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29th Apr '17 10:37:55 AM nombretomado
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Like Anime and Manga, Toku is one of those terms that means slightly different things in Japan and the West. While Westerners use it to refer almost exclusively to the Japanese superhero shows, in Japan it simply refers to any live-action production which makes extensive use of special effects. This means that, to the Japanese, things like ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', ''Series/StargateSG1'', ''Series/DoctorWho'', ''Series/KnightRider'', ''Series/RedDwarf'' and even ''Film/JamesBond'' count as Toku. This list also includes shows that use puppetry, like Gerry Anderson's {{Supermarionation}} series ''Series/{{Thunderbirds}}'' and ''{{Series/Terrahawks}}'', and even ''ThomasTheTankEngine''. Far and away, the [[TropeCodifier most popular early example]] of Toku is the ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'' film franchise, which exemplifies many of the genre's tropes: PeopleInRubberSuits smashing scale model cities, and an abundance of {{squib}}s.

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Like Anime and Manga, Toku is one of those terms that means slightly different things in Japan and the West. While Westerners use it to refer almost exclusively to the Japanese superhero shows, in Japan it simply refers to any live-action production which makes extensive use of special effects. This means that, to the Japanese, things like ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', ''Series/StargateSG1'', ''Series/DoctorWho'', ''Series/KnightRider'', ''Series/RedDwarf'' and even ''Film/JamesBond'' count as Toku. This list also includes shows that use puppetry, like Gerry Anderson's {{Supermarionation}} series ''Series/{{Thunderbirds}}'' and ''{{Series/Terrahawks}}'', and even ''ThomasTheTankEngine''.''WesternAnimation/ThomasTheTankEngine''. Far and away, the [[TropeCodifier most popular early example]] of Toku is the ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'' film franchise, which exemplifies many of the genre's tropes: PeopleInRubberSuits smashing scale model cities, and an abundance of {{squib}}s.
14th Mar '17 4:59:05 PM 4444jdm
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* ''Film/SweetHome''
21st Jan '17 5:40:01 PM TomServo3000
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* ''Series/MoonlightMask'' - The very first Toku show from 1958!

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* ''Series/MoonlightMask'' - The [[UrExample very first first]] Toku show from 1958!
21st Jan '17 5:31:24 PM TomServo3000
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* ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' - All the Japanese films featured on the show. The host segments also use a lot toku-style effects.

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* ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' - All Pretty much all the Japanese films featured on the show.films. The host segments also use a lot toku-style effects.
21st Jan '17 5:30:47 PM TomServo3000
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* All the Japanese films featured in ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000''. The host segments also use a lot toku-style effects.

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* ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' - All the Japanese films featured in ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000''.on the show. The host segments also use a lot toku-style effects.
21st Jan '17 5:30:09 PM TomServo3000
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* Pretty much all the Japanese films featured in ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000''. The host segments also use a lot toku-style effects.

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* Pretty much all All the Japanese films featured in ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000''. The host segments also use a lot toku-style effects.
21st Jan '17 5:29:43 PM TomServo3000
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* Pretty much all the Japanese films featured in ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000''. The host segments also use a lot toku-style effects.
2nd Jan '17 12:34:24 AM 4444jdm
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* ''Film/AhBoysToMen'': A Singaporean comedy non-superhero military film that uses real guns and pyrotechnics in filming.
9th Dec '16 6:32:17 PM TitoMosquito
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"Tokusatsu" (特撮), often shortened to just "Toku", is the Japanese catchall term for any live-action sci-fi/fantasy media that makes use of special effects.[[note]]"Tokusatsu" is an abbreviation of coming from "tokushu satsuei", which literally means "special photography"[[/note]]. Though the overlap is not total, it can, at least casually, be considered the live-action analogue to {{Anime}} (at least, to the subset of anime best known to casual viewers in the west).

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"Tokusatsu" (特撮), often shortened to just "Toku", is the Japanese catchall term for any live-action sci-fi/fantasy media that makes use of special effects.[[note]]"Tokusatsu" effects[[note]]"Tokusatsu" is an abbreviation of coming from "tokushu satsuei", which literally means "special photography"[[/note]]. Though the overlap is not total, it can, at least casually, be considered the live-action analogue to {{Anime}} (at least, to the subset of anime best known to casual viewers in the west).
9th Dec '16 6:25:36 PM TitoMosquito
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"Tokusatsu" (特撮), often shortened to just "Toku", is the Japanese catchall term for any live-action sci-fi/fantasy media that makes use of special effects.[[note]]"Tokusatsu" is an abbreviation of coming from "tokushu satsuei", which literally means "special photography".[[/note]]. Though the overlap is not total, it can, at least casually, be considered the live-action analogue to {{Anime}} (at least, to the subset of anime best known to casual viewers in the west).

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"Tokusatsu" (特撮), often shortened to just "Toku", is the Japanese catchall term for any live-action sci-fi/fantasy media that makes use of special effects.[[note]]"Tokusatsu" is an abbreviation of coming from "tokushu satsuei", which literally means "special photography".[[/note]].photography"[[/note]]. Though the overlap is not total, it can, at least casually, be considered the live-action analogue to {{Anime}} (at least, to the subset of anime best known to casual viewers in the west).
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