REVIEW: Come Back! Shuriken Sentai Ninninger: Ninnin Girls vs. Boys FINAL WARS

Starring

Shunsuke Nishikawa (Super Hero Taisen GP: Kamen Rider 3)
Gaku Matsumoto (Ressha Sentai ToQger vs. Kyoryuger)
Kaito Nakamura (Shuriken Sentai Ninninger vs. ToQger)
Yuuka Yano (Come Back! Shuriken Sentai Ninninger)
Kasumi Yamaya (Space Sheriff Shaider: Next Generation)
Hideya Tawada (The Boy Inside)
Toshihiro Yashiba (All Esper Dayo!)
Takashi Sasano (The Hidden Blade)
Megumi Han (Twin Star Exorcists)
Shinobu Nakayama (Fist of Legends)

60484814Though all Super Sentai series eventually come to an end, that doesn’t mean that viewers have seen the last of that team just yet. While their final (save for the odd big movie crossover) appearance is usually reserved for the succeeding team’s Vs. Series movie, the Returns V-Cinema release has also becoming something of an annual tradition in the past few years. These usually truly take place at the end of a show’s timeline, acting as the end of their story while also throwing in a few new surprises as well. 2016 was the turn of Shurikn Sentai Ninninger, returning in the heftily titled Come Back! Shuriken Sentai Ninninger: Ninnin Girls vs. Boys Final Wars.


Two years after the defeat of Gengetsu Kibaoni and the death of their grandfather Yoshitaka Igasaki, the Ninningers have gone their separate ways to further their individual training. As the six return to the dojo to see how each other have progressed, the boys quickly find themselves under attack from remnant Yokai forces. However here to save the day are the Ninnin Girls – a popular new ninja idol troupe consisting of Fuuka and Kasumi! Managing them is none other than Sakurako Igasaki – Takaharu and Fuuka’s estranged and equally ninja-obsessed mother!


As Sakurako becomes protective of the Ninnin Girls brand she’s created, she challenges the boys to face against her idol group. If they lose, they must give up their swords, shurikens and stop calling themselves Igasaki clan members. What follows is a series of battles between the Igasaki girls and boys, as new members appear and Fuuka puts her training to the test against her brother. However, Ariake no Kata is also patiently waiting to take revenge against the Ninningers and rebuild the family that they destroyed.

This story that thrusts the female team members into the spotlight for once. The film may essentially be Shuriken Sentai Ninninger Returns, but the plot itself is very much Fuuka’s to own. Takaharu’s antics were constantly the centre point of Ninninger, but here she gets to step out of her brother’s shadow and prove her worth. And by doing so, it somehow feels like the rest of the team is better for it as well. The biggest draw of this movie is the addition of a brand new Ninninger, similar to the introduction of ToQ #7 in last year’s Ressha Sentai ToQger Returns movie. Joining the Igasakis is Luna Kokonoe, who makes Super Sentai history as the first female green ranger Mido Ninger. Although Luna’s introduction feels a little abrupt and half-hearted, the real reason behind her inclusion is to bring back a character far more familiar to viewers – Kyuemon, who was already arguably the best and most interesting character in Ninninger as a whole.

The film may do an absolutely terrible job of clarifying just how long Luna is possessed by the spirit of Kyuemon, but once he makes his reappearance everything falls into place nicely. It’s unfortunate that the Mido Ninger helmet is simply a recolour of Aka Ninger, but things like this come to be expected from Returns movies and it actually does tie into the mythos of the show pretty well – what with the green ninja intended to be the rival to the red ninja and all. Most importantly this is also something that was previously set up during Ninninger’s finale.

Come Back! Shuriken Sentai Ninninger: Ninnin Girls vs. Boys Final Wars reveals itself to be a pretty enjoyable movie and easily one of the best bits of Ninninger fiction out there.

