|This article is about a/an show in the Tokusatsu Super Hero subgenre.|
- This is an article about the show Ninja Captor, for the team see Ninja Captors.
|Number of episodes:||43|
|First episode:||7 Ninjas Standing at Tokyo Tower|
|Last episode:||The End of Nindou Kurayami|
|Original airing:||April 7, 1976 – January 26, 1977|
Ninja Captor (忍者キャプター Ninja Kyaputā) is a Japanese tokusatsu TV series aired from April 7, 1976 to January 26, 1977 on TV Tokyo 12 Channel, produced by Toei Company, Ltd. Ninja Captor is similar to series of Super Sentai and aired during the run of Himitsu Sentai Goranger.
On April 2020, Ninja Captor became one of the 70 shows to stream on the Toei Tokusatsu World Youtube channel.
Formerly a "Sentai"?[edit | edit source]
At present, J.A.K.Q. Dengekitai is commonly known as the 2nd Super Sentai Series. Prior to it, Toei Company, Ltd. produced a series called, Ninja Captor as the 2nd Super Sentai series. Ninja Captor being part of the Super Sentai franchise was mentioned in a 1976 record alongside Gorenger, and Dynaman and Bioman Guidebooks back in 1983 and 1984, along with Himitsu Sentai Goranger and JAKQ Dengekitai. These mentions may have been a mistake. In addition, a toy book released in 1998 featured every Sentai team together, and included Ninja Captor.
- Ninja Captor was originally counted as a 'Sentai' series alongside Himitsu Sentai Gorenger and J.A.K.Q. Dengekitai. The 'Sentai' shows as well as the following 'Super Sentai' shows fell under the umbrella label Cho Seiki Zen Sentai (Super Century All Sentai).
- 10th anniversary- As of the airing of Liveman, Battle Fever J was originally considered the first of the 'Super Sentai', discounting Gorenger, Ninja Captor and J.A.K.Q. This leaves the former three in their 'Sentai' classification. That Battle Fever J was the first series with a giant robo is believed to be the reason it was considered the first 'Super Sentai'. The logo of the 10th anniversary shows ten red rangers beginning with that of Battle Fever J on to Liveman.
- 20th anniversary- As of the airing of Chouriki Sentai Ohranger, Gorenger and J.A.K.Q. were retconned to be part of the Super Sentai series as well, ignoring Ninja Captor. Of course it is notable that all existing 'Super Sentai' listed are on a one team-per-year basis.
- During Timeranger, the umbrella label Cho Seiki Zen Sentai which once covered the 'Sentai' and 'Super Sentai' shows was dropped, leaving Ninja Captor unclassified.
- 35th anniversary- As Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger aired, the non-inclusion of Ninja Captor was continued, with the assumption operating that every year represented a team. Thus there are 34 Super Sentai predecessors to the Gokaigers.
- Toei's Hero Photobook reclassified Ninja Captor as a "Ninja Hero" outside of Super Sentai.
- In Akibaranger season 2, Ninja Captor was replaced by the fictional moe anime Magical Ninja Cap-tan. Reference to Ninja Captor's status as "not quite a Sentai" is made, while Cap-tan appears to be a mix between Ninja Captor and Pretty Cure, another Toei franchise considered closely tied to Sentai.
Story[edit | edit source]
Daisuke Izumo graduates from the Wind-Demon Stealth-Army, a secret army aiming for the conquest of Japan. He instead escapes, and becomes the leader of the "Captor," a ninja team supervised by Mujin Tendou. The Captor team's mission is to battle the ninja sent out by the Wind-Demon General, Retsufuu Fuuma.
Characters[edit | edit source]
Captor team[edit | edit source]
|Fire-Stealth Captor 7||Daisuke Izumo|
|Wind-Stealth Captor 6||Keita Izumi|
|Gold-Stealth Captor 5||Noboru Ooyama|
|Ground-Stealth Captor 4||Dan Kurokawa|
|Flower-Stealth Captor 3||María Sakurakouji ► Miki Tendou|
|Water-Stealth Captor 2||Sakon Shijou|
|Thunder-Stealth Captor 1||Saburoubee Fukuro|
Allies[edit | edit source]
Villains[edit | edit source]
Arsenal[edit | edit source]
Weapons/Attacks[edit | edit source]
- Fire Wheel Bullet: Fire-Stealth Captor 7's personal weapon.
