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Where to Legally Watch Tokusatsu in English

Postby tbeasley » Sat Nov 24, 2018 2:17 pm

Tokusatsu Network has updated their list of official streams for Ultraman, Super Sentai, Kamen Rider, Kaiju like Godzilla and more -

Tokusatsu fans in the West have long been left out in the cold when it comes to watching legal streams of their favorite shows, but a shift towards making these shows available in the West has begun in recent years.

http://tokusatsunetwork.com/2018/11/whe ... n-english/
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Re: Where to Legally Watch Tokusatsu in English

Postby Jinzo Ningen » Sat Nov 24, 2018 3:19 pm

Can you download the shows on Toku to save / watch later ...or must you watch when you click on them? Please forgive my ignorance if this seems like a dumb question, but I do not stream (sat.net w/bandwidth caps).
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Re: Where to Legally Watch Tokusatsu in English

Postby Benjamin Haines » Sat Nov 24, 2018 6:06 pm

^ Streaming doesn't involve downloading the digital files to a storage device. It's just like watching a YouTube video on your computer. You select a title, it buffers the video and you can play, pause, rewind and fast-forward at your leisure. You can't save the files onto a personal device but you can access them whenever you want through the streaming service.

You can access streaming services through their websites to stream titles on your computer. A lot of modern electronics can utilize streaming service applications so you can watch them on your TV including most blu-ray players, most modern video game consoles and stream-specific devices like a Roku streaming stick, and smart TVs should be able to install the streaming service applications without needing an additional device. Right now I'm watching an episode of It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia on my TV, streaming it on Hulu using a PS4, and if I stop it now and play it again later it will pick up right where I left off.
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Re: Where to Legally Watch Tokusatsu in English

Postby Dr Kain » Sat Nov 24, 2018 11:50 pm

Benjamin Haines wrote:^ Streaming doesn't involve downloading the digital files to a storage device. It's just like watching a YouTube video on your computer. You select a title, it buffers the video and you can play, pause, rewind and fast-forward at your leisure. You can't save the files onto a personal device but you can access them whenever you want through the streaming service.

You can access streaming services through their websites to stream titles on your computer. A lot of modern electronics can utilize streaming service applications so you can watch them on your TV including most blu-ray players, most modern video game consoles and stream-specific devices like a Roku streaming stick, and smart TVs should be able to install the streaming service applications without needing an additional device. Right now I'm watching an episode of It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia on my TV, streaming it on Hulu using a PS4, and if I stop it now and play it again later it will pick up right where I left off.


Except you can download videos from YouTube...
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Re: Where to Legally Watch Tokusatsu in English

Postby Benjamin Haines » Tue Nov 27, 2018 10:04 pm

^ Sure, with third-party software. YouTube doesn't provide that function as part of their service, though, because it's generally presumed that users don't want their content to be stolen. I was letting Jinzo know that playback on most streaming services works the same way that playback on YouTube works.
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Re: Where to Legally Watch Tokusatsu in English

Postby The Shadow » Tue Nov 27, 2018 11:02 pm

Don't quote me on it, but I think Youtube currently allows you to download videos for offline watching through their official app -- I do not recall if you need to be a paying subscriber or not though.
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Re: Where to Legally Watch Tokusatsu in English

Postby Dr Kain » Wed Nov 28, 2018 1:01 am

Benjamin Haines wrote:^ Sure, with third-party software. YouTube doesn't provide that function as part of their service, though, because it's generally presumed that users don't want their content to be stolen. I was letting Jinzo know that playback on most streaming services works the same way that playback on YouTube works.


YOu don't need any third party software though. You just put SS in front of youtube in the link and it takes it to a download page. That's how I get some many clips to use as jokes in my videos.
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Re: Where to Legally Watch Tokusatsu in English

Postby Benjamin Haines » Sat Dec 01, 2018 2:56 am

Dr Kain wrote:YOu don't need any third party software though. You just put SS in front of youtube in the link and it takes it to a download page. That's how I get some many clips to use as jokes in my videos.


