Ninja Captor

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Ninja Captor
Genre Tokusatsu
Created by Saburo Yatsude
Starring Daisuke Ban, Hiroyuki Satou, Sanpei Godai, Sen Utsumi, Yuuko Matsuyou, Taikou Rin, Kenji Ushio, Ai Nogawa
Narrated by Goro Naya
Opening theme "Fight! Ninja Captor" by Ichirou Mizuki, Mitsuko Horie, Koorogi '73
Ending theme "Captors of the Open Skies" by Ichirou Mizuki, Mitsuko Horie, Koorogi '73
Composer(s) Akihiro Omori
Country of origin Japan Japan
No. of episodes 43
Production
Running time 30 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel TV Tokyo
Original run April 7, 1976 – January 26, 1977

Ninja Captor (忍者キャプター Ninja Kyaputā?) is a Japanese tokusatsu TV series aired from April 7, 1976 to January 26, 1977 on TV Tokyo 12 Channel, produced by Toei Company, Ltd. Ninja Captor is similar to the series of Super Sentai and aired during the run of Himitsu Sentai Goranger and was even once classified as the second sentai series before J.A.K.Q. Dengekitai.

Story[edit]

Daisuke Izumo graduates from the Wind-Demon Stealth-Army, a secret army aiming for the conquest of Japan. He instead escapes, and becomes the leader of the "Captor," a ninja team supervised by Mujin Tendo. The Captor team's mission is to battle the ninja sent out by the Wind-Demon General, Retsufu Fuma.

Captor team[edit]

  • Fire-Ninja Captor 7 (火忍キャプター7 Ka-Nin Kyaputā Sebun?)/Daisuke Izumo (出雲 大介 Izumo Daisuke?). 21 years old. Although he was the elite of Fuma Ninja Crowd, he escapes taking advantage of Retsufu Fuma which is a general having begun to aim at Japanese conquest, and becomes spy, and the leader of Mujin Tendou to Captor which is once teacher is appointed.
    • Weapon: Fire Wheel Bullet (火輪弾 Hi Rindan?)
    • Technique: Fire Escape (火遁 Hi Ton?)
    • Color: Red
  • Wind-Ninja Captor 6 (風忍キャプター6 Kaze-Nin Kyaputā Shikkusu?)/Keita Izumi (泉 敬太 Izumi Keita?). 15 years old. He is the youngest Captor and he is an amount-on-hand school student. He is thick and rash, and friendship tends to accept and goes wrong mostly.
    • Weapon: Wind Shell (風貝 Kaze Kai?)
    • Color: Green
  • Gold-Ninja Captor 5 (金忍キャプター5 Kane-Nin Kyaputā Faibu?)/Noboru Oyama (大山 昇 Ōyama Noboru?). 17 years old. Spying is the body of practice. Maintenance charge of Captor Car or Captor Machine.
    • Weapon: Disk (円盤 Enban?)
    • Color: Yellow
  • Ground-Ninja Captor 4 (土忍キャプター4 Tsuchi-Nin Kyaputā Fō?)/Dan Kurokawa (黒川 団 Kurokawa Dan?). 23 years old. Mysterious power is his pride. Hearing ability is also extraordinary. Making the way of Ground Escape is his skill.
    • Weapon: Ground Staff (土棒 Tsuchi Bō?)
    • Color: Brown
  • Flower-Ninja Captor 3 (花忍キャプター3 Hana-Nin Kyaputā Surī?)/María Sakurakoji (桜小路 マリア Sakurakōji Maria?), Miki Tendo (天堂 美樹 Tendō Miki?). Maria is 15 years old. The founder's Captor 3 Maria is acting as Keita's guardian, and is bright. After Fuma Ninja Crowd was ruined, studying abroad and Miki, the granddaughter of Mujin Tendo were set to America with the second Captor 3.
    • Weapon: Flower Nunchaku (花ヌンチャク Hana Nunchaku?)
    • Color: Pink
  • Water-Ninja Captor 2 (水忍キャプター2 Mizu-Nin Kyaputā Tsū?)/Sakon Shijo (四条 左近 Shijō Sakon?). 22 years old. The junior in a North-South University. Having the power of manipulating water freely.
    • Weapon: Rapid Stream Gun (激流砲 Gekiryū Hō?)
    • Color: Blue
  • Thunder-Ninja Captor 1 (雷忍キャプター1 Rai-Nin Kyaputā Wan?)/Saburobee Fukuro (袋 三郎兵衛 Fukuro Saburōbē?). 45 years old. He is the butler of Tendo house and is the oldest of the Captor. His nose is effective and a search thing is its favorite. He is sentimental.
    • Weapon: Electric Rope (電気縄 Denki Jō?)
    • Color: Orange

