About the fight between Ultraseven and Fake Ultraseven, I have just received a reply with an interesting analysis from my reader (it has his wonderful illustration and some precious material of the time worth looking at) I often get kind comments from for my articles.
He points out there was no hand-to-hand fight between them. It is true that they didn’t wrestle at close quarters.
The fight with Agira also just ended with the Capsule Kaiju unilaterally beaten by Fake Ultraseven while Agira was pushed off the cliff finally.
In the fight with real Ultraseven, they exchanged beam techniques as they were found to be just pulling a string meant to be a ray depending on the scene while the depiction of Ultraseven nearly falling off the cliff was not so much suspenseful as it should have been meant to be because it is unlikely falling into the sea could cause serious damage to the superhero even with flying ability.
What can be assumed about all of these is that Fake Ultraseven was not able to move smoothly because (of):
- The poor condition of the reused costume with the additional inflexible parts (it is especially imaginable the knee parts should have terribly caused trouble for the actor to move).
- The actor was possibly not used to action.
- The reused costume didn’t fit the actor enough to let him perform action easily.
In the shows Ultraman and Ultraseven, there were cases in which authentic fights between the superheroes and kaijus were dropped for similar reasons so the fights could be found to have ended too simply.
Alien Baltan, for instance, hardly fought hand to hand with Ultraman in spite of his popularity, with Ultraman Episode 2 as a good example in which their fight was depicted as the one in the air because Alien Baltan’s costume was completely unsuitable for hand-to-hand fight with the big claws and its unstable head that easily came off.
Although Baltan reappeared in Ultraman Episode 16 with the different costume, the fight is assumed to have been made simple for the same reason (Episode 33 is out of the question as he was just standing).
It is also said that the actors who played the two Baltans were not accustomed to action while it was not common yet to have actors specializing in action perform kaiju characters at the time when specialized action choreographers had yet to exist as there were no other ways than actions were decided mainly by the tokusatsu director Koichi Takano and the suit actors on the set, feeling their way.
The Ultraseven vs. Alien Metron is also said to have turned out to be a simple fight for reasons similar to Alien Baltan.
As I wrote regarding the tie-ins in Ultraseven (Episode 44 and 46), something that can look a bit unnatural has some particular reason for it while that might make the shows more enjoyable in a way! 🙂