Last week, we told you about the weird case of Korea’s first fully-fledged adaptation of Super Sentai—Power Rangers: Dino Force Brave, an original continuation of the Japanese show that would be adapted into Power Rangers: Dino Charge here in the West. Well, now there’s footage from the new show, and it’s even weirder…
If you thought the relationship between the Japanese Super Sentai franchise and its “spinoff” American show Power Rangers was weird enough, South Korea just added a totally weird wrinkle to the formula.
Although the Power Rangers and Super Sentai franchises have been forever linked since Power Rangers began 24 years ago, the Western side of things has never had creative input on the making of the Japanese show—it has simply been left to create its own series out of Super Sentai footage. That’s changing this year.
Amazon Japan recently announced a slate of new programming, including spinoffs of Kamen Rider and Ultraman for its video service—series that would, eventually, be making their way to U.S. Amazon users as well. Want to know more? Well, now you can get a sneak peak of the surprisingly gory Kamen Rider Amazons in action.
When you think of a superhero team, your mind probably wanders to the Avengers or the Justice League. In Japan, most people would immediately cast those heroes aside in favor of one of the many incarnations of Super Sentai, the masked heroes who have been a huge part of Japanese culture for over four decades. Want to…
I mean, just look at it! This wonderful recreation of one of the Tokusatsu genre's finest heroes by Flickr User Moko is so well done, it looks almost like an action figure rather than a piece of lego construction.
What's the best way to fight a mutant lobster? With science! In this wonderfully campy short film, a trio of high school students discover their chemistry teacher is a Power Ranger and must use what they've learned to help him fight a monster.
For an exhibit on cinematic practical effects at Tokyo's Museum of Contemporary Art, Neon Genesis Evangelion director Hideaki Anno and Studio Ghibli have teamed up for a live-action featurette based on Hayao Miyazaki's post-apocalyptic cartoon classic Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind.
These massive pin-ups of Ultraman's enemies appeared in a 1979 edition of Ultra Kaiju. Artist Toshio Okazaki really knocked this out of the park, and he included the best Ultraman foe of all...the dreaded Dino-Tank! Can you find him?
This set of playing cards showcases Japanese superheroes and monsters, collectively called tokusatsu. From a giant tomato to Gojira with his tongue out, these cards give us a strange, often inexplicable look at the monsters we love.