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Henshin ( henshin?) is the Japanese word for "transformation,"[1] literally meaning, "to change or transform the body." This word is primarily used in manga, anime, and tokusatsu dramas for when a character transforms into a superhero. Henshin heroes (変身ヒーロー Henshin Hīrō?) usually have a "henshin call", a catchphrase which they recite when they transform. The word "henshin" is most often used by characters in the Kamen Rider Series,[2] whereas other programs use various words such as souchaku ( sōchaku?, meaning "equip"),[2] or will use phrases unique to the story.[3]


  1. "Japanese Words Commonly Used In Tokusatsu". Retrieved 2007-09-22. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 "装着変身SERIES". Archived from the original on 2007-08-10. Retrieved 2007-09-22. 
  3. "獣拳戦隊ゲキレンジャー". Retrieved 2007-09-22.