While I am not familiar with all of the robots, two of them are new to me, I love some animated giant robot on Kaiju action. This has made Monday a bit more bearable. I may have to make every Monday an AniMonday.
So this morning I woke up early to a new trailer dropping on the internet. The title said “International” but it is from Japan. I guess that makes it “international” but I’ll call it Japanese. That is neither here nor there. This trailer has new footage. Not a lot but just enough to keep watching it as much as the last.
I am posting the original link to the video since it is the official Star Wars Japan site and that won’t be susceptible to removal by lawyers and such. Click the image above and enjoy.
The War in Space, released in Japan as Great Planet War: THE WAR IN SPACE, is a tokusatsu science fiction film produced and released by Toho Studios in 1977.
I’ve been looking for a copy of this film for a while. It was playing one day on channel 2 out of San Francisco in the late 70’s and I was able to watch a little bit of it. The main ship really stuck with me, along with the action and colors. The movie probably isn’t all that great and my geek nostalgia goggles are really thick on this subject but I have enjoyed watching far worse films… just ask Mrs. Multiverse 😉
Back in the early 80’s, 1981-ish, I had a “friend”. Well I thought he was a friend. I was more his friend than he was mine. That is either here nor there. He let me borrow this awesome poster set while he borrowed a prized comic book of mine. It was a Captain America that I had picked up from 7-11 the week before. It was drawn by one of my favorite artists, John Byrne. Many times I attempted to make contact with this kid, but he had moved away. He stayed in contact with a few others I knew but blew me off.
In hindsight, I got the better part of the deal, obviously. Heck, I replaced that copy of Captain America vol. 1 #254. Couple that with what I am about to share, well I think I came out on top. I don’t know a lot about the set but it features the Ultraman Family up to that point in time. It also shows a ton of the monsters (kaiju) that they fought.
With no further ado, I present to you the ultimate Henshin Heroes (no offense, Kamen Riders), Tsuburya’s very own…
There comes a time, a moment in our lives, where the currents of what makes us us guide our development. I was born in May of 1970 and I don’t remember much about that. No my earliest memories are of two shows that, unbeknownst to me, would chart my course to Geekdom to this day. These shows were “Johnny Sokko and His Fling Robot”, and “Utraman”. They were poorly dubbed Japanese imports and they captured my undivided attention.
No, my friends, Bat-Man, Spider-Man, nor Captain Kirk ushered me into the Age of the Geek. Star Wars was but a mere glimmer in George Lucas’ eye. It was Ultraman, and what I called “Bucket-Head Ultraman”! Apparently Johnny Sokko and His Fling Robot was too difficult for me to say way back when. I have no idea of the time line but these Tokusatsu shows [Tokusatsu (特撮) is a Japanese term that applies to any live-action film or television drama that features considerable use of special effects (tokusatsu literally translates as “special filming” in Japanese)]left an indelible mark upon me that I still wear proudly to this day.
These two titles can be found on Hulu. While I own the Ultraman series, Johnny Sokko just doesn’t hold up for me as well, but that is OK. Old Bucket-Head Ultraman helped me find my path in life and even Geeks leave some of their loves behind in order to grow and move on. If you are in the same boat or would like to check these titles out simply click the above graphics to go to the series pages on Hulu. I hope that you enjoy them ^_^
Live Long, Prosper, and May the Force be with you.
I had this set back in the day and I still have the fondest memories of it. The belt, gun & communicator were pretty standard and can be found molded in different colors on several Batman sets and others. The winners of this set were the Raideen bird missile shuriken, the Dragun battle-ax and the Great Mazinga sword. My set came from a trip to the Rancho Cordova, California, Pay-Less store one summer. This utility belt set fueled weeks of giant robot role play and I am proud to report that no even alien or terrestrial menace took over the neighborhood on my watch that Summer.