The voice cast for the non-human Rangers of Kyuuranger have been announced.

  • Garu/OkamiBlue is voiced by Kazuya Nakai. He is most well known as Roronoa Zoro of One Piece
  • Balance/TenbinGold is voiced by Yuki Ono. He is most recently known for the voice of Josuke Higashikata from JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable.
  • Champ/OushiBlack is voiced by Akio Otsuka. He is well known for many roles, most notably Batou from Ghost in the Shell as well as Solid Snake from the Metal Gear Solid series. In tokusatsu he previously voiced Dagon from Magiranger.
  • Raptor/WashiPink is voiced by Mao Ichimichi/M.A.O., who previously portrayed Luka Millfy/GokaiYellow. Most recently known for the voice as Luluco from Space Patrol Luluco.

goothemighty  asked:

Would you consider 60s TV Batman toku?

The short answer is: No

The long answer is a bit more complicated than that.  The literal translation of tokusatsu is ‘special photography’ and thus could refer to any media that uses special effects on film.  This would include disaster movies like Earthquake, war films like Apocalypse Now or traditionally SFX heavy productions like the Star Wars films  (and believe me when I say the latter have been prominently featured on the covers of many a Japanese Magazine).

However, applying the term tokusatsu to American productions is a bit like calling Tom & Jerry anime.  Yes, anime is pretty much just the Japanese word for animation but it carries a very particular connotation, especially to Western fans.

This gets a bit muddled though when you consider franchises like Power Rangers where most (though not all) of the action scenes are taken from actual Japanese tokusatsu footage. They still have to shoot some of their own SFX shots, especially with the American versions of the heroes transforming from their civilian to heroic identities. They end up using similar filming techniques to the Japanese in an attempt to match the footage.

That bring me to my last point. The way tokusatsu is filmed uses a very specific visual language and techniques.  You can usually tell when something was filmed in Japan versus when it was crafted elsewhere.  There are certain camera movements, editing tricks and angles you really don’t see used much anywhere else.  As the basic composition and idea of dramatic storytelling in Japan evolved in its own way starting with bunraku theater and shadow puppet shows before the introduction of film, this is to be expected.

So the long answer is still no, just with some nuance.  Tokusatsu, as the term is traditionally used, is a Japanese form of special effects and specifically tied to their more fantastic productions.  Batman, being a wholly America production is its own thing entirely.