|Episode||Episode 28: Open Up!|
|Modeling||Modeled after the real-life Odakyu Romancecar train of the type on operation back then|
Another Dimension Train is a train that serves as a springboard to connect this universe to another universe in another dimension.
While a sci-fi writer, Kenji Tomono (Hideyo Amamoto), dealt with vanishing people as themes featuring those who slipped into a universe transcending time and space, he happened to ride on an elevator going down seemingly endlessly.
When the door opened, a sight of a utopia unfolded before his eyes, and he found, surprisingly enough, many people had already lived there even with children newly born in the location.
Tomono describes the world as not a mere extension or imitation of this world but something awesome beyond imagination.
Besides the train and the elevator, a streetcar that possibly serves as another jumping board for another dimension also appears in this episode.
Sawamura, a middle-aged man who looks awkward and clumsy, happened to ride on the train for another dimension by chance.
When he met Tomono and the other passengers in the train and was informed of the train’s destination, sights of his boss at work, his gentle wife and little daughter appeared outside of the train windows as the train passed through the past timeline.
At the sights of his beloved family, Sawamura started crying, “I can’t go yet! Let me off! Open up!”
Whereas he was allowed to get off the train, what awaited him was annoying realities: his fussy wife persistently nagging him, his grown-up daughter bursting into tears at her parents’ discord and his boss yelling at him…
With determination, Sawamura said goodbye to his boss and wandered into the night street shouting desperately at the train for another dimension passing in the air, “Take me where ever you go! Give me a ride!”
But the train just went passing by through the night sky leaving him alone.
Kan Yanagiya’s weird performance as Sawamura in the ending scenes looks impressively erratic (he acted Detective Udagawa in Episode 19 of Ultra Q).
It’s known that this episode ended up being replaced by ‘Ultraman Eve Festival’ and was aired for the first time when the show was re-broadcast.
It was because the episode with no monster could put a damper on the rising viewership boosted by the ‘kaiju boom’ that arose from Godzilla movies and Ultra Q.