History of Kemur

It’s well known Kemur runs faster than a police car in the drama.

I wish Kemur would run for the Tokyo Olympic Games slated just for the year 2020.

And it’s also well known Kemur was played by Satoshi (Bin) Furuya.

His tall and lean body shape in the suit of Kemur looked exactly like the image Tohl Narita had in his mind in designing the alien.

That made Mr. Narita very much impressed and happy.

 

That’s why Mr. Furuya was chosen for the role of Ultraman later.

In shooting the running scene, it was attempted to have Mr. Furuya roller skate.

Though a good roller skater, he says it didn’t do well because the head of Kemur was so heavy with three motors inside to move the eyes.

In result, a front projection effect was used for the scene with Mr. Furuya acting in front of the image of a running police car.

 

Kemur reappears in “Ultraman” (Episode 33 “The Forbidden Words”) though it was played by someone else.

The head remains the same as the first Kemur, but Kemur II got a new suit for the body.

The same head was used for Alien Zetton in the last episode of “Ultraman.”

The design of Kemur led to Alien Quraso of “Ultra Seven” (Episode 7 “Space Prisoner 303”).

The same suit as Kemur II was used for the body of Quraso.

Tetsuo Yamamura says he saw the Kemur head left behind in the storage with the gimmick removed.


Kemur, prototype of Ultra aliens

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Kemur (Kemur-jin) is an alien appearing in “Ultra Q” (Episode 19 “Challenge from the Year 2020” ) .

It could be called the origin or prototype of the Ultra aliens Tohl Narita designed.

It’s one of the Ultra aliens I like best.

When you talk about aliens in those days, people must have thought about a multi-legged and octopus-like Martian with no Giger’s alien yet.

 

Or some people might have brought up the image of the unique aliens drawn by Edd Cartier, American science fiction illustrator, which were introduced in publications at the time in Japan.

It seems even Tohl Narita could not be free from such influence.

But Kemur is an epoch-making and amazing design of an alien which Mr. Narita said was a satisfactory work.

It has three eyes around the cylindrical shaped head.

 

It’s impressive when the two facing the front move from side to side.

Mr. Narita says he used a technique of Egyptian art for the alien.

Finally, it has an unsymmetrical appearance which makes us wonder which side is the front.

The obscurity is quite attractive.

The head always looks the same when seen from every side with an eye on the back as well.

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Side view of lying Kemur with the third eye on the back

Voices for Ultraman and Seven

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“Alien Mefilas. Go back to your planet right away!”

Ultraman hardly speaks lines unlike Ultra Seven though he lets out unique shouts performed by Masao Nakasone.

The god-like hero was portrayed thoroughly mysterious and dare not speak much.

Ultraman speaks lines only in Episode 1, 15, 33 and 39.

In speaking lines, the voice was acted as below:

 

Episode 1: Hisashi Kondo (film editor)  Speaking to Hayata.

Episode 15: Koji Ishizaka (narrator) Speaking to kids to encourage them.

Episode 33: Hikaru Urano (narrator) Speaking to Alien Mefilas.

Episode 39 (the last episode): Hisashi Kondo (film editor)  Speaking to Zoffy.

 

As Ultraman is set to speak by telepathy, the Earthlings couldn’t hear Ultraman talk to Mefilas in Episode 33.

It’s likely Mr. Nakasone was unable to voice Ultraman speaking lines because of the schedule.

It also seems to be explained recently Mr. Nakasone spoke lines for Episode 33 instead of Mr. Urano.

Incidentally, Zoffy was voiced by Mr. Urano.

 

In the case of Ultra Seven, the voice was always acted by Koji Moritsugu who played Dan Moroboshi including lines and the shouts which sound like “Djuwa!”

It’s said a voice actor was supposed to voice Seven but the shouting didn’t go well.

When Mr. Moritsugu gave it a try, he did a good job.

And it was decided he would voice Seven subsequently.

As Dan is Seven in his own, Mr. Moritsugu should be the right person.

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“Let’s get out of here at once!” (“Ultra Seven” Episode 4)

Who voiced Ultraman?

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It’s well known Ultraman shouts in a unique way in battles with monsters and aliens like “Schwa!” or “Schwatch!”

I think these shouts uttered by Ultraman should be a kind of kiai which is commonly seen in Japanese martial arts such as karate and judo.

Kiai is often used to encourage yourself not only to intimidate an opponent.

