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"Tokusatsu" (特撮), often shortened to just "Toku", is the Japanese catchall term for any live-action sci-fi/fantasy media that makes use of special effectsnote "Tokusatsu" is an abbreviation of coming from "tokushu satsuei", which literally means "special photography". Though the overlap is not total, it can, at least casually, be considered the live-action analogue to Anime (at least, to the subset of anime best known to casual viewers in the west).
Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_content_3'); })Originally, Toku differentiated itself from western visual effects genres by its preference for "live" effects (ie. People in Rubber Suits) over special effects created during editing (at the time of the genre's birth, specifically the stop-motion techniques pioneered by Ray Harryhausen, now CGI). Modern Toku uses both forms of effect, but "live" effects are still preferred, particularly Wire Fu.
Tokusatsu had two major periods, dubbed the "Monster Boom" and the "Henshin Boom". The Monster Boom was started by Godzilla and famously saw the rise of many daikaiju pictures in the film industry. Henshin Boom was started by Kamen Rider, and it greatly influenced how action heroes worked and its effects can still be seen today in the superhero and action-adventure genres, with that influence even percolating westward.
Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_content_2'); })Like Anime and Manga, Toku is one of those terms that means slightly different things in Japan and the West. While Westerners use it to refer almost exclusively to the Japanese superhero shows, in Japan it simply refers to any live-action production which makes extensive use of special effects. This means that, to the Japanese, things like Smallville, Stargate SG-1, Doctor Who, Knight Rider, Red Dwarf and even James Bond count as Toku. This list also includes shows that use puppetry, like Gerry Anderson's Supermarionation series Thunderbirds and Terrahawks, and even Thomas the Tank Engine. Far and away, the most popular early example of Toku is the Godzilla film franchise, which exemplifies many of the genre's tropes: People in Rubber Suits smashing scale model cities, and an abundance of squibs.
Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_content_1'); })Most of the examples of Toku series are actually franchises of the Sentai and Henshin Hero variety, producing many separate but related series.
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 Anime: GEAR Fighter Dendoh
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 Fan Fic: Affliate Zero
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 Film: Big Man Japan
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 Film: Kamen Rider × Super Sentai: Super Hero Taisen
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 Film: Kamen Rider × Super Sentai × Space Sheriff: Super Hero Taisen Z
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 Film: make a to do send a pm add to watchlist drop watch go to watchlist Robo Cop
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 Film: Superior Ultraman 8 Brothers
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 Franchise: Spider-Man
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 Adam Strange
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 Aikoku Sentai Dai-Nippon
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 Aikoku Sentai Dai-Nippon
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Aliens Speaking English / int_e548c08a
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Americans Hate Tingle / int_e548c08a
 Apollo Z. Hack
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Audience-Coloring Adaptation / int_e548c08a
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BBC Quarry / int_e548c08a
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Bare-Handed Blade Block / int_e548c08a
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Calling Your Attacks / int_e548c08a
 Chou Sei Shin Series
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Clothes Make the Superman / int_e548c08a
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Combining Mecha / int_e548c08a
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Contractual Purity / int_e548c08a
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Cool Sidecar / int_e548c08a
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Death Cry Echo / int_e548c08a
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 Denkou Choujin Gridman
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 Dennou Keisatsu Cybercop
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Disappears into Light / int_e548c08a
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Doppelgänger Attack / int_e548c08a
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Dummied Out / int_e548c08a
 EZ Rider
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Eye Catch / int_e548c08a
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Faceless Goons / int_e548c08a
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Fantasy Kitchen Sink / int_e548c08a
 Contributor's Page make a to do send a pm add to watchlist drop watch go to watchlist Figment Jedi
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First Law of Gender-Bending / int_e548c08a
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Framed Face Opening / int_afb00cd
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Fun with Subtitles / int_e548c08a
 make a to do send a pm add to watchlist drop watch go to watchlist GARO
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 make a to do send a pm add to watchlist drop watch go to watchlist Gear Fighter Dendoh
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Genre Blindness / int_e548c08a
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Giant Equals Invincible / int_e548c08a
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Green Aesop / int_e548c08a
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Honest Axe / int_e548c08a
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Hour of Power / int_e548c08a
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Improbable Infant Survival / int_e548c08a
 Inframan
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Instant A.I.: Just Add Water! / int_e548c08a
 K-tai Investigator 7
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 Kaiketsu Lionmaru
