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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.
by Philip January 22, 2004
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?
by Korewa? April 25, 2004
Tokusatsu entertainment often deals with science fiction, fantasy or horror, but movies and television shows in other genres can sometimes count as tokusatsu as well. The most popular types of tokusatsu include kaiju monster movies like the Godzilla and Gamera film series; superhero TV serials such as the Kamen Rider and Metal Hero series; and mecha dramas like Giant Robo. Some tokusatsu television programs combine several of these subgenres, for example the Ultraman and Super Sentai series. Tokusatsu is one of the most popular forms of Japanese entertainment, but most tokusatsu movies and television programs are not widely known outside Asia.
Tokusatsu (特撮?) is a Japanese term that applies to any live-action film or television drama that features considerable use of special effects (tokusatsu literally translates as "special filming" in Japanese).
by the lone kaiju October 21, 2015
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.
by Jules Carrozza June 20, 2003
is a Japanese term that applies to any live-action film or television drama that features considerable use of special effects (tokusatsu literally translates as "special filming" in Japanese). okusatsu entertainment often deals with science fiction, fantasy or horror, but movies and television shows in other genres can sometimes count as tokusatsu as well. The most popular types of tokusatsu include kaiju monster movies like the Godzilla and Gamera film series; superhero TV serials such as the Kamen Rider and Metal Hero series; and mecha dramas like Giant Robo. Some tokusatsu television programs combine several of these subgenres, for example the Ultraman and Super Sentai series. Tokusatsu is one of the most popular forms of Japanese entertainment, but most tokusatsu movies and television programs are not widely known outside Asia.
Various movies classified as tokusatsu actually work like generalized science fiction films
by the lone kaiju October 26, 2015
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