Ronin Warriors

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Ronin Warriors
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North American cover of the first DVD volume
鎧伝サムライトルーパー
(Yoroiden Samurai Torūpā)
Genre Sentai, Action
Anime television series
Directed by Masashi Ikeda (1-19)
Mamoru Hamatsu (20-39)
Produced by Hironori Nakagawa
Shin Imai
Youichi Honna
Written by Ryōsuke Takahashi
Music by Osamu Totsuka
Studio Sunrise
Licensed by
Network Nagoya Broadcasting Network
English network
Original run 30 April 19884 March 1989
Episodes 39 (List of episodes)
Manga
Written by Hajime Yatate
Illustrated by Ryūichi Hoshino
Published by Kodansha
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Monthly Shōnen Magazine
Original run 17 November 19885 April 1990
Volumes 2
Original video animation
Gaiden
Directed by Kazuki Akane
Produced by Hironori Nakagawa
Yasuhisa Kazama
Written by Fuyunori Gobu
Music by Osamu Totsuka
Studio Sunrise
Licensed by
Released 30 April 19891 June 1989
Episodes 2 (List of episodes)
Original video animation
Legend of the Inferno Armor
Directed by Yoshiyuki Tomino
Produced by Hironori Nakagawa
Yasuhisa Kazama
Written by Fuyunori Gobu
Music by Osamu Totsuka
Studio Sunrise
Licensed by
Released 8 October 198911 January 1990
Episodes 4 (List of episodes)
Original video animation
Message
Directed by Masashi Ikeda
Produced by Hironori Nakagawa
Yasuhisa Kazama
Written by Ryōsuke Takahashi
Music by Osamu Totsuka
Studio Sunrise
Licensed by
Released 21 March 199123 August 1991
Episodes 5 (List of episodes)
Manga
Shin Yoroiden Samurai Troopers
Written by Izumi Nikaidō
Illustrated by Yūji Hosoi
Published by Kodansha
Demographic Kodomo
Magazine Comic BonBon Deluxe
Published 1992
Volumes 1
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Ronin Warriors, known in Japan as Yoroiden Samurai Troopers (鎧伝サムライトルーパー Yoroiden Samurai Torūpā?, lit. "Legendary Armor Samurai Troopers"), is a Japanese anime series and manga adaptation created by Hajime Yatate. The anime was produced and animated by Sunrise, and aired across Japan on Nagoya Television from 30 April 1988 to 4 March 1989 and has a total of 39 episodes. The manga ran from November 17, 1988 to April 5, 1990 and consists of 2 volumes which were published by Kodansha.

Ronin Warriors was produced by Graz Entertainment and distributed by Cinar, and it was recorded by the Vancouver-based Ocean Productions cast. Ronin Warriors first aired on American television during the summer of 1995 and subsequently appeared through syndication, as well as the USA Network and later on Cartoon Network. The series was released on DVD in 2002, including the original Japanese version with English subtitles on the reverse side of the disc. On September 4, 2014, North American anime licensor Discotek Media announced their license of the original Japanese anime (Yoroiden Samurai Troopers), and plans to release the series on DVD.[1] Discotek has said that they have no plans to release Ronin Warriors until they will clear issues with the dub. Discotek has also licensed the OVAs and will include both Japanese and English audio as well as English subtitles.[1]

The opening and ending sequences and the eyecatches were replaced with new ones, and the Japanese title cards were removed; there were no substantial cuts to the bodies of the episodes and the episodes retained most of the original music.

Three direct-to-video sequels were produced: Gaiden (Side Story), Kikoutei Densetsu (The Legend of the Solar Armor) and Message. There is also a Ronin Warriors manga as well as numerous novels and audio dramas based on the anime. While all the sequels have been released on DVD, the manga and audio dramas have not been made available in English.

Premise[edit]

Talpa, the demon lord of the Netherworld, is bent on conquering the mortal world. Standing against Talpa and his four Dark Warlords are the five Ronin Warriors, each in possession of mystical armor and weapons. They are assisted by Mia Koji, a young student-teacher, and a mysterious warrior-monk known only as The Ancient.

Characters[edit]

Music[edit]

  • Opening 1: Stardust Eyes (performed by Mariko Uranishi)
  • Opening 2: Samurai Heart (performed by Hiroko Moriguchi)
  • Ending 1: Faraway (performed by Mariko Uranishi)
  • Ending 2: Be Free (performed by Hiroko Moriguchi)

English version[edit]

  • Theme and all background music John Lee Mitchell & Tom Keenlyside at Anitunes Music Inc.
  • Theme sung by Peter Padden

Singles & albums[edit]

  • Yoroiden Samurai Troopers Debut Album: Kimi o Nemurasenai (King Records, December 21, 1988, 4 weeks on Oricon chart).[2] (4 weeks on Oricon chart, ranked as high as 44).[3]
  • Yoroiden Samurai Troopers: Best Friends (King Records, June 5, 1989).[4] (4 weeks on Oricon chart, ranked as high as 12).[5]

Episode list[edit]

English cast[edit]

OVA English cast[edit]

Japanese cast[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Discotek Adds Samurai Troopers, Bokurano, Comic Party, 3rd Lupin III TV Special". Anime News Network. 2014-09-05. 
  2. ^ 鎧伝サムライトルーパー/デビューアルバム「君を眠らせない」 (in Japanese). Oricon. Archived from the original on January 31, 2010. Retrieved January 31, 2010. 
  3. ^ 鎧伝サムライトルーパー 君を眠らせない (in Japanese). Oricon. Archived from the original on January 31, 2010. Retrieved January 31, 2010. 
  4. ^ 鎧伝サムライトルーパー/BEST FRIENDS (in Japanese). Oricon. Archived from the original on January 31, 2010. Retrieved January 31, 2010. 
  5. ^ 鎧伝サムライトルーパー BEST FRIENDS (in Japanese). Oricon. Archived from the original on January 31, 2010. Retrieved January 31, 2010. 

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