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 …
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…
Ultra Fight was a low budget show created by Tsuburaya Productions when the company was in a critical situation after several of their shows failed to gain popularity. Ultra Fight itself was well received by viewers, and Tsuburaya managed to produce 196 episodes compared to the planned 130. Though there is something strange about episode 196, Monster Morgue (怪獣死体置場), which features Woo as well as Gomora who never appeared in any of the other 195 episodes.
Episode 195 was supposed to be the final episode, airing on 2nd July 1971. However, some episodes of Ultra Fight were re-edited fight scenes from Ultraman and Ultraseven. Thus, when Ultraseven episode 12 was banned, episode 9 of Ultra Fight (production ep 45), featuring scenes from there, also had to be sealed and could not be rebroadcast. So, Tsuburaya hastily created an episode to replace that. It aired on 6th July.
Why was Gomora used? I have no idea. Gomora is the only Ultra Fight kaiju to just appear in one episode. However, it …