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In lieu of a dedicated Tokusatsu category, this must suffice

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byO_T_T
Apr 22 2022, 3:16 AM | Updated Mar 22, 2023 1:01 PM
Tokusatsu (特撮) is a term originally coined to describe to a specific brand of special effects-heavy live-action movies and television (in fact, the word translates directly as "special effects"). The genre was popularised by Godzilla (1954), though the term actually predates it slightly.

In modern times, the word is often instead used to describe a particular sort of superhero series, featuring one, two or several characters who can transform into outfits that cover the entire body, concealing their identity and provide them with various abilities, either magical or through advanced technology. When there are multiple characters, such as the long-running Super Sentai series, they tend to each have a different theme colour.

There is quite a large crossover between Mecha (almost always of the Super Robot variety), as often Tokusatsu heroes will be able to either grow to giant size or command Mechas (often that can combine into increasingly powerful forms) in order to combat giant monsters. Another big area of overlap is with Mahou Shoujou, as both typically feature a multicoloured group of characters with flamboyant attacks. To that end, Tokusatsu is sometimes considered the "male equivalent" of Mahou Shoujou, though of course both have examples of going against this stereotype.

The following list is non-exhaustive. Should a significant number of additional titles be found, an addendum may be made. There is no real order other than keeping series together and prioritising more notable titles.
SSSS.Gridman
TV, 2018
7.12
301,594
SSSS.Dynazenon
TV, 2021
7.42
133,442
Gridman Universe
Movie, 2023
8.10
29,584
Shikizakura
TV, 2021
5.82
17,174
Fuuto Tantei
TV, 2022
7.32
68,434
Skull Man
TV, 2007
6.59
33,341
Kaijin Kaihatsu-bu no Kuroitsu-san
TV, 2022
6.71
58,156
Koi wa Sekai Seifuku no Ato de
TV, 2022
7.41
239,270
Kyoushoku Soukou Guyver
Movie, 1986
6.19
7,414
Kyoushoku Soukou Guyver (1989)
OVA, 1989
7.09
14,935
Kyoushoku Soukou Guyver II
OVA, 1991
6.97
9,106
Kyoushoku Soukou Guyver (2005)
TV, 2005
7.22
23,449
Hurricane Polymar
TV, 1974
6.48
2,831
Shin Hurricane Polymar
OVA, 1996
5.86
2,833
Kagaku Ninja-tai Gatchaman
TV, 1972
6.93
10,936
Gatchaman
OVA, 1994
6.43
5,672
Gatchaman Crowds
TV, 2013
7.28
184,804
Gatchaman Crowds: Embrace
Special, 2014
7.33
17,426
Gatchaman Crowds Insight: Inbound
ONA, 2015
6.97
25,388
Gatchaman Crowds Insight
TV, 2015
7.23
76,293
Garo: Honoo no Kokuin
TV, 2014
7.34
145,447
Garo: Honoo no Kokuin - Home
Special, 2015
6.75
11,695
Garo Movie: Divine Flame
Movie, 2016
7.54
24,947
Garo: Vanishing Line
TV, 2017
7.12
75,385
Tiger & Bunny
TV, 2011
7.84
228,992
Tiger & Bunny 2
ONA, 2022
7.42
23,472
Metallic Rouge
TV, 2024
6.22
95,452
Sentai Daishikkaku
TV, 2024
7.38
128,667
Kamen Rider SD Kaiki?! Kumo Otoko
OVA, 1993
6.27
1,813
Kamen Rider Den-O: Imagin Anime
OVA, 2008
6.42
1,489
Kamen Rider Den-O: Imagin Anime 2
OVA, 2008
6.45
1,044
The☆Ultraman
TV, 1979
6.40
3,836
Ultraman USA
Movie, 1989
5.62
1,659
Ultraman Graffiti
OVA, 1990
5.51
867
Ultraman
ONA, 2019
6.69
28,609
Ultraman Season 2
ONA, 2022
6.63
10,024
Ultraman Final
ONA, 2023
7.24
5,296
Gakuen Tokusou Hikaruon
OVA, 1987
5.50
3,699
Hakaima Sadamitsu
TV, 2001
6.81
6,414
Samurai Flamenco
TV, 2013
6.88
132,477
Tondemo Senshi Muteking
TV, 1980
6.23
1,480
Muteking the Dancing Hero
TV, 2021
5.83
6,712
Shinzou Ningen Casshern
TV, 1973
6.68
7,000
Casshern: Robot Hunter
OVA, 1993
6.31
9,444
Casshern Sins
TV, 2008
7.51
167,576
Tokumu Sentai Shinesman
OVA, 1996
6.63
3,622
Tentai Senshi Sunred
TV, 2008
7.74
22,514
Tentai Senshi Sunred 2nd Season
TV, 2009
7.82
8,147

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