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“You are the hunted and must live long enough to see their return. You must endure.”
Mistaké to Lloyd

Season 9 of LEGO Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu, subtitled Hunted, is preceded by Season 8 and succeeded by Tales from the Monastery of Spinjitzu and Season 10. It takes place a week after the events of Season 8. Master Wu is the mascot character of the sets, while there is no focus character.[1] Lord Garmadon is the intro character, and serves as the main antagonist along with Iron Baron. The Dragon Hunters and Sons of Garmadon are the season's villainous factions.

Following the supposed demise of Wu and the original NinjaLloyd and Nya resist Lord Garmadon's tyrannical control of Ninjago City. The original Ninja are stranded in the Realm of Oni and Dragons, where they must save the Dragons from the barbaric Dragon Hunters.

The season started airing in Australia and Singapore in late June 2018, with the sets being released on July 2 in Australia and August 1 in the United States. It was released early on the US Cartoon Network app, website, and On Demand on August 10, 2018. It started airing in the United States on August 11, 2018, and completed on August 25, 2018 in Australia and the USA.[2]

Official Description

While Lloyd and Nya resist Emperor Garmadon's oppressive hold on Ninjago City, Young Wu and the rest of the Ninja are stranded in a barbaric realm where fierce dragons are being hunted down by Iron Baron and his gang of Dragon Hunters. Lloyd must endure in NINJAGO City, the others need to find the fabled Dragon Armor if they ever hope to get back home to stop Emperor Garmadon once and for all.[3]

Cast

Marooned Ninja

The Resistance

Sons of Garmadon

Dragon Hunters

Colossus, the giant rock titan built by Garmadon at the end of Season 8, returns.

Various unnamed Sons of Garmadon gang members and Dragon Hunters appear throughout the season. Rufus MacAllister and Postman also make cameos in "Radio Free Ninjago" and "Green Destiny."

Episodes

Season Ep # Series Ep # Image Episode name Air Date
1 85 Screenshot 2018-06-30 at 10.17.38 "Firstbourne" August 11, 2018 (United States)
2 86 Screen Shot 2018-07-08 at 2.56.07 PM "Iron & Stone" August 11, 2018 (United States)
3 87 Screen Shot 2018-07-08 at 2.50.23 PM "Radio Free Ninjago" August 11, 2018 (United States)
4 88 Screen Shot 2018-07-10 at 11.19.32 AM "How to Build a Dragon" August 11, 2018 (United States)
5 89 Screen Shot 2018-07-11 at 11.12.35 AM "The Gilded Path" August 18, 2018 (United States)
6 90 HuntedEp90 "Two Lies, One Truth" August 18, 2018 (United States)
7 91 IMG 0128 "The Weakest Link" August 18, 2018 (United States)
8 92 Screen Shot 2018-07-17 at 8.45.55 AM "Saving Faith" August 25, 2018 (United States)
9 93 Screen Shot 2018-07-18 at 8.52.00 PM "Lessons for a Master" August 25, 2018 (United States)
10 94 Screen Shot 2018-07-19 at 9.31.54 AM "Green Destiny" August 25, 2018 (United States)

Sets

The banner on the Season 9 sets has the usual Ninjago logo in white next to young Wu wearing the Dragon Armor with a shadow of a Dragon behind him.

