Greetings and Salutations, HJU readers! It is I, Bookish Delight, here once again to spotlight video games that, as a toku fan, you should totally have on your radar!
For undoubtedly at least a few of you reading this, today’s featured series needs no introduction. However, if this holds true for you, then consider yourself part of an elite club, because—especially in Western territories—this series is about as obscure as you can get. Which is both a shame and an oddity, as it took Japan by storm for a decade and a half, and is still going strong even today, with a recently announced comeback title in the works.
This series is Sakura Taisen, and even now, years past its heyday, it's kind of a big deal.
Where The Sun Rises
Greetings and salutations, HJU faithful! Bookish is back, and as I warned you last time, we're on our past and present retrospective through My Little Pony's last eight years... by way of mainly talking about current material. Seriously, the whole thing's on Netflix, it's worth catching up.
Meanwhile, if you haven't read Part 1, you should go do that, and then come back here.
In a bid to stop problems like friendship-deprived supervillains before they start, Twilight Sparkle decided to open a Friendship School, much like the one her previous mentor, Princess Celestia, started for magically gifted unicorns long ago. Its reach had spread across Equestria and beyond, bringing in creatures who aren't necessarily ponies amidst its student body.
Things are going well—or at least they
Hey there, Henshin Justice readers!
I realized I didn't introduce myself proper in my Viewtiful Joe article, so let's fix that.
I'm Bookish Delight, and I was grabbed by HJU from the mad, bad and crazyhouse that is the My Little Pony fandom to write about tokusatsu, one of my original loves—but with a twist. That twist being, things that go slightly out of the usual wheelhouse of UltraRiderSentaiDrama that toku fandom normally deals in. Tokusatsu-adjacent material, if you will—as well as and a look into the medium's effect on pop culture.
I do a lot of writing, both professional and hobbyist, so my schedule of availability here is roughly every three to five weeks. However, when I show up, I promise to make the material meaty and memorable.
Like right now.
By writing a My
(Kyoryu) Brave New World
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, spe