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Sekai Ninja Sen Jiraiya ("World Ninja War Jiraiya"), also known as Ninja Olympiad, is the seventh Metal Heroes series.

Rather than being a Ridiculously Human Robot or a man in a Power Armor, Jiraiya (real name:Tōha Yamaji) is an elite ninja warrior from the Togakure style of Ninpō. His mentor and foster father Tetsuzan Yamaji, the 34th Grandmaster of the Togakure School, has trained him for the day the ancient Yōma Clan will return. Sure enough, the clan, led by Oninin Dokusai, arise with their army of evildoers in order to seize Pako, a mysterious treasure which came from outer space over 2000 years ago which is said to have power equiparable to the Sun. With the help of his family, and an army of international ninja heroes, Jiraiya must stand tall against the evil ones.

Although the series was not adapted into either VR Troopers or Big Bad Beetleborgs, Jiraiya has been adapted as Sheriff Skyfire in Power Rangers Ninja Steel. It's also available in its original form on Toei's Tokusatsu World channel on YouTube.


Sekai Ninja Sen Jiraiya features examples of the following tropes:

  • Action Girl: Emiha, Reiha and Yumeha, who even form a Power Trio in episode 32. Benikiba is a Dark Action Girl.
  • Ambiguously Brown: Rainin Wild, who was played by a black American in-costume in his debut episode, but was replaced by a tanned Japanese man in subsequent appearances.
  • Americans Are Cowboys: Rainin Wild, who is Billy the Kid's descendant.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Kei and Manabu, many times.
  • Badass Biker: Mafūba
  • Back from the Dead / Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: Kensuke Onimura and Kazumi Mimura
  • Blade on a Stick: Jiraishin Windmill Lance.
  • Break the Haughty: Jiraiya in Episode 3, but came back in same episode.
  • Captain Ethnic: Some of the various World Ninjas (at least, the ones who are McNinjas).
  • Cool Car: Jiraiya's main vehicle, the Black Saber, is a black Z31-model Nissan 300ZX
  • Cool Old Guy: Tetsuzan have his moments.
    • Toha himself, 30 years later, to the Shuriken Sentai Ninninger.
  • Clothes Make the Superman: Played around in an episode where a rival warrior named Yajiro Iyo (played by Kenji Oba) takes the Jiraiya suit away from Toha after defeating him. Toha is forced to fight Iyo without his suit to get it back.
  • Deceptive Disciple: Kuroi Ibara in Episode 30 betrayed his master's teaching in order to become a criminal.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Many of the World Ninjas when they first fight Jiraiya.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: The title of Episode 6 is "Nazo no Nazo wa Nazonazo?!", which roughly translates to "The Mysterious Mystery is Mysteriously Mysterious?!"
  • Dirty Coward: The Youma quite frequently, so as some of the world ninjas.
  • Distaff Counterpart: Tōha's foster sister, Kei, has her own heroic alter-ego under the guise of Himenin Emiha, who wears white armor, lets her hair hang loose beneath the helmet, and has her legs showing.
  • Dub Name Change: The Brazilian dub had a few of them, going from smaller stuff (like Retsuga for Retsukiba, which can be chalked up to Alternate Character Reading) to some names that seem really weird if you've seen the show in the original Japanese first (like Mafūba's name changing to Storm and Yumeha being called... Agnes).
  • The Faceless: Dokusai — literally.
  • Flying Face: One of attacks from Demost.
  • Girls' Night Out Episode: Episode 32
  • Gratuitous English: Jōnin Baron Owl, Bakunin Rocket Man and Rainin Wild. Practically any character who is supposed to be American or English.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Baron Owl, Haburamu, Kinin Reiha, Yanin Spiker, Vermillion Tokage, Rainin Wild, Kazenin Mafuba, Kaminin Oruha, Rocket Man, Oruha, Alamsa, Yumeha, Special Ninja Team. Granted, all of these were the results of successive instances of Let's You and Him Fight.
  • Highly Visible Ninja: Even without accounting Jiraiya's bright red armor, Dokusai's son and Dragon Retsukiba wears a quite unbelievable striped, magenta-and-black ninja suit.
  • Human Alien: Toha and Reiha are descendants of the original Jiraya, an alien warrior who arrived on Earth thousands of years ago.
