October 31, 2010

Toku Spotlight: Henshin Ninja Arashi

Henshin Ninja Arashi, or Transforming Ninja Storm, was a tokusatsu series that aired from April 7, 1972 to February 23, 1973 for 46 episodes.

 One of the many works created by Shotaro Ishinomori, it was one of several tokusatsu series set in feudal Japan.

 With Japan at peace following many years of civil war, this peace is threatened when an evil force rises up to conquer all of Japan. Hayate, a member of the Blood Wheel Clan, learns that the mysterious clan leader Devil Sai is planning to conquer Japan using ninja magic. Not wanting this conquest to happen, Hayate's father uses his magic to transform his son into Henshin Ninja Arashi to fight Devil Sai's ninja mutants. He transforms with his sword Hayakaze ("faster than the wind") and also throws "feather shurikens".

 Hayate is often assisted by Tatsumaki, a veteran ninja sent to stop the Blood Wheel Clan, Tatsumaki's children Kasumi and Tsumuji, and later Tsukinowa, who turns out to be Hayate's brother. In later episodes, the two brothers would merge to defeat the enemy-of-the-week. Other characters added in later episodes include sisters Kageri (who bears quite a resemblance to Edwige Fenech) and Tsuyuha, and bumbling priest Kenji Ushio.

 Here's the theme song:


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