When I was 10 years old or so, I was reading an Ultraman book.
Children at my age almost lost their interest in Ultra and they were much more absorbed in baseball.
But I still stuck to Ultra.
When reading the book, I noticed a photo of Ultraman which looked a bit different from the one I was familiar with.
That was B-type Ultraman.
At that time, “Kaette-kita Ultraman” (Returned Ultraman/1971-72) was broadcast as the new Ultra Series.
And for the new Ultraman the C-type mask was duplicated and used.
So I was familiar with the C-type mask.
The B-type Ultraman in the book looked so beautiful to me.
Now I see sculptural beauty in the B-type mask.
You can see the angles of the eyes and ears in a fine balance with the firm mouth.
Someone said the B-type Ultraman is most suitable for Ultraman.
I quite agree.
Akira Sasaki says in a recent book he tried on the mouth gimmick again for the B-type mask at that time.
He tried to make the chin of Ultraman as a different part but finally gave it up because the different part could not avoid making the surface uneven around the mouth.
Besides whether the gimmick is necessary or not, I admire all their inexhaustible challenges.
It is also attractive to see the B-type mask look so much different in accordance with different angles.