Flyers

Other Sets

Notes

  • This is the last season to be written by the Hageman Brothers.
  • Tommy Andreasen said that they wrote the ending as well as some episodes completed several times.[4]
  • A Japanese trailer was released on May 12, 2018.
  • The first English trailer, created by Wilfilm and Tommy Andreasen, was released on May 27, 2018.
  • A Southeast Asian trailer (for Singapore, Malaysia, and Thailand) was released on June 11, 2018.
  • The events of this season take place one week after the events of Season 8 and occur over the course of a few weeks.
  • "Hunted" was released in the summer of 2018, making it the second time one year had two seasons. The first time was in 2015 with The Tournament of Elements in the spring and Possession in the summer.
  • The Dragon Armor appears as the collectible item in the sets. The First Spinjitzu Master's sword, the Dragonbone Blade, is the only piece of armor that has special abilities, as it attracts Elemental Powers.
  • The fate of the Ultra Dragon was finally revealed in this season. It turned out that the Iron Baron somehow captured and killed it, and used its skeletal remains for the base of his throne.
    • However, it is revealed that the Ninja did not recognize the throne as the Ultra Dragon's remains, and never discovered this before going back to Ninjago or before Season 9 ended.[5]
  • The Marooned Ninjas' suits this season take their suits from the last episode of Season 8 but with added armor and battle damaged elements.
    • As of the season finale, the Ninja have returned to wearing their Sons of Garmadon suits.
  • Season 9 does not have a specific main character, instead focusing on the team as a whole. This is similar to the Mini-Movies and the first season, where the four original Ninja were the focus. However, this is the first season to focus on the whole team.
  • This is the second season to not have Master Wu announce the episode title at the opening.
  • 70651 Throne Room Showdown and 70658 Oni Titan are the only sets that take place in Ninjago City.
  • This is the third season to air in Australia/New Zealand before the United States, the previous two being Season 3: Rebooted and Season 8: Sons of Garmadon.
  • This is the third season to not have Serpentine since their debut, the first being Season 5 and the second being Season 8.
  • All of Hunted was released on the Cartoon Network US app, website, and On Demand on August 10, 2018. This is the fourth season to be put online before airing on television.
  • When airing in the US, this season was split into "parts," 1 two hour and 2 one and a half hour specials. With episodes 85-88 airing as "Hunted Part 1" on August 11, 2018, episodes 89-91 airing as "Hunted Part 2" on August 18, 2018, and episodes 92-94 airing as "Hunted Part 3" on August 25, 2018.
  • Mr. E doesn't appear in the intro alongside Harumi, Ultra Violet, and Killow, foreshadowing his demise early in the season.
    • Instead, Ultra Violet appears to be wearing the Oni Mask of Vengeance in the intro, despite that never happening in the show.
  • Most of the Elemental Masters from season four return in this season, including Karlof, Griffin Turner, Shade, Neuro, Skylor, Tox, and Paleman. They act on their promise from season four of helping the Ninja by joining the Resistance.
    • Several Elemental Masters, including Jacob Pevsner, Gravis, Ash, Chamille, and Bolobo, do not appear in this season. Bolobo is revealed to have been arrested, and Chamille presumably became a villain. The others' whereabouts are unknown.
  • This is the second season to not feature "The Weekend Whip" as the intro theme.
  • For April Fools day, Tommy Andreasen posted a status on Twitter with three events from Season 9, two of which are real and one of which is fake. The three events stated that the Ninja will speak the language of the dragons, that Dareth will unlock his true power, and that there would be a talking rat. Additionally, The Hagemen brothers hinted that if Dareth didn't get a power, he would get a pet Dragon.
    • A post from the Official Ninjago Facebook account included text in the Alphabet of Ninjago that translates to: "Dareth with the power of. . . ." hinting Dareth's powers.
    • Dareth temporarily gets an Elemental Power of "brown" from drinking one of Mistaké's teas.
    • Mistaké talks to Lloyd as a rat in "The Gilded Path."
    • By process of elimination, the Ninja do not learn the language of the dragons.
  • Tommy Andreasen had stated in an interview with Brent Miller that someone will die this season.[6] The identity of this character was not stated. Later, in "Iron & Stone" these characters were revealed to be Mr. E and The Ultra Dragon. In "Saving Faith," Harumi died, and Mistaké was killed off-screen by Garmadon.
  • According to the Hageman Brothers on Twitter, Season 9's theme is "independence."
  • Jay seems to be the calmest Ninja even though he is usually the one who freaks out.
    • This was because Jay had a mental breakdown sometime between Season 8 and Season 9.
    • This lasted for two episodes, "Firstbourne" and "Iron & Stone." He later went back to normal.
  • In "Iron & Stone," Skylor revealed that her powers had come back.
  • By the end of the season, Garmadon is still in his evil form and has not been changed back. He is also locked up in Kryptarium Prison.
    • Garmadon reveals that the reasons of his evil deeds was to protect Ninjago from the darkness he saw at the Departed Realm. Just before being taken away, he tells Lloyd of this evil and Lloyd believes it was the missing Oni who would be the darkness. This was later confirmed to be true.
  • Season 9 has the largest cast out of any other seasons.
  • The plot of Season 9 is comparable to Thor: Ragnarok, in which many characters have similar roles and plot devices are used in both.
    • Garmadon can be compared to Hela in which they both take over the main characters home world and results in the main characters being transported to another area.
    • The Realm of Oni and Dragons is similar to the planet Sakaar in that the main characters are stranded in it for a long time, and the land has a scavenger society.
    • Iron Baron can be compared to the Grandmaster, in that they both rule a scavenger society and are vicious tyrants.
    • Faith can be compared to Brunnhilde, in that they both are admired by the planets ruler, and go by false identity's and eventually aid the heroes to return to their home-world.
    • Another similarity is that the main characters also have to fight in a gladiatorial arena.

