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Series / Tokusou Exceedraft

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Tokusou Exceedraft is the tenth entry in the Metal Heroes franchise, airing from 1992-1993. It is the third part of its Rescue Heroes trilogy, though its connection to the previous two series is minimum at best.

The story centers on another rescue team, the Exceedraft team. Their all-human members, Hayato, Kosaku, and Ken team-up to strike at disasters that grip their fair city.

The main heroes are:

  • Hayato Kano/DraftRedder: The Hero.
  • Kosaku Muraoka/DraftBlues: Smart Lancer.
  • Ken Okuma/DraftKeacenote : The Big Guy who is a trained Martial Artist. He is also the youngest member on the team.

Recurring Metal Hero tropes include:

  • BFG: HeavyCyclone
  • Big Bad: Towards the end, Satan. They don’t come much bigger than that.
  • By the Power of Grayskull!: "Jisso!" ("Boot Up", at least according to fansubs; other fansubs translate it as "Implement".) However, they just say it when turning the key to the compartment that holds the suits, which they must then put on manually.
  • Cool Car: Varias 7, Redder's personal car, a modified Chevrolet Corvette C4, that is equipped with various modes and weapons.

Tokusou Exceedraft provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Arc Villain: While Exceedraft lacks a true Big Bad, it did have several villains who took the lead for a different section of the show. The Red Spade are this for episodes 3-8, Carlos Togo is this for episodes 19-20 and 28-29, and Iwao Daimon for the show's final stretch.
  • Back for the Finale: Shunsuke Masaki, the Big Good of the two previous "Rescue Police" shows, appears for the show's three part final arc.
  • Bad Santa: Episodes 43 and 44 deal with a trio of supernatural Santas abducting children. It turns out later that they're less "bad" and more "Well-Intentioned Extremist Santas", as they want to save the children from a coming calamity. Then a group of evil, demonic Santas appear to steal the children and fight the Santas, playing this trope straight.
  • Canon Welding: The appearance of Shunsuke Masaki in the final three episodes firmly places the show in the continuity of Winspector and Solbrain. The Space Squad films later establish Excreedraft (and the other Rescue Police) as being in the same universe as the rest of the Metal Heroes franchise and the Super Sentai series.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: The three Exceedraft members all have distinct colors, making it easy to distinguish them from each other.
  • Cop Show
  • Fantasy Kitchen Sink: Later episodes focused on increasingly more supernatural plots, resulting in things like Energy Being aliens, angels and Satan all coexisting with each other.
  • Laser Blade: E.M Blade, Redder's personal close-combat weapon.
  • Law of Chromatic Superiority: Hayato is Red and thus The Leader.
  • Mid-Season Upgrade: Hayato is later upgraded to SyncRedder.
  • Oddball in the Series: Exceedraft has a lot of oddities compared to Winspector and Solbrain, such as no Robot Buddy and an increasing focus on supernatural plotlines in the second half. Part of this is due to it originally being planned as its own thing, as opposed to another Rescue Police show.
  • Power Armor: All three heroes have them.
  • Put on a Bus: Episode 11 sees Katsuragi leaving to assist the ICPO, leaving him absent for a stretch of episodes. He returns in episode 18.
  • Rescue
  • Retool: Around mid-series, Toei decides to go back to the sci-fi angle with an odd plot about an alien hunter seeking help from the Exceedraft team seeking his nemesis, Carlos. Then there's a plot involving Draftredder vs. Satan.... Afterwards the team fights a lot of laser-spewing enemies.
  • Save the Villain: As with the previous two Rescue Police teams, Exceedraft always try to save the villain of each episode.