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Power Rangers Samurai
Powerrangersamurailogo
Super samurai
Top: The logo for Power Rangers Samurai season 1
Bottom: The logo for season 2, Super Samurai
Format Action/Adventure
Created by Haim Saban
Toei Company
Written by Yasuko Kobayashi (original Shinkenger scripts)
Directed by Peter Salmon
Akihiro Noguchi
Jonathan Tzachor
Starring Alex Heartman
Erika Fong
Hector David Jr.
Najee De-Tiege
Brittany Anne Pirtle
Steven Skyler
Rene Naufahu
Felix Ryan
Paul Schrier
Rick Medina
Opening theme "Go Go Power Rangers"
Composer(s) Noam Kaniel
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 45
Production
Producer(s) Sally Campbell
Location(s) New Zealand
Cinematography Ilan Rosenberg
Production company(s) Saban Capital Group
Power Rangers Productions Ltd
Distributor Saban Capital Group
MarVista Entertainment (Internationally)
Broadcast
Original channel Nickelodeon
Nicktoons (reruns)
Picture format 1080i HDTV
480p EDTV (downconverted widescreen)
Original run February 7, 2011 – December 15, 2012
Chronology
Preceded by 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.[1] With Saban Brands buying back the franchise, the show is produced by Saban Capital Group and began airing on Nickelodeon and Nicktoons on February 7, 2011.[2] 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."[3]

Power Rangers Samurai is the first Power Rangers season to be shot and broadcast 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 [4] and is called Power Rangers Super Samurai,[5] which is being called a new season.[6] Super Samurai is considered the nineteenth season.

By 2012, the show had an average of 2 million viewers on Nickelodeon.[7] The highest rated episode was the May 15, 2011 broadcast of "The Blue and the Gold", with 3.7 million viewers.[8]

Plot

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.

Promotion

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.[9][3] 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.[10]

On November 24, 2010, the Power Rangers website placed a trailer for the show online, hosted on Yahoo! Kids. The new Samurai Rangers also appeared at the 2010 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.[11]

Paul Schrier has a recurring role in the season, reprising his role as Bulk originating from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.[12]

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.

Cast

  • Alex Heartman as Jayden, the Red Samurai Ranger
  • Najee De-Tiege as Kevin, the Blue Samurai Ranger
  • Erika Fong as Mia, the Pink Samurai Ranger
  • Hector David Jr. as Mike, the Green Samurai Ranger
  • Brittany Anne Pirtle as Emily, the Yellow Samurai Ranger
  • Steven Skyler as Antonio, the Gold Samurai Ranger
  • Rene Naufahu as Mentor Ji
  • Paul Schrier as Bulk
  • Felix Ryan as Spike
  • Jeff Szusterman as the voices of Master Xandred and Octoroo
  • Kate Elliott as the voice of Dayu
  • Rick Medina as Deker
  • Derek Judge as the voice of Serrator

Zords

The Samurai Rangers' individual Zords are called Foldingzords, as they fold out from an Emblem Form into a small animal form. To pilot them, the Rangers write the kanji for nihongo to enlarge them while the process transforms the Ranger into Mega Mode.

Comic book

Papercutz produced two issues of a comic book based on Power Rangers Super Samurai.

References

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