Category Archives: Ultraseven Kaiju

PANDON

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Episode Episode 48 & 49: The Greatest Invasion in History
Alias Twin Headed Monster
Height 40 meters
Weight 15,000 tons
Homeplace Planet Ghose
Features Manipulated by Alien Ghose
Designer Noriyoshi Ikeya
Sculptor Ryosaku Takayama (remodeled enormously by the art crew on the set)
Actor Unknown

Pandon is the space monster manipulated by Alien Ghose.

It has the entire body all red and bird-like beaks on both sides of the head, and It breathes out high-temperature fire from the beaks alternately.

Just like Zetton of Ultraman, it emerged out of the large Space Carrier that came flying from space.

While Ultraseven’s Superior tried to hold him back, Dan transformed into Ultraseven and stood up against Pandon to protect the Ultra Garrison members despite his serious physical disorders.

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Whereas the shot of his Emerium Beam fell short of reaching Pandon and his Eye Slugger was knocked down by the monster due to his energy shortage, Ultraseven just barely won by chopping off the monster’s limbs with Eye Slugger held in his hand.

But the monster’s body was recovered overnight by Alien Ghose while Dan was dangling between life and death because of the further damage the fierce fight inflicted on him.

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Dan who managed to keep alive said a difficult goodbye to Anne telling her about his true identity and transformed into Ultraseven before her eyes to save Amagi held captive in Alien Ghose’s underground base.

When Amagi was rescued by Ultraseven and the aliens’ base was blasted by the unmanned Magmarizer, Pandon cyborged by Alien Ghose emerged with its bionic arm and leg.

Cyborg Pandon caught Eye Slugger thrown at it in mid air and slowly approached Ultraseven showing off the space boomerang.

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When Cyborg Pandon hurled Eye Slugger at Ultraseven after the UG’s attacks put the monster off balance, it had its head sliced off with the boomerang manipulated by Ultraseven’s psychokinesis.

Having fought through his last-ditch battle for humans he loved, Ultraseven flew away into the dawning sky to go back home.

Incidentally, the monster’s name deriving from ‘Pandora’s box’ was initially ‘Bandon’ when the show was aired in my childhood (I don’t remember it. Its name was not referred to in the drama).

And it’s been called ‘Pandon’ instead even officially since the name was misprinted somewhere.

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ALIEN GHOSE

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Episode Episode 48 & 49: The Greatest Invasion in History
Alias Ghost Mysterious Man
Height 2 meters
Weight 70 kilograms
Homeplace Planet Ghose
Features The greatest invaders in history
Designer Noriyoshi Ikeya
Sculptor Ryosaku Takayama (only heads)
Actor Miki Ikeshima (Ghose commander; he says he doesn’t remember playing Alien Ghose in a recent book interview)
Voice Unknown (processed voice)

Alien Ghose are the aliens who tried to invade Earth by building their base in the underground of Mt. Kumagatake.

They were the enemies who directly assaulted the Far East Base of the TDF for the first time ever in history.

The aliens moved forward with their invasion plots calling in their spaceships including the Space Carrier to bring in kaiju Pandon.

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With their underground missiles ready to be launched, they held Amagi captive with their Ghose Balloon and demanded for the human race’s surrender through the UG member under hypnosis. (It seems that they don’t speak human languages.)

They stated the human race would be allowed to live in underground cities on Mars with the living guaranteed in exchange for surrender adding that they would attack the major capitals of the world with their underground missiles against their will otherwise.

It turned out to be the greatest invasion in history on an unprecedented scale putting the human race’s fate at stake.

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While the aliens’ underground missiles inflicted enormous damage on some of the major world cities and their direct attacks on the Far East Base left the TDF’s superweapons unable to be used, the TDF figured out Alien Ghose’s underground base beneath the mountain at last.

In the end, the aliens were wiped off with the explosion of the unmanned autopilot Magmarizer loaded with a time bomb that stormed underground into the aliens’ base.

After rescuing Amagi before the explosion, Ultraseven made his last-ditch stand against kaiju Pandon.

