Thursday, April 2, 2009

Ranger Profile: Hurricaneger Heavenly Ninja Shurikenger

Hurricaneger Heavenly Ninja Shurikenger

Heavenly Ninja Shurikenger (天空忍者シュリケンジャー, Tenkūninja Shurikenjā) (21-49)

"I am Ninja of Ninja! The green light bullet! Heavenly Ninja Shurikenger! (I am Ninja of Ninja!緑の光弾!天空忍者シュリケンジャー, I am Ninja of Ninja! Midori no Kōdan! Tenkūninja Shurikenjā?)

The Ninja of 20 Faces and representative of the Space Union Ninja School. He was formerly known as Asuka Kagura, a star pupil of Hayate Way who had the talent to become a Hurricaneger, but he mysteriously vanished, branded a Nukenin (抜け忍, Nukenin) as a result. However, it would turn out he encountered Gozen, whom he devoted himself to as her personal fighter at the cost of his renouncing his name and face, forced to remain in his costumed form permanently. A somewhat comical figure, Shurikenger often used broken English phrases, including the famous "I am Ninja of Ninja!", and also often poorly mixed both Japanese and English into his sentences. At first he would often disguise himself as a 'regular' person (even the other ninja wouldn't know who), however he would revert to his true form with the Shuriken Ball device when confronted by Jakanja. Has the ability to transform through the command "Face Change!" into Shurikenger Fire Mode (シュリケンジャー ファイヤーモード, Shurikenjā Faiyā Mōdo), a quicker and deeper voiced version of himself, when top of his helmet is rotated as he removes his main chest armor, which is a weight-inhibitor and once removed from his body, Shurikenger's strength and speed increase. Though he came to believe that a true ninja must follow orders, he defied Gozen by saving the other ninjas, whom he began to see as his friends. Taking Gozen's death hard, Shurikenger proceeded to train the ninjas while remaining as unfeeling as possible. But once mortally wounded while fighting Sandaru, Shurikenger reveals his origins and urges the team to continue fighting from their world, giving them his Shurikenball so they would follow the tracking device he planted on Sandaaru to make their way to the Centipede while he seemingly died in Tenkuujin as it destroyed Satorakura in a kamikaze attack. However, Shurikenger survived and aided the Abaranger and Hurricaneger/Gouraiger teams briefly in their fight against JaniIga, stating he's wherever he is needed.

* Shuriken Weapon: Shuriken's Bat, Shurikenger's personal weapon. Other than being used as a sword, it can also be used as a baseball bat, and once it was used as a microphone. The Bat's special attack is where Shurikenger can hit a hoard of baseballs at his opponent. The Bat can also be placed into Tenkuujin to use as a control stick.
* Chouninpuu: Miracle Thousand Knock, Branch Magic Ball
* Whether intended or not, Shurikenger's "master of disguise" trait is reminiscent of Soukichi Banba (of J.A.K.Q. Dengekitai, played by Hiroshi Miyauchi), who also regularly disguised himself (one example of Banba's trait is when he disguised himself as a fisherman in J.A.K.Q. vs. GoRanger and showed up just when all hope of victory for justice seemed lost).
* The actors who play Shurikenger's (10) human forms were all Super Sentai actors at one point.
* Shurikenger's disguises include the previous actors for: MegaRed, MegaBlue, Red Racer, Blue Racer, FiveRed, TimeYellow, GoRed, ShishiRanger, OhRed and Battle Kenya/DenjiBlue. In addition, he also disguised himself as Yousuke once, Ikkou once, and Kouta twice. Ayame, Kouta's grandmother brought back to life, was mistaken for Shurikenger, as was Wendinu in a human disguise by the boys (Nanami caught on right away).

This image comes from Henshin Grid Blog


  1. who is shurikenger's true form? i just gotta know soo bad

  2. His true form was never actually shown, as he's stuck in his suit (which was reversed in Power Rangers, as they had Tetsu/Deka Break trapped inhis suit) as a side effect of obtaining a great power. His original name though was Kagura Asuka.