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Ninninger 04 sanjou!

Post by takenoko » Sun Mar 15, 2015 1:02 am

http://wiki.tvnihon.com/wiki/Ninninger_Shinobi_no_04

A typical "red learns teamwork" episode. Are we really stealing the oden metaphor from Shinkenger? I guess we are.

Kind of a weak episode for me. It's a red focused episode, but it still hasn't really developed his character in any way, nor does it address his lack of charisma or personality. He hasn't really bothered me in previous episodes, because the other characters would fill in what he lacks. But when the whole episode focuses on him, it really highlights how shallow and uninteresting he really is.

Really, every other Ninninger is more interesting than Takaharu. Considering he's got a sister, a dad, and a grandfather, you'd think they'd play off those relationships a bit more, but nope. He's got to learn his lesson (which he doesn't really learn) and he's got to save the day by himself (maybe with a little help from Yakumo's plan?)

I was hoping for a bit more of an intro into how the extra mecha got introduced, but I guess it just happens instantly when they gain enough XP. Didn't really get a feel for Paonmaru besides his ability to suck up webs. I do like that this year's robo swaps out the chest piece instead of the arm or the hat, but it really does just look like ShurikenJin with a new hat. I kind of wish they had just finished the battle with Paonmaru's humanoid form instead.

I have to admit that I like the use of Sealed Shurikens as a shared resource among the good and bad guys. The idea that it's a power that can help you, or turn on you, depending on the situation makes for better plots, I think.

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Re: Ninninger 04 sanjou!

Post by xiiliea » Sun Mar 15, 2015 11:22 am

It seems that every episode the grandpa sends messages using a different way. This week's one was really funny and creative.

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Re: Ninninger 04 sanjou!

Post by PHurricane » Sun Mar 15, 2015 3:35 pm

Aside from the laughter that was supposed to be genuine, and instead sounded like a mocking impersonation of laughter, Takaharu didn’t bug me much this week. He’s still the weak link in the cast, which is unfortunate given how much of the plot has revolved around him so far, but the plot was so typical of sentai it was hard to mess it up.

The true forms of the Sealing Shurikens being Otomo Nin Shurikens is neat, but also risky. If they plan on using them to seal the big bad again, they’re going to have to give up their arsenal at some point.

Paonmaru is cute, but I was disappointed that Red pilots him. I figured that the auxiliary mecha would give Yellow, White and Pink a chance - even on a rotating basis - to pilot ShurikenJin. Alas, that does not appear to be true.

A slight tangent that I got to thinking about as I was watching this week. Judging by the honorifics they call each other - I assumed that Kasumi is the oldest, followed by Takaharu, Yakumo, Nagi and then Fuuka. When I checked the wiki, I wasn’t too shocked to see that Takaharu is actually the oldest, then probably Kasumi and Yakumo. I was shocked, however, to see that Fuuka comes next, with Nagi as the youngest...and at only 16! With all the licenses he has and spending all his time training with the group as a Ninninger, are we supposed to assume he skipped high school?

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Re: Ninninger 04 sanjou!

Post by Jetman » Tue Mar 17, 2015 7:49 pm

xiiliea wrote:It seems that every episode the grandpa sends messages using a different way. This week's one was really funny and creative.
Yeah, Gramps was great. One of the better mentor characters I think. And I have to agree again that Takaharu is my least favorite Ninninger and is, yet again, the biggest weak spot in an otherwise fairly solid group of characters. I hope Pink gets a turn as the gattai mecha's center next episode. It would be annoying if they have a gimmick like that and then just have it be Red all the time.

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Re: Ninninger 04 sanjou!

Post by Kogashi » Tue Mar 17, 2015 8:44 pm

... As long as Taka doesn't start screaming 'ODEN!' during all his attacks... I mean it made sense with Jan since he was raised in the wild and is kind of dim... Yes I am equating this to when Jan learned the valuable lesson of patience. Still, the monster designs still have me hooked, and Takaharu's acting is, slowly, improving... He says as if any of that matters he's still going to watch the whole series.
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Re: Ninninger 04 sanjou!

Post by DekaBreak » Tue Mar 17, 2015 9:05 pm

The 1080p has been bundled with the 720p torrent... Oops.

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Re: Ninninger 04 sanjou!

Post by TankCoyote » Tue Mar 17, 2015 9:37 pm

end of episode preview
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Re: Ninninger 04 sanjou!

Post by megamanx132 » Tue Mar 17, 2015 10:06 pm

Cannot wait to see how bad the ultra combined mech is going to be this year after the train cluster. Other then that thought it was an otherwise decent episode that was better off at the start then in the middle, as far as character building goes at least.

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Re: Ninninger 04 sanjou!

Post by ja450n » Wed Mar 18, 2015 7:20 am

noticed a small typo at 20:00 minutes in. The sub says "I can't get enoughaphant of this!}" (includes the curly bracket)

~~edit for clarity, the typo isn't the pun, it's the curly bracket being there.
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Re: Ninninger 04 sanjou!

Post by toni2212 » Wed Mar 18, 2015 7:46 am

I guess that one was supposed to be a word pun. That aside, I really wish Takaharu would get some sort of improvement character-wise. He is the Red, but his character development is really weak. Not to mention the actor is not helping much. Although him meeting Gen from Drive would be quite funny considering both tendencies to say wrong names confidently.

Well, this is the first time they showed an individual stock transformation sequence, although only Red got it. Previously they showed the whole team's, or on the set's transformation sequence. Now I'm waiting for the rest of the team.
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Re: Ninninger 04 sanjou!

Post by kuroblack » Wed Mar 18, 2015 8:16 am

I'm often annoyed by "Red"-characters like Go-on Red or Deka Red. :? But this one, this one is special.... :roll: the KY is strong with this one. Or he is just a real dense fireball.

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Re: Ninninger 04 sanjou!

Post by Phoenix512 » Wed Mar 18, 2015 9:24 am

The 720p torrent is fixed now.
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Re: Ninninger 04 sanjou!

Post by EssThree » Wed Mar 18, 2015 9:58 am

Energetic reds are always my least favourite sort. This one doesn't seem TOO over the top, but I think that may just end up making him mediocre. I feel like every episode has focused on him too, even though the first episode was "meant" to be a general introduction episode, 2 was "meant" to be a blue episode and 3 was "meant" to be a yellow episode; they've all wound up heavily featuring red in one way or another. That said, still enjoying it, and loving the mecha gimmick. Going to remain optimistic!

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Re: Ninninger 04 sanjou!

Post by AxemYellow » Wed Mar 18, 2015 5:17 pm

Ok episode, I guess.

In the first half of the episode, I was thinking about Takaharu: "Man, this guy is an a**hole!"

Overall, while similar, I didn't think this story was nearly as good as "Pork Cube Stew!" or the SWAT episode of Dekaranger where Ban learned teamwork. Unless there is a major change, Takaharu really will get in the way of the team being as impressive as it should be.


Grampa is still fun.

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Re: Ninninger 04 sanjou!

Post by Kuchiri » Wed Mar 18, 2015 8:28 pm

I'm getting the feeling Red is overly annoying on purpose and eventually he will grow as a character.

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