Monday, October 11, 2010

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Ninja Tribunal

***DISCLAIMER*** The following review is entirely my opinion. If you comment (which I encourage you to do) be respectful. If you don't agree with my opinion, that's fine. To each their own. I am just sharing my opinions and perspective. Finally, the reviews are given on a scale of 1-5. 1, of course, being terrible. 2, being not great. 3, being okay. 4, being good and 5, being epic!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Ninja Tribunal - 5 out of 5

The fifth season of the great animated series that, sadly, wasn't aired except for on a couple of OnDemand cable channels and on DVD. However, the events that took place became canon in the next two seasons. It's a shame it wasn't aired officially because this season was just fantastic.

This season focuses on the one true Shredder--the Tengu Shredder. It was this mystic demon who possessed Oroku Saki and became the visage that the Utrom; Ch'rell, would take on to intimidate his foes and become one of the greatest enemies of the Turtles. As this season begins, a mystic organization of ninjas called The Ninja Tribunal calls on the Turtles and several other powerful warriors to become Acolytes who will help stop the followers of the Tengu from resurrecting the demon. But, despite the training, the Tengu is resurrected and all hell breaks loose as he takes over New York and then sets his sights on the world. This culminates in two EXTREMELY exciting episodes at the end of the season where the Turtles combine their forces with their greatest allies (April O'Neil, Casey Jones and the Justice Force) and some of their most hated enemies (Baxter Stockman, Hun and the Purple Dragons, Bishop, The Foot Clan and the Utrom Shredder's adopted daughter, Karai).

This season is just action packed and cranked up to eleven on the entertainment scale. However, due to the heavy story that is so deeply surrounded by the Tengu, the focus on the relationships between the Turtles themselves, as well as, their relationships with their friends and sensei and adopted father, Splinter, isn't focused on at all. The lack of this, if noticed because it is easy to overlook with all the action, can hurt a little because the relationships the Turtles have is one of my favorite elements of a Ninja Turtles story. However, this is completely forgivable because this season is just so damn entertaining.

This season, along with the past seasons, proves why this animated version of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is superior to its 80's counterparts because of the darker themes and the use of the original comics for a more mature (but still kid friendly) adaptation.

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