 

It should also be meant to be a breathing technique in performing moves of martial arts.

It may also be associated with the Japanese ancestral faith in word spirit.

Anyway, not only the appearance but the characteristic shouts made Ultraman all the more unique and distinctive from the other heroes we were familiar with before then.

Ultraman’s shouts were played by Masao Nakasone (1935-1993), voice actor who was active in the 1960’s to 1970’s.

 

To make the shout sound like that of an alien, many attempts and efforts seem to have been made such as having Mr. Nakasone shout with his head put in a piano to get a unique resonance.

The shout of Ultraman we are so much familiar with today was born that way.

Such attempts and efforts realized the hero never seen and heard before in the appearance, the performance and even the voice!

Ultraman is epoch-making at any rate in every respect!!!


Concerned about buddies

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Zoffy worried about Ultraman

Zoffy: “I’m Zoffy, a Space Ranger of Nebula M78. Now let’s go back to the Land of Light with me, Ultraman.”

In the last episode of “Ultraman,” Zoffy identifies himself as Zoffy to Ultraman.

So Ultraman may possibly not have known about Zoffy till that time.

Zoffy talks to Ultraman who insists on remaining on Earth in an admonishing way.

 

Zoffy: “Peace of Earth grasped by the hands of humans makes it all the more valuable. You should not remain on Earth indefinitely.”

Boss of Seven also urges Dan (Seven) to return home.

Boss of Seven: “Ultra Seven, it’s time to get back to Nebula M78. […] You should think for yourself now. Remaining on Earth means your death!”

It’s interesting to find both Zoffy and Boss of Seven are more concerned about their buddies than Earthlings.

 

In short, neither Ultraman nor Ultra Seven were dispatched from Nebula M78 to defend Earth.

But they remained on Earth of their own will though, in the case of Ultraman, he did so in compensation for Hayata’s death he caused negligently.

By the way, it’s now pointed out Zoffy had his crest in black.

As I was informed, the dummy doll used in the flying scene shows it clearly.

I didn’t notice it at all. This is a discovery which deserves a great deal of admiration!!!

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Dummy doll in the flying scene

Significance of Boss of Seven

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Boss of Seven appearing at the side of Dan in bad shape

As posted yesterday, Boss of Seven addresses Ultra Seven (Dan) as No. 340 (three hundred and forty) at the very beginning.

The dialogue of Boss of Seven was really impressive when I was a kid.

That made me convinced “Ultra Seven” is the name given by Earthlings to him and the M78 people look exactly the same as Seven in the world of “Ultra Seven” in contrast with Zoffy and Ultraman.

 

“Ultraman” is also the name Hayata gave to the alien from M78.

It’s said Hayata named so after “Ultra Operation No. 1” the SSSP performed.

And “Ultra Seven” means “the seventh member of the Ultra Garrison.”

As the result, it conflicts with the settings of the so-called “Ultra Brothers” set in the 1970’s explaining they are the species with he name of Ultra Family before they came to Earth.

 

Zoffy addresses Ultraman as Ultraman in its last episode.

Bit it comes as no surprise Zoffy already knew his fellow was called Ultraman on Earth by telepathy or whatever though leaving Ultraman’s real name unknown as the result.

It might be regrettable that the producers had no choice but to use the Seven’s suit as it was to save time and money.

But the existence of Boss of Seven was significant in one way or another.


Boss of Seven

Boss of Seven appearing at Dan’s bedside (Episode 48)

LIke Ultraman has a fellow member of the Space Ranger, Ultra Seven has a fellow of his own.

Seven’s fellow appears in the last two episodes of “Ultra Seven.”

He doesn’t identify himself in the drama and is commonly called “Boss of Seven” for the sake of convenience.

He doesn’t appear substantially, but just the vision appears.

 

Boss of Seven: “No. 340… No, I’ll call you ‘Ultra Seven’ as you’re called on Earth.”

“Ultra Seven” is the name Earthlings gave to Seven and he’s actually the fixed star observer No. 340 of Nebula M78.

Boss of Seven repeatedly warns Seven (Dan) to get back to Nebula M78 immediately because Seven has suffered serious damage from tough battles with the aliens to defend Earth against them.

His further stay on Earth will put his life in danger.

 

It’s a message which came by telepathy from Nebula M78 to urge Seven to return home.

And Boss of Seven tells Dan not to transform into Seven and fight against the enemy any more to save energy as otherwise he will not be able to return home which means his death.

