- This page is about the television series produced by Global Studios. For the titular character, see Steel Samurai. For other uses, see Samurai (disambiguation).
The Steel Samurai: Warrior of Neo Olde Tokyo was a very popular tokusatsu show and franchise created by Global Studios. The show was directed by Sal Manella, was produced by Dee Vasquez and starred Will Powers as the titular protagonist, the Steel Samurai, and Jack Hammer as the antagonist, the Evil Magistrate.
The franchise was promoted by various items of merchandise, such as trading cards, balls, and cell phones straps. There have also been official and unofficial "Samurai Dog" hot dogs. Among the show's fans are Penny Nichols, Cody Hackins, Maya Fey, Ema Skye, and Miles Edgeworth (although Edgeworth's admiration of the show is something he generally tries to keep to himself).
Global Studios released at least 13 episodes in total, with the last one being after Hammer's murder. Powers was initially accused of committing the deed, but Phoenix Wright defended him in court and came to the conclusion that Vasquez was the real killer and that Manella was an accomplice. Wright would come to adopt the theme as his cellphone's ringtone after the trial. However, the entire ordeal (as well as the loss of one of its stars) caused the Global Studios higher-ups to decide to cancel the show.
During the investigation into Hammer's murder, Maya Fey's spirit medium outfit inspired Manella to create a sequel: The Pink Princess: Warrior of Little Olde Tokyo. Global Studios made this sequel a reality shortly after the conclusion of the case, with Powers starring once again in a lead role.
After The Pink Princess, Global Studios created another sequel, The Nickel Samurai, starring Matt Engarde. However, there still remained a strong following for the original show. By 2019, Steel Samurai projects were still being made, including a stage show in which the character had married the Pink Princess and had a son called the Iron Infant. Meanwhile, Sal Manella had somehow avoided prolonged serious punishment for his crimes and could be overheard thinking about a movie version while waiting at Hope Springs Airport.
The popularity and relevance of the show was still evident by 2027, as evidenced by a "real steel" flavor Steel Samurai soda brand. Chief Prosecutor Miles Edgeworth also kept a Steel Samurai figurine in his office. The character's relevance was still also mainstream enough that even the secluded Herman Crab sarcastically responded with "no, I meant the Steel Samurai" towards Phoenix Wright, when the latter asked if he was asking for them to give him a hand.
A suspiciously similar show titled The Plumed Punisher: Warrior of Neo Twilight Realm is played in Khura'in, much to Miles Edgeworth's disdain.
In the Japanese version of the games, the show is called "大江戸戦士: トノサマン" (Ōedo Senshi: Tonosaman), which translates literally as "Great Edo Warrior: Tonosaman".
The German name of the show, "Der Steel Samurai: Krieger aus Neo Olde Tokyo", literally just means the same as the English one.