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The Shiba Clan

The Shinkengers

    Takeru Shiba

Takeru Shiba/Shinken Red | Actor: Tori Matsuzaka

"Shinken Red. Shiba Takeru."

"For once, I am impressed!"

The 18th and current head of the Shiba clan. Looks stern, but actually pretty nice; he'll try to hide it though. Takeru initially went against Jii's urging and tried to fight the Gedoushu alone, mainly because he knows the toll facing them would take on his retainer's life. Once the first Ayakashi of this invasion appeared, however, he was forced to give in.

Takeru grew up being groomed as the Shiba Clan's Lord. He faces most things in life, from fighting to training to winning a card game with his vassals, with the gravity and dignity of a samurai lord.

It's later revealed that Takeru's father actually served the head of the Shiba Clan and that Takeru's position is that of a kagemusha as the true heir, Kaoru Shiba, had not even been born yet and was not of age to take the position of lord.

  • Beauty Mark: He has a noticeable mole on his right cheek.
  • Berserk Button: While this goes for ALL the Samurai, Takeru has a special hurt coming for you if you harm one of his vassals. And do not question his commitment to the Shiba Clan's task. However, see Breaking Speech, below.
  • Bishōnen: His actor, Matsuzaka Touri, already fits the mold pretty damn well. Add Takeru's Tsundere traits and even the guys are squeeing.
  • Body Double
  • Breaking Speech: Every second time they meet, Juzo is pulling this on Takeru. Juzo often calls Takeru's qualities as a warrior into question, making this also a case of pushing a Berserk Button to goad Takeru into fighting him.
  • Catchphrase: He started the two Catch Phrases which the others picked up pretty quickly.
  • Determinator: A textbook example.
  • Defrosting Ice King
  • Deliberate Injury Gambit: How he beats Juzo in their climatic duel.
  • Elemental Powers: Takeru is the only Shinkenger to have used more then one element.
    • Playing with Fire: His primary element.
    • Shock and Awe: The Lightning Disk in his arsenal can execute lightning attacks. He uses it only a couple of times early in the series.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: Adding to his Ship Tease with both Mako and Kotoha, the three other guys are really fond of him in their own ways: Ryuunosuke is a smitten and devoted Yes-Man, Chiaki gradually has a better opinion on him and acts quite like a type B Tsundere, and Genta is his Childhood Friend who really likes to play with him.
  • Face Doodling: Chiaki's #1 prized victim.
  • Face–Monster Turn: Brainwashed and Crazy in the Goseiger vs. Shinkenger movie, complete with a blackened version of the Super Mode and his use of the Hyakka Ryouran to boot.
  • Finishing Move: Shin Kaen no Mainote 
  • First-Name Basis: While Ryuunosuke, Jii and Kotoha address him as "Tono" ("Tono-sama" in Kotoha's case) respectfully, Chiaki and Mako go for the more informal way by calling him "Takeru". Genta later takes it even further by using "Take-chan".
  • Five Temperament Ensemble: Choleric with Melancholic tendencies
  • "Freaky Friday" Flip: The basis for his recurring embarrassment with ink cat whiskers. He'll probably never live it down...
  • Genius Bruiser: His winning in battle is not only because his technique and raw strength is used, but he's also able to read the situation and also the enemy techniques and characteristics and he knows how to overcome them efficiently. Episodes 3, 9, 12, 16, 18, 19 & 31
  • Good Is Not Nice: Despite his stern and strict leadership, he did this for the best of his retainers especially Chiaki.
  • Heroic BSoD: Goes through them quite a bit throughout the series.
  • Image Song: Matsuzaka is the only member of the cast not to sing one. Instead, we get Young Fresh singing about Takeru with clips of dialogue sampled in. The song is aptly called "Shinken Red, Ippitsu Sōjō!".
  • Instant Expert: Averted. Takeru's been training, arguably since he can remember, to fight Gedoushu.
  • It's Not You, It's My Enemies: Non-romantic example here: The reason Takeru had been refusing to call for his vassals, or deal with any other person for that matter, is more because as the lord of Shiba clan, he will clash with Gedoushu again and again, and there will be victims sooner or later even if he doesn't want it; despite what his initial demeanor will have you believe.
    • That and he does not believe a shadow warrior deserves a lord's respect.
  • I Work Alone: This is how he started out, but he gradually softens up over the course. In his defense, though, he was a lot better than the rest back then, having prior experience. He's also got a decent reason for this attitude, too, as he doesn't want anyone to give their life for a lie.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Aloof and keeps insisting on working alone before turning into a Tsundere from friendship.
