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TODOLA

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Episode Episode 27: The Disappearance of Flight 206
Alias Four Dimension Monster
Height 30 meters (fang length: 11 meters)
Weight 25,000 tons
Homeplace Four-dimensional universe
Features Giant seal
Sculptor Remodeled from a Toho monster
Actor Yukio Fukutome

Todola is the monster found living in the four-dimensional space that appeared all of a sudden above Tokyo.

Flight 206, Japan’s first supersonic passenger aircraft, with Manjome and Ippei aboard slipped into the space on their return trip from Hong Kong where pilot training sessions were held.

With the other passengers including a vicious criminal, Taro Orion (Nadao Kirino who was to play Keronia’s human form in Ultraman), arrested in Hong Kong on board with a detective, they wandered into the mysterious universe.

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When Manjome, Ippei and the pilots got out of the plane threatened by Taro at gunpoint, they found remains of wartime fighter planes that probably went missing in action.

After Taro died in a fight with Manjome by being sucked in under a smoke, Todola emerged and started approaching Flight 206 with roars.

While the pilots were injured by stray bullets fired by Taro, Manjome and Ippei managed to fly the passenger plane and to leave the four-dimensional space before Todola came at the airliner.

Todola was blown off with the jet from the nozzles and disappeared.

Taro Orion (what a frumpy nickname…)

After Flight 206 took off, the four-dimensional universe that looks like a cloud also vanished into thin air (I quite love these SFX scenes with a handmade feel that look great).

Todola is the monster remodeled from South Pole Monster Magma that appeared in the 1962 Toho movie ‘Gorath.’

The name Todola came from todo, Japanese word for sea lion while the monster is just described as Giant Seal in the play.

Todola seems to be a monster hastily applied to this episode that was primarily to feature no monster while being produced as one of the UNBALANCE episodes before it was turned into a kaiju series as Ultra Q.

Flight 206 flown by Manjome and Ippei heading for a swirl seemingly connected to the three-dimensional universe

PETER

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Episode Episode 26: Blazing Victory
Alias Deep Sea Monster
Height 20 centimeters – 30 meters
Weight 500 grams – 15,000 tons
Homeplace Super-deep sea
Features Capable of changing the body size
Designer Tohl Narita
Sculptor Unknown (One explanation has it that it was made by the Ex Production)
Actor Haruyoshi Nakamura

Peter is an ultra-deep-sea organism whose scientific name is (fictionally) set to be alligetortoise.

While it looks like a chameleon and has an elastic tongue actually like the lizard, it’s capable of increasing and decreasing the size of the body as a chameleon changes the color of the body.

Although it’s a tiny lizard-like creature in water, it changes into a giant form in the atmosphere.

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Joe and tiny Peter (with a live baby alligator used for shooting these scenes)

It’s kept as a pet by a professional boxer named Dynamite Joe while he found Peter foresaw his winning matches although Manjome assumed that it should be something like autosuggestion.

One day Joe hid himself with Peter as it predicted that it would be his turn to be knocked out in the upcoming world boxing championship match, and he was found to be working as a clown in a dinner show at a hotel (seemingly quite abrupt).

Peter grew to the size of 30 meters (presumably as it was exposed to the heat) in a mountain fire caused by a lightning strike.

While Joe attempted to lure Peter to the sea for downsizing, it mistakenly kicked oil drums on its way, and it’s alleged to have died in flames caused by the oil.

As its fictional scientific name shows, it seems that it was initially planned to be a monster with a tortoise-like shell on its back.

It’s well known that Peter was converted into Guesra of Ultraman.

Although I had believed Peter was made by Ryosaku Takayama for long, I have now realized it’s unknown who modeled the monster suit while it was definitely Takayama who remodeled the costume into that of Guesra.


GOGA

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Episode Episode 24: The Idol of Goga
Alias Shell Beast
Height 20 meters (at maximum)
Weight 20,000 tons (at muximum)
Homeplace Arve (fictional nation), South Asia
Features Having been sealed in the Idol of Goga
Designer Tohl Narita
Sculptor Ryosaku Takayama
Actor None (puppet)

Goga is the shell monster that goes down as a formidable kaiju which ruined the Aranka Empire overnight 6,000 years ago when the creature revived as vice thrived there.

