I know this post will make no sense to 90% of my watchers, but the idea has been whirling around in my head for a while that I need to get it out somehow. So if you have no interest in Super Sentai (Japanese Power Rangers) then this entry probably isn't for you. I'm really sorry. I'll get back to drawing underaged girls in their underwear later. ^.^
After watching Samurai Sentai Shinkenger several things occurred to me. The first thing really was some unresolved issues. When the series ended, everyone went their separate ways, implying they'd be back at the Shiba Mansion. While I get that, there was a lot of things that was left unsaid. The biggest issue was Shiba Kaoru. She is the 18th head of the Shiba family and had officially adopted Takeru as her son so he'd be the 19th heir.... BUT she's still around, and still the Princess. Now you have two heads and two departments of the Shiba Family Samurai. This just BEGS for a power struggle story. Also there was no resolution to Hanaori Kotoha's side-plot of loving Takeru. They resolved her sister issues and a little bit of her self-esteem, but the love plot (which the writers didn't forget and was threaded throughout the show) was left unresolved. Then you add the fact that Takeru does thinks outside the box and you really got good material for a spin-off.
Then another thing occurred to me. Structurally, Shinkenger was a lot like Ninja Sentai Kakuranger. Think about it, both shows follows a warrior family who carried a tradition of learning "super martial arts" (for lack of a better term) so when a sealed evil returned they were ready to stop it. It's really the same formula, and that's not adding the shared elements of every Super Sentai show. So my thought was... like the mechs, combine that shit!
Here's the idea. After watching the events from 2010 through now, Takeru has seen multiple alien invasions, had his powers taken away and given back by lowly pirates, and had to sit in the sidelines as others protect Earth, a mission he swore himself to do. During all this time, little by little he was getting bitter on how the other Sentai had been doing things, and decided that what the world needed to be safe was a Sentai army to be unified under one lord. He once was a hero so we can explain some of this thinking to the poisons of being possessed by Gedoshu a few times and being born into a Samurai cult like environment. His goal is to conquer and use the previous Sentai as his personal army. Because Ryunosuke, Mako, and Genta had also been sympathetic to Takeru's mindset and also have been possessed in the past by Gedoshu they'd fall in line.
But Kaoru isn't in the same line of thinking. She tested the Gokaigers on their Samurai spirt in the past, and had decided that others are able to take care of Earth, not just the Shiba. (It's the whole reason she adopted Takeru after all) So she's not high on this world domination thing... and neither is Chiaki or Kotoha. Kotoha is the only one who never was possessed by a Gedoshu the entire run of the show, plus she's a pure heart. Kotaha is loyal to Takeru, even loves him, but her dedication to Earth is stronger. Chiaki, while he was possessed several times, never automatically defer to Takeru's whims. So when this line of thinking comes up, he'd rebel against that. So Kaoru and her team and cast from the Shiba and become Ronin - masterless Samurai.
And that's where the Kakurangers come in. In order to combat the Shinkengers and their Sentai, Kaoru needs a new team. So to fill out her main body, she as to resort to dealing with "filthy ninja" and the remnants of Sentai who Takeru hadn't taken over yet. Half of the her personal team would be herself, Chiaki, and Kotoha, and the other half would be the heirs of Ninja White, Ninja Blue, and Ninja Black. Their outfits could be a combination of Skinkenger and Kakuranger... but the ninja half could be a bit more ninja themed and the samurai half more samurai. As "foot soldiers" would be the Sentai she picks up along the way.
All this would lead to a big conclusion with Samurai vs Ronin - sentai vs sentai, winner take all. During the course of these battles you can deal with Kotoha's love for Takeru a bit more, her still being conflicted about it whenever she sees him. The thing should end with the Samurai getting beaten (of course) with maybe Takeru realizing the errors of his ways possibly through some kind of sacrifice Kotoha does out of love for him.
The only issue with this is, you can't kill any of the Sentai. Kaoru's villain of the week are other Sentai teams, after all. So she has to beat them and take their powers away instead of outright killing them. The last battle will be Ronin vs Samurai, but to give Takeru the edge, he has keep the Ninpuu Sentai Hurricaneger team as part of his main body (like Kaoru, he fills out his main team with Ninja), and maybe another team.
ANYWAY, that was my idea. Maybe at some point Kaoru can team up with the Gokaigers for a movie or a two parter, I dunno. If any of you understand a word of this, what do you think?