Putting 'ss' before 'youtube.com' in the URL link will redirect you to https://en.savefrom.net, a third-party website that converts videos on YouTube, Dailymotion and Vimeo into downloadable files. It's not owned or operated by YouTube/Google.


The Shadow wrote:Don't quote me on it, but I think Youtube currently allows you to download videos for offline watching through their official app -- I do not recall if you need to be a paying subscriber or not though.


That's interesting. I just looked it up and it seems to be a limited feature for smartphone users:
Launched in 2014, YouTube's offline feature allows Android and iOS users to save YouTube videos to their device for later consumption. These videos can be downloaded via mobile data or Wi-Fi network. The feature is ad-supported, however, so you will have to sit through an advertisement before getting to your video.

It is worth noting that not every video is available for offline viewing.

Any video downloaded can only be played offline for up to 48 hours. After this, you will have to find a working Internet connection and re-sync the video with YouTube app for any changes and availability status.
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Re: Where to Legally Watch Tokusatsu in English

Postby lhb412 » Mon Jan 07, 2019 9:28 pm

Just got the Toku add-on subscription on Prime and I've been dipping in and out of some of my favorite Ultraman episodes and sampling some of the shows I've never seen before and I'm really digging it. Subtitles are much better, and I was never really satisfied with Crunchyroll's video quality. I've got a lot of stuff to watch!

I'll probably cancel my Crunchy subscription after I watch this season of Thunderbolt Fantasy. Now that Toku has Ultraman, the partnership with FUNimation is done, and with Toonami showing pretty much every new anime I'm interested in watching I think I'm safe dropping it
( of course, I can always just watch it for free with commercials!).
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Re: Where to Legally Watch Tokusatsu in English

Postby Dr Kain » Tue Jan 08, 2019 1:11 am

Benjamin Haines wrote:Putting 'ss' before 'youtube.com' in the URL link will redirect you to https://en.savefrom.net, a third-party website that converts videos on YouTube, Dailymotion and Vimeo into downloadable files. It's not owned or operated by YouTube/Google.


Yes, I know. I'm not sure what you're getting at though.
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Re: Where to Legally Watch Tokusatsu in English

Postby Benjamin Haines » Tue Jan 22, 2019 12:08 am

Dr Kain wrote:
Benjamin Haines wrote:
Dr Kain wrote:YOu don't need any third party software though. You just put SS in front of youtube in the link and it takes it to a download page. That's how I get some many clips to use as jokes in my videos.


Putting 'ss' before 'youtube.com' in the URL link will redirect you to https://en.savefrom.net, a third-party website that converts videos on YouTube, Dailymotion and Vimeo into downloadable files. It's not owned or operated by YouTube/Google.


Yes, I know. I'm not sure what you're getting at though.


I'm saying that SaveFrom.net is not YouTube.com. You are downloading YouTube's videos from a third-party website.

You said "you can download videos from YouTube" and I thought you should be aware of what you're actually doing. If you always download files to your personal computer without checking to see which website you're on then I recommend getting some good antivirus software.
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Re: Where to Legally Watch Tokusatsu in English

Postby lhb412 » Mon Feb 04, 2019 2:43 am

A couple of days ago distributor Right Stuf Anime tweeted a cryptic "any Kamen Rider fans out there?"

Could be nothing, could be something potentially awesome!
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Re: Where to Legally Watch Tokusatsu in English

Postby klen7 » Mon Feb 04, 2019 9:24 pm

^ KR seems like such an untapped well here that i have to wonder if Saban or something screwed up the rights once upon a time
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Re: Where to Legally Watch Tokusatsu in English

Postby lhb412 » Tue Feb 05, 2019 8:12 pm

^ Ironically, Kamen Rider seems to be the de facto favorite among American tokusatsu fans! I think "untapped" is exactly the right phrase to use.
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Re: Where to Legally Watch Tokusatsu in English

Postby Baltan II » Sat Feb 09, 2019 6:02 pm

Toei has a major stick up their butts regarding the Kamen Rider fandom existing mainly because of fansubs, outside of areas like San Francisco and Hawaii, but don't seem to want to do much licensing with it, so I don't get it.