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Lovecraft Lite / int_e548c08a
 Madan Senki Ryukendo
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 Media Blasters
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Memetic Psychopath / int_e548c08a
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Moe Anthropomorphism / int_e548c08a
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Monster of the Week / int_e548c08a
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Monster Suit / int_afb00cd
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My Hero Zero / int_e548c08a
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New Old West / int_e548c08a
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No Hugging, No Kissing / int_e548c08a
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Not So Above It All / int_e548c08a
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Offscreen Rebuilding / int_e548c08a
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Older Than Cable TV / int_e548c08a
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One-Way Visor / int_e548c08a
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This entry is trivia, which is cool and all, but not a trope. On a work, it goes on the Trivia tab. Otaku O'Clock / int_afb00cd
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Our Monsters Are Weird / int_e548c08a
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Parallel Porn Titles / int_e548c08a
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Plot Armor / int_e548c08a
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Powered Armor / int_e548c08a
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Rhino Rampage / int_e548c08a
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Rings of Death / int_e548c08a
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Robeast / int_e548c08a
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Rule of Cool / int_e548c08a
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Scary Black Man / int_e548c08a
 Seiun Kamen Machineman
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Short Film / int_e548c08a
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Smoke Out / int_e548c08a
 Space Ironmen Kyodain
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Spoiled by the Merchandise / int_e548c08a
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Spontaneous Choreography / int_afb00cd
 Sport Ranger
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Spotlight-Stealing Crossover / int_e548c08a
 Starkid
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Strong as They Need to Be / int_e548c08a
 TV Asahi
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Take Over the City / int_e548c08a
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Technology Porn / int_e548c08a
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Theme Music Power-Up / int_e548c08a
 make a to do send a pm add to watchlist drop watch go to watchlist This Can Not Be
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This Is Unforgivable! / int_e548c08a
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Tokyo Is the Center of the Universe / int_e548c08a
 Tomica Hero Rescue Force
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Translation Train Wreck / int_e548c08a
 Ultra Series
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Violence Is the Only Option / int_e548c08a
 Voicelugger
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 Warrior Of Love Rainbowman
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 Wire Fu
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Wire Fu / int_afb00cd
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World of Badass / int_e548c08a
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World of Ham / int_e548c08a
 Yamatogawa
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 Manga: Giant Robo
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 Manga: Kamen no Ninja Akakage
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 Roleplay: Persona Rebirth
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 Series: Ambassador Magma
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 Series: Bio Planet Wo O
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 Series: Bio Planet Wo O
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 Series: Bishoujo Kamen Poitrine
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 Series: Chou Sei Shin Series
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 Series: Dai Majin Kanon
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 Series: Dai Majin Kanon
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 Series: Dennou Keisatsu Cybercop
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 Series: Dennou Keisatsu Cybercop
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 Series: Giant Saver
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 Series: Kaiketsu Lion Maru
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 Series: Kaiketsu Zubat
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 Series: Kaiketsu Zubat
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 Series: K-tai Investigator 7
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 Series: Lightspeed Esper
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 Series: Lion Maru G
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 Series: Ninja Captor
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 Series: Return of Ultraman
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 Series: Seiun Kamen Machineman
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 Series: Silver Kamen
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 Series: Sport Ranger
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 Series: Ultra Seven X
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 Series: Ultraman Ace
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 Series: Voicelugger
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 Series: Yuugen Jikkou Sisters Shushutorian
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 Video Game: Viewtiful Joe
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 Webcomic: Combo Rangers
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Hey, It's That Place! / int_e548c08a
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Law of Chromatic Superiority / int_e548c08a