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ALIEN ZARAB; ALIEN ZARAB II (making)

Alien Zarab design drawn by Tohl Narita

Tohl Narita: “I tried to make something that would make you unaware of the neck and shoulders.”

Narita’s remark tells us that how to hide the human body shape was an essential part of making kaiju characters to be played by actors with costumes.

The body of Alien Zarab is described to be the reuse of that of Giant Ragon with the fins removed.

Tetsuo Yamamura says in a book that the Zarab head was made from FRP coated with latex on the surface. He assumes the legs of the body might have been shortened as he found the alien was short although Umenosuke Izumi who played Giant Ragon was a tall man.

As I have already talked about it, Alien Zarab’s hollowed eyes show some characteristics typical to Narita while each eye has an eye hole in the center with radiation lines coming from the center outwardly (or the other way around).

The same type of eyes were applied to Ultraseven and Human that Narita designed while the radiation lines seem to have been left out for the mask of Human.

Alien Zarab at the back of the Bisen studio

The mouth movement of Alien Zarab is said to have been brought about by a balloon set inside. Although human-sized Zarab had ears that were found to rise from the head, he only had hollows for those parts when he turned into the giant version.

As Narita’s design of this alien has no raised ears, I guess the tokusatsu part featuring giant Zarab might have been filmed ahead of the drama part that featured human-sized Zarab while the raised ears were added to the costume perhaps because the head shape could look too plain when viewed from the front.

You can see that the head part was not attached and integrated to the body but was just fastened to the body part with bands or straps.

Alien Zarab II had no difference in appearance from the first Alien Zarab with his ears in the caved-in state. His silence opposite to the talkative first Zarab makes us aware Zarab II was being manipulated by Alien Mefilas or just an illusion created by Mefilas.

I think I will post another entry in the future on the making of Fake Ultraman that Alien Zarab changed into along with the making of Zoffy.

(About the cabbage and Alien Zarab, see this post)


ZOFFY

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Episode Episode 39: “Farewell, Ultraman”
Alias None
Height 45 m
Weight 45,000 t
Emergence SSSP Japan Headquarter
Homeplace Land of Light, Nebula M78
Features Colleague of Ultraman’s
Designer Tohl Narita
Sculptor Unknown
Actor Satoshi (Bin) Furuya

Zoffy is a member of the Space Ranger of the Land of Light, Nebula M78.

He’s a colleague of Ultraman’s and came flying to bring Ultraman defeated by Zetton back home.

He was reset to be the oldest brother of the Ultra/Ultraman Brothers and the captain of the Space Ranger in the later Ultra Series of the 1970s.

After Zetton was beaten by the SSSP, Zoffy showed up from the sky. (You’re too late!)

He turned into a red light ball which exactly looks like the one we saw in Episode 1 of this series and had Ultraman lying on the ground attracted into it.

Given Zoffy identified himself as such in front of Ultraman, the two presumably didn’t know each other until that time.

Although Zoffy suggested Ultraman to go back home with him, Ultraman insisted he would stay on the earth because Hayata would die if Ultraman should return home.

Zoffy preached the value of peace on earth lies in being grasped by the hands of humans and that Ultraman should not stay on indefinitely.

Ultraman agreed to it offering to give his life to Hayata, and, at this time, it was revealed Ultraman was at the age of 20,000.

Moved by these words and learning Ultraman’s love for eartghlings, Zoffy gave Hayata the other one of the ‘two lives’ he brought with him. (You’re too late, Zoffy…)

Thus Hayata and Ultraman got separated from each other, which made Hayata lose his memory of what happened while he was united with Ultraman.

The SSSP members including puzzled Hayata watched Ultraman and Zoffy leave the earth for home.


ZETTON

Episode Episode 39: “Farewell, Ultraman”
Alias Space Dinosaur
Height 60 m
Weight 30,000 t
Emergence SSSP Japan Headquarter
Homeplace Space
Features Controlled by the mysterious alien; defeating Ultraman completely
Designer Tohl Narita
Sculptor Ryosaku Takayama
Actor Teruo Aragaki

Zetton is a space monster described as Space Dinosaur which came out of the mysterious aliens‘ largest spacecraft.

It’s known as the strongest monster which, of all things, defeated Ultraman completely.

