Ninpuu Sentai Hurricaneger
Ninpuu Sentai Hurricaneger (忍風戦隊ハリケンジャー, Ninpū Sentai Harikenjā) is Toei's twenty-sixth production of the Super Sentai metaseries. Its footage was used in the American series, Power Rangers Ninja Storm (the end credits listed the show as titled Hurricane Rangers). It ran from February 17, 2002, to February 9, 2003, on TV Asahi.
Why It Rocks
- It has a very dark and interesting storyline.
- It also has a few hints of good humor.
- It's a big improvement over Hyakujuu Sentai Gaoranger, which was a bad Super Sentai season from the previous year.
- The 3 Hurricanegers and the Gouraigers are pretty likable.
- Boss Tau Zant is a VERY intimidating villain.
- First Spear Furabiijo and Fourth Spear Wendinu are pretty cute villains.
- Shurikenger is a really cool mysterious sixth ranger for the team.
- In fact, his human disguise forms are actually played past actors from Super Sentai, which include FiveRed from Chikyuu Sentai Fiveman, ShishiRanger from Gosei Sentai Dairanger, OhRed from Chouriki Sentai Ohranger, Red Racer & Blue Racer from Gekisou Sentai Carranger, MegaRed from Denji Sentai Megaranger, GoRed from Kyukyu Sentai GoGoFive and TimeYellow from Mirai Sentai Timeranger.
- Great action/fighting scenes.
- Catchy theme song.
- Awesome-looking Megazords.
- Karakuri Balls are the concept of a very nice weapon and are highly collectible toys.
- It had amazing toy sales.
- It's crossover with Gaoranger Was Fantastic.
- It's got a decent adaptation, Power Rangers Ninja Storm.
- It aired alongside Kamen Rider Ryuki.
- It returned in 2012 for a 10th-anniversary special, better than before.
- It had a decent crossover with Bakuryuu Sentai Abaranger, another well-received Sentai.
- Nanami Nono (HurricaneBlue) also appeared in the GoGo Sentai Boukenger Super Sentai team-up.
- The 3 core Hurricanegers even actually met Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger in 2 episodes!
- Shurikenger's death was really sad.
- This show aired concurrently with Power Rangers Wild Force, Another Decent Tokusatsu show.
- The finale was good at its best.
- Its adaptation, while decent, feels a bit watered down from the original. It removed most of the dark and serious tones of this show and replaced them with goofy moments and corny humor.
- Shurikenger's sudden survival in the Abaranger crossover felt a bit weird and flat.
- Its spiritual successor, Shuriken Sentai Ninninger was a failure.