Staff[edit]

  • Created by Saburo Yatsude
  • Produced by Toru Hirayama, Kohito Ono, Bakosu Kondo
  • Directed by Hideo Tanaka, Atsuo Okunaka, Daisuke Yamazaki, Kyomi Nakamura
  • Teleplays by Masaru Igami, Shukei Nagasaka, Chikusa Enda, Mikio Matsushita
  • Character Design by Yuki Hijiri
  • Action Choreography by Kazutoshi Takahashi
  • Music by Akihiro Omori
  • Theme Songs: Opening "Fight! Ninja Captors", and Ending "Captors of the Open Skies" (vocals by Ichirou Mizuki, Mitsuko Horie, Koorogi '73)

Cast[edit]

  • Daisuke Izumo: Daisuke Ban (伴 大介 Ban Daisuke?) (as Naoya Ban (伴 直弥 Ban Naoya?))
  • Keita Izumi: Hiroyuki Satō (佐藤 宏之 Satō Hiroyuki?)
  • Noboru Ōyama: Sanpei Godai (伍代 参平 Godai Sanpei?) (as Yoshiyuki Fujie (藤江 喜幸 Fujie Yoshiyuki?))
  • Dan Kurokawa: Sen Utsumi (宇津海 仙 Utsumi Sen?)
  • María Sakurakōji: Yūko Matsuba (松葉 夕子 Matsuba Yūko?)
  • Miki Tendō: Ai Nogawa (野川 愛 Nogawa Ai?)
  • Sakon Shijō: Taikō Rin (林 大興 Rin Taikō?)
  • Saburōbee Fukuro: Kenji Ushio (潮 健児 Ushio Kenji?)
  • Mujin Tendō: Makoto Takatō (高桐 真 Takatō Makoto?)
  • Hakūn Togakushi: Takamaru Sasaki (佐々木 孝丸 Sasaki Takamaru?)
  • Jūrō Ōmori: Nobuyuki Nakano (中野 宣之 Nakano Nobuyuki?)
  • Hyōdai Kōtō: Kuhisa Nakayama (中山 久史 Nakayama Kuhisa?)
  • Kansuke Yamahara: Shōtoshi Ōyama (大山 正明 Ōyama Shōtoshi?)
  • Tamibe Itō: Kyōhito Fuyama (富山 匡人 Fuyama Kyōhito?)
  • Magoyatsu Imura: Masahiro Kamiya (神谷 政浩 Kamiya Masahiro?)
  • Kenta Yaki: Ikki Onoda (斧田 一規 Onada Ikki?)
  • Ayame Mizuno: Misaki Suzuki (鈴木 美咲 Suzuki Misaki?)
  • Retsufū Fūma/Nindō Kurayami: Shinzō Hotta (堀田 眞三 Hotta Shinzō?)
  • Officer Kageyama: Jōriki Gono (五野 上力 Gono Jōriki?)
  • Officer Sanada: Sōgei Kojima (小島 三児 Kojima Sōgei?)
  • Officer Hattori: Iwao Dan (団 巌 Dan Iwao?)
  • Narrator: Goro Naya (納谷 悟朗 Naya Gorō?)

The color scheme for the Ninja Captors is Orange (Captor 1), Blue (Captor 2), Pink (Captor 3), Brown (Captor 4), Yellow (Captor 5), Green (Captor 6), and Red (Captor 7).

Episode list[edit]