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ULTRASEVEN’S SUPERIOR

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Episode Episode 48 & 49: The Greatest Invasion in History
Alias Nebula M78 Man
Height 40 meters
Weight 30,000 tons
Homeplace Nebula M78, Land of Light
Features Warning Dan not to turn into Ultraseven and urging him to return home
Actor Koji Uenishi
Voice Ayao Wada

Ultraseven’s Superior is the Nebula M78 man who sent a warning by telepathy to Dan who was suffering from physical disorders caused by fatal damage battles with invaders on Earth inflicted on him.

And the superior urged Dan to get back home for restoration saying that the prolonged stay on Earth would lead to his death.

It’s not that the superior appeared substantially, but just his images emerged before Dan’s eyes.

Superior: “No. 340…no, I’ll call you Ultraseven as you are called on Earth. You’ve suffered a lot of damage through frequent battles with invaders so far. Staying on Earth any longer is extremely risky. Ultraseven, it’s time to get back to Nebula M78!!!” […]

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Dan: “Now I can’t. Something atrocious seems to be taking place on Earth. I can’t let it go.” […]

Superior: “I’ll only give you a single warning. Don’t consume your energy in fighting anymore. That will disable you even to return to Nebula M78! Never do the transformation!!!”

Every time Dan tried to turn into Ultraseven, the superior came up and warned him.

Superior: “Stop! Just stop it, Seven! You will surely die this time!!!”

But Dan changed into Ultraseven and stood against Alien Ghose and their kaiju Pandon to defend earthlings he loved.

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Actually this Nebula M78 man was named Ultraseven’s Superior in much later years sometime around 1980, and he hadn’t have any particular name of his own before then. (I think we just called him Seven’s buddy as a kid)

It seems that he’s just described as ‘Nebula M78 Man’ in the script, and whether he’s Ultraseven’s real superior remains unknown.

Unlike Zoffy of Ultraman, Ultraseven’s Superior has exactly the same appearance as Ultraseven (for cost-cutting of the show), but I was convinced as a child that every M78 man should look the same to earthlings in the Ultraseven universe.

The superior’s words helped us learn that the hero is called Ultraseven (as the 7th member of the Ultra Garrison) just among earthlings and called No. 340 back at home.

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ALIEN HUK

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Episode Episode 47: Who Are You?
Alias Group Aliens
Height 1.8 – 40 meters
Weight 65 kilograms – 10,000 tons
Homeplace Planet Huk
Features Plotting to invade Earth based on a housing complex
Designer Noriyoshi Ikeya
Sculptor Ryosaku Takayama (three heads)
Actor Unknown
Human Form Miki Sanjo (Sato’s wife); Takashi Fujimoto (Sato’s son); Toshio Matsumoto (police officer); Hiroshi Kiyama (Hayashi); Debuko Oyama (Yamada)

Alien Huk (pronounced like ‘hook’ in Japanese) are the aliens who plotted to invade Earth based on the Fukuroh Danchi (Owl Housing Complex) in Tokyo.

They went on with their invasion plots steadily while replacing the entire housing complex by theirs that exactly resembled the real one including residents they disguised themselves as to the life.

Whereas the nocturnal aliens’ complex was hidden underground during the daytime, it showed up in place for the real one late at night leaving the real residents unaware of it under hypnosis and making the building exchange invisible to human eyes.

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Sato (played by Akiji Kobayashi), one of the residents, who realized something wrong was going on when he got home late in the night after work got held captive by the aliens soon after he had reported to the Ultra Garrison about the ongoing strangeness.

The aliens’ plots were revealed by Dan and Furuhashi who started investigating the complex.

Three of Alien Huk fought against Ultraseven in a group, and their agility bewildered him in the darkness.

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But, extremely vulnerable to intense light as they are nocturnal, the aliens were beaten in the end exposed to the spark of Ultraseven’s entire body and the diffused version of Wide Shot.

I found it so scary to see the residents who were usually personable including even Sato’s wife and son say they didn’t know Sato.

Alien Huk with no features on their faces except the design like straw-roped patterns of Japanese ancient earthenware are also very much creepy.

Incidentally, the movements of Alien Huk’s mouth is not by the inside mechanism but seemingly by the jaw of the inside actor taking advantage of the softness of the head.

