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INTERVIEW: Celebrate Valentine’s Day with TokuSHOUTsu on Pluto TV

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and it’s the perfect time to hang with your sweetie and eat chocolates, give flowers, and watch Japanese monster movies. What’s that about the last part? Pluto TV is offering up a Tokusatsu style Valentine’s Day. Starting tomorrow, and going through February 16, the Dubble Dub Feature is being offered for free each evening. Ari Schonfeld, the Channel Manager for TokuSHOUTsu, and Nikki Frangella, the Senoir Programming Manager at Pluto TV, told Otaku USA more about TokuSHOUTsu and what anime Pluto TV offers.

How did TokuSHOUTsu get started, and how do you get the harder-to-find programs?

ARI SCHONFLED: TokuSHOUTsu started as a place for Shout! Factory to highlight all of our tokusatsu titles. Super Sentai has done very well for us, and we had recently acquired Kamen Rider, with plans to also add Ultraman, so it made sense to create a home for all of them. We already had a couple of streaming channels active, and TokuSHOUTsu is an extension of that. As far as our acquisitions, we work with the licensors and find ways to come to an agreement.

What is Pluto TV doing with TokuSHOUTsu for Valentine’s Day?

AS: TokuSHOUTsu is highlighting some of our dubbed titles so that people don’t need to read their screens during the holiday. Most of our titles are in Japanese with English subtitles, so this is a nice break. No matter what your plans may be, you can have TokuSHOUTsu on as the main attraction OR as background ambiance. Because who doesn’t love Kaiju?

Why do you think toku and Valentine’s Day are such a good fit?

AS: Love, action and city-wide destruction go hand in hand, right? But really, it’s a holiday of passion and emotion, and both are definitely found in toku.

Where can people get TokuSHOUTsu?

AS: CH 848 on Pluto TV, in the Gaming + Anime section. We’re also accessible on all socials – Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and Facebook – all @TokuSHOUTsu.

What anime does Pluto TV offer?

NIKKI FRANGELLA: Pluto TV offers a wide variety of anime. We have channels dedicated to One Piece, Naruto, Yu-Gi-Oh!, and Lupin the 3rd. On our flagship Anime All Day channel, we have fan favorites such as HUNTER x HUNTER, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, Yashahime, Bleach, Death Note, Tiger & Bunny, and One-Punch Man. Pluto TV also has an expanding library of classic anime, including Astro Boy, Captain Harlock, Galaxy Express 999, Black Jack, City Hunter, Rose of Versailles, Saint Seiya, Dirty Pair, and much much more!

Do you have plans for more Japanese programming in the future?

NF: Yes, we are always looking to expand our library of content. We’re a great stage for partners to showcase their content and reach broader audiences. Pluto TV is a destination for fans to stream the shows they love and for new audiences to explore content across multiple genres!


Danica Davidson is the author of the bestselling Manga Art for Beginners with artist Melanie Westin, and its sequel, Manga Art for Intermediates, with professional Japanese mangaka Rena Saiya. Check out her other comics and books at www.danicadavidson.com.