Logo-hero.pngThis article is about a TV block featuring shows in the Tokusatsu Super Hero subgenre.

The title card for Super Hero Time since 2005.

Super Hero Time (スーパーヒーロータイム, Sūpā Hīrō Taimu) is a programming block on the Japanese television network, TV Asahi, featuring new episodes of tokusatsu television series from the Super SentaiIcon-crosswiki.png and Kamen RiderIcon-crosswiki.png series. Both series have decades of history and have been intertwined in the public imagination for some time, not least of all because the driving creative force behind both was manga artist Shotaro Ishinomori and they were both produced by the same production company, Toei Company; however, they did not air together until 2000 with Kamen Rider KuugaIcon-crosswiki.png and Kyukyu Sentai GoGoFiveIcon-crosswiki.png, though at the time they were not acknowledged together. Super Hero Time airs every Sunday morning, from 9:00 to 10:00 JST.


Starting in the late 1960s, the hour was originally meant for educational children's programs. Over the years the hour began including henshin hero programs, one of the first being Warrior of Love: Rainbowman (愛の戦士レインボーマン, Ai no Senshi Reinbōman).

In 1987, Toei's Choujinki MetalderIcon-crosswiki.png was moved from a Monday evening 19:00 JST time slot to a Sunday morning 9:00 JST time slot, followed by a move of Kidou Keiji JibanIcon-crosswiki.png to 8:00 JST Sunday morning in 1989. Similarly, in 1997, Denji Sentai MegarangerIcon-crosswiki.png was moved from a Wednesday evening 17:00 JST time slot to the Sunday morning 7:30 JST time slot, pairing it up with B-Robo KabutackIcon-crosswiki.png. The Super Sentai Series programs would continue to air at 7:30 JST after the Metal Hero Series ended and Moero!! Robocon aired in its slot in 1999 and was followed by the premiere of Kamen Rider KuugaIcon-crosswiki.png in 2000.

Although a Super Sentai Series and a Kamen Rider Series aired side-by-side, the Super Hero Time branding of the shows did not begin until the 2003 broadcast season (known as SUPER Hero Time (SUPERヒーロータイム) until 2005). As a part of the Super Hero Time block, actors from the programs often interact with each other to promote each other's shows, films, and perform skits. Satoru AkashiIcon-crosswiki.png (Mitsuomi TakahashiIcon-crosswiki.png) and Souji TendouIcon-crosswiki.png (Hiro MizushimaIcon-crosswiki.png) talked about each other's franchises, and Master Sha-FuIcon-crosswiki.png (voiced by Ichirō NagaiIcon-crosswiki.png) often showed up on the Den-LinerIcon-crosswiki.png to talk with the ImaginIcon-crosswiki.png and Ryotaro NogamiIcon-crosswiki.png (Takeru SatohIcon-crosswiki.png) in cartoonish caricatures.

For the 2009 television season, Kamen Rider DecadeIcon-crosswiki.png only aired for 31 episodes, allowing for the broadcast of Kamen Rider WIcon-crosswiki.png for a full 49 episode run. This has introduced an offset of 5 months between the series premieres of the yearly Super Sentai Series (which premieres in mid February) and Kamen Rider Series (now premiering in late September or early October), instead of an approximate month long offset that had existed before (Kamen Rider Series premiered in mid-January).

The Super Hero Time block is part of the larger Nichi Asa Kids Time (ニチアサキッズタイム, Nichi Asa Kizzu Taimu, "Sunday Morning Kids Time") block, which begins at 7:00 JST and concluded with the airing of a shōjo anime (beginning with Ojamajo Doremi, then Ashita no Nadja, and since 2004 the Pretty Cure franchise (Currently airing Tropical Rouge Precure), all of which are produced by ABC Osaka) at 9:00 JST. All shows are properties of Bandai.

On October 1, 2017, the Super Hero Time lineup moved to 9:00 to 10:00 JST, and the two shows swapped blocks, begin with shōjo anime at 8:30, then Kamen Rider at 9:00, and Super Sentai at 9:30. The former broadcast slot was replaced by a news program titled Sunday Live, featuring Noriyuki Higashiyama of the Johnny’s Entertainment idol group, Shonentai.[1]


Pre-Super Hero Time Line-ups

Showa Era

Premiere date 19:30 JST
Kamen RiderIcon-crosswiki.pngSuper SentaiIcon-crosswiki.png ► Other series
Year Month
1971 April Kamen RiderIcon-crosswiki.png
1973 February Kamen Rider V3Icon-crosswiki.png
1974 February Kamen Rider XIcon-crosswiki.png
1974 October Kamen Rider AmazonIcon-crosswiki.png
1975 April Himitsu Sentai GorengerIcon-crosswiki.png
1977 April J.A.K.Q. DengekitaiIcon-crosswiki.png
1978 January Tomei Dori-chan
1978 July Message from Space: Galactic Wars
1982 March Uchuu Keiji GavanIcon-crosswiki.png
1983 March Uchuu Keiji SharivanIcon-crosswiki.png
1984 March Uchuu Keiji ShaiderIcon-crosswiki.png
1985 March Kyojuu Tokusou JuspionIcon-crosswiki.png