REVIEW: Shuriken Sentai Ninninger vs. ToQGer the Movie: Ninjas in Wonderland

 

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CAST

Shunsuke Nishikawa (Super Hero Taisen GP: Kamen Rider 3)
Gaku Matsumoto (Ressha Sentai ToQger vs. Kyoryuger)
Kaito Nakamura (Shuriken Sentai Ninninger vs. ToQger)
Yuuka Yano (Come Back! Shuriken Sentai Ninninger)
Kasumi Yamaya (Space Sheriff Shaider: Next Generation)
Hideya Tawada (The Boy Inside)
Jun Shison (Survival Family)
Jin Hiramaki (Ressha Sentai ToQger)
Riria (Zero: Black Blood)
Ryusei Yokohama (Rainbow Days)
Ai Moritaka (Beginners)
Shin Nagahama (Ressha Sentai ToQger)
Toshihiro Yashiba (All Esper Dayo!)
Takashi Sasano (The Hidden Blade)
Ryota Yamasato (Terrace House)
Megumi Han (Twin Star Exorcists)
Masaki Nakao (Your Turn To Kill)
Miki Yanagi (Futari Monologue)
Shohei Nanba (Kamen Rider W)
Tsurugi Watanabe (Hana Wa Sakuka)
Haruka Tateishi (Doubutsu Sentai Zyuohger)

 

The Ninningers awaken to find themselves on a mysterious train, floating in and out of various elaborate dreams. As they begin to seemingly be picked off one by one in these dreams, five mysterious people appear within them to warn them it’s a trap. The ToQgers have returned, and have been tasked with saving the ninja team from the clutches of the Shadow Line-powered Yokai Wanyūdō. However they’re are unable to save Takaharu and he is taken to the Dark Doctor Mavro – a ninja-obsessed member of the Shadow Line.

Stealing Takaharu’s nintality to produce the evil clone Dark Akaninger, Mavro plans to use it to flood the world in darkness. Takaharu himself is also in trouble, as he begins to find himself slowing fading away after Mavro’s tampering. It’s up to the combined forces of the Ninningers and the ToQgers to put a stop to the doctor’s evil plans and save Takaharu before it’s too late.

Ninninger vs. ToQger  strikes a rather good balance and manages to get good use out of all its stars. The story might focus on Takaharu and Right, but in the lead up to the climax all the memorable scenes are provided by the rest of the characters. Meanwhile Emperor Mavro is an excellent addition to the Shadow Line – a gleefully insane villain boasting another of the great monster designs ToQger did so well.

The plot itself provides enough unique spins to hold everything together nicely. The two series’ respective tones are extremely similar which allow both teams to stay firmly within their comfort zones while bouncing off of each other to increase the zaniness ten-fold.

Topping things off is of course the giant robot fight – a staple of all Super Sentai productions whether they be movies or episodes. However the one Ninninger vs. ToQger is truly a spectacle, and undoubtedly among the best the franchise has produced in recent years. A night time battle sequence is usually remarkable on its own, but this one also  has bundles of imagination on its side. ToQger’s use of Kuliners means more than just a blown-up version of the monster, while the interaction between the two series’ respective mecha is both simple yet ingenuitive. It’s a dazzling end to an already well done movie, and makes the fight feel more than just a Super Sentai trope that’s just there to tick boxes.

A final treat for ToQger fans, and a shining example of how good Ninninger is.

 

REVIEW: SHURIKEN SENTAI NINNINGER

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CAST

Shunsuke Nishikawa (Super Hero Taisen GP: Kamen Rider 3)
Gaku Matsumoto (Ressha Sentai ToQger vs. Kyoryuger)
Kaito Nakamura (Shuriken Sentai Ninninger vs. ToQger)
Yuuka Yano (Come Back! Shuriken Sentai Ninninger)
Kasumi Yamaya (Space Sheriff Shaider: Next Generation)
Hideya Tawada (The Boy Inside)
Toshihiro Yashiba (All Esper Dayo!)
Takashi Sasano (The Hidden Blade)
Megumi Han (Twin Star Exorcists)

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Recurring / Notable Guest Cast