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FAKE ULTRASEVEN

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Episode Episode 46: The Duel: Dan vs. Seven
Alias Robot Superhuman
Height 40 meters
Weight 35,000 tons
Homeplace The secret factory of Alien Salome’s hideout lighthouse
Features Robot with the same appearance and abilities as Ultraseven
Actor Unknown
Voice Processed Ultraseven’s voice (Koji Moritsugu’s)

Fake Ultraseven is the robot with the same appearance and abilities as real Ultraseven that was built by Alien Salome in their secret factory to invade Earth.

The robot produced with the essence of Salome’s scientific technologies was supposed to be superior to real Ultraseven in strength.

And it was expected to stand for the devils instead of the invincible superhero.

As the aliens needed to know the composition of Ultra Beam to complete the robot, they trapped Dan and forced him to tell them the secret of the beam with their Talk Machine.

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The injection of Ultra Beam gave life to the robot

Although the robot looks exactly the same as real Ultraseven, it has mechanical-looking parts on the waist and the joints of its arms and legs.

And its low-pitched voice when it uttered ‘Duwaaa!’ makes it look more like a villain.

The robot embarrassed the Ultra Garrison members as they thought Ultraseven they believed to be their hero started attacking them.

As Dan was unable to transform into Ultraseven with Ultra Eye left in a car, Capsule Kaiju Agira fought against Fake Ultraseven.

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Fake Ultraseven shooting down the Ultra Hawk 1

With the same capabilities as real Seven, Fake Seven easily defeated Agira, and real Ultraseven who showed up stood against the fake at last.

Real Seven and Fake Seven fought neck and neck, but, of course, the fake was beaten by Ultraseven in the end by getting blasted in the sea.

While, in Ultraman, Fake Ultraman was the form Alien Zarab turned into, it was fun to find that Fake Ultraseven was set to be a robot along with the well-made factory set although I have to admit I personally prefer Fake Ultraman as his artistically sculpted beautiful head makes him look so attractive.

Incidentally, Fake Seven’s costume is the one recycled from Ultraseven’s used costume just before being put on the shelf.

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Ultraseven flying away with a salute to the UG. “Seven won! OUR Seven!” (Amagi)

ALIEN SALOME

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Alien Salome showed their Seven to Dan
Episode Episode 46: The Duel: Dan vs. Seven
Alias Invasion Alien
Height 1.9 meters
Weight 120 kilograms
Homeplace Planet Salome
Features Manipulating Fake Ultraseven they built
Actor Masao Takahashi (boss); KIyomi Katena (female)

Alien Salome (pronounced as /saromeh/ in Japanese) are the aliens with exactly the same appearances as earthlings (Japanese somehow) along with Maya, Alien Magellan and the human race of Planet 4.

With four of them who can be found in the drama, they acted based on their hide out, lighthouse on Cape Irago in Aichi Prefecture, reminiscent of Alien Cannan.

They blasted the Hydranger with members of the TDF aboard investigating reported mysterious phenomenon taking place around Cape Irago.

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Talk Machine

In fact they were building their robot Ultraseven they called ‘our Seven’ in their secret factory.

And they lured Dan to the lighthouse and captured him to get the secret of Ultra Beam (probably meaning Emerium Beam) out of him forcefully.

The information on Ultra Beam was essential for giving life to their Seven and completing it.

Dan with Ultra Eye left in a car was forced to confess the secret of the beam, which was MGSH3GWFB1 (is this a chemical formula?), by their talk machine, and the generated beam was injected into their Seven at last.

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Salome’s spaceship camouflaged as a ferry boat

And the aliens left the base with their spaceship disguised as a ferry boat leaving Dan shacked in the hideout to be blasted with him.

In the end of the episode, watching real Ultraseven fighting against their Seven in the sea, they got delighted with the huge explosion they witnessed firmly believing their robot beat the real one.

But the aliens were brought far across the sea in their spaceship by real Ultraseven (naturally) who came up to the surface and were blasted with the ship.

