Top 10 Tokusatsu Anime To Watch: Recommendation List

Tokusatsu is a prevalent genre in any form of media, even though not many people know what it means. Tokusatsu literally means ‘special effects’. But when it comes to entertainment media, it refers to stories that focus on monsters, giant robots, or superpowers. In the West, this genre is usually identified with its superhero themes. Here are 10 of the most popular tokusatsu anime shows.

Top 10 Tokusatsu Anime To Watch: Recommendation List

Ultraman

Top 10 Tokusatsu Anime

  • Rating: 3.5/5
  • Author: Tomohiro Shimoguchi, Eiichi Shimuzu
  • Genre: Action, Science fiction 
  • Number of episodes: 19

Several years have passed since the events of Ultraman, and the legendary “Giant of Light” is now only a memory, having returned home after fighting the many giant aliens that invaded Earth. Shinjiro, Shin Hayata’s son, appears to have a strange ability. This ability, along with his learning that his father was Ultraman, leads Shinjiro to become the new Ultraman to protect Earth.

Sailor Moon

Top 10 Tokusatsu Anime

  • Rating: 4/5
  • Author: Naoko Takeuchi
  • Genre: Supernatural, Romance, Comedy, Action, Drama 
  • Number of episodes: 239

Tsukino Usagi is typical, if somewhat clumsy, junior high student whose appetite for sweets and ability to cry is balanced by her zest for life. Her normal life is turned upside down when a talking cat named Luna enters her life. Suddenly, Usagi discovers she can transform into the superhero Sailor Moon. Fighting the odd monster, however, may be the least of her concerns.

Garo

Top 10 Tokusatsu Anime

  • Rating: 3.6/5
  • Author: Keita Amemiya
  • Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy 
  • Number of episodes: 71

Mendoza, the king of Valiante’s chief adviser, launches a campaign to hunt down sorcerers. Anna, a sorceress married to the knight Germán Luis, has a son before being executed. Germán flees with their child, Leon, raising him to be the heir to the legendary Golden Armor. By the time Leon reaches adulthood, Valiante is entirely under Mendoza’s control, and he drives out Prince Alfonso and his mother. To reclaim the throne and save his people, Alphonso decides to seek out the man who inherited the Golden Armor.

One-Punch Man 

Top 10 Tokusatsu Anime

  • Rating: 4.2/5
  • Author: ONE, Yuusuke Murata
  • Genre: Action, Supernatural, Fantasy
  • Number of episodes: 24

Saitama lives in a world where monsters and criminals create mayhem regularly. He wishes to become a hero who can face dangerous opponents and challenges regularly. But instead of the adventures of his dreams, he gets so strong that he defeats every enemy with a single punch. His life is plain and boring but it changes when he meets Genos, a cyborg who wants to avenge his family.

Fuuto PI 

Top 10 Tokusatsu Anime

  • Rating: 3.5/5
  • Author: Riku Sanjo
  • Genre: Action, Science fiction 
  • Number of episodes: 8 (ongoing)

A mysterious woman claims to be a witch and steals a valuable bag from a man before disappearing into thin air. Shotaro and his trusted partner Philip take the case after running into her themselves, but they quickly discover that things aren’t right in Fuuto. This sets off a new mystery for them to solve.

Special Duty Combat Unit Shinesman

Top 10 Tokusatsu Anime

  • Rating: 3.5/5
  • Author: Kaimu Tachibana
  • Genre: Action, Comedy, Science fiction, Slice of life 
  • Number of episodes: 2

 

Hiroya Matsumoto joined the Right Trading Company expecting to be nothing more than a regular employee. However, as the story goes, he became the fifth member of a superhero team known as the Shinesman. The Shinesman’s mission is to defend the Earth from Planet Voice. However, Hiroya must also look after his younger brother, earn a living, and perform his superhero duties while dressed in lame suits and armed with equally lame weapons.

Dragon Ball 

Top 10 Tokusatsu Anime

  • Rating: 4.1/5
  • Author: Akira Toriyama
  • Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Comedy
  • Number of episodes: 639

A young boy with a monkey tail named Goku meets a young and energetic girl called Bulma soon after the passing of his grandfather. Both of them then set off to find the seven legendary Dragon Balls as it is said that whoever collects all of them will have their wish granted. But their journey shows them that the world is much bigger than they had believed.

Neon Genesis Evangelion

  • Rating: 4/5
  • Author: Yoshiyuki Sadamoto
  • Genre: Action, Drama, Science fiction 
  • Number of episodes: 26

A devastating event known as Second Impact destroys Tokyo in the future, giving rise to Tokyo III, a city besieged by the enigmatic Angels. The Evangelions are humanity’s only hope of survival. They are three fourteen-year-old teenagers named Rei, Shinji, and Asuka who pilot a group of man-made machines. The fate of Japan and the world is now in the hands of these three children.

Tiger & Bunny

  • Rating: 4/5
  • Author: Masayuki Ozaki, Keiichi Sato, Masafumi Nishida
  • Genre: Action, Comedy, Science fiction
  • Number of episodes: 38

Superheroes exist in an alternate universe and work for corporations. They have their own agencies and are the main characters in their reality shows. These superheroes first appeared many years ago, when people, later dubbed the Next, began to develop supernatural abilities. The plot takes place in a fictitious city, where the veteran hero, Wild Tiger, is forced to collaborate with newcomer Barnaby Brooks Jr.

Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann

  • Rating: 4.1/5
  • Author: Kazuki Nakashima
  • Genre: Action, Mecha, Comedy
  • Number of episodes: 27

Lordgenome, the Spiral King, rules Earth and forces humans to live in deplorable conditions. The vast majority of them live in underground bunkers. Simon, a shy, young digger, discovers a Core Drill and a mecha resembling Gunmen one day. He and his friend Kamina wish to travel to the surface world. However, a girl from the surface world, Yoko, informs them that the surface world is at war.

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