Although it had been sealed in the Idol of Goga brought in Tokyo by an atrocious gang of smugglers, the radiation the idol was exposed to, when X-rays were taken of it, ended up bringing the monster back to life.

And Goga started destroying the streets of Tokyo in giant form.

While it has a shell shaped like a turban shell and a snail-like body, it’s capable of firing a beam from the eyes that burns up a human and of digging through the earth with a drill it has on the tip of the shell.

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Tiny Goga having come out of the idol with charming little eyes glowing

Goga can also roll on the ground when moving.

Whereas it was feared that Tokyo would be annihilated like the Aranka Empire all over again, as legend has it that Goga is to fall down in a sea of flames, a concerted attack the Self-Defense Forces flamethrowers launched on Goga beat the monster by making it burst into flames.

Goga is a monster I find pretty attractive, and it’s also fun to see it have a drill to dig its way through underground, which is a feature making it look more like an Ultra kaiju than a mere giant shell.

I also like finding the entire shell glows creepily.

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Goga going into its glowing shell

A drill similar to a turban shell was applied to Gubila of Ultraman as well while the head of Kanegon is also shaped like the shell.

The story connected with an ancient civilization is another fun thing reminiscent of Episode 19 ‘Demons Rise Again’ in Ultraman.

It is also noteworthy that Satoshi (Bin) Furuya, the original Ultraman actor, played a gang member who was killed when shot with a beam fired from the Idol of Goga. (Goga defeated Ultraman ahead of Zetton…)

I found the settings of an ancient idol with a monster sealed inside was truly creepy and horrifying as a child.

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A gang member acted by Furuya looking at the Idol of Goga whose eyes are gleaming in the darkness (Let me refrain from posting the image as I find it so creepy)

SUDAR

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Episode Episode 23: Fury of the South Sea
Alias Giant Octopus
Height 100 meters (tentacle length: 200 meters)
Weight 30,000 tons
Homeplace Compass Island
Features Living in the water called the Sea of Death
Sculptor Remodeled from the giant octopus used in ‘Frankenstein vs. Baragon’; Ryosaku Takayama (a giant tentacle)
Actor None (puppet and live octopus with scenes partly diverted from ‘King Kong vs. Godzilla’)

Sudar is a giant octopus living in the sea of Compass Island located in the Pacific Ocean.

It sank fishing vessels passing in the waters nearby by coiling around them with its tentacles like legendary Kraken while the seas were called ‘Sea of Death’ by residents of the island.

Although Sudar was a monster that had caused human casualties among the residents, it had been deemed as a guardian of the island that protected it from enemies from outside at the same time.

Sudar also attacked and sank a Japanese fishing vessel passing through the sea area while a young fisherman Yuji (Akira Kubo) survived the disaster alone with the other crew members including his father killed.

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Anita and Yuji taking the lead in fighting against Sudar as their beloved family members were killed by the monster

Yuji was saved by Anita (Noriko Takahashi), a young woman of Compass Island, when he was drifted ashore on the beach and swore revenge on Sudar while learning that Anita’s father and elder brother were also killed by the monster.

And the UN fighter squadron went into action at the request of Manjome and Ippei who accompanied Yuriko visiting the island for news gathering of the Sea of Death.

After Sudar was driven off its habitat by the fighters’ attacks and landed on the island, it was beaten by people who joined forces in fighting against the giant octopus with spears and rifles while a man was strangled to death by a tentacle.

With Sudar wiped off, Yuji decided to live with the people including Anita on the island where peace was restored.

This episode seems to have been produced on the premise of making the giant octopus used in Toho movies appear on TV.

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Yuji and Anita seeing off Manjome and the others about to leave Compass Island

GIANT MORPHO

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Episode Episode 22: Metamorphosis
Alias Giant Butterfly
Height 80 centimeters
Wingspan 2 meters
Weight 100 grams
Homeplace Tateshina Plateau
Features Having toxic scales
Actor None (puppet)

Giant Morphos are huge morpho butterflies found in the welands area Koji wandered into.

