Power Rangers Ninja Storm was the eleventh season of the Power Rangers franchise; it ran throughout 2003 for 38 episodes. It is based on the Super Sentai series Ninpuu Sentai Hurricaneger.
The series initially follows Shane Clarke (played by Pua Magasiva), Tori Hanson (Sally Martin) and Waldo “Dustin” Brooks (Glenn McMillan), who are all students at the Wind Ninja Academy. They are not the best students and are often in trouble with their Sensei, Kanoi Watanabe (voiced by Grant McFarland) for their time keeping and effort in lessons!
Like many Martial Arts academies before them in film and TV history they are attacked by a banished ninja master (who is also Kanoi’s younger brother) called Lothar (Grant McFarland). The attack leaves Shane, Tori and Dustin are the only three remaining students along with Sensei Kanoi who has been transformed into a guinea pig by Lothor. They retreat to an underground Ninja Operations Centre where they are given wind morphers, which allow them to transform into Wind Power Rangers and protect the city of Blue Bay Harbor from Lothor’s forces!
Lothar demonstrates the usual Power Ranger villain skills of making monsters grow huge and in response the Wind Power Rangers jump into their Ninja Zords to go to battle. The Ninja Zords can combine to form the Storm Megazord and use an arsenal of Power Spheres to foil Lothar’s plans.
Later Lothar unleashed the Thunder Rangers – Blake (Jorgito Vargas, Jr.) and Hunter Bradley (Adam Tuominen) onto the Wind Power rangers who want revenge for their parents death. Obviously it turns out that Lother actually killed them! This is revealed when the ghosts of Blake and Hunter’s parents show them the truth resulting in the Thunder Rangers joining the Wind Rangers bringing the Thunder and Ninja Zords together to form the Thunderstorm Megazord!
Later, Lothar’s son Cam (Jason Chan) travels back in time to stop the Rangers loosing their powers via the Scroll of Time. He retrieves the Samurai Amulet from his long dead mother and uses the family heirloom to discover how Lothor rose to power. Upon returning to present day Cam utilises the amulet to become the Green Samurai Ranger, armed with the Samurai Star Megazord, which later combines with the Rangers’ zords to form the Hurricane Megazord. A lost scroll would later reveal to Cam the Lightning Riff Blaster, which could summon the Mighty Mammoth Zord. All this was used to continue their battle with Lothar!
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