This was a pretty good year for American Tokusatsu fans.
Tokusatsu is a genre of live action Japanese television shows featuring special effects. If you know Power Rangers, you know Tokusatsu. For the first time ever, we got a localized officially translated version of the original Kamen Rider broadcast on streaming through the TokuSHOUTsu channel on Pluto TV!
There was also the big North American debut of Kamen Rider Heisei Generations on YouTube. This is the first time in a long while that we’ve seen so much Kamen Rider stuff brought over officially and it was freaking awesome.
But the best thing for me, Tokusatsu wise, came from Tsuburaya’s official YouTube channel. This year, they decided to stream this year’s season. Ultraman Z, worldwide on their channel. We got to see official Ultraman episodes subtitled in English as they dropped in Japan. The whole world got to watch and entire season of Ultraman together and it was freaking awesome.
Watching Ultraman Z and the Storage team defend earth against alien invaders every week with my daughter was a bright spot in an otherwise shit-filled year, and I’m so happy Tsuburaya made it possible.
Jamie Noguchi is a Maryland-based artist and creator of Yellow Peril, an Asian American office romance comedy webcomic. He is also the host of the Fuckin Do It Podcast and a co-founder of Super Art Fight, the greatest live art competition in the known universe.