Last-modified: Sat, Mar 27, 1999
FAQ-maintainer: Joe Sewell <email@example.com>
- =A0 =A0 =A0 Corrected the URL for the Tokusatsu (formerly Sentai) home
- =A0 =A0 =A0 Corrected the note on "For Sale" posts. Q: =A0 =A0 What is
"sentai?" A: =A0 =A0 According to Ben Dunn, editor of Antartic Press'
now-defunct magazine, "Sentai," Sentai is Japanese for "task force." The
formula involves an evil group (demons, monsters, "space aliens," or
whatever) who want to conquer the Earth. A group of teens or young
adults, who also happen to be skilled in the martial arts, is empowered
to stop them. They get their clocks cleaned, see their nemesis
-of-the-show grow, and summon the obligatory giant robot, which destroys
the evil monster. For example, the Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers is a
sentai show (obviously).
=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0Sentai can also be used as a
catch-all term to refer to any Asian live-action SF/Fantasy show. This
is the definition that inspired alt.tv.sentai. (Thanks to Ben Dunn,
editor of Antarctic Press'
=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0"Sentai" magazine, for
this inspiration.) According to Eugene Glover
(mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org), the correct word for this genre is
"tokusatsu" (or "Special Effects").
Q: =A0 =A0 What is alt.tv.sentai?
A: =A0 =A0 alt.tv.sentai is an unmoderated newsgroup created for
of sentai/tokusatsu shows. These shows include originals, such as
Ultraman, Ultra Seven, Gridman, Metalder, and Zyuranger, plus
=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0"modified imports," such
as TNT's Ultra 7 [based on the original Ultra Seven], Superhuman Samurai
Syber-Squad [Electronic Warrior Gridman], VR Troopers [Metalder&
Spielban/Spielbal], and Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers
[Zyuranger/Juranger et al]. Related features, such as The Ultraman
(which was animated) and Ultraman: The Adventure Begins (also
=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0animated), can be
included here as well (note that these are "related" in that they are
related to live-action shows).
=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0Animated sentai shows, such as
Battle of the Planets [Gatchaman] & Voltron [Go Lion & Dairugger XV] are
probably also fair game, but you may want to post these to alt.tv.sentai
and to rec.arts.anime, to get the most interest. (Heck, it's
unmoderated, so anything goes ... but I hope we're all adult enough to
leave flames & other junk in Email, if we must indulge in them at all.)
Q: =A0 =A0 Waitaminnit, Ultra 7 is a "modified import?"
A: =A0 =A0 It's halfway between the Ultraman (the one with Hayata)
which were relatively direct translations of the original, and
Syber-Squad, which mixes Japanese footage with American footage. Ultra 7
(using the number, as TNT does) replaces a lot of dialog, probably so it
fits with the mouth movements, rather than the original story. A
net.friend of mine who has seen the original tells me several stories
were drastically changed, even ruined, by the substitute dialog.
=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0from someone involved in
the translation are given in Sentai #5; basically the company that did
the translation was given no firm direction on what to do.)
Q: =A0 =A0 Can we post binaries?
A: =A0 =A0 NO! =A0 =A0 Binary postings should be left to the
hierarchy. It may seem a small thing to some folks, but some sites just
don't have the storage space to handle binary postings; with all binary
articles in alt.binaries, it's much easier for a site to filter out
binary postings. If you want to post a picture or a sound, put it in one
of the existing binary groups, or propose an alt.binaries.tv.sentai
group in alt.config (but read the FAQ on proposing alt groups first ...
I did it right, so can everybody else).
Q: =A0 =A0 Can we post items for sale?
A: =A0 =A0 Absolutely. In fact, I'd encourage folks to cross-post items
sale or items wanted. Other groups which may be interested are
rec.toys.misc, rec.arts.anime.marketplace, and
(I've been informed that rec.collecting is NOT a good place to do this;
they expressly prohibit "For Sale" postings. Check with the group's FAQ
before cross-posting.) Q: =A0 =A0 Where are the FAQ files for this
group? A: =A0 =A0 Right now, this is it, as far as textual FAQ's go. The
Ultraman FAQ is now available on the Web only; point your browser to
to see it. To
=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0best of my ability, I'll
be following the standard guidelines for USENET FAQ's for the text-only
FAQ's, so it'll be posted to news.answers & alt.answers (and
alt.tv.sentai, of course), and archived at rtfm.mit.edu & the equivalent
sites elsewhere. (Since the Ultraman FAQ is HTML only, it will not be
regularly posted. Due to
=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0its size, I have decided
not to make a textual version to post
=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0This FAQ, and others that I
may submit, will be posted automatically by the automated FAQ server
maintained by the news.answers moderators. Posting will be every 30
days, or roughly monthly (though, obviously, it may skip a February once
in a while). Check the Last-modified and Version lines at the top of
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Q: =A0 =A0 How can I contribute to the FAQ?
A: =A0 =A0 Emailing me is your best bet. If you want to start a FAQ
yourself, let me know. (You can do it yourself, if you wish, by
following the guidelines published in news.answers.) If you've got a FAQ
=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0idea that doesn't need
to be archived anywhere, post away; otherwise, follow the news.answers
guidelines, or Email the FAQ to me (mailto:email@example.com) and I'll take
care of the rest. Some FAQ's may
=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0be archived elsewhere,
for example on the Tokusatsu home page
(http://www.primenet.com/~blackrx/toku.htm); this wouldn't necessarily
via news.answers. Q: =A0 =A0 What's the distribution for this group? A:
=A0 =A0 The default, which is world-wide. The standard bit about
limiting the distribution of individual messages applies here (for
example, mentioning a fan club in New Jersey is probably best done with
a Distribution: line of nj,ny & perhaps other nearby areas). Discussion
of the "modified imports" may be best distributed to "usa," but perhaps
not. (It depends.)
=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0Please note, though, that
since this is an alt group, not everybody will carry it. Some
newsadmin's refuse to carry the alt groups in general, while others
carry all of them. It depends. Q: =A0 =A0 Will there be any
"celebrities" here? A: =A0 =A0 We've had a few already. Ben Dunn of
Antarctic Press has shown up in the past, and we've had King Wilder,
director of Ultraman: The Ultimate Hero.
Q: =A0 =A0 These Japanese shows sound great! How can I get videos?
A: =A0 =A0 This has become one of the most frequently asked questions.
Unfortunately, this is one of the most frequently asked questions for
which I have no answer. Previous versions of this FAQ had two companies
listed; for various reasons, I have removed mention of
=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0these companies (one,
according to some Email letters, has had difficulties fulfilling orders,
while the other has requested removal).
=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0The best thing to do is to
check out Web search engines, such as Alta Vista
(http://www.altavista.digital.com) and Yahoo
to find companies who will market & distribute videos.
=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0=A0Individuals may also have
videos of the various sentai shows. Why not ask in the newsgroup?
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