Category Archives: Booska Kaiju & Characters

OBJECT X KORORIN


Episode: “Kaiju Booska” #42 “Object X Kororin”

Object X: Kororin is a space object that came flying or just falling from space. As a behind-the-scenes story, the name should have come from a Japanese onomatopoeia denoting the movement of something round rolling.

Anyway, it came from space and sucked up all the water of a dam lake in Kinugawa, Tochigi Prefecture. While Chamegon guessed it should be the work of Kororin describing it as a space object, he warned it would be disastrous if it should be allowed to act freely.

Chamegon warning of Kororin

Kororin floats and moves in the air about the size of a ball sucking up water from a hot spring or a fall as it grows bigger. When it has grown to be large enough to suck in humans, Mechataro and Zorome were sucked into the object while calling for help.

Mechataro is a boy who always behaves like a rival of Daisaku and tries to get the better of him all the time, and Zorome is one of Mechataro’s buddies. Incidentally, the name Mechataro pronounced as /mechyataro/ should signify something like “messy boy” as he always messes things up and Zorome represents “matching dice.”

Both Daisaku and Mechataro were tying to outdo each other in making a class newspaper while both of them wanted to feature Kororin on their own class newspapers.

Kororin sucking up water from a hot spring

But Daisaku didn’t hesitate to save Mechataro who had been held captive by Kororin, and, while the space object tried to drive away the kids and Booska by spewing water from the tips of its tentacles, Kororin shrunk when hit by Chamegon’s ring beam fired from his tail.

And Kororin was brought into the sky by Booska, then the dangerous space object was tossed into the Sun with Booska’s telekinesis.

As the photo of Kororin taken by Booska with Mechataro and Zorome sucked in was featured in the class newspaper Booska and Chamegon made, both Daisaku and Mechataro realized they had finally been outdone by the two kaijus.

(I think this is the last one among the main Booska characters featured in the show.)

ALIEN CHAME


  • Episode: “Kaiju Booska” #41 “King Of The Universe”
  • Actor: Ren Yamamoto (Hyūdoro)

Alien Chame (pronounced as /chahmeh/) are aliens who came to Earth to take Chamegon back to Planet Chame so as to make him succeed to the throne as King of Planet Chame after the current king who is seriously ill while they admire Chamegon’s courage as a boy who came to Earth by himself from Planet Chame.

Although their remarks cannot help sounding somewhat abrupt, the amorphous object seen on the occasion of the birth of Chamegon might have been another form of the courageous alien boy while he ended up getting the body fused with a squirrel on Earth through the device Daisaku built to bring a Booska’s brother into being.

Ambassador Hyūdoro

Or it is also thinkable that the amorphous form represented by Chamegon is the original form commonly and usually taken by Alien Chame and that they appeared this time just in human forms using their shapeshift ability. At any rate, such descriptions were not referred to at all in the story.

As the aliens tried to  bring Chamegon back home forcibly against Chamegon’s will to stay on Earth with his buddies, Ambassador Hyūdoro from Planet Chame took Daisaku and his buddies hostage along with their teacher while they were camping (maybe on a school trip).

Hyūdoro attacking Booska’s navel (one of his weak points) with a beam fired from the beam lamp

But, when looking at Chamegon trying to protect them at the risk of his own life and his buddies trying not to allow the aliens to take Chamegon with them, Hyūdoro gave up their plan to make Chamegon succeed to the throne admiring their firm bond of friendship while impressed with their LOVE among other things despite the austere and unyielding attitude Hyūdoro had taken.

As Hyūdoro asked Chamegon to pay a short visit to Planet Chame to cheer the sick king, Chamegon accompanied the aliens on their spacecraft bound for Planet Chame.

Hyūdoro was played by Ren Yamamoto who acted Onita in “Ultraman” and the human form of Alien Icarus in “Ultraseven.”

Chamegon trying to protect his buddies at the risk of his life

KAPPA & THUNDER CHILD


Kappa with a lotus leaf as a parasol; a Kappa allegedly has a beak and webbed toes (he apparently wears swim fins)
  • Episode: Kaiju Booska #40 “The Great March Of Water”
  • Actor: Shinya Sato (Thunder Child)

While these characters who appeared in a Booska episode might not be worth being introduced, I would write about them at any rate.

People living in the town where Booska and Chamegon reside with Daisaku and his family were suffering from a severe water shortage caused by scorching sunlight, and it also troubled a kappa dwelling in a pond.

Thunder Child; he has a horn on top of his head along with drums that were believed to generate thunder

Kappas are imaginary creatures Japanese people are so familiar with as they often appear in Japanese folklore, and they are alleged to live in rivers, ponds or lakes while they are also featured in Ultraseven Episode 41 as, in the story setting, it was revealed they were actually aliens.