Focus Characters

  • As stated by the Hageman Brothers, there is no main character throughout and the season is a team season.
  • Master Wu had a major role in the season, with many individual moments. His appearance is very frequent. The fate and faith of Master Wu, how Wu has become the Golden Dragon Master are the main focus in the Oni and Dragon storyline. Master Wu has transformed from a child to a young teenager, an older teenager, and finally an old, wise man throughout the season. His focus episodes are Episodes 89, 91, and 93.
  • Cole and Wu had a closer relationship in Season 8, and it continues in Season 9. The relationship of Cole and Wu is an additional part of the story. Cole had a large amount of screen time since this season is a team season.
  • Jay has a much heavier role in this season than Season 8. He has a larger role compare with other Ninja in this season. His backstory with Master Wu, about how he became a Ninja, is mentioned in the season.
  • The relationship of Kai and Firstborne is one of the highlights in the season, especially in Episode 88. Kai also taught Wu in Episode 91, similar to how Wu has taught the Ninja previously. In the Oni and Dragon storyline, Kai had a large amount of screen time since this season is a team season.
  • Kai and Jay had heavy roles in Episode 88, with Jay building a fake dragon and Kai freeing the captive dragons from the Dragon Hunters.
  • Zane's role is smaller in the season than in Season 8, but he still has large amount of screen time in tackling team problem in the Oni and Dragon realm, along with Kai, Jay, and Cole. His strength of being a nindroid and what his body is made of has been touched upon in Episode 86 and Episode 91.
  • Faith has a major role as well. She has a heavy role in the season, especially in Episodes 89 and 91.
  • Lloyd has a great role as well, but his role in Season 8 is larger. How he finds the direction in leading the Resistance is one of the focus' in the Ninjago storyline. The season ends his arc with Harumi with a conclusion in Episode 92 as well. His focus episode is Episode 87.
  • Nya also had some capacity in this season. How she encouraged Lloyd to lead the Resistance is important as well in Ninjago storyline. Her relationship with Jay is touched upon in Episodes 85 and 94. However, her role was similar to Season 8, with a minor impact.
  • Dareth and Mistaké have a great role in the season as well in the Ninjago storyline.
  • Dareth has the greatest role in the season since his debut in Season 2. He appears in all episodes of this season.
  • Mistaké has an important role in this season as well, unmasking her true identity in Episode 90. She appears in Episodes 86-92.
  • Skylor has capacity in the show, like how she creates a new power in Episode 87 and Skylor versus Garmadon in Episode 92. Her relationship with Kai is mentioned in Episode 94 and becomes official in said episode. She appears in all episodes of this season.
  • P.I.X.A.L. has something to do as well, as the Samurai X in The Resistance team. Her relationship with Zane has touched upon in Episode 94. She appears in Episodes 85-89 and Episode 94.
  • Misako has made some appearances in the show, in Episodes 85-90 and Episode 94.
  • Ronin has made cameo appearances in the show as well, in Episode 85, 90, and 94. He is also a member of The Resistance team.

