This was the first Sentai title to shorten the suffix "-ranger".
) is the twenty-sixth installment in the Super Sentai series, airing from 2002 to 2003.Upon the graduation day of Hayate Way Ninja Academy, an alien ninja clan called the Jakanja descend on the school and kill the entire student body. The only survivors are three students who happened to be elsewhere doing remedial training.Out of desperation, the three students are given the school's greatest honour so they can fight against the Jakanja: the power to become Hurricanger.Adapted into Power Rangers Ninja Storm.
Ninpuu Sentai Hurricanger: The greatest warriors of Hayate Ninja Academy. Uh, by default. To cover up their ninja identity, they blend in the society taking up normal jobs.
Yōsuke Shina / Air Ninja, Hurricane Red: Idiot Hero, Determinator. Uses the guise of a cleaning worker when not doing ninja stuffs.
Kōta Bitō / Land Ninja, Hurricane Yellow: BigSmart Guy. When not doing ninja things, he works in a daycare center, taking care of mostly the elderly.
Denkosekka Gouraiger: A rival team to the Hurricanger. The Gouraiger are two brothers who are the only survivors of Ikazuchi Ninja Academy, a rival school to Hayate. Both disguise themselves as construction workers.
Ikkō Kasumi / Horned Ninja, Kabuto Raiger: The Lancer.
Isshu Kasumi / Fanged Ninja, Kuwaga Raiger: The Heart.
Mecha Expansion Pack: In addition to the Gōraijin and the Tenkūjin, which could combine with the Senpūjin or with themselves, the team also has the Revolver Mammoth, an animal mecha that launched "Karakuri Balls", which were capsules that stored additional parts for any of the above mechas. Karakuri Balls No. 7 and 8 could combine into a support robot called Fūraimaru, while Balls No. 15, 16 and 17 formed an animal mecha called the Tricondor. The Revolver Mammoth also served as a steed for the Gōrai Senpūjin or the Tenrai Senpūjin.
If the monster was from Chuuzubo's private reserves, he'd load a scroll into Wendinu's bazooka, which she fired down to the destroyed monster on earth.
However, if one of the monsters came from Sargain's group, he'd have Wendinu send down a "Copy Ninja", a cybernetic torpedo that copied the monster's data and transformed itself into a duplicate of said monster.
Finally, if Satarakura was responsible for the evil plan of the week, Wendinu would send down a mask that, for all intents and purposes, did the same thing that Chuuzubo's scroll did, except it was a lot more creepier.
Mooks: The Magerappers; aliens with a knot of "hair" constantly in "rapping" motion. ...Don't ask.
Dark and Troubled Past: Both of the Goraijers have one, in which the morals that their father taught them were rage and hatred. They later find out that their father wanted them to fight each other in a death match in order for "that" to be born.
Disney Death: First Shurikennger in episode 49, and is revealed to have survived in Abaranger vs. Hurricanger. Also, the Goraijers were thought to be dead in episode 50, but appear alive before the Hurricangers in episode 51 to do battle against the evil force.
Eyed Screen: Well, with visors, usually when a finisher is used. This is because most of the time the Rangers are all in different cockpits, even when combined. But even in Tenraisenpuujin with everyone in one room, usually everyone's mask shot appears in a pattern around Shurikenger.
It's a hint that a certain someone is Shurikenger in disguise. When he's disguised as a shrine caretaker (played by Kenji Ohba), then reveals himself, Kouta laments that he should've seen it coming, because the caretaker spews Gratuitous English.
Homage: Hurricaneger pays tribute to Choujuu Sentai Liveman (the 1988 Sentai series) in many ways. It's the first Sentai series since Liveman to start off with three main members, the blue ranger is also a girl, the three main characters are students of an elite academy, their animal motifs are identical (hawk, lion, and dolphin), two extra members are introduced mid-series (plus a third one), and the villains of both teams keep track of their members' performance.
Idiot Hero: Of course every of the Hurricanegers can count, but Nanami grew out of it quick. Yosuke is the traditional one.
Idol Singer: Nanami. She has many trials and tribulations with this, including forming a girl group with Furabijou at one point. When she returns in Boukenger vs Super Sentai, she's achieved some degree of success.
If It's You, It's Okay: After Furabijo says she'd like to be Sandaaru's girlfriend, Satarakura (who's a guy) says he'd like to be it too. It seems to be more driven by admiration of Sandaaru than sexual orientation.
Laser-Guided Amnesia: Oboro has robotic kuroko to cause this on civilians so they won't know of the Hurricangers' exploits. Their method is exactly this.
Mythology Gag: The main trio borrows heavily from Choujuu Sentai Liveman in many aspects, such as the animal motif (red hawk, yellow lion, blue dolphin), being the last survivors of a special academy, and having slightly similar names (Yuusuke and Yousuke, Megumi and Nanami, Jou and Kouta).
Gouraisenpuujin is thus one to Super Live Robo, in that it involves two robots combining into one and both having lion heads on their chests and the legs of one of the robots becoming the arms of the combined form.
There's also similarities to Ninja Sentai Kakuranger, the previous round of ninjas. The roll call is very similar, and the rangers are in separate cockipits even in the combined mecha (except one), like the Kakurangers were with the Hidden Great General (Kakure Daishogun).
Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: The Hurricanegers are actually bottom of the class students. The only reason they made the team is everyone else was killed by Jakanja in the first episode. This doesn't apply to the Gouraigiers.
Shout Out: The Hurricanegers' roll calls are all styled after kabuki theater. Satarakura is also based on a kabuki performer.
What Happened to the Mouse?: The last we see of Wendinu and Furabijo was in Abaranger vs Hurricaneger, where they're transported to Dino Earth. Furabijo then got called by Chronos in Boukenger vs Super Sentai and instantly got her life sacrificed. Wendinu... nobody heard about her.