- Fire Escape: A technique used by Fire-Stealth Captor 7.
- Wind Shell: Wind-Stealth Captor 6's personal weapon.
- Disk: Gold-Stealth Captor 5's personal weapon.
- Ground Staff: Ground-Stealth Captor 4's personal weapon.
- Flower Nunchaku: Flower-Stealth Captor 3's personal weapon.
- Rapid Stream Gun: Water-Stealth Captor 2's personal weapon.
- Electric Rope: Thunder-Stealth Captor 1's personal weapon.
Staff[edit | edit source]
- Created by Saburo Hatte
- Produced by Toru Hirayama, Kohito Ono, Bakosu Kondo
- Directed by Hideo Tanaka, Atsuo Okunaka, Daisuke Yamazaki, Kyomi Nakamura
- Teleplays by Masaru Igami, Shukei Nagasaka, Chikusa Enda, Mikio Matsushita
- Character Design by Yuki Hijiri
- Action Choreography by Kazutoshi Takahashi
- Music by Akihiro Omori
- Theme Songs: Opening "Fight! Ninja Captors", and Ending "Captors of the Open Skies" (vocals by Ichirou Mizuki, Mitsuko Horie, Koorogi '73)
Cast[edit | edit source]
- Daisuke Izumo (Fire-Stealth Captor 7): Daisuke Ban (as Naoya Ban)
- Keita Izumi (Wind-Stealth Captor 6): Hiroyuki Satou
- Noboru Ooyama (Gold-Stealth Captor 5): Sanpei Godai (as Yoshiyuki Fujie)
- Dan Kurokawa (Ground-Stealth Captor 4): Sen Utsumi
- María Sakurakouji (Flower-Stealth Captor 3 #1): Yuuko Matsuyou
- Miki Tendou (Flower-Stealth Captor 3 #2): Ai Nogawa
- Sakon Shijou (Water-Stealth Captor 2): Taikou Rin
- Saburoubee Fukuro (Thunder-Stealth Captor 1): Kenji Ushio
- Mujin Tendou: Makoto Takatou
- Hakuun Togakushi: Takamaru Sasaki
- Retsufuu Fuuma/Nindou Kurayami: Shinzo Hotta
- Officer Kageyama: Jouriki Gono
- Officer Sanada: Sougei Kojima
- Officer Hattori: Toshi Katamari
- Narrator: Goro Naya
The color scheme for the Ninja Captors is Orange (Captor 1), Blue (Captor 2), Pink (Captor 3), Brown (Captor 4), Yellow (Captor 5), Green (Captor 6), and Red (Captor 7).
Episodes[edit | edit source]
- 7 Ninjas standing at Tokyo Tower (東京タワーに立つ七人の忍者 Tokyō Tawā ni Tatsu Shichi Nin no Ninja)
- Secret of Rocket Ninja Arts (ロケット忍法の秘密 Roketto Ninpō no Himitsu)
- The Ninjas went out in the wall of the building!? (ビルの壁に忍者が消えた!? Biru no Kabe ni Ninja ga Kieta!?)
- The Sky-flying Octopus Ninja! Dogfight!! (空飛ぶタコ忍者! 空中戦!! Soratobu Tako Ninja! Kūchūsen!!)
- Captor Massacre Strategy (キャプター皆殺し作戦 Kyaputā Minnagoroshi Sakusen)
- Great Desertion! Ninja Private School!! (大脱走! 忍者塾!! Dai Dassō! Ninja Juku!)
- Mystery: The stolen face?! (ミステリー・ぬすまれた顔!? Misuterī・Nusumareta Kao?!)
- Crash! Highway Ninja War (激突! ハイウェー忍者戦 Gekitotsu! Haiuē Ninja Sen)
- Friend or Foe? Woman Ninja (敵か味方か? 女忍者 Teki ka Mikata ka? Onna Ninja)
- Mystery! Robot Usage (怪奇! ロボット使い Kaiki! Robotto Tsukai)
- Poison Gas Ninja is Immortal (毒ガス忍者は不死身 Doku Gasu Ninja wa Fujimi)
- SOS Wind-Stealth Captor 6 (SOS風忍キャプター6 Esu Ō Esu Kaze Nin Kyaputā Shikkusu)
- Great Treasure of Illusion (まぼろしの大秘宝 Maboroshi no Dai Hihō)
- Fire-Stealth Captor Dies Twice (火忍キャプターは二度死ぬ Ka Nin Kyaputā wa Nido Shinu)
- The Ogre came from Manji Valley! (まんじ谷から鬼が来た! Manji Tani kara Oni ga Kita!)
