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How is this for some world wide recognition? Our beloved genre gets mainstream attention in the New York Times and is even called tokusatsu by name and not some kind of condescending “weird Japanese Power Ranger stuff.” While it’s nice to get some respectful mainstream recognition sadly though the main focus of the article is on what they feel is The End of the Tokusatsu genre as companies find CGI to be cheaper and more effective.
Here’s an excerpt from the article:
Only two companies still use tokusatsu effects: Tsuburaya Productions, maker of Ultraman, and Toei, which produces â€œKamen Riderâ€ and â€œSuper Sentaiâ€ (known in the United States as Power Rangers). All are low-budget television series for children that feature oversize superheroes. Tsuburaya also makes movies, with its newest film, â€œUltraman Ginga,â€ to be released this month in Japan.
Now, when Hollywood makes tokusatsu-inspired films â€” like this summerâ€™s â€œPacific Rim,â€ with its giant robots, or a coming Godzilla movie â€” it relies on flashy computer graphics.
â€œOne day, we looked around and realized that almost no one is making tokusatsu anymore,â€ said Shinji Higuchi, one of a handful of Japanese directors who still have experience in the genre, having directed three movies in the 1990s featuring the giant fire-breathing turtle Gamera. â€œWe donâ€™t want this technique to just quietly disappear without at least recognizing how indebted we are to it.â€
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