Teruaki Ogawa (Ninja Sentai Kakuranger)
Shun Shioya (Ninpu Sentai Hurricaneger)
Hinako Tanaka (Nowhwere Girl)
Yuko Ito (Yukemuri Sniper)
Chihiro Yamamoto (Ultrman Greed)
Ryoma Baba (Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters)
Takumi Tsutsui (Sekai Ninja Sen Jiraiya)
Yoshi Sudarso (Power Rangers Dino Charge)
Hiroya Matsumoto (Mahou Sentai Magiranger)

1009913_527643527396100_5346307097881678023_nSuper Sentai has been host to a wide variety of themes and motifs over the years, but there is a handful that in the past have proven so successful that they are worth revisiting again and again. Dinosaurs is one that immediately springs to mind, as are cars/vehicles and of course ninjas. Shuriken Sentai Ninninger marks the third time Toei have produced a ninja-orientated Sentai, previously used by Ninja Sentai Kakuranger in 1994 and then Ninpuu Sentai Hurricaneger in 2002. The 39th entry in the franchise ran from February 2015 to February 2016, weighing in at a grand total of 47 episodes. shuriken_sentai_ninninger_wallpaper_by_unknownchaser-d8g1fmkCenturies ago in feudal Japan, a ruthless warlord named Gengetsu Kibaoni was slain by the Igasaki Ninja clan before discarding his humanity to become a powerful Yokai. His first attempt at resurrection 400 years later was thwarted by Yoshitaka Igasaki – the man who would go on to be known as the “Last Ninja”. Now in modern time, Gengetsu’s retainer Kyuuemon Izaoi revives the Kibaoni Corps with the goal of gathering enough fear to resurrect their leader once more.
With only the Igasakis able to withstand the threat of the Kibaoni Corps, Yoshitaka’s son Tsumuji gathers a new team of heroes to follow in the footsteps of their still-living grandfather – his children Takaharu and Fuka, along with their cousins Yakumo Kato, Nagi Matsuo and Kasumi Momochi. Fighting as the Shuriken Sentai Ninninger, the team also train in the clan’s Shuriken Ninja Arts as they compete against each other for the title of Last Ninja. They are later also joined by Kinji Takigawa – the American Yokai Hunter Star Ninger who has travelled to learn from the Last Ninja. Throughout their battles they learn the history of the Igasaki clan, its links with the mysterious Kyuuemon and the existence of the End Shuriken – a treasure containing a great power which the Kibaoni Corps wish to take for themselves.
Shuriken Sentai NinningerWhen the “ninjas that do not stay hidden” first burst onto television screens initial reception was very positive. The revisited the ninja theme in full force, utilising extremely impressive stunt work that relied more on acrobatics than conventional wirework. The return to a family dynamic felt was refreshing, with the team actively competing against each other as well as working together. There was good variety in the hot-headed but skilled Takaharu, competitive magic-user Yakumo, the logical and scientific Kasumi, klutzy but determined Fuka and the more reserved yet earnest Nagi – later amplified by addition of Kinji initially working against the team before officially joining them.

Ninninger is another great Sentai series with a great cast and also merits some great guest stars from previous Sentai series, A worthy entry in the Super Sentai Franchise.

REVIEW: Shuriken Sentai Ninninger the Movie: The Dinosaur Lord’s Splendid Ninja Scroll!