As Booska found a carp in a puddle of a dried-up pond, he took out buckets of saved water from Daisaku’s home to pour it over the puddle and offended Daisaku’s father and mother.

Feeling sorry for the carp, Booska tried to call rain clouds by his telekinesis, but, when his telekinesis dropped a Thunder Child instead of rain, he learnt from him there was no water even in the sky.

Daisaku and his buddies with the artificial rain generator he developed

In Japan, it had once  been believed thunders and lightnings were the work of Kaminarisama, deities of thunder and lightning, and they have been portrayed like a goblin called Oni with a horn/horns on his head and fangs sticking out wearing tiger-patterned shorts, so this Thunder Child should be a child of Kaminarisama.

Although Daisaku developed an artificial rain generator, it didn’t work, and Booska decided to bring water of a lake over to his town by telekinesis.

It went well and the carp managed to survive with his pond filled with rain water while the rainfall also made the Kappa so happy that it gave him an irresistible urge to dance (incidentally, this Kappa utters unknown words just like U-tom).

Thus, Kappa and Thunder Child only appeared for a short while, not playing any major roles in this episode. Sorry if this entry has betrayed your expectations!

Booska conveying the lake water to the town

MIMI


Episode: Kaiju Booska #38 “The Sea Is Calling”

Mimi is a giant bivalve like a scallop that had been put in protective custody by a friendless boy named Jiro (Tsuyoshi Iwami) and been sheltered in a cave by him while local people feared the cave as it was rumored a goblin would appear.

As Booska and his buddies happened to be at the beach to enjoy sea bathing, Jiro’s elder sister asked Booska to figure out what Jiro was doing in the cave while Jiro kept it secret from anyone that he was taking care of the giant shellfish by feeding it with fish he caught.

Jiro (boy with a swim mask) and the cave where he sheltered Mimi

Booska messed up as he let his buddies in on Mimi after he found Jiro and the giant shellfish in the cave, and fishermen who overheard Booska telling his buddies about Mimi decided to capture the giant bivalve alive as they thought it should have eaten fish in the water and caused a poor catch.

Jiro and Booska along with his buddies managed to free Mimi, incapable of swimming by itself,  by making it a sailboat with a mast while calling waves and generating a typhoon with Booska’s super abilities as his buddies joined forces with him.

And Mimi sailed away safely to the open sea although the shellfish was so friendly with Jiro that it showed reluctance to leave him.

After the case was solved, it was revealed that poor catches had been caused by a shark that appeared in the water, and Jiro who had been friendless became a bright boy after making friends with Booska and his buddies through this incident.

Jiro’s sister was played by Megumi Tama (1950-2013) who appeared in Ultra Q Episode 20 as she impressively acted Fumiko who handed Baby Ragon back to Mother Ragon.

Megumi Tama

ALIEN PUMPKIN (KABOCHA SEIJIN)


  • Episode: 35 “Let’s go to the Galaxy!”
  • Actor: Eiichi Matsushima
  • Voice: Kazuo Kumakura

Alien Pumpkin is an alien who plotted to make the Earth into pumpkin fields all over the planet, and he came to the Earth on July 7.

It is when the Star Festival (Tanabata) is annually and customarily celebrated in Japan while legend has it that Orihime (Weaving Princess representing Vega) and Kengyu/Hikoboshi (Cowman for Altair) are allowed to see each other only once a year as the two who had fallen in love turned out to be separated by the Milky Way in between.

Orihime manipulated by Alien Pumpkin firing beams at Daisaku and his friends

Of all things, Alien Pumpkin abducted Orihime and manipulated her to get rid of Booska and Chamegon with her super abilities as they were in the way for his plot (to turn the whole Earth into a pumpkin field!).

Manipulated by Alien Pumpkin, Orihime came to the Earth and changed Daisaku and his friends along with his parents into …pumpkins.

The pumpkin Daisaku turned into by being exposed to Orihime’s beam attack

By order of Alien Pumpkin, Orihime shapeshifted into Daisaku to trap Booska and Chamegon, and she turned Booska into a pumpkin too while Chamegon’s ring beam from his tail brought Booska back to normal.

After freeing Orihime from Alien Pumpkin’s control, Chamegon shapeshifted himself into Orihime to trap Alien Pumpkin, and they managed to knock him down in the end, then the alien was brought back to space by a rocket Chamegon had shapeshifted into.

Orihime got to see Kengyu

Thanks to Booska and Chamegon, Orihime and Kengyu got to see each other, and Orihime gave the two kaijus a miniature star that makes any hope come true explaining one single good thing you did turns into a star.

And the people made into pumpkins also returned to normal with the power of the miniature star.

The moment Booska prayed to the star wishing happiness for all the people living on the Earth, not only for themselves, the tiny star soared into the night sky and turned into a real star to watch over all the people on the globe.

Booska prays to the miniature star wishing happiness for all the people on the Earth