Meanwhile Tsuburaya just surprise-released a dubbed episode of Ultra Fight Victory on YouTube! Stuff's weird.
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Re: Where to Legally Watch Tokusatsu in English

Postby lhb412 » Sun Feb 10, 2019 5:29 pm

^ I saw that! I guess it's a Winckler dub.
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Re: Where to Legally Watch Tokusatsu in English

Postby Jinzo Ningen » Thu Feb 14, 2019 12:05 pm

Speaking of FanSubs... is there a thread here to discuss them openly or is the topic verboten due to their "gray market-ish/underground" nature??

I only ask because I happened across some great new (old) shows which I just found out are now being subbed, and I am bursting with a hyperactive 8 year-old's level of giddy excitement. :lol:
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Re: Where to Legally Watch Tokusatsu in English

Postby Baltan II » Thu Feb 14, 2019 10:29 pm

I mean, they've been brought up before, and I don't think it's a big issue as long as you're not linking or otherwise directing on how to get the stuff?
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Re: Where to Legally Watch Tokusatsu in English

Postby lhb412 » Thu Feb 14, 2019 11:46 pm

I believe that for Discotek's Juspion release they contacted the guys who had been fansubbing it to use their subs as a base for the ones on the official release!

Creating quality subtitles for a show that's almost 50 episodes long is actually quite taxing, especially for a small company.
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Re: Where to Legally Watch Tokusatsu in English

Postby Jinzo Ningen » Fri Feb 15, 2019 2:25 pm

Well then, for those looking...

A few folks have joined forces to bring us:

Electronic Taskforce Denziman
Nebula Mask Machineman
Space Ironmen Kyodyne


This may be old news to some, but I just happened across them a couple of days ago after wondering what else might be out there. One link took me to another, and lo & behold there they were. I've already DL'd all of the available episodes of Denziman and plan to grab all of Machineman & Kyodyne. My weekend is already planned out! Whoop! Pizza & tokusatsu!!! :mrgreen:

I've always thought Machineman looked like a fun show when I caught some previews and pics, and I had a couple of raw episodes of Kyodyne & Denziman on VHS from a million yuears ago. So very cool to see them getting adapted for us English language fans.

Too bad all of these great shows cannot get: 1) restored & remastered on Blu-ray and 2) released with high quality English subs.

Anyhow, hope this gives a few of you soething to get excited about, if you didn't already know. 8)
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Re: Where to Legally Watch Tokusatsu in English

Postby lhb412 » Sat Apr 20, 2019 1:02 pm

Hmmmm... this question from August Ragone seems to indicate some movement on the 'Kamen Rider availability in the US' front:

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Re: Where to Legally Watch Tokusatsu in English

Postby Baltan II » Sun Apr 21, 2019 2:58 pm

Hopefully not a case like where we got that Ultraman Leo stream and then radio silence! But I voted regardless, never know.
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Re: Where to Legally Watch Tokusatsu in English

Postby klen7 » Sun Apr 21, 2019 8:17 pm

^^ Drive is getting a lot of love, but i've never heard anything good about it
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Re: Where to Legally Watch Tokusatsu in English

Postby kidnicky » Thu Apr 25, 2019 12:54 am

1. Kamen Rider Black
2. Kamen Rider Black
3. Kamen Rider Black
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Re: Where to Legally Watch Tokusatsu in English

Postby lhb412 » Thu Apr 25, 2019 9:39 am

^ Black is considered the last Showa Rider, right?
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