Basement Pretzel shows us a tokusatsu fan's endless struggle


Being a toku fan is suffering

To this day, there's one thing that can cause many fans of tokusatsu to go into despair. In other words, I'm talking about the moment when a random person refers to the show you're watching as Power Rangers. For now, I guess this is mostly a North American thing.

Just like Basement Pretzel's video, I've gone through a few moments where I explained to folks the truth behind the title they referred to as Power Rangers. No matter how hard I tried, they would somehow shrug it off and pretend they didn't hear what I said. The main difference is that I never experienced it with any titles outside of Super Sentai, except that one time a friend of a friend thought Kamen Rider Kabuto was Big Bad Beetleborgs.

In all seriousness, it isn't something that bothers me since I understand the reason why many individuals would confuse a series that features people in hero suits fighting folks in monster costumes with Saban's franchise.

As we start to see more Super Sentai home releases in North America, along with more toku shows being streamed officially online (such as Ultraman Orb and Kamen Rider Amazons's upcoming U.S. debut), I could see the medium gaining more fans in North America and other western regions one day. Then we have indie productions like Fujiyama Ichiban, the Upcoming Web Series Mythos and Garage Hero's stuff being accessible to many viewers; thus adding a nice amount of options for people who want to get into toku.

To those who watch tokusatsu, did you ever go through a situation where someone thought your favorite title was Power Rangers or any of Saban's other toku shows?

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Salvador's an average bystander who took his first steps towards a life-changing goal. During his journey, he's devising a way to balance his time with anime, manga, video games, and tokusatsu in... more + disclosures



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