literally, "special effects" a genre of Japanese live action audio-visual entertainment usually, but not always, involving super heroes/heroines comabtting evil monsters, whether life sized or gigantic. Tokusatsu in particular, refers to the sounds, special effects, costumes, and props used in creating the adventures of said heroes.
Ultraman and Masked Rider are the fathers of the tokusatsu genre.
A Japanese genre to televison shows. It literally translates to "Live Action". Odd thing is, Godzilla, known as Gojira in Japan, is NOT part of this genre, for it falls under the genre of "Kaiju", which translates to "Monster". Under Tokusatsu genre are the Kamen Rider series, the Super Sentai series, and the Metal Hero series. Some shows have been in a series of their own, like Choseishin Grandseizar, but are still apart of Tokusatsu.
Tokusatsu means "live action" in Japanese, did ya know that?
1. A genre of Japanese entertainment often involving giant rubber creatures, bug-eyed superheros in tights, lots and lots of detailed (but uncovincing) minature buildings and crowds of fleeing Japanese extras.
Godzilla, Gamera, Ultraman and the Power rangers are all products of the genre of tokusatsu.