Toei launching a toku channel. Now that could be a step in the right direction. / by shadebug


Tokusatsu fans have had a bit of a raw deal compared to us anime fans. They've had to make do with the likes of Power Rangers and VR Troopers and pretend like that's all cool but really, they always know deep down that they want something more (by which I mean they pirate it like normal people), Luckily, Toei have been kind enough to promise to save the day, at least for the US.

For those that don't know, Toei are a media juggernaut in Japan and their animation branch is responsible for some of the biggest shows of all time. That makes them the ideal people to create a paid website where you can legally stream your favourite superheroes.  Initially this is meant to be for Japanese people living in the US but they're hoping to soon have it subbed almost as soon as it airs in Japan.

This is the point where I should start moaning about how anime needs the Japanese companies to start doing the streaming worldwide just like this and how it's a travesty that this won't air in the UK. As to the latter, that's probably true and I have plenty of toku-fan friends who are probably crying into their transformation belts as we speak. For the former, however, that actually already exists.

 Daisuki is a website that I very occasionally link to and it is run by some of the biggest TV companies in Japan. The shows on it stream pretty much worldwide and are very much legal. The problem is, they barely have any shows. They add shows as they go and they've even added one of my favourites, Silver Spoon, recently. That said, they also seem to lose shows, like how Sword Art Online and Madoka are mysteriously no longer on there.

It's a fantastic idea and, really, it's how all media should be distributed. Having to rely on regional distributors is a ridiculously dated concept and companies need to start realising that we are a global community and we want to enjoy stuff together. But until they can offer us a full service there's not really much point. 

So until they give us something worthwhile, I'm off to see what else is on.