For all the kaiju sofubi figure collectors out there, here's a little guide for finding them in Japan. Begin this journey if you dare. Let's start with...
AkihabaraThere are several shops in Akihabara selling kaiju figures.
Mandarake Complex Apparently the largest collectors' shop in the world, it's full black facade is unmistakable and not difficult to find. Kaiju figures are sold at the 7th floor.
Because it's an official collectors' store, things are sold at high prices, or at the very least, at accurate prices for their value. If you are thrifty, the cheapest they have is dumped in a basket for digging. The older Bullmarkish figures sell for over 10000 yen so the most I could get were photos of them... I did manage to clinch a miraculous cheap vintage Jumborg Ace figure though.
Ultraseven is undoubtedly one of the most popular entries in the Ultra Series. With very well crafted episode plots that can be enjoyed by adults too. However, one episode has caused much controversy for some time, and ultimately became banned.
Episode 12, From Another Planet With Love tells of the Alien Spell, who had been caught in nuclear war on their planet and got radiation sickness. Therefore, they needed white blood cells of humans to replenish themselves and headed to Earth for that purpose. They used devices disguised as watches to suck blood out of victims. This episode is the first to mention that Ultraseven is actually from Nebula M78.
Alien Spell's true form is strange, a totally white humanoid figure with scars all over, which seemed to be based on nuclear bomb survivors. Originally, the design was described by kaiju designer Tohl Narita as being "beetle-like". However, after the suggestion of the director, Narita reluctantly changed the design. In fact, i…
Silver Kamen was a unique tokusatsu show created by many staff formerly from the Tsuburaya production team. They included Akio Jissōji, Yamagiwa Eizō and Tōru Toyama.
If you are familiar with Silver Kamen, you'll know it's a show with a dark tone and serious story, but how about the episode where there is literally poor lighting? That is none other than Episode 1, "My Hometown is Earth". Watch the first 6 minutes of the video below.
There is a very surreal feeling to the prologue, and it has very low lighting. The darkness was actually intentionally employed. Read on to find out why.
At first, the production team had difficulty selecting the cast for the show, and so the filming was delayed to 4th November. At that time, Tsuburaya's Mirrorman was scheduled to be aired because TBS could not obtain the permission of another show's creator. Mirrorman would then go on to compete for audience with Silver Kamen. Meanwhile, another show, Gatsu Jun, was cancelled a …
This is an old ruler I found in my house, featuring Triple Fighter. It's over 40 years old, quite a vintage thing!
A kaijin appeared
SAT is dispatched
ゆくぞ デビラめ デビラ砲を受けて見る
Let's go, the cursed Devilas Behold the Devila cannon
Defeat the kaijin Jaguard
Bring it on, Jaguard
Running away, Jaguard?
Behold, Triple Kick!! Ahhhh!!