7-Color Mask (七色仮面 - Nana-Iro Kamen) is the title superhero of the tokusatsu TV series, 7-Color Mask (七色仮面 - Nana-Iro Kamen), later called New 7-Color Mask (新七色仮面 - Shin Nana-Iro Kamen). Created by Yasunori Kawauchi (who also created Moonlight Mask), this B&W TV show was the first-ever superhero TV series by Toei Company Ltd., and was broadcast on NET (now TV Asahi) from June 3, 1959 to June 30, 1960, with a total of 57 episodes (divided into 7 segments). ...more on Wikipedia about "7-Color Mask"
8 Man (8マン) or Eightman (エイトマン) is a fictional manga and anime superhero created in 1963 by writer Kazumasa Hirai and artist Jiro Kuwata. He is considered Japan's earliest cyborg superhero, before even Kamen Rider (the same year, Shotaro Ishinomori created Cyborg 009), and was supposedly the inspiration for RoboCop. ...more on Wikipedia about "8 Man"
Ambassador Magma (マグマ大使 - Maguma Taishi) is the title superhero of a manga and tokusatsu TV series created by famous mangaka Osamu Tezuka. The TV series, produced by P Productions, aired on Fuji TV from July 4 1966 ( The Beatles had performed in Tokyo that exact same night) to September 25, 1967, with a total of 52 episodes. It is the first color tokusatsu TV series in Japan, beating Ultraman to the airwaves by 6 days. ...more on Wikipedia about "Ambassador Magma"
Astro Boy is the American title for the Japanese animated series Tetsuwan Atomu (鉄腕アトム), which roughly translates to "Mighty Atom" (literally " Iron-arm Atom");or Atom boy first broadcast on Japanese television from 1963 to 1966. ...more on Wikipedia about "Astro Boy"
Captain Ultra (キャプテンウルトラ - Kyaputen Urutora) is the titular intergalactic hero of a pulp-style tokusatsu science fiction space adventure series. Produced by Toei Company Ltd., the series aired on Tokyo Broadcasting System (TBS) from April 16 to September 24, 1967, with a total of 24 episodes. The show is titled Space Tokusatsu Series: Captain Ultra (宇宙特撮シリーズ キャプテンウルトラ - Uchû Tokusatsu Shirîzu: Kyaputen Urutora). ...more on Wikipedia about "Captain Ultra (Japanese superhero)"
Super Star God Gransazer (超星神グランセイザー Chôseishin Guranseizâ) is a tokusatsu superhero TV series. Produced by Toho Company Ltd., the series aired on TV Tokyo from October 04, 2003 to September 25, 2004, with a total of 51 half-hour episodes. This series is the first of Toho's " Chouseishin Series". ...more on Wikipedia about "Chouseishin Gransazer"
The Chouseishin Series (超星神シリーズ - Chôseishin Shirîzu; "Super Star Gods Series") is the name of a tokusatsu superhero TV franchise which debuted in Japan in 2003. The Chouseishin Series are produced by Toho Company, Ltd., and attempted to compete with Toei's Sentai Series. ...more on Wikipedia about "Chouseishin Series"
Cutie Honey (キューティーハニー; kyūtī hanī) (often romanized as "Cutey Honey") is a widely known anime and manga series created by Go Nagai in 1973. Although an android, the main character Honey is considered a prototype for the transforming magical girl character, with a few key differences. ...more on Wikipedia about "Cutey Honey"
Devilman (デビルマン Debiruman) is a manga and anime character. ...more on Wikipedia about "Devilman"
Fireman (ファイヤーマン - Faiyāman) is the title superhero of a tokusatsu SF/ kaiju/ superhero TV series. Produced by Tsuburaya Productions, the show was broadcast on Nippon Television from January 7 to July 31, 1973, with a total of 30 episodes. This was also one of several shows Tsuburaya did to celebrate the company's 10th Anniversary (the other two being Ultraman Taro and Jumborg Ace). ...more on Wikipedia about "Fireman (superhero)"
Go Go Sentai Boukenger (Japanese: 轟轟戦隊ボウケンジャー; translates to: "Rumbling Squadron Boukenger"; a combination of the words "Bouken" - Japanese for "Adventure" - and "Ranger" ) is the 30th entry into Toei's Super Sentai series. So far the theme is said to be treasure hunting. The series will premiere on February 19th, 2006 at 7:30 AM on TV-Asahi. ...more on Wikipedia about "Gougou Sentai Boukenger"
Bio-Booster Armor Guyver (強殖装甲ガイバー;Kyôshoku Sôkô Gaibâ; alternatively "Guyver: The Bio-Boosted Armor") is a long-running (over 140 chapters) manga series written by Yoshiki Takaya, adapted into a 12-episode anime series (based roughly on the first 4 books), an OVA, and later two live action movies (Mutronics/Guyver and Guyver: Dark Hero) and a recently-announced ( as of 2005) new anime series. The Guyver itself is a symbiotic techno-organic weapon that exponentially enhances the fighting capability of its host. The manga was originally serialized in Tokuma Shoten's "Shonen Captain" magazine beginning in 1985. When Shonen Captain was discontinued in 1997, the manga was picked up by Kadokawa Shoten who subsequently re-released all of the previous graphic novels originally published by Tokuma. The manga is currently serialized in Kadokawa's Monthly Shonen Ace magazine. ...more on Wikipedia about "Guyver"
Henshin (変身) is the Japanese phrase for "transformation." It is also a popular superhero genre prevalent in Japanese media, in both tokusatsu and anime. ...more on Wikipedia about "Henshin"
Light Battle Team Maskman was the Toei production and the 11th entry of the Sentai Series. It aired on TV Asahi from February 28, 1987 to February 20, 1988, with a total of 51 episodes. ...more on Wikipedia about "Hikari Sentai Maskman"
