The series introduced many new elements to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles saga, including new central antagonists, an army of humanoid dragons known as "The Rank" led by the vicious Dragonlord. It was touted (in some of the promotional material) as a continuation of the 1987 TV series, but by the period of time it aired it turned apparent that this was not the case. Instead, the series apparently followed the continuity of the live-action films. The Turtles lived in the same abandoned train station featured in the second and third films, and Splinter's ear is slashed as it was in the original film. However, most fans tend to regard the films and the series as two separate entities, citing differing styles, The Shredder being alive (and no longer Super Shredder), the absence of April O'Neil and Casey Jones and Michaelangelo's Californian surfer accent being dropped in favor of a more casual voice (but he still called everyone "dude").
One thing that did make it stand out was the inclusion of a female mutant turtle called Venus de Milo — named after the famous statue. Other notable differences were found in the Turtles' weapons; Leonardo carried one double-bladed ninjatō instead of two katana; Raphael's twin sai could combine to make a staff; and because nunchaku are outlawed in several places, Michelangelo's signature weapon in this series was a pair of tonfa. Similarly, the name of the series was amended in several countries to Hero Turtles: The Next Mutation under censorship ruling.
|Episode #||Episode Name|
|01||"East Meets West" Part 1|
|02||"East Meets West" Part 2|
|03||"East Meets West" Part 3|
|04||"East Meets West" Part 4|
|05||"East Meets West" Part 5|
|06||"Staff of Bu-Ki"|
|07||"Silver & Gold"|
|08||"Meet Dr. Quease"|
|09||"All in the Family"|
|10||"Trusting Dr. Quease"|
|12||"Turtles Night Out"|
|14||"Truce Or Consequence"|
|17||"Enemy of My Enemy"|
|19||"The Good Dragon"|
|22||"Unchain My Heart" Part 1|
|23||"Unchain My Heart" Part 2|
|24||"Unchain My Heart" Part 3|
|25||"Unchain My Heart" Part 4|
|26||"Who Needs Her"|
Outside of The Next Mutation, the Turtles also guest-starred alongside the Power Rangers in the Power Rangers In Space episode "Shell Shocked." This originally aired February 21, 1998, and has the Turtles brainwashed by Astronema and forced to fight the Rangers. When the Rangers break Astronema's control, they and the Turtles defeat Astronema's forces. But before departing, the Turtles have one request from the Rangers and, at the end, are seen space surfing on their Galaxy Gliders. This anomoly confirms that the Ninja Turtles and Power Rangers do indeed share the same universe.
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