CAST
Shunsuke Nishikawa (Super Hero Taisen GP: Kamen Rider 3)
Gaku Matsumoto (Ressha Sentai ToQger vs. Kyoryuger)
Kaito Nakamura (Shuriken Sentai Ninninger vs. ToQger)
Yuuka Yano (Come Back! Shuriken Sentai Ninninger)
Kasumi Yamaya (Space Sheriff Shaider: Next Generation)
Hideya Tawada (The Boy Inside)
Toshihiro Yashiba (All Esper Dayo!)
Takashi Sasano (The Hidden Blade)
Megumi Han (Twin Star Exorcists)
Hiroki Tōchi (Psycho-Pass 2)
The Last Ninja Yoshitaka Igasaki sends his disciples the Ninningers on a special mission over summer vacation to Shinobigakure Castle (忍隠れ城 Shinobigakure-jō) rescue its lord, Tatsunosuke Hakkaku.[2] While Kibaoni Army General leads his forces against the villagers, the Ninningers sneaked into the castle and rescue the lord Tatsunosuke before escaping. Returning to the Igasaki Ninjutsu Dojo, the group notices that the lord is in fact a human-sized dinosaur.
Meeting Kyuemon Izayoi, the Kibaoni Army’s samurai general Juza Yumihari narrates the history of the Shinobigakure castle: long ago, the lord of the castle turned into a rampaging dinosaur after falling to anxiety, greed, and fear, bringing catastrophe to his village. Kyuemon gives Juza approval to continue the attack on the village and wishes him god luck. At the same time, Takaharu is assigned to take care of Tatsunosuke while the others return to defeat Juza’s army. After rescuing the remaining villagers from Hitokarages, the Ninningers learn that Tatsunosuke was once a lord that deeply cared for his citizens but this caused him to neglect his own family and in the end he was cursed with the dinosaur transformation. The only way to break the spell is to break the lord’s horn. Unfortunately, the Kibaoni Army attacks the remaining villagers again and this time, seemingly kills the other refugees and the Ninningers, leaving Kinji the sole survivor. Takaharu is forced to leave Tatsunosuke behind and dashes to Kinji’s aid, unaware the other Ninningers survived the explosion by using secret passageways beneath the village. It also seems that Juza was defeated, but he is revealed to have survived their final attack and planned to use the kidnapped villagers as hostages.
Eventually, Lord Tatsunosuke reveals himself and protects the Ninningers, lifting the dinosaur curse and creating a new Nin Shuriken, but Juza uses his Yojutsu to transform Tatsunosuke into the terrible dragon again and wreaks havoc in the village. Using Shinobimaru and Rodeomaru and Bison Buggy, Aka Ninger strikes the horn of the terrible dragon, separating Tatsunosuke from it and reveals the dragon’s true name: the Otomonin Dinomaru. They soon form Shurikenzin Dino with it and defeats the enlarged Juza, returning peace to Shinobigakure
Another great Super Sentai  movie ,  and a very interesting one.  Taking place after episode 21 of the Shuriken season. I know some American/English fans have not been to keen on the Shuriken story but I for one have been enjoying it and this movie is no exception.

REVIEW: Ressha Sentai ToQger vs Kyoryuger

 

Starring

Jun Shison (Survival Family)
Jin Hiramaki (Ressha Sentai ToQger)
Riria (Zero: Black Blood)
Ryusei Yokohama (Rainbow Days)
Ai Moritaka (Beginners)
Shin Nagahama (Shuriken Sentai Ninninger vs. ToQger)
Haruka Fukuhara (Good Morning Call)
Mao Ichimichi (Uchu Sentai Kyuranger)
Tsutomu Sekine (Toxic Avenger – Part II)
Kengo Ohkuchi (Kamen Rider × Kamen Rider OOO & W)
Yui Horie (Love Hina)
Ryo Ryusei (Hiyokko)
Syuusuke Saito (Kamen Rider Zi-O the Movie: Over Quartzer)
Yamato Kinjo (We’re a Bounty Hunter Team)
Akihisa Shiono (Prince of Legend)
Ayuri Konno (Another)
Atsushi Maruyama (Fūma no Kojirō)
Shinji Yamashita (Oshin)
Ayumi Kinoshita (Tokusou Sentai Dekaranger)
Masayuki Deai (Kamen Rider W)
Marie Iitoyo (Stare)
Toshiyuki Morikawa (Naruto Shippuden)
Shunsuke Nishikawa (Kurogarasu)
Gaku Matsumoto (Super Hero Taisen GP: Kamen Rider 3)
Kaito Nakamura (Shuriken Sentai Ninninger)
Yuuka Yano (Prison 13)
Kasumi Yamaya (Amachan)