  • Lampshade Hanging: Because he borders on The Comically Serious, Takeru often ends up making sure those bulbs aren't bare; mainly when he's introduced with an overly long presentation spee-
    Takeru: Too long.
  • Law of Chromatic Superiority: The first one to don the Super and Hyper Shinkenger attires and the Mogyu Bazooka. He also gets to control the Ushi Origami by himself.
  • Liar Revealed: Happens in #44 and #45.
  • The Leader: The red guy is always the main good guy. With Type II and IV Traits on it. Since he is the most experienced yet practical in the real fight. Also seen on his sensible judgement and his calmness on making conclusion. Yet he is very dutiful with his role as leader. And yet he is charismatic due to his role as the 18th head of Shiba clan.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Can carry his giant sword without being bothered by the weight itself. His reflexes are also quite insane, able to endure lots of punishment when fighting against Juzou and the Up to Eleven moment when he's Dual Wielding the two Rekka Daizanto against Doukoku in the final episode.
  • Master Swordsman: His swordsmanship is very impressive compare to any character. There's a reason Juzo is obsessed in beating him.
  • Meaningful Name: "Shi"/"Will(power)", and "Take" related to variations of "Strength" and "Hero", describing his Determinator Hero status.
  • Not So Above It All: When he is first confronted by Mako's cooking (she is making dinner for Ryunosuke while he is on a stake-out), he turns to Chiaki and asks, "Do you think that Ryunosuke will survive?" with a smirk on his face.
  • Parental Abandonment: Takeru witnessed his father die during Doukoku's raid on the Shiba Clan manor.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Ryunosuke and Genta's red.
    • During Shinkenger vs. Go-Onger, he's the blue oni to Sosuke's red oni.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: During Goseiger vs. Shinkenger, he's the manly man to Alata's sensitive guy.
  • Serious Business: From fighting hellspawns to confronting bad cooking or playing cards, Takeru seems to face all challenges thrown his way in the same demeanor. When his Determinator side emerges, this can make him a bad opponent to be fighting. When his tsuntsun side emerges, this can make the man nigh unbearable to deal with.
  • Signature Move:
    • Shinkenmaru: Kaen no Mainote 
    • Rekka Daizantou: Hyakka Ryōrannote 
  • The Stoic: Outdone by none, save Kaoru, who's even higher on the scale. One small smile on his lips speaks volumes.
    • Not So Stoic: Also a prominent part of his nature, as seen slowly emerging throught the series.
    • This is one of the reasons he didn't want Genta on the team. He knew there is no possibility of keeping straight face with him around. Genta's formal introduction to the team proved him right.
  • Superpowered Evil Side: Gedou Shinken Red in the Goseiger vs. Shinkenger movie.
  • Team Dad: Has shades of this. He is always the first to put himself in danger for his retainers' safety and even though he is strict, fastidious, and extremely disciplined (especially in training and battle), he deeply cares about his teammates' well-being such as when he mediates Chiaki and Ryuunosuke's squabble in episode 15's ending moment and is proud of his teammates in secret, especially towards Chiaki (the rebel who is an extremely creative, quick-witted strategist in his own right) and Ryuunosuke (the annoying Yes-Man that made great innovations in their Samurai Gattai in episodes 12 and 35).
  • Took a Level in Badass: Quite a pants-wetter as a child, according to Jii. Now? Well, just take a look at the above examples.
  • True Companions: Despite being unwilling to summon his vassals initially, he grew to like and warmed up to them, little by little. Well past the halfway point of the series, he's really fond of them, and won't tolerate any harm done to them, a feeling which the others also return. Which is why he says that he's got nothing left when he's taken away from his friends after The Reveal.
  • Tsundere: Instances vary from subtle to straight, often pairing with Heroic BSoD for added "fun".
  • Weapon of Choice
    • Swiss Army Weapon: Rekka Daizantounote 
    • Dual Wielding: Takeru has proven to be quite capable with it, be it sword-sword or sword-gun.
      • Taken to the extreme in the final episode, where he uses Tanba's personal mojikara disc to dual-wield the ''Rekka Daizantou''!
    • Whip Sword: Kyoryumaru, the first Shinken Red's sword and an Origami in itself.
    • Hand Cannon: Mogyu Bazooka
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes??: Haunted House.
  • Worthy Opponent: Seen by Juzo as the biggest one ever.
  • You Killed My Father: His father died in a Gedoushu raid on the mansion.