Secret Battle Team Five Ranger (秘密戦隊ゴレンジャー - Himitsu Sentai Gorenjaa), a tokusatsu superhero TV series, was the first of Toei's long-running Sentai Series, created by Shotaro Ishinomori and aired on NET (now TV Asahi) from April 5, 1975 to March 26, 1977, with a total of 84 episodes (the most episodes of any of the Sentai shows). It was not officially considered a "Sentai Series" up until the late 80s ( Battle Fever J had that distinguished title, only to be called the first "Super Sentai" series later on). ...more on Wikipedia about "Himitsu Sentai Goranger"
Inazuman (イナズマン) is a mutant superhero that appeared in tokusatsu, manga and anime. ...more on Wikipedia about "Inazuman"
Invasion of the Neptune Men (宇宙快速船 - Uchû Kaisokusen - Japanese for "Space Hypership") is a tokusatsu SF/ superhero film produced by Toei Company Ltd. (as "New Toei") in 1961. The movie starred then 22-year old Sonny Chiba as Shinichi Tachibana, a scientist/astronomer who is, in reality, the intergalactic superhero Iron-Sharp. (When listed in the credits in the Japanese version, "Iron Sharp" was played by "?", a gimmick often used in many similar Japanese superhero shows at the time!) This was the only appearance of Iron-Sharp (who's dressed in silver tights, helmet, cape, carries a ray gun and rides a car-like rocketship), who is called "Space Chief" in the US version. In either case, this film is similar to many a show in the Toei Superhero genre from the same period, like Planet Prince (Toei's movie version). ...more on Wikipedia about "Invasion of the Neptune Men"
J.A.K.Q. Dengeki Tai (J.A.K.Q. Lightning Strike Squad) is the second Sentai series. Unlike most of the other Sentai which start out with a team of 5 members the JAKQ team started out with only 4. A fifth member (Big One) appeared in episode 23. J.A.K.Q. Dengeki Tai was not nearly as popular as Goranger, only running for 35 episodes. J.A.K.Q. Dengeki Tai is the second and final sentai created by Shotaro Ishinomori. ...more on Wikipedia about "JAKQ Dengeki Tai"
Jumborg Ace (ジャンボーグA - Janbôgu Êsu) is the title superhero of a tokusatsu SF/ kaiju/ superhero TV series. Produced by Tsuburaya Productions, the show was broadcast on Mainichi Broadcasting System from January 17 to December 29, 1973, with a total of 50 episodes. This was also one of several shows Tsuburaya did to celebrate the company's 10th Anniversary (the other two being Ultraman Taro and Fireman). ...more on Wikipedia about "Jumborg Ace"
Jushin Liger (獣神ライガー - Jûshin Raigâ - translated as "Beast God Liger") is an anime superhero TV series. This series was created by mangaka Go Nagai and was similar in concept to Yoshiki Takaya's Guyver. Produced by Dynamic Productions (Nagai's own company) and Nippon Sunrise (now Sunrise), the show was broadcast on Nagoya Broadcasting Network (NBN) from March 11, 1989 to January 27, 1990, with a total of 43 episodes. ...more on Wikipedia about "Jushin Liger (anime)"
Science Fleet Dynaman (科学戦隊ダイナマン - Kagaku Sentai Dainaman) was the 7th Sentai series (and 5th Super Sentai). Produced by Toei Company Ltd., the series aired from February 5, 1983, to January 28, 1984, with a total of 51 episodes. ...more on Wikipedia about "Kagaku Sentai Dynaman"
Kaiketsu Noutenki (快傑のうてんき), or, more prominently spelled, Kaiketsu Nōtenki (快傑のーてんき), is a series of tokusatsu fan film parodies produced by Daicon Films (now Gainax). A parody of the 1977 Toei superhero show Swift Hero Zubat (created by Shotaro Ishinomori), the title hero of this series has the same exact alter-ego, Ken Hayakawa, only he is comically fat fanboyish young man wearing the same exact gringo cowboy attire! As Noutenki, Ken Hayakawa is decked out in a pink & red jumpsuit (with a "no"/の on the chest), fixed navy blue galoshes, blue gloves, white hood and yellow crash helmet fixed with a diddlybopper. He rides a fixed scooter. ...more on Wikipedia about "Kaiketsu Noutenki"
Kaiketsu Zubatto (快傑ズバット), also known as Swift Hero Zubat, Wonderman Zubat or Vigilante Zubat, is a tokusatsu superhero series from 1977. Created by Shotaro Ishinomori, this 32-episode series (which aired on TV Tokyo from 2/2/1977 to 9/28/1977), harkens back to tokusatsu superhero shows of the 1950s, but with a late-70s twist. ...more on Wikipedia about "Kaiketsu Zubat"
Kamen Rider (仮面ライダー, literally "Masked Rider") was a popular and successful Japanese television series created by Shotaro Ishinomori (石ノ森 章太郎), and the first series in the Kamen Rider franchise. It premiered on TV Asahi (both as a television show and manga in Shonen Magazine) in 1971. Described as Japan's answer to Spider-Man, this series is one of the prominent tokusatsu productions from Japan, along with Ultraman, Super Sentai, and Metal Heroes. ...more on Wikipedia about "Kamen Rider"
Kamen Rider Blade (仮面ライダー剣 [ブレイド], meaning "Masked Rider Sword [Blade]") is a Japanese tokusatsu superhero TV series that was aired on TV Asahi from January 25, 2004 to January 23, 2005. It is a joint collaboration between Ishimori Productions and Toei, it is part of the popular Kamen Rider franchise. ...more on Wikipedia about "Kamen Rider Blade"
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