Alongside of his keen sense of smell and hearing, Booska is also capable to use psychokinesis, and he can reduce his size, too. In addition, he has many more funny features which make him look truly adorable.
He is such a big eater with a big appetite as to eat up even 30 helpings of ramen noodles he is very much fond of at a time with ease, and he hates tortoises so much that they drive him crazy the moment he looks at one.
The Boo Crown he wears supplies him with energy from Booskanium, a substance allegedly generated inside the crown to enable him to use his super abilities (he is found to wear the crown from the very beginning somehow while it apparently looks artificial).
If the crown is warmed, it brings his intelligence to the same level as academics, and, if it is cooled, it works the other way around. If the crown comes off, it critically weakens him leaving any of his super abilities unusable while it is often found to put him in trouble throughout the episodes.
When he gets angry, the crown lets out smoke the instant he finishes saying “puri puri no kiririnko! ka! ka! ka!” with a particular gesture to express anger.
He has a strong sense of justice and takes the initiative to save people when they are in trouble wishing for everyone’s happiness.
He can stretch out his pig-like tail to reach out for and fetch things. Furthermore, the tail is capable to detect a lie if the person who holds it is trying to deceive him like a lie detector (from Episode 15; the crown sparkles when a lie is detected).
Designer: allegedly designed by Tatsuo Kuroda (it remains uncertain) Sculptor: Shimada Art Craft in the site of Toho (first costume); Ex Production (the rest of the costumes) Actor: Haruyoshi Nakamura, Yukihiro Kiyono, Kunio Suzuki (depending on the episode) Voice: Kazue Takahashi (actress)
Booska is a friendly monster who was starred in the TV tokusatsu comedy series “Kaiju Booska” (1966-1967: 47 episodes) produced by Tsuburaya Productions around the same time as “Ultraman” while they aired on different channels.
Incidentally, the Chinese characters used for kaiju in the title represent “pleasant beast ()” instead of “mysterious beast ()” the Chinese characters of the term kaiju usually stand for, so it is sort of a phonetic pun from the kaiju referring to mysterious beast.
Booska came into being as Daisaku Tonda, boy who likes inventing things tried to make an iguana he kept as a pet into a Godzilla-like giant kaiju with the use of his self-made nutrient Chlopara that was supposed to increase the size of the iguana by 300 times.
Whereas the substance failed to make the iguana a Godzilla-like kaiju, it finally managed to make a monster emerge with almost the same height and the same level of intelligence as humans.
Booska also has various super abilities including strong power described as “100 ton power” and flight ability in the air.
As to his personality, he is not fond of fighting, gentle, good-natured and easy-going while he is loved so much as a good friend by kids including Daisaku he lives with.
Moreover, he is often found to use his own phrasal expressions referred to as the Booska language such as “barasa, barasa” (to express happiness), “shio shio no pā” (for sadness) and “puri puri no kiririnko! ka! ka! ka!” (for anger) along with the Japanese language he is so fluent at (he also understands English to the extent that he can read a letter written in the language).
Tohl Narita says in his artbook about Alien Cool, “I came up with the design from mite.”
I think the design showing the alien shaped like a spider positioned upside down is very much attractive with his big head seemingly showing his high intelligence as it implies the upcoming battles to unfold between extraterrestrial intelligence and the Terrestrial Defense Force, the theme predominantly featured in Ultraseven.
I think the design fully reflects their intention to make the new tokusatsu series Ultraseven totally distinctive from Ultraman, and the alien was sculpted by Ryosaku Takayama while one of its arms still exist even now.
Some characters worked out as puppets instead of costumes worn by actors appeared in Ultraseven although none of them were featured in Ultraman, and that seems to have made Narita happy as it enabled him to design characters more freely while costume monsters could impose various restrictions on the forms of the characters to be worn by actors.
Puppet monsters might be a feature of the tokusatsu practiced when no computer-generated characters have emerged yet, and it should have been an ambitious and innovative attempt to broaden expressiveness of the tokusatsu even though it was a means worked out to reduce the cost.
That being said, puppet monsters seem to have gained poor reputation from among us kid viewers who hoped to see excitingly fierce battles between the hero and the monster as puppet monsters fatefully manipulated by wires are utterly unfit for the job.
Especially, Alien Cool ended up being instantly beaten by Ultraseven at a single blow only with the scenes in which they fought remaining human-sized, and it made the alien less impressive among kids back then unfortunately.
The entire episode, however, can be found excellent with the scenes finely portraying the greatness of the TDF base including their futuristic equipment as it makes the series more likely to be a science fiction story than the preceding Ultraman.
The Ultra Series have influenced a lot of people who have grown up with them, and that includes those who are playing active roles in a variety of fields encompassing the Japanese astronaut, Satoshi Furukawa, who flew to space in 2011 to work in the International Space Station as one of the crew members carried by the Soyuz spacecraft.
It is widely publicized in Japan that Furukawa aimed to become an astronaut inspired by Ultraseven he watched on TV as a kid.
And some of professional fighters are also known to have been influenced by the Ultra Series including a famous professional wrestler as they wished to make themselves as strong as the Ultra heroes when they were kids.
As the wrestler is from Osaka where the Osaka Castle is located that was ruined by Gomora in Episode 27 of Ultraman, he says he went to see what actually happened to the castle by bike skipping school with one of his friends after he watched the Gomora episode the night before.
He says, when they found the castle remained the same as it had been, they were just dumbfounded at the sight without being able to understand what took place.
And he says he started learning a martial art to avenge Ultraman when he watched the final episode of Ultraman in which the hero was beaten by Zetton.
Incidentally, I have heard the Osaka Castle story continues like he asked a cleaner at the castle what happened to the building which was supposed to have been destroyed by the monster.
True or not, the cleaner allegedly answered, “They fixed it working overnight.”
It was such an idyllic time when we grew up anyway.
Ragon who appeared in Ultra Q reappeared in Ultraman as it shows the two series share the same universe in common: Ultra Q Ragon; Ultraman Ragon.
While the Ultra Q Ragon was played by Satoshi (Bin) Furuya, as he was playing Ultraman this time, the Ultraman Ragon was performed by another actor, Umenosuke Izumi.
As the Ragon suit used in Ultra Q was made to fit Furuya, another wet suit body was prepared for Izumi while he also seems to have been a tall man.
The monster designed by Tohl Narita was sculpted and remodeled by Ryosaku Takayama.
The difference in appearance between the two Ragon suits is the presence of the breasts shown by the Ultra Q Ragon as she is set to be a female Ragon who has come ashore in search of her baby although I am not sure we were fully aware of the difference back then until it was pointed out in publications which became available in later years.
Whereas the same head should have been used for the two of them, the Ultraman Ragon head appears to show a moderate deterioration with his fins seemingly faded slightly.
Umenosuke Izumi is also alleged to have acted Gamera in the movies “Gamera vs. Guiron” and “Gamera vs. Jaiger” along with Antler at the Ultraman Eve Festival (so he was made to wear the Antler suit back to front) and Magulla in Ultraman Episode 8.
In addition, it is widely known among fans across the world that the body suit of this Ragon was reused for Alien Zarab in Ultraman Episode 18.