Boss of Seven looks exactly the same as Seven though with a different voice because the suit of Ultra Seven was used as it was and played by Koji Uenishi.

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Boss of Seven stopping Dan from becoming Seven (Episode 49)

Misunderstandings about Ultra

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Shrunken Ultraman

In those days, there were kids who interpreted Ultraman shrunk spontaneously in “Human Specimens 5 & 6” I wrote a post about yesterday.

Therefore, looks like there are still those who believe Ultraman can reduce to the size of a human like Ultra Seven.

Other than this, there seems to be some “serious” misunderstandings about Ultra among people.

A few I heard about were:

 

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Zoffy

1. “Ultra Q” features Zoffy.

→(No. “Q” is a series before we got Ultra heroes.)

2. Ultraman appears in “Ultra Seven” as well.

(No. They are independent products with each different world setting.)

3. Ultraman Seven

(No. It’s Ultra Seven.)

 

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Alien Zetton

These are misunderstandings surely caused by the later Ultra Series setting all the Ultra heroes as “Ultra Brothers” in and after “Return of Ultraman” in the 1970’s.

Zoffy had a guest appearance just one time in the last episode of “Ultraman” as Ultraman’s fellow member of the Space Ranger of Nebula M78.

Zoffy was reset as the captain of the Space Ranger (It’s set as he got a promotion) and the oldest son of the Ultra Brothers in the 1970’s.

As information was scarce at the time, it’s true we had some confused information.

Looks like it was mistakenly explained late in the 1960’s Zoffy was the alien to control Zetton obviously mixed up with the enigmatic alien now called Alien Zetton.


Life-sized Ultraman

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Dada & life-sized Ultraman
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Ultraman shrunk by Dada

Unlike Ultra Seven who can change the size of the body spontaneously, Ultraman remains unchanged as a 40-meter-tall giant.

But Ultraman becomes life-sized just one time.

It’s not spontaneously but he is shrunk by Dada in “Human Specimens 5 & 6” (Episode 28).

Dada is called just Dada instead of Alien Dada though he’s an alien set as from Planet Dada.

The three-faced alien is here to collect human specimens for an unknown reason.

 

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Ultraman gigaticizing himself immedaiately

Dada has a demanding boss who gives him instructions from his home planet.

His boss called him “Dada No. 271” and tells him to finish collecting the human specimens by “Dada Time 222.”

He shrinks humans found suitable as specimens by an equipment he calls Micronizer, if put in English, which looks like a gun.

He’s so weak in battles and beaten up by Ultraman.

He’s beaten even by Cap. Muramatsu when life-sized.

 

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Back to the giant!

Dada tries in pain to shrink Ultraman by his Micronizer.

But it ends up shrinking Ultraman just human-sized, and Ultraman giganticizes himself immediately with ease.

The fact Ultraman can giganticize himself makes us feel he may be able to reduce to the human size spontaneously like Ultra Seven.

But this is the only time we see him become human-sized.

This episode makes us feel sorry for poor Dada working under an annoying boss and beaten up to a pulp by Ultraman.


Tiny Seven

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Seven inside the human body

As posted before, Ultra Seven often acts life-sized unlike Ultraman.

There are the episodes having Seven remain life-sized to the end.

It’s well known Ultra Seven can change the size of the body freely from a giant as tall as 40 meters to the micro level in the setting.

The adjustability which enables the hero act in a variety of environments is a major attraction of “Ultra Seven.”

 

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Seven trapped in a glass by Shadowman

That’s also a point which made me recognize a difference from Ultraman.

“The Devil Who Dwells in a Flower” (Episode 31) shows Seven reduces to the level of the micro for the first time.

With the shrunken size, Seven gets in a girl’s body through the nose and beats Space Bacteria Dally hiding inside the body.

Seven has a hard time with the challenging situation inside a human body he faces with first time ever.

 

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Seven fired off from the Electro H Gun

In “The Dead Invaders” (Episode 33), Seven who has become small is trapped in a glass by Shadowman.

I still wonder why Seven can’t get out of a mere glass.

In “The Courageous Battle” (Episode 38). shrunken Seven get in the Electro H Gun Furuhashi holds aiming at the robot of Alen Banda, Crazygon.

At the same time as the shooting, Seven is fired off at a furious speed and destroys the robot at one blow!

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Furuhashi holding the Electro H Gun