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Salome in delight believing in their Seven’s victory

ALIEN PEROLYNGA

Episode Episode 45: The Boy Who Cried Flying Saucer
Alias Psychedelic Alien
Height 1.8 meters
Weight 80 kilograms
Homeplace Planet Perolynga, the 68th planet of Nebula Pegassa
Features Plotting to invade Earth with the space fleet camouflaged as stars
Designer Noriyoshi Ikeya
Sculptor Ryosaku Takayama
Actor Kunio Suzuki
Voice Hikaru Urano (processed voice)
Human Form Hiroyuki Takano

Alien Perolynga is the psychedelically colored alien who tried to invade Earth with their spaceship fleet camouflaged as stars in use of intense magnetism and the invisible barrier.

While observatories across the nation including that of the TDF  didn’t notice the fleet, quite a few amateur star observers found the spaceships including Saburo Fukushin (Kimihiro Reizei) in Setagaya Ward, Tokyo (where the Tsuburaya Productions was located at the time).

Fukushin: “Flying saucers! Aliens!”

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Although Fukushin informed the Ultra Garrison of the flying saucers he found through his astronomical telescope, the team was not able to find them out in space.

While Fukushin got hold of them repeatedly, the UG and TDF started turning a cold shoulder to the youth.

Disliking people, Fukushin bumbling at his workplace because of lack of sleep caused by the star watching all through the night longed to go to the stellar universe where he thought he would not be bothered by anyone.

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When Fukushin was invited by a boy he made friends with to the child’s home, the boy turned into Alien Perolynga, and the alien explained their Earth invasion plot.

Alien Perolynga: “Wolf! Wolf! While you are crying it out repeatedly, no one will end up looking back at you. The real wolf will be coming in the meantime! We know an Earth’s fairly tale like that…”

And the alien gently told Fukushin that they would take him who was fed up with Earth to the stellar universe…

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Becoming aware that something wrong was going on in space, the Ultra Hawk 1 went into action.

Through absurd (meant to be psychedelic) battle scenes, Alien Perolynga was beaten by Ultraseven with explosions, and their space fleet were also wiped out by the Hawk 1.

The next day Fukushin was found rushing to the small factory he worked for on bicycle while the work start siren was blaring out.

I do love this episode featuring clumsy and awkward young guy Fukushin and Alien Perolynga that is just like a fairly tale or an allegory.

I wonder how you would find this one.

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GORRY

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Episode Episode 44: The Terrifying Super-Simian
Alias Ape Man
Height 2 meters
Weight 70 kilograms
Homeplace Monkey Land
Features A human with his brain waves converted into those of an ape
Designer Noriyoshi Ikeya
Sculptor Ryosaku Takayama
Actor Keiichi Taki

Gorry is not a kaiju but a human zookeeper of the Monkey Land whose brain waves were converted into those of an ape with Alien Goron‘s Brain Waves Converter.

While he doesn’t speak words with as much intelligence as apes, when he got excited, he transformed into an ape man like a gorilla.

The ape man beat two police officers to death breaking their cervical spines with his superhuman power.

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Gorry attracted to Anne

Of all things, Gorry was attracted to Anne who took care of his injury when she visited the Monkey Land with Dan for investigation related to the police officers murder case.

When Anne got captured by Dr. Mayama (Junji Masuda) and his assistant Tamiko (Akemi Nishi), both of whom were being manipulated by Alien Goron, for the experiment of the converter, Gorry left shacked there in the basement transformed into the ape man and started rampaging tearing off the shackles.

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Dr. Mayama and Tamiko trying to turn Anne into an ape woman in the basement

Although Gorry freed Anne, he tried to take her away and chased after her even onto the boat she rode on.

When he was found by the other Ultra Garrison members who got there to rescue Anne, Gorry was shot dead by them while turning into the ape man and holding up a stone to try to throw it at them.

The conclusion makes me feel sorry for him given he was made into the ape man by Alien Goron and turned out to save Anne.

I also found the transformation sequence in the basement so horrifying as a kid.

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Gorry chaging into the ape man

ALIEN GORON

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Episode Episode 44: The Terrifying Super-Simian
Alias Space Ape Man
Height 35 meters
Weight 8,000 tons
Homeplace Planet Goron
Features Manipulating opponents’ brain waves
Designer Noriyoshi Ikeya
Sculptor Art crew of Tsuburaya Productions
Actor Toshihiko Saikyo
Voice Koji Yada (processed voice)

Alien Goron is the ape-like alien who disguised himself as a golden lion tamarin kept in the Monkey Land.

