On Monday I gave you a primer on what the Tokusatsu genre was, its origins and tropes, and mentioned some of the most famous TV series in the genre and in fact opened the article with my favourite, the one I’ll talk about today: Kamen Rider. Continue reading Kaiju and Tranformations – The Tokusatsu Genre – Kamen Rider
I love Kamen Rider. I used to call the series my guilty pleasure, until I decided that “guilty pleasures” is one of the dumbest things in the planet—there is no guilt, associated to it, only the perception that people will ridicule you for liking certain things, to which I say do your worst, bub! Continue reading Kaiju and Tranformations – The Tokusatsu Genre – Introduction
Cyborg 009 is a manga by Shotaro Ishinomori, creator of other works such as Skull Man and the various Tokusatsu superhero shows in Japanese television, such as Kamen Rider and Super Sentai (aka Power Rangers).
Cyborg 009 tells the story of a group of people abducted and transformed into Cyborgs by the international arms-dealing organization Black Ghost to sell as weapons. The cyborgs escape and take the fight to their creators and try to save the world from them.
The manga has been adapted numerous times, as TV series and films, the latest of which I just saw yesterday. 009 RE: Cyborg, which I thought was going to be a revival but turned out to be jumbled mess of a farewell. Continue reading 009 RE: CYBORG Review