- The Daughter of the Hidden Ninja is a Classmate (隠れ忍者の娘は同級生 Kakure Ninja no Musume wa Dōkyūsei)
- Aiming at the Fake Note Expert (狙われたニセ札名人 Nerawa reta Nise Satsu Meijin)
- Ninja Arts! Rhinoceros Beetle Change!! (忍法! カブト虫変化!! Ninpō! Kabutomushi Henga)
- Fuuma Boy Ninja is a Close Friend (親友は風魔少年忍者 Shin'yū wa Fūma Shōnen Ninja)
- Ninja Skills Expert of the Black Piano (黒いピアノの忍術師 Kuroi Piano no Ninjutsu Nori)
- Decisive battle at Fuuma's graveyard is a Camp Place! (キャンプ場は風魔の墓場の決戦! Kyanpu Shō wa Fūma no Hakaba no Kessen!)
- Fuuma appeared in the ghost residence!! (お化け屋敷に風魔が出た!! Obake Yashiki ni Fūma ga Deta!!)
- Priest Roadperson! Ground-Stealth! Comparing Techniques (ニュドオ道人! 土忍! 術くらべ Nyudō Michi Jin! Tsuchi Nin! Shutsu Kurabe)
- Fire-Stealth is working on the Underworld Whistle (火忍をあやつる地獄笛 Ka Nin o Ayatsuru Jigoku Fue)
- Serious! Keita betrayed thickly!! (大変! 敬太が裏切った!! Taihen! Keita ga Uragitta!!)
- Retsufuu Fuuma! Die!! (風魔烈風! 死す!! Fūma Retsufū! Shisu!!)
- New Enemy! Koka Ninja Group (新しい敵! 甲賀忍者団! Atarashī Teki! Koka Ninja Dan!)
- Enrollment: Tendou Ninja Private School (入門 天堂忍者塾 Nyūmon Tendō Ninja Juku)
- Conjurer of Riddle! The Card Talks!? (謎の手品師! カードがしゃべる!? Nazo no Teshinashi! Kādo ga Shaberu!?)
- The Black Trap of the Ninja Technique Residence (忍術屋敷の黒い罠 Ninjutsu Yashiku no Kuroi Wana)
- Izuyama's confrontation!! (伊豆山の対決!! Izuyama no Taiketsu!!)
- Play-off of the Distant Seas!! (絶海の決戦!! Sekkai no Kessen!!)
- Great Pursuit! Ninja Bus! (大追跡! 忍者バス! Dai Tsuiseki! Ninja Basu!)
- The Bad Hands out from the Telephone Receiver! (電話器から悪魔の手が出る! Denwa ki kara Akuma no Te ga Deru!)
- The Terrifying Butterfly Human (恐怖の蝶人間 Kyōfu no Chō Ningen)
- Seven Countenance is Grim Reaper (死神は七面相 Shinigami wa Nana Mensō)
- The End of Mujin Tendou (天堂無人の最後 Tendō Mujin no Saigo)
- Hakuun Togakushi's assassination plot!! (戸隠白雲暗殺計画!! Togakushi Hakūn Ansatsu Keikaku!!)
- The Sense Power Ninja aims for the Children of ESP (念力忍者が超能力の子供を狙う Nenriki Ninja ga Chōnōryoku no Kodomo o Newau)
- Careful! New Year's Present from Ninjas!? (御用心! 忍者からのお年玉!? Goyōjin! Ninja kara no Otoshidama!?)
- Laughing Dolls (笑う人形 Warau Ningyō)
- Dark Glass! Ninja Classroom?! (やみがらす! 忍者教室!? Yami Garasu! Ninja Kyūshitsu?!)
- The End of Nindou Kurayami (暗闇忍堂の最期 Kurayami Nindō no Saigo)