Always emitting a characteristic electric sound (I like this), Zetton disabled Ultraman’s attacks such as Catch Ring and Ultra Slash by using its barrier and so on.

It also has the ability to teleport which disturbed Ultraman.

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The space dinosaur absorbed Ultraman’s Spaceum Beam and emitted a wave-like beam in exchange which hit the Color Timer and
made Ultraman fall down to the ground.

At the end, the formidable enemy was smashed into pieces in mid air by the Zero Gravity Shot which was a prototype just finished by the Science Center.

It’s amazing to see Dr. Iwamoto, who was rescued out of the SSSP building, take the new weapon out of the inner pocket of his jacket in such a casual way.  Yes, I like that!!!  🙂

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The stylish form of Zetton with no features and expressions on its face, which makes it look emotionless enough, was so impressive as well although it’s an abominable monster which defeated our hero.

Its back like a longicorn beetle also looks attractive.

As described in the post on Saigo, I heard Zetton could have been an alien controlling Saigo.

If that’s true, I imagine that could be why both of them have similar projections on the face.

But I think it’s Zetton that deserves to be a monster for the final episode.


MYSTERIOUS ALIEN (ALIEN ZETTON)

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Episode Episode 39: “Farewell, Ultraman”
Alias Transformation Mystery Man
Height 2 m
Weight 60 kg
Emergence SSSP Japan Headquarter
Homeplace Space
Features Controlling Zetton; transforming into Dr. Iwamoto
Designer Tohl Narita
Sculptor Ryosaku Takayama
Actor Unknown

This is a mysterious and enigmatic alien who controls Space Dinosaur Zetton.

Although he’s now commonly known as Alien Zetton for the sake of convenience, he seems to have been described just as Mysterious Alien in the script.

It’s assumed the aliens had watched for the opportunity to invade the earth for more than 40 years prudently.

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The big one contains Space Dinosaur Zetton

His head apparently has the same appearance as Kemur appearing in Ultra Q and Ultraman.

The head of Alien Zetton seems to be attached with a different angle from Kemur, which made Alien Zetton look like a single-eyed alien. (Both of them are three-eyed actually.)

And Alien Zetton doesn’t have the hair Kemur had around the neck, either.

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In the close-up scene, we can see Kemur have had eyebrows.

The shape of the hands is also different though it remains unknown what the body looks like due to the business suit Alien Zetton wore.

Because he sneaked into the SSSP Japan Headquarter disguising himself as Dr. Iwamoto.

While a group of their spacecrafts approaching the earth with the VTOLs in action to intercept them, he made Fuji fall unconscious by wringing her neck and destroyed the machines of the control room.

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Cornered by the other SSSP members and knocked to the ground by Arashi, he showed his true colors.

Shot by Hayata with the Mars 133, he vanished into thin air groaning the name of Zetton in agony.

The fact no one of the SSSP members didn’t refer to the alien as Kemur told us kids he’s a different alien from Kemur, leaving us a bit puzzled abut it.

I think we called him ‘Alien like Kemur controlling Zetton’ in my childhood with no choice at the time.


SAIGO

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Episode Episode 38: “The Spaceship Rescue Command”
Alias Sand Hell Monster
Height 45 m
Weight 40,000 t
Emergence Planet Q
Homeplace Planet Q
Features Breathing out sand cloud; inconspicuous
Designer Tohl Narita
Sculptor Ryosaku Takayama
Actor Eiichi Matsushima

Saigo is a space monster dwelling underground on Planet Q.

In spite of the somber impression, Saigo compares favorably with  Keylla in strength.

In the battle with Keylla, Saigo overpowered Keylla initially taking a bite at Keylla, mounting it or breathing out sand cloud.

But Keylla’s flash light from its eyes caused Saigo to escape into underground.

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Saigo emerged from underground before the SSSP’s Space Tank.

And then it was smashed into pieces by the SNK Missiles launched from the tank.

I think Saigo is the most low-profile monster among the monsters of Ultraman but Suflan.

Although Saigo is often described as a monster which digs a trap in the ground in wait for prey like an ant lion, there is no scene like that.

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Sand Cloud Attack

At any rate, the darkness on Planet Q and the dark color of the body makes the monster so inconspicuous that I didn’t remember this monster in my childhood.

