Power Rangers Samurai
|Power Rangers Samurai|
The logo for Power Rangers Samurai season 1
Samurai Sentai Shinkenger|
by Toei Company
Hector David Jr.
Brittany Anne Pirtle
|Opening theme||"Go Go Power Rangers"|
(arranged by Noam Kaniel)
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||45 (List of Samurai episodes, List of Super Samurai episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Jonathan Tzachor|
|Production location(s)||New Zealand and Japan|
|Running time||23 minutes|
SCG Power Rangers|
Power Rangers Productions Ltd.
Toei Company, Ltd.
Saban Brands (previously)|
SCG Distribution/Hasbro Studios (current)
|Original release||February 7, 2011– December 15, 2012|
Power Rangers RPM|
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (Re-version)
|Followed by||Power Rangers Megaforce|
Power Rangers Samurai is the eighteenth season of the American children's television series Power Rangers. With Saban Brands buying back the franchise, the show was produced by SCG Power Rangers and began airing on Nickelodeon and Nicktoons on February 7, 2011, making it the first to use the Saban name since the first half of Power Rangers: Wild Force. As with all Power Rangers programs, Power Rangers Samurai is based on one of the entries of the Super Sentai Series; in the case of Samurai, the source series is Samurai Sentai Shinkenger. Saban Brands have said the show will have a "brighter tone and gets an infusion of fun and comedy that wasn't present in seasons 16 and 17."
Power Rangers Samurai is the first Power Rangers season to be shot and broadcast in HD (Boukenger being the 1st Super Sentai series to be in HD in Japan, which leaves Operation Overdrive, Jungle Fury, & R.P.M. almost to be in HD) and to be airing on Nickelodeon. Samurai is split into two 20-episode seasons; the second set of 20 episodes began on February 18, 2012, and is called Power Rangers Super Samurai, Super Samurai is considered the nineteenth season.
The Samurai Power Rangers–Red Ranger Jayden, the stoic leader; Blue Ranger Kevin, the devoted second-in-command; Pink Ranger Mia, the big sister; Green Ranger Mike, the creative rebel; Yellow Ranger Emily, the youngest and most innocent; and Gold Ranger Antonio, the expressive fisherman/tech wiz– fight the evil Master Xandred and his army of Nighloks, who want to flood the planet with the waters of the Sanzu River to bring about the end of civilization.
Saban announced they would be enacting an "aggressive" multimedia focus, with planned apps, games, streaming content, and social media content in addition to live shows and a feature film. The run-up to the new series was promoted by 145 Days of Power Rangers, a daily airing of every Mighty Morphin episode in order. An official Power Rangers Facebook page was also created.
Paul Schrier has a recurring role in the season, reprising his role as Bulk originating from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. Jason Narvy subsequently reprised his role as Skull in the final episode.
For the second batch of episodes airing in 2012, Saban began promoting the season with the title of "Super Samurai" to reflect the upgrades to the Rangers powers (glimpsed already in "Clash of the Red Rangers The Movie"). Actor Hector David, Jr., released an official teaser poster for "Super Samurai" on his Facebook profile.
Samurai Power Rangers
- Alex Heartman as Jayden Shiba/Red Samurai Ranger I and Red Super Samurai Ranger I.
- Erika Fong as Mia Watanabe/Pink Samurai Ranger and Pink Super Samurai Ranger.
- Hector David Jr. as Mike/Green Samurai Ranger and Green Super Samurai Ranger.
- Najee De-Tiege as Kevin/Blue Samurai Ranger and Blue Super Samurai Ranger.
- Brittany Anne Pirtle as Emily/Yellow Samurai Ranger and Yellow Super Samurai Ranger.
- Steven Skyler as Antonio Garcia/Gold Samurai Ranger and Gold Super Samurai Ranger.
- Kimberley Crossman as Lauren Shiba/Red Samurai Ranger II and Red Super Samurai Ranger II.
- Rene Naufahu as Mentor Ji
- Felix Ryan as Spike Skullovitch
- Paul Schrier as Farkas "Bulk" Bulkmeier
- Eka Darville as Scott Truman, Ranger Operator Series Red.
- Jason Narvy as Engene "Skull" Skullovitch
- Rick Medina as Deker
- Jeff Szusterman as the voices of Master Xandred and Octoroo
- Kate Elliott as the voice of Dayu
- Derek Judge as the voice of Serrator
The Samurai Rangers will also play a role in the 2018 comic Book Event "Shattered Grid", celebrating 25 years of the Power Rangers franchise.
Awards and nominations
|2012||2012 Kids' Choice Awards||Favorite TV Actor||Alex Heartman||Nominated|
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