The are the fictional protagonist featured in the 33rd Super Sentai Series Samurai Sentai Shinkenger. The Shinkengers existed for eighteen generations to protect the world from the Gedoushu, demonic beings from the Sanzu River.
Based out of the that originated from , the Shinkengers use the kanji-based power called , which is passed down from one generation to the next (currently on the 18th Generation). Once becoming a Shinkenger, they must renounce their past lives in order to keep their friends and family safe in case a member of the Gedoushu targets them. The Shiba House's manor is protected by a barrier of the Modikara , keeping the Shinkengers safe. They use a to detect the presence of a Gedoushu and its whereabouts. Prior to battle, the team announces their arrival by the first person (usually Takeru Shiba) saying their Shinkenger name and then full name, followed by each subsequent Shinkenger stating followed by their color and full name (though this part is not carried on to the Kamen Rider Decade crossover). Takeru then says , followed by the whole group saying .
is a young man descended from feudal lords, referred by his vassals and servants as . He was raised since childhood by Hikoma Kusakabe to act the role of the 18th head of the Shiba House after his father gave him the Sisi Origami. His upbringing made him create a facade to look very arrogant and proud to others, claiming none can match his strength and greatness, while keeping his cool in any situation. Though he was reluctant to have the vassals fight by his side, as he wanted no one else to bear the burden, he allowed their involvement after giving them the choice to turn back or become Shinkengers out of want rather than need, as long as they are willing to finish their mission to the last detail. By the time Genta arrives, Takeru's facade is revealed as he now questions himself of how it makes him strong along with learning he shares similar attributes with Juzo before defeating him. While at times it may not appear so, Takeru does cares greatly for his vassals and when Genta arrives, he becomes more open with them. However, in a fight against Juzo, it is revealed that Takeru started to value his life more which, in Juzo's opinion, makes him weaker and makes Takeru doubt himself. In reality, Takeru has been acting as a for Kaoru, the true 18th head of the Shiba House who was unborn at the time of her father's death, having been chosen for his proficiency with Modikara and his swordsmanship. When Kaoru is injured while attempting to use the Sealing Character on Doukoku, she formally adopts Takeru, making him the 19th head of the Shiba House. After defeating Doukoku in the final battle, Takeru says goodbye to Kaoru and his vassals and stays in the Shiba House with Hikoma, resuming his days now as a true samurai, though it is implied that he remains in contact with his friends. As Hikoma insists that Takeru should start learning new things instead of just working as a samurai (such as playing the guitar or learning conversational English), he stands by the front door of the Shiba House, recalling his moments as Shinken Red.
As , he is the and can use the Inromaru to become or the Kyoryu Disk to become . In Tensou Sentai Goseiger vs. Shinkenger: Epic on Ginmaku, after being brainwashed by the Gedoushu, Shinken Red becomes .
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