Hi, I’m a Journalistic Student, taking names and kicking butt. Funny huh? But really I created this blog for one of my classes. I love the anime and Japanese culture and I am an otaku. This blog will be about all of that: anime shows, manga, reviews, Japanese culture, news, music, and tokusatsu.
If you didn’t know, tokusatsu. is a Japanese term that applies to any live-action film or television drama that features considerable use of special effects (tokusatsu literally translates as “special filming” in Japanese). Some examples are Godzilla, black and white/ technicolor Godzilla that I’m not really a fan. Then my favorite is the Super Sentai, Metal Shows, Ultraman, and finally Kamen Rider.
Most Americans know these shows as something different. Super Sentai’s American equivalent is Power Rangers, yes it’s an adaptation straight from the Japanese show. In Japan each season has a new team, characters, villains, and story. Power Rangers started from the 90’s and it is still morphing today on nickelodeon.
Metal shows’ American equivalent is Big Bad Beetleborgs. Remember that one way back in 96-98? Yes, loved it awesome. How about VR troopers 94-96? Jogging that memory yet?
Ultraman is a barely known one; but the American equivalent I know mostly was Super Human Samurai Cyber Squad. It starred Matthew Lawrence in 1994-1995, how about that?
Kamen Rider made an American debut twice with neither time really catching fans hearts. The first edition was Masked Rider, bug space morphing hero that rode on a motorcycle. It was actually good, but ran for one full year in 95-96. Just like with Super Sentai in Japan each season of Kamen Rider has a new story and rider. The second American debut was named Kamen Rider Dragon Knight; which also ran for one full year. Although in 2010, Dragon Knight was nominated for and won the Daytime for “Outstanding Stunt Coordination”, a category introduced to the Daytime Emmys that year.
Yes, I was introduced to all of these American properties and it opened a portal. I now keep up with every season of Kamen Rider and Super Sentai that comes out in Japan. Probably why I can be called an Otaku, but I don’t use the term.