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The beginning of a new year – and arguably the most important time for the Super Sentai franchise. A years’ worth of adventures for one team reaches it’s explosive conclusion while a brand new ones’ begin (along with all the wonderful new toys that come with it). But before either of those happen, it’s time for the annual versus series team up movie. Ressha Sentai ToQger vs. Kyoryuger sees the cast of Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger return for one last roar, teaming up with the ToQgers. When a Galaxy Line station falls to Earth after being attacked by an unknown force, the ToQgers immediately go to investigate. There they are attacked by the legions of the Deboss Army, and find that their imagination-based powers have no effect on them. They are eventually saved by the Kyoryugers, who reveal that the great creator Debious has finally arrived on Earth and that they only have 24 hours before he’s fully charged and ready to destroy humanity. The ToQgers offer to help, but are reminded that they are powerless against Debious’ forces.

 

However it isn’t long before the Kyoryugers face the same problem, as the Deboss High Priest Salamaz forges an alliance with the Shadow Line – a force that the Kyoryugers prove equally ineffective against. It isn’t long before the imagination and bravery join forces to save the planet from destruction at the hands of Debious, but before that they have another problem to deal with. A spell from Clock Shadow has reverted the ToQgers back to their child forms, as well as having a rather adverse affect on Kyoryu Gold!

With these crossover movies happening every year without fail, it’s not surprising that they’ve begun to feel a bit formulaic. The new series villains team up with the returning series’ ones (usually involving some sort of resurrection), the two Sentai teams initially clash (with one sometimes temporarily being evil for one reason or another), there’s a big flashy double roll call, the newest Sentai team shows up in a quick cameo to defeat a key monster and then it all ends with a gigantic mecha fight. Naturally the details vary here and there, but that’s roughly how they’ve all worked. So although ToQger vs. Kyoryuger doesn’t stray too far from the tried and tested formula, it’s extremely refreshing to see things shaken up a bit. The crossover is built on a natural crossing of paths, the villain alliance is shakier than usual, the new team cameo happens near beginning and the mecha fight comes slap bang in the middle of the film. These may all sound like little things, but you’d be amazed how much a slight alteration in structure and narrative can do for film.

As mentioned earlier, the end of Kyoryuger dropped a pretty big bombshell in terms of story that was left completely uncovered until now. It turned out Deboss – the leader of the force they had been fighting for the entire series, was simply the herald of a much larger threat. It’s a pretty ballsy move to leave something as significant as that hanging for a whole year, but not only does the film ensure that everything is neatly wrapped up by the end of it  it also gives it the gravitas it deserves. The Shadow Line prove mostly to just be a means to an end – Debious is the real threat and the whole story revolves around just how big of a threat that is. It’s a little disappointing to not see series big bads like Deboss or Chaos make a return as henchmen, but with resurrections rarely proving to be that satisfying going all-new was the best way to go.

ToQger vs Kyoryuger also marks one of the most prominent appearances of an extremely important plot point from ToQger – the fact that our heroes are in fact children. While the show had the younger versions appear on a number of occasions, these always appeared outside of the main action. Here we get to see them continue on as the ToQgers, including their own transformation sequence and pint-sized costumes! Fans have always argued about whether children as Sentai heroes works or not, but if anything ToQger made it one of it’s best assets. You almost wish that they spend longer as children just because the cast do such a great job of it.

In terms of tone, ToQger and Kyoryuger are a match made in heaven. In addition to the obvious parallels between their powers/ideology (bravery and imagination), they both a share a similar sense of humour as well as a penchant for loud noises and big explosions. So it’s no surprise that the two teams gel together really well, with the “versus” element of the film more of a rivalry thing than any initial hostility. Daigo and Right have very similar personalities so it’s no surprise that they work together in the way that they do. Being a crossover between two particularly red-focused shows the film predictably doesn’t spend quite as much time seeing the rest of the teams bond, but it’s fair to say each get their own little moments to shine – Akira and Utchy proving to be a particularly fun combination.

