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'90s Reboot: Best of Japanese Tokusatsu TV

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by Neps Firmalan | Feb 8, 2013
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 Last time out, we showed you the most popular team-based Super Sentais like Maskman and Bioman. Now, we're bringing you the most memorable Tokusatsu shows, which featured one main lean, mean fighting machine that Pinoy '90s kids idolized.

 Toku-what? Sounds like a Japanese dish we'd like to eat right about now! But actually, Tokusatsu is the term used to describe live-action shows with tons of special effects, superheroes, and (costumed) monsters. Giant beasts blowing up buildings, showers  of missiles and bullets,  an electrical storm is brewing on the horizonthat sort of thing.

The  genre also includes the Super Sentais that we've already waxed nostalgic over, so today, we're going to focus on the solo superheroes. The ones that say, "There may be no 'I' in team, but there's one in WIN." Rider punch!

1. Seiun Kamen Machineman

Original run: 1984
Why it's epic: You've got a geeky-looking bida named Ken Takase that transforms into a superhero with super speed and super strength and has access to awesome weapons like an uber-fast car and a jet. He even wields a saber! If only he dropped his transparent cape then maybe he'll score more points in the costume department.

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And oh, let's not forget this little critter, Buknoy, the Fighting Ball!

2. Kido Keiji Jiban

Original run:
Why it's epic: Jiban is a cyborg police commissioner with access to first-class weapons and can assume a human form to help hide his true identity. He also looks like the Asian version of Robocop. Plus, the show's opening theme has got to be one of the most LSS-worthy tunes of its kind.

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NEXT: Masked Rider Black

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