This show is like a samurai variation on the kamen rider story, as it was made by the same folks, in collaboration with the creators of the popular AKA KAGE (red Shadow Ninja) series! The story took place in samurai days, as the blood wheel clan, lead by a metallical robot like figure Majin Sai, and his sorcerer, Gaigotsu Maru (Skull Maru), finds a way to transform ninjas into animal-human ninjas, like a mantis ninja, owl ninja, crawfish ninja, etc! They try to take over Japan, but one of the memebrs of the clan, who created this ninja art, uses it on his own son, as he becomes Henshin ninja (Tranforming ninja!)Arashi!
after 20 episodes battling the blood wheel clan, Majin sai had enough of Gaigotu maru's failure, so he buries him under his base, and summons the Hell Priest, who has the power to call monsters from all over the world! He summons Frankensteins monster, gremlin, medusa, gorgon, mummy, dracula, werewolf, golem, but of course they are all destroyed by Arashi! Even Kenji Ushio appears as a doppleganger!And at this point, arashi's long lost brother, tsukinowa (moon mask) helped out as well!
In the end, after majin sai is defeated, but then Satan comes out and tries to take over Japan. and he was played by none other than genre favorite Eisei Amamoto! And Kenji Ushio appears as another character, a new regualr to help Arashi out! At this point, arashi learns a new finisher, Gun Beam, in which he emits a laser beam from his eyes, destroying the european ghouls! Because of the appearence of the many familiar european ghouls, I think most american fans of this genre will get a kick out of seeing Frankenstein speak Japanese! Or even dracula and mummy! Another great classic from Toei!
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