There’s a wonderful amount of surprises, laughs and cameos from both sides – from the return of fan favourites Candelira and Luckyero to some rather out of character behaviour from Barone Nero. The level of interactivity between the two teams’ powers also proves to be particularly exhilarating. It’s almost as if the two shows’ featured similar collectible gimmicks purposely to showcase the weirdly wonderful things this film comes up with. Well, it would if the toys could do the same things anyway.

Finally there’s the Shuriken Sentai Ninninger cameo, which feels like a massive step-up from the tacked-on ToQger debut in Kyoryuger vs. Go-Busters. Once again the new team doesn’t cross paths with the starring Sentai, but this time they aren’t even responsible for taking out the monster they encounter. But even though Clock Shadow manages to make a quick getaway, the sequence still proves a great opportunity to let the Nininngers strut their stuff. Impressive wirework, flashy ninja tricks and even a few surprises that viewers will likely never see them attempt in their own show. For fans of both shows, either shows or just general Super Sentai fans that enjoy a good crossover, you’re unlikely to find much better than what’s on offer here.

REVIEW: Shuriken Sentai Ninninger Vs. Kamen Rider Drive Spring Vacation One-Hour Combining Special

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Starring

Shunsuke Nishikawa (Kurogarasu)
Gaku Matsumoto (Shuriken Sentai Ninninger)
Kaito Nakamura (Ressha Sentai ToQger vs. Kyoryuger: The Movie)
Yuuka Yano (Prison 13)
Kasumi Yamaya (Code Blue)
Ryoma Takeuchi (Detective Pikachu)
Rio Uchida (Chimamire Sukeban Chainsaw)
Yu Inaba (Waiting For Spring)
Toshihiro Yashiba (Strangers 6)
Takashi Sasano (Juukou B-Fighter)
Tsurutaro Kataoka (Sada)
Rei Yoshii (Love My Life)
Kenta Hamano (Honey and Clover)
Taira Imata (Kamen Rider Drive: Surprise Future)
Chris Peppler (Kamen Rider Zi-O: Over Quartzer)
Megumi Han (Ultraman)
Shota Matsushima (Kamen Rider Drive Saga: Kamen Rider Brain)
Tomoya Warabino (First Kiss)
Fumika Baba (Ito)
Mitsuhiro Oikawa (Erased)
Yūji Kishi (Gekisou Sentai Carranger)

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Youkai Buruburu attacks several civilians and causes them to subject their fears. Kyuemon gathers a lot of human fears and praises a silver-haired man for his help. The Ninningers transform and fight the Youkai, but are overpowered by its ability to induce a strange wave that decelerates their movements as he overpowers them and takes his leave. The Ninningers however are attacked by a strange red car, revealing Kamen Rider Drive who addresses the Ninningers as “colorful Roidmudes” before attacking them as Type Speed Shadow and Type Technic. AkaNinger quickly breaks the fight and tries to reason with Drive to prove that they are not the Roidmudes, as well as the earlier incident. Gou captures a photo of a strange phenomenon in the sky, sensing that something huge is about to happen. Eventually, Drive un-transforms and handcuffs AkaNinger before realizing that the others have disappeared.

At the Ninjitsu Dojo, the other Ninningers decide to hunt the Youkai first, as Takaharu can solve the matters quickly. While Takaharu (still in his transformed state) is interrogated, Mr. Belt via Shift Speed analyzes his equipment but finds that it it not of this world. Takaharu eventually uses a smokescreen technique to disappear. Kyuemon thanks the Roidmudes for helping him. Brain is disgusted to have his kind being addressed as mechanical puppets by him, but Heart calms him down since they are regarded as “monsters” by humans as well. While Shinnosuke is searching for Takaharu in the department, AkaNinger appears in front of him and tries to prove he was right until they hear an argument from the Special Investigation Unit’s office, where both Yoshitaka and Captain Jun quarrel when they don’t believe each others’ stories.

