What is Tokusatsu?
Tokusatsu is a style of Japanese television and film that features heavy use of special effects, practical and computer generated. In layperson’s terms: it’s got people in costumes, explosions, miniature city sets, etc.
Godzilla, Ultraman, Power Rangers and its Japanese equivalent Super Sentai, and Kamen Rider are all well-known examples of the medium. Its history dates back to the 50’s, and they’re still making television and movies in this style all the way to today.
What’s currently airing?
AVATARO SENTAI DONBROTHERS
The 46th Super Sentai show, Avataro Sentai Donbrothers, is a Sentai take on the story of Momotarou, the peach boy.
KAMEN RIDER GEATS
The newest Kamen Rider, 4th of the Modern Era, is Kamen Rider Geats. This show is a tokusatsu take on modern Battle Royale video games such as Fortnite and Apex Legends.
The 34th Ultraman, Decker, is both a sequel to last year’s Ultraman Trigger, and a 25th celebration of Ultraman Dyna.
KAMEN RIDER BLACK SUN
Kamen Rider Black Sun is a modernized version of 1987’s fan favourite Kamen Rider Black, to celebrate it’s 35th anniversary, as well as the 50th anniversary of the Kamen Rider franchise overall. Kamen Rider Black Sun is coming to Amazon Prime Video on October 28th, worldwide!
I’m excited to chat about tokusatsu with however few fellow toku fans are on Famiboards. What’s your favourite tokusatsu show? Who’s your favourite characters? What suits do you like the best? Let’s hear all of your explosively hot takes on the medium below!