"Unknown to the people, Unknown to the world, Striking at evil from the midst of shadows!"
Ninpū Sentai Hurricaneger ("Stealth Wind Squadron Hurricaneger"note 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. In 2013, a V-Cinema "10 Years Later" special was released, reuniting the team against a new enemy - Hurricane Dark.
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 creepier.
Mooks: The Magerappers; aliens with a knot of "hair" constantly in "rapping" motion. ...Don't ask.
Actor Allusion: By Ten Years After, Nanami's idol career was reaching its sell-by date, so to speak, and her manager was asking her to consider doing a Hotter and Sexier production. Which Nao Nagasawa already did, in Koichi Sakamoto's DTV movie Dimension Travellers.
Dark and Troubled Past: Both of the Goraigers 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: Yousuke in episode 32. Shurikenger in episode 49, who is revealed to have survived in Abaranger vs. Hurricanger. Also, the Goraigers were thought to be dead in episode 50, but appear alive before the Hurricangers in episode 51 to battle against the evil force.
Though the Ten Years After special implies that Shurikenger might have survived in the VS universe, but not the Hurricaneger universe, as someone else becomes Shurikenger. In addition, Furabijo appears despite her death in Boukenger vs. Super Sentai.
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.
Gratuitous English: Shuriken loves this. "HAY! STOP! EVERYBAADY!" 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.
Karma Houdini: Sure, they might get beaten up a little and humiliated, but Wendinu and Furabijo have never been killed in the Hurricaneger universe. In the VS universe, however, Furabijo's dead, but Wendinu...
Laser-Guided Amnesia: Oboro has a robotic squad specilized in this so that civilians won't know of the Hurricangers' exploits.
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).
No Export for You: Neither this, nor its western counterpart Power Rangers Ninja Storm, were dubbed in Korea. The common speculation is that both series were skipped because depictions of ninjas are culturally taboo in Korea. In reality, when the decision was made to dub Super Sentai in Korea over Power Rangers (as they have been doing since Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers), they skipped to Bakuryuu Sentai Abaranger since Super Sentai is at least a year ahead of Power Rangers. Ninjas are not as taboo in Korea as Samurais are, which is why Naruto airs there without any problem.
Then again, when it came time to find a replacement for the very taboo Samurai Sentai Shinkenger, Hurricaneger was skipped again in favor of the one before it, Gaoranger.
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 Gouraigers.
Shout-Out: The Hurricanegers' roll calls are all styled after kabuki theater. Satarakura is also based on a kabuki performer.
Walk on Water: Nanami's Chō Ninpō: Minamo Bashirinote Super Ninpou: Water Surface Run
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.
Now both Wendinu and Furabijo will return in the "10 Years After" special.
Now that the special is out, it seems that it confirms the theory that each season is in a separate universe save for Denjiman and Sun Vulcan, with crossovers in a second universe. Furabijo is never stated to have died, meaning both have been out of sight for ten years. Oh, and in case you're wondering, both are perfectly fine at the end of the special.