The culture behind a Megazord: how the Toei Universe handles the connection between movies and TV shows

21 Mar

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The three biggest superhero cinematic continuities in the US are the X-Men saga, the Arrowverse and the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Of the three, the first has just now begun to get to TV with Legion, the second is solely a TV multiverse and the third one has TV shows on ABC and on Netflix alongside the movies (and at least one more network, Freeform, will join).

However, one of the biggest issues of the MCU is that it doesn’t feel like the TV shows are that much connected to the movies. Sure, they are affected by their consequences, but you’ll never see an episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. or Daredevil influencing the Avengers, not even Spider-Man, who literally protects the same city as the Defenders.

If you want to see a superhero universe that manages to link movies and TV shows, there’s the Toei Universe.

The Toei Universe has been going on since 1971, and has multiple TV shows, with franchises like Kamen Rider (created in 1971, continuously airing since 2000), Super Sentai (created in 1975, continuously airing since 1979) and Metal Heroes (1982-1999, revamped as a movie franchise in 2012) as the frontrunners.

Alongside those TV shows, whose continuity can be so isolated that, for what the hero of a show knows, he’s the first one to take the mantle of Kamen Rider or a Red Sentai Ranger, there are movies that connect everything together.

In fact, 2012 saw the debut of the Super Hero Taisen series, which consists of a huge crossover between at least Kamen Rider and Super Sentai, and 2013’s Super Hero Taisen Z managed to connect the TV shows with 2012’s Space Sheriff Gavan movie, whose main character already crossed over Super Sentai.

This year, however, things are going to be even more connected. Chou Super Hero Taisen, in fact, not only will feature characters from Kamen Rider and Super Sentai, but also from Kamen Rider Amazons, the show that is currently streamed on Amazon Prime.

Basically, this movie series connects TV shows, movies and streaming, in stuff that the MCU can only wish to make. Sure, if Avengers Infinity War manages to do it, kudos, but the Toei Universe came first.

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