Ronin Warriors is the English version of the Japanese anime television series . Yoroiden Samurai Troopers (often abbreviated to YST) was produced by Sunrise, and aired across Japan on Nagoya Television from April 30, 1988 to March 4, 1989 and has a total of 39 episodes.
Ronin Warriors was produced by Graz Entertainment and it was recorded by the Ocean Group. Ronin Warriors first aired on American television during the summer of 1995 and subsequently appeared on the Sci-Fi Channel, Fox, and later, Cartoon Network. The series was released on DVD in 2002, including the original Japanese version with English subtitles on the reverse side of the disc.
At the time it was produced, Ronin Warriors was one of the most faithful English-version adaptations of an anime series intended for television broadcast. While the opening and ending sequences, as well as the eyecatches, were replaced with new ones, and the Japanese title cards were removed, there were no cuts to the bodies of the episodes. Also noteworthy is that the episodes retained most of the original music.
Three direct-to-video sequels were produced: Gaiden, Kikōtei Densetsu, a.k.a: The Legend of the Inferno Armor and Message. There is also a YST manga as well as numerous novels and audio dramas based on the anime. While all the sequels have been released on DVD, the manga and audio dramas have not been made available in English.
A character conceived in the dubbing of Samurai Troopers, Hariel was created to prevent viewers from being confused when Ryo called upon the powers of the five armors to create the Inferno. Hariel's origins are also considered to be a request by the toy companies that made the Ronin Warrior action figures so consumers would not be confused by two versions of Ryo dressed in the Wildfire armor and the Inferno armor.
According to the character Badamon, Hariel is said to be the 'last wearer of the armor of Inferno' and that he was both Dark Warlord and Ronin Warrior. He is considered to be a great warrior and possibly haunts the white armor with his life force, making it possible that Ryo could be possessed by Hariel while wearing the white armor and making him a dangerous threat to the Dynasty.
In the original Japanese version, there was no "Hariel". The Sun Yoroi, Kikoutei, was formed from the souls (and at first the bodies!) of all five Samurai Troopers fused into a single being. It took some time for Ryo to gain control of Keikoutei, which at first was something of a berserker. According to some accounts, the original ending of Yoroiden-Samurai Troopers involved the destruction of all five Troopers, with Jun ("Yulie") finally defeating Arago ("Talpa"). However, the series was popular and the creators then repeated the second-from-last episode, giving them time to reanimate the last two episodes and creating the super-fusion Kikoutei armor as a deus ex machina to save the Troopers. Explaining the origin and nature of the Kikoutei fortunately provided sufficient story fodder for the next season and the OVA series Kikoutei Densetsu.
According to the character Badamon, the Jewel of Life is one of the three weapons that could destroy the Nether Realm. The Armor of Inferno, the Soul Swords of Fervor, and the Jewel of Life.
Though most of its powers are unknown and only a few have been seen in the show, the Jewel has the power to create a shield, blind enemies, destroy the spirits possessing soldier's armors, banish Netherworld priests, and for a short time, seal Talpa's power to keep him from defending himself against the final attacks of the Ronin Warriors/Samurai Troopers.
One considered use of the gem was to prevent Ryo from dying in the final attack when he was sucked into Talpa's body in the last battle (episode 39). The Jewel came to life at the same time the Ronin Warriors went to attack Talpa and saved Ryo from being killed by his friend's weapons.
The Jewel took the place of the Ronin Warriors in the second half of the TV series as a means to protect Mia and Yulie.
In the original Japanese version, each armor is infused with one of the Confucian, or Bushido, Virtues: Jin (Righteousness), Gi (Justice), Rei (Courtesy), Chi (Intellect), Shin (Faith), Chuu (Loyalty), Tei (Obedience), Kou (Reverence for elders), and Nin (To bear pain quietly). A couple of these were changed for the American version: Chi became Inouchi (Life), and Rei became Chi. Kou is translated as Piety, and Nin as Serenity.
The nine armors have a number of special properties and they can be put on in an instant by calling out an armor's name and associated Virtue. For example, Ryo dons his Wildfire armor by calling out "Armor of Wildfire, Dao Jin!" In the Japanese version, the command used to summon the armor is "Busso (armor name)!".
In the English version, the Ronins say the phrase "Dao" followed by their kanji when they are calling their armors. For instance, Ryo would say "Dao Jin!". Literally translated, it would mean "The way of Virtue." It, therefore, becomes an appropriate description of Ryo himself, since by calling the armor, he is following the path of virtue. "Dao" was taken from the native Chinese religion of "Daoism". Also, if Ryo were to say Busso Rekka, the literal translation would be "Arm Rekka".
The armor also enhances physical strength and endurance, for example increasing lower-body strength to allow the wearer to run at high speed and jump great distances or allowing the user to ignore harsh environmental conditions such as lack of air, or extremes of heat and pressure. Each armor also has a unique fighting technique, called a Choudandou. Dandou is the Japanese word for the science of ballistics, but Choudandou appears to mean something like "Ultimate Technique." In English, one might say "surekill shot" or "super-power attack".
