KEMUR


Episode Episode 19: Challenge from the Year 2020
Alias Abduction Mysterious Man
Height 1.9 – 30 meters
Weight 40 kilograms – 15,000 tons
Homeplace Planet Kemur
Features From Planet Kemur which has the time of the year 2020
Designer Tohl Narita
Sculptor Ryosaku Takayama
Actor Satoshi Furuya

Kumur is the alien from a planet with a timeline (time axis) of the year 2020.

Although they obtained amazing longevity as long as 500 years with the development of medical science, they can’t stop physical deterioration caused by aging.

Thus they came to Earth to abduct people targetting earthlings’ young bodies.

These are referred to in the book ‘Challenge from the Year 2020’ written by Dr. Kanda who claimed he had wrote it through communication with Kemur while experimenting on the X channel lightwave.

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While Lieutenant Colonel Amano (Akiji Kobayashi) who found jet fighter of the Self Defense Force smashed by an intruding UFO on radar, the staff didn’t believe his words.

Kemur abducted people one after another including Manjome with a jelly-like liquid called the ‘deletion energy resource’ given out of the funnel-shaped tip of the head that causes people who have touched it to vanish and to be transmitted to Planet Kemur.

Kemur is capable of running faster than a police car trying to capture him and transformed into Manjome in use of their transformation capability.

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Kemur has the third eye on the back of his head

Ippei and Amano visited Dr. Kanda’s home just after he was abducted as well, but they found a sample of the K miniode in his room, the source of the X channel light wave.

The light wave emitted from Tokyo Tower defeated Kemur who was rampaging in an amusement park after becoming a giant there so that his own liquid deleted himself.

Although the abducted people came back all in one piece wrapped up in a fog which fell down from the sky, Detective Udagawa (Kan Yanagiya), who played a major role in protecting Yuriko from Kemur, ended up going missing after he stepped in a puddle (it turned out to be the deletion liquid) mischievously.

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Lieutenant Colonel Amano and Ippei heading for Dr. Kanda’s home

Kemur is the alien I find extremely attractive whose cylindrical head has three eyes positioning at different heights while the appearance should show the aging deterioration.

He is usually (and officially) called Kemur-jin (Kemur Human) in Japanese instead of Kemur-seijin (Alien Kemur) somehow.

While Kemur reappeared as Kemur II in Episode 33 ‘The Forbidden Words’ of Ultraman, it is also well known that Kemur of Ultra Q was played by Satoshi (Bin) Furuya who was to act Ultraman later.

The laugh-like sounds human-sized Kemur makes were diverted to those of Alien Baltan of Ultraman.

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Detective Udagawa aiming at Kemur with a pistol

PAGOS


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Episode Episode 18: The Rainbow’s Egg
Alias Underground Monster
Height 30 meters
Weight 20,000 tons
Homeplace Ibaraki Prefecture
Features Feeding on uranium; breathing out a molecular structure destruction beam
Designer Tohl Narita
Sculptor Ryosaku Takayama (only the head with the body remodeled from Toho’s Baragon)
Actor Haruo Nakajima

Pagos is the monster set to have once appeared in the suburb of Beijing to attack a uranium storage facility as the monster feeds on uranium.

Pagos breathes out a molecular structure destruction beam that looks like a golden rainbow to the human eye, and the rainbow came out in Japan while sasame bamboo flowers bloomed by coincidence on the same occasion whose blooming is alleged to be ominous.

After Pagos tried to go at a uranium transporter vehicle, the uranium capsule came off and fell down a cliff.

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And a girl, Piiko (Hikaru Shirakawa), mistook the capsule for the rainbow’s egg while she heard and believed that it would make any dream come true, and she attempted to drag it to her grandmother on wheelchair so that the egg could enable the old woman to walk.

While Pagos failed to attack the girl, the monster made its way for the futuristic industrial city under construction with a nuclear power plant.

The shots of the Neo Neutron Missiles, however, decayed Pagos instantly.

At the sight of the girl who came back safely, the old woman stood up from the wheelchair spontaneously and walked steps toward her in delight (I always find these scenes so moving).

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Piiko dragging the uranium capsule she believes to be the rainbow’s egg

The capsule truly turned out to be the rainbow’s egg for them (aside from whether allowing a uranium capsule to be dragged by a girl is appropriate or not by today’s standards).

Although it’s a monster remodeled from Toho’s Baragon, Pagos is quite an attractive kaiju that looks so massive and stately (no surprise because it was played by Haruo Nakajima, the original Godzilla actor).

It seems that Pagos was to reappear in Episode 9 ‘Operation Uranium’ of Ultraman, but it ended up being replaced by Gavora as the suit had already been converted into Nelonga.

That’s why both Pagos and Gavora are the monsters feeding on uranium and Gavora was dealt with as a monster already known by people in that episode.

