I am not too sure if this can be moe for anime fans, but this is absolutely a genre of moe for otaku. If you really like any ranger-style bishoujo anime such as Magic Knight Rayearth, Yes! Puricure, or Sailor Moon, this could break the barrier between the fantasy and the real world. To get to the point, 戦隊[sentai] means a ranger, and 特撮[tokusatsu] means special effects. Both are fundamentally for a kids’ thing, and this kind of program is mostly aired in the early morning. If you follow any Masked Rider series[仮面ライダー], you must wake up before (at least) 8 o’clock on Sunday! ^^
Unlike サムライガール[samurai girl], any bishoujos should dress up as a ranger-style fighter in this genre. Because of this, Sayo in BLOOD+ or Shana in Shakugan no Shana don’t count. And the costume could be so skimpy that it turns men on. I might say 美少女戦士[bishoujo senshi, cutie fighter] to bestow a better ring to this kind of girl.
At any rate, tokusatsu programs[特撮番組] where ranger-style heros or heroines fight against monsters, have been popular for kids no matter how many years pass. In fact, when I was a kid, I used to be a big fan of 特捜！エクシードラフト[Tokusou! Exceedraft, from 1992 to 1993] which follows the three policemen who pursue criminals although I didn’t watch any Ultraman series. I am grown-up, so I don’t watch this kind of program anymore…But I didn’t think about this way, I mean, this is to be surely fetishism when dressed bishoujos(not 2D, but 3D) are heroines.
I don’t mean to be rude, but I must say those people who love this genre are really enthusiasts. And some of tokusatsu heroines are even little girls[つるぺったん]. OMG, this is hilarious. This is really legal? Is it okay?? Of course, as you can imagine, this is linked to a porn industry. Not everything is porn, but you can even buy porn video where real sentai bishoujos show. Er…I still remember such anime though I forgot the title. Oops, there’s one more term I have to mention, but I will talk about this next because it relates to doujin.
Actually, those fans who really love tokusatsu are not only male otakus but fujoshis. It’s normal that girls yearn to be like Sailor Moon, but this is not what I mean. Ask tokusatsu fans about the heroes in the series. They are all bishounens! So what does this imply? Yes, it lures fujoshis so that they create doujin comics with 3D bishounen. This is called ナマモノ[namamono]. Of course, any heroes in tokusatsu should be handsome. If you look back to the past Masked Rider series, you can confirm all the heroes are handsome. But as far as I am aware, things changed after Masked Rider Kuuga[仮面ライダークウガ] in 2000. There has been a lot of bishounen heroes who seem to be able to get fujoshis at once since this series, I assume?
An irrelevant note, I have two friends who love Masked Rider series. They recommended Masked Rider Den-O[仮面ライダー電凹] in 2007, so I watched a bit. But I stopped watching it soon because the storyline is too complicated. Can kids really understand this? I think it is almost for adults. Then I tried Masked Rider 555[仮面ライダーφ] in 2003. I can understand this, but the story is too dark like a soap opera. This is something mothers love…Maybe this divides into two parts; before the heroes transform, it is for mothers(or fujoshis), and after that, it shall be for kids, no?
Oh, never mind.
* He is the lead, Kano Hayato[叶 隼人] in Exceedraft. Oh no, I used to be a big fan of him. I wonder how he is doing now.