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YMMV: Space Sheriff Shaider
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: The series is well known for having these frequently. This video doesn't have all the moments, but it comes pretty damn close.
  • Contractual Purity: Naomi Morinaga felt she was being typecast in Tokusatsu, and began acting in softcore pornography films.
  • Ear Worm: The Fushigi Song, a.k.a., the "Shigi Shigi" song.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Annie became MORE popular than Shaider, and pretty much most Uchuu Keiji fanfics center around her. Executive Meddling is partially responsible for this. The first two Space Sheriff shows featured leads played by JAC stuntmen (which was the entire selling point of the franchise) and female sidekicks who were just there for the eye candy. When Space Sheriff Sharivan's ratings tanked, the executives decided to cast a pretty boy (non-JAC, obviously) as Shaider's lead to boost ratings. To throw a bone to the fans who liked the first two shows for the out-of-suit fighting, they cast a JAC stuntwoman as the sidekick, Annie. In other words, Annie filled the same role in Shaider that the protagonists of the first two shows did in their shows. The plan to boost ratings didn't work — Shaider's ratings were even worse than Sharivan's. The only people who watched it were those who watched the first two shows for the out-of-suit action; in other words, they watched Shaider for Annie.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: This series is VERY popular in the Philippines. So popular that the GMA-7 network wrangled a deal with Toei to make an original spin-off series called Zaido: Pulis Pangkalawakan ("Zaido: Space Police"), which nobody really accepts as canon.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: After Annie and the recurring Panty Shot turned into all most folks remember about Shaider, the direct-to-video reboot is instead selling Hiroaki Iwanaga's Shirtless Scene.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: Most of the older audience watched the series solely to see Annie get in a Panty Shot every episode or so.
  • Narm: Some of the cult's plans were... strange.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Imagine yourself as a Japanese kid watching Shaider during the Christmas holiday. Everything's jolly in the episode until the monster starts a cult society of brainwashed children that worships a crucified Santa. The Ominous Latin Chanting in that same scene doesn't help either.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: Some of the scenes are, well, surreal.
  • Fridge Horror: Unlike other tokusatsu monsters of the week created by Toei, the Space Sheriff trilogy's monsters of the week are outlandishly powerful in context with a rather horrific tone. Most of them never talk or emote, but still have human level intellect, much like a serial killer, and in addition to at least one melee weapon their standard powers include size changing, teleportation, invisibility, some bodily weapon, and shape shifting. Add Religious Horror for more atmospheric effect.

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