Hey. Would you mind telling me and the followers about your favorite toku evil soldiers?
Sure, there are so many! I’ve mentioned my two favorite from Super Sentai many times and those are the Cotopotros from Gosei Sentai Dairanger and the Kuros from Ressha Sentai ToQger.
I like their relatively classy, simple designs and the lack of actual eyes utterly robs them of individuality, which is creepy in ways I can’t really define.
Outside of Super Sentai, I have to give a mention to the original evil, expendable army of endless soliders in Toei tokusatsu, the Shocker Combatmen from Kamen Rider.
The simple yet effective uniforms, the Shocker Eagle emblem belts, the ridiculous cries of ‘Eeeeee’ there’s really nothing not to love about how expendably interchangeable these evil punching bags are. Crunch all you want, Shocker will make more.
A less well known addition to my roster of favorite soliders are the Skull Ninja from P Productions’ 1972 series Kaiketsu Lion Maru.
This army of expendables are the foot soldiers of Great Demon King Gorsun who seeks to throw Japan into turmoil and eternal conflict and never let the Warring States period end. Oh, did I forget to mention this is a henshin hero series set during the Sengoku Era? It is and that’s awesome!
You may notice that all of my choices have one thing in common, they all have a black and white color scheme with black as the predominant color and white as the accent. I just like that color scheme when it comes to foot soldiers, it makes them so much more uniform and obviously evil.
It’s such a classy look it was even borrowed for the 1975 Hong Kong tokusatsu production Infra-Man! These Skeleton Ghosts of the Glacier Empire pretty clearly draw a lot of their inspiration from the Shocker Combatmen of Kamen Rider.
This should come as no surprise considering the costumes for this movie were produced by Ekisu Productions, the Japanese designers who did many of the costumes for the Kamen Rider franchise!