    Ryunosuke Ikenami 

Ryunosuke Ikenami/Shinken Blue | Actor: Hiroki Aiba

"Similarly, Blue. Ikenami Ryunosuke."

A kabuki actor prior to being called to become Takeru's vassal. Very, VERY dramatic, partially thanks to his environment and upbringing. The Yes-Man to Takeru, and often played for comedy, despite being the second-in-command.

Ryunosuke was considered The Scrappy by many early in the show's run, but that call was premature. Perhaps due to being the product of both samurai and kabuki training, under that hammy exterior is one of the most devoted and competent members of the team.

  • Berserk Button: Having grown up in a traditional upbringing and a Kabuki business, he has strong attachments to both his parents. As such, calling him "Faza-kon"note  or "Maza-kon"note  is one of the worst insults he could ever hear.
    • Go ahead and say/do something that could even vaguely be interpreted as insulting Takeru. Go ahead.
  • Bishōnen: Aiba's Bishonen qualities are played into Ryunosuke's looks.
  • Boke and Tsukkomi Routine: Tsukkomi to Genta's Boke.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: In Act #9, with an Open the Iris effect to boot.
  • Butt-Monkey: Less frequent after Act 7, but still an aspect.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Considering that despite his Large Ham tendencies, he is still very good at what he does, not just Shinkenger-wise but on the kabuki stage as well.
  • Catchphrase: TONOOOOO!
    • Also, variations on "Do not X our lord that way!"
  • Chewing the Scenery: "Tonooooooo!"
  • Crossdresser: Since Kabuki theater demands the actors to indiscriminately play both genders, he's the go to guy when it comes up; he thinks his skill in this needs work.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Butt-Monkey. Large Ham. Narm machine. Master fencer and archer. Second in command of a team of demon-slaying Samurai.
  • Disproportionate Penance: If he realizes he made a big mistake to his friends, he won't be satisfied with just an accepted apology; he'll demand physical punishment to be administered to him. And he tends to go way over the top whenever his lord is involved. He does mellow out on this over the series though... a bit.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: More so early on. Character Development hit shortly after Ryuunosuke got his ship sank by Mako. While he still has moments, they don't get in the way of his calling.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: The Shinkengers have him disguised as a bride on one occasion.
  • Finishing Move: Shin Suiryu no Mainote 
  • Force and Finesse: He is the Force to Chiaki Finnesse. Tend to be forceful than using strategy.
  • Five Temperament Ensemble: Sanguine obviously with Choleric Tendencies
  • Hero Secret Service: Ryu-san is arguably one of the two most likely to instantly risk their lives for Takeru. In fact, concern about his Tono's well-being can distract Shinken Blue in battle.
  • Image Song: "Aonami Yonaoshi"note 
  • Jumped at the Call: Did he ever. While he's later shown to have some hesitationsnote , he's been a committed Samurai from Act 1.
  • The Lancer: Ryunosuke is Takeru's second-in-command.note 
  • Large Ham: Due to being a kabuki actor.
  • Making a Splash
  • Meaningful Name: Ryunosuke: "Ike"/"Pond" and "Nami"/"Wave" represents his element. "Ryuu"/"Mannerism" refers to his well-mannered stature, and a homophone for "Dragon", his Origami.
  • Mighty Glacier: Quite Strong, sturdy and yet certain of his attacks are methodical and arranged but he is not good deflecting and he even usually the most who endure Ayakashi attacks.
  • Momma's Boy/"Well Done, Son!" Guy: Implied by Zuboshimeshi, the Ayakashi of insults.
  • Nice to the Waiter: On multiple occasions he has been shown acting graciously towards the Kuroko, thanking them for their hard work and performing tasks himself that would normally be relegated to them. Of course, the Kuroko are usually horrified at the sight of one of the lord's retainers stooping himself to the level of servant work.
  • Ocular Gushers: If this were an anime, Ryunosuke's teary moments would definitely end in these. Aiba deserves full credit here for invoking this sans anime cues.
  • Omnidisciplinary Scientist: he's not only trained in both kabuki AND samurai skills as well as basic Mojikara usage, but goes so far as to develop the TenkuuShinkenOh combination, complete with the kanji needed to activate it.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: When saving Takeru from a blazing forest fire after finally coming to terms with where his loyalties lie, there's absolutely no Narm or hamminess involved. Just complete, serious silence as he slices apart the flames and lets the others run in to bring Takeru to safety.
    • He later starts out his speech to Takeru by addressing quietly and calmly him by name. That's earth-shattering compared to his usually hammy screaming of "TONOOOOO!!".
  • Plucky Comic Relief
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Takeru's blue. (One of two)
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: Out of all the members, he's the one to most often wear button-up shirts, dress pants, dress shoes, coats and waistcoats, generally looking more prim and proper than the others, who lean more towards a casual style.
  • Signature Move:
    • Shinkenmaru: Suiryu no Mainote 
    • Water Arrow: Meikyō Shisuinote 
  • The Starscream: Played for Laughs in the V-Cinema special. Ryuunosuke's illusion involves him being the leader of the Shinkenger, making Takeru bow to him. Others called him out for it in the real world, but of course Ryuu-san denied and pointed out his Heroic Sacrifice in the Sci-Fi illusion.
    • Occasionally played for laughs, but as often for drama - Ryu-san takes his duty to his lord very seriously.
  • The Straight and Arrow Path: Water Arrow.
  • True Companions: Ryunosuke seems to be trying to actively build the Samurai-tachi into this from day one. As is often the case with Ryu-san, half his attempts are annoying as hell.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Chiaki and Genta. Mostly because of the vast contrast in personalities.
  • Weapon of Choice: Water Arrow.
  • Yes-Man: Unquestioningly loyal to his Lord. This leads to a Heroic BSoD after The Reveal when he feels his loyalties clashing.

