Power Rangers Samurai
Power Rangers Samurai is the eighteenth season of the American children's television series Power Rangers, which is based on the Japanese Super Sentai Series. The season was the first to be produced by SCG Power Rangers, after Saban Brands (a successor to the original production company, Saban Entertainment) acquired the franchise, and it the first to use the "Saban" name since the first half of Power Rangers: Wild Force. The season marks the franchise's debut on Nickelodeon, premiering on the main network and Nicktoons on February 7, 2011.
|Power Rangers Samurai|
The logo for Power Rangers Samurai (first season)
|Also known as||Power Rangers Super Samurai|
Saban's Power Rangers Samurai
|Created by||Haim Saban|
|Based on||Samurai Sentai Shinkenger|
by Toei Company
|Developed by||Saban Brands|
|Directed by||Peter Salmon|
|Opening theme||"Go Go Power Rangers"|
|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)||Auckland, New Zealand|
Kyoto, Japan, & Tokyo, Japan
|Running time||23 minutes|
|Production company(s)||SCG Power Rangers|
Power Rangers Productions, Ltd.
Toei Company, Ltd.
MarVista Entertainment (International)
|Picture format||720p/1080p (HDTV)|
|Original release||February 7, 2011 –|
December 15, 2012
|Preceded by||Power Rangers RPM|
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (Re-version)
|Followed by||Power Rangers Megaforce|
Samurai uses props and footage from Samurai Sentai Shinkenger and, according to press material, had a "brighter tone and an infusion of fun and comedy that wasn't present in seasons 16 and 17." Samurai is also the first season to be shot and broadcast in HD. Though 2006's Boukenger (which was adapted into Operation Overdrive) was the first Super Sentai series to be shot in HD, preceding Power Rangers seasons weren't. Samurai also returns the series to a multi-seasonal format; the second season, titled Power Rangers Super Samurai, began on February 18, 2012 and is officially considered the nineteenth season overall.
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.
Cast and characters
- Alex Heartman as Jayden Shiba, the first Red Samurai Ranger.
- Erika Fong as Mia Watanabe, the Pink Samurai Ranger.
- Hector David Jr. as Mike, the Green Samurai Ranger.
- Najee De-Tiege as Kevin, the Blue Samurai Ranger.
- Brittany Anne Pirtle as Emily, the Yellow Samurai Ranger.
- Steven Skyler as Antonio Garcia, the Gold Samurai Ranger.
- Kimberley Crossman as Lauren Shiba, the second Red Samurai Ranger.
- 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
- Tobias Reiss as Scott Truman/RPM Red Ranger (voice)
The Samurai Rangers also played 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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