Heisei Era

Premiere date 7:30 JST
Super SentaiIcon-crosswiki.png
8:00 JST
Other series ► Kamen RiderIcon-crosswiki.png
Year Month
1997 February Denji Sentai MegarangerIcon-crosswiki.png B-Robo KabutackIcon-crosswiki.png
1998 March Tetsuwan Tantei RobotackIcon-crosswiki.png
February Seijuu Sentai GingamanIcon-crosswiki.png
1999 January Moero!! Robocon
February Kyukyu Sentai GoGoFiveIcon-crosswiki.png
2000 January Kamen Rider KuugaIcon-crosswiki.png
February Mirai Sentai TimerangerIcon-crosswiki.png
2001 January Kamen Rider AgitoIcon-crosswiki.png
February Hyakujuu Sentai GaorangerIcon-crosswiki.png
2002 January Kamen Rider RyukiIcon-crosswiki.png
February Ninpu Sentai HurricanegerIcon-crosswiki.png

Super Hero Time Line-ups

Heisei Era

September 2003 - September 2017
Premiere date 7:30 JST
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8:00 JST
Kamen RiderIcon-crosswiki.png
Year Month
2003 January Ninpu Sentai HurricanegerIcon-crosswiki.png Kamen Rider 555Icon-crosswiki.png
February Bakuryuu Sentai AbarangerIcon-crosswiki.png
2004 January Kamen Rider BladeIcon-crosswiki.png
February Tokusou Sentai DekarangerIcon-crosswiki.png
2005 January Kamen Rider HibikiIcon-crosswiki.png
February Mahou Sentai MagirangerIcon-crosswiki.png
2006 January Kamen Rider KabutoIcon-crosswiki.png
February GoGo Sentai BoukengerIcon-crosswiki.png
2007 January Kamen Rider Den-OIcon-crosswiki.png
February Juken Sentai GekirangerIcon-crosswiki.png
2008 January Kamen Rider KivaIcon-crosswiki.png
February Engine Sentai Go-OngerIcon-crosswiki.png
2009 January Kamen Rider DecadeIcon-crosswiki.png
February Samurai Sentai ShinkengerIcon-crosswiki.png
September Kamen Rider WIcon-crosswiki.png
2010 February Tensou Sentai GoseigerIcon-crosswiki.png
September Kamen Rider OOOIcon-crosswiki.png
2011 February Kaizoku Sentai GokaigerIcon-crosswiki.png
September Kamen Rider FourzeIcon-crosswiki.png
2012 February Tokumei Sentai Go-BustersIcon-crosswiki.png
September Kamen Rider WizardIcon-crosswiki.png
2013 February Zyuden Sentai KyoryugerIcon-crosswiki.png
October Kamen Rider GaimIcon-crosswiki.png
2014 February Ressha Sentai ToQgerIcon-crosswiki.png
October Kamen Rider DriveIcon-crosswiki.png
2015 February Shuriken Sentai NinningerIcon-crosswiki.png
October Kamen Rider GhostIcon-crosswiki.png
2016 February Doubutsu Sentai ZyuohgerIcon-crosswiki.png
October Kamen Rider Ex-AidIcon-crosswiki.png
2017 February Uchu Sentai KyurangerIcon-crosswiki.png
September Kamen Rider BuildIcon-crosswiki.png
October 2017 - April 2019
Premiere date 9:00 JST
Kamen RiderIcon-crosswiki.png
9:30 JST
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Year Month
2017 October Kamen Rider BuildIcon-crosswiki.png Uchu Sentai KyurangerIcon-crosswiki.png
2018 February Kaitou Sentai Lupinranger VS Keisatsu Sentai PatrangerIcon-crosswiki.png
September Kamen Rider Zi-OIcon-crosswiki.png
2019 February 4 Week Continuous Special Super Sentai Strongest Battle!!Icon-crosswiki.png
March Kishiryu Sentai RyusoulgerIcon-crosswiki.png

Reiwa Era

May 2019 - Ongoing
Premiere date 9:00 JST
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9:30 JST
Super SentaiIcon-crosswiki.png
Year Month
2019 May Kamen Rider Zi-OIcon-crosswiki.png Kishiryu Sentai RyusoulgerIcon-crosswiki.png
September Kamen Rider Zero-OneIcon-crosswiki.png
2020 March Mashin Sentai KiramagerIcon-crosswiki.png
September Kamen Rider SaberIcon-crosswiki.png
2021 March Kikai Sentai ZenkaigerIcon-crosswiki.png
September Kamen Rider ReviceIcon-crosswiki.png
2022 March Avataro Sentai DonbrothersIcon-crosswiki.png
TBA Kamen Rider Geats


On certain weeks, the block would go on hiatus for TV Asahi to air certain events happening that particular week (or, in the case of new year's, is simply just a generic one-week break). Notable examples include:

  • The third weekend of June - U.S. Open
    • However, due to the time difference between the U.S. and Japan, Super Hero Time may still be broadcast as usual depending on the year. In 2021, there was no global broadcast, so the block was aired as usual.
  • The first weekend of November - Japan Collegiate Ekiden Championships
  • The last weekend of December / first weekend of January - New Year's break

Before the change in broadcast time, it was sometimes suspended due to the United States Women's Open Golf (early July) (however, due to the time difference between the U.S. and Japan, it was aired as usual in some years). In addition to these, sports broadcasts such as the Olympic Games and FINA World Championships, variety specials, and special news programs for emergencies may cause one or both of the programs in the block to be pushed back a week.

In certain cases, only one of the two shows is aired while the other half of the block is replaced with an event or (in the case of Drive and ToQger) emergency news coverage. Notable examples include:

The most notable and longest delay was the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in Japan and the nation’s state of emergency order in mid 2020 which put production of new episodes of Kamen Rider Zero-One on hold for five weeks. Kiramager was also delayed for a brief period as one of its cast members became infected with the highly contagious virus. This hiatus was done to keep the production staff and crew of Toei studios out of harm’s way until new health and safety protocols for filming could be devised and the state of emergency was lifted by June of 2020.


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