    Mako Shiraishi 

Mako Shiraishi/Shinken Pink | Actress: Rin Takanashi

"Similarly, Pink. Shiraishi Mako."

"Being our Lord doesn't necessarily mean you have to be perfect, you know?"

Originally a kindergarten teacher. Mature, levelheaded and reliable. Always count on her to comfort whoever's feeling down.

Mako was at first abandoned by her parents and was left to be raised by her grandmother. Her samurai training robbed her of any chance of a childhood like a normal girl; this shows big time in her protectiveness of children. She dreams of being a House Wife, but is really horrid at cooking.

  • Affectionate Nickname: Kotoha calls her "Mako-chan" while Chiaki and Dai Goyou both call her "nee-san".
  • Berserk Button: Hurt her true companions, hurt children... and Nee-san's got your Tranquil Fury right here.
  • Blow You Away
  • Christmas Cake: In one episode, an enemy attacks her by calling her a "spinster."
  • Cool Big Sis: One of the most levelheaded and calm characters of the team.
  • Cooldown Hug: To anyone in need.
  • Designated Girl Fight: Tends to get matched in fights against Usukawa Dayuu. And after witnessing Dayu's past in her dream, she seems to be drawn to her in a fight; possibly due to part-sympathy.
  • Finishing Move: Shin Tenku no Mainote 
  • Five Temperament Ensemble: Phlegmatic and Sanguine
  • Freudian Excuse: Mako's desire to become a wife and have her own family stems from how she was made to sacrifice her childhood for samurai training.
  • Friend to All Children: And anyone who's in need of a Cooldown Hug.
  • Girliness Upgrade: When it comes to Kaoru joining the team.
  • Glass Cannon: Her attack is quite high and yet she is quite having proficiency when fighting but her body defense is not tougher.
  • The Heart
  • Image Song: "Nadeshiko Shinken, Hanafubuki"note 
    • She sings it in the V-Cinema special during her dream sequence of becoming an Idol Singer.
  • Lady of War: Mako is a skilled swordwoman who fights with grace especially with her fan. In addition her element is Heaven and she's the stoic Team Mom of the group.
  • Lethal Chef: We can't stress this enough: DON'T! Touch. Mako's cooking... if you value your life.
    • Mako has never flipped off about this and instead just admits she still has a long way to go when she found out the boys were badmouthing her cooking.
  • Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: She's the dark to Kotoha's light. Also slightly lighter than Kaoru due to the latter's authority and absolute commitment to the Shinkenger's mission.
  • Meaningful Name: "Shiro"/"White", the clouds in the sky, "Ishi", homophone for "Will", and "Ko"/"Child". Roughly translates as "Sincere child"; either herself or the nature of pure and innocent children she takes care of.
  • Oh, Crap!: When you see her holding an apron, run like the wind and don't look back.
  • Onee-sama: For the whole team, but to Kotoha especially.
  • Paper Fan of Doom: Heaven Fan.
  • Parental Abandonment: She was raised by her grandmother, who wanted to train her as the next Shinken Pink, forcing her father to leave her behind and take care of her crippled mother instead. They got a tearful reunion in Act 34.
  • Reluctant Fanservice Girl: In the V-Cinema, Mako is more embarrassed that her illusion involves her getting into a cute idol outfit, stating that she never had any plans to become an idol, as much as how Kotoha praised that.
  • Ship Tease: At first with Ryuunosuke, but she personally sent torpedoes to sink it, showing her Sugar and Ice qualities. Towards the end of the series she was getting closer to Takeru, but then she got (comical) Ship Tease with Chiaki and Kotoha in Shinkenger Returns.
  • Signature Move:
    • Shinkenmaru: Tenku no Mainote 
    • Heaven Fan: Hakuryoku Mantennote 
  • The Stoic: Not quite Takeru level, but she's usually calm enough.
    • Not So Stoic: But when you throw in her parents to the picture.
      • Or when she feels the need to mother someone.
  • Sugar And Ice Girl: She's essentially the team's psychologist.
  • Team Mom
  • Weapon of Choice: Heaven Fan.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: She has the serenity, the maturity, the nuturting nature and she fights with a paper fan! The only problem is her cooking.