Just then, the Heavy Acceleration occurs again where the other Ninningers fight Buruburu with Takaharu bringing Shinnosuke to the location. While Gou is capturing photos, Kamen Rider 3 introduces himself and challenges Gou, who proceeds to transform into Mach. Takaharu and Shinnosuke arrive to the spot, but instead witness the other Ninningers shivering in fear and attack Takaharu while seemingly emitting the Heavy Acceleration until Takaharu solves it and reveals the Youkai, gaining Shinnosuke’s trust. He and the other Ninningers regroup and battle Buruburu. When AkaNinger slashes him, Shinnosuke and Mr. Belt witness a Spider Viral Core, wondering what just happened until Kyuemon, the silver-haired man and two other Roidmudes appear. The mysterious man reveals himself as Roidmude 089 and fights Drive alongside his comrades. After the Ninningers destroy Buruburu, the purified Sealing Shuriken is retrieved by Kyuemon, who gives it to 089 while growing 057 and 016 into giant proportions.

057 captures Drive as his hostage, causing the Ninningers to summon their OtomoNin. Brain witnesses the OtomoNin, but is dismissed of it when his comrades don’t see them and think he was hallucinating. Using Shurikenjin, they save Drive before forming Shurikenjin UFO and destroying the two Roidmudes with its Shurikenjin: UFO Big Bang finisher. Suddenly, UFOmaru vanishes where Kyuemon reveals that it has ceased to exist due to being inside the world of Kamen Riders, making the Ninningers realize that they are not inside their own home world. If something older exists in this world, it will quickly vanish, which currently happens to Tsumuji and Yoshitaka. Kyuemon takes his leave, noting to his enemies that they have no alternative to get out. As the police forces arrive to Shurikenjin, the Ninningers are captured and labelled as public enemies

.Mach is defeated by Rider 3, but the latter spares him as he predicts that his life would end soon. After the Ninningers easily escape, Shinnosuke is told that their existence may have caused distortions in his world so much that the Roidmude case has been stepped aside. He witnesses the Ninjutsu Dojo near the office and hears their conversation quietly. In order for them to return, they must find Roidmude 089. Shinnosuke approaches Takaharu at a dock and decides to help him, first by evading police forces. The other Ninningers meet Buruburu, who has somehow recreated himself from the same Sealing Shuriken. The leftover Hitokarage in Drive’s world attack AkaNinger and Shinnosuke until Kiriko rescues them in a minivan. Kiriko shows them the silver-haired man’s photo, which Saijo found on the internet. His name is Doctor D, a researcher from 40 years ago where he died in an explosion in his lab. However, his last words were that he had found the method to rewrite history. Rumours say that his ghost haunted the Eastern Kanto Institue Research of Science.

1f4f51Shinnosuke, Takaharu, and Kiriko walk into the location and are ambushed by Hiruchameleon before Mach saves them. He searched through the history and reveals that their predecessors, Riders 1 and 2, battled the evil organization Shocker, but there’s no info regarding Rider 3. Witnessing Shocker’s emblem on the photo and comparing it to the ones from Doctor D, as well as as the one from his lab, Shinnosuke has finally solved the case. Just then, the facility is destroyed by Turtle Bazooka. Just as Buruburu, Hitokarage, and Roidmude 076 are about to finish off the remaining Ninningers, the Shift Cars save them as Shinnosuke and the others reveal themselves to be alive thanks to Mr. Belt via Tridoron’s Tire Enhancements. While Buruburu is revealed to be Roidmude 089, the true mastermind however is the Great Leader of Shocker. Speaking through Doctor D’s belt, he confirms that the events were indeed his doings. While Doctor D was supposedly dead, his body cells were saved and used by 089 to become the “reincarnated” Doctor D in order to use his plans. He also fused with the Sealing Shuriken, having Buruburu become his Advanced formIcon-crosswiki. Once the Ninningers and Kamen Riders have transformed, they fight the Shocker armies with AkaNinger destroying Roidmude 076 and Mach eliminating Turtle Bazooka via Mach Mazerl.

