As to the making of Chamegon, it is a shame that little is known about who designed and sculpted the character unfortunately.
While I have seen an article putting the designer as Tohl Narita on the Net, I don’t think it is what is officially publicized and commonly known although, come to think of it, the character could appear to have some Narita features in his face depending on the way you look at it. It remains unknown anyhow.
Regarding the sculpture, I assume the costume should have been made along with the Booska costumes by the same sculptors (Shimada Workshop and Ex Production), it has not been talked about so far either.
Although there are few people who point it out, Chamegon also has different types of costumes, and, as far as I know, it seems that they can be roughly classified into two types. If I put them as Type A and B following the customary practice, the Type A costume is thought of as a standard suit of Chamegon illustrating his naughty and mischievous character with eyes slanting upwards at a sharp angle.
The Type B costume looks milder with eyes more rounded, which gives me a more friendly impression. It might have been for making him more popular among kids. The two types of costumes appeared randomly seemingly till the end of the series even though there might have been another type I have not noticed.
I personally prefer the Type A costume as I find it is very Chamegon who behaves naughtily most of the time. At any rate, it is regrettable to find little is referred to about the making of Chamegon compared to Booska, and it makes me feel strange that the different types of the Chamegon costumes have not been pointed out among fans despite its significance (I hope you will agree).
While it is uncertain who designed Booska, it seems to be alleged that Tatsuo Fukada in charge of art of the show “Kaiju Booska” designed the character with many people who were involved in the production referring to him as the designer of Booska.
The first costume of Booska is said to have been sculpted by Tamotsu Sato while it was recently disclosed that he sculpted the costume of the first Alien Baltan when he was with Shimada Kobo (Shimada Workshop) that was located in the Toho filming studio as they worked for the art of Toho movies.
Sato says he made the first Booska costume after he had sculpted the Alien Baltan suit at the workshop.
According to him, Booska’s eyes were made from acrylic plates and the crown was made of FRP cast out of the mold he sculpted (he says the crown easily broke).
The second and subsequent Booska costumes were made by Ex (from “expert”) Production that was involved in kaiju sculpting mainly for “Ultraman” along with renowned Ryosaku Takayama.
It had been known that two different types of the costume were acknowledged among fans while they were called Type A and B just like the masks of the original Ultraman. The type A Booska costume was made by Sato and Type B by Ex Production.
Furthermore, it is known now that the costume had the other type called Type C while it should also have been made by Ex Production. The difference between the Type A and Type B is obvious as the former’s head looks like a round triangle while the latter looks more round-shaped.
In addition, the Type A costume has a longer body with shorter legs and his lips are more conspicuous. It seems that the Type A head gradually flattened as thinner wires were used to support the head from within.
The Type C Booska’s head came back to a triangular shape with a broader white part under the mouth. That being said, it is realized that there were many different Booska costumes including the ones for stage shows as they appeared in Episode 37 “Startling Nainai Temple” of “Booska” as the shadow cloning technique Booska used.
While we are at the topic of “Kaiju Booska,” I would like to talk about another associated matter between “Ultraman” and “Booska,” both of which were produced and aired around the same time.
As I just talked about the making of Pigmon in my recent post, Reborn Pigmon who returned to life as an unvaryingly friendly monster was set to speak words although it was a kaiju language.
In the episode, as you know, an expert of the dolphin language study tried to figure out what Pigmon was talking about, and he managed to interpret the monster’s words in the end.
While Pigmon’s babbling, yelling, shouting and screaming was so impressive as the friendly kaiju was trying hard to convey his warning to people about upcoming attack by the kaijus (Telesdon and Dorako) Geronimon had brought back to life.
In this episode, Pigmon was voiced by Nekohachi Edoya (the third: 1921-2001) who gained popularity as a performer known for his excellent vocal mimicry of animals’ voices.
And, moreover, Edoya regularly played Daidaku’s funny and humorous father in “Kaiju Booska.”
Kazuho Mitsuta, director, who was also involved in “Kaiju Booska” along with the original Ultra Series recalls Edoya was nice enough to happily accept their request to voice Pigmon as he was already acting Daisaku’s father even though he was a big name performer then while his name was not included in the opening credits of Reborn Pigmon’s episode.
The voice that can be heard through the kaiju language interpreting device was played by Kiyoshi Komiyama (1937-present), and you can also hear komiyama voice a boy in “Ultra Q” Episode 1 and Episode 15.
One day cakes suddenly disappeared at a confectionery store in town where Booska and his fellows live.
At the suggestion of an adult they are friendly with, Daisaku and his friends guessed the sweets should have gone to the “Candy Land.”
Booska said he knew where they could take a train bound for the Candy Land, and they boarded the train found at an amusement park (It was a real-life locomotive ride in the park) to get back the stolen sweets.
After that they wandered into mysterious, misty woods while Mīko said it should be woods no one could get out of there once they got in.
Seven magicians consisting of boys and girls appeared in the woods and troubled the kids with their magic which changed the kids into animals and trapped Daisaku in a crystal ball by shrinking him.
Booska and six of the magicians went into an air battle, and, crashing into Booska in midair, they fell down to the ground.
And it was revealed that they had stolen the sweets to feed (unspecified) children who didn’t get to eat them.
Then all of them including children invited and Booska and his friends along with the seven magicians enjoyed eating the sweets until full.
As Daisaku and his friends awoke at the amusement park where they had ridden on the train, they found the seven magicians were the incarnation of the Big Dipper.
I find it moving that the seven magicians stole the sweets to feed other children not for themselves.
Among the seven magicians, a cute little girl can be found while the kid actress, Michiko Kondo, also appeared in “Ultraman” as a “boy” who found (Reborn) Pigmon in a toy department.
As I wrote in my previous post Tomohiro Miyamoto who played Daisaku, Booska’s closest friend who brought the kaiju into being, appeared in an Ultraman episode, and I may have to explicitly explain a bit more about it.
Tābou says to his father he wears the space suit in preparation for being possibly hurled into space with the impact if, by chance, Comet Cyphon should crash into Earth, and it is fun to see him appear alongside of his father’s understandably antsy behavior funnily performed by Haruo Nakajima.
I have to admit I didn’t know his father was played by Nakajima for a long while until it started being talked about in publications in later years, and I am not sure if I knew it was Miyamoto who acted the space suit boy when I was a kid.
While Daisaku of “Booska” has a cute-looking girlfriend named Miiko (Mīko) as she was acted by Junko Nakahara, she also appeared in Episode 7 of “Ultraseven” as a daughter of the Mizushimas assaulted by the space prisoner 303 Alien Quraso.
It is a great shame that we can’t hear from Miyamoto and Nakahara anymore as they seem to have already left show business long ago maybe as children with little information about them even online.