    Chiaki Tani 

Chiaki Tani/Shinken Green | Actor: Shogo Suzuki

"Similarly, Green. Tani Chiaki."

The rebel to Takeru. Lax, and not a very good fighter to start, but a quick thinker who relies on unorthodox methods.

His growth over the series made early calls marking him The Lancer to be retracted. Chiaki, interestingly, seems to be the one to anchor the others to the 'reality' of being samurai in the modern age, often striving to get the others to relax or see things from another perspective. His fighting style and tactical approach starts and remains unorthodox— and proves an asset.

  • Batman Gambit: As The Smart Guy of the team, these are Chiaki's most badass moments.
  • Berserk Button: Chiaki has been shown to be VERY protective of Kotoha, despite her being acknowledged as being a better Samurai than he is. He's the first to go charging blindly after the Ayakashi that stole Kotoha's soul in Act 20. He later pulls one of his most clever Mojikara uses to get Mako and his father out of a hostage situation. Go after the Wood Samurai's loved ones, get pwned.
  • Character Development: Remember the guy who refused to lower his head or even follow orders from a designated lord? Well, guess who's the first one to happily lower his head when said lord is reinstated towards the end of the series. It can't get any more blatant than that, can it?
  • Face Doodling: If he's annoyed, or just for fun. Takeru is his prized doodle victim.
  • Finishing Move: Shin Kogarashi no Mainote 
  • Force and Finesse: He is the Finesse to Ryuunosuke Force. Tend to be the weakest but usually work better with tactical approach.
  • Five Temperament Ensemble: Sanguine Melancholic
  • Fragile Speedster: He is quite fast and also agile but most of his attacks especially the Finishing Move are just enough to scratch.
  • Green Thumb
  • Image Song: "Shinken days, Never give up, Dōchū"note .
  • Instant Expert: Averted; he didn't take his training seriously, and was the weakest member in the beginning. In fact, the fact that Chiaki's training wasn't as intense actually justifies Conservation of Ninjutsu, and allows us the fun of seeing him level up.
  • Kid-Appeal Character
  • Meaningful Name: "Tani"/"Valley", where trees grow; "Chi"/"Thousand", the abundance of trees and leaves; and "Aki"/"Dawn, Awaken", reminding of his late-bloomer trait. Also, his Kanji can be read "Ki".
  • Mecha Expansion Pack: Kabuto Origami grants ShikenOh multiple long-range beam capabilities.
  • The Rival: He considers Takeru as the person he'll surpass someday.
  • Ship Tease: Has lots of "moments" alone with Kotoha, who's another "junior" of the team like himself.
  • Signature Move:
    • Shinkenmaru: Kogarashi no Mainote 
    • Wood Spear: Taiki Banseinote 
  • The Smart Guy: One of two. He may not seem like it initially, but his quick thinking and unorthodox methods definitely make him qualify. It makes up for his initial lack of skill.
  • Sour Supporter: Initially. It's why many consider Chiaki as The Lancer early on.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Chiaki takes several over the course of the series, as he neglected much of his training before he was summoned.
  • True Companions: Despite being the one who protested the most about his lifelong mission, he's also the first to refuse to follow Kaoru as her retainer. If not for Takeru's personal request, he most likely would have walked off for good like Genta.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: He initially didn't get along well with Ryunosuke, due to his attitude about his mission. As the series progressed, he still fight with Ryunosuke, but not as much, and Act 37 shows that when not quarreling, they're downright complimentary in thought and deed.
  • Weapon of Choice: Wood Spear.
  • Zorro Mark: His default finisher with the ShinkenMarunote  involves carving his "wood" kanji on screen.