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“No, go away!” Piiko trying to protect the rainbow’s egg she believes would cure her grandmother’s disorder with Pagos approaching

1/8 HUMANS


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Episode Episode 17: The 1/8 Project
Height 1/8
Weight 1/8
Features 1/8

One-eighth humans are humans who have been reduced to 1/8 the normal size to solve overpopulation of Tokyo with the world’s highest population density.

They are managed in the area named District S13 with the whole city built at 1/8 scale where they are exempted from work and taxes while they are identified by citizen numbers they are given instead of using names.

Yuriko happened to be accidentally included in applicants rushing to sign up for the 1/8 Project, and she was shrunk to a 1/8 sized human in the shrinking machine.

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Desiring to go back to the normal sized world, Yuriko attempted to escape from the shrunk city, and she managed to reach the Hoshikawa Aviation where Manjome and Ippei should be there.

But, when she found a portrait of her there as she was deemed to have died, she was shocked and returned to the 1/8 city leaving a farewell message to them on paper.

Manjome and Ippei who stepped into the 1/8 city as they remained normal in size finally found Yuriko.

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But she refused to go back with them and fell unconscious when she was mobbed by a crowd of people escaping at the sight of the normal-sized humans like monsters.

It’s a relief to learn that everything was a dream she had while she was unconscious after falling down the stairs and losing consciousness in a crowd at a train station jammed with people.

After having been shrunk to a 1/8 sized human in this episode, Hiroko Sakurai who played Yuriko was made into 40 meters tall Giant Fuji in Episode 33 ‘The Forbidden Words’ of Ultraman.

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CICADA-HUMAN (ALIEN TILSONIA)


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Episode Episode 16: Garamon Strikes Back
Alias Space Mysterious Man
Height 1.8 meters
Weight 150 kilograms
Homeplace Planet Tilsonia
Features Controlling Garamons
Designer Tohl Narita
Sculptor Ryosaku Takayama
Actor Unknown
Human Form  Michio Gina

Alien Tilsonia is the alien who was controlling Garamons.

While he seems to be described as Planetarian (as a human of a planet) Q in the script and is actually referred to as Planetarian and Alien in the drama, he is better known as Semi-ningen (Cicada-human) among us.

As the name shows, he’s an alien who has an appearance like a cicada in a transparent suit (he wears a business suit).

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In disguise of a man who looks kind of androgynous, the alien took back the electronic brain to control Garamons from the Astronomical Physics Laboratory with the use of a remote controller.

While the man got a ride in a truck (sort of hitchhiked it) with a cello case that had the electronic brain inside and fled away, the radio wave emitted from the device called in a group of Garadams from space and made three Garamons appear out of them.

But, as the man was chased by Manjome and others and cornered near a lake, the electronic brain was recovered after a fight over it and the radio wave managed to be cut off, which brought the three Garamons to a halt.

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After shot with a pistol, the man showed his true colors as Alien Tilsonia, but he ended up being executed in flames with a beam attack fired from their spacecraft that emerged from the lake.

Although the spacecraft flew away, it is stated at the end of the episode that the crisis is not over yet as long as we remain unable to destroy the electronic brain made of Tilsonite, which I find it really threatening.

The head of Cicada-human is said to have been remodeled into the one of Alien Baltan.

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GARAMONS


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Episode Episode 16: Garamon Strikes Back
Alias Meteorite Monster
Height 40 meters
Weight 60,000 tons
Homeplace Planet Tilsonia
Features Robot monster controlled by Alien Tilsonia
Designer Tohl Narita
Sculptor Ryosaku Takayama
Actor Minoru Takahashi

This episode features multiple Garamons sent to Earth for invasion while the alien controlling them finally showed up.

After the first Garamon was defeated in Episode 13 ‘Garadama’, the electronic brain was stolen from the Astronomical Physics Laboratory by a man with remote control where it had been stored.

Attracted to the radio wave the electronic brain started emitting, multiple Garadamas came flying to Earth immediately, and three Garamons emerged out of them.

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Each of these Garamons had a marking on the chest to make the individuals distinctive although they had the same appearances as the one that appeared in Episode 13.

The two of them showed up in Tokyo, and the Tokyo Tower was shaken and destroyed by one of the two.

While this one seems to have been described as an extraordinarily huge individual lately because of its height compared with the Tokyo Tower (333 meters), I think the scale should be an issue you should overlook in this case and it’s appropriate to deem all Garamons to be in the same size.

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The alien in the human form continued to flee with the electronic brain, but Manjome and others managed to capture him at last.

When the electronic brain was taken back and the radio wave was cut off, Garamons came to a halt all together throwing up the liquid.

To show two Garamons in the same scenes, the image of Garamon was duplicated by optical compositing with the use of the single suit (the same one as in Episode 13) with distinctive markings.

The use of markings to make multiple individuals look to be there was also applied to U-tom in Episode 17 ‘Underground: Go! Go! Go!’  of Ultraseven even though optical compositing was not used for the robot with no scenes in which plural U-toms appeared simultaneously.

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Garamon rampaging in the streets of Tokyo making a mystetious hissing sound (I like to find that Garamon doesn’t roar)