Well, here's a twist. One place where you're almost sure not to find any patented daddy issues in the tokusatsu subgenre this year is the upcoming Hero Mama League, a wholly unexpected crossover event that gathers three heroines from Super Sentai television history, for a story about these superpowered ladies balancing their lives as world-saving badasses and the everyday challenges of being a mother. Yeah. This is happening.
It comes to us via the Toei Tokusatsu Fan Club app, complimenting Toei Company's recent efforts to keep the spirit alive for the countless heroes running around their seemingly limitless multiverse of demons, aliens, and super-ninjas, righting wrongs long after their original shows leave the airwaves. As we gear up for the next entry into the new ongoing Space Sq...
Here's a video showcasing the return of four major villains from Toei Company's Super Sentai television franchise, making their reappearance in the upcoming Uchuu Sentai Kyuranger vs Space Squad after signing off from their original parts years prior.
Uchuu Sentai Kyuranger vs Space Squad hits DVD and Blu-ray on August 8, 2018.
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Another day, another crossover event in the land of cool guys who rarely look at explosions as their enemies pun all the way to fiery doom. This time, it's Uchuu Sentai Kyuranger who steps up to bat. The series about a crew of space-faring heroes fighting against the unscrupulous Jark Matter only recently ended its year-long run on television, but that's not stopping them from tearing it up with the best of them in the seemingly unending cycle of Toei Company's team-up extravaganzas. Interestingly enough, some members on this particular team already have some experience with their latest companions in intergalactic day-saving. It's Space Sheriff Gavan! And he's bringing his disparate team of tokusatsu randoms from the newly-created Space Squad along for the party, in the new Uchuu Sentai...
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Tokusatsu hero shows, and the worldwide fandom surrounding them, have changed greatly over the past fifteen years. Beyond genre, beyond formula, beyond character archetypes, beyond even cinematography and direction, the greatest way that change has manifested is cross-pollination.
Super Sentai—in its original, unedited form—currently gets official DVD releases in the West. GARO went from a pet project known only to the hardcore, to a running franchise and a mainstay event for one of the biggest MMOs in the world. Kamen Rider has radically reinvented itself several times tonally, and Ultraman is finally getting significant amounts of love by way of behemoth streaming service Crunchyroll. Meanwhile, more and more properties are adopting the "live-action...
Don't test Tsuburaya Productions. The company that brought us the original giant hero Ultraman and some hundreds of hours of action with many entries in the ongoing Ultra Series that followed does not take kindly to people messing with their brand. And so, the long story of their battle over the international licensing rights to the Ultraman property gets another chapter, as Chinese company BlueArc is sued once more for what Tsuburaya calls an infringement of their copyright.
Tales of Tsuburaya's cockroach-like legal troubles with entities like BlueArc and synonymous groups UM Corporation and Chaiyo Productions are well-documented, but the gist is that rights over the fan-favorite Ultra brand have been contested for decades, even since a claim was made that broad licensing powers were...
Everything old is new again. Toei Company's fondly remembered but not ongoing Metal Heroes superhero franchise continues to sneak into the building through the side entrance while all its other, more currently popular titles in the Super Sentai and Kamen Rider camp stroll through the front. Whether it's Space Sheriff Gavan's new Type-G doing guest spots on every sentai series from here to planet Cayenne or the new Space Squad movie crossover series checking in with just about every long lost hero in Toei's overflowing stable, it's not the worst time to be a fan of these old school monster-fighters. Especially not Special Megabeast Investigator Juspion.
In 1985, Kyojuu Tokusou Juspion was born, the fourth in Japan's successful line of Metal Hero shows and the first to place heavy focus...
Happy Friday once again, Toku Trove readers! Today, we are showcasing Jen's collection focused on the King of Monsters, Godzilla. Jen mentions that what we see featured below is just one of her numerous display cases, and we hope to see more of her collection in the future!
Remember, if you would like to see your collection featured on Toku Trove, send us pictures, along with a few words about your stuff at email@example.com. We are searching for more collections to feature soon!
Now, here is Jen to introduce her collection:
Here are pictures of my Godzilla collection. I only began a couple years ago after I was encouraged (and somewhat enabled) to restart my collecting by my boyfriend, Brent [featured last week on Toku Trove]. My first acquired piece was the S.H. Monster Arts...
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