Friday, May 27, 2016

Saban Unveils "Power Rangers Ninja Steel" Logo

Saban Brands has released the official logo (seen below) of Power Rangers Ninja Steel, the 24th season of the popular Power Rangers franchise!

Power Rangers Ninja Steel is the latest in the long line of Saban's Super Sentai adaptation. Nickelodeon USA will start to premiere and show the new season in early 2017, shortly after Power Rangers Super Dino Charge finishes.

Saban's Power Rangers Ninja Steel starts deep in space, where Zircon is the reigning champion of the most popular intergalactic game show in the universe, and monsters battle to prove who is the mightiest warrior. Zircon is determined to become invincible by controlling the mythical Spirit Crystal, which contains six supernatural Ninja Power Throwing Stars. The only thing standing in his way is a new team of heroic teenage Power Rangers who possess the Spirit Crystal. The evil Zircon sends his warrior contestants down to Earth to steal the Crystal, where each epic battle against the Rangers is broadcast throughout the universe. Together, the Rangers must master their arsenal of Throwing Stars, Zords and Megazords, each made of legendary ninja steel, in order to stop this evil threat and save our planet from destruction.

Saban's Power Rangers Ninja Steel logo not only incoprorates the main shurkien logo from its Japanese counterpart, Ninninger, but also has a space looking background to it. This lines up with the "intergalactic game show" section on the summary.

Saban also confirmed that their partnership with Nickelodeon is continuing through 2018, so Power Rangers isn't going anywhere for the foreseeable future. This will keep Power Rangers on Nickelodeon till the franchises 25th anniversary and the release of the bid budget movie from Lionsgate.

The summary itself is intriguing, baring little resemblance to Shuriken Sentai Ninninger, Toei's 39th ninja-themed Super Sentai special effects series in Japan, which tackled a family legacy and ninja school while battling to become, "the last ninja." Here, the villains seem to be the ones in competition with the Rangers caught in the middle.

The train-themed Ressha Sentai ToQger series aired from February 2014 to February 2015, but Saban Brands has not announced plans to adapt that series. Saban Brands also did not adapt the 2012 series Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters.

Power Rangers Dino Super Charge, the current 23rd season of the Power Rangers franchise, premiered on Nickelodeon USA in January 2016. Both Power Rangers Dino Super Charge and Power Rangers Dino Charge before it are based on Toei's Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger series.

The 40th Super Sentai special effects series, Dōbutsu Sentai Zyuohger, premiered in Japan on February 14. The show is getting a film in Japan in August.

Sources: Anime News Network, Den of Geek, IGN Snapchat, The Tokusatsu Network.
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