    Kotoha Hanaori 

Kotoha Hanaori/Shinken Yellow | Actress: Suzuka Morita

"Similarly, Yellow. Hanaori Kotoha."


The Chick-Cute Bruiser dual pack; a shy, quiet and a bit clumsy country girl. Her loyalty to Takeru rivals Ryunosuke's.

Originally, Kotoha's older sister was supposed to take the place of Shinken Yellow, but because was she often very ill, Kotoha became Shinken Yellow in her stead. Unlike the others initially, she had no regret in becoming Takeru's vassal and willingly volunteered to serve him battle despite his initially cold personality.

    Genta Umemori

Genta Umemori/Shinken Gold | Actor: Keisuke Sohma

"Similarly, Gold. Umemori Genta."

"Yosh! Now for the Victory Ipponjime!"

Genta was a suspicious sushi seller who suddenly arrived in town. But when the Shinkengers were pinned down by the Ayakashi of the week, he revealed himself as Shinken Gold, and much to the vassals' surprise, Takeru's childhood friend.

Personality-wise, Genta is hyperactive and childish for his age, but like Ryunosuke, his capabilities are, albeit not intentionally, hidden beneath this behaviour.

    Kaoru Shiba 

Kaoru Shiba/(Princess) Shinken Red | Actor: Runa Natsui

"Shinken Red. Shiba Kaoru."

"I will succeed! That's why I'm here, Father!"

The true 18th head of the Shiba Clan who was hidden away and taken care of by one of her father's personal retainers in order to keep her and the Shiba Clan sealing character, the power to seal away Dokoku, safe from the Gedoushu. In her stead, Takeru took her place as lord as she trained and mastered the sealing character. Toward the end of the series, she returned to take her place as lord, but her vassals, who were more attached to Takeru, had a hard time following her.

Kaoru initially appears stoic, serious, and focused on her duty to defeat the Gedoushu, much like Takeru in the early parts of the series, making her difficult to approach, especially when she's with her stubborn retainer, Tanba. However, like Takeru, she turns out to be much nicer than she appears.

