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Super Hero Time- READY, GO! (2012-2013 season shown)

Super Hero Time is a programming block on the Japanese television network TV Asahi, featuring new episodes of tokusatsu television series from the Super Sentai and Kamen Rider series. Both series have decades of history and have been intertwined in the public imagination for some time, not least of all because the driving creative force behind both was mangaka Shotaro Ishinomori and they were both produced by the same production company, Toei Company. However, they did not air together until 2000 with Kamen Rider Kuuga and the last few episodes of Kyukyu Sentai GoGoV, though at the time they were not acknowledged together; even before 2000, the slot Kamen Rider ended up in featured the Metal Heroes and Robocon going back to 1989, while Super Sentai had only moved to Sunday mornings part-way through Denji Sentai Megaranger.


From 2007 to 2012, Super Hero Time was branded as part of a larger "Nichi Asa Kids Time"note  programming block which was on from 7 am to 9 am JST, with all shows generally sponsored (and merchandised) by Bandai Namco Entertainment. Even before this branding, the general lineup of Sunday morning kids TV on TV Asahi was more or less formulaic, even sort of extending into 6:30 am starting in 2011:

The "Nichi Asa Kids Time" branding was discontinued in 2012, but the line-up remained consistent for another 5 years until the entire schedule was changed in late 2017. A news program called Sunday Live! replaced all morning programming up until 8:30, when Pretty Cure begins. After Pretty Cure is now the Super Hero Time block... with Kamen Rider first at 9 am and Super Sentai at 9:30.

Series that aired in this kids' block:

The two Super Hero Time series share the following tropes:

  • Calling Your Attacks
  • Combining Mecha: Super Sentai in general, though recent iterations of Kamen Rider have had their vehicles fuse with other beings to make mecha.
  • Crossover: Commonly among their own series and sometimes with each other. For nearly 20 years Sentai has had the Vs. movies, teaming up the current Sentai series with the previous one, they were originally direct-to-video (then DVD) but changed to theatrical releases for the 15th anniversary of the Vs. series. More recently, Kamen Rider has the Movie War series. The crossover only happens at the start and the end of the block.
    • Up to Eleven: Super Hero Taisen was a Crossover between the two franchises that are used in Super Hero Time. This later became a yearly tradition for a while; from 2011 to 2017, there was one film per year (except for 2016's Kamen Rider 1, which didn't feature Super Sentai at all). After Kamen Rider × Super Sentai: Chou Super Hero Taisen, Toei announced that they won't make any more.
    • Additionally, there are often crossover bumpers done for the Super Hero Time that will feature the characters interacting with one another (like Den-O fighting alongside the Gekirangers, or Gaim doing the ToQger team pose), but some feature more direct crossovers (the Kabuto/Boukenger era had some, like Tendou making a meal for Akashi).
    • Starting with Gaim and ToQger, the current rider and Sentai series will do a crossover, either in an hourlong special or having the titular Rider appear in an episode of the Sentai series and one of the Sentai rangers (so far it's only been the red) appearing in the Rider series.note 
  • Dramatic Hour Long: Super Hero Time itself, Rider and Sentai on their own last just under 25 minutes.
  • Elemental Powers: Several Riders and Sentai teams use the power of the elements.
  • Evil Twin: There have been many instances where the Kamen Rider faces a evil copy of himself, as do the Sentai teams face an evil Sentai. The nature of these evil duplicates vary.
  • Finishing Move
    • Kamen Rider is famous for the Rider Kick, others include Rider Punch, Chop, and Slash.
    • Super Sentai has the Team Bazooka. Alternatively, they just set their weapons to finish.
  • Henshin Hero
  • Long Runner: Both
    • As the trailers for the ''Let's Go Kamen Riders" film point out, 2011 is the franchise's 40th anniversary. Like another popular science fiction franchise, there was a lengthy gap in the middle (with the 1990s being the "wilderness" years, but Shin, ZO and J kept the franchise going.
    • 2011 marks 35 years of Super Sentai, with 199 Heroes uniting all of them (an expansion of the opening of Gokaiger's first episode). Unlike its companion franchise, Kamen Rider (which reached 40 years in 2011 and had its reunion in the OOO movie Let's go Kamen Riders), there has been a new Sentai series almost every year since the beginning, with the exception of 1978 (Battle Fever J, which was considered the first Super Sentai for years, aired in 1979).
  • Massive Multiplayer Crossover:
  • Merchandise-Driven: To the point that Bandai is the block's main sponsor.
  • Monster of the Week: The standard in both Sentai and Rider, though in the latter its more "Monster of the Fortnight" thanks to two-week mini-arcs.
  • Passing the Torch: There's a tradition of the current Sentai's Red Ranger passing the time slot over to his successor as seen in this video.
  • Red Is Heroic: In Sentai, the Red hero is almost always the leader, and even when he isn't, he is still the central protagonist. As well as that, the majority of leading Kamen Riders have some element of red on their suits, no matter how minor it is.
  • Sixth Ranger: Super Sentai has Sixth Rangers, Kamen Rider has Second Riders.


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