Antagonists

Gallery

Videos

References

  1. https://twitter.com/brothershageman/status/997262040300339200
  2. https://twitter.com/TommyAndreasen/status/1020874509275025408
  3. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2dNOtcJvka0
  4. https://twitter.com/TommyAndreasen/status/1141313884046974976
  5. https://twitter.com/brothershageman/status/1015501526456913920
  6. https://youtu.be/X-9vChYCmBg
LEGO Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu Episodes
Pilot Episodes 1. Way of the Ninja · 2. The Golden Weapon · 3. King of Shadows · 4. Weapons of Destiny
Mini-Movies 1. Secrets of the Blacksmith · 2. Flight of the Dragon Ninja · 3. The New Masters of Spinjitzu · 4. An Underworldly Takeover · 5. Return to the Fire Temple · 6. Battle Between Brothers
Season 1
Rise of the Snakes
1. Rise of the Snakes · 2. Home · 3. Snakebit · 4. Never Trust a Snake · 5. Can of Worms · 6. The Snake King · 7. Tick Tock · 8. Once Bitten, Twice Shy · 9. The Royal Blacksmiths · 10. The Green Ninja · 11. All of Nothing · 12. The Rise of the Great Devourer · 13. Day of the Great Devourer
Season 2
Legacy of the Green Ninja
1. Darkness Shall Rise · 2. Pirates Vs. Ninja · 3. Double Trouble · 4. Ninjaball Run · 5. Child's Play · 6. Wrong Place, Wrong Time · 7. The Stone Army · 8. The Day Ninjago Stood Still · 9. The Last Voyage · 10. Island of Darkness · 11. The Last Hope · 12. Return of the Overlord · 13. Rise of the Spinjitzu Master
Season 3
Rebooted
1. The Surge · 2. The Art of the Silent Fist · 3. Blackout · 4. The Curse of the Golden Master · 5. Enter the Digiverse · 6. Codename: Arcturus · 7. The Void · 8. The Titanium Ninja
Season 4
The Tournament of Elements
1. The Invitation · 2. Only One Can Remain · 3. Versus · 4. Ninja Roll · 5. Spy for a Spy · 6. Spellbound · 7. The Forgotten Element · 8. The Day of the Dragon · 9. The Greatest Fear of All · 10. The Corridor of Elders
Chen Mini-Movies
(Non-Canon)
1. Chen's New Chair · 2. Chair Play Chen · 3. Chair Up Chen · 4. Chairful What You Wish For · 5. Bad Chair Day
Season 5
Possession
1. Winds of Change · 2. Ghost Story · 3. Stiix and Stones· 4. The Temple on Haunted Hill · 5. Peak-a-Boo · 6. Kingdom Come · 7. The Crooked Path · 8. Grave Danger · 9. Curseworld, Part I · 10. Curseworld, Part II
Season 6
Skybound
1. Infamous · 2. Public Enemy Number One · 3. Enkrypted · 4. Misfortune Rising · 5. On a Wish and a Prayer · 6. My Dinner With Nadakhan · 7. Wishmasters · 8. The Last Resort · 9. Operation Land Ho! · 10. The Way Back
Tall Tale Mini-Movies
(Non-Canon)
1. The Tall Tale of Flintlocke · 2. The Tall Tale of Clancee · 3. The Tall Tale of Doubloon · 4. The Tall Tale of Dogshank · 5. The Tall Tale of Monkey Wretch · 6. The Tall Tale of Squiffy and Bucko
Special Day of the Departed
Season 7
The Hands of Time
1. The Hands of Time · 2. The Hatching · 3. A Time of Traitors · 4. Scavengers · 5. A Line in the Sand · 6. The Attack · 7. Secrets Discovered · 8. Pause and Effect · 9. Out of the Fire and Into the Boiling Sea · 10. Lost in Time
Wu's Teas Mini-Movies
(Non-Canon)
Wu's Teas
Ninjago: Decoded 1. Legacy · 2. Vehicles and Mechs · 3. Legendary Places · 4. Ninjago's Most Wanted · 5. The Digiverse and Beyond · 6. The Elemental Masters · 7. Beasts and Dragons · 8. Rise of Garmadon · 9. Prophecy of the Green Ninja · 10. Greatest Battles
Season 8
Sons of Garmadon
1. The Mask of Deception · 2. The Jade Princess · 3. The Oni and the Dragon · 4. Snake Jaguar · 5. Dead Man's Squall · 6. The Quiet One · 7. Game of Masks · 8. Dread on Arrival · 9. True Potential · 10. Big Trouble, Little Ninjago
Season 9
Hunted
1. Firstbourne · 2. Iron & Stone · 3. Radio Free Ninjago · 4. How to Build a Dragon · 5. The Gilded Path · 6. Two Lies, One Truth · 7. The Weakest Link · 8. Saving Faith · 9. Lessons for a Master · 10. Green Destiny
Tales from the Monastery of Spinjitzu 1. Master Class · 2. Green and Gold · 3. The Weekend Drill · 4. Elemental Rider · 5. Blue Lightning · 6. Samurai X-Treme
Season 10: March of the Oni 1. The Darkness Comes · 2. Into the Breach · 3. The Fall · 4. Endings
Season 11: Secrets of the Forbidden Spinjitzu 1. Wasted True Potential · 2. Questing for Quests · 3. A Rocky Start · 4. The Belly of the Beast · 5. Boobytraps and How to Survive Them · 6. The News Never Sleeps · 7. Ninja vs Lava · 8. Snaketastrophy · 9. Powerless · 10. Ancient History · 11. Never Trust a Human · 12. Under Siege · 13. The Explorers Club · 14. Vengeance is Mine! · 15. A Cold Goodbye · 16. The Never-Realm · 17. Fire Maker · 18. An Unlikely Ally · 19. The Absolute Worst · 20. The Message · 21. The Traveler's Tree · 22. Krag's Lament · 23. Secret of The Wolf · 24. The Last of the Formlings · 25. My Enemy, My Friend · 26. The Kaiju Protocol · 27. Corruption · 28. A Fragile Hope · 29. Once and for All · 30. Awakenings
Season 12 1. TBA

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