Among the more bizarre Japanese tokusatsu hero shows of the 1970s was Warrior of Love: Rainbowman. This sounds contemporary, but the show had nothing to do with LGBTQ people or rights, as it debuted in 1972.

Due to the special training he received in India from the yogi Devadatta,  young hero Takeshi Yamato was able to split himself into seven different beings, each with its own special powers and abilities. Oddly, these did not conform to the colors of the rainbow (red-orange-yellow-green-blue-purple-indigo) but to Light and Dark and the Five  Chinese Elements of fire, water, earth, metal, and wood.  Rainbowman’s mission was to fight against the enemies of Japan who were taking revenge for the atrocities Japan committed during WWII. That right there is why this tokusatsu never made it to America.

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