Each of the five Ronin armors (Wildfire, Torrent, Hardrock, Strata, and Halo) have elemental affinities: Fire, Water, Earth, Air, and Light. Each armor can draw power from its respective element to give the wearer a power boost.
The four Warlord armors each have an affinity for one of the seasons: Cruelty with Spring, Illusion with Summer, Venom with Autumn, and Corruption with Winter. The Warlord armors also represent a different animal: Cruelty is an Ogre, Illusion is a Spider, Venom is a Snake, and Corruption is a Jackal.
|Name||American Virtues||Japanese Virtues||Armor Association||Weapon||Special Attack Cry|
|Ryo Sanada||Virtue||Jin (Righteousness)||Fire/Wildfire & Inferno||Paired Katana (Armor of Wildfire)/Swords of Fervor (Inferno Armor)||Flare Up Now (Wildfire Armor) & Rage of Inferno (Inferno Armor)|
|Sage Date||Wisdom||Rei (Courtesy)||Light/Halo||Nodachi||Thunder Bolt Cut|
|Cye Mouri||Trust||Shin (Faith)||Water/Torrent||Jumonji Yari||Super Wave Smasher|
|Kento Rei Faun||Justice||Gi (Justice)||Earth/Hardrock||Sanjiegun||Iron Rock Crusher|
|Rowen Hashiba||Life||Chi (Wisdom)||Air/Strata||Hankyu||Arrow Shock Wave|
|Anubis||Loyalty||Chu (Loyalty)||Spring/Cruelty||Kusarigama||Quake with Fear|
|Cale||Obedience||Ko (Filial piety)||Winter/Corruption||Nodachi||Black Lightning Flash|
|Dais||Serenity||Nin (Endurance)||Summer/Illusion||Six Kama||Web of Deception|
|Sekhmet||Piety||Tei (Obedience to elders)||Autumn/Poison||Six Katana||Snake Fang Strike|
|Lady Kayura||Ai (Love)||Starlight Sword (Twin Sai's)||Star Sword Scream|
|English Name||Japanese Name|
|Ronin Warriors||Yoroi Senshi (Armored Warriors) or Samurai Troopers|
|Ryo||Ryo Sanada (真田遼 Sanada Ryo)|
|Sage||Seiji Date (伊達征士 Date Seiji)|
|Cye||Shin Mouri (毛利伸 Mōri Shin)|
|Kento||Shu Rei Fang (シュー レイ フアン Shuu Rei Fuan)|
|Rowen||Touma Hashiba (羽柴当麻 Hashiba Tōma)|
|Dark Warlords||Mashou (Demon Generals)|
|Anubis||Shutendouji (朱天童子 Shutendōji)|
|Cale||Anubis (悪奴弥守 Anubisu)|
|Lady Kayura||Kayuura (迦遊羅 Kayuura)|
|The Ancient||Kaos (迦雄須 Kaosu)|
|Mia Koji||Nasuti Yagyu (柳生ナスチ Yagyu Nasuchi)|
|Dr. Koji||Dr. Yagyu|
|1-2||27-Jun-1995||Glory for Anubis|
|1-3||28-Jun-1995||Secret of Wildfire|
|1-4||29-Jun-1995||The Search Begins|
|1-6||03-Jul-1995||The Counter Attack|
|1-7||04-Jul-1995||Splitting the Stone|
|1-8||05-Jul-1995||Friend or Foe|
|1-9||06-Jul-1995||Wildfire in the Sky|
|1-10||07-Jul-1995||In the Sea of the Sky|
|1-11||10-Jul-1995||Assault on the Dynasty|
|1-13||12-Jul-1995||Fate of the Ronin Armor|
|1-14||13-Jul-1995||Armor of Life|
|1-15||14-Jul-1995||The Ancient's Battle|
|1-16||17-Jul-1995||Raid on Talpa's Castle|
|1-17||18-Jul-1995||The Legend of the Armor|
|1-19||20-Jul-1995||Wildfire's Fight Against Fate|
|1-20||21-Jul-1995||Ronin vs. Saranbo|
|1-21||24-Jul-1995||Ryo's Mega Armor|
|1-22||25-Jul-1995||Saber Stryke's Deadly Challenge|
|1-23||26-Jul-1995||White Blaze's Sacrifice|
|1-24||27-Jul-1995||Sun Devil: Ambassador of Evil|
|1-25||28-Jul-1995||Torrent's Evil Twin|
|1-26||31-Jul-1995||The Armor Must Be Destroyed|
|1-28||02-Aug-1995||Lady Kayura and the Dark Realm|
|1-29||03-Aug-1995||Anubis Is Reborn|
|1-30||04-Aug-1995||Talpa Turns the Tide|
|1-31||07-Aug-1995||Legend of the White Armor|
|1-32||08-Aug-1995||Strategies of the Nether World|
|1-33||09-Aug-1995||In Search of Secret Treasures|
|1-34||10-Aug-1995||Strata's Defiant Stand|
|1-35||11-Aug-1995||The Warriors Return|
|1-37||15-Aug-1995||Anubis' Armor Revived|
|1-38||16-Aug-1995||Lady Evil Sees the Light|