As you all know, I’ve been into Sentai and Tokusatsu lately.
I spent most of my last couple of weeks watching a series called Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger, which anyone who sees it will immediately recognize (assuming they’re old enough). Just take a peak. Watching this was kind of weird for me, because I grew up with its American counterpart… which used footage but generally not the plotlines, so I would see familiar scenes but in a completely different story. Imagine finding out your dad is actually a super-awesome robot spy from Space and the version you’ve been living with your whole life is an emasculated clone created by mixing his toenails with frog DNA, and you get the idea.
I wanted to do a video about this show, but I want to give it time to gel in my mind first. For the moment, I want to avoid more Sentai shows because I don’t want a lot of similar premises to overload my brain.
But there’s non-Sentai Toku, such as an interesting one I discovered today, Space Sheriff Gavan. Watch the first episode (with subtitles) here. Seriously, by the time we got to the heroic Cylon fighting the rubber monster in the LSD Dimension, I was completely sold… and then I found out that only the first five episodes had ever been fansubbed -__-. So I’m gonna have to learn Japanese if I ever want to see this entire series (or for that matter, the entire Metal Heroes series, which to be honest looks like it has the potential to be the best Toku franchise ever)
… Hey, maybe I can somehow use this blog as a medium for furthering my Japanese studies. What do you guys think?
 TO RECAP: “Tokusatsu” means “Special Effects” and generally refers to live-action kids shows that have TV-budget special effects and generally sci-fi premises. Ultraman, Super Sentai (and its American counterpart, Power Rangers), VR Troopers, Big Bad Beetleborgs, Kamen Rider (Masked Rider), Android Kikaider would all be examples. In a stretch, I’d even say that the 1970s version of Battlestar Galactica could be called a Tokusatsu. “Sentai” refers to a specific sub-genre which focuses on a color-coded team (ie… Power Rangers basically), though can also refer to anime with a similar premise (such as Sailor Moon or Voltron).