Last week's rating: 3.73 / 5
Fun ep. I like that the Nagi episode carried through here. Nagi was the first person to help Kinji and to sheath the demon sword. And the next episode looks like Nagi does a lot too, so is this the era of Nagi?! I'm also liking the friendship he's having with Kinji.
The Youkai almost running over Tsugomori was actually kind of a laugh out loud moment. Also, Tsugomori is apparently immortal (to an extent?). Good thing he never tried to personally snuff out the Ninningers before, since he died at least twice in this episode?
I'm really appreciating Starninger in terms of breaking new ground for the extra Ranger trope. (At least this stuff seems new to me) Not only does he get Chouzetsu in a regular episode, he also gets a power-up. And it's nothing fancy, just a poncho and a new sword, but it works really well. Doing the cool thing with the tip of his hat, etc, that's great. It's nice to see a physical representation of his growth to go along with his character and mental growth.
I sorta like too-much-makeup Kinji/evil Kinji. LOL.
Nice use of Kinji's character song "Shooting Star" (Meteor?) which had lyrics cowritten by Kinji's actor.
Weird, just noticed that Grandpa said the exact same lines as Kyuuemon when in the dream.
Also, this is your Ninjaman guest appearance, since the Youkai is played by Ninjaman's voice actor Yao Kazuki
Probably not 5 worthy, but still a good episode. Solid 4.