  • Cute Bruiser
  • Distaff Counterpart: To Takeru.
  • 11th-Hour Ranger: Though she actually replaces Takeru as leader. Once Takeru is made the official lord, she no longer goes into battle.
  • Instant Expert: Like the others, averted. The whole point of her being hidden was so she could master the sealing character.
  • Law of Chromatic Superiority: As the other Shinken Red and the true lord, this is a given.
  • Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: The darkest of the three female Shinkengers.
  • The Ojou: Everyone addresses her as "Hime-sama"note . Tanba, her personal retainer, treats her as such and tries to get everyone else to do the same. She, on the other hand, is not especially fond of being treated this way.
  • Parental Abandonment: Her father died sealing away Dokoku before she was born. Her mother was apparently pregnant with her around the time of the raid, but outside of that, nothing is mentioned about her still being alive.
  • Passing the Torch: She steps down as lord and makes Takeru her successor. In order for this to legally work, however, she adopts him despite being younger than him.
  • Quickly-Demoted Woman: Though to be fair, she was also quickly promoted and willingly stepped down for good reason. Also completely justified, see Rookie Red Ranger below
  • Perpetual Frowner: Kaoru is not known for her smile.
    • When She Smiles: At some point during the vs Goseiger crossover she did so out of nowhere. And it was adorable. She smiled in the finale too.
  • Playing with Fire: Because she's direct successor to the Shiba Clan, her fire Mojikara is generally stronger than Takeru's.
  • Rookie Red Ranger: An unusual example, and even a deconstruction of it. Entering so late in the conflict and just simply taking over damaged the vassals' morale and teamwork. While she did so without any malice, she quickly realized that her presence did more harm than good, that this team, Genta included, had built themselves around Takeru, not her. After gaining Genta's good graces, she reinstates both him AND Takeru, stepping down for the latter as Shinken Red, all the while, shutting down Tanba's protests that did even more harm than her own naivete.
  • Running Gag: Anytime Tanba, her retainer, annoys her or starts making Jerkass comments towards her vassals or her Body Double, she hits him with a Paper Fan of Doom.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Kaoru is very much aware of how attached her retainers are with Takeru, and she takes care to give them space and time to adapt to her leading them. She also gives quite a bit of gratitude to Takeru and Genta for their immense contributions, silencing Toshizo whenever he tries to put them down.
  • Small Girl, Big Gun
  • The Stoic: Moreso than Takeru.
    • Not So Stoic: Witness her telling off Tanba in the last act for his priorities being out of order.
  • Sugar And Ice Girl
  • Weapon of Choice: Her arsenal is the same as Takeru's, though she never shown using the Kyoryu Origami.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: Kaoru is a lot younger than Takeru (she's estimated to be around 15 while he's 21), but she isn't any less wise and mature. She realizes that her retainers are more attached to Takeru and gives them time to get used to her rather than unreasonably forcing them. Chiaki, the most stubborn in following Takeru, even has to admit that it would be much easier to hate her if she's just merely a shallow, bitchy princess. Later on, even Genta gets along with her after she voices out how she understands her retainers' feelings.
  • You Killed My Father: Her father died in the Gedoushu raid before she was born. Her motivation for mastering the sealing character appears to stem from this.



    Hikoma Kusakabe

Hikoma Kusakabe, a.k.a: Jii | Actor: Goro Ibuki

"Well done, my Lord!"

The Shiba household's retainer. Everyone calls him "Jii". Beside helping make sure the Shiba's traditional style Japanese mansion runs smoothly, he trains the Samurai in use of their mojikara and often oversees sword training and the like. He can be very nice and respectable, despite his strictness. Just don't go against him...

  • Battle Butler: Sort of. He's old, but at least capable of giving a beatdown if needed.
  • Badass Biker: He has a bike, but rarely uses it. Probably because it looks odd with his attire.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": The Shinkengers calls him Jii.
  • Large Ham: By virtue of being played by a Jidai Geki veteran, but not as dramatic or often as Ryunosuke or Genta; he's the mildest of the three Hams in the series, in fact.
  • Meaningful Name: Jii's name is simple; a different reading of the Kanji "Samurai". It also puns lightly on one of the least formal ways to address an elder, often translated as "grandfather". What's more, "Jii" is also a very common name in Japanese media - perhaps almost a nominal stereotype - to address well-aged butlers. All three surprisingly fits him perfectly.
  • Parental Abandonment: Not his fault though. His work with the Shiba household leaves him just one day a year to visit his wife's grave and his daughter and her family, which he's had to give a miss several times.
  • Parental Substitute: Raised Takeru after the tono's father was killed in the Gedoshu raid on Shiba manor.
  • Stern Teacher
  • Team Dad

    The Kuroko 

The Kuroko


The Shiba household's servant crew, dressed as traditional Japanese stage hands— and they expect to be as ignored. Besides helping Jii maintain the Shiba's ancestral home, they serve as heralds for the Shinkengers, carrying the elaborate curtains and war drums that often accompany the Samurai's entrance. They can even provide distraction and minor battle support, but mostly clear civilians from an area so the Samurai-tachi can focus on the battle at hand.


DaiGoyo | Voice actor: Koichi Tochika

"Move it, move it, move it!!"note 

A lantern brought to life through Genta's Mojikara. Acts as the Team Pet and can grow to Mecha scale, goyo de!