Koji was an academic studying entomology, and a normal-sized morpho caught his eye when he visited Tateshina Plateau, Nagano Prefecture, with his fiancée, Ayako, although it’s not a species supposed to be in Japan.

Ayako tried to chase Koji who went into the deep woods attracted to the butterfly, and she found him writhing with Giant Morphos flying above.

After he drank the water of a swamp with burning thirst caused by the toxic scales Giant Morphos are set to have, Ayako found Koji who had transformed into a giant in the woods in a few days.

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Giant Koji

Regrettably, the depiction ended up leaving it unclear what caused him to have become a giant: Giant Morpho’s scales or the water, or could be the combined effect of both. (since a book I read as a kid back then explained it was because of the scales, that made me think I’d never get close to morphos if any.)

When Ayako guided Manjome and the others to the swamp, it was found to have dried up and disappeared.

The area Koji and Ayako stepped into looks to be exactly the Unbalance Zone, another universe especially featured in the episodes produced as the ones of UNBALANCE that was the title of the series before it was changed into Ultra Q.

Giant Morphos seem to be portrayed as what represents the entryway to another universe we don’t know…


BOSTANG; ALIEN KEEL

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Episode Episode 21: Space Directive M774
Alias Space Stingray
Height 50 meters
Width 40 meters
Weight 10,000 tons
Homeplace Planet Keel
Features Manipulated by Alien Keel
Designer Tohl Narita
Sculptor Ryosaku Takayama
Actor None (puppet)

Bostang is a space stingray sent in by Alien Keel to invade Earth.

After it came out of an egg that fell down from space into the waters of Miura Peninsula, it attacked a passing tanker.

Relying on its sense of hearing to make an attack, it has a habit of jumping up out of water like a manta ray making squeaky sounds.

After Zemi, Alien Ruperts, informed people of its intrusion into Earth, the monster ray was found out in the sea by a patrol boat of the Japan Coast Guard with Manjome and the others aboard accompanied by Zemi.

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Bostang’s egg letting out bubbles undersea

In the end, Bostang was smashed into pieces with rocket shells fired from jet fighters of the Japan Self-Defense Forces that rushed to the area to rescue the patrol vessel.

Although it’s set to be a monster manipulated by Alien Keel, the alien didn’t appear with just the name referred to by Zemi.

As to Bostang, while I’d like to say it is no ordinary ray, it’s a shame that I have to say it’s just an ordinary ray after all that doesn’t look like a dangerous space monster (it looks so cute instead).

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Zemi and the captain of the patrol boat (played by Susumu Fijita, not the TDF chief) watching the acts of Bostang

Alien Keel is the forerunner of an alien who doesn’t appear just leaving the name known followed by Alien Mimy of Ultraseven while Mimy’s spacecraft was seen.

I rather like this episode, however, as I remember that the scenes of the jukebox in a desolate bar with which Manjome communicated with Zemi was quite impressive to me as a kid.

I felt like I myself slipped into another universe with Manjome and Ippei back then, and I also like the entire atmosphere of the episode with a mysterious feel.


ZEMI (ALIEN RUPERTS)

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Episode Episode 21: Space Directive M774
Alias None
Height 160 centimeters
Weight 45 kilograms
Homeplace Planet Ruperts
Features Coming to defend Earth under Space Directive M774
Actress Keiko Mizuki

Alien Ruperts is an alien who has exactly the same appearance as earthlings and came here from space to defend Earth from Bostang which was to pose a threat to the planet.

While she has her own name Zemi and warned Yuriko of Bostangs’ intrusion into Earth by making a doll speak Zemi’s words on the ship Queenpearl.

Although Yuriko watched a glowing object falling across the night sky just after the doll was found on the floor, she threw away the speaking doll onto the sea surface as it’s creepy. (Zemi should have done something else. A speaking doll in the darkness is too creepy!)

