So, last week someone threw a 13-episode toku from 1974 at me called "Electric Shock!! Strada 5".
Anyway, raws for it are up.
boy some guy must have really been tisming hard to think that "STRATA" in some stupid Adult Swim promo had anything to do with this
I don't understand Japanese but the wiki says the following.
>『電撃!! ストラダ5』(でんげき ストラダファイブ)は、1974年4月5日から同年6月28日まで、毎週金曜日19:30 - 20:00にNETテレビ(現:テレビ朝日)系にて放送された特撮ヒーロー風アクションドラマ
A quick machine translate would indicate it is a toku. And it has the characters for tokusatsu there. 特撮
By Wikipedias own definition anything with cheesy special effects is "Toku" by Japanese standards. (Tokusatsu literally means "Special effects show). So apparently something like Star Trek is considered Toku. Just here that most people define Toku as what is in a more strict sense "Henshin Hero", stuff with people where they get replaced with a stunt double in a more elaborate costume. And I dunno about Japan, maybe they have some sorta bias and thus don't want Garo to be called Tokusatsu and this "childish", but it completely fits the Henshin Hero mold.
I've actually heard of this via the long-defunct Japan Hero (God bless the staff's souls). Here's a summary after a quick Wayback Machine search:
>In order to combat the Global Criminal Syndicate known as “Big Nova”, Chief Inspector Takamura of the International Police Force (Japan Branch) has formed a special “Taskforce“ of specially trained agents to neutralize “Big Nova’s” ever growing threat. Armed with the latest in high-tech weaponry and possessing various unique abilities, they are codenamed “Strada Five”.
As for the goofy-looking guy, he's actually the main villain:
>The “Big Nova” organization is a global criminal network dedicated to the acquisition of wealth and power. They are lead by the master criminal known only as Mr. Asmodeus, who hides his face behind a gruesome goblin mask with glass eyes. His calling card is a Wolf emblem with a single Roman Letter ‘A’. No one knows his true identity, not even his most trusted underlings. There are hints that he may possess various mystical and supernatural powers.