Cult Cartoon Essentials

Cult Cartoon Essentials: Ronin Warriors

Created by Hajime Yatate, Ronin Warriors (aka Legendary Armor Samurai Troopers aka Yoroiden Samurai Troopers) takes place in a world where after a thousand years Talpa (voiced by Shigezō Sasaoka in Japanese/ Mina Mina in English), the demon lord of the Netherworld returns determined to conquer it. Standing against Talpa and his four Dark Warlords are the five Ronin Warriors, each in possession of mystical armour and weapons. The five were:

  • Ryo Sanada (Voiced by Takeshi Kusao in Japanese/ Matt Hil in English)
  • Kento Rei Fang (Voiced by Tomohiro Nishimura in Japanese/Jason Gray-Stanford & Andrew Francis in English)
  • Sage Date (Voiced by Daiki Nakamura in Japanese/Michael Donovan & Matt Smith in English)
  • Cye Mori (Voiced by Nozomu Sasaki in Japanese/Michael Donovan in English)
  • Rowen Hashiba (Voiced by Hiroshi Takemura in Japanese/Ward Perry in English)

They are assisted by Mia Koji (voiced by Kaori Kusakabe in Japanese/ Teryl Rothery, Lalainia Lindbjerg, and Maggie Blue O’Hara in English), a young student-teacher, and a mysterious warrior-monk known only as The Ancient (voiced by Norio Wakamoto in Japanese/ David Kaye in English). The show originally ran from 1988-1989 with a total of 39 episodes, and appeared in 1995 as Ronin Warriors.

In the opening episode a dark storm clouds descends on Toyama. As a result of this Mia Koji and her grandfather worry that this means the end of the world. Suddenly a young man named Ryo and his tiger White Blaze mysteriously appears in the street, almost injuring a young skateboarding boy named Ully. Upon learning of this appearance Mia and her grandfather believe that Ryo is one of the Ronin Warriors who will bring hope to the world. Mia rushes off to meet Ryo, but he is surrounded by police.

Meanwhile, the storm gets stronger and power cuts break out everywhere. Disaster is everywhere! Then a massive lightning hits the city shattering glass everywhere – everyone but Ryo runs in fear and Ully gets separated from his parents. Ryo calls out for the Dynasty to fight him and a Dynasty soldier shows up and the two battle. Ryo battles the soldier with the aid of White Blaze, which proves difficult, and Ully, who comes across the battle, is nearly killed before Mia saves him.

Ryo and White Blaze are defeated and Ryo is about to be killed when another Ronin Warrior, Rowen, protects him. The other Ronin Warriors, Cye, Sage and Kento also arrive to fight. The Warriors summon their full armour and fight the soldier, but don’t work as a team and are therefore unable to defeat him.

Ully and Mia are taken hostage and are trapped in a television screen where they feel every injury he receives. The soldier beats up Ryo until he calls up his ultimate attack, “Flare Up Now”, destroying the soldier and accidentally blasting the building behind him in half. Mia and Ully are set free and the Dark Warlords and Talpa, the leaders of the Dynasty introduce themselves setting up further adventures to follow.

 

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