Shout! Factory releases: Ninja Sentai Kakuranger

Synopsis: Four hundred years ago, there was an epic battle between the great ninjas and the Youkai, mythical monsters who can summon lightning and grow into giants. The ninjas defeated the Youkai and sealed the Youkai Commander Nuarihyon and his Youkai energies in a cave protected by the “Seal Door.” In the present, one of the few remaining Youkai tricks Sasuke and Saizou, descendants of the ancient ninjas, into freeing the Youkai trapped behind the “Seal Door.” Now, it is up to Sasuke, Saizou and three other descendants of the great ninjas to come together and become the Kakurangers in order to defeat the Youkai and save the planet!

Shout! Factory presents it's latest release from the Super Sentai series Ninja Sentai Kakuranger the complete series. KakuRanger tells the story of a new generation of ninjas who band together to fight the Youkai and protect the planet. It was Toei Company Limited's eighteenth production of the Super Sentai television series and certain action footage from this series was used in the third season of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and the Alien Rangers series.

Having Shout! Factory bring the Super Sentai series to the US with subs is an absolute godsend. Starting with ZyuRanger and then DaiRanger this past year, KakuRanger is the series that is in my top 5 of the Super Sentai Series. One reason being is the Shogun Megazord aka Muteki Shogun, which is one of my favorite mechs in the series. It looks like a samurai, which is a plus, the Giant Beast Generals are just amazing stand alone mechs, and the Flaming Shogun Sword is just a cool finisher. Another reason being is that it's the first in the series where the female ranger, Tsuruhime (Ninja White), is the team leader. Tsuruhime come out the gate taking charge and kicking ass in the series, also helping the other rangers become a stronger team. Also KakuRanger black, Jiraiya, is a Japanese born American who speaks English in the beginning of the series, who is also more of a cowboy/surfer American stereotype. What I like about the character is the fact that he is someone who has to try and get back in touch with a culture and a language that he isn't as familiar with, but learns to adapt and balance both cultures. For myself and I'm sure others having to balance the culture of your home and the culture of your family can sometimes feel like a tightrope walk, so Jiraiya is a great character to identify with on that aspect.

Ninja Sentai KakuRanger: The Complete Series is available for pre-order on the Shout! Factory website which offers to ship the DVD 2 weeks earlier than it's release date May 17, 2016.

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