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Anime Profile: Ronin Warriors

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Title
Ronin Warriors Yoroiden Samurai Troopers("Legendary Armor Samurai Troopers") Ronin Warriors
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  Legendary Armor Samurai Troopers
Released
39 TV episodes, 11 OVA episodes 39 TV episodes, 11 OVA episodes
Dates
June 26, 1995–Aug 17, 1995(TV) April 30, 1988–March 4, 1989
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April 23, 2002(DVD)  
Company
Graz Entertainment(TV), Bandai Ent.(DVD), Ocean Studios SUNRISE, Nagoya Broadcasting Network
Creator
  Hajime Yadate
Director
  Masashi Ikeda, Mamoru Hamatsu, Kazuki Akane(OVA)
Genre
Eastern Fantasy, Action Eastern Fantasy, Action
Characters
Anubis Shuten Doji
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Cale Anubisu
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Last I checked, this anime was available on DVD at Anime Nation and Amazon.

Anime Characters: Ronin Warriors

English Name
Japanese Name
English Name
Japanese Name
Anubis Shuten Doji Ryo Sanada Ryo Sanada
Cale Anubisu Sage Seiji
Cye Shin Mouri Sekhmet Naaza
Dais Rajura Talpa Arago
Kento Shuu Fuan Rei The Ancient Kaosu
Lady Kayura Lady Kayura White Blaze Byakuen
Mia Koji Nasutei Yagiyu Dr. Koji Dr. Yagyu
Rowen Toma Ully Jun Yamano

Anime Description: Ronin Warriors

Ronin Warriors was originally called Yoroiden Samurai Troopers in Japan. It was produced as a joint effort by Sunrise Animation Studio and Nagoya Television. It first aired in Japan on April 30th, 1988 and ran weekly through March 4th, 1989. Yoroiden Samurai Troopers (YST) was a far bigger success than was Ronin Warriors (its American dub). YST was originally planned for only 19 episodes but the popularity of the show prompted the producers to extend it for another season for a total of 39 episodes

Yoroiden Samurai Troopers is the story about five teenage boys, given mystical armor to protect the world from the evil Arago. The story begun 1000 years ago, when Arago wanted to take over the ningenkai. He almost succeed when Kaosu managed to defeat him. However, although Arago's soul is banished to the Youjakai, his armor is left intact. The armor therefore becomes a link for Arago to come back to Ningenkai.

Kaosu divided the armor into nine separate armor suits. Each armor will choose its bearer, and together they will fight Arago. At least that's the original intention (well, you know what happened next, don't you? ^^). Arago finds out Kaosu's plan, and thus attempts to find the armor himself. He manages to find four suits of armor with their four bearers, and persuaded them to follow (and serve) him. Those four are Shuten, Naaza, Anubisu, and Rajura. After they follow Arago, they become his MaSho (demon general).

The rest of the armor, however, is still safe within Kaosu's protection. The bearer of these fives suits of armors are called Samurai Troopers. They are Rekka no Ryo, Korin no Seiji, Kongo no Shuu, Suiko no Shin, and Tenku no Touma. Each represents an element of nature and has a "kanji" that suits their personality.

Anime Description: Ronin Warriors

There are 3 OVA series. The first is a two-episode series called Legendary Armor Samurai Troopers Gaiden (Ronin Warriors Gaiden). The second is a five-episode series titled Legend of the Inferno Armor which introduces a tribal warrior from Africa who wears a mysterious Black Armor that looks eerily similar to Ryo's Inferno Armor. At the end of this series, the five armors, as well as both Inferno Armors, are completely destroyed. The Third OVA series is called Message, and it introduces a strange woman from the Edo period who was involved with a play that actually foretold in striking detail the events of the Samurai Troopers battle with Arago and the forces of the netherworld.

The play ended when the government accused everyone involved with it of treason and executed them, leaving behind this woman, who vows revenge against the armors. The series is mostly composed of images from the main series and the "Legend of the Inferno Armor" OVA with characters talking about various things that usually have absolutely nothing to do with the scene you're watching. By the end of "Message" each one of the five has a brand new Armor, born from this woman's hatred and sorrow. The Armors are still called the same things as the old ones and bear the same symbols, they just look different.