I posed a question to my friends last night and now I pose it to you: If you could be a character in any kind of tokusatsu movie, which sub-genre would you want to be in and what kind of character? Let's look at the ups and downs of each category.
This category is admittedly broad, stretching from the pistol-packing Batman-like vigilantism of Moonlight Mask to the beta-capsule-powered Ultraman, but that just means you can tweak your superhero to your specifications.
Pros: Civil authorities love you, despite operating entirely outside the law; May have an entire special task force to back you up militarily, offer moral support; Can easily start a cult surrounding you and make big bucks; Women love the ability to "get big" on command.
Cons: Your costume will inevitably involve either unflattering lycra tights or linen sheets; Powers may have a time limit with a very obvious indicator as to when they're depleted; Anyone you love will be killed by an arch-nemesis (in fact, there's no surer way to push someone off this mortal coil than by loving them).
Kaiju (Giant Monster)
Heroes and villains don't have to be human or even humanoid--as long as a creature possesses sentience enough to either defend or terrorize the Earth they can fall into one of those categories.
Pros: Nuclear bombs probably created you, they're definitely not going to hurt you; The world is your buffet, eat whatever you want; Transportation will never be an issue again since a step is measured in quarter-mile increments; Atomic fire breath very cool party trick.
Cons: No matter how many times you save the planet, nobody will "get" you (except the children); Eventually you'll trample somebody's house, knock over a pagoda and generally devastate some cultural landmark, pissing everybody off; Atomic fire breath party trick cool, but gives people cancer...a lot.
They can't grow big fly in space, but these guys get awesome rides and some of the cooler costumes.
Pros: Instantly have a fashionable panache for wearing scarves; For the wanderlust in you, no two weeks are ever spent in the same place; Channel the modernized spirit of the Lone Ranger by riding into battle on an awesome missile-studded iron steed.
Cons: Constant moving around prevents the formation of long-term relationships; International terrorist organizations bound to keep sending mutants after you pretty much forever; Being a robot probably precludes you from physical intimacy, going swimming.
Metal Hero/Space Sheriff
Robocop ain't got nothin' on these guys. Whether from space or human agents in suits, these super-powerful law enforcement agents use technology to defend the planet. Yeah, science!
Pros: You are the law...on every planet; Can probably eat lots of donuts without fear of becoming fat; Patrol vehicle isn't a Ford Crown Royal, rather a spaceship; Cops are squares and nobody invites them to parties.
Cons: In your shiny metal costume all the criminals of the universe know who you are, have it in for you; Space police paperwork sucks just as bad as normal police paperwork; Taking human form and patrolling incognito on Earth requires taking a crappy job to fit in.
Probably the category we're most familiar with, the men and women that make up these "fighting squadrons" are supposed to be the best of the best Earth has to offer, but usually just end up being a bunch of whiny kids. Still, they've got impressive tricks up their sleeves.
Pros: With at least four other people to watch your back you might be able to take a lemonade break during a fight; Your ride is a sweet giant robot or specialized combat vehicle; Vanquishing enemies to impress the Pink Ranger also results in net drop of evil in universe (a nice two-fer); Your merchandising powers are astronomical.
Cons: Only effective as a team, rubbish on their own; Cobbled together teams might mean you don't like some of your mates' personalities (I'm looking at your, Blue Ranger!); Color-coded skintight costumes give away powers to savvy opponent, may cause death from embarrassment; Combining mecha into one big robot vaguely erotic in nature, may be a sex crime.