Japanese name: ギャンゴ
Romanized name: Gyango
Alignment: Self, wish master
Inspiration: Totem pole
From: Ultraman - Episode 11
- A modified Bemular suit was used to make Gyango’s costume.
- Apparently Gyango could summon any metal with its hands, but this ability was not seen on-screen.
- Gyango was conjured from a wish granted by a magical space rock.
sometimes i think my fandoms are complicated and then i go over to the star trek fandom and
and that’s only the shows
And that’s JUST Kamen Rider and Super Sentai. Doesn’t even touch on Garo, Ultraman, Chouseishin, Gavan, etc
Toku wins “most stuff to watch” award.
since you didn’t add ultraman let’s see how many…
ooops a GUINESS WORLD RECORD
Okay, but like, isn’t that kinda unfair? ’Cause the people at the top of the reblogs were all talking about one franchise. And then the tokusatsu people came is and cited a whole genre. Kamen Rider is one franchise. Super Sentai is one franchise. Ultraman is one franchise. If you were to also consider the fact that the word “tokusatsu” is a term that refers to “special filming” or “special effects”, then you would basically have to categorize Star Trek as yet another one on your list. I think we as westerners have the tendency to think “tokusatsu” must only be Japanese-only Sunday morning TV shows, when the Japanese use the word “tokusatsu” to describe our western shows and movies, also. The same goes for the word “anime”. After all, “anime” is a borrowed French word for animation. We westerners think that anime is specifically a section of animation limited to Japanese origins, but the Japanese refer to all animation as “anime”. Manga, too. They call our western comics “manga” even though we have it in our heads that it has to be Japanese in origin to be manga. Hell, we even separate it down even further by not allowing Korean comics and Japanese comics to have the same word, making all Korean comics be “manhwa”, when the truth of the matter is that it’s all comics.
So, anyway, back to my point. I think it’s a little unfair to cite a whole genre as your required viewing list when that genre is made up of a nearly immeasurable amount of franchises, even when you limit that genre down to only being the stuff from one given country. Just seems kind of “My Fandom Is More Hardcore Than Your Fandom” to me.
[MONSTER] Giant Octopus.
Japanese name: 大ダコ
Romanized name: Daidako
From: King Kong vs. Godzilla, War of the Gargantuas, Frankenstein Conquers the World, Ultra Q
- Toho’s official name for this monster is “Daidako,” which translates to “giant octopus.” The name “Oodako” was created by fans.
- Several live octopi were used on the set of King Kong vs. Godzilla. Apparently one was later eaten by Eiji Tsuburaya after filming.
- A scene of Frankenstein fighting the Giant Octopus was specifically shot for the English version of Frankenstein Conquers the World. Although it never made it to the final cut, this alternate ending can be found in the bonus materials on Tokyo Shock’s DVD release.
- Despite the Giant Octopus being absent from Frankenstein Conquers the World, it later appeared in the movie’s sequel, War of the Gargantuas.
- The octopus props from Frankenstein Conquers the World and War of the Gargantuas were used for the monster Sudar (スダール; Sudaaru) in episode 23 of Ultra Q. Stock footage of the Giant Octopus attacking the village in King Kong vs. Godzilla was additionally inserted into the same episode. Some of these scenes from Ultra Q would be colorized and shown again in episode 14 of Fight! Mighty Jack.
- There is an actual octopus genus, Enteroctopus, that contains members commonly called giant octopi. Specifically, examples include: the Giant Pacific Octopus and the Southern Giant Octopus.
Japanese name: ノーバ
Romanized name: Nooba
Alignment: Varies by continuity
Inspiration: Balloon, ghost, octopus
From: Ultraman Leo, Ultraman Mebius, Ultra Galaxy Mega Monster Battle
- In Ultraman Leo, an altered version of Alien Wolf’s roar was used for Nova’s sound effect.
- Nova was one of the many monsters that became part of Beryudora’s body in Mega Monster Battle: Ultra Galaxy Legend The Movie.
One of my favorite tokusatsu superhero shows, the 3-minute TV series Redman (Tsuburaya; 1972), featured on the Good Morning, Kids! program (a sort of Sesame Street/Great Space Coaster-type show), simply has the titular superhero fighting Ultra-Monsters (portrayed by either worn-out suits from the classic shows, or cheesy-looking promotional suits at the time) in outdoor settings, ala Ultra Fight (Tsuburaya; 1970)! This series is basically a one-sided wrestling match, and it’s mindless fun. Those looking for plot and characters will be disappointed. Takeo Yamashita composed the theme song performed by Masato Shimon, and the majority of the music score is comprised of select tracks from Toru Fuyuki’s score for Mirrorman (Tsuburaya; 1971). This series was followed by Toho’s own efforts for the Good Morning, Kids! program, Go, Godman! (Toho; 1972), and Go, Greenman! (Toho; 1973), both infamous for their use of classic Toho Monster costumes!
TRIVIA: Both Ultraman and Ultra Seven were originally going to be called “Redman” when their respective shows were in production!
Just finished watching this horror. As spacehunterm explains:
Producer Dick Randall’s bastard child of the 1984 compilation film ULTRAMAN ZOFFY and the 1974 Tsuburaya/Chaiyo co-production, HANUMAN VS. 7 ULTRAMAN (Known in Japan as THE SIX ULTRA BROTHERS VS. THE MONSTER ARMY), utilizing unfunny humor, terribly acted live action segments, and De Wolfe stock music galore! Watch at your own risk.
You left out the part where I said it was the best thing related to Ultraman. Ever.
Okay, not enough people talk about the Ultraman Zero: The Revenge of Belial movie. Because my god, this is one hella gorgeous movie.
It’s grand, it’s epic. And filled with copious amounts of creativity.
A multiverse filled with bubble-shaped universes, connected like vines and endlessly growing.
Great Beings of Light, guarding the universe with their great power.
A maniacal tyrant, traitor to his kind and scouring entire planets with a vessel fashioned into a giant claw.
A sentient starship, passed down through a royal family, that can transform into a titanic sentinel.
Pirate bands sailing through space using burning ships, protected by an elemental warrior of fire.
A noble knight, born from a planet of mirrors and reflections, where people are composed of two-dimensions.
This film has a very simplistic plot, and intentionally so as it fashions itself as a children’s story, it more than delivers. It’s a grandiose, larger-than-life Jack Kirby-esque adventure, and it’s splendid.
It’s pure brain-candy, but damn if it’s isn’t delicious.
The power cosmic.
It’s so pretty