Power Rangers Ninja Storm
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|Power Rangers Ninja Storm|
|Directed by||Koichi Sakamoto
Jorgito Vargas, Jr.
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||38 (List of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Ann Austen
|Location(s)||Wellington and Auckland, New Zealand|
|Running time||23 minutes|
|Production company(s)||BVS Entertainment
Renaissance Atlantic Entertainment
Toei Company, Ltd.
Village Roadshow KP Productions Limited
|Original channel||ABC (ABC Kids)|
|Original run||February 15, 2003– November 15, 2003|
|Preceded by||Power Rangers Wild Force|
|Followed by||Power Rangers Dino Thunder|
Power Rangers Ninja Storm is the 11th season of the Power Rangers franchise, based on the Super Sentai series Ninpuu Sentai Hurricaneger. This is the first season to be filmed in New Zealand and also the second season to be under the BVS copyright. This series is unique in the fact that it was the first to feature only one female Ranger serving on the team (although the 10-episode mini-series Alien Rangers featured only one female Ranger), the first season to not have an African American Ranger, the first season where the Blue Ranger was female, the second, (first full) season where the Yellow Ranger was male and was the first season to begin the series with three Rangers instead of five like the previous seasons, and also the first and only season to have a crimson and navy ranger. This was the first series to air on ABC in its entirety. This season did not have a Power Rangers team up episode like the five before it due to a shift back to non-SAG talent when production was moved to New Zealand from Los Angeles. This is the third series to air under Saban Brands on Nicktoons, which began on June 1, 2012.
Shane, Tori and Dustin are three students at the Wind Ninja Academy. Their less than stellar performance gets them the occasional lecture from their Sensei. One day, the academy was attacked by Lothor, a banished ninja master who has returned to capture all ninja students. Shane, Tori and Dustin are the only three remaining students, and along with Sensei and his son Cam, retreat into the underground Ninja Ops. There, the three are given morphers, which allow them to transform into Wind Rangers and protect the city of Blue Bay Harbor from Lothor's forces.
When Lothor demonstrated his ability to make his monsters grow into giants, the Rangers unleashed the Ninja Zords, which could combine into the Storm Megazord and destroy monsters with its arsenal of Power Spheres. Lothor again raised the stakes by sending his new allies to battle the Wind Rangers - the Thunder Rangers Blake and Hunter, who had their own Thunder Zords. The Thunder Rangers were on a mission to destroy the Wind Rangers' Sensei, who they believed to be responsible for their parent's death, but a visit from the afterlife from Blake and Hunter's parents showed them the truth - that it was Lothor who killed them. The Thunder Rangers saw the error of their ways and joined the Wind Rangers in the battle against Lothor, bringing the Thunder and Ninja Zords together to form the Thunderstorm Megazord.
When the Rangers lost their powers, Cam used the Scroll of Time to travel into the past and retrieve the Samurai Amulet, a family heirloom in the possession of his mother. Cam travelled back to present day and used the amulet to become the Green Samurai Ranger, armed with the Samurai Star. A lost scroll would later reveal to Cam the Lightning Riff Blaster, which could summon the Mighty Mammoth Zord.
Lothor attempted to open the Abyss of Evil and release its evil into the world. In a final battle, he stole all of the Rangers' powers, but was defeated by their ninja skills and thrown into the abyss. After the battle the powerless rangers became ninja teachers at Sensei's Ninja Academy.
"Hexagon" Ninja Storm
After production ended on Wild Force, story editor Amit Bhaumik began plans for a Hurricanger adaptation that was inspired by the "Forever Red" anniversary episode. The intention was to tie up every 'loose end' in the show's run (the Phantom Ranger origin, the origin of Terra Venture, etc.) and leave the show free for its twelfth series.
The Bhaumik Ninja Storm would have featured a public, powerful organisation called 'Hexagon' (as in the Pentagon) run by Tommy Oliver, which the Ninja Storm Rangers and many other Power Rangers characters (Joel from Lightspeed Rescue as a recurring character) would work for. Bhaumik described the setup as a deliberate reversal of the usual Ranger/villain setup: "instead of an invasion of a vast army of evil against a few heroes operating in secret, this time the good guys would have the apparent advantage in terms of numbers and infrastructure." Instead of one city, the Rangers would be sent on missions to various locations, many already seen from Power Rangers, to fight various unrelated villains; most of these would be older, missing-in-action villains like Prince Gasket and Scorpina, with Hurricanger monsters as their minions. The Thunder Rangers, with an intended US-original female Yellow Ranger, would be a rival team mentored by Jason, "almost a mirror opposite of a Tommy-style mentor", who were against Hexagon and felt the Rangers would be autonomous. The end point would be for Tommy, now the Green Samurai Ranger, to "become the main antagonist by the end of the season" as Hexagon became too powerful and the Rangers would convince him to disband the organisation.
The plans were dropped after Disney moved production to New Zealand.
- Pua Magasiva as Shane Clarke, the Red Wind Ranger
- Sally Martin as Tori Hanson, the Blue Wind Ranger
- Glenn McMillan as Waldo "Dustin" Brooks, the Yellow Wind Ranger
- Adam Tuominen as Hunter Bradley, the Crimson Thunder Ranger
- Jorgito Vargas, Jr., as Blake Bradley, the Navy Thunder Ranger
- Jason Chan as Cameron "Cam" Watanabe, the Green Samurai Ranger, and Cyber Cam
- Grant McFarland as (the voice of) Sensei Kanoi Watanabe and Lothor
- Megan Nicol as Kelly
- Katrina Devine as Marah
- Katrina Browne as Kapri
- Peter Rowley as the voice of Zurgane
- Bruce Hopkins as the voice of Choobo
- Michael Hurst as the voice of Vexacus
- Craig Parker as the voice of Motodrone
- Jeremy Birchall as the voice of Shimazu
- "Power Rangers Ninja Storm - Looming Thunder". DVD Talk. Retrieved 2010-08-22.
- "Power Rangers Ninja Storm - Prelude To A Storm". DVD Talk. Retrieved 2010-08-22.
- Amit Bhuamik's tumblr: "The Hexagon: The Team-Up Season That Almost Was" (Dec 23 2012)