Manipulated by the alien, Dr. Mayama and his assistant Tamiko of the zoo made a zookeeper into an ape man, Gorry.

In use of their device Brain Waves Converter they are capable to turn the human brain into the equivalent of the ape to create an ape human with the ape’s brain and the human body.

Alien Goron plotted to invade Earth by making all the human race into ape humans.

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Alien Goron’s creepy eyes

Dr. Mayama and Tamiko tried to turn Anne into an ape woman with the converter, but Gorry who got to like Anne attempted to take her away by disrupting the execution.

After Dan saw through their invasion plot, Alien Goron showed his true colors (it seems that Dan had already known Alien Goron).

The alien fires Brain Waves Beam from his eyes disturbing an opponent’s brain waves while he’s also capable to make himself invisible to hide away.

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Taking advantage of his strong power, Alien Goron had a good fight against Ultraseven.

But he was smashed into pieces with Emerium Beam after he got exhausted while dodging the Ultraseven’s consecutive and random hand shots.

With the alien’s defeat Dr. Mayama and Tamiko came to themselves, and Anne who was chased around by Gorry was also rescued by the other Ultra Garrison members safely.

I have to admit that I didn’t find the ape-like alien so much attractive personally, but the costume with the actor’s eyes left uncovered, the alien’s creepy voice and the fierce fight with Ultraseven were impressive enough.

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Concentrated fire of hand shots

ROBOT COMMANDER

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Episode Episode 43: Nightmare on Planet 4
Alias Planet 4 Android
Height 1.65 meters
Weight 160 kilograms
Homeplace Planet 4
Features Needing to be oiled; fussy about coffee
Actor Masahiko Naruse (commander); Bin Morizuka (police chief)

Robot Commander is the head of the robots of Planet 4.

The Scorpion with Dan and Soga aboard deviated from the orbit and drifted (actually was guided) to a planet that exactly looked like Earth while staying asleep during the sleep test in the fully automatic long distance rocket.

It was Planet 4 where robots dominated humans.

According to the commander’s memory device, although humans were dominant on the planet about 2,000 years ago, they were replaced by robots as they had become all lazy since they brought robots into being.

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Fully automatic rocket Scorpion

As human labor force is resources indispensable to Planet 4, the robots plotted to invade Earth and colonize it in preparation for the shortage of humans expected to occur in the future.

Robot Commander always had with him Robot Police Chief who was making annoying sounds all the time like sucking a candy.

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Robot Commander in his room

Robot Commander found to be in a strange room looking like a passageway needs to have a female human secretary, Ally, oil his gears at times.

Although Ally tried to shelter Dan and Soga, she was captured along with her lover who attempted to protect her.

They were taken to the execution site to be shot dead by firing squad, but the execution managed to be thwarted by Dan and Soga.

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From left: Ally, Robot Police Chief with a whip and Commander

Dan transformed into Ultraseven and destroyed all the weapons including the Earth invasion army of Planet 4.

After Dan and Soga got back to Earth, the Ultra Garrison members laughed away their stories about the atrocious planet definitively assuming it’s a mere nightmare the two had while sleeping. (the same dream at the same time?)

Captain Kiriyama went so far as to tell the team members that the TDF would adopt the computer system for all the functions soon.

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Ultraseven wiping off the weapons of Planet 4

It’s a blessed relief to have the ending scenes in which Dan and Soga forecast the next day’s weather with geta (traditional Japanese wooden sandals) playfully and peacefully having a big laugh.

Along with Soga’s seemingly abrupt addiction to horoscope depicted exclusively in this episode, the scenes are meant to contrast with the fully automatic rocket, Planet 4 dominated by robots and the TDF to be fully automated.

Dan, an alien, wearing geta even I hadn’t worn and, moreover, being aware of the traditional Japanese play was a big surprise to me as a child!

Incidentally, if the thrown geta/shoe turns over on the ground, it means ‘rainy tomorrow.’

Soga kicking off one of his geta into the air with Dan also in geta
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Women’s geta (for reference)