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Next, Manjome and Ippei were enticed into an unpeopled bar with their Cessna remote-controlled by Zemi, and she sent her message from Planet Ruperts through a record played on a jukebox in there.

Zemi finally met Manjome, Ippei and Yuriko in the Central Library as a librarian Kiyomi Ichijo just after she arrived on Earth.

She explained that Bostang was a dangerous monster sent in by Alien Keel to invade Earth while she stated that it was her mission to defend the planet under Space Directive M774 while working for the peace of the universe.

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After she accompanied Manjome and the others and watched Bostang wiped off, Zemi ended up living on Earth.

According to her, many friendly aliens have already lived on Earth since they came to defend it.

As she told that he/she was also an alien, all the people she turned her eyes to were found to wear sandals with the same design.

The episode ends with her words spoken to audiences ‘the person next to you may be an alien as well’ (too shocking for kids).

Zemi, Alien Ruperts is the forerunner of aliens with the same appearance as earthlings followed by Alien KillMaya (Alien Magellan) and Alien Salome of Ultraseven.

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RAGON

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Episode Episode 20: The Undersea Humanoid Ragon
Alias Undersea Humanoid
Height 2 meters
Weight 100 kilograms
Homeplace Undersea at a depth of 5,000 meters
Features Coming ashore to look for its egg
Designer Tohl Narita
Sculptor Ryosaku Takayama
Actor Satoshi Furuya

Ragon is a species called ‘undersea primitive humans’ fictionally set to have evolved from reptiles and to have been dominant on Earth 200 million years ago.

A strange object coated with a jelly-like substance was found in a fisherman’s net near Iwanejima Island.

Dr. Ishi (Jiro Ishizaki) assumed that it could be a Ragon’s egg blown up to the sea surface by the eruption of an undersea volcano.

He was an academic living on the island since he had been expelled from the academic community as he had claimed Japan would be sinking into the sea in the near future.

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While he anticipated that crustal movement would submerge the island soon, Ragon that laid the egg came ashore.

Looking for the lost egg, Ragon rampaged around by wrecking a house after strangling a fisherman when he came across the monster in the darkness (I found these scenes so horrifying as a kid).

Ragon is assumed to be a docile creature originally, and it showed an interest in music played on the radio, so Manjome attempted to let people get away while luring Ragon with it.

Although people tried to escape from the island when it started being rocked by quakes, Ragon got in their way.

Fumiko offered to hand the egg over to Ragon

When the egg hatched into a baby Ragon, Fumiko (Megumi Tama), Dr. Ishii’s younger sister, realized that Ragon was there to seize the egg back, and she held out the baby to Ragon, saying, “This is your baby, isn’t it?”

Holding the baby, Ragon disappeared into the sea looking back at Fumiko as if saying thank you.

Just after people got out of the island on ships, Iwanejima Island sank into the sea.

Along with Kemur, Ragon is the monster played by Satoshi (Bin) Furuya who played Ultraman later.

While Ragon reappeared in Episode 4 ‘Five Seconds to Detonation’ of Ultraman (played by Umenosuke Izumi), the Ragon in Ultraman is said to be a male and this Ragon in Ultra Q is a female as the latter has its breasts.

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KEMUR

Episode Episode 19: Challenge from the Year 2020
Alias Abduction Mysterious Man
Height 1.9 – 30 meters
Weight 40 kilograms – 15,000 tons
Homeplace Planet Kemur
Features From Planet Kemur which has the time of the year 2020
Designer Tohl Narita
Sculptor Ryosaku Takayama
Actor Satoshi Furuya

Kumur is the alien from a planet with a timeline (time axis) of the year 2020.

Although they obtained amazing longevity as long as 500 years with the development of medical science, they can’t stop physical deterioration caused by aging.

Thus they came to Earth to abduct people targetting earthlings’ young bodies.

These are referred to in the book ‘Challenge from the Year 2020’ written by Dr. Kanda who claimed he had wrote it through communication with Kemur while experimenting on the X channel lightwave.

