Ronin Warriors

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Ronin Warriors
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North American cover of the first DVD volume
鎧伝サムライトルーパー
(Yoroiden Samurai Torūpā)
Created by Hajime Yatate
Anime television series
Directed by
  • Masashi Ikeda (#1–19)
  • Mamoru Hamatsu (#20–39)
Chief screenwriter
Screenplay by
  • Jinzō Toriumi
  • Masanori Oka
  • Saburo Ebinuma
  • Yūki Ōnishi
  • Hideki Sonoda
  • Yūji Watanabe
  • Satoshi Iwasaki
  • Toshiko Nakaya
Produced by
  • Hironori Nakagawa
  • Makoto Imai
  • Youichi Honna
Music byOsamu Totsuka
Studio Sunrise
Licensed by
Original network ANN (Nagoya TV)
English network
Original run April 30, 1988 March 4, 1989
Episodes39 (List of episodes)
Manga
Written byRyūichi Hoshino
Published by Kodansha
Magazine Comic BomBom
Demographic Kodomo
Original runNovember 17, 1988April 5, 1990
Volumes2
Original video animation
Gaiden
Directed by Kazuki Akane
Produced by
  • Hironori Nakagawa
  • Yasuhisa Kazama
Written byFuyunori Gobu
Music byOsamu Totsuka
StudioSunrise
Licensed by
NA
Discotek Media
Released April 30, 1989 June 1, 1989
Runtime25 minutes
Episodes2 (List of episodes)
Original video animation
Legend of the Inferno Armor
Directed byMamoru Hamatsu
Produced by
  • Hironori Nakagawa
  • Yasuhisa Kazama
Written byMasashi Ikeda
Fuyunori Gobu
Music byOsamu Totsuka
StudioSunrise
Licensed by
NA
Discotek Media
Released October 8, 1989 January 11, 1990
Runtime30 minutes
Episodes4 (List of episodes)
Original video animation
Message
Directed byMasashi Ikeda
Produced by
  • Shinichiro Kobayashi
  • Yasuhisa Kazama
Written byMasashi Ikeda
Fuyunori Gobu
Music byOsamu Totsuka
StudioSunrise
Licensed by
NA
Discotek Media
Released March 21, 1991 August 23, 1991
Runtime30 minutes
Episodes5 (List of episodes)
Manga
Shin Yoroiden Samurai Troopers
Written byIzumi Nikaidō
Illustrated byYūji Hosoi
Published byKodansha
Magazine Monthly Shōnen Magazine
Demographic Shōnen
Published1992
Volumes1
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Ronin Warriors, known in Japan as Legendary Armor Samurai Troopers (鎧伝サムライトルーパー, Yoroiden Samurai Torūpā), is a Japanese anime series created by Hajime Yatate and animated by Sunrise. The television series, co-produced by Nagoya TV, aired across Japan on the All-Nippon News Network from April 30, 1988, to March 4, 1989 for a total of 39 episodes. A manga adaptation was serialized on Kodansha’s Comic BomBom from November 17, 1988 to April 5, 1990 and the chapters collected into 2 tankōbon volumes.

Contents

Plot

Talpa, the demon lord of the Netherworld and ruler of The Dynasty, is bent on conquering the mortal world. Standing against Talpa and his four Dark Warlords are the five Ronin Warriors, each in possession of mystical armor and weapons. They are assisted by Mia Koji, a young student-teacher, and a mysterious warrior-monk known only as The Ancient.

Media

Manga

Anime

Ronin Warriors was produced by Graz Entertainment and distributed by Cinar (now WildBrain), and it was recorded by the Vancouver-based Ocean Productions cast. Ronin Warriors first aired on American television during the summer of 1995 and subsequently appeared through syndication, as well as the USA Network and later on 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. On September 4, 2014, North American anime licensor Discotek Media announced their license of the original Japanese anime (Yoroiden Samurai Troopers), and plans to release the series on DVD. [1] Discotek has said that they have no plans to release Ronin Warriors until they clear issues with the dub. Discotek has also licensed the OVAs and includes both Japanese and English audio as well as English subtitles. [1] Crunchyroll later added the anime series for its streaming. [2] The English dub is legally available on streaming services such as Amazon Prime Video, RetroCrush, and Tubi.

The opening and ending sequences and the eyecatches were replaced with new ones, and the Japanese title cards were removed; there were no substantial cuts to the bodies of the episodes and the episodes retained most of the original music.

Three OVA sequels were produced: Gaiden (Side Story), The Legend of the Inferno Armor, and Message. There are 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.

In the United States, Ronin Warriors has aired on the Sci-Fi Channel (1996) and Cartoon Network (1999). [3]

Music

Video Game

In July 2020, a crossover with Ragnarok Mobile was launched. [8]

See also

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