16 of the Greatest Japanese Superheroes

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Japanese superhero enthusiasts (otaku) could argue indefinitely — who's the greatest Japanese superhero?

It's not possible to categorically identify the greatest. However, the following Japanese superheros have had a huge cultural impact.

1. Ultraman

Ultraman isn't a single superhero: there are hundreds of Ultraman collectively known as Ultra Crusaders. They are super-humanoid solar powered giants from space who defend earth from giant monsters and aliens.

Ultra Crusaders have numerous superpowers. Their one weakness: they can only stay on earth for 3 to 5 minutes before their power runs out. They must regularly return to space to recharge their batteries.

There have been over 20 Ultraman TV shows (series) and over 20 Ultraman movies since the mid 1960s.


2. Kamen Riders

Kamen Rider is a long running series of manga, television programs and movies. Like Ultraman, Kamen Rider isn't a single superhero. Instead, there are over 100 Kamen Riders. All are grasshopper-like superhumans who ride motorcycles.

3. Super Sentai (Power Rangers)

Super Sentai is another superhero series with dozens of TV series, movies and characters. They are better known in the English speaking world as Power Rangers.

4. Sailor Moon

Sailor Moon are a team of teenage girls who can transform into heroines named for the moon and planets.

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