the Youkai Mansion'' during filming.)
* 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}}.
* FunWithSubtitles: The subtitles that name the Youkai will ''always'' be accompanied by an arrow pointing towards the Youkai. "This guy" -->, because ''clearly there is a possibility that they will be mistaken for someone else''.
* 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.
* HighlyVisibleNinja: The team goes out and fights monsters in BROAD DAYLIGHT, and summons giants to fight giant monsters. At one point, a ''TV Crew'' documents one of their battles. They have to be the most visible ninjas ever.
** Their Kakuranger gear is intended for use during battles with Youkai, which are almost always highly public. Their actual ''ninja'' gear is much more subdued and what you'd expect - black gear, shin guard, bracers - except for Tsuruhime, who wears ''white''... but even that's not so visible inside a dark office building.
** And then there's Ninjaman... who subverts this with VoluntaryShapeshifting. Kinda hard to see a 8-centimeter-tall ninja, even if he's Ninjaman.
* 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. Frequently appears over the picture, rather than as a separate card, and is most often used when they throw their shuriken.
** HilariousInHindsight: Guess what got ''added in'' to the 2010 reversion of ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers''?
* 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.]]]]
** When we first see Oboro-guruma (Eps. 3), he's working as a cabbie and having a spectacularly bad day. He's had his ear pulled on by a kid, his cab soiled by a nauseous drunk, and his fare meter ''ripped out'' by an ungrateful customer - at which point he snaps and changes into his Youkai form, chasing down that last guy.
* LimitedWardrobe: Justified by the fact that the Kakurangers are traveling in a bus... But they all appear to have at least one change of clothes (Seikai tried to sell their laundry at a flea market once) and they switch to summer outfits once it's warm enough.
** ClothesMakeTheLegend: Their ninja gear is ''very'' limited (largely to facilitate the henshin sequence, it seems), but has apparently been passed down through the ages and is utterly distinctive.
** Amusingly, ''Sasuke'' seems to subvert this - his outfit changes every so often, much more than the others, but because it's always the same kind of clothes it's hard to see.
* 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 Series/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'''[[note]]The line is not limited for him alone though[[/note]]: "... 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"[[note]]Evil spirits that dwell within the earth, gather the anger and hatred of all living things, and grant evil power unto Zashiki Warashi[[/note]] This is very close to Bandora's MakeMyMonsterGrow incantation in Series/KyoryuSentaiZyuranger, "Daichi ni nemuru akuryou-tachi yo. (monster's name) ni chikara wo atae yo."[[note]]"Evil spirits that dwell within the earth, grant power unto (monster's name.)"[[/note]]
** Also when the Flower Kunoichi Gang posed as a teacher, they taught the children songs that was taught in the first episode of Series/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)]]
* NeverSayDie: You can probably count on one hand the number of times the Youkai directly say they're going to kill someone. They're usually content just to send someone to hell, or defeat them, etc. (Justified on a meta level by how they themselves don't necessarily 'die'.)
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: The whole story started because Sasuke and Saizō were such decent citizens...
* {{Ninja}}: [[Series/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.
** Incidentally, the narrator is an in-universe character to begin with. He at one point has to move his narration stage to avoid getting caught up in the Kakuranger's training, and on one occasion got caught up in Enra-enra's laughing gas (who then proceeds to do his own explanation).
* OnlyOneName: The Kakurangers are never given family names on the show.
* PerpetualPoverty: Averted. They're hardly middle-class, but working a crepe stand through Nekomaru apparently provides enough money for five adults to survive day-to-day on. The key word there being 'survive', as Saizo buying a Kei-car or Seikai selling off a change of their clothes at a flea market is a clear source of concern for them.
** Outright discussed and justified by The Narrator at one point, who notes that as a traveling band of Youkai hunters, they can't just stop and work normal jobs for money.
** It appears that, prior to becoming scouted (read: shanghaied) by Tsuruhime, this was how Sasuke and Saizou were living.
* {{Portmantitle}}: ''Kakuranger'' is a combination of ''kakure'' (the Japanese word for "hiding") and ''renja'' ("ranger").
* PostModernMagik: The Youkai have evolved with the times, and take on forms more relevant to the era the show takes place in or are jokes on the legend surrounding the Youkai. Kappa wears ''swimming goggles'', Rokurokubi is a punk rocker, Oboroguruma is a cab driver in human ''and'' Youkai forms...
** The design theme for them was, apparently, "Bronx Yōkai".
* PreAssKickingOneLiner: "Seibai!"[[note]]"Judgement!"[[/note]] Accompanied with a thumbs down.
** Another bit of HilariousInHindsight here: "Seibai!" is also pronounced by the [[Series/SamuraiSentaiShinkenger Shinkengers]] when using most any human-size finisher. ''Both'' probably picked it up from ''AbarenboShogun.''
* RedOniBlueOni: The Shuten Douji Brothers (who are orange and blue, but are actual Oni).
* 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 ''Series/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 ''Anime/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 (it can double as a shield) 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 ([[Series/KyoryuSentaiZyuranger who played a Sentai warrior two years ago]]).
* VanityLicensePlate: Nekomaru's license plate is "Shinagawa-56 Go 5656" - '56' can be read as 'goro', and 'goro-goro' is the Japanese onomatopoeia for 'purring'.
** Similarly, Oboro-guruma has 459HEL (which wouldn't be legal in Japan...). '459' = 'shigoku' = 'Jigoku' = Hell. Kind of a blink-and-you-miss-it, since it's only really visible when he's giant-sized.
* WeaksauceWeakness: Noppe'rabou is a FleshGolem in the modern age, and can revive himself by rejoining his individual parts. Then Samuraiman steps on his abdominal flap, resulting in his reviving normally... and he explodes and dies, apparently feeling the chill through his belly.
* WorstNewsJudgmentEver: Mokumokuren and Nurikabe's purchasing expensive jewelry with ''potatoes'' temporarily turned into cash, makes the paper. However, the show takes it a few steps further, by making it Jiraiya's ''English-language'' newspaper[[note]]AluminumChristmasTrees is at work here - foreign newspapers wouldn't be too hard to find in Tokyo[[/note]] and putting the article in the world news section.
* {{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.
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