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While Lieutenant Colonel Amano (Akiji Kobayashi) who found jet fighter of the Self Defense Force smashed by an intruding UFO on radar, the staff didn’t believe his words.

Kemur abducted people one after another including Manjome with a jelly-like liquid called the ‘deletion energy resource’ given out of the funnel-shaped tip of the head that causes people who have touched it to vanish and to be transmitted to Planet Kemur.

Kemur is capable of running faster than a police car trying to capture him and transformed into Manjome in use of their transformation capability.

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Kemur has the third eye on the back of his head

Ippei and Amano visited Dr. Kanda’s home just after he was abducted as well, but they found a sample of the K miniode in his room, the source of the X channel light wave.

The light wave emitted from Tokyo Tower defeated Kemur who was rampaging in an amusement park after becoming a giant there so that his own liquid deleted himself.

Although the abducted people came back all in one piece wrapped up in a fog which fell down from the sky, Detective Udagawa (Kan Yanagiya), who played a major role in protecting Yuriko from Kemur, ended up going missing after he stepped in a puddle (it turned out to be the deletion liquid) mischievously.

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Lieutenant Colonel Amano and Ippei heading for Dr. Kanda’s home

Kemur is the alien I find extremely attractive whose cylindrical head has three eyes positioning at different heights while the appearance should show the aging deterioration.

He is usually (and officially) called Kemur-jin (Kemur Human) in Japanese instead of Kemur-seijin (Alien Kemur) somehow.

While Kemur reappeared as Kemur II in Episode 33 ‘The Forbidden Words’ of Ultraman, it is also well known that Kemur of Ultra Q was played by Satoshi (Bin) Furuya who was to act Ultraman later.

The laugh-like sounds human-sized Kemur makes were diverted to those of Alien Baltan of Ultraman.

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Detective Udagawa aiming at Kemur with a pistol

PAGOS

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Episode Episode 18: The Rainbow’s Egg
Alias Underground Monster
Height 30 meters
Weight 20,000 tons
Homeplace Ibaraki Prefecture
Features Feeding on uranium; breathing out a molecular structure destruction beam
Designer Tohl Narita
Sculptor Ryosaku Takayama (only the head with the body remodeled from Toho’s Baragon)
Actor Haruo Nakajima

Pagos is the monster set to have once appeared in the suburb of Beijing to attack a uranium storage facility as the monster feeds on uranium.

Pagos breathes out a molecular structure destruction beam that looks like a golden rainbow to the human eye, and the rainbow came out in Japan while sasame bamboo flowers bloomed by coincidence on the same occasion whose blooming is alleged to be ominous.

After Pagos tried to go at a uranium transporter vehicle, the uranium capsule came off and fell down a cliff.

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And a girl, Piiko (Hikaru Shirakawa), mistook the capsule for the rainbow’s egg while she heard and believed that it would make any dream come true, and she attempted to drag it to her grandmother on wheelchair so that the egg could enable the old woman to walk.

While Pagos failed to attack the girl, the monster made its way for the futuristic industrial city under construction with a nuclear power plant.

The shots of the Neo Neutron Missiles, however, decayed Pagos instantly.

At the sight of the girl who came back safely, the old woman stood up from the wheelchair spontaneously and walked steps toward her in delight (I always find these scenes so moving).

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Piiko dragging the uranium capsule she believes to be the rainbow’s egg

The capsule truly turned out to be the rainbow’s egg for them (aside from whether allowing a uranium capsule to be dragged by a girl is appropriate or not by today’s standards).

Although it’s a monster remodeled from Toho’s Baragon, Pagos is quite an attractive kaiju that looks so massive and stately (no surprise because it was played by Haruo Nakajima, the original Godzilla actor).

It seems that Pagos was to reappear in Episode 9 ‘Operation Uranium’ of Ultraman, but it ended up being replaced by Gavora as the suit had already been converted into Nelonga.

That’s why both Pagos and Gavora are the monsters feeding on uranium and Gavora was dealt with as a monster already known by people in that episode.

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“No, go away!” Piiko trying to protect the rainbow’s egg she believes would cure her grandmother’s disorder with Pagos approaching