  1. The Seven Ninja Rising at the Tokyo Tower (東京タワーに立つ七人の忍者 Tokyō Tawā ni Tatsu Shichi Nin no Ninja?)
  2. The Secret of the Rocket Ninja Arts (ロケット忍法の秘密 Roketto Ninpō no Himitsu?)
  3. The Ninjas Disappeared in the Walls of the BVuilding!? (ビルの壁に忍者が消えた!? Biru no Kabe ni Ninja ga Kieta!??)
  4. The Sky-flying Octopus Ninja! Dogfight!! (空飛ぶタコ忍者! 空中戦!! Soratobu Tako Ninja! Kūchūsen!!)
  5. The Captor Massacre Strategy (キャプター皆殺し作戦 Kyaputā Minnagoroshi Sakusen)
  6. A Great Escape! Ninja Lessons!! (大脱走! 忍者塾!! Dai Dassō! Ninja Juku!)
  7. Mystery: The Stolen Face?! (ミステリー・ぬすまれた顔!? Misuterī・Nusumareta Kao?!)
  8. Crash! Highway Ninja War (激突! ハイウェー忍者戦 Gekitotsu! Haiuē Ninja Sen)
  9. Friend or Foe? The Woman Ninja (敵か味方か? 女忍者 Teki ka Mikata ka? Onna Ninja)
  10. Mystery! Robot Usage (怪奇! ロボット使い Kaiki! Robotto Tsukai)
  11. The Poisonous Gas Ninja is Immortal (毒ガス忍者は不死身 Doku Gasu Ninja wa Fujimi)
  12. SOS Wind-Nin Captor 6 (SOS風忍キャプター6 Esu Ō Esu Kaze Nin Kyaputā Shikkusu)
  13. The Great Treasure of Illusion (まぼろしの大秘宝 Maboroshi no Dai Hihō)
  14. Fire-Nin Captor Dies Twice (火忍キャプターは二度死ぬ Ka Nin Kyaputā wa Nido Shinu)
  15. The Ogre came from the Manji Valley! (まんじ谷から鬼が来た! Manji Tani kara Oni ga Kita!)
  16. The Daughter of the Hidden Ninja is a Classmate (隠れ忍者の娘は同級生 Kakure Ninja no Musume wa Dōkyūsei)
  17. Aiming at the Fake Note Expert (狙われたニセ札名人 Nerawareta Nise Satsu Meijin)
  18. Ninja Arts! Kabutomushi Change!! (忍法! カブト虫変化!! Ninpō! Kabutomushi Henga)
  19. Fuma Boy Ninja is a Close Friend (親友は風魔少年忍者 Shin'yū wa Fūma Shōnen Ninja)
  20. Ninja Skills Expert of the Black Piano (黒いピアノの忍術師 Kuroi Piano no Ninjutsu Nori)
  21. Decisive Battle at Fuma's graveyard is a Camp Place! (キャンプ場は風魔の墓場の決戦! Kyanpu Shō wa Fūma no Hakaba no Kessen!)
  22. Fuma appeared in the Ghost Residence!! (お化け屋敷に風魔が出た!! Obake Yashiki ni Fūma ga Deta!!)
  23. Priest Roadperson! Ground-Stealth! Comparing Techniques (ニュドオ道人! 土忍! 術くらべ Nyudō Michi Jin! Tsuchi Nin! Shutsu Kurabe)
  24. Fire-Nin is working on the Underworld Whistle (火忍をあやつる地獄笛 Ka Nin o Ayatsuru Jigoku Fue)
  25. Seriously! Keita Betrayed!! (大変! 敬太が裏切った!! Taihen! Keita ga Uragitta!!)
  26. Retsufu Fuma! Die!! (風魔烈風! 死す!! Fūma Retsufū! Shisu!!)
  27. A New Enemy! Koka Ninja Group (新しい敵! 甲賀忍者団! Atarashī Teki! Koka Ninja Dan!)
  28. Enrollment: Tendo Ninja Lessons (入門 天堂忍者塾 Nyūmon Tendō Ninja Juku)
  29. Conjurer of Riddle! The Card Talks!? (謎の手品師! カードがしゃべる!? Nazo no Teshinashi! Kādo ga Shaberu!?)
  30. The Black Trap of the Ninja Technique Residence (忍術屋敷の黒い罠 Ninjutsu Yashiku no Kuroi Wana)
  31. Izuyama's confrontation!! (伊豆山の対決!! Izuyama no Taiketsu!!)
  32. Play-off of the Distant Seas!! (絶海の決戦!! Sekkai no Kessen!!)
  33. Great Pursuit! Ninja Bus! (大追跡! 忍者バス! Dai Tsuiseki! Ninja Basu!)
  34. The Bad Hands out from the Telephone Receiver! (電話器から悪魔の手が出る! Denwa ki kara Akuma no Te ga Deru!)
  35. The Terrifying Butterfly Human (恐怖の蝶人間 Kyōfu no Chō Ningen)
  36. Seven Countenance is Grim Reaper (死神は七面相 Shinigami wa Nana Mensō)
  37. The End of Mujin Tendo (天堂無人の最後 Tendō Mujin no Saigo)
  38. Hakun Togakushi's Assassination Plot!! (戸隠白雲暗殺計画!! Togakushi Hakūn Ansatsu Keikaku!!)
  39. The Sense Power Ninja Aims for the Children of ESP (念力忍者が超能力の子供を狙う Nenriki Ninja ga Chōnōryoku no Kodomo o Newau)
  40. Careful! New Year's Present from Ninjas!? (御用心! 忍者からのお年玉!? Goyōjin! Ninja kara no Otoshidama!?)
  41. Laughing Dolls (笑う人形 Warau Ningyō)
  42. Dark Glass! Ninja Classroom?! (やみがらす! 忍者教室!? Yami Garasu! Ninja Kyūshitsu?!)
  43. The End of Nindo Kurayami (暗闇忍堂の最期 Kurayami Nindō no Saigo)