  • Face–Heel Turn: Pulls one for about 30 seconds in the Shinkenger/Go-Onger team-up. He arrives on Samurai World and helps police capture 4 of the main characters. He comes to them in their jail cell shortly afterwords to help them escape, apologizing that he (being based on a feudal police lantern) got caught up in the moment and didn't realize it was them.
  • Light 'em Up: Well he is an offshoot of Genta, whose element is light. Can be so bright hidden secrets are revealed and enemies can be blinded.
  • Meaningful Name/Punny Name: Being fashioned on an Edo police officer, DaiGoyo's name and Verbal Tic have an interesting reference built in: Go-yo was what Edo period lawmen would say to clear the way when they were on official business. At night, they would carry latterns with the phrase on them in kanji.
  • Secret Keeper: Sort of. During the events of both Shinkenger team-up movies, he was the only character to witness an upcoming new Sentai team when they fought against Gedoushu members who attempted to do some sinister plan while the Shinkengers and the other team were busy fighting the big bad of the movie. After the brief fight, the team would notice DaiGoyo and ask him not to tell the other teams about themselves.
  • Team Pet
  • Verbal Tic: Goyo de!
  • Weapon of Choice:


    Chimatsuri Dokoku 

Chimatsuri Dokoku | Voice actor: Rintaro Nishi


The Big Bad Boss. Lives on a Ghost Ship in the Sanzu river. Extremely irritable, and spends much of his time doing nothing but drinking sake.

    Usukawa Dayu 

Usukawa Dayu | Voice actress (just actress in flashbacks): Romi Park

"At last, I can let go of my human past too."

The only regular female Gedoushuu. Can be seen playing a Shamisen Of Murder. Can be considered a Dark Chick.

    Hone no Shitari 

Hone no Shitari | Voice actor: Cho

"I wish to keep on living, even if I have to surrender half of my remaining lifespan for that!"

Mad Scientist and The Strategist. Looks suspisciously like Cthulhu. Rarely leaves the ship, and instead constantly makes plans to increase Sanzu River's water.

Thought to have died during the Shinkenger finale. However, he survives the Rokumon Junk's sinking and reappears in Goseiger vs. Shinkenger, where he assists Buredoran of the Chimatsuri. But after learning of Buredoran's true intensions, Shitari escapes and forms an army of black versions of the Nanashi and Nosakamata to regain the Sanzu River's water. Unfortunately, before he could put his plan into action, he is stopped by the Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger, who quickly destroy his army and then him after assuming the forms of the previous five Red Rangers.

    Juzo Fuwa 

Fuwa Juzo | Actor: Mitsuru Karahashi

"All I want is to fight... until even my marrow turns into dust."

An enigmatic Gedoushu swordsman whom the others consider a "stray". Loves fighting, and has a one-sided rivalry towards Takeru.

    Akumaro Sujigarano 

Sujigarano Akumaro | Voice actor: Ryo Horikawa

"This pain...I see it. This is...this is...hahahaha..."

An unusually polite Enigmatic Minion who surfaces after Dokoku's power boost; an expert schemer with a perpetual grin. Eventually turns Starscream after Dokoku's Phlebotinum Breakdown.

The series' epynomous Villain of the Week.

In General

  • Youkai: All of them are the reason how the Japanese myths are born.


Voice actor: Nobuo Tobita


Voice actor: Daisuke Gori


Voice actor: Takashi Nagasako
  • Rubber Man: He can extend his arms for surprise attacks.


Voice actor: Koji Tobe


Voice actor: Hiroshi Tsuchida


Voice actor: Issei Futamata
  • The Bully: Blurts hurtful insults to make people suffer. Completely fails on Kotoha, however.


Voice actor: Hideyuki Umezu


Voice actor: Ryuzou Ishino


Voice actor: Hidenari Ugaki


Voice actor: Junichi Suwabe


Voice actor: Rokuro Naya


Voice actor: Yoshimitsu Shimoyama


Voice actor: Masaru Obayashi


Voice actor: Mitsuhiro Ichiki


Voice actor: Ikuya Sawaki


Voice actor: Chihiro Suzuki


Voice actor: Toshiharu Sakurai


Voice actor: Mitsuki Saiga


Voice actor: Mitsukai Hoshino


Voice actor: Shinya Fukumatsu


Voice actor: Kunihiko Yasui


Voice actor: Jurota Kosugi


Voice actor: Nobuyuki Hiyama


Voice actor: Dai Matsumoto


Voice actor: Taketora
  • Marionette Master: Uses the students and staff of Takashiro Academy using a wrist band to take control over them.


Voice actor: Koichi Sakaguchi


Voice actor: Tetsu Inada


Voice actor: Hisanori Koyatsu


Voice actor: Mitsuo Iwata


Voice actor: Riichi Seike


Voice actor: Yosuke Akimoto


Voice actor: Taiki Matsuno


Voice actor: Keiichi Sonobe


Voice actor: Atsuko Yuya


Voice actor: Naomi Kusumi


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