Buruburu uses the combined powers of the Youkai, Shocker, and Roidmudes to create the Terrible Pressure attack, which greatly weakens his opponents. Drive and Mach use Shift Formula and Dead Heat respectively to escape, while the Ninningers use their Tower Ninja Whirlwind attack to overpower Buruburu until Drive Type Formula and Deadheat Mach eliminate him, destroying his Core and separating him from the Sealing Shuriken. As 089 is destroyed, UFOmaru is brought back into existence again, as well as Yoshitaka and Tsumuji. After several encouragements, they part ways as the Ninningers vanish via a green aura. Gou realizes that Rider 3 was neither a part of the Anti Shocker Union nor a member of Shocker, which makes him doubt his existence. Kamen Rider 3, with his helmet off, comments that 089/Shocker Buruburu was a test run by the History Modifying Machine and that Shocker’s true plan is about to start as the horizon is being enveloped by a green aura.drivetridoron01I absolutely loved this team-up I may not me as familiar with the current Super Sentai team, but to see Drive brought into conflict with them was brilliant. this is also a precursor  to the Kamen Rider 3 movie, who has a small part throughout the film. hopefully we will see more Kamen Rider vs Super Sentais in the coming years.

REVIEW: SUPER HERO TAISEN GP: KAMEN RIDER 3

Starring

Ryoma Takeuchi (Detective Pikachu)
Rio Uchida (Chimamire Sukeban Chainsaw)
Yu Inaba (Waiting For Spring)
Rei Yoshii (Love My Life)
Kenta Hamano (Honey and Clover)
Taira Imata (Kamen Rider Drive: Surprise Future)
Tsurutaro Kataoka (Sada)
Yūichi Nakamura (Kamen Rider Hibiki)
Kento Handa (Kamen Rider 555)
Kousei Amano (Kamen Rider Fourze)
Tetsuo Kurata (Kamen Rider Black)
Shunsuke Nishikawa (Kurogarasu)
Gaku Matsumoto (Shuriken Sentai Ninninger)
Kaito Nakamura (Ressha Sentai ToQger vs. Kyoryuger: The Movie)
Yuuka Yano (Prison 13)
Kasumi Yamaya (Code Blue)
Takashi Sasano (Keiho)
Mitsuhiro Oikawa (Erased)
Nobuhiko Takada (Calling You)

8877f0d8b660c434842cb87c3980deafFebruary 10, 1973. The evil organization Shocker is defeated by Masked Riders 1 and 2, and peace was… supposed to come to the world. But the mysterious warrior Kamen Rider No. 3 — the strongest Rider that Shocker ever created — suddenly appears and kills Riders 1 and 2. In that moment, history is changed. In 2015, the whole world is under Shocker’s domination. Shinnosuke Tomari (Ryoma Takeuchi) is a member of Shocker, tasked with hunting down the last remaining Kamen Riders, who are either destroyed or brainwashed to serve the organization.But he hesitates when he witnesses Shocker using children as human shields during a fierce battle. The hostages are rescued by Kotaro Minami, Masked Rider Black (Tetsuo Kurata), whose words, “Protect the dreams of children, shine the light of hope. That is Kamen Rider!” pierce Shinnosuke’s heart. “Something is wrong…”Shinnosuke brings his concerns to Kamen Rider No. 3, Kyoichiro Kuroi (Mitsuhiro Oikawa), and the two partner to find the surviving Riders, defeat Shocker and restore justice. But Shinnosuke is unaware that No. 3 is the warrior of darkness who defeated Masked Riders 1 and 2, and he has now set a brutal trap for Shinnosuke and his allies. What fate awaits the Kamen Riders? Will the heart of justice be forever stilled ? Can the correct past be restored? The outcome will be decided by the first-ever “Kamen Rider Grand Prix” between the Shocker Riders and the Justice Riders. The racing battle to determine the strongest and fastest Rider begins!!Being a huge fan of kamen Rider Drive, It was nice to see him team up with the other Riders, The story is very well written and Kamen Rider 3 is a fascinating addition to the Rider family. Drive’s Villains only have small cameos, but this is truly shockers story so they are not needed. the only downside to the movie is the mini tag at the of the end of the film leading to Kamen Rider 4.