It’s a well-made monster in itself both in design and sculpturing.

The name Saigo means last or end in Japanese.

According to one explanation I heard, Saigo was supposed to be the monster for the final episode of Ultraman.

And Zetton was designed as an alien who controls Saigo.

The name Zetton came from the last letter of the alphabet.

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Space Tank

KEYLLA

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Episode Episode 38: “The Spaceship Rescue Command”
Alias Heat and Light Monster
Height 40 m
Weight 20,000 t
Emergence Planet Q
Homeplace Planet Q
Features Blinding flashlight from the big eyes; invulnerable to Ultra Slash and Spaceum Beam
Designer Tohl Narita
Sculptor Ryosaku Takayama
Actor Haruo Nakajima

Keylla is a space monster dwelling on Planet Q to which humans sent a space probe named Prospector.

It emits such an intense flashlight from the big eyes as to blind people temporarily who have looked at it.

Besides the eyes, it’s characterized by the slated, segmented body like a sea slater and the face which makes us imagine a longicorn beetle.

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It went into battle with Saigo, another monster living on Planet Q.

Although the big-eyed monster was almost overwhelmed by Saigo initially, the eye flash caused Saigo to run away into underground.

Contrary to appearances, Keylla is such a strong monster that the Needle S80, (as always) new weapon invented and developed by Ide, Ultra Slash and Spaceum Beam had no effect on it.

But it’s often the case with Ultraman that he uses a technique unseen before all of a sudden in such a critical situation.

Needle S80 held by Hayata
Needle S80 held by Hayata

Keylla was hurled into space by Ultra Psychokinesis and exploded eventually.

Although I think it’s an attractive monster with the characteristic big eyes, along with the darkness of Plant Q, it is regrettable Keylla was not such an impressive monster somehow.

But the story of this episode depicting the activities of the SSSP on another planet in space is much fun.

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Ultra Psychokinesis

DORAKO (REBORN)

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Episode Episode 37: “The Littlest Hero”
Alias Comet Monster
Height 45 m
Weight 20,000 t
Emergence Mt. Oiwa
Homeplace Mt. Oiwa
Features Revived by Geronimon
Designer Tohl Narita
Sculptor Ryosaku Takayama
Actor Eiichi Matsushima

Reborn Dorako is one of the monsters revived by the psychic ability of Geronimon.

The original Dorako appeared in Episode 25: Strange Comet Cyphon in which it went missing after beaten by Guigas and Red King (II) with its wings torn off.

Although Reborn Pigmon and Reborn Telesdon look almost the same as the originals (except the deterioration of the costumes with the passage of time), Reborn Dorako looks so much different from Dorako.

Reborn Dorako didn’t have the beautiful wings it had last time from the beginning and had five horns instead of just one it originally had.

And, oddly enough, it had five-fingered hands like a human instead of the sickle-shaped ones of the original Dorako.

Its reappearance with these unexplained differences made me feel strange in my childhood.

Although such differences were not referred to publicly at the time so much as today (with no Internet), we kids were fully aware of the differences.

Incidentally, the designation ‘Reborn Dorako’ was not used in those days, and it was described as Dorako II until recently along with the other reborn monsters.

Irritated by Reborn Pigmon hopping around to draw the attention to protect Ide, Reborn Dorako crushed the tiny monster to death.

And Reborn Dorako was smashed into pieces with Spark 8 shot by Ide who restored courage at the sight of Pigmon’s deadly devotion.


TELESDON (REBORN)

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Episode Episode 37: “The Littlest Hero”
Alias Underground Monster
Height 60 m
Weight 120,000 t
Emergence Mt. Oiwa
Homeplace Mt. Oiwa
Features Revived by Geronimon
Designer Tohl Narita
Sculptor Ryosaku Takayama
Actor Hiroyuki Kiyono

Guided by Reborn Pigmon, the SSSP rushed to Mr. Oiwa where Geronimon seemed to be hiding.

Ahead of Geronimon, they found Reborn Telesdon and Reborn Dorako in the mountains.

Telesdon was originally a monster controlled by the underground humans in Episode 22: Sabotage Terrene.

But they were not involved with this Reborn Telesdon.