  • Humble Pie: Tetsuzan serves some of these everytime Toha feels slightly overconfident. Despite be more harsh with his adoptive son, the old ninja is not above of give some pieces of humbleness to his two other kids when they're slacking too much.
  • Humongous Mecha: Jiraishin, which makes its debut in Episode 34-35.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: Wild's bullets can make curves in the air.
  • In the Name of the Moon: "Togakure-ryū Seitō, Jiraiya!" ("Disciple of the Togakure school, Jiraiya!")
  • Kick the Dog: Chan Kung-Fu the Fire Ninja does this literally in Episode 4.
  • Killed Off for Real: Genchi Koshimura, Ninja Jane.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: The Youma are on the receiver part when they conquer some few wins. Applies to Kei and Manabu too, periodically.
  • Legacy Character: Chan Kung-Fu, Makumba, Gyuma and Gamesh are all replaced by identically-dressed successors. Chan's and Makumba's successors in particular are their son and older brother respectively.
  • Let's You and Him Fight: And time a new World Ninja shows up, they will end up fighting Jiraiya. Some of these happen through prodding by the Yōma Clan, and thus, once everything is cleared up, they will join Jiraiya in fighting the bad guys.
  • Lighter and Softer: Compared to its immediate predecessor Choujinki Metalder.
  • McNinja: Most of the World Ninjas.
  • Monster of the Week: The World Ninjas start off like this, but quite a few of them end up becoming recurring characters and not all of them are villains.
  • Ninja
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot
    • Demost is an alien ninja.
    • It is eventually revealed that Toha and Rei also descend from the aliens that brought Pako to Earth.
    • Also, there's Gamesh, a cyborg ninja.
  • Put on a Bus: Toppa leaves Japan after Episode 24 for an overseas assignment.
  • Redemption Equals Death: Ninja Jane.
  • Sempai Kouhai: Toha to the Shuriken Sentai Ninninger.
  • Spiritual Successor: Loosely based on Kamen no Ninja Akakage, but set in modern times.
  • Theme Music Power-Up: Pretty frequent.
  • The Unfavorite: Toha feels that Tetsuzan always favors Kei and Manabu over him, since he's adoptive. It turns out that, by Ninninger, more than 30 years later, it's actually Toha who becomes the official heir of the Togakure Style, though.
  • This Is Unforgivable!: Basically, this is Jiraiya's Catchphrase.
  • Transformation Sequence: Mostly averted. If Toha has to don the armor during the fight, the scene will do a quick cut between him and Jiraiya (one particularly funny case is in episode 30, when Benikiba is fighting Toha; she first pushes him offscreen, and he comes back onscreen less than a second later in the Jiraiya armor). In cases it is shown, it's only a brief sequence. And rather unusually for toku, instead of using a Transformation Trinket to access his suit or some sort of external/internal technique (like the previous Metal Hero, Metalder becoming angered enough to activate his robotic form, or the various Space Sheriffs having their suit teleported onto them from their ship), he armors up completely manually, the sequence showing him locking bits of his armor into place (with the visor saved for last).
  • Unlucky Everydude: Toha have shades of this. He's primarily the bread winner of the house, taking odd jobs to keep things going at home, since the dojo is short of students, and still have to take missions as Jiraiya. Add to that he never manages get the girl: Princess Maya went back to her country after their date, Reiha is revealed to be Toha's cousin, Yumeha was only an acquaintance and Jane died. Basically, the niponic Peter Parker, even more than the actual niponic Peter Parker.
  • Villain: Exit, Stage Left: Very often, when things start going badly for the Yōma Clan (such as when the World Ninja of the Week that they had fooled into fighting Jiraiya realizes the deception and turns on them), they drop whatever they're doing and beat a hasty retreat.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Benikiba and Retsukiba drop out fighting after Emiha and Manabu have discovered their trick of hiding, leaving his swords and running.


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