Alien Bukimi featured in the show Bankid are aliens who plot to invade and emigrate to Earth, in the prospect that their planet will be destroyed in 20 years, by getting rid of earthlings’ children they believe will surely disturb their scheme in the future.
Hence they sent in troops led by “Commander Guzare” as the advance party of their force so they attack Earth by their flying saucers.
The variety of forms the individual Alien Bukimi take make it look almost unlikely that they belong to the same species.
Even though Guzare appears to be so cold-blooded and hard on his subordinates that he mercilessly wipes out one who has failed in accomplishing a mission, it also shows his strong wish to save the people of Planet Bukimi by all means, at any expense.
Alien Bukimi divide into officers and rank and file so the officers corresponding to villain characters called “kaiju” or “kaijin” of tokusatsu superhero shows bear their names with titles representing their ranks in the force while rank and file members are something just like the “Shocker” combatmen in “Kamen Rider.”
It is known that Tohl Narita joined the show Bankid from Episode 6 as it is also said it was because the Alien Bukimi drawn by someone else looked so terrible in quality.
Narita seems to have been so much into designing aliens for Bankid so he himself said he liked the Bankid aliens more than the Ultraseven aliens he had designed and he wished he could have designed more of them if the show lasted longer.
The Bankid aliens designed by Narita are highly reputed among fans as it is believed that they excellently embodied his preference of “making objects abstract” so he created many unusual-looking aliens for Bankid.
That being said, there seem to be some Narita fans who lament the poor qualities of the costume modeling greatly spoiled Narita’s brilliant alien designs in comparison with the Narita kaijus modeled by Ryosaku Takayama in Ultra Q, Ultraman, and Ultraseven.
Tībasu Taii (Captain/Lieutenant Teebus?) is described as an alien who could best represent Narita’s idea of abstract art with the head and the horn(s) integrated as one whole thing instead of letting horns grow from a head as different/separate objects.
It is really regrettable that, while I didn’t know the show Bankid featured the aliens designed by Narita back then, I missed watching it at the time.
Along with the show “Totsugeki! Human!!” for which Narita designed the superhero(s) and the kaijus, Bankid should be a show that is worth reviewing as another tokusatsu product Narita was involved in.