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Unlike Reborn Dorako, Reborn Telesdon has no distinctive difference from the original one. (In terms of the costume, the neck appears to be bent forward sharply in comparison with the original probably due to deterioration with the passage of time.)

In Episode 22, Telesdon showed up and went on a rampage in the heart of Tokyo at night as the monster is set to hate brightness just like the Underground Humans who controlled the monster.

Reborn Telesdon could be active even in daylight.

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Triple Shot

Although Reborn Telesdon had a skirmish with Reborn Dorako under the moonlight, they stopped fighting when hearing Geronimon’s roar from Mr. Oiwa.

And Reborn Telesdon and Reborn Dorako went into battle with the SSSP.

It was defeated by the Triple Shot with the muzzles of tree Superguns joined among Cap. Muramatsu, Fuji and Arashi.

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The Triple Shot hit Reborn Telesdon

PIGMON (REBORN)

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Episode Episode 37: “The Littlest Hero”
Alias Friendly Rare Beast
Height 1 m
Weight 10 kg
Emergence Department store in Tokyo
Homeplace Mt. Oiwa
Features Revived by Geronimon
Designer Tohl Narita
Sculptor Ryosaku Takayama
Actor Hiroshi Chiba (credited as Masahiro Oyake)

Pigmon is a monster known as the one friendly to humans which first appeared in Episode 8 The Wild Monster Zone of Ultraman.

The psychic ability of Geronimon revived Pigmon along with the other monsters.

This reborn Pigmon showed up somehow in a department store of Tokyo for this time and was taken into protective custody by the SSSP.

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Pigmon asleep in the toy department

It’s fun to see him blink in surprise and get excited when he found the tin toy of Garamon in the toy aisle he wandered into.

Beside the Marzan‘s toy, Red King can be seen, which could be called a fatal reunion for Pigmon given what happened in Episode 8.

The tiny monster actually came up to warn the SSSP that 60 monsters led by Geronimon would be attacking them. (What a good guy!)

His words were deciphered by a doctor studying dolphin language nicknamed as Dr. Dolohin, which revealed Geronimon’s atrocious plot.

Maruzan’s Garamon

Pigmon cooperated with the SSSP to find out Geronimon, and they initially found Telesdon (reborn) and Dorako (reborn) there which were resurrected like Pigmon.

Pigmon tried to protect Ide from Dorako by drawing its attention, which sadly made the friendly monster lose his life again just as he did due to Red King in Episode 8.

His noble behavior makes him deserve the title of this episode indeed.

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Pigmon blinks at the toys

GERONIMON

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Episode Episode 37: “The Littlest Hero”
Alias Chief Monster
Height 40 m
Weight 30,000 t
Emergence Mt. Oiwa
Homeplace Mt. Oiwa
Features Psychic ability to resurrect dead monsters; Zero Gravity Beam; Flying feathers
Designer Tohl Narita
Sculptor Ryosaku Takayama
Actor Kunio Suzuki

Geronimon is a monster which has an psychic ability to revive dead monsters.

Incidentally this episode marked the highest viewing rate at 42.8% throughout the series.

Geronimon plotted to bring 60 monsters beaten by the SSSP and Ultraman back to life and launch a full scale attack on them in revenge.

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But, as he resurrected Pigmon friendly with humans, his plot was revealed to the SSSP through the tiny monster.

So Geronimon eventually ended up resurrecting only 3 monsters, which, to be honest, made me a bit disappointed as a kid at the time.

The number of 60 should include the ones defeated by the SSSP alone before Ultraman came to the earth because it’s too large.

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Zero Gravity Beam (Smoke?)

Geronimon has colorful feathers from the head through the tail which look really beautiful and is capable of flying the tail feathers and controlling them.

He also emits Zero Gravity Beam like a smoke from the mouth.

The feathers flown stick into the chest and back of Ultraman.

Although Ultraman escaped into the sky to avoid them, they kept chasing him insistently.

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Ultra Barrier

Ultraman stopped the feathers by telekinesis in midair and burnt them down with Spaceum Beam.

Geronimon gave out Zero Gravity Beam, but it was also bounced back by Ultra Barrier and made himself float in the air.

Held up by Ultraman, Geronimon was finished